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Unsullied Recap—Game of Thrones, Episode 610—”The Winds of Winter”


Spoiler note: “A girl says nothing. A girl keeps her mouth closed. No one hears.” —Girls, boys, and everyone alike, Jaqen H’ghar has spoken, so please remember: This recap is primarily for non-book readers (book fans can discuss the show here). If you’re a book reader, please avoid posting any spoilers here so as not to ruin the fun for those who don’t know what’s coming next. Thank you!

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We open on a ‘90s teen movie montage of everyone dollin’ up for their first day of school—okay, actually, preparations for Loras and Cersei’ trials are much more somber than that, but I can’t help it if Whatever It Takes came immediately to mind. It’s the season finale and I’m emotionally compromised.

My inability to process aside, the finale’s opener is the stuff of television legend. Fraught with leisurely pacing and tension and played to the tune of the eeriest score I’ve heard on the show so far, the show takes us on a tour between the Sept of Baelor and the Red Keep. Cersei drinks, Tommen sulks, and elsewhere in the castle, a little bird whispers in Maester Pycelle’s ear. Meanwhile, in the sept, Margaery is apprehensive as Loras is brought forth to stand his long-awaited trial—which doesn’t come to pass. Rather than subjecting himself to the torment of a trial, Loras confesses his sins, renounces his rights and privileges, and devotes his life to the Seven. While his forehead is being sliced in one of those ill-advised face tattoos, Mace Tyrell makes a move to stop it, but Margaery placates him in her efforts to keep up the charade.

Back at the Red Keep, Tommen is preparing to leave for the sept when the Mountain bars his way, which can’t be good news for anyone in the sept, especially since Cersei has also neglected to attend her trial. As such, the High Sparrow sends his minions to collect Cersei, but Lancel is led astray after getting suspicious of a small child who’s lurking about. Maester Pycelle, too, has been lured away, to Qyburn’s laboratory, where he meets his foil and foe, Maester Frankenstein, who sics his little birds upon him. Pycelle is full-on murdered by a squad of knife-wielding children. Harsh.

Lancel, meanwhile, is felled with one near-fatal knife to the back, but he lives to drag himself down the underground corridor to find the caches of wildfire that have been spilled, the puddles set with rapidly dwindling candles. Cersei remains in the Red Keep, eyeing the sept from a safe distance. Margaery, in no such safety, knows something’s afoot, and demands that the sept be evacuated: “There’s something wrong…. Cersei is not here. Tommen is not here. Why do you think they are not here?…. Forget about the bloody gods and listen to what I’m telling you. Cersei understands the consequences of her absence and she is absent, anyway, which means she does not intend to suffer those consequences. The trial can wait. We all need to leave.”

But the Faith Militant bar the people from leaving, and in the history of the series nothing comes to mind that is quite so chilling as watching Margaery attempt to battle through with her brother in tow, as she senses what we all know. Margaery and Loras turn to lock eyes with the High Sparrow, who’s frozen in the middle of the sept as he realizes all too late that Margaery is right, and there’s nothing he has time to do. The music that has played behind the scene so far is cut off by the eruption of wildfire, and the sept and all those in it are no more.

Margaery and Loras Official

When the explosion has met Cersei’s expectations, she heads down to the dungeons to spill perfectly good wine all over Septa Unella, who’s bound to a table. Cersei confesses her sins—binge-drinking, husband-murdering, brother-(ahem)-canoodling—and mocks Septa Unella’s belief that she will be granted an immediate and therefore merciful death. No such luck, as the Mountain would prefer to try his hand at torture first. Cersei has gone off the deep end, and chants “Shame… Shame… Shame…” as she bolts the door upon her exit.

Like his mother, Tommen watches from a window as the Sept of Baelor continues to smolder in the distance. He removes his crown and walks out of the camera frame, and we hear him set his crown down. He reappears, steps upon the windowsill, and lets himself fall. He knows what his ignorance and ineptitude cost him, he knows that his wife is dead and gone, he knows that there’s nothing left for him to believe in. He knows what his mother’s done, and he knows that this is the way to punish her. The simple, unhurried action here makes this scene akin to Gothic horror, and one of the most chilling of the series.

Upon learning of her youngest and last remaining child’s death, Cersei orders his body burned and his ashes spread over the remains of the Sept of Baelor.

