Game of Thrones season six finale aired last night and it was basically The Red Wedding part two. I counted nine(ish) main character deaths, two minor character deaths, plus all the unknowns from the Sept of Baleor.
First I want to mention how completely badass the musical score was. Someone should win an Emmy for that shit. It was beautiful and perfect. Also, how exciting was it to see in the opening the Direwolf sigil of house Stark back on Winterfell? Hellz yea. Anyway, as per usual – spoilers ahead and read at your own risk.
The Game of Thrones finale starts out with Loras and Cersei’s trial – we can see Cersei and Tommen in their rooms getting dressed while Loras is confessing his sins to the seven septons for forgiveness. Loras submits himself to the sparrows and has that weird symbol into his forehead which off-screen we see Tommen being held hostage in his room by The Mountain. Cersei never shows up and Lancel is sent to look for her. Margaery knows something is up and tried to get everyone to escape but the High Sparrow (man what a dick) won’t let anyone out. Meanwhile, Lancel is lured into the basement where the wildfyre is kept and a candle sets it off. Boom! Everyone dies. Margery tried to warn ya’all. This scene’s death total – Grand Maester Pycelle, Lancel, the High Sparrow, Margery, Lord Tyrell, and Loras for main characters plus the hundreds attending the trials.
Next we see Tommen taking off his crown and jumping out the window because the love of his life has died. What did Cersei think was going to happen? While Tommen is plummeting to his death Cersei is using The Mountain to torture Septa Unella. She doesn’t die in this episode but it is implied that The Mountain tortures her to death. That’s where my “ish” comes from in the count. I’m not sure if she’ll be around for next season or not. This scene’s death count – Tommen and Septa Unella.
At this point I’d like to remind you of the witch’s prophecy for Cersei. Maggy told her “You will wed the king. Queen you shall be until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” When Cersei asks if she will and Robert will have children she is told “Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” The time of Cersei’s death is upon us.
The next scene is a brief one where we see Samwell arriving at the city to become a mæster. I’m not gonna lie, at first I thought it was going to be Gendry getting out of the carriage. So, bummer there. But that library was totally badass. I was actually a little jealous of Sam at that moment.
I’ve spent most of the series trying to decide how much I hate Melisandre and it got kind of hard to hate her when she brought Jon back to life. However, the scene with Ser Davos and Jon making Melisandre tell what she did to Princess Shireen was so heartbreaking. I have never felt so bad for Ser Davos and I kind of thought Jon would be torn about what to do about it because Melisandre DID bring him back to life. I was glad when they banished her, but Davos’ threat stuck with me and I have a feeling he’ll be the one to do her in if they ever meet again. I sure hope so, anyway.
One of the things I have been complaining about this season is how we saw Ellaria and her daughters kill Dorne’s king in episode one and then we never saw them again. We finally got to catch up with them a little bit when Lady Olenna is there negotiating an alliance and Varys shows up to assist. Points to Dany! At this point she has a bigger army than any of the other contenders with the Unsullied, Dothraki, House Tyrell, all of Dorne, and Yara’s followers from the Iron Islands.
Speaking of Dany…Tyrion convinces her that she can’t bring her “mistress” to Westeros in the event she has to marry (I don’t know who she would marry, but whatevs). At this point she makes Tyrion the “Hand of the Queen” and even has a pendant made for him. I think Tyrion was going to legit cry for the first time in his life. Tyrion makes a point to let Dany know that she is officially in the game of thrones.
One of the best parts of the show, in my opinion, was the arrival of Arya. The Lannisters are finally in with the Freys and they’re celebrating and drinking and there’s this serving girl just staring at Jamie. Kind of out of place, but everyone stares at Jamie. The same serving girl ends up serving Walder Frey his lunch and informs him that the pie is made of Black Walder and Lothar – right before Arya rips off her face and slices Walder Frey’s throat in the name of the Starks. Atta girl! This scene’s death count is 3 – Black Walder, Lothar, and Walder Frey.
We finally get to hear Littlefinger say out loud what he’s been wanting – to marry Sansa and take the Iron Throne. Sansa does not seem at all interested, but he does manage to sow a little seed of doubt as to whether Jon Snow should be King in the North or if Sansa should be Queen in the North. We see this little seed of doubt two scenes later when the wildlings and the lords are fighting about whether the war is over or not. We got to hear a little more of Lady Lyanna Mormont’s sass at this point when she calls out all the lords for not backing up Jon Snow in the Battle of the Bastards. She shames everyone in the room except the wildlings who actually fought. At this point everyone declares themselves to Snow and starts chanting “King in the North” and we see Sansa not participating in this cheer. She smiles up at Jon to show her support but then we see her glance at Littlefinger and get a little angry. I hope this doesn’t cause any tension between Jon and Sansa. I love that they are finally together and on the same team.
And we see the one thing we’ve been waiting six long years for – who is Jon Snow’s mother? Benjen Stark leaves Bran and Meera at the edge of the wall because he cannot cross and before Bran crosses back over he uses the weirwood to have a vision. This vision is of Ned finding Lyanna right after giving birth and she is dying. She has someone give Ned the baby and she whispers something to him of which we can only hear “Promise me Ned.” and “Robert would kill him if he found out.” and so Ned takes the baby and promises her something. We still don’t know whether she left with Rheagar willingly or whether he raped her, but we do now know that Jon Snow is NOT Ned Stark’s bastard and that he was just pretending so that Robert would not kill the boy.
The very end of the finale shows Jamie coming back to King’s Landing just in time to see Cersei take the Iron Throne and learn that Tommen is dead. I was kind of hoping for the Lannister twin fight to be in this episode but they must be saving it for the shortened season seven. We also see Dany and all of her crew sailing the Poison Sea toward Westeros. And now, we have the longest ten months ever to wait for a shorter season seven. My hopes for season seven: Arya is the one to kill Cersei, Dany and Jon make an alliance putting Dany, Jon, and Tyrion on the same side, Jamie kills Cersei and dies alongside her, Dany and Yara hook up (yeah boyyyyy), and Gendry finally comes back. Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of the finale and what your hopes for season seven are!