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The final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ was doomed to be divisive, and the Night King twist shows why

The Night King fire Game of Thrones season eight, episode three, The Long Night HBO

  • Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Game of Thrones."
  • After running out of published material from George R.R. Martin's book series, "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been making their own choices for key characters.
  • Arya killing the Night King is emblematic of how Benioff and Weiss' adaptation has moved away from Martin's carefully plotted narratives and closer to their own invented storylines.
  • The show overtaking the books made the heated, divisive reaction about these final episodes inevitable.
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On Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "The Long Night," Arya Stark stabbed the Night King with a Valyrian steel dagger, exploding him into ice-dust and thereby destroying the entire Army of the Dead and every White Walker.

And with that action, a schism erupted in the "Game of Thrones" fandom, uncovering a mess of emotions about HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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