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Small Council: What was the best moment from Game of Thrones Season 6?

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Last week, we named our pics for the worst moment of Game of Thrones Season 6. Welcome to the flip-side. What’s your pic for the best moment of Season 6? What moments struck you as touching, rapturous, awe-inspiring or otherwise good TV? Vote in the poll and join the discussion!

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DAN: There are plenty of candidates for Best Moment of Season 6, but honestly, my decision was pretty easy: I loved, loved, loved Cersei’s trial in “The Winds of Winter,” for two main reasons.

First, it was presented with an enormous amount of love and care. When it comes to the season’s technical accomplishments, the Battle of the Bastards deservedly got the lion’s share of praise from critics, but Cersei’s trial was put together no less carefully. From the moment Ramin Djawadi’s “Light of the Seven” started to play, we knew there was something different about this sequence—the piano-heavy track gave it a quiet kind of menace not usually seen on Game of Thrones. The song works in tandem with the editing, which weaves together scenes from several locations—Cersei’s balcony, Tommen’s room, Qyburn’s lab, the Sept, below the Sept—with a quickening rhythm that crescendos rapturously with the wildfire explosion. It’s joyous, gripping filmmaking.

The other big reason I loved it was that I honestly didn’t see it coming. Maybe I should have. I figured the trial wouldn’t proceed as planned, but I didn’t see the show killing off so many characters all at once. Margaery was a particularly hard death to take, but she did an admirable job providing the scene with dramatic tension—once we saw the barrels of wildfire, I had no doubt Cersei’s bomb would go off, but I kept hoping Margaery might make it out until the very end.

I also loved the grim, gothic, almost campy tone of the scene, with bells crushing peasants in the streets and Cersei sipping her wine as she looks on from above, dressed as a supervillain vamp. At the same time, the sequence represents the endpoints of plotlines that had been running for seasons, from the sparrow’s incursion in Season 5 to the Cersei-Margaery rivalry begun in Season 3. And buried in there is a snapshot of a woman who proved to her enemies, the audience, and maybe even herself what terrifying lengths she’ll to go to to get on top.

I raise a glass to everyone involved in this scene.

COREY: Season 6 was chock full of great moments, and narrowing it down to just one seems like a Herculean task. But if I had to choose, I’d say that I thoroughly disliked the moment when Sansa confronted Littlefinger in “The Door.”

That sounds like it’s my pick for Worst Moment of the Season, but let me explain.

In a show filled with death, betrayal, incest and all other manner of horrific acts visited upon our characters, Sansa’s righteous fury was as blistering as a July sun in Texas. It was hard to watch, and for that I praise it. With only a few lines of dialogue, Sophie Turner was able to suggest the full extent of her disgust for Ramsay Bolton and the horror of their marriage. More than one person told me they almost had to turn off their TVs. If you can manage to elicit that reaction from fans six seasons in, that’s effective storytelling. It’s also one of the few moments on the show where Littlefinger expresses genuine emotion, a huge feat.

Generally, Littlefinger is capable of running intellectual circles around anyone in an argument, but he’s totally overwhelmed in face of Sansa’s pure, unbridled rage. His logic and reasoning are blown apart like castle walls made of sand. Baelish serves as an effective mirror for the way I assume most of the audience was feeling.

What made the sequence even more powerful was that Sansa’s descriptions were not detailed or excessive. For the most part, they were left to our imaginations. It was one of Turner’s finest moments on the show, and makes you wish we’d seen more of this from her in previous seasons. The strong and capable woman that emerged in this scene was a sight to behold.

So for me, this was the best moment of Season 6. It wasn’t an Earth-shattering event, but a solid reminder of what makes this show so good: the relationships between characters. Boobs and dragons are great, but they mean nothing without scenes like this, scenes that remind us that actions have consequences, and that sometimes those consequences last.

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SARAH: I want to start by saying that I loved Sansa’s no-holds-barred verbal smackdown on Petyr Baelish for the same reasons Corey disliked it. She struck a real blow for abuse victims everywhere, and as a woman—and a human being—I truly appreciated her for it.