Of the Lannisters remaining in Westeros, Jaime is having the easiest time of it, as he and Bronn play guest to Walder Frey in a celebration of the retaking of Riverrun. Personally, I would be hesitant to break bread at this man’s home, but to each his own. Jaime plays wingman for Bronn and notices one of the serving girls eyeing him not-so-surreptitiously, but he has no time to dwell on it when old man Frey takes a seat and starts gloating about his achievements. Jaime, in less of a mood for it than the rest of us, sweeps the leg of Frey’s self-esteem and tells him that no one fears his family—they fear the Lannisters, because it’s they who orchestrated the murders Frey is credited for, and it’s the Lannisters who took back Riverrun. And if they have to keep doing things like that, well, then, Walder’s rather expendable, isn’t he? He can’t fight his own battles or keep the lands he’s won by the grace of the Lannisters, who did all the fighting for him in the first place.

Walder Frey and Jaime Lannister Official

In an attempt at light-heartedness in this otherwise dark and dreary hour, Sam and Gilly arrive at the Citadel, where Sam’s résumé results in some raised eyebrows since the details don’t quite match up with the Citadel’s official records. But no matter—the archmaester will meet with him, and he’s allowed access to the library while he waits. He has a real Belle-in-the-Beast’s-library moment, and then we dive right back into the drama.

Jon and Melisandre are in the middle of a game of “Who’s Had It Worse?” when they’re interrupted by Ser Davos, who storms in and tosses Shireen’s carved stag at Melisandre. Fun’s over. They argue bitterly over the morality of her actions, of the end justifying means that weren’t even met, of how Melisandre was wrong and what that cost, of Melisandre’s faith in a murderous god, and Davos’ grief is truly every bit as heart-wrenching as we all imagined it would be.

Still, Melisandre pleads with Jon to grant mercy and not execute her as Davos demands—she knows the White Walkers are coming, and she can help. Honorable to his core, Jon banishes her to the South, and decrees that should she return, he’ll have her hanged as a murderer. She did, after all, give him back his life, so he owes her that much, but Jon can’t condone what she’s done. He can no longer trust her to do what’s right, only what she sees as right. While this decision is understandable and even predictable considering Jon’s character, it’s probably not the smartest move. But I have no doubt that Melisandre will return when she’s needed, threat on her life or no.

Melisandre and Jon Snow Official

As Jon watches Melisandre leave from the ramparts, Sansa joins him and the pair debate who should get Ned and Catelyn’s old room (meanwhile, Jonsa shippers everywhere are like, “Share it”)—both of them acknowledge the other’s right to the lord’s chambers and to Winterfell as a whole. They apologize for their behavior leading up to the battle, and vow to stick together as the double trouble dream team they truly are. There’s some vaguely romantic music, a forehead kiss, and smiles exchanged between two people who have hardly ever had reason to smile in the past six years. Look, if Jon/Sansa isn’t endgame, then I don’t know what’s going on anymore.

Now, to a seldom-visited and hardly cared about region—Dorne, where Ellaria and the Sand Snakes pique interest only because they’re surrounded by more interesting characters. Olenna Tyrell, dressed in mourning clothes, has arrived at their tropical vacation resort, and informs them that now with her family gone and nothing left for her, that “Survival is not what I’m after now.” It’s really something to see this seasoned, whip-smart and clever and resilient woman so broken, and for once I agree with Ellaria’s vendetta, if only for Olenna’s sake. Varys has arrived on the scene as well, and it looks as though all these wily coyotes are about to get in on some vengeance together. Doubtful they’ll need it, since it doesn’t seem that Cersei and Jaime are long for this world and Tyrion is already on Daenerys’ payroll, but we’ll see where it takes us.

Speaking of…away in Meereen, Daenerys dumps Daario so she can date Yara instead, and the internet rejoices. Well, not quite, but she does give Daario the ol’ heave-ho: he’s to stay in Meereen with the Second Sons to keep the peace and establish democracy. Under Tyrion’s influence, Daenerys has made a good call in this attempt to preserve the work she’s done in Essos, but Daario doesn’t care about that. He cares about Daenerys, he loves her or whatever, and he wants to go to Westeros with her, any way he can, but she remains firm (high-five, Dany). She may have to make another marriage pact upon her arrival in Westeros (I’m sure Euron Greyjoy would be thrilled), and she can’t have a lover following on her heels.

