‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale: Deaths, Alliances and So Much More

The Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones was an unbelievable statement in the power of this show. Because the series creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have moved past the George R.R. Martin books, they have taken this season into new realms, tying up loose ends and putting into place the pieces for the final two seasons, which will finally bring to life the title, “Fire and Ice.”

In this last episode of the season, titled “The Winds of Winter,” we start off quite literally with a bang. In King’s Landing, it’s the day of Cersei and Loras trial. Loras is brought into the Sept of Baelor, where Margaery, her father and all of the sept await. But before they can put him on trial, he confesses to all his crimes. High Sparrow is pleased and says the gods are fierce but fair. Loras says he’ll devote his life to the Seven, “abandon the Tyrell name and all that goes with it.” Then they carve the symbol of the Seven into his forehead.

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But where is Cersei? We see her getting ready, putting on armor, and Tommen, too – except when he starts to leave, he is met by the Mountain, who stops him from leaving the Red Keep. You see, Cersei has a plan.

First, it’s Grand Maester Pycelle, who has been working against Cersei for too long. He is met by one of Qyburn’s little birds outside his chambers, and he follows him to Qyburn’s laboratory, where he is killed by the children. Yeah, it’s not pretty.

Then, when Cersei does not appear before the court, High Sparrow sends Lancel to retrieve her. Lancel, too, follows another little bird into bowels of King’s Landing, and he, too, is stabbed but left alive because where he ends up is where the wildfire is — barrels and barrels of it. And there are candles in a puddle of it, burning down. It’s a ticking time bomb right under the House of Seven. Sensing something is truly amiss, Margaery tells the High Sparrow they’ve got to get the hell out of there. She knows, but it’s too late. The place is blown sky high with everyone in it.

Cersei isn’t quite done. She has also captured Septa Unella, the one who humiliated Cersei in her walk of shame. As she’s pouring wine all over Unella’s face, Cersei confesses all that she has done – murdering her husband, having a sex with her brother, etc, etc,. Unella says she’s ready to die, to meet the gods, but Cersei said she’s not going to die today. Oh no. The Mountain is going to do horrible things to her before that happens. “Shame, shame, shame,” Cersei chants as she closes the door to the torture chamber. Wow. Honestly, Cersei is truly someone you never want to cross.

Poor young Tommen, though, who has just seen his whole world blown up. He takes off his crown, sets it down and he jumps off the Red Keep to his death. The last of Cersei’s children is now dead.

And this all happens in the first 15 minutes of the show. Holy crap.

Side bar: Lady Olenna goes to see Ellaria Sand and her Sand Snake daughters in Dorne. Olenna has found out what Cersei has done, and they need to band together to defeat the Lannisters. Suddenly, Varys appears and says they will indeed seek vengeance with “fire and blood.” Yep, they are all going to align with Daenerys.

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Trying to catch our breath, we move on. Jamie is at the Twins, celebrating with Walter Frey and his clan for taking back Riverrun. Walter tries to compare his kingslaying deeds with Jamie’s, but Jamie puts him down, saying the Freys have no power and all that they have is because of the Lannisters. “Why do we need you?” asks Jamie.

Ah, indeed. Walter Frey is most definitely expendable, and soon we see him met his end. While in his empty banquet hall, a new servant girl comes in to serve him dinner. He demands to know where his sons are, and she calmly informs they are here – in the pie she has brought for him to eat. Aghast, he turns and there is Arya, revealed after disguising herself (because she now has those faceless tricks). She slits that horrible man’s throat. You go, Arya.

In a quiet moment, Sam and Gilly reach the Citadel in Oldtown to begin training as a maester. He tells the record keeper the former maester at Castle Black is dead and he’s the new one, ordered by Jon Snow. He is then lead off to the great library where he’ll be privy to all knowledge of Westeros — including the pivotal key to defeating the White Walkers, once and for all.