My choice for best moment of the season was when we first saw my beloved Bran’s lovely little face on screen again, bless his heart. I’ve always wished that he was my kid.

I jest, but my actual pick did involve Bran. While it was certainly the most painful—nay, most unbearable moment of the season, the ending sequence of “The Door” was a masterpiece in filmmaking. Not only was it wonderfully shot, scored and edited—I love Ramin Djawadi’s scoring for the White Walkers in general—bit it was rich and full of intricacies from a storytelling perspective.

First, it gave us one of the most shocking and heartbreaking moments in the show’s history: the truth of Hodor’s origins. Second, it allowed Meera Reed to shine as she fought to protect Bran, taking down a White Walker in the process. Girl’s got moves, and my long-held love for Ellie Kendrick was justified. Third, the scope of Bran’s power has widened beyond what we expected, paving the way for all sorts of twists in the future.

If you’re hoping he’ll go back in time and save Ned, though, I wouldn’t hold my breath. To quote the Three-Eyed Raven, the past is already written. Bran’s mentor manipulated him so he could learn the hard way that he must only be a silent observer of the past. It’s the future I’m interested in.

And at the heart of the flurry lay Hodor, whose death added a current of deep sadness to the terror and spectacle. Never have I seen a fandom so united in grief as I did in the days following the episode’s airing. Hodor, a man without agenda or prejudice, was a true innocent in a rotten world. He represented a goodness rarely found, and we delighted in it. I suppose that’s why he seemed untouchable. It hurt to lose him because there are people like him in the real world whom we, as human beings, feel compelled to protect.

How wonderful is it that even in a television show full of gloom and despair, we can still find someone who reminds us of the goodness in humanity? Hodor gave us that, and in my opinion the story of his tragic history was perfectly executed. It allowed us to appreciate how strong he was, to be so kind and cheerful despite his suffering. He died as he lived: brave and selfless. And his legacy will live on through Bran, whose future decisions will be informed by the tragedy.

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RICHARD: Wow, lots of superb choices from Season 6. I wholeheartedly agree with everyone above. For me, this is like picking the best strawberry in the middle of a ten-acre strawberry field packed with ripe and juicy strawberries.

I’m an action guy, but I tend to avoid that stuff on these lists in favor of the quieter emotional gut punches. I’m talking about stuff that made me tear up and paid off my emotional investment in the show. Game of Thrones Season 6 offered several of these moments, including the Sansa/Baelish scene described by several contributors above. For example, I was so happy I could have wept (and maybe I did) when Brienne saved Sansa from the Bolton men and then knelt, face angelic and glowing, as the Stark daughter accepted her oath of fealty in “The Red Woman.” Another hit: the look on Tyrion’s face in “The Winds of Winter” when Daenerys, the only leader his cynical little heart had ever allowed him to believe in, proclaims him Hand of The Queen.

Although it’s obvious, my pic for best moment is The Hug Heard Around the World. When Jon Snow and Sansa Stark rediscovered each other at Castle Black in “Book of the Stranger,” I was near bawling. This scene repaid my emotional investment in spades. So many feelings, so many years of watching the show…a lot of them were folded up in that moment. We had seen the Stark family ripped apart, but now two of the children, the little prissy and the surly bastard, reconnected and found that their ties, once strained and thin, were explosively powerful. Jon and Sansa are very different people now, battered and tough, and they know how precious family connections can be.

I’ll also add that the repeated mentions of Sansa in this Small Council speaks to the blossoming of her character after years of enduring uncertainty and victimization. Jon and Sansa are in a tough spot, for sure, but if their newfound affection can mature into trust, then they have a big advantage in a world full of lies and deception. And that hug just blew me away. I’m choking up right now, looking at that picture. It’s awesome.

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KATIE: My girl Sansa is really tearing it up this week, and I’m thrilled. I loved Season 6 for bringing more people around to Team Sansa, which I’ve been on since S1, Ep2, “The Kingsroad.”