Although Tyrion claims she’s done the right thing, Daenerys is frightened by the fact that she didn’t care about calling it quits with Daario. It’s not the sacrifice Tyrion makes it out to be, but Tyrion’s no great shakes at breakups since he strangled his last girlfriend to death so what does he know? Well, apparently enough to swear loyalty to Daenerys, and she names him Hand of the Queen; she’s got a pin for him and everything. And Tyrion is finally, officially, back where he belongs—at the side of someone who needs his counsel. He doesn’t have the best track record in this respect, so let’s see how long Daenerys is receptive to it.

Tyrion and Varys Official

Back at Walder Frey’s House of Pancakes, the man himself is crude with the serving girl who flirted with Jaime Lannister before, and then demands through mouthfuls of pie to know where his sons are. The girl tells him, “Here,” and it comes to pass that Walder pulled a Tamora in Titus Andronicus and totally started chowing down on his kids, who have been baked into the pie before him. The girl peels back her face as Walder did his pie crust to reveal herself as—we all knew it—our girl Arya: “My name is Arya Stark. I want you to know that. The last thing you’re ever going to see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die.” And she slits his throat, just like her mother’s throat was slit on Walder Frey’s order.

Arya smiles, much as Sansa did when she got her own justice in Episode 9, and it goes to show what war and tragedy can do to even the most honorable of people, as the Starks are often perceived. Perhaps this should make us worry for them, but at the end of the day, the Stark sisters are playing the same game that everyone else is playing, and they deserve this brand of vengeance perhaps more than most of the people on the board. They kill with purpose, not for glory. It’s a disturbing road to go down, but that’s the world Game of Thrones is.

Walder Frey

Sansa sits in the godswood of her reclaimed home when Pizza Bagel—er, Petyr Baelish—comes calling. Rather stupidly, he reveals to Sansa that his goal is to sit upon the Iron Throne with her as his queen, but she rejects both the prospect as well as the moves he’s trying to put on her again. Thoroughly rejected, he attempts to manipulate her into distrusting or betraying Jon, to present him as a threat to her rightful claim on Winterfell. Perhaps this tactic would have worked once upon a time, but Sansa doesn’t trust Petyr anymore; he may be the devil whispering into her ear, but she’s all but flicked him off her shoulder by now.

At the base of another weirwood tree, Benjen Stark leaves Bran and Meera, as his undead form won’t be permitted to cross the Wall’s apparently magical barriers. Left alone with only Meera to care for him now, Bran touches the weirwood and returns to the vision of his father at the Tower of Joy, and this time the Three-Eyed Raven can’t stop him because Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven now, and he’s ready for answers. He follows Ned up the stairs and into the tower, where Lyanna Stark is bleeding out something fierce. She’s afraid but knows she won’t make it out alive, so she urges Ned to “Promise me”—to take her newborn son and protect him, because Robert will kill the boy if he finds out where he truly came from (that is to say, he was fathered by Rhaegar Targaryen, who stole Lyanna away in the first place).

The camera focuses on the newborn’s face, and then the image shifts to Jon Snow. As I live and breathe, finally we have some confirmation of Jon Snow’s true parentage. Or confirmation enough for the fandom, anyway.

In the present with the fully grown Jon, he and Sansa hold court at Winterfell, where the wildlings, the Northern houses, and the Knights of the Vale are bickering and everybody wants to go home to wait out the winter that has finally arrived. Jon tells them there’s no such luck, because it’s not only winter that’s descended upon them, but the threat of the White Walkers that come with it. Lady Lyanna, who’s had it up to here with all these old lords and their whining, schools them all—she calls out the houses who bailed on the Starks when they were called upon, and she reminds them of where their loyalties and vows lie. She is the first to declare Jon “King in the North,” and the other houses follow.

Lyanna Mormont

Sansa and Jon exchange looks of triumph and agreement, and all at once Jon is King in the North and Sansa is Lady of Winterfell, and the Jonsa ship has sailed, my friends. Sansa smirks at Petyr as if to say, “Ha ha, nice try, pizza bagel, gotta get up earlier than that to cut a successful rift between the Starks!” but her expression falls when she sees that he hasn’t stood for their proclaimed king. She knows what he’s capable of and she knows what he wants, and Jon is standing in his way. Considering that her lack of faith in Petyr is so overshadowed by her newfound faith in Jon, I’ll bet money that she saves Jon’s life and ends Petyr’s next season—perhaps inadvertently, but Mr. Bagel is not long for this world. He slipped up big time by revealing his master plan to Sansa, and she’ll use it against him.

