GET READY FOLKS! Winter is FINALLY here, after almost a year and a half since the start of season 6, we are all anxiously and desperately awaiting for Game of Thrones to return. This Sunday… July the 16th… it.all.goes.down.
What can we expect from this upcoming season? Who do we have to emotionally prepare ourselves to lose?! Will our long hypothesized fan theories finally come to fruition?! Will Jon Snow finally learn the truth of his past?! Could we possibly witness the marriage of two beloved (and oh so related) characters?! Will we get to experience possibly the most epic battle this show has seen?!
Oh so many questions, and not sure if we will get all our answers but find a Season 6 recap below along with some predictions for the upcoming season. This may be the second to last season of GoT, but we will be sure to enjoy every dramatic, action packed second of it (and the dragons, so much yes to the dragons).
Where we left off in Season 6…
(be aware, spoilers ahead)
Last season we went through a whirlwind of emotions in every almost every single episode. So much took place in the span of 10 episodes that we could barely contain ourselves with revelation after revelation.
The season kicked off with us begging and praying for Jon Snow’s return from the dead (and alas, he was dead) but we soon were rewarded for our patience and unwavering belief as Melisandre brought him back to us. Speaking of Melisandre, unbeknownst to anyone else, is actually ridiculously old. A fact, which is well hidden, by the necklace she adorns around her neck.
Another epic, and gut-wrenching moment of last season was Episode 5, “The Door”. Bran, in between two visions, witnesses young Hodor yelling “Hold the door” repeatedly until fading into “Hold Door” and then the ever-famous line we all know, “Hodor”. Simultaneously, he witnesses the demise of adult Hodor whom we sadly had to say goodbye to along with Summer, the direwolf.
Shortly after, we witnessed the return of presumed dead Uncle Benjen who not only saves Bran and Meera but informs Bran he will go on to be the Three-Eyed Raven.
In all the developing stories of the series, I am personally psyched to see the evolution that is Arya. She has gone on to become the warrior we all hoped she would be. I think the most stand out moment of last season was when she says to J’qen, “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I am going home.” She is ready to see her family and ready to do what she’s set out to do all this time. I look forward to seeing what she brings to the show this season (and who else she permanently eliminates from her list…perhaps Cersei?)
Last season’s “Battle of the Bastards”, was nail biting, visually dramatic, appealing, and satisfying for all the fans of GoT. We weren’t sure if we were at risk of losing Jon Snow again but Littlefinger showed up with the troops to save the day just in time! However, for many fans, the satisfying scene took place after when Sansa let Ramsay’s vicious dogs have a go at him, ending his time in the realm of GoT, and RIGHTFULLY SO!
The season ended with a bang, quite literally. We lost many (thanks to Cersei and Maester Qyburn) to a humassive explosion. Amongst those lost are Margaery, Loras Tyrell, High Sparrow, and basically anyone else in that vicinity. When Tommen learned of this, he decided to end his life by jumping out the window. The deaths didn’t stop there as Arya exacted revenge on Walder Frey and his sons for their involvement in the Red Wedding that took the life of her own mother and brother.
We also see Daenerys part ways with Daario (WHY GIRL WHY THO) and make Tyrion the Hand of the Queen. Jon Snow is finally named the true King Of the North and is ready to take on whatever comes his way (including those freaky White Walkers). But little does he know, there is much more than White Walkers heading his way. Through one of his visions, Bran has learned of Jon Snow’s true past and we can only hope upon reaching Winterfell, he shares it with him.
As we saw during Bran’s vision, Jon Snow’s parents are Lyanna Stark (sister of Ned Stark) and Rhaegar Targareyn (brother of Daenerys). This connection makes him directly related to the Queen of Dragons (oh snaps!). Many a fan theories have circulated hinting towards a possible marital union between the two. Are we possibly in for wedding bells during this season of GoT? Guess we will have to wait and see.
The finale ends with Daenerys and the dragons sailing towards Westeros and a raven arriving at Winterfell with the news that winter has arrived.
It seems all roads lead to Westeros this season and we can’t wait to see what reunions, battles, and love stories are in store… for winter has finally arrived.
Game of Thrones returns on HBO Sunday, July 16th 9 PM ET
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