I want to stand and cheer for the writers and full production team that worked on season 6 of Game of Thrones! What an amazing season it has been and as bittersweet as it is to see it end, it definitely ended on the highest of notes. In my opinion, The Winds of Winter is the best season finale so far in the series which says a lot, because this show is nothing short of phenomenal. Before I get into the episode details, let me put the warning out there: Full spoilers ahead!
My initial thoughts as I watched this finale: MIND BLOWN.
Can we just go ahead and talk about Cersei? I may be in the minority but I absolutely love Cersei’s character and she delivered the ultimate revenge on the high sparrow and the Great Sept of Baelor in this episode. Septa Unella perhaps got the worst of it as she was left to the Moutain’s “care,” as Cersei walked out of the room mimicking, “Shame. Shame.” It can’t get any better than that. I couldn’t think of any better way for Cersei to take revenge on that woman so I especially loved that scene. Not all always goes as planned though and the prophecy of Cersei losing all over her children came true, as Tommen took his own life after losing his wife Margaery (which made me sad as well). That was probably the most shocking, unexpected scene for me. When Cersei saw her dead son’s body, it was almost as if she knew it was coming and was prepared for it. She has lost so many people in her life, with her being responsible in one way or another, that it’s become such a second nature to her. She is the ultimate villain, which is why I like her character so much. Oh and not to mention, she’s back to being the Queen of Kings Landing. Good times.
The houses that fought for Jon Snow, have now proclaimed him as King of the North with his sister Sansa by his side. It’s great to see them together as they express to each other how important trust is, now that they have so many enemies. Davos also had his opportunity to lash out on Melisandra for her hand in Shireen’s death. It was brought to Jon’s attention, leading him to banish the red woman and to never return. Davos let her know his stance on it, threatening to execute her himself if she ever returned.
The long lost Stark sister, Arya also made an amazing appearance in this episode, scratching another victim off of her list. Under disguise, she served Walder Frey a piece of “humble human pie,” made up of of his dead sons. She finished the job by slicing his throat, as she whispered “My name is Arya Stark. The last thing you are ever going to see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die.” She has finally avenged her mother and brother dying at the Red Wedding so this was such a great moment for fans.
I want to mention how much I really loved the amazing exchange of dialogue between Daenerys and Tyrion, as he commended her on sacrificing love in order to rule properly without distraction. In an attempt to console her, Tyrion stated how he had not believed in much in order to protect himself, until now. “Families. Gods. Kings. Myself. It was often tempting, until I saw where belief got people. So I said ‘No, thank you’ to belief—and yet here I am. I believe in you.” Daenerys went on to name Tyrion the hand of the Queen which was such an epic moment!
And perhaps the most epic of moments in the episode was finally seeing the origin of Jon Snow surface in Bran’s vision. In his vision, he saw his father Ned go up the tower to find his sister Lyanna dying from giving birth. She whispers to Ned to promise to keep Jon safe no matter what. It’s assumed by many fans and readers of the books that Jon is the love child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen which would make Jon a direct threat to the Baratheon’s and have a “valid claim to the Iron Throne.” How perfect is this plot twist? Not only that, this revelation would also make Jon the nephew of Daenerys! Yet again, MIND BLOWN.
What the season 6 finale ultimately set up Jon’s rule as King of the North as well as the “Clash of Queens” to come in the future. Cersei Lannister, Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Asha Greyjoy, Ellaria Sand, and Olenna Tyrell are all playing the game and it’s going to be so interesting to see how theses ladies fair with or against each other. Not to mention, Arya Stark is still working on her “list.” It’s no question the women are standing strong in Game of Thrones and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
All in all, The Winds of Winter was an amazing way to end season 6. I was very satisfied with the outcomes and end to some of the characters. It’s not a proper Game of Thrones episode unless someone dies right? The deaths in this episode were vital to this show and the writers really knocked it out of the park in terms of how they all played out. The dialogue was also great; some really memorable important conversations went on in this episode and I want to watch it over and over to grasp every word. I am also very stoked for next season. Instead of leaving us with cheap cliffhangers, the writers and team left us exactly where we need to be and that has to be commended. Plus, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like, so I have no choice but to give this episode the highest of ratings! Brilliant finale episode!
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