Jaime and Bronn return to King’s Landing to see the city smoking. Whether or not they find the source of those billowing gray clouds is uncertain, as Jaime heads to the Red Keep’s throne room, where he’s just in time for Cersei’s coronation. That’s right—there are no heirs and no wives left, and Cersei has taken the Iron Throne as a result. She’s gotten what she’s always wanted—absolute power from atop that wretched old chair—and she paid the price in her children’s lives, however unintentionally. Her expression seems to indicate that she knows this, and Jaime’s suggests that he’ll be changing his Facebook relationship status for good. Those two are donzo.

We close the hour and the year on Daenerys, her fleet, and her dragons en route to Westeros. The ships are many, the sails flap in the wind, and the three dragons soar around them. It’s not the most exhilarating shot we’ve seen, but it’s impressive as heck, and a great setup for where we’re headed next year. The wait is on.

Daenerys, Tyrion, and Missandei Official

Well, my Unsullied friends, that’s that—another end to another season. What did you think of Season 6, and what do you think Season 7 has in store? Will Daenerys usurp Cersei, or will the newly instated queen meet her end another way? Where is Arya headed now that she’s crossed perhaps the biggest name off her list? How will Sansa get the best of her last remaining manipulator, and can I get Jon decking him in the face before he’s gone for good? Will Bran be able to get word to Jon about what he knows, and what will this mean for Jon’s role in the Seven Kingdoms? Will Brienne and Pod run into Gendry on their forever-long boat ride back to where they’re supposed to be? And what can we do while we wait out the next ten months for some answers?

Remember—speculation is encouraged, spoilers aren’t! Please refrain from posting book spoilers here! Feel free to discuss the episode in the comments or Tweet me @kattymaj, but don’t ruin any surprises for the viewers who haven’t read the books. While the show has largely diverged from its source material, you never know what details will crop up later. Thanks, and see you next season!

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  • Arya slitting Walder Frey’s throat was everything I ever wanted. That was hands down the best episode of the entire series in my humble opinion. That absolute dread I felt during “Baelor” was replicated here a hundredfold. There were certain narrative choices this season that drove me up the wall in hindsight, but for now at least I didn’t find significant enough flaws in this one to temper my enjoyment in any way, shape, and form. The writing, the direction, the music, everything fit together seamlessly and even with a couple of leaps in logic (timing), I found this to be a tremendously gripping installment and if it possible, they should clone Miguel Sapochnik and have him direct every episode. Rewatches are in absolute order. https://goo.gl/AdSwWF

    • I agree. Sapochnik’s episodes this season are some of the best of the entire series. The shot of the sun rising behind Davos at Shireen’s pyre was hauntingly beautiful as it gave the appearance of the fire still burning. He captured the horrors of hand to hand combat so well, as Jon struggled to breath so did I! The season finale was visually stunning. He captures the grand views like Oldtown and Kings Landing from windows in the Red Keep and small details such as the characters dressing for trial so well. ❤️❤️❤️ Beautiful cinematography

    • Absolutely agree about Arya. Hard to say, but it makes the absence of Lady Stoneheart something I can live with. With Arya on the case for House Stark, nobody who tries to
      harm House Stark. Hear that, Littlefinger?

  • Whole episode was everything we wanted for years, I loved it, It couldn’t be better. Even when Cersei crowned I cheered.

    • I agree. When in previous seasons we had coming-out-of-nowhere red wedding, now we see Sansa sending letter and we already know that battle of bastards will be won by Littlefinger army… Just one example.

        • doesn’t excuse the show for deciding to ditch Martin’s slow burn approach for tv rules…can’t wait for the oh so obvious death of Cersei by Jamie or Arya next year.

        • I knew but most of people didn’t read books. In last season of TV series there is a lack of that holy sh*t factor. Some scenes are ahead of books now and nothing really surprised me (maybe apart from Hodor’s death/name explanation). But still good show thou.

  • One thing that did bother me was the aftermath of the explosion.
    Considering what Cersei did why didnt the common people riot and protest the death of the high sparrow and what became of the Tyrell army after seeing their leader massacred?

      • Mmmm. But as Cersei looked out over the city there was complete silence. And where were the common folk outside the sept? Surely they wouldve been crowded on the streets to get news of the trial?

        It was a great episode but I need to watch that bit again.

      • Very few people (only Frankenstein and Cersei) in the city knew there was wildfire stored anywhere…

        So yes, terrible tragic accident has lead to Cersei taking the throne.

        • And Jamie and Qyburn. Anyway, Aerys is a convenient scapegoat – everyone knows his love of wildfire. Tragic accident is plausible in a kingdom where so many practice the faith of denial.

