HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of those shows you either love or hate, or love to hate, but season 6 has been by far the most revealing. For the past 5 seasons, book readers have been “in the know” regarding most major character deaths, but this season took us to a whole new world within the series; George R.R. Martin, the author, has yet to release the book that would normally correspond with the season, so book readers and show watchers alike were treated to completely new material.
I think it’s safe to say that if you haven’t caught up with the series, don’t read any further: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
1. Going into the finale, we knew Queen Mother Cersei and Loras Tyrell were to be judged by the High Sparrow, and the Faith of the Seven. With a large crowd, including Queen Margaery, her father, and Kevan Lannister (Cersei’s uncle) waiting for the judgement to be laid down within the Sept, Cersei’s Frankenstein-ish “The Mountain” prevents her son, King Tommen, to leave his room within the Red Keep. Waiting on Cersei, the High Sparrow sends Lancel Lannister, now one of the Faith Militants, to fetch Cersei; while doing so, he is led underground by a small child, one of Varys’ little birds. A beautiful, well done sequence is set up as we watch Cersei calmly view the wild fire explode within the Sept, killing everyone inside, and burning down some of the surrounding King’s Landing.
2. King Tommen, holed up in his room, also watches as everyone he loves is destroyed; screams are heard as the fire burns, and we see Tommen lose any power he thought he may have had. With the view held on the window, Tommen takes off his crown, and walks out of camera view. The screams and fire still billlowing in the center of King’s Landing, we witness Tommen climb onto the ledge of the window and fall to his death.
3. The new Three-Eyed Raven, Bran Stark, wargs back to the Tower of Joy: Ned Stark runs up the tower stairs to the screams of his sister, Lyanna where he finds her in bed, bleeding out; the rumored R+L = J is all but confirmed when Lyanna whispers to Ned about the baby being killed if “he” ever finds out. As we see a shot of the baby, we are taken directly to Jon Snow. For those unfamiliar with the R+L=J theory, catch up here.
4. Daenerys names Tyrion Lannister Hand of the Queen, for which he is honored; “I believe in you.” He tells her. With her ships, dragons, riders, and closest confidants, she rides to Westeros to claim her throne, one she will have to fight for viciously since…
5. Cersei is named Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Since Tommen has died, and there’s no living Baratheon child (or so they think–Hey Gendry, what’s up?), she has the right to the throne. Will she be the Mad Queen? Or is that title reserved for Khaleesi? We’ll have to wait and see until season 7!
Thoughts? Comments? Theories? I’d love to hear them!