When looking back on all of the seasons, no one has come as far as the Starks. After their fall from grace with Ned’s beheading in Season 1, the Starks have been at war, imprisoned, or on the run. Robb, Catelyn and Rickon have followed the family patriarch into the grave death. This year, the survivors—Jon, Arya, Sansa and Bran—have begun their trek home, preparing to become part of a pack again after years as long wolves. For this reason, my vote is for the moment the Stark banners unfurl over the walls of Winterfell in “Battle of the Bastards.”

The shot itself is simple but poignant. The Bolton banners fall. Then, snapping on the winter wind, the Stark banners with their black-and-gray sigil replace them. It stands for the family’s victory and the reclamation of their home. The show had been building up to it since Season 3, when Robb and Catelyn were slaughtered at the Red Wedding and the Stark flags burned. The Boltons betrayed them, killed them, and took their home as a reward for their treachery. Further tragedy befell the Starks at the Boltons’ hand when Sansa became Ramsay’s wife and victim, and later when Ramsay shot Rickon down during the battle for Winterfell.

But Winterfell has always belonged to the Starks by right. It’s as Sansa tells Jon upon their reunion: “Winterfell is our home. It’s ours. And Arya’s, and Bran’s, and Rickon’s, wherever they are. It belongs to our family. We have to fight for it.” Now, with that fight won, Sansa and Jon have taken their rightful place at the head of that family, and Arya and Bran have a home to return to.

What those Stark banners tell us is that, even on Game of Thrones, heroes can triumph. There is justice to be had in this world, and those who have been wronged can gain it. The Starks fell only to rise again, and perhaps that fall was necessary so they could all learn that the world isn’t the black-and-white moral dilemma Ned had painted it to be. The “right thing” is seldom altruistic, and often the “wrong thing” is the only way to win, to survive. If the Starks can accept and abide by that mentality, we can reasonably hope that the promised bittersweet ending will have a silver lining.

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RAZOR: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Game of Thrones Season 6 was one long season of wish fulfillment…and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Obviously, I concur with Katie on her choice of the Stark banners once again flying over Winterfell. In fact, the Battle of the Bastards as a whole was an amazing piece of filmmaking. I’m still in awe when I rewatch it.

But in the interests of keeping things fresh around here, I will go with Dany flying Drogon alongside the newly freed Rhaegal and Viserion as they destroyed the Masters’ ships in Slavers Bay.

As an avid book reader, I was anxious about how this moment would unfold. In the novels, both Rhaegal and Viserion are loosed on Meereen while Daenerys is still in the Dothraki Sea. They set up shop in a couple of the great pyramids, driving Meereenese nobles from their homes. As you can see, the books and the show took varying paths to get to what I hope is the same conclusion.

Back to the point, to see Dany astride Drogon, with his siblings flying beside him, and to finally witness the full might of three grown dragons as they breathed hellfire down on Dany’s enemies was truly awesome. It makes me wonder how Dany’s enemies stand even the slightest of chances against her in Season 7. Nothing the depleted Lannisters can put together should be able to withstand the wrath of the Dragon Queen.

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39 Comments

  • 1-Brienne rescuing Sansa
    Sansa Jon reunion
    Littlefinger Sansa back and Forth
    Pocket Dynamo Lyanna Mormont with two absolute cracking scenes
    The Hound
    Death of Walder Frey
    Battle of Bastards,death of Ramsay and Stark banners at Wintetfell
    Dany-Yara scene was great
    King of north scene
    High Sparrow being killed with others
    Reunion of Bronn and Podrick
    Dany sailing to Westeros with Tyrion Varys with Dragons flying above

  • 1. Cersei’s victory in Episode 10. The music, the acting, the way it was brought on screen. Masterful.

    Everything else was just fans-wish fulfillment…

  • There were so many awesome scenes last season this was a really tough choice.

    The scene with Jon facing down the charging Boston calvary was visually beautiful and frightening at the same time. The scene perfectly sums up what the unlikely hero Jon Snow has been doing since the show started, standing bravely against overwhelming odds with dignity and grace.

  • The best serial ever and its 2 best episodes (ok Hardhome is maybe a glinch better than BoB). Never had such hard time to choose one. But Winds of Winter episode has at least 3-4 top scenes. I am choosing Jon’s crowning :)

  • Season 6 was a mixed bag but the last two episodes made it for me. I could watch them endlessly.

