BREAKING: We are sorry to report that many fans on Twitter suffered from severe emotional trauma on Sunday night (November 19th).
For many, the scenes of huddled emperor penguins battling for their lives in icy Antarctica was too much.
There were adorable chicks, wreckless penguin fathers, and to top it all of the voice of the globe’s grandad, David Attenborough.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Dynasties episode 2 and the emperor penguin saga.
- 11,000 birds
- 337 days filming
- 62 days without sun
- -44.3°C temperatures
These camera crews are the ones who deserve the highest paid salaries on the BBC! #dynasties
— Paul Draper (@PaulDraper84) November 18, 2018
Dynasties episode 2 captured the heartbreaking struggle for many penguin families.
When a group of mothers found themselves trapped in an icy ravine, unable to carry their younglings up a slippery wall, levels of emotional distress hit boiling point on social media.
I hope there’s going to be a phone-number to call ‘if you’ve been affected by this programme’ when this finishes. #Dynasties
— Gill (@GillW23) November 18, 2018
— Matt Kettlewell FRGS (@matt_kettlewell) November 18, 2018
Never shouted "fucking help him" at the TV as much as I have done this evening. #Dynasties
— Dan (@DanE1991sa) November 18, 2018
— Eleanor Kirk (@ellieelliekirk) November 18, 2018
This even sparked celebrities such as Match of the Day man Gary Linekar to chirp up.
Penguins don’t get it easy, do they? #Dynasties
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2018
Or Olympian Greg Rutherford, who speculated taking action into his own hands!
I currently want to go and set up a penguin wind buffer wall in Antarctica. Poor penguins 😔 #Dynasties
— Greg Rutherford (@GregJRutherford) November 18, 2018
For others, however, humour was the only way to get them through tense moments.
There were scenes of frozen eggs, where a penguin father was unable to save his offspring from the freezing conditions.
Not to mention the stealing of a baby chick from one set of penguin parents to their neighbour.
Needs to be some sort of justice system in the penguin world. Just nicking babies and getting away with it. Systems a fucking joke #Dynasties
— Richard bater (@bater_richard) November 18, 2018
— Jade Moscrop (@goldlion_) November 18, 2018
Happily Ever After!
However, despite the twists and turns of traumatic events, the penguins seemed to pull through in most cases.
Whether it was huddling together for life-saving warmth or teaming up to help offspring.
Things felt like happily ever after…
— Cupcake Couture (@cupcakecoutur12) November 18, 2018
— Lee Newman (@Leenewman1977) November 18, 2018
Or Was It?
Then again, our David likes to leave things on a cliffhanger.
After all, David knows the merciless ways of Atka Bay better than anyone else…
WATCH DYNASTIES EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT ON BBC ONE AT 8 PM.