14 things we learned from the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale
We probably should have a lie down in a dark room after all that. 'The Winds of Winter' was certainly not the usual calm-after-the-storm episode 10 like previous seasons.
While we now attempt to get through the next 10 months without our weekly dose of Westeros, here are the main things to keep us ticking until season 7 arrives:
1. Revenge is a dish best served Cersei
We should never have doubted the ice queen. She got her vengeance on the Faith of the Seven and then some. And she didn't care who she brought down with them.
By burning down the Great Sept with wildfire, this also meant killing countless people including the High Sparrow, Margaery, Loras, Mace Tyrell, Kevan Lannister and Lancel. The only one of them we'll miss is Margaery, especially as it seemed she had a plan up her sleeve all season, only to be unceremoniously removed.
Cersei made sure to keep Septa Unella (that "shame" woman) behind, purely to be tortured by The Mountain. We dread to think what Ser Gregor has in store for her. Either way, Cersei is more dangerous than ever. Especially as...
2. Tommen has had enough of this world
As shocking as it was, it was hard not to giggle a tad at witnessing poor Tommen decide to off himself by jumping out the window, especially as it reminded us of Chris Morris in The IT Crowd:
So with yet another baby Baratheon out the way, that apparently means...
3. Cersei is now the Queen. Yay?
Despite losing her youngest kid and killing many people, she still managed to bring back her classic smirk after perching her bottom on the Iron Throne. Did you ever see that coming back in season one?
As Jaime arrived to see the carnage, even he appeared to be disappointed by what had happened to his sister/beloved. Does this mean we'll see Jaime vs Cersei next season? She's quickly becoming the Mad Queen already.
4. Why did the Little Birds kill Pycelle?
Sure, Pycelle has been a right conniving little old git since day one, but why was he particularly marked out for such a gruesome death?
Cersei clearly didn't know that Tommen was going to die, so it can't be to have allowed her to become Queen.
Qyburn mentioned that "before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest", and so maybe Cersei had just had enough of his shit, and took this as the best opportunity to finally off him. Perhaps Pycelle knew about the wildfire stores, and she didn't trust him. Or maybe she just wanted only those she can trust in this new regime.
5. So Bran CAN see the future
With Cersei taking her wildfire habit to the next level, this means that Bran's previous quickfire vision proved to be true.
Quite why he was able to pick out random moments from the future is anyone's guess, but this changes things. He not only has the ability to visit the past, but he can predict (and perhaps change?) the future. Whoever holds Bran has a big advantage.
6. Where will Melisandre go?
The Red Woman is ordered to head south and never return after Davos reveals to Jon the truth behind Shireen's death.
Jon, not wanting to execute the woman who brought him back to life, probably made the right decision. But where will she head now? Maybe to the Brotherhood Without Banners, who follow the same Lord as her? A Melisandre/Hound romance would be epic.
7. Sansa is obviously going to turn on Jon eventually
Although we loved Littlefinger being denied a smooch by Sansa in classic high-school style, Sansa is clearly unsure of her allegiance.
Baelish told Sansa that his ultimate goal is to sit on the Iron Throne with her at his side. He then made it pretty damned clear that people would prefer to serve a true Stark than a bastard like Jon. Oh dear... Don't do it, Sansa.
8. Jon Snow - KING OF THE NORTH!
One of the most joyous moments in GoT history has to be the sight of various Northern lords, Knights of the Vale and the Wildlings passionately declaring Jon as the King of the North.
This was mainly thanks to Lyanna Mormont continuing her journey as a double hard warrior. If it weren't for her stern words, Jon may have had a fight on his hands. But will all this loyalty change when they realise that...
9. R+L=J is finally confirmed
We all knew it was coming, but it's such a relief for it to finally be true. After Benjen dropped off Bran and Meera at the wall (he's not allowed in because of magic and that), Bran took this opportunity to revisit the past and see what the hell was going on with his dad at that tower.
As expected, Ned's sister Lyanna gave birth to Jon Snow, and asked Ned to take him in as his own, as the Baratheons and the Lannisters would not allow the survival of a Targaryen baby.
We're looking forward to that awkward conversation between Bran and Jon next season. "Yeah, so we've got different dads, bro."
10. Arya is finally a badass
Arya went all Eric Cartman this week as she fed Walder Frey a pie made from his two dead sons, before killing him at the same table where he watched her family get slaughtered at the Red Wedding.
She presumably stole a face just before leaving Jaqen in order to do this, and this also means that she allowed Jaime and various other Lannisters to go free. It surely won't be long before she's finally reunited with her brothers and sister.
11. Sam found his heaven
Just in case you cared about where Sam ended up after leaving his dick of a dad a few weeks back, he and Gilly arrived at Oldtown for his Maester training.
Granted access to the humongous library, his jaw hit the floor. But we also noticed this hanging from the ceiling, which looked suspiciously familiar:
12. Varys has found Daenerys even more allies
We now know where Varys went to broker a deal a couple of weeks ago. Not only does Daenerys have the Dothraki, Unsullied, three dragons and the Greyjoys behind her, but now she has the Sand Snakes and Olenna Tyrell fighting her cause.
Cersei is going to have a bad time as the new Queen, especially when she sees the fleet of ships heading her way. How the hell could anyone take all that lot on?
13. Poor Daario
We couldn't help but feel sorry for Daario. That was the coldest dumping we've seen on TV since David Van Day. But at least he's been made ruler of Meereen and Slaver's Bay. And also that means Jorah has a chance to get in there. Maybe?
Also, an emotional Tyrion was made Hand of the Queen by Daenerys. We're still predicting that Tyrion will be revealed to be her half-brother, so this makes sense.
14. Sadly no Brienne or The Hound this week
We were disappointed that there was no time to include Brienne, Podrick, The Hound and the Brotherhood Without Banners in the finale, but we're expecting an explosive reunion early on in season 7.
There was also no appearance from Jorah on his way to find a cure for greyscale. Oh, and the White Walkers didn't feature at all, which was a surprise. Probably no budget left.