    The dragons attacking the ships, the Battle of the Bastards and the Sept of Baelor being blown up but the scene that pulled most on my heartstrings was the Tower of Joy and the reveal of Jon’s true parentage. The music was used so well and built to that crescendo when the baby Jon’s eyes opened moved to adult Jon’s eyes. Just brilliant.

  • Daenerys and Tyrion leaving DAARIO behind was my favorite moment simply because it signals that the story is finally heading towards its conclusion. I am curious to see how the producers and writers will shape the two seasons and if they will manage to answer all our burning questions with about 15 hours to go.

  • i think the single best scene is when the son of the Harpy send its three delegate to negotiate Daenery’s surrender. I loved when they called her the Beggar Queen and said her Reign was over. Daenery stating calmly that her reign has just begun while Drogon lands on the building behind them and jumps to few feet behind Danny. The look on their faces was priceless. Drogon was enormous, I swear I saw Danny drop the mic before she got on Drogon’s back and call them Bitches.

    • I totally agree!! That scene with Drogon landing beside Daenerys was off the charts insane! Then the reunion of the 3 dragons topped it off. Episode 9 and 10 will go down as the best 2 episodes ever in my book. I don’t know how they’ll top it in seasons 7 or 8. I want to see Jon and Daenerys on dragons roasting fields of white walkers with fire!

  • This is too hard. So much so, that I’m not even going to vote, as I whole-heartedly agree with each of the suggestions in the article. All I’ll do is offer my interpretation of another great scene this season.

    If you were to ask your average GoT viewer, who their favourite character was, some would say Dany, some would say Jon, some the other starks, but the winner would be Tyrion. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved Tyrion as much as everyone else, but I’ve tried to place my love in another purely because of how much he already, and deservedly, gets. And this season, I almost stand in the group that he’s had to make the best of a bad job, as his seasons have mostly felt like forced comedy.
    HOWEVER
    I want to do my best to put into words the impact his final dialogue scene had. This is a man, who beyond all his wit, and charm and humour, has been underestimated and under appreciated by almost everybody he encountered his entire life (save Varys). I stress, plenty of people could have utilised his position and abilities, possibly even the Old Bear tried, but nobody fully appreciated it. Even when he offered himself as “the gift” to Dany in s5, we were all 99% sure how it would go. Because we knew what he was worth. We knew what he could do if he was given the chance. And deep down, we knew this was basically his last chance to be perceived as worthy of anything in the world. But please, if you haven’t already, watch that few second clip where he’s named Tyrion Lannister, “hand of the queen”, and imagine it as if it was real, and you were in Tyrions shoes. My long winded waffle cannot do it justice.
    I stress, I’m not saying this is the best moment. I cried at Hodor dying, I cried at Jon/Sansa reuniting, I fist pumped more than I thought possible throughout eps 9 and 10. But I just wanted to share my thoughts on this moment.

  • I just loved Jon and Sansa’s reunion – I watch that scene over and over and still cry. It was such a beautiful family reunion between two Stark kids, it was perfect. I adored Jon being proclaimed the King in the North and that scene gave me so many goosebumps. I also loved how the reveal of R+L=J was done. Finally, I just loved Dany making Tyrion her Hand. So many great moments from this season, it’s hard to pick.

  • Lyanna Mormonts “I don’t care if he is a bastard” speech, and how she was able to shame the houses that didn’t support Jon, while proclaiming the loyalty of house Mormont, makes me want to cheer the She Bear every time I see it. Jons line “well, father always promised, didn’t he?” was a bonding moment the Starks needed.

  • Season 6 was filled with scenes that really touched your heart if you’re a Stark fan. I had to decide between Sansa and Jon’s reunion and the Tower of Joy scene, the scene people wanted to see for years. When baby Jon opened his eyes for the first time and sees Ned, the man Jon would grow up to be, was so good to see. Then the transition to Jon at the head of the table at Winterfell with the Ice on one side and Fire on the other (shades of orange and blue) mixed with the intense music made my year! The score for season 6 was so spot on and moving, I bought tickets for the live Concert.
    After 5 seasons of watching the Stark family get beat down and killed, it was so gratifying to see children become adults and return to Winterfell and take back their home and title of Warden’s of the North.

