The following contains spoilers from the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale episode.
Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons is finally heading to Westeros. She’s got her dragons, ships, and army, and she’s coming for what’s hers, in the words of Cookie Lyon. Meanwhile in King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister now sits on the Iron Throne, after King Tommen commits suicide, which was triggered by Cersei setting wildfire loose on the Sept of Baelor and killing everyone inside. (Yay the high sparrow is gone! Noooo Margaery and Loras are dead!)
But Daenerys and Cersei aren’t the only would-be rulers, as Jon is now King in the North. But that’s not all, as Bran saw in his vision. Not only is Jon the King in the North, but he’s also the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen (R + L = J!) making him the true King of the Seven Kingdoms. Also happening Stark-wise, Arya is back in Westeros! She fed Frey his own sons a la The Help, then killed him, and now she’s heading to Winterfell. It’s a Stark Family Reunion.
“You’re in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying.”
As only five books had been written prior to season six, I was wondering how the book to television transition would go. This is not to say that the television show didn’t change or cut things from the books before (Lady Stoneheart, Arianne Martell, Daenerys and Tyrion actually meeting), but this was the first season where it would pass the books. And it was brilliant. From Jon and Sansa meeting up and deciding to take back Winterfell to Yara and Theon’s reunion to them meeting with Daenerys to the alliance of Ellaria and the Sand Snakes with Olenna Tyrell to, of course, the confirmation that Jon is Lyanna and Rhaegar’s son, season six was amazing, and season seven is looking to be better.
There are still many questions to be answered, specifically regarding Jon and Daenerys. Will they fight for the throne? Will they marry? When and how does Bran and Meera get back to Winterfell in order to tell him? Will Howland Reed, the only living survivor of that encounter at the Tower of Joy, show up? We’ll have to wait until April 2017 to find out.
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