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Game of Thrones: "The Winds of Winter"

Posted by kchalmers on June 29, 2016

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Spoilers ahead! Winter has come.

Wow what a way to end the season!  Normally we have a low key last episode and I suspected this one to be the same after the Battle of the Bastards, but this was by far the most intense and revealing episode of the entire series.

Finally, the Freys pay the price. Jaime Lannister puts Walder Frey in his place after taking Riverrun for him, Jaime lays the smack down questioning why the Lannisters even need the Freys, especially when they have to bail them out of situations in the Riverlands all the time. But this was nothing compared to what was in store. While dining alone on pie Walder complains to his servant (while smacking her behind) that his sons are late, but the servant insists that they are present. Eventually, Walder opens his pie to reveal he has been dining on his sons; the servant removes her face revealing she is Arya Stark. Arya informs Walder who she is and that she wants him to see her smiling face as he dies. Arya is back in Westeros and she has revenge in mind – can’t wait to see what that brings.

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In Kings Landing we prepare to see the trial of Loras and Cersei. Loras atones for his sins, renounces his house and joins the faith – the seven pointed star is carved into his forehead.  Margaery and Mace Tyrell are not pleased at the mutilation of Loras, but the High Sparrow promises to allow him to leave after Cersei faces her trial. There is only one issue, where is Cersei? 

Grand Maester Pycelle is lead to the underground of the Sept by a small child who brings him to a room where Qyburn awaits. Qyburn apologizes to Pycelle, but it is time to be out with the old and in with the new - then multiple children surround Pycelle and stab him repeatedly to death. Lancel is lead into the underground by another child who injures him, and lights a few candles at the end of the hall – no big deal right?

Meanwhile in the Red Keep, The Mountain prevents Tommen from joining his wife at the Sept of Baylor. Margaery catches on that Cersei must be up to something, but it is too late. Under the Sept where Lancel lays, he realizes in horror that he is in a hallway full of wildfire waiting to explode as the candles burn low. In a magnificent display of destruction the entire Sept of Baylor is engulfed in wildfire killing the High Sparrow, the faith militant and the majority of the Tyrell family.

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While I was happy to see this kind of end to the High Sparrow, I felt it was too bad that Margaery went down like this.  King Tommen seemed to think so too and upon realizing his bride was gone, removed his crown and jumped out the window to his death.  At this point I was so blown away I couldn’t think they could shock me more, but I was so very wrong.  Just as Jaime Lannister arrives at Kings Landing he sees the destruction and quickly enters the throne room to see his sister Cersei Lannister, the first of her name claim the Iron Throne.  Wow, just wow.

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After that Sam and Gilly arrive at Oldtown – nothing really happened here, but the only thing to note was the hundreds of white ravens leaving the citadel, announcing the arrival of winter. Ned Stark you were right all along.

North of the wall Benjen drops Meera and Bran off at grove with a weirwood heart tree close to the Wall, as he can go no farther the magic of the Wall prevents the dead from crossing.  Hmmm how is that going to work out for the army of dead guys and gals heading South – oh right winter has come!  Bran hooks up with the heart tree and visits the past now that he is the 3 eyed raven.  He sees his father run to his dying sister with blood stained sheets and a handmaiden who hand him a baby.  Lyanna whispers to Ned the identity of the father, (come on its Rhaegar Targaryen right?  Just tell us already) and makes him promise to keep her child safe, as Robert would kill him should his identity be known. Ned looks at the newborn child, whose eyes open up to reveal dark colored eyes of Jon Snow.

In Winterfell, Davos confronts Melisandre in front of Jon Snow and makes her confess to sacrificing Princess Shireen – Jon banishes her from the North and Davos swears to personally kill her if she travels north again.

Sansa confronts Littlefinger in the Godswood asking him what he wants from her and he confesses that his desires lie in the seat of the Iron Throne with her at his side.  Smugly he leans in for a kiss, she stops him and walks away, he comments that he has openly declared for House Stark but she reminds him Stark isn’t the first house he has declared for.  Littlefinger asks her who the North should rally behind, a trueborn Stark, or a bastard born in the south but Sansa keeps walking without looking back.

In the Winterfell great hall the leaders of the North gather.  They argue about aligning with the Vale and the Wildlings and discuss the coming of winter; many agree they should ride home to wait out the coming storms.  Jon reminds the heads of the houses that the true enemy does not wait out the storm, it brings the storm but the men continue to argue amongst themselves until Lady Mormont knocks them silent with another of her killer speeches – that little girl rocks. With her rousing speech the men understand the call and declare for house Stark and name Jon Snow King in the North.  I guess Littlefinger got his answer, but the cut eye he shot Sansa gave me chills, considering what he did to her Aunt, I’m a bit worried for Lady Sansa.

In Dorne, Ellaria and the Sand Snakes meet with Olenna Tyrell, who is morning the loss of pretty much her whole family.  In classic Queen of Thornes style she shuts the Sand Snakes down and tells them to let the adults speak – older ladies can get away with so much!  Ellaria says they must work together now that Cersei is in power and has declared war on both houses, but Olenna reminds her there is no survival for Highgarden, he house has no future – revenge not survival is what she is seeking.  Ellaria is pleased and with that she presents Varys with the offer of justice, vengeance, fire and blood.

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Queue Queen Daenerys Targaryen!  Daario reports to his queen that the fleets are nearly ready to head to Westeros and he is eager to see how the Dothraki handle the sea, but his love informs him that he will not be travelling to Westeros and that he is to serve her by staying in Meereen with the Second Sons.  He is required to keep the peace she has created and on top of that bringing a lover to Westeros isn’t a great idea as she will likely marry when she gets there.  Daario knows Tyrion is the mastermind behind this and admits it’s a good move politically, but he realizes she will be an impossible act to follow; no doubt she can ride dragons!  After Daario leaves she goes to see Tyrion, he tries to console her but she informs him that she is not heartbroken which is surprising and troubling to her.  Dany changes the subject to Tyrion who admits to her that while he has given up on many things in life including him-self, he believes in her. Obviously touched, Daenerys gives Tyrion a brooch she had made for him and names him the Hand of the Queen. Tyrion, with tears in his eyes, kneels in front of her.

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Later Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion fly over the assembled Dothraki, Ironborn, Dornishmen, Reachmen, and Unsullied fleet of House Targaryen. Daenerys, clad in Targaryen black, stands on the deck of the flagship with Tyrion, Missandei, and Varys, looking ahead to the next round of the game of thrones, which she intends to win with fire and blood.

And that my friends, concludes Season 6.  What a ride!

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