  • Doesn’t seem to be a popular choice, but I voted for Tyrion unchaining Rhaegal and Viserion. I’m sure everybody liked this scene, but I don’t think it gets enough praise. I said it right after the episode aired and I’ll say it again: That’s one of the most perfect scenes this show has done. When it comes to fantasy storytelling being mixed with dramatic realism/emotional investment… that scene is the hallmark for this show, serving as a great of example of everything that’s great about this show stuffed into one little scene. We’ve had the dragons flying and sitting around for the better part of 6 seasons now, and every now and then we get reminded about Dany’s emotional/spiritual connection with them, and whatnot… but this is the first scene where we were actually really invited in and became emotionally invested in the dragons beyond “Aw sweet, dragons!” or “Oh look, Dany’s petting Drogon.”

    It pretty much goes without saying that Peter Dinklage’s performance is amazing, but come on… this scene is just downright transcendent when you consider that he was acting with a ball on a stick. He COMPLETELY convinces you that he’s seeing dragons up close and personal for the first time in his life, after having been fascinated with dragons his whole life. The story he tells is touching, him laying his hand on the dragons in pure fascination, showing a sweet gentleness with them… just perfect.

    The personalities of the dragons is shown in a way that was only reserved for Drogon up until this scene. The way they respond to Tyrion, the way the second dragon (I don’t know which one is Rhaegal and which one is Viserion unfortunately…) gets kinda jealous and motions for Tyrion to unchain him (or her? Don’t know that either….) as well is both funny and fascinating. The tone was struck perfectly in this scene. “Don’t eat the help!” is one of the funnier lines of the season as well.

    But beyond all this… this scene resonates in a thematic way for me that feels totally pitch-perfect (yes, I’m using the word “perfect” a lot in reference to this scene!). I believe that Tyrion’s ultimate role is the story is that of the “dragon tamer”. He’ll serve as the one who holds Dany back from madness (as we see him do in episode 9, and we also see him do with Jon in episode 3 of season 1, when he calms Jon’s anger about the other Night’s Watch recruits), and will probably serve as diplomat between her and Jon when she comes for the North, holding them back from fighting with each other. When you view Tyrion in that role, this scene becomes super symbolic. Tyrion seems to just have an innate talent for calming the dragons and making them trust him… something that pretty much only Dany has been able to do up until now, and even she has had difficulty with that. But Tyrion gains their trust in just a couple short minutes, surprising even himself. As though this is what he was destined for all along, he just didn’t know it.

    But aside from all that, the scene is just pure cinematic joy. Great atmosphere and visuals, the visual effects for the dragons would be impressive in a movie, let alone a tv show… and when you watch the BTS for the episode, you learn that the location wasn’t even the same location they shot the dungeons scenes in for seasons 4 and 5… they recreated it on a sound stage with bluescreen and just a couple pillars and the staircase… can’t even tell. Looks like exactly the same place as we saw in previous seasons. Once again… perfect scene.

  • Sansa’s speech to Littlefinger wasn’t “a blow for abuse victims” — it was the TV writers tacitly admitting that Littlefinger’s “plan” in Season 5 made no sense; they wanted to condense Sansa with the Bolton storyline, but didn’t bother to think out the….”basic plot mechanics” of why this was happening, in-universe.

    But because it’s Sansa yelling at Littlefinger it’s supposed to make up for their non-existent writing for her character?

    You were easy to manipulate.

    Next you’ll be saying that Sansa *killing a man already locked in a cell and tied to a chair* somehow counts as an “empowering moment of agency” and makes her a “player in the Game of Thrones”.

    Open your eyes!

    “Strong and capable woman that emerged from this scene”….what?

    What does “strong” mean? I think it means “narrative agency, affecting events in the plot”.

    You…got duped into thinking Sansa was “strong” because the actress emoted some lines sternly at Littlefinger? Only to then *go along with Littlefinger’s plan* to the letter to the end of the season?

