With the final season of Game of Thrones fast approaching, here is a quick-ish summary of all 7 seasons and 67 hours of TV’s greatest ever spectacle. This is a recap of Season 6.
While Season 5 was somber and depressing, Season 6 is all about rebirth and redemption, and makes a fine case for being the best ever season of Game of Thrones.
After spending most of the season stripped of her power, Cersei unleashes a fiery vengeance on the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, her uncle, the Tyrells, and countless others, in a huge wildfire explosion. On the day of the trial, Margaery looks worried when Cersei is nowhere to be found. But before anyone could escape, the building blows up, exterminating everyone inside. Poor little Tommen commits suicide, and Cersei is crowned as the Queen.
While the Sept of Baelor is burning, Jaime is several miles away at the Twins, after helping the Freys recapture the Tully stronghold, which they had lost to the Blackfish, Catelyn Stark’s uncle.
Game of Thrones ended years of heated speculation, as Jon Snow finally returns from the dead, resurrected by Melisaandre. There is a touching reunion between Jon and Sansa, after Brienne rescues Sansa and Theon from the Boltons. With Davos offering advice, the Stark siblings plot to take back Winterfell from the Boltons. Sansa writes to Littlefinger, who is at the Vale, asking for support, and sends Brienne against her wishes to recruit the Tullys to their cause, while the wildlings agree to fight for Jon after Tormund puts in a nice word. A few other Northern houses, including that of fan-favorite Lyanna Mormont, declare for Jon and the army meets Ramsay’s forces in an epic climactic battle at Winterfell.
Jon emerges triumphant after a timely intervention from Littlefinger’s men changes the tide of the battle. Jon punches Ramsay to a bloody pulp, before Sansa feeds him to his dogs, in an extremely satisfying death for the show’s most loathed character. Shortly afterward, the northern Lords, led by Lyanna Mormont, declare Jon as the King in the North!
Bran watches old reels of his family with the three-eyed raven. The flashbacks confirm one of the most fiercely speculated theory of all time, Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon. Bran’s addiction to these videos leads the Night King to the three-eyed raven’s secret lair. In one of the most tragic and ingenious reveals ever, Hodor holds the door to save Bran and Meera, who later run into Benjen Stark, the second Stark to come back after being presumed dead.
Arya aces Assasin 201, which evaluates your fighting skills when you are blind. But, after two seasons of trying to become no one, a girl suddenly decides she is Arya Stark of Winterfell and sets out to Westeros. She makes a stop at the Twins, the scene of the Red Wedding, and serves Walder Frey his sons in a pie, before slitting his throat. The North Remembers, Walder Frey!
Do you remember who the last surviving king in the War of the Five Kings is? Not Stannis, Joffrey, Rob or Renly. It’s Balon Greyjoy, who is eventually killed by his brother, Euron. A kingsmoot happens, where Euron gets elected to the throne ahead of Yara and Theon, who flee for Essos.
At the end of last season, Daenerys was taken prisoner by a Dothraki horde. Jorah and Daario set out to rescue her, but the Mother of Dragons is no damsel in distress. In an incredible demonstration of strength, she burns the Khals alive, and the remainder of the Dothraki reverently join her army.
In Dany’s absence, Tyrion keeps a fragile peace at Mereen before the masters lay siege to the city. Just when things begin to look desperate, Dany and her dragons save the day by raining fire on the masters’ ships. After 6 seasons of wandering around Essos, Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, and Breaker of Chains, is finally coming home to Westeros, thanks to the ships seized from the masters, and the Greyjoy ships offered by Theon and Yara.