Just as “father always promised”, winter is finally here.
No seriously, it’s f#cking freezing in Sydney, someone please deliver me one of those Night’s Watch fur coats.
It was hard to imagine Game of Thrones topping last week’s ‘Battle of the Bastards‘, but they managed to out-do themselves with one of the best season finales in the series to-date.
Titled ‘The Winds of Winter’, the episode marked the beginning of the end of the show by trimming (or burning away) the unnecessary excess and establishing the main players in the ‘game of thrones’.
In case it wasn’t clear: Jon Snow and Sansa Stark have the North; Cersei clawed her way onto the Iron Throne; and Daenerys is finally sailing her way into Westeros with the help of thousands of Dothraki and the Ironborn kids.
Smaller (and even potentially deadly) players are also out to make a mark in the final two seasons such as Little Finger, who made it pretty clear to Sansa he wants the throne; and the Tyrells have teamed up with Dorne to take out Cersei.
Plus who can forget Arya Stark running around, creatively crossing names off her ‘list’ and Bran, who finally confirmed one thing fans have known all along.
The future of the series is looking good, but before we move forward let’s take a second to acknowledge those oh-so-many epic moments from the season six finale.
A whole religion, its followers and a Queen dead within the first 20 minutes
What a start! Let’s also talk about those ‘no f#cks given’ from Cersei as she sips her wine.
“I killed your high sparrow and his little sparrows… you’re not going to die today”
I do not want to know what she let The Mountain do to that nun.
Say farewell to the last of the inbred Lannister children
Was not expecting Tommen to do THAT.
“No women or children in the library”
There’s a woman on the throne, a woman controlling dragons, a woman saving the North but no, a woman can’t enter a library.
“Winter is here. Father always promised didn’t he.”
Awww, a not-so-subtle nod to everyone’s favourite Stark dad.
Tyrion Lannister, Hand of the Queen
This was lovely.
That surprise savoury meal made the chocolate pie from The Help look and sound delicious.
“My name is Arya Stark!”
That was pretty amazing and kind of gross at the same time.
Little Finger’s dreams
Cringe! He’s so gross.
Finally, the mother is confirmed. Now, is he a Baratheon or Targaryen?
“I don’t care if he’s a bastard. Ned Stark’s blood runs through his veins.”
If we didn’t love Lady Lyanna before then we do now.
The King of the North
It felt a little familiar (reminiscent of Robb Stark’s initiation), but also so right for Jon to get the recognition he deserves.
“I now proclaim Cersei Lannister. First of her name, Queen of the Andals of the first men, protector of the Seven Kingdoms.”
People don’t last long in that seat lady, so enjoy it while you can.
Daenerys sets sail… finally!