12 Major Things You Might Have Missed In The 'Game Of Thrones' Season Finale
It's been a few weeks since the season six finale of "Game of Thrones," "The Winds of Winter," aired, so I figured now was a good time to dive back into the episode and try and make sense of everything we saw and what we're about to see in the show's final two seasons.
Luckily, it appears YouTube user Alt Shift X has already done that -- but first, let's take a look at some of the major plot lines before diving into the details.
For starters, we know Jon Snow is now the King in the North and the son of Lyanna Stark and Raegar Targaryen. What this means for his presumable future interaction with Daenerys Targaryen remains to be seen.
Speaking of Daenerys Targaryen, we know the Mother of Dragons is currently sailing towards Westeros with a massive fleet. She plans to take the Iron Throne from the Mad Queen, Cersei Lannister, who, after destroying hundreds with wildfire and having her last remaining son commit suicide, is now ruling in King's Landing.
We know winter is finally here, and we know the Night King and the White Walkers are coming with it.
We're looking forward to the battle for the Iron Throne and the battle between the living and the undead, all of which will have to play out over the course of just 13 episodes. And you thought the "Battle of the Bastards" was awesome.
So, let's get into Alt Shift X's superb explanation of all the things you missed in the "Game of Thrones" finale because there were definitely more details and implications than you realize.
The High Sparrow might've been motivated more by politics than religion.
In the end, the High Sparrow ended up getting incinerated by wildfire, but that doesn't mean he didn't achieve his goal. As pious as he attempted to be, the High Sparrow's goals were as much political as they were religious.
He sought to destroy House Lannister and House Tyrell. In the end, that's more or less exactly what happened.
Cersei has completely transitioned into the Mad Queen.
In case it wasn't already obvious by her burning hundreds of people alive with wildfire, Cersei Lannister is the Mad Queen we thought she might become. She's lost all her children, and she appears to no longer have a human connection to this world.
When she did devious things in the past, she did them under the guise of trying to protect and love her children. She blew up the Sept because she wanted to see people burn.
Ironically, committing suicide is the first real decision Tommen has made on his own.
Tommen Lannister's life was controlled by his mother, his wife and the High Sparrow. This poor boy never made a decision on his own, until he decided to jump from a high window in the Red Keep and end it once and for all.
Walder Frey and Jaime Lannister are both kingslayers, but they couldn't be more different.
Walder Frey killed Robb Stark, the King in the North, and Jaime Lannister killed Aerys II, the Mad King, but these two dudes couldn't have been more different.
Jaime Lannister killed the Mad King to save everyone in King's Landing, and throughout the "Game of Thrones" series, he's become a better man. Walder Frey killed Robb Stark for his own personal gain.
Melissandre could connect with a number of characters who are currently heading north.
Having been dismissed by Jon Snow from Winterfell, Melissandre is currently heading south. She could be in for a possible run-in with Arya Stark, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Sandor Clegane or Brienne and Pod. We're not quite sure what that would mean for the rest of season seven, though.
"A Song of Ice and Fire" is literally the story of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow.
If you haven't already figured this one out, everything we've been building to in six seasons of "Game of Thrones" is the revelation Daenarys and Jon are the basis for the entire story. They are "A Song of Ice and Fire."
Littlefinger is the most dangerous man in Westeros.
Yeah, he rode in to save the day at the "Battle of the Bastards," but Littlefiner is a bad, bad man. He's pretty much been behind every terrible thing that has happened to the Starks, and something tells me he's still going to have a great impact on Sansa Stark and Jon Snow.
Did Benjen Stark foreshadow the Wall coming down?
It's more than possible the Wall is going to be brought down by the mark the Night King left on Bran's arm. Benjen Stark makes several references to the magic that keeps the Wall in tact, but it's possible there's also magic that can bring it down.
Jon Snow is a mix of Targaryen and Stark, and he's probably Azor Ahai.
We know Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, which means all signs point to the fact he's Azor Ahai, the one who is destined to save the world. Jon Snow has ice and fire in his veins, and he was born under the Sword of the Morning, Dawn. If anyone is going to lead men against the White Walkers, it's going to be Jon Snow.
Jaime Lannister is going to kill his sister and lover, Cersei.
According to the prophecy, Cersei was told by Maggy the Frog, the Valonqar, or little brother, will choke Cersei to death. Initially, many "Game of Thrones" fans thought this was a reference to Tyrion, who Cersei tried to have killed, but one look at Jaime's face upon returning to King's Landing tells a very different story.
This was the first time Daenerys and Varys have been seen together on "Game of Thrones."
Varys has been plotting against Daenerys for years. Way back when, he informed the Small Council about her whereabouts and movements. He was behind an assassination attempt on her. He was behind her marriage to Khal Drogo.
In that final scene of Dany sailing to Westeros, it's actually the first time we see her with Varys on screen together. Seems like they have a lot to catch up on.
And finally, here's where everyone in Westeros is heading.
The chess pieces are in motion, and I can't wait to see what happens next.