Note: These are our thoughts and predictions on what we think may happen in the Season 6 finale based on the trailer, which you can see here, as well as the odd fan theory kicking around. If you want to remain completely spoiler-free, look away now!
What’s in a Name?
Marieke: Is Winter finally coming? Will we see the Night King and his wights walk past The Wall? Will he follow marked Bran around using him like a medieval GPS? After six seasons and the appearance of more and more snow increasingly further North, you would think Winter stops coming and is just – there-.
Danielle: ‘The Winds of Winter’ is a pretty on the nose title for an episode, but then so was its predecessor, ‘Battle of the Bastards’. It’s also a nice nod to the title of the sixth novel in the fantasy series that the show is based on by George R. R. Martin that might actually drop some time this century. (Sorry, George, I know you’re busy.) Either way, with that white raven winging it’s way over a snowy landscape, the birds they rear in the Citadel to send word across the Kingdom that the seasons are changing, it’s looks almost certain that Winter is finally here after 6 bloodthirsty seasons! I would not be at all shocked if we saw The Wall come crashing down and everything else paling in comparison at the end of this finale.
Tower of Delayed Gratification
Marieke: R+L=J (Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow). We were so close to witnessing it, but the first Three-Eyed Raven ‘storyblocked’ Bran. Hopefully Bran finds a way to access to this vision soon, after having seen a tiny snippet in his vision of a bloody hand and hearing a woman scream. Gives us young Ned, Lyanna and that baby!
Danielle: Well, it seems like good news for R+L=J fans as the actor who plays the Younger Ned, Robert Aramayo, is set to reprise his role for the finale. It’s highly likely that we’re going to get some confirmation regarding Jon’s real parentage, and proof that he’s not quite the bastard we thought he was via one of Bran’s green dreams once he reaches The Wall with Meera and Benjen for the showdown his reanimated uncle predicted with the Night’s King. I’ll be surprised if there isn’t some reference to it back at Winterfell as well, be it verbal or visual. Rickon is being buried in the Crypt alongside Ned, and we’ve known Lyanna’s tomb is also down there since the first episode. Is there something lurking underneath the castle that might at least begin to rouse Jon’s suspicions about who he really is?
Trial by Wildfire
Marieke: After blocking the use of Zombie!Mountain, Cersei will definitely have to face up to the reality of her trial now. I, for one, would have liked to see FrankenMountain rip more Faith Militants’ heads off, but everyone is probably going to burn. There has been a lot of speculation, and the show has been foreshadowing this outcome itself. Bran’s vision of wildfire billowing underground, which, up to now, has remained unused because Jaime killed the Mad King years before, – another facet of his vision; Tyrion mentioning the substance and why Jaime killed the Mad King to Daenerys; Olenna making Cersei’s mental light bulb go on by asking if her is she is going to kill everyone by herself; Cersei and Qyburn talking about if the rumours are true. All of these instances point to an explosive denouement in the capital. In season 2 we also saw Dany looking at a burned down throne room. Let’s assume Cersei is turning into the Mad Queen instead of Daenerys, will she take the whole of King’s Landing with her? Is she prepared to sacrifice Tommen? Will Jaime come to the rescue again, but could he do to his sister/lover what he did before? Who will live and who will die? And is the Iron Throne still worth something after an event like this??
Danielle: As my Fezzy friend has already argued, it seems all but certain that Cersei is going to go full cray-cray and obliterate King’s Landing with the caches of wildfire that are still secreted in various places below the city. She’s already threatened to burn cities to the ground to protect her children, and now that she’s apparently been backed into a corner by her son’s decision to effectively sentence her to death by abolishing trial by combat, she has nothing to lose. Except, funnily enough, him. The question is, does she feel like he’s already gone because the High Sparrow has his claws in him, or is it because her prophecy that foretold all 3 of her children being covered in ‘golden shrouds’ has made her believe his death is a foregone conclusion? Perhaps she’ll accidentally allow her only child to be caught up in the explosion? Either way, it’s hard to imagine Tommen, Margaery, Loras, most of the Faith Militant including The High Sparrow, and Kevan and Lancel Lannister making it out alive if Cersei does indeed take the nuclear option. She, on the other hand, probably will, if only to see Jaime again. Somebody his to fulfil that Valonqar part of the prophecy.
Red Wedding 2: The Sequel?
Marieke: So Jaime is at The Twins with Walder Frey. I don’t know, is Jaime’s sword Valyrian. Is it Joffrey’s? Or is it a normal one after he gave Brienne his? Because that could be vital in keeping him alive. Maybe Arya will have a pit stop here to do a light spot of killing? The repetition of the ‘send our regards’ line sounds like shit is going to go down there. Although maybe the urge for the viewer to see Walder Frey dead died down a bit after the biggest baddie met his end in the last episode, and because the Red Wedding seems like it happened in another lifetime. The timing would be off, but no-one would bat an eyelid if Walder Frey were to rot in the ground.
