Season 6, Episode 10.
Just to warn you, we will definitely be discussing spoilers at the end of the review.
So where do we even begin? So many plot-lines and theories were confirmed and extended across this extra-long finale – it’s hard to keep up with all the different journeys that are happening. Whilst last week we had a hugely impressive battle-centric episode, the Season 6 finale boasted violence and character development. It all blended together to create a wonderfully impressive episode that had us on the edge of our seats from the minute it started.
If you’re a fan of theory-crafting, you’ll most definitely be pleased with how some of the events play out across Westeros. We’ll leave the specifics till our spoilers section down below, but there are some moments that will make you jump with joy. There isn’t a single major plot-line that isn’t followed up in the finale, and it’s fantastic to see that the writers aren’t prioritising any one character. We get to see a resolution to each story that has played out this season. The writers really know how to tantalise their audiences with the prospects of the next season. And whilst we know that Season 7 will be shorter, we know that this only means that things will be picking up pace at a very fast rate.
To quickly summarise without going into major spoilers – the writers have done it once again. They’ve proved that Game of Thrones is one of the best television shows ever made. It’s not the gigantic battle sequences, the shock value of your favourite characters’ deaths or even the giant dragons that cement this title. It’s the character’s themselves and the journeys the go on individually. It’s the reason why the show would never work as a movie or even a series of movies. There’s simply too much depth into each personality and story that would be lost on the big screen. It’s the heartfelt moments when you finally see two characters reunite after so long, or the revenge that is taken on those who have wronged a downtrodden member of royalty that prove just how good Game of Thrones really is.
Okay so: Spoiler Alert. The night is dark and full of spoilers.
We can’t prioritise one storyline over another but we’ll start with the one that sticks out the most. For those of you who love to theory craft; you’ll undoubtedly be aware of the R + L = J theory. (Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow, making Jon an heir to the throne). This is confirmed. We finally get to see Bran’s vision in full, and it’s not quickly done and over either. We get to see young Ned Stark make that heartfelt promise to his sister, and it’s masterfully done. It manages to tug on the heartstrings, but also inspire excitement at the same time. Does this mean Jon and Daenerys will be allies? Lovers? Enemies? Who knows. At this rate, anything could happen.
Then there’s Cersei. She is one of the many wonderfully badass women on the show. Her journey over the past two years has been incredible. She’s gone from downtrodden protagonist, to full blown mass murderer. We’ve seen hints of wildfire all season, and she uses them to a shocking point. It causes the deaths of the High Sparrow (fantastic), Margaery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell and then by his own hand: King Tommen. This wipes out so much competition in one fell swoop, it’s hard not to be impressed by Cersei and her determination. And whilst this ultimately lands her on the throne, we can’t help but think that there’s a showdown coming between herself and the Mother of Dragons. What a fight that would be. Lena Headey has to be praised for her performance over the past few years. It takes an actress of true skill to create a villain into a protagonist and then back again – all with the approval of the audience.
And lets not forget Maisie Williams’ brilliantly satisfying return to Westeros as Arya Stark, murdering Walder Fray. This is revenge that has long been coming for The Red Wedding. And when she goes as far as to feed him his own sons, we can’t help but gawp in awe at how incredibly vicious the younger Stark girl has become. And of course, we can’t talk about badass women, without talking of Daenerys. She’s finally out of Mereen, after what feels like an age. She’s now paired with Yara and Theon and is making her way to Westeros in a gigantic fleet. It’s hard not to be intimidated by the huge army she’s amassed, especially with the added force of her dragons. Cersei Lannister might not know what has hit her.
It’s a fantastic episode, and it was one of the most suspenseful yet enchanting openings to an episode that we’ve ever seen. It’s beautifully shot, with each of the characters in King’s Landing preparing for the trial. We can’t quite get over the sheer scale and impressiveness of Season 6, mixing intense battle scenes with wonderfully rewarding character moments. It’s quite easily the best season that Game of Thrones has to offer… so far anyway.
Unfortunately, we have a year to wait now, but we’re sure that there’ll be plenty to talk about in the meantime. For now, get your thinking caps on and think about what might be ahead in Season 7. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with the latest Game of Thrones news here at Heroes Direct.
Wonderfully written, beautifully shot and tantalisingly annoying. It's been an incredible season, and it's finale is no exception. It's only problem is that it leaves the audience on such a high, we're brought crashing down knowing we have to wait a year to find out what happens. But then again, if a show has us wanting more instantly like Game of Thrones does, it's doing it's job properly.
- R + L = J
- Cersei 'Wildfire' Lannister
- Daenerys makes her way to Westeros
- A girl has a name, Arya Stark.
- The enchantingly tense opening sequence