At Winterfell, Jon is with Melisandre, surveying the great hall where his family used to feast. In walks Davos with Stannis’ daughter’s toy and demands the Red Witch to tell Jon what they did to her. She admits they burned her at the stake because it was what the Lord of Light wanted. Davos is a bit destroyed by this. He screams at her that everyone died anyway, so an innocent girl’s life was lost for nothing. Melissandre: “I was wrong.” Um, you think? Davos wants her killed for her crime, and she says she’s ready for death, but the Lord of Light is not done with her. She says she can help them win the war against the White Walkers. But Jon can’t allow her to stay. He banishes her to the South and tells her never to return to the North, or she will be hanged. That, or Davos will kill her himself. Haven’t seen the last of Melisandre, that’s for sure.

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Sansa apologizes to Jon and says she should have told him about Lord Baelish and the Knights of the Vale. He says they need to trust each other now, that there are too many enemies. Sansa also informs him that a raven came from the citadel, a white raven. “Winter is here,” Sansa says. Jon adds, “Well, father always promised, didn’t he?”

Later, Sansa sits by the Stark family tree, as Lord Baelish approaches. She asks what he wants. He tells her he’s always seen himself as the person sitting on the Iron Throne, with Sansa by his side. She dismisses him, “It’s a pretty picture.” He says she needs to prepare for the future. Who should the North rallying around? Sansa, the true born Stark or a motherless bastard born in the South? Nope, Littlefinger is never going to stop his crusade,but will Sansa listen to him?

Ah Bran! Benjen Stark A.K.A. Coldhands brings them to the Three-Eyed Raven tree and says he must leave them. He cannot pass into the land of the living, but he’ll do what he can to fight in the war. Meera manages to drag Bran to the tree. She asks if he’s sure he wants to do this, and he says he is the Three-Eyed Raven now, so it’s his duty.

Bran touches the tree and is transported to the same place where he saw his father, a younger Ned Stark, running into the Tower of Joy to rescue his sister, Lyanna. He finds her dying after giving birth to a baby and she makes Ned promise to take care of the boy. She also whispers something in Ned’s ear that we can’t fully hear, but this finally confirms that Jon Snow is indeed the child of Lyanna Stark — and that the baby daddy will probably be revealed next season. She also tells Ned that “if Robert finds … he’ll kill him,” suggesting that the baby is not fathered by her betrothed Robert Baratheon but Rhaegar Targaryen, putting Jon Snow as the rightful heir of Iron Throne. The main thing is Bran has seen the whole thing (and probably heard what Lyanna whispered), so now he knows. Bran better hurry up and get to Winterfell cause he’s got lots to tell his brother/cousin.

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Cut to the face of Jon, in the Winterfell banquet hall, as the Houses of the North are there, arguing about this and that. Jon tells them the war is not over. Winter is here and it’s going to bring those damn White Walkers. Then, little Lyanna from House Mormont stands up and puts them all in their place. She declares Jon her king. Then they all stand up and pledge their allegiance. He is their White Wolf. The King in the North.

In Meereen, Dany tells Daario he can’t come to Westeros with her. She wants him to stay in Meereen to help keep the peace. He protests, but she says she can’t bring a lover to Westeros because she might have to marry someone else to make alliances. He isn’t happy about it because he loves her, but no matter. She’s breaking up with him. “I pity the Lords of Westeros. They don’t know what’s coming for them,” says Daario. Boy, is that an understatement.

Then she has a conversation with Tyrion. It’s really happening, he tells her. She’s got her fleet, her army and all her ducks dragons are in a row. Tyrion says she’s in the game now and it’s going to be rough. Is she frightened? Not for that, but the fact she gave up a man who loved her and she felt nothing, kinda scares her. She just has impatience to get on with it. She then makes Tyrion her Hand of the Queen. He is humbled.

In the final few moments of the episode, we see Jamie returning to King’s Landing and witnessing the aftermath of Cersei’s actions. He arrives just as Cersei takes the Iron Throne as Queen. He doesn’t look happy. Nor do the rest of the people. They look scared shitless.

Then we see Dany’s armada sailing out of Meereen, with the Greyjoys, the dragons, the Dothrakis and the whole entourage. I mean, seriously… the Lannisters do NOT stand a chance.

This is always the worst part — sadly saying goodbye to Game of Thrones until next year.