SAN DIEGO, June 25, 2016 – “Game of Thrones” followed tradition in Season 6, giving fans a mindblowing battle in Episode 9 last week, the penultimate episode of the season.
Whether it’s because producers blast through their entire special effects budget staging the battles (Blackwater Bay, Hardhome, Battle of the Bastards), the finale episode focuses on pointing our favorite characters toward their future. When we say “future,” we mean next season. It’s Danaerys emerging from the funeral pyre with dragon babies, Arya on the ship to Braavos, Jon Snow being stabbed by the Night’s Watch turncoats.
The death we all counted on came to pass as Sansa Stark set Ramsey Bolton’s starving dogs on him, tearing him apart to her grim satisfaction (a powerful Cane Corso, which is a real breed from Italy). Never has a character deserved his fate more than Ramsey.
Rickon Stark was also killed, but Sansa, Jon Snow, Ser Davos, and Tormund all survived to take back Winterfell, thanks mainly to the timely arrival of Littlefinger and his forces from the Vale. Now it seems Sansa Stark will uphold whatever her end of the deal was to get Littlefinger to come to her rescue. We’re betting on a strategic marriage… but will it be Littlefinger or Robyn Arryn?
Bear in mind though that Sansa is still married in whatever passes for legal in Westeros to Tyrion Lannister, who we know is very much alive. He may be sailing for Westeros alongside Danaerys Targaryen courtesy of Yara Greyjoy. This plotline should play out in Season 7.
Sansa’s sister Arya declared her personal independence from her adopted masters at the House of Black and White, and is also sailing for Westeros. Will her original List of targets be coming back with her? One of them is Walder Frey, the last member of the group which pulled off the Red Wedding massacre still alive. We see a flashback in the preview to Walder’s toast at the Red Wedding. We are meant to pay attention to these little reminders for a reason.
We know from the previews the showdown between the High Sparrow and Loras Tyrell will take place, and Cersei Lannister’s trial may take place as well. Now that Cersei is denied the possibility of a trial by combat thanks to her son Tommen’s ruling, she is left with few options. If anyone can pull a Westerosi rabbit out of her hat, it’s Cersei. Recall now the offhand conversation she had with her last remaining ally, Qyburn. She asked whether what she’d found out was true, and he confirmed it was.
Putting this together with the history of King’s Landing and scenes from the preview, and it adds up to one thing in our minds: wildfire. Will Cersei find a way to set King’s Landing ablaze to take down the High Sparrow? If she does, will it also take down King Tommen, Queen Margaery, the Queen of Thorns Lady Olenna, or even Cersei herself?
GOT wouldn’t get rid of one of our favorite characters we love to hate – or would it?
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