    Explain to me, specifically, a list of specific points at which Sansa “manipulated” Littlefinger toward her own goals. She didn’t.

    Sansa isn’t “strong” because Turner gave a big emotive scene yelling at Littlefinger…anymore than Indira Varma’s Ellaria is a “strong” female character for…nonsensically yelling about “weak men not ruling Dorne”.

    You were easy to pander to. You didn’t even notice that they didn’t actually deliver on making Sana a “strong” character.

    And the Sansa/Jon hug?

    Notice how all of the “best scenes” you loved involved…non-verbal emoting by the actors. No scripted dialogue. That’s called “the showrunners coasting along on the emotive talents of the cast”.

    Was it well acted and shot? Yes.

    But what actual “storytelling and character nuance” was given in a non-verbal hug?

    Do you even remember how outraged you were when you found out the first time that they were cutting out Sansa’s Vale storyarc so she would end up being raped by Ramsay Bolton, which doesn’t happen in the books? Or has sour grapes and Stockholm Syndrome long since resulted in you making rationalization after rationalization? When this was a *career ending decision* by the showrunners, easily avoidable, and poorly executed from start to finish?

      • You didn’t answer my question. List specifically what Sansa did that affected the story or “manipulated” Littlefinger or other political events on any level. …Can you?

        Sansa isn’t a real person, this is a TV show, and from a Doylist perspective the writers just plain didn’t think it out very well.

        “Struck a blow for abuse victims”….how, specifically? The burden is on you, not me, to prove this. Please give a detailed explanation of why that scene constitutes that – in your own words.

        • Sorry, but there’s no burden on me to prove anything to you at all. As a former victim of abuse myself, her character speaks to me and I’m not obliged to explain my very personal experiences to you in order for you to understand why. As I said, agree to disagree.

          • “Agree to disagree” is a thought terminating cliché.

            The TV show promised to show Sansa as “a strong player”, but what they meant was “strong emotive performance from the actress”.

            They never showed Sansa as a politician or anything.

            What are…things within the narrative which would count as “agency”?

            Ordering Northern vassals? (she never did), killing a man already tied to a chair? (no). And her grand moment of “revenge” turned out to be “write a letter to Littlefinger to accept an offer he already made but I previously rejected”

            None of this counts as “agency”.

            The TV writers gutted Sansa’s role in the story, and you swallowed it because they gave the actress some facetime…ultimately meaningless facetime.

            NO, this is not me demeaning TV-Sansa and abuse victims….Sansa is a fictional character! What I’m pointing out is that the TV writers promised you a “strong female character” and failed to deliver.

            And you’re in denial about it….because the prospect that the TV showrunners wrote a rape subplot this badly, this incompetently, is so mind-blowingly terrifying that you’d rather believe the lie that Sansa was a “strong role” in Seasons 5 and 6. She wasn’t.

            I can’t say this was a “blow for abuse victims” anymore than I can say that DC Comics’ “Identity Crisis” was a “well written story about rape” (it infamously wasn’t).

          • I have not been rude to you, nor have I attempted to demean your opinion, so please pay me the same respect. As I said, I am not going to share with you the personal experiences that make the character of Sansa – and her unwillingness to let a man who hurt her off the hook – so important to me. If you read the council post, you will see that I did not discuss most of the points you are raising in your argument, as my moment of the season was ‘Hold the Door’. So I’m not sure why you are so upset and writing such long responses when I am not willing to engage you. I’m not interested in having an argument in a website comment section. Rest assured that I know my own mind, and that this is the last I have to say in this thread. Have a nice evening.

          • Yes, you are rudely dismissing and demeaning my assertion; “Sansa didn’t actually do anything that displayed strong narrative agency in Season 6”. Your answer amounted to a combination of “because I said so” / “Agree to disagree”.

            “Agree to disagree” is something people say when they’re on the losing end of a discussion.

            You still haven’t answered my question by listing things Sansa does in Season 6 which show “strong narrative agency”. NO, no one ever asked you to list specifically what about Sansa in Season 6 reminds you of abuse you yourself suffered – that is deflecting the question entirely.