  • Cersei, of house Corleone, first of her name.

    The music, tension build-up to the explosion were perfect. Never seen anything better. Cersei’s moment of triumph, right at the same time as her house is doomed.

    • Jaime, “Why would you do such a thing?”

      Cersei, “Never ask me about my business Jaime.”

  • Are there any book spoilers left? I don’t think so, unless of course Goerge gives us another installment.

  • I’m amazed there was a city left at all, considering that they showed “wild”fire spreading like green demons in the Battle of Blackwater, and it’s noted for spreading. I kind of expected all houses in the vicinity to be turned to cinders. Cersei has now shown that she has that kind of power and a willingness to use it. – no one will be saying too much yet. The city is still in shock.

    Davos’ scene when he was talking of Shireen was one of the more moving ones of the series. I fully expected Liam to break into tears. I did. She talked her way out of being killed, though. I thought her line about being ready for death for years was kind of funny, considering that WE know she’s really an old, old crone. Heck, she could come back anytime she wanted, as an old lady, they’d never be the wiser.

    • People talk about predictability. That’s narrative. That’s the way narrative works. GRRM loves overturning the clichés and tropes of the genre, but he’s loyal to the basic rules of storytelling.

      I thought the three hander between the Red Woman, Jon and Davos was magnificently acted, but also narrative-important. Davos was rightly, and brilliantly, enraged, and Jon couldn’t deny him justice. But Jon also owes the Woman, and can see she may be needed again. The wisdom of exile over execution, a little mercy, but only a little, is almost a test of kingship passed. My gut tells me he will live to be grateful of that mercy.

      The young She-Bear is just fabulous, absolute gem of a character, but I loved that whole scene for purely fanboy reasons. I took the look of Sansa to be fear – the sudden recognition that, given what Baelish had said, Jon was now in immediate and continuous danger – will she learn her lesson from earlier, and alert Jon? The writers have done a fabulous job of making the fraternal love between Jon and Sansa believable and real.

      Actually, that’s a theme of the episode; Jon’s forgiveness and mercy. Forgiving Sansa with ease. Showing mercy to the Red Woman through gritted teeth. Forgiving, and even underplaying the need to forgive Houses Manderlay and Glover (I thought Glover’s speech was fabulous – minor part, but you could hear the regret, and almost eagerness to atone).

      Jon’s natural tendency towards empathy (from his own ‘bastard’ upbringing) and with it mercifulness – to Tyrion, back in the day, to Mance when he was being burned, to the wildings more generally(have they just accepted jon as king, by the way?), only serves to bring into focus the darkness of his judgement against Thorne et al, and the fury he felt with Bolton for what he had done -and how he might end up having to treat Baelish. It’s a hell of a character being fleshed out now.

      Meanwhile mercy is not a word Arya will have much time for. I have my hunches here too – I don’t think every character always travels over time towards the light, and while Arya’s revenge is enjoyable as always, I’ve noticed her character has repeatedly shown a lack of mercy, a ruthlessness – even against ‘bad’ characters – and the one she let live, she did so with malice, at least partially. The single exception was Lady Crane, and that precipitated a move to a darker place yet.

      The journey is enjoyable….but what, really, is the end game for such a character? when the list is complete, what is next? A girl may be Arya Stark of Winterfell, but all she has known has been killers – from the Dancing Master, through the Hound, through the Faceless Men and the Waif. In some ways, her character seems more damaged even than Sansa, who despite the horrors visited upon her, has remained, in some sense, who she is. Only Theon strikes me as as damaged.

    • True enough – the Red Lady could come back in another form. We don’t know the extent of her powers. She needs to get her groove back though. If I were Gendry, I’d be nervous.

  • Best episode ever, the fascinating build up to the wildfire put some chills in my spine.Finally, R+L=J revealed, no dialogues could have replaced the poignancy, the emotions when they cut to Jon’s face.

    PS: The actress who played Lyanna, Jon’s mother, was the slutty teenager in the series ‘ The Fall’.

    • That was indeed beautiful, the way they confirmed the baby was Jon without blatently saying it. Excellent direction throughout by Sapochnik.

  • I never considered that Tommen taking his own life was his way of punishing Cersei! Great insight!

    • It didn’t seem as though he did it to punish her. I think he was just broken. He always knew he was weak (he admitted as much to Cersei earlier on), but he made a decision on the direction his kingdom would go and his mother obliterated it.

