Right? It has to be up there in the discussion of all time episodes for any show. Definitely the best season finale in the history of Game of Thrones. A show that is notorious for giving us the big daddy in the penultimate episode (which it still did) went above and beyond this year and matched it with an equally awesome episode to finish off the season, ensuring that we will all be in a state of anxious depression until next spring, if nothing else. Without further ado, let's get in to it.
I was wrong. I'm man enough to admit that. Cersei and Tommen were NOT in cahoots, apparently. Clearly my whole "this is is all a rouse engineered by Cersei to get Tommen to convince the High Sparrow and Margaery that he was on their side when in reality it was just a setup to tear down both the Faith and the Tyrells from the inside" theory was a bit off. To be honest, though, until Tommen leapt out that window, I thought I had fuckin nailed it. But nope.
For those who don't remember, or haven't read it before, or don't give a shit, basically my thought was this: if you recall, earlier in the season there was a scene in which the Sparrow divulged something to Tommen that we didn't hear. We later see Tommen run to Cersei and share what he was told by the Sparrow, which yet again we don't hear. The very next scene we see Cersei run in to the council meeting and declare that the Lannisters and Tyrells needed to join up and act now to take down the Faith, which seemed fishy to me. What I thought was that, after hearing confession from a broken Loras, the Sparrow found out that the Tyrells were responsible for Joffrey's death, so he told that to Tommen, who told that to Cersei, and the two of them set up a plan together for a) Tommen to gain the trust of the Sparrow by "joining the faith" while b) Cersei gained the trust of the Tyrells by appealing to their need to destroy the Faith and save Loras and Margaery, gaining enough of a hold on both of the Lannister's closest enemies to destroy them from within. Somewhere in there, Cersei knew she needed Jamie with the Lannister army but that he would never willingly lead, hence his banishment at Tommen's hands, which would set up for an overall takedown of the Tyrells later. Never really figured out exactly how the Faith was to be taken down, but the wildfire plan would've still fit and I just sort of trusted that Cersei had it figured out better than I could. Not a bad theory, right? Let's look at what actually happened...
Welp. Okay. So I guess I was slightly off. I mean it sort of fit, right? Minus the whole Tommen having no clue what was going on and then committing suicide, Jamie not being an integral part of any sort of planning, or the lack of any semblance of pre-meditation from anyone other than Cersei parts. Other than that, though, it's basically exactly what I predicted.... So I'll say I'm wrong but we all know I'm not really.
Let's discuss the ramifications of all that went down here. Cersei is, at least for now, the most powerful person in Westeros as she is currently the one sitting on the Iron Throne. The one part of her that was humanizing, her motherly love, is now gone as all of her children are dead. All of her most immediate enemies are now destroyed, quite literally, and she has the most powerful warrior in the world by her side (while he's not doing god knows what to that poor woman). She's sitting in a terrifying position when the dust from this episode settles, and it's going to take some serious effort to get her off that throne. Even Jamie, who loves her beyond what he can control, looks like he knows this could be the darkest time the world has ever seen if his monstrous sister is allowed to reign. The Lannisters have always done a brutally magnificent job of masking their inhumanity and curbing their evil ways when necessary for the sake of furthering their family, but now, with their family dynamic in shambles, there is NOTHING to stop Cersei from reaching the absolute depths of her depravity, and potentially taking the world down with her. Hopefully somebody shows up soon with the capability and drive to take her out....
Oh that's right, only the baddest assassin in the world, who apparently also has some Hannibal Lecter-esque culinary skills, is back in Westeros to take down everyone left on her list of "dumb dumbs who totally fucked over me and my family", a list which Cersei just so happens to be on... This is one that I'll kind of pat myself on the back for, because while it may have been a semi-obvious call, I've been saying pretty much every week that if Arya ever gets out of Bravos that she's going straight for Walder Frey's throat, and it was oh so satisfying to watch. That guy was literally the worst creature in a world full of awful creatures, so to see him gargling on his own blood while looking in to Arya's eyes was awesome.
A lot of people have been saying that this marks a dark time for Arya, as she is now so far gone from the innocent child she was and is turning in to an unhinged murderer, and while I see the concern, let's be real here... that girl lost all innocence when she watched her brother's headless body be ridden out on a horse with the head of his direwolf bouncing on top of it. And nothing that she's done has suggested that she's lost her sense of justice, she's only displayed an ability for cold and calculated death. If this show has shown us anything it's that that's a coveted skill in this world, so I for one am not too worried about it. I am confident Arya is going to stay on the right track and only kill the people that she deems worthy.*.... She's totally gonna kill Jon Snow now. I jinxed it. Sorry guys.
After last episode, there wasn't much action left here, but we see Dany make a pretty big decision in leaving Daario behind as she sets sail for Westeros. Was it Tyrion's idea? Yes, but would Dany have done it if she didn't think it was the right move? No, and that's why she's the Khaleesi. She has surrounded herself with a crack team of advisors, but everything starts and stops with her. Having said that, Tyrion's continued brilliance and ability to perform under pressure has proven to Dany that he is one of the most valuable people she could possibly have on her side, and we see him returned to his rightful role as Hand of the Queen. He fuckin killed it when he was in King's Landing, and I expect him to play a major role in how Dany looks to both take control and rule over Westeros. Tyrion, so hot right now.