            Fundamentally, Sansa didn’t have “a big moment standing up to Littlefinger” – Watsonian moment.

            This was a Doylist moment. This was the writers, absurdly, admitting with a *shrug* that…”yeah, the plot mechanics we used to put Sansa in a position to marry a serial rapist were nonsensical, weren’t they? To the point that when we have Sansa point-blank ask Littlefinger what his so-called plan actually was….he just stands there silently”.

            But of course, as the writers said, “once we decided to marry Sansa off to a serial rapist, what choice did we have but to have him rape her?”….when our question was “why the hell did you not realize that marrying her off to a serial rapist would result in this in the first place?”

            This may just be a comments section on the internet. But in mixed company, in a crowd of five or six people? Your embrace of this as “a blow for abuse victims” won’t hold up to scrutiny.

            This wasn’t a plotline about “revenge for rape resulting in empowerment” (even that would have been lazy writing). The TV writers just used rape for shock value and cheap drama then…forgot to make Sansa the focal point of her own revenge storyline.

            Fundamentally, Benioff and Weiss were admitting that they couldn’t make Ramsay a dangerous villain without having him *rape a main cast member*? That’s lazy writing.

          • I agree with your opinion but you are a fucking douse bag. She doesn’t have to explain why she has a different opinion then you do fuckwad. Quoting the great Jeff Spicoli “what a dick “

        • It changed LF position from sitting at the sidelines to joining the Vale into the chaos. LF had to regain Sanaa’s trust after selling her to the Boltons. He thought by doing so he could manipulate Sansa into marrying him. Thus giving him the North & Vale to persue his ultimate goal of sitting on the Iron Throne. He revealed his goals to Sansa. Miscalculated that the north would never give a bastard the Crown. Sansa played the pretty picture well. Seemingly to still be friends with LF but also stopping his advances. LF doesn’t know that he doesn’t have Sansa on his side.

          • ….listen to yourself:

            In episode 5.6, the same episode that Sana got married and raped, Littlefinger is meeting with Cersei in King’s Landing asking for permission to use the Vale’s army to invade the North to attack the Boltons. Indeed, the odd explanation he gave for Sansa was “weaken the Boltons from within, so they’re ready for the Vale to attack them later”.

            Events as presented, Littlefinger was always preparing to attack the Boltons.

            NOR was he “on the sidelines”. He said his plan was to have Stannis and the Boltons fight, then attack the weakened survivor. As soon as that happens, he ALREADY sent the Vale army to camp out at Moat Calin, entryway to the North…

            …and his first lines to Sansa at Mole’s Town are “Hi, I’ve gathered the Vale army and they’re ready to invade the North in overwhelming strength. Would you like them?” — Sansa angrily tells him to leave, but later caves in to his plan and writers him a letter begging Littlefinger to come with the Vale army.

            NONE of this was Sansa actually “manipulating” Littlefinger into doing something he hadn’t already intended to do!

            and WHY did Littlefinger sell her out to the Boltons in the first place? NO ONE destroys other Houses by marrying people into them. If you don’t want someone to steal your inheritance (Winterfell)….you don’t marry them to give them claim to it!

            The TV writers wanted to condense Sansa with Jeyne Poole from the books….then just plain forgot to “condense” the plot mechanics to provide a plausible reason why Sansa would every marry Ramsay Bolton. It nonsense.

            So you’re saying that his plan was to “rescue” Sansa to make her dependent on him – when it’s entirely possible that Ramsay might simply kill her – and JON SNOW…..he doesn’t even know that Jon Snow is alive! Well he didn’t in Season 5; he was Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, in no position to claim a crown on inherit.

            Yes, in the Season 6 finale, spur of the MOMENT, he hoped he could marry Sansa and claim the North through her…..but he had no way of knowing events would turn out this way when he set them in motion in Season 5!

            Other than rejecting a marriage offer from Littlefinger, she didn’t actually DO anything throughout this Season!

            You know what would have been “a blow for abuse victims”? Having *Sansa herself* rally the Northern vassals as a political leader, to have some sort of “active role” in Ramsay’s downfall.