      I think he just felt like he had nothing left. He wasn’t crying or irrational about it… just set down his crown and all calm and collected, steped off the balcony.

      • Yes, he just surrendered. If he really did believe in the Seven, then he might also think he was joining Margaery.

    • Tommen vs. Cersei. Check and MATE. He knew he was no match for her and decided to rebel the only way he could.
      She knows she killed her son.

  • Also I didnt get a ‘ told you so ‘ vibe from Sansa in that exchange with Littlefinger.

    I think she was a bit jealous of Jon and unhappy at playing second fiddle.

    • Neither did I, but to me it felt like littlefinger showed her that he’s planning something to get rid of Jon.
      Let’s hope he fails and/or dies early in Season 7.

  • I just realized there is possibly another callback in front of us we may have missed, the battle lines for the war being drawn up in this episode seem to be the same as they were in Robert’s rebellion, the targaryens, tyrells and martells on one side and the starks, arryns and tullys (provided arya took the step of liberating her uncle edmure while she was visiting the twins) on the other and the lannisters in the middle

      • And speaking of cycles, we now have the war of the five queens on the horizon. Jon’s King in the North, but that’s a different war entirely.

          • Yes, a coalition. The guys got hung up on who was the King and wouldn’t work together, so many failed. If Robb, Stannis and Renley had formed a coalition of kings then the outcome could have been different.

        • Why are you so damn hooked in that?
          This show needs to make progress and make sense. Only 2 women have claimed to want the iron throne. Dany and Cersei. You’re war of five queens theory is ridiculous for many reasons involving only two Queens remain. Yara isnt even Queen.

          • Why are you so rude about it? Rather unnecessary. Here’s my pitch. I’m putting it out for discussion, but if you want to be a bully, then that’s your problem, Only two women want the Iron Throne as far as we know – both of these are already queens in a formal sense. I’ll give you that. But we are dealing with 7 Kingdoms each of which can break away and declare a king/queen. We saw that in the war of the five kings. Three women are either functional queens or desire to be queens. The Queen of Thorns, The Vipers paramour who deposed the Prince of Dorne, Yara who wants to be Queen of the Iron Islands. And for the bonus round, there is also Sansa. We’re not sure about her.

  • Also, Jaime has to be feeling pretty conflicted right now, since Cersei is apparently channeling Aerys II as much as she can

    • He is most certainly emotionally conflicted, but Cersei is Queen now. There’s nothing he can do to stop what she’s already done, so I think he will half-heartedly stay by his sister’s side.

      Cersei will rule without trouble…. for at least as long as it takes Dany’s fleet to cross the sea.

      • I’d wager your right, the question becomes, how long will he stay by her side? Or will be forced to add ‘Queenslayer’ to his list of epiphets?

        • Nah… I know that’s a popular possibility, but I think he is so far up her ass (double pun) that he is going to step in front of the first sword that is aimed at her.

  • Can someone please share what Lyanna whispered to Eddard Starks ears? (The real name of Jon Snow)

    • With the volume up and on my headphones, Lyanna whispers “his name is…aerys. If Robert finds out…” Or something that sounds like Aerys.

  • It was an amazing episode my only complaint is being teased when Ser Clegane was taking his helmet off! I really thought we where gonna see! That would have been good to see at that moment. Knowing how awful it looks after Cersei telling her to “meet you’re new god” and leaving it to torture her until season 7. Damn shame we didnt see his face.

        • Well that response is a bit uncalled for! He didn’t say he could see it clearly. For the record, I could also see some of his face. Granted, not clearly, though, and some of it was in the shadows. And yes, it helps if you can increase the brightness on your television… Try again!

      • I saw his face on one TV but not another. It’s dark but discernible. Adjusting the brightness and color balance helps.

  • I think Tormund and the Freefolk will have a hard time following Jon now. He didn’t raise his sword in agreement when Jon was proclaimed King of the North. Remember, Tormund agreed with Davos that maybe their problem was believing in Kings, and now Jon’s a King. Also, Dany is totally the villain after Cersei next season. She’s bringing a horde of rapists and reavers, she sided with two very cruel and sinister houses, and she has a ruthless, cruel demeanor herself. If Jon or Sansa or the North ever kneels to Dany, I’m going to puke.

      • This…
        They still support Jon, but aside from the above statement… they are not (yet anyway) a noble house of Westeros to proclaim or denounce Jon.

    • Go back to the Maegi’s warning. Cersei would be Queen until another, younger came to take her place. We ALL thought that meant as a King’s wife, it meant her as “Queen of the 7 Kingdoms”. Dany is younger, and more beautiful, and coming. Dany comin’ to kick some A.