Also, this was the final shot of the season, the shot we've all been waiting for ladies and gents... Khaleesi's coming, bitches. With dragons, Greyjoys, Greyworms, Spiders, Snakes, and Dothraki in tow. Eh, not bad.
NORTH OF THE WALL/TOWER OF JOY
Bran's the Three-Eyed Raven now, in the storyline that I really hope you've been looking up online to follow cus otherwise I don't really know how the fuck they expect people to know what is going on. But what is relatively simple to gather is that Bran can see the past, and we finally get some insight in to the whole R+L = J theory (fact). Oh yeah, the theory is true. That's about it.
In his trip back to the Tower of Joy, Bran finds out that Ned's sister, Lyanna Stark, gave birth to a son. A son she most likely had with Rhaegar Targaryen, and a son who Ned most likely raised on his own and most likely called Jon Snow. Yes, in a sort of ridiculous move to save some suspense, the showrunners decided to make the conversation between Ned and Lyanna inaudible, so I guess there is still the argument that we don't know for sure what is happening here, but yeah we do. Jon Snow is the heir of two of the strongest houses in the world, and he's now grown up to become...
The King in the North! The King in the North! The King in the... wait, we've totally done this before. When did we do this before? Uh.... Oh yeah! It was.... oh shit.
Yeah this was a pretty incredible scene, and very emotional to see Jon take his well earned place as King in the North, but if you didn't quickly jump to the thought of Robb Stark's body riddled with arrows then you my friend have not watched this show with enough due diligence. The show didn't really let you miss the bad omen, though, because even if you were ignorant to the King in the North parallel, there's no way to miss that uber troubling look shared between Sansa and Littlefinger during the chants. You know, the Littlefinger who, in this very same episode, declared to Sansa that literally every decision he makes is engineered toward the result of him sitting on the Iron Throne with her at his side? Yeah, sort of tough to see any scenario where Jon Snow isn't an immediate threat to that plan.
So guess what Jon? You're right. You do have "so many enemies" now, but the most formidable one is in your damn castle right now, and we don't know the extent of control he still holds over Sansa. I'd like to say that Sansa is clearly on Jon's side, and I do believe she is, but I think she's still very intrigued by Littlefinger and the idea of being his queen didn't seem to completely disgust her, so who knows? If things go sour, she's going to have to make a tough choice, and here's to hoping she's able to cut down Littlefinger when the situation demands it. Otherwise we may have another direwolf head replacing that of the King in the North's pretty soon.
Oh and one big thing here to not gloss over (which I totally have) is the fate of Melisandre. After Davos confirms that she was essentially responsible for Princess Shireen's death, Jonny Snow does really the only thing he can in banishing her. It's gotta be tough for him, kicking out the woman who brought him back from the dead and all, but what was the other option? Keep her around? Davos would kill her himself and anyone who got in his way. Kill her? No way you can see what she's capable of and not realize that her magic will be integral in the fight against the Walkers. So I think he made the right call, but let's hope she doesn't get too far south because when the Night King shows up it would be nice to have a woman who's god is a fire god at the ready.
Final P.S. for Winterfell, most badass new character on the show has to go to this girl, right?
I read some meme that was like if she had dragons she would've been on the Iron Throne two seasons ago, and that's the most factual thing I've read on the internet maybe ever. Killin it.
Is that everything? Oh, right. Sam and Gilly seem to be doing well, and Sam is going to be a maester, so good for him!... That's about all I've got on that one.
So it is with a heavy heart that I leave you all. This season was far and away the best season in GOT from start to finish, chalk full of amazing episodes and really not a single downer in the bunch. Even the expository episodes were great. Things I'm looking forward too: The Hound and Berric Dondarien (still don't know if that's how it's spelled but fuck you I'm not looking it up) getting in the mix and proving pretty damn impossible to kill, figuring out where the fuck Gendry is, where Arya is getting all of her extra faces from, what dragon shit looks like (for real they have to show that at one point), what kind of charitable acts Cersei is gonna get up to as queen, Tormund and Brienne destroying every bed they come in contact with, and Wun Wun's son coming in to the mix. I know Wun Wun didn't have a son, but don't let facts get in the way of a Things I Want To See list, I've always said that. Enjoy the rest of the summer and a long, cold, miserable winter. It will be even longer than you think it will and you may not make it all the way. Sorry. See you next year!
* Real quick, and I guess semi-spoiler for non book readers, but for people who think that Arya is the show's version of Lady Stoneheart: I haven't read the books but I've done thorough online research (wikipedia) and am in the loop on who Lady S is and what she's all about, and while I could see that being the turn Arya's character takes, it just wouldn't all add up to me. As I understand it, Lady Stoneheart is completely cold and emotionless, void of looking past her sense of vengeance and retribution. While Arya is cold hearted as a killer, we've seen too many examples of her showing serious empathy and having probably the strongest sense of justice in the show, so I think turning her in to just a stone-hearted (get it?) murderer would be a strange move. I'm sure there is room for it to be justified, so who knows, I just think I'd be disappointed if that's how it shakes out, based on what I know about Lady S.