Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones season 8 finally premiered Sunday night and not only was it worth waiting for, it was worth joking about online.
Maybe you thought the episode was just another one of your wild dreams, but no, that spiral thing happened and Jon did actually ride before he finally learned the truth about his family.
And as he did, fans found the humor in the drama of the epic fantasy series, blending the two into a series of therapeutic Game of Thrones memes and season 8 premiere memes most fans can relate to.
The premiere was filled wall to wall with memorable moments. There was Dany’s icy Winterfell reception, Samwell Tarly breaking the news of Jon Snow’s true heritage—and connection to Daenerys. There was Cersei’s shaky alliance with Euron. And at last, Jon Snow riding the Rhaegal. But some had more comedic potential than others, and the GIFs capture them all.
You can’t deny the meme-makers are some of your fastest and most enjoyable informal authorities on masterpiece television, particularly the moment to moment shocks of a popular show this bonkers.
The memes of the dragon reacting to Jon and its mother’s affection ruled the realm.
Here are the best memes of Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1.
Dragon is not accepting its mom’s new boyfriend
Dany with the death update for Sam
Jon Snow rides the dragon
The burns between Sansa Stark and the Unburnt Daenerys Targaryen
Jon Snow finding out the truth about his ancestry
Cersei after formally allying with Euron
Jon Snow and Arya Stark’s reunion
Bran Stark living for the drama
Reunions abound, including Jamie Lannister and Bran revisiting memory tower
Cersei being Cersei
Were Gendry and Arya flirting with talk of weaponry?
And seeing this is Game of Thrones, it wasn’t just regular people. Of course, there were celebrity fans in the house.
Cersei was promised elephants.
Sansa Stark with the reality check
Samwell: My dog, Pongo?— Caroline Siede (@CarolineSiede) April 15, 2019
Daenerys: Run over by a carriage.
Samwell: My goldfish, Goldie?
Daenerys: Eaten by the cat.
Samwell: My cat?
Daenerys: Choked on the goldfish.
How to Train Jon Snow's Dragon pic.twitter.com/9Zo5FeQk0G— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) April 15, 2019
Sansa, throwing shade at Khaleesi:— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 15, 2019
"What do dragons eat anyway?"
Khaleesi, breaker of chains, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Sipper of Tea, and Blocker of Shade:
"Whatever they want."
ADVANTAGE: Khaleesi. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/a0O8FsX3aD
The shade between Sansa and Daenerys is sooo delicious #GameofThrones— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) April 15, 2019
Major takeaway from the #GameofThrones season 8 premiere: Jon Snow deserves to be king because he's the only person on this show who initiates decent hugs during long-awaited reunions. pic.twitter.com/YYOpdPkBY8— Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson) April 15, 2019
If I walk outside right now and Bran is staring at me I’m calling the cops #GameOfThrones— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) April 15, 2019
bran observing any and all mess in the seven kingdoms pic.twitter.com/M3sg4Vwu1S— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) April 15, 2019
when u see an ex on tinder pic.twitter.com/3vIsPDJaGN— Clint of the Laughing Tree (@clintw) April 15, 2019
Cersei reaction to no elephants is exactly how I am when Postmates forgets the extra spicy salsa.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 15, 2019