GAME OF THRONES Season 6 Finale Recap: And the Pieces Move All Around

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Brace yourself, the end is nigh as tonight’s GAME OF THRONES is the season finale. What adventures await us on the finale episode?

We start off with everyone getting dressed for the trial as the bells ring in the background. Everyone heads in to the Great Sept, including Loras getting an escort from some sparrows. The Seven (which includes the High Sparrow) takes their seats on the floor. Loras begins, freely admitting to his “crimes,” including this relationship with Renly Baratheon. Loras commits himself to the Seven, abandoning his Tyrell name and his lordship. He has the mark of the sparrow carved into his forehead.

Tommen sends reluctant to go. A guard comes in again and as he huffily says he’s ready, we see that the Mountain is blocking the door. Tommen tries to nonchalantly walk by him, but the big hand of the Mountain stops him.

Margaery berates the High Sparrow for mutilating Loras, insisting that the High Sparrow gave his word that Loras will be free. He promises he will, as soon as the trial for Cersei is finished. Cersei, however, is at the Red Keep, pouring herself a glass of wine, not looking like she’s going anywhere. The High Sparrow tells cousin Lancel to go to the Red Keep and retrieve Cersei.

As Lancel and the other sparrows walk out of the Great Sept, they see a little boy running. Lancel becomes suspicious and tells the other sparrows to get the others as he chases the little boy. In another building, the Grand Maester Pycelle has just left a whore’s bed, looking pleased with himself. As he heads to the Great Sept, a child whispers to him and he follows, only to be lead to Qyburn. The children (little birds) of Qyburn appear with knives as Qyburn apologizes to him; children of the corn happens all over Pycelle.

Lancel finds himself in the underground tunnels as one that cute little bird he was chasing stabs him in the back, causing him to fall to the ground and seemingly unable to get up. He tries to drag himself away. Looks like there are buckets of wildfire all in that tunnel.

Margaery insists to the High Sparrow that something is wrong, that Cersei and Tommen are not there. Margaery insists that they all need to leave and let the trial wait. Lancel comes across overturned barrels of wildfire with candles burning low in them. People try to leave the Sept as the sparrows block the way. Before Lancel can blow out the flame in one of the puddles, the wildfire explodes and runs its green carnage through the tunnels and through the sept, outside of the sept, through the city, as Cersei sips her wine and smiles while watching from her balcony. Tommen also watches with shock on his face.

Oh, and it looks like Cersei had the “confess” Septa kidnapped and chained to a table. Cersei pours wine in her face telling her to confess. Cersei taunts her and lets her know that she won’t die for quite a while. She calls the Mountain in and has him take off his helmet. She tells the Septa that this is her God now. And oh my, his face looks like it got driven through a hamburger pounder. She leaves the Septa with the Mountain as the Septa screams.

As a servant tells Tommen he is sorry and leaves, Tommen takes off his crown and walks off screen to put it down. He then calmly walks to the open window and jumps out.

Later, Qyburn shows Cersei’s Tommen’s dead body. Cersei tells Qyburn to burn him and bury his ashes where the Sept once stood.

Old Town

Sam and Gilly (and baby Sam) arrive in Old Town at the Citadel and introduce themselves to the crabby person sitting at the desk. Sam hands the man a note from Jon, but the man declares that Mormont is still listed as Commander and that he had not received a note from Grand Maester Aemon. He tells Sam no women or children allowed as he escorts Sam to the library to wait for the Arch Maester. The library is so huge and expansive that Sam is pleasantly wowed.

Winterfell

Jon is showing Melisandre their dining hall when Davos enters and throws the stag statue at Melisandre. Jon asks what it is and Davos yells at her to tell him. Melisandre looks repentant and contrite as she tells Jon what happened to Shireen. Melisandre tells Davos that it was the only way, while Davos continues yelling at her that everyone is dead. Davos pleads with Jon to have her executed for murder. Jon asks her if she has anything to say. She tells him that she has been ready to die for years, but she can help him win the war against the Night’s King. Jon gives her mercy by telling her to ride South today and should she ever return, he will have her hanged as a murderer. Davos steps in her way and reiterates that if she ever comes back this way, he will execute her himself.

Sansa joins Jon out on the balcony as he watches Melisandre ride away. Jon tells Sansa that she will be taking the Stark bedroom, as he is not a Stark. They talk about not trusting Littlefinger. Jon tells her that they need to trust each other, as they have so many enemies now. Sansa tells Jon that a white raven came from the Citadel. She proclaims winter is here, as both of them smile at each other.

