An explosive — insert muffled laughter here — finale left several dead, but it wouldn’t be “Game of Thrones” without a sizable blood bath. If you have not watched the Season 6 finale of “Game of Thrones,” be advised there are spoilers below.
After so many seasons of subtly rooting for the Tyrell siblings — they were some of the only characters who were good people after all — both met their demise in the climactic Season 6 finale of “Game of Thrones.” In an epic move, Cersei (Lena Headey) takes revenge to a whole new level, blowing up the Sept of Baelor — along with everyone inside — in order to avoid her trial and end the faith militant.
Unfortunately, her plan has the unintended consequence of breaking Tommen’s (Dean-Charles Chapman) heart. Her son jumps to his death from the Red Keep, ending his own life and fulfilling the awful prophecy from the beginning of the season with his third gold shroud. And so ends the Lannister line.
Another unfortunate consequence of Cersei’s choice is the new alliance that might just change the momentum of the whole show. Olenna (Diana Rigg) is not content to sit by and let her grandchildren be slaughtered. Along with the Sand Snakes of Dorne, it seems Olenna will be switching to Team Targaryen. What’s left of the Lannister family should run and hide because Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) are heading back to Westeros with a sizable army behind them, even without the Second Sons.
With so many families out for blood against the Lannisters, it seems impossible that they could weather this storm.
On the topic of revenge, Arya (Maisie Williams) got hers by marking off yet another name on her list. With the help of her new “No One” training, Arya manages to murder Walder Frey (David Bradley) and cook all his sons into pies. We guess revenge really is a dish best served cold?
Arya is headed down a dark path, despite fans loving her vengeful ways. Murder is always harsh, but this kind of brutal murder is turning her into a person we almost don’t recognize.
All that is left is for Arya to finally — finally — reunite with Jon (Kit Harington) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) at Winterfell, but that will have to remain on our Season 7 wish list. Here’s hoping they will accept her and her dark new identity back into the fold.
The one reveal no longer on the wish list, however, is Jon Snow’s parentage. Even if it was not said in so many words — admit it, you listened to Lyanna Stark’s whispers at least 10 times to see if you could hear what she revealed. The way that baby’s face cut directly to Jon Snow’s was about as subtle as a dropped anvil. Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark, and Ned raised him as his own bastard to protect him.
So while Lyanna Mormont’s (Bella Ramsey) speech was awesome and super inspiring … it was only half true. Still … long live Jon Snow, King of the North.
He rose from the dead in the premiere and got himself crowned king in the finale. That’s some pretty awesome progress, and we can only hope that it goes better for him than it did for Robb Stark (Richard Madden).
With Cersei crowned Queen in King’s Landing, we’ve got another war brewing for the Iron Throne, and this one is going to be the final battle. King Jon vs. Queen Cersei vs. Queen Daenerys. Can we admit that we’re dying for a Jon and Daenerys alliance, just so we don’t have to see our two favorite characters face off?
“Game of Thrones” will return in 2017 to HBO.