Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

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The fight for King's Landing finally happened in "Game of Thrones" Season 8, Episode 5, and oh, was it big one.

Now that fans have seen the show's penultimate episode, there is a lot of talk about it on social media. The long-awaited showdown went differently than many expected, and it has proven to be super controversial. While there are people who enjoyed it, there's also a sizable contingent decrying it.

There are spoilers from the episode "The Bells" ahead, so read on at your own risk!

Fans had a number of complaints about the episode, from Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) unleashing fire and fury on King's Landing after the people surrendered to Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) dying in the arms of the man who loved her. The phrase "worst episode ever" was frequently mentioned in tweets after the episode aired. Very, very frequently.





























And  yet, for all those criticisms, there were words of encouragement, too. Some fans spoke out in defense of "The Bells," with many arguing that people should have seen this coming.



















Regardless of whether people loved it or hated it, we expect they'll tune in for the series finale. The final episode of "Game of Thrones" airs Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.