      • Wouldn’t you like to there when she realizes that the prophecy probably refers to Dany as her nemesis and not Margaery. Oh, prophecies!

  • I thought it was fitting that Jon was birthed by Lyanna, and proclaimed King of the North by Lyanna. GOT is insane!

    • Yes, his mother (by proxy) is there for him for a second time, though now more present because of the episode’s structure.

      • Wonderful thought. And don’t you just LOVE Lyanna Mormont. What a Queen.
        She makes all the adult queens we suddenly see on the scene look really bad by comparison. It goes without saying that little girl is a brilliant actress

        • She would be a great Queen. Loyal, wise beyond her years, formidable and persuasive. She’s part of the hope for a better future.

  • Really enjoyed this episode! The slaughter in the Sept made me think of Godfathers Baptism and murder sequence. How they brought it all in motion wonderfully done!
    Dany’s invasion will be massive, cant wait till season 7 to see that. And how they brought R+L=J, I hope Bran reaches Jon to tell him.
    And how is Varys teleporting from Dorne to the open sea? A bit disappointing.
    But overall a great episode! They should Sapochnic direct all of season 7 & 8!

    • Argh….
      He didn’t teleport… there is no mistakes in the travel times of anyone.
      A few days or weeks passed between scenes.

      The end shot of Dany’s fleet sailing to KL… there were Dorn ships in her fleet.
      Varys, Ollena and the Dorn queen (forget her name) made a deal… sailed to Dany, and they all set sail together.

      Why do so many people think that everything that happens in an hour episode actually happens in an hour of Westeros time?

      Some people have grown so accustomed to being spoon-feed everything that their ability to think critically atrophies :(

  • Someone give the Lyanna Mormont actress an Emmy. And if not, someone plant wildfire under whatever building the next Emmy award show is held.

    • Not likely a coincidence. Some reincarnation, perhaps. She’s got the same fierce spirit attributed to the original Lyanna. Too bad we didn’t get more of her story.

  • So now that the season has finished,
    Lady Stoneheart did not return, so if Sophie Turner played two truths and a lie properly that means Arya checks three people off of her list. Aside from Walder, who else was crossed off Arya’s list? Did the younger Freys make the list for their part in the red wedding?

    • I think so… one of them killed Robb’s wife, the other slit her mother’s throat.

      So, yea… 3

  • Great stuff! Another fantastic episode. Soon I’ll have a few days off. Going to watch the whole season in a marathon.

    Don’t feel bothered by Varys traveling. It’s always the same. We don’t have a calender telling us every date to exactly every scene.

    Curious….So how did they kidnap Septa Unella without anyone noticing? High Sparrow not missing her? Frankenmountain raping her? Even took of his helmet.

    • Im guessing that after Mountain left Tommen’s room, Unella’s quarters was his next stop…

      Or his previous stop. She could have been missing all morning and it wouldn’t have made much of a fuss with anyone.

    • Unella was living in the red keep, but Margaery should have missed her early on. Maybe she was in charge of escorting Cersei. Good question.

  • So is Bran setting up shop in a new tree on the walker side of the wall? Clearly he can’t get over the wall, but he is also marked so how will he be safe without Benjen?

    • They can open that tunnel at the bottom of the wall and carry him in.

      The magic in the wall only stops the dead from passing… Im guessing though, that his mark will somehow allow the WW to negate the spells.

      I mean that’s got to be it… otherwise, the south is in no danger. The WW can yell and scream at the wall all winter while the folks at Castle Black leisurely rain fire down on them.

  • It is destined that Sansa will betray Jon. The look she shared with Littlefinger was one of pure envy. She has ALWAYS wanted to be a Queen. She has ALWAYS put herself before her family. She never even gave Rickon’s corpse a glance before it was taken to the crypt. She has ALWAYS been a treasonous, self centred Bitch. At some point she will call Jon a bastard, and claim the North for herself.
    It would have been great if, when Lord Manderley swore allegiance to the White Wolf,the actual White Wolf was there.
    Where the fuck was Ghost?

    • Treasonous, self-centered bitch eh? Jolly.
      So, the fact that the crazies just named a bloody bastard to be King before a trueborn is supposed to go over well with anyone with half-a-brain? The society is built around the fact that bastards are not supposed to inherit.
      The North took a collective brain-damage crowning Jon, and he should have realized that he had no business ruling the North.