Littlefinger comes upon Sansa at the white weirwood tree. Petyr tells her that he sees himself on the Iron Throne with her by his side. He leans in to kiss her, but she stops him and walks away. He proclaims his loyalty to House Stark but she’s dubious of his word.

In the banquet hall, there is squabbling among the house lords and the wildlings. Jon tells them all that the true enemy is coming and they need to band together. Lyanna Mormont stands up and puts men to shame. Lyanna tells the banquet hall that Stark blood runs through Jon’s and that he is her King, the true King of the North. Other houses begin standing up and declaring Jon their King. They bow to him with swords drawn and call him the White Wolf. Jon is overwhelmingly touched as Sansa smiles. Littlefinger just watches Sansa as in, “I told you so.”

Dorne

On that beautiful land of Dorne on the other side of GAME OF THRONES, look who we have sitting with Ellaria and the Sand Snakes! None other than the Queen of Thorns! Lady Olenna quickly puts all of the snakes in their place, as only she can masterfully do. Ellaria wants to team up with Olenna, as the Lannisters have declared war on House Tyrell and Dorne. Olenna says she wants vengeance, as Cersei has killed all of her heirs. Ellaria rings a bell and out pops Varys, offering fire and blood.

Bran

Benjen escorts Bran and Meera to the Wall, but won’t go with them. He tells them the Wall has ancient spells carved into the foundation, to protect people from the dead. While it stands, the dead cannot pass; he cannot pass. He leaves them by a white weir wood tree and Bran begins to have a vision. Yes, it is a vision of the Tower of Joy and a young Ned entering the castle as we hear Lyanna screaming.

Ned bursts into her room as she lays on her bed, soaked in blood. She whispers something to Lyanna but we don’t hear until the end, when she says “if Robert finds out, he’ll kill him, you have to protect him. Promise me, Ned,” she begs, as a baby is placed in Ned’s arms. (CONFIRMATION!) We see a shot of the newborn that merges into the grown up face of none other than Jon Snow.

Riverrun

There’s a banquet going on in the banquet hall at Riverrun, with Walder Frey speaking those ominous words, “The Freys and the Lannisters send their regards.” Walder comes over to speak to Jaime. Apparently, he put Edmure back in the cells. Jaime gets perturbed with Walder and walks away.

The next day, a woman serves Walder Frey as he gets all pervy on her. He wonders where his sons are and she tells him that they are already here. He yells at her to go get them and she emphasizes that they are already here, pointing to the food she had just placed in front of him. He peels back the top of whatever pie that is and sees a nail.

Oh. My. God. The face comes off as Arya stands there telling him her name and how the last thing he will ever see before he dies is a Stark smiling down on him as he dies. She then slits his throat and smiles.

King’s Landing

Jaime and Bronn ride up with their army, after leaving Riverrun, and look shocked at the smoke still pouring out of the city. They ride hard into the city and get there in time to see Cersei enter the Great Hall and proceed to the Iron Throne, with Qyburn by the chair speaking to the gallery, proclaiming Cersei to be Queen as he places a crown upon her head. She sits in the chair and notices Jaime standing in the gallery balcony. He looks sorely disappointed while she looks triumphant.

Meereen

Daario tells Daenerys that the ships are almost ready. She also tells Daario that he is not going to Westeros. She wants him to stay in Meereen with the Second Sons. He protests and proclaims his love for her. She tells him she cannot take him and tells him goodbye.

Later, she talks to Tyrion about leaving Daario. They talk about this, the taking of Westeros, is actually happening now. They have a smiley moment and Daenerys gives him a present. It is the hand sigil that she pins on his coat; she names him Hand of the Queen as he takes a knee.

In the ocean, amid a giant fleet of ships, we see the Unsullied, Theon and Yara, the Dothraki and the flying dragons as they proceed towards Westeros. Daenerys and Tyrion, along with Varys, who must have teleported there from Dorne, are on the front ship, looking determined as we get a pan of thousands of majestic ships making their way across the ocean.

My Thoughts

There were quite a few “What??!!!” moments for me during this episode as I could see all the chess pieces being played on all parts of the board tonight. My most shocking I guess would have been Tommen jumping out of the window and Arya ending up killing Walder Frey. My eyes teared up when all of the north proclaimed Jon the King of the North, the White Wolf (where is that darn wolf anyway????). Next season should be an outstanding clash between Cersei and Daenerys, both fierce women on this show.

Until then, keep your mind in the Game and remember….you know nothing!

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