            Did Ilyn Payne “defeat” Ned Stark? No, he was just his executioner for Joffrey.

            I was *gaping in disgust* at the TV when that episode aired; that all they did was have Sansa kill Ramsay *with Jon’s permission* after Jon was already on the verge of killing him?

            This isn’t me undermining “the power of women” in the story; I’m pointing out that the writers gave you crap writing, with actually very poorly written women who don’t DO anything in the narrative.

            Or are we back to believing that Damsels in Distress are “strong” because they’re emotionally resilient? Why can’t they be the hero?

            I state that Sansa made no political decisions that led to the Boltons’ downfall.

            I ask anyone to list things she did which were in fact political decisions that led to their downfall.

            Instead all I’m hearing is “I choose to believe that Sansa was strong”.

            Well you can choose to believe that the Sand Snakes were an example of great feminist writing, but that’s denying reality!

            YES there is a “burden of proof” on you to prove, to list specific examples of, points in the story in which TV-Sansa actually “influenced political events”. Otherwise you can’t claim that she was “a political player”. That’s no subjective, and ultimately YOU are demeaning other abuse victims by accepting this garbage as “empowering” TV writing.

          • Had they done what happens in the books, and Sansa just arrives with the Vale army, she would have been left vying with Jon Snow for leadership of the North in the exact same way…..so the whole “marry off Sansa to serial rapist Ramsay Bolton” was UTTERLY UNNECESSARY to put Sansa in such a position where Littlefinger could play her off against Jon.

            This….this is “downstream thinking”; “Why did you marry off Sansa to Ramsay Bolton, a serial rapist, who then raped her?” “Well, once we made the decision to marry off Sansa to a serial rapist, what choice did we have but for him to rape her? Our hands were tied.”

  • Learning about the origins of the WWalkers via The Children of The Forest was pretty cool. Maybe I’m naive, but truly didn’t see that coming. Bittersweet all the way! The poor Children.

  • Lots of epic moments, but “hold the door” and the Tower of Joy were by far the best for me. Followed by Jon and Sansa’s hug and Cersei’s plot.

  • for the first time it really hard to choose witch is best scenes.. season 6 is one of the best season make for game of thorns .. and i hope season 7 become even better

  • Learning about Jon’s true parentage…

    We all knew the R+L=J theory, we all knew it to be 99% true. Yet the way that scene played out made me feel like I was finding out about it for the first time.

    Everything about it gave me goosebumps; “promise me Ned”…hearing the cry of the baby right before he’s brought into view…Ned holding baby Jon while he opens his eyes….the brilliant music gradually building throughout the scene for the huge emotional payoff….all of it was fantastic, probably my favorite scene of the entire series

  • The unfurling of the Direwolf banners, official or not. That summed up everything Stark–Jon’s revival, Arya’s reclaiming her identity, Bran’s journey south, Hodor’s (unwilling unwitting?) and Summer’s sacrifice, Ned’s sacrifice for Lyanna, Sansa’s dawning understanding of Littlefinger, Winterfell as the embodiment of Home, the sacrifice of Rickon, Osha and Shaggydog, the annihilation of the show’s most sadistic family, the first-but-not-last Stark reunion, and something else we’d all been waiting for–a Stark killing the three Freys who most perpetrated the destruction of the the Starks and the Northmen. Oh, and KITN. Whilst elsewhere, Tyrion and the dragons, Tyrion being named Hand of the Queen, Jaime and Brienne, Brother Ray, Lady Crane, Olenna unfolding Margaery’s Rose drawing, Dany telling Jorah to find a cure, Davos’s Shireen speech. And of course the opening and closing sequences of Winds of Winter. Dany finally finally finally Westeros-bound with her alliance armada–that was thrilling.

  • There are so many great moments in S6 for me!!

    The R+L=J was awesome ( the feels!! )
    Sansa and Jon’s reunion!
    The King in the North scene!
    The Stark banner back at Winterfell!

    But my favorite is gonna be Jon waking up! I knew it was probably gonna happen but I still jumped up and danced around lol:))

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