The following recap contains massive spoilers (DUH). Please don’t read ahead unless you are perfectly ok with that fact or have seen the episode.
The Season 6 Finale of Game of Thrones begins in King’s Landing on the day of the big trial with Cersei contemplating her fate. Cersei, Tommen, Margaery, and the High Sparrow are all getting ready for the trial. The accused along with a crowd of onlookers all enter the Sept. When the trial begins, Ser Loras is the first before the Septons. Instead of standing trial, though, he confesses to all of his sins. Loras takes full responsibility for his actions, and devotes his life to the Seven. He vows to renounce his title and claim to Highgarden, to never marry or have children, and to devote his life to the service of the Seven Gods. After pronouncing this, The High Sparrow accepts, and he has the mark of the zealots carved into his forehead. After Loras’s trial, we find out that Cersei has not been preparing for the trial, but has planned on staying in the Red Keep the entire time. The Mountain goes to Tommen’s room, and prevents him from leaving. We are then taken back and forth between seeing one of Qyburn’s birds leading Lancel Lannister down a hallway, while the other birds stab Grand Maester Pycelle to death. Eventually, the little boy leading Lancel around, stabs him. As the camera zooms out, we see that the zealot was stabbed under the city where the wild fire is being stored. Back in the Sept, Magaery realizes that Cersei is up to something, and that the Sept needs to be evacuated. However, the Zealots will not allow anyone to leave. Panic ensues as we see that down in the undercity there are candles lit and melting in pools of the wild fire. The explosion happens, and the Sept is demolished, along with everyone inside. Cersei looks on with her trademark smile.
We are then taken to a chamber where Cersei has the Septa who tortured her chained to a table. She wants the Septa to confess to torturing Cersei because the Septa enjoyed it. The Septa says that she is ready to die. However, Cersei says that she is not going to die today, but will die for a long time. Cersei calls in Ser Gregor, and allows him to have his way with the Septa. Cersei exits, saying “shame” as she walks out the door.
Tommen’s expression seems emotionless, as he looks upon the damage his mother has inflicted. He solemnly takes off his crown, and then jumps out the window to his death.
The Freys are celebrating the win at Riverrun. Women are throwing themselves at Jaime, much to Bronn’s chagrin. Jaime plays the good wingman, though, and helps Bronn find a couple of ladies for companionship. Walder Frey approaches Jaime to relish in the victory. However, as Walder talks, we can clearly see that Jaime is beginning to see what an awful person his family has decided to side with. Frey basks in the glory of having lesser houses fear the Freys. Jaime reminds him that it is the Lannisters that those houses fear, not the Freys, and also reminds Walder of how the Lannisters have to come and assist them in keeping the Riverlands on a somewhat regular basis. Jaime questions what worth the Freys are at all, and then takes his leave.
Back in King’s Landing, Cersei has just learned of Tommen’s demise. She demands to see his body. Qyburn asks her how his funeral should be handled. She says that he needs to be with the rest of his family, so she wants his body burned and buried where the Sept once stood.
Sam and Gilly arrive at The Citadel and are greeted by a very unimpressed looking Maester. The news of Jon Snow’s rise as Lord Commander, and the death of Maester Aemon have not reached The Citadel. However, the Maester says that Sam may have use of the library until the Arch Maester can get everything sorted out. The Library is huge and Sam is in total awe. He almost looks as if he has to fight back tears he’s so happy to see that many books.
In Winterfell, Jon and Melissandre are talking about Jon’s memories of Winterfell when Ser Davos enters and demands answers about Princess Shireen. He accuses Melissandre of being a cold-hearted murderer and wants her execution. Jon instead commands her to ride south and tells her that if she ever comes north again, she will be executed. As Jon watches Melissandre ride away, Sansa approaches him. Jon tells her that she should have the Lord’s room, since the battle was won because the nights of the Vale came when she called. Sansa tells Jon that a white raven arrived, and it means that winter has finally come. Jon chuckles at this news and says, “Well Father always promised, didn’t he?”