      Ghost is probably off to find the real “Winds of Winter” and get this week’s travesty off his mind.

      And really Manderly? The White Wolf?
      Jon has not earned that nickname, and those are some huge-ass breeches to fill.
      Geralt of Rivia better show up and tell that Jon does not compare well. Not to him, nor the man that are superior to the both of them, Elric of Melniboné, The White Wolf, the Wielder of Stormbringer and the sorcerous Emperor of Melniboné

      • If most of the Witcher games are any indication, he can’t do any more damage to the name than that travesty of a series did.

      • Man… hateful Sansa post followed by hateful Jon post…

        I think Sansa’s look was one of “Im standing by my brother, so whatre you gonna do now LF?”… that combined with worry over if LF will try to hurt (get killed) Jon.

      • Why don’t you (Growl) just stop watching and go write some fan fiction? That way things can go exactly your way. In the meantime the rest of us will enjoy the story.

  • RIP to:
    Tommen
    Margaery
    The High Sparrow
    Walder Frey
    Loras
    Mace Tyrell
    Kevan Lannister
    Lancel Lannister
    Pycelle
    Lothar Frey
    Black Walder Frey
    Quite a list…

    • Poor Margery and Loras, I know Westeros is full of people who don’t deserve their eventual fates, but those two have got to be near the top of the list.

      • That is quite a list…
        That’s gotta be the biggest list of named characters that have ever been killed in one episode of a TV show.

        Also sad to see Margery go, but she wasn’t quite as innocent as Loras.
        She enjoyed rubbing it in Cersei’s face when she first became queen.

        And like the High Sparrow said earlier, why wasn’t she visiting the King’s bedchambers? Remember that creepy talk he and her had?
        She wasn’t even just a normal spouse. She was Queen. It was her and Tommen’s Stately responsibility to produce children.

      • The Tyrells made a crucial error. They thought they were more clever than the rest of the players.

        Loras played right into Cersei and the High Sparrow ‘ s hands. First he reveals the Tyrell plot to marry Sansa to Olyvar, then continues the affair openly. He thinks that being a Knight and from a prominent family protects him from persecution.

        Margaery ‘ s whole motivation is power. She seeks to become The Queen, no matter how many men she must marry to make it happen. She openly taunts Cersei and thinks she can control first Joffrey and then Tommen through manipulation. She does have some success but ultimately whenever the game shifts out of her favor, she thought saying she was The Queen was a trump card. Not so much.

        Margaery thought she was a player, but ultimately she was unable to control Tommen, the HS and Cersei. She paid for her overconfidence with her life.

  • I really liked episodes 609 & 610. I’ve been pretty vocal about this adaptation of this show. I am not a book Nazi who is going to go into histrionics because it wasn’t 100% faithful to the source. I felt that it didn’t have a strong narrative arc and much of it was just sensational. But this season really made up for all of that. One of the things I really liked in this season as I like from the books is that it shows how life is unfair and the good guys don’t always win. I also like how it demonstrated the growth of certain characters.

  • Why do people keep saying Sansa is envious, out for Jon, etc.? He offered Lady Stark all the perks and fixings that come with the name. She tossed it back. He put it back on her. She tossed it back! The smile she showed, though small, went away when she looked at crooked a$$ Petyr. Her face to me was like ‘damn, this dude.’ She wasn’t looking funny-style the whole time until Little Finger caught her gaze.

  • I’m wagering that Arya will eventually go south with davos to find gendry and use him to rally the stormlands to their cause.

  • Did anyone else note that in the Citadel library you can see the astrolabe (or maybe two?) that is prominently featured in the opening credits? They look like chandeliers but are perfect in context — the library that contains the knowledge of the whole world (like the inside of G.R.R. Martin’s head). That was pretty effing cool.

  • Season 7 has been set up as the Battle for KL, but honestly what can Cersei do?

    At best she has the Gold Cloaks and the Lannister Army. That’s if Jaime doesn’t nullify Cersei’s command.

    She can’t use wildfire again, right? That would be lame if they went back to that well.

    The North and Riverlands certainly won’t help Cersei. With Walder Frey dead, certainly the Riverlands will be in rebellion once more.

    Dany has Dorne, the Tyrells, the Unsullied, the Dothraki and the Iron Borne at her disposal. So she has weapons at land, sea and air at her disposal.

    I don’t really see how Cersei can put up a fight. Jaime may dispatch her before Dany even arrives. Seems like an easy conquest for Dany.