‘Game of Thrones’ Ends Season 6 With Major Questions Answered And Many Deaths
Last night’s Game of Thrones delivered a very satisfying season finale for the fans. The moment the episode started with a lengthy musical number, I knew this episode was going to be different. It felt different. It didn’t start off like a usual episode. It started off with that tone that you knew someone was going to die. Every minute that went by you thought you knew what was going to happen. In typical GOT fashion, the episode flipped everything around and surprised me in almost every way. Let’s get into it.
King’s Landing: Loras Tyrell’s trial is up first, and he immediately confesses. As with most confessions of the show, I was waiting for him to get his balls chopped off, his head cut off, or paraded on the streets after he got his balls chopped off. Nothing is out of the ordinary when someone commits a crime in this show. He gets off easy and is marked with the symbol of the Faith, the seven-pointed star, which worries his sister, Queen Margaery. She knows Cersei and the King have both not yet arrived for the trial.
The scene is mixed up Cersei seemingly getting ready for the trial, Tommen trying to get to the trial before The Mountain stops him (and I thought killed him), Maester Pycelle sleeping with another hooker, and Lancel Lannister chases a young boy into a hidden collection of wildfire. The young boy stabs him and Lancel tries to crawl to the candles lit to ignite the wildfire, but he fails. Margaery tries to warn everyone that something bad is about to happen, but before she can, the entire courtroom blows up thanks to the rumored stash of explosive wildfire Cersei uncovered in the Red Keep. This kills everyone in and around the courtroom. Oh, yeah, and Maester Pycelle gets stabbed to death by a bunch of children. He was asking for it for a long time.
Turns out that Cersei evacuated Tommen and herself before she let her plan go into action. Tommen looks upon the explosion in complete horror. Cersei may have forgotten that Tommen was in love with Margaey, so he saw the nice open window and decided to jump out of it. All of Cersei and Jamie’s incest children are now dead, Cersei is queen again, and she shares an emotionless start with Jaime as she is crowned. It feels like that love is gone. It feels like Jaime might have to kill his sister like he had to with the Mad King.
Riverrun: Walder Frey celebrates the retaking of Riverrun, thanks to the Lannister’s. He brags how he is such a badass and a “king slayer” just like Jaime was. This immediately pisses Jaime off. Jaime is not proud that he was an oathbreaker and killed the king, but he knew he had to because he was going to blow up King’s Landing. Jaime tells him off and leaves the table. Later, he is sitting in his thrones and has a plan for a dinner with his sons, but when they don’t arrive, he asks a servant where they are. This servant was also seen eying down Jaime Lannister with those sex eyes. Bron pointed this out, but I was stupid enough to think nothing of it. We all get lost in Jaime’s eyes.
As Frey gets pissed off that his sons have not yet arrived, that same servant from before puts a table of food in front of him. He keeps asking where they are, and she assures him multiple times that they’re right here. Frey, as he eats the food before him, peels the food apart to reveal that the food he is eating is in fact his 2 sons. Arya Stark, disguised as the servant, kills Frey, and declares vengeance for the Red Wedding. It was an amazing reveal considering NO ONE expected that to happen yet.
Winterfell: While the Starks have retaken Winterfell, Davos confronts Melisandre about the death of Shireen Baratheon, the daughter of Stannis. The Red Priestess admits that she had Shireen burned at the stake. Jon orders her to ride South and to never come back or else he’ll have her hanged. As Jon and Sansa watch Melisandre ride away from Winterfell, they both defer to each other on who will run Winterfell, but also that they have to work together since they’re the only ones left. A little bit after, Littlefinger expresses that he was the Iron Throne and for Sansa to be his queen. He tries to kiss her, but she stops him and walks away. He just doesn’t know what it’s like to be friend-zoned. Also, I think she remembers when he sold her to Ramsay. Remember? Remember when she was viciously raped? Yeah, Stark’s remember, and winter IS HERE!
Later, in a meeting with the people of the Northerners, they disagree with wanting to fight with the Wildlings. Jon warns that they all have to fight together to stop the White Walkers. They’re all convinced by Jon and raise their swords to announce they will follow him as King of the North. Sansa looks over at Littlefinger and smirks at him as she realizes that all of his plans have fallen apart. However, she soon wipes that smirk off her face as she sees him glaring at Jon.
In the North: Bran and Meera prepare to cross back over the Wall to return to Westeros. Before they do, Bran returns to his visions to see what is in the Tower of Joy. He’s now the 3 Eyed Raven. He sees a young Ned Stark enter the tower to find his dying sister, Lyanna. She makes Ned promise something, and she brings out a baby. That baby is Jon Snow, implying the popular R+L=J theory is now confirmed. If you don’t know what this means, it’s just one of the biggest theories in the series. Lyanna Stark had Rhaegar Targaryen’s child. By swearing to keep him safe and to claim it’s his baby, this protects Jon Snow from being butchered by Robert Baratheon. Jon is not only a Stark, but he also shares the same blood as Daenerys.
In Dorne: The moment I saw Dorne I was disappointed. Dorne was basically shoehorned into the show last season. It was the worst part of last season, but they know this. Olenna, is there mourning her entire family, you know, the ones that blew up because of Cersei? She meets with Ellaria and the Sand Snakes to express how much they hate the Lannisters. She initially wants to tell her off, but then Varys arrives and the alliance is made. Now Daenarys has been aligned with Dorne and Olenna. This makes her even more unstoppable.
Oldtown: Sam and Gilly arrive at the Citadel for his training. They had no idea that Jeor Mormont and Maester Aemon were both dead and that Jon was head of the Night’s Watch. They don’t really have e-mail in this tale. He explains what happened and is then allowed into this gigantic library. As this happens, the Citadel releases white ravens. This signifies that winter IS HERE. That’s how they knew it was official in Winterfell.
Mereen: Tyrion tries to console Daenerys, telling the Mother of Dragons that she’s finally ready to take Westeros and is part of the “great game” now. Thankful for his council, Daenerys names Tyrion the Hand of the Queen. Daeynerys also dumps her boyfriend Daario because she can’t bring that stuff across the sea. She must get married to someone and fight with them to retake the crown. Remember that Jon Snow is single. I know they’re blood, but the Targaryen’s have had brother and sister give birth to children for generations. It was changed when Khal Drogo married her. So, none of that is out of the question as we go forward. The entire crew then heads off to Westeros with hundreds of ships, multiple forces, and 3 dragons. Id say they’re unstoppable… but then again, winter IS HERE. Fighting the Northerers in winter is like the Germans fighting Russia in the snow.
Deaths: Lancel Lannister, Margaery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, Mace Tyrell, The High Sparrow, Kevan Lannister, Maester Pycelle, Tommen Baratheon, Walder Frey and His Sons, and probably hundreds if not thousands of people in the explosion.
Season 6 is now over. Was it as good for you as it was for me? The showrunners were going off no material from the books in this season. I assume that they may have had what George R.R. Martin had already written and what they already know about the future plot points of the show, but this season felt like one of the best of the series. Every episode delivered. Every episode felt like they were setting up all the pieces for the end game. This makes me excited and sad all at once. I’m excited because it means that everyone will be fighting everyone for the thrones, but sad because it’s all coming to and end.
The White Walkers are coming, Dany is coming with her fleet, the Stark’s are preparing for war with the White Walkers, Cersei has taken the throne by force, Arya is on the war path, Dorne is preparing, and so much more. I guess we’ll have to wait over a year to get some answers from season 7. Maybe by then George R.R. Martin will release that 6th book. Don’t expect a 7th book until humans have a colony on the Moon.
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