Danielle: In answer to Marieke’s question, no Jaime’s sword isn’t made of Valyrian Steel. Alongside ‘Oathkeeper’, ‘Widow’s Wail’ was forged from Ned Stark’s ancestral sword ‘Ice’ and given to Joffrey not long before his death at the Purple Wedding. It now belongs to his brother and successor, Tommen. Back to the matter in hand, I think the drama at The Twins might lead to one of the biggest twists of the Season. I’m in two minds as to whether or not Arya is going to return in time to cross Walder’s name off her list. Maybe she’ll sneak in and poison the head of the Frey family’s wine? I suspect the greater possibility is that the Brotherhood without Banners, who’ve already been chipping away at the Frey’s supplies, might launch an attack on them that mirrors what happened at The Red Wedding. Now that The Hound has joined their ranks, and seen as he was witness to the immediate aftermath of the massacre of the Stark troops alongside his then ‘hostage’, Arya, it doesn’t appear to be too outside the realms of possibility that he’ll want to seek revenge as part of his redemption. That puts Jaime in a pretty damn perilous position, doesn’t it? That said, I suspect he’ll pull a Blackfish and escape, or he’ll be taken prisoner again. There’s still too much for him to resolve with both Cersei and Brienne for him to die just yet, especially if things do go boom in the capital.
Marieke: I hope to see lots of ships, accompanied by a trio of dragons in the sky, heading across the sea to Westeros. It is about time. Just as much as that dreaded Winter finally coming! I hope Tyrion will keep Dany on the right path. Her stroking Daario’s cheek in the trailer gives the impression she’s saying goodbye…
Danielle: Like Marieke, I think now’s the right time for Dany to head westwards, although I’m sneakily hoping she’s going to stop off at Dragonstone on the way to Westeros. It’s probably been unoccupied since Stannis took his family and troops to fight in the North, and it’s also where she was born, as well as being the family seat of House Targaryen and the place where her most famous ancestor, Aegon the Conqueror, launched his conquest of Westeros from. As Stannis told Sam, it also contains a ton of dragonglass, which is likely to come in handy when Daenerys and Tyrion eventually realise what they’re really up against. I’m also expecting them to leave Daario and the Second Sons behind to hold the fort. That could be interesting if Euron comes to call…
A Little Bird in the Hand…
Marieke: The creepiest creep of all creepsters, Littlefinger, wants Sansa because she is her mother’s daughter. He wants her. *shudders* Jon won’t let him, but Baelish did help them out with the Knights of the Vale at the eleventh hour. Yikes! I cannot see this ending well. But maybe Sansa, the quick learner she is, will have a trick up her sleeve. Also, confrontation between Davos and Melisandre looks almost certain. However, the priestess told Arya in Season 2 that they will meet again. So she can’t die yet, can she? Maybe Jon feels like her owes her? His second rebirth in the fighting crowd might help him overcome his first, literal rebirth depression.
Danielle: Yup, Littlefinger, is going to make a move on Sansa, meaning she’s moved out of the clutches of one scheming megalomaniac into the grasp of another. The problem for him is that his obsession with her and her Mother, Catelyn, perhaps leaves him with a blindspot regarding what the oldest Stark girl is capable of. Years of abuse at the hands of Joffrey and then Ramsay have changed her from the naive girl she used to be into something much tougher. If she can withhold information from her own half brother, I’m pretty sure she can scheme her way into lulling him into a false sense of security. My guess is that Littlefinger will offer her marriage to Robin under the proviso that they get rid of him after the wedding, and then she marries him, thus making them Lord and Lady of the Vale. She may very well agree if Jon is encouraged to become Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North by the remaining Northern Lords after winning the battle against Ramsay. After being pushed from pillar to post by other people, it’s easy to see why the prospect of her own army and castle would be so enticing, particularly away from the place she was repeatedly raped. All she’d have to do is make good use of that Moon Door…
I’m expecting things to finally blow up between Melisandre and Davos as well. Shireen was too important to him for him to just shrug off her burning the girl at the stake. That said, just as Marieke mentioned, The Red Woman does have plot armour until Arya returns. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Lyanna Mormont pops up with a palatable solution and asks Davos to return with her to Bear Island now that most of her 62 fighting men have probably been killed during the battle.
What do you think will happen in the finale? Who’ll meet a grizzly end? Let us know in the comments…