Lady Tyrell has made her way to Dorne to ask the Martells for assistance getting revenge against Cersei for killing her family. The Martells asks her what she wants from them. Varys approaches and suggests “fire and blood.”
In Meereen Danaerys tells Daario that he is not to come with her to Westeros. She needs to be able to seem available to the noble houses in order to form alliances. He protests greatly and says he is willing to essentially be her mistress, but he still protests. Eventually he acquiesces, even though it’s begrudgingly. When she leaves the room, Tyrion is waiting for her and tries to make her feel better about the decision she has just made. He fails miserably. He does tell her, though, that he ha been a cynic his entire life, and has tried not to believe in anything, since he saw where belief got people. However, he believes in her. Danaerys then gives him a pin that she had made (it resembles the Hand of the King pin), and declares him Hand of the Queen.
Walder Frey is sitting alone when a serving girl brings him a meat pie. He asks the girl where his sons are, as he wishes to speak with them. The serving girl tells him that they are already there. Walder then asks specifically where they are, as they are clearly not in the room. The serving girl specifies, and shows Walder that they are in the meat pie. Horrified, Walder looks upon the serving girl, who removes her face to reveal she is actually Arya. She announces who she is and tells Walder that it’s important to her that he knows a Stark will be smiling on him as he dies. She slits his throat and has almost a look of ecstasy on her face as he bleeds out.
Littlefinger approaches Sansa near the Weirwood outside Winterfell. She asks him what he wants, but he tells her she already knows. He wants to sit on the Iron Throne with Sansa by his side. He then leans in to kiss her, but Sansa stops him.
Benjen, Meera, and Bran reach The Wall. Benjen explains that he cannot go with them, however, since the warding built into the foundation of The Wall prevents him from crossing. They are next to a Weirwood whose eyes are closed and bleeding. Bran is going to go into the dreamstate and find what he needs to know. Meera asks if he’s ready, and he reminds her that he is the Three-Eyed Raven now, and has to be ready. When he goes into the dreamstate, he’s back where Ned is about to try to save his sister Lyanna, from the tower. When Ned enters the tower, he sees that she is covered in blood and dying. In the most amazingly satisfying “Yes the fan theory was real” moment we’ve ever had, we hear Lyanna ask Ned to take care of her son, as Robert will want it killed. Ned promises, we see the face of the baby, and then are immediately cut to Jon Snow’s face. JON SNOW IS A TARGARYEN CONFIRMED.
In Winterfell, all the great houses of the North are debating whether to stay and fight in the North for the real war to come, or to go back to their houses to wait out the storms. Lady Mormont stands up and lays the verbal smack down on everybody. She chastises all those who had losses at the Red Wedding, and yet did not help Jon take back Winterfell. They all realize that she is correct, and they declare Jon King of the North.
Jaime and Bronn make their way to King’s Landing and see it mostly in ruins. Jaime enters the throne room to see Cersei being crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She finally got what she wanted all along, but I doubt it’s how she wanted it.
In the last scene of the season, we see Theon, Yara, Grey Worm, the Dothraki and the Iron Born all sailing to Westros while the Dragons fly overhead. The fleet is massive. Anyone Danaerys goes against is going to have an extremely hard time fighting her off.
Cersei destroyed the Sept in King’s Landing. The High Sparrow, his zealots, Margaery, Loras, Tommen, and many other random Westerosians(?) are dead. Tyrion is Danaerys’s Hand of the Queen. Jon Snow is a Targaeryen, but he doesn’t know it yet, but he is King of the North. Winter is here. Arya got her revenge on Walder Frey, but also might be becoming a serial killer. Cersei now sits on the Iron Throne, and Danaerys is coming to change that. CRAZY HUH?
This. Episode. Was. Insane. I can’t believe we are going to have to wait so long for more episodes. My predictions for the rest of the show: 1) Danaerys will take the Iron Throne (with little resistance) 2) Jon will then turn to Danaerys for help against the White Walkers. No matter what happens next, it’s going to be epic. This is my absolute favorite episode, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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