The finale of “Game of Thrones” season 6, titled “The Winds of Winter,” aired on HBO on Sunday and was the longest GoT episode to date, with a runtime of 69 minutes. As fans of the much-loved television series have become accustomed, the episode did away with some characters and comprised some surprising plot twists.
Is this the End of the Tyrells?
Let’s review in just a few words what happened in this last episode of the season. As mentioned above, a lot of long-running characters came to a sticky end in locations ranging from King’s Landing to the Riverlands. Among them, Margaery Tyrell, her brother Loras and her father Mace, Tommen Baratheon, the High Sparrow, Grand Maester Pycelle, and Walder Frey.
So more named characters met their demise in this episode than in any previous one. The largest number of casualties was in King’s Landing, where Cersei Lannister’s green wildfire wiped out all of her rivals.
I kind of had the impression that the purpose of this episode was to get rid of insignificant supporting characters to better set the stage for a final showdown among the true major players: Daenerys, Jon Snow, Sansa, Tyrion, Cersei, Arya, Bran, and the White Walkers.
Brace Yourselves! Winter is here – Finally
Apart from that, it teased us with some hints regarding the mystery of Jon Snow’s parentage. The game-changing revelation of the episode is that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, which makes him the literal embodiment of “ice and fire” and a seriously significant player in the game of thrones itself.
Another highlight was the story of Cersei Lannister, who is still the absolute villain in “Game of Thrones” and who, despite the humiliation she had to suffer, crawled her way back to the throne.
As it turns out, HBO intends to shoot two more seasons before wrapping up the show for good. Season 7 will have 7 episodes, while the last one just 6. So what’s next in this thought-provoking, entangled story of power and gore?
Your guess is as good as mine. We all know that the series is not really predictable and major plot twists have been introduced throughout the way, but some things have been hinted at. My opinion is that Cersei’s reign will not be that long, especially considering that Arya has begun ticking off names on her death list.
On the other hand, the fact that winter has finally come, as confirmed by the white raven, is a hint that the White Walkers might invade Westeros and the Wall might come down.
As for Daenerys and her fleet, they are certainly headed straight to the capital. With Tyrion Lannister now hand of the Queen, he is in a perfect position to have his revenge on Cersei.
With another season wrapped up, now it’s a good time for fans to start placing bets on who will win the Iron Throne in the end. Also, who will make it till the end alive.
If you haven’t seen the season finale yet, you can watch HBO’s trailer for “The Winds of Winter” below.