Game of Thrones: Season 6 Round-Up

Before Season 6 of Game of Thrones started, we glanced our beady eyes over each of the major Houses in the Seven Kingdoms and gazed into our fezzy-shaped crystal balls to predict the potential casualties this year. Here we intend to see how right, or wrong, we were! Whatever the result, at the end of this article, we’ll also once again put our heads together and come up with some suggestions for what we’d like to see in the last two seasons. So here goes…

The Predictions

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House Lannister
Who was left?

Cersei, Jaime, Tyrion, Tommen, Lancel and Kevan.
Who did we think was going to die?

Danielle: Tommen and Lancel.
Marieke: Tommen and Lancel.

We weren’t far off here. None of the main siblings were offed, indeed, but we both completely forgot about Kevan. A Fezzy Home Alone moment here. Perhaps the only surprise about Tommen’s death was how casual the fall to his death seemed. Haunting.

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House Targaryen
Who was left?
Just Daenerys apparently.

Who did we think was going to die?

Danielle: No one!
Marieke: No one!

Nope. Of course not. Instead we had the expected and much anticipated confirmation of a half Targaryen walking around. Hello Jon! (Or shall we say Jaehaerys?) All the dragons are still alive too, and are accompanying the glorious ships at the end of the season.

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House Tyrell
Who was left?
Margaery, Loras, Olenna and Mace.
Who did we think was going to die?

Danielle: Loras.
Marieke: Loras.

Well, we fell for that one. Danielle even predicted a different outcome for Mace: “it seems that the Head of the house is now the most safe.” Well, no one was safe, and we’re both sad Margaery did not make it. Her cunning plan was all for nothing. Loras was a given, although we did not see the mutilation right before his death coming. Poor Loras, he was always unlucky wasn’t he? It turns out Finn Jones got his Iron Fist role after finishing GoT, but the timing is so apt Marieke’s prediction stands. The other much beloved Tyrell did make it out and is out for revenge, fire and blood. All hail the Queen of Thorns! And could Diana Rigg please be added to the opening titles now?

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House Bolton
Who was left?
Roose, Ramsay, Fat Walda and her and Roose’s unborn child.
Who did we think was going to die?

Danielle: All of them.
Marieke: At least Walda and son, hopefully a brutal death for Ramsay.

We got what we wished for? Ramsay’s death was brutal. Maybe even more so after he used the exact same tactics on his stepmother and half-brother. We could only wish for House Bolton to become extinct, but for once in Thrones we got what we wished for. Or as Sansa put it: “Your words will disappear. Your house will disappear. Your name will disappear. All memory of you will disappear.”

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House Greyjoy
Who was left?
Balon, Theon, Yara and Euron looks set to make an appearance in Season 6.

We didn’t really make a prediction for them, which means we forgot about Balon, who was predestined to die when Melisandre threw the leech into the fire and said his name back in Season 3. The deed was done by Euron, whose entrance was much cooler than any of his later scenes. He practically disappeared once the Greyjoy siblings took off. Reek was still partially present in Theon, but Yara had an amazing way of pep talking him out of Theon in the brothel. Marieke was just delighted the bridges were back in the opening titles.

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House Stark
Who was left?
Sansa, Arya, Bran, Rickon and Benjen(?)

Who did we think was going to die?

Danielle: Rickon.
Marieke: Wondered if Rickon still even existed. And Jon. Jon was dead.

Poor Rickon ‘Shoulda Zig-Zagged’ Stark never really stood a chance. Marieke declared Benjen a goner and was proven massively wrong. Danielle was much more optimistic (and you can read about why she thought his return was so important here). Jon was technically dead, but much to Marieke’s surprise he was returned to life by Melisandre. She did not see that coming at aallll. She also mentioned Hodor as a joke and jinxed the poor giant. Possibly the biggest Stark related surprise there, even bigger than Benjen.

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House Martell
Who was Left?
Doran, Ellaria Sand, The Sand Snakes (Tyene, Obara, Nymeria) and Trystane
Who did we think was going to die?

Danielle: Trystane.
Marieke: IDGAF.

Danielle was right about Trystane. The back of his head must’ve been sore. The matriarch-led coup, we did not see coming though. (Poor Doran, he was a good ruler). In truth, the only scene we enjoyed in Dorne this year was Olenna sticking it to the Sand Snakes.

The Other Major Players
Who was left?

Ser Jorah Mormont, Daario Naharis, Grey Worm, Missandei, Bronn, Brienne of Tarth, Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish, Varys, Ser Robert Strong, Meera Reed, Melisandre, Ser Davos Seaworth, Podrick Payne, Hodor, Jaqen H’ghar, Edmure Tully, Brynden ‘The Blackfish’ Tully, High Sparrow, Tormund Giantsbane, Edd Tollett, Samwell Tarly, Gilly, Alliser Thorne, Olly, Osha, Walder Frey, The Three-Eyed Raven, The Night’s King and his army of White Walkers and Wights.

Who did we think was going to die?

Danielle: Possibly Jorah and/or Daario. Alliser Thorne, Olly and the rest of the Night’s Jon murdering Watch members. The High Sparrow. Walder Frey, possibly. The Three-Eyed Raven.

Marieke: Jorah. The Night’s Watch traitors. Melisandre. All those religious militants.

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Jorah (Iain Glen) has ‘outlived’ our expectations in Season 6.

As soon as Jon gasped his way back to life, back to  reality again, there was no way for Alliser and co to avoid those nooses around their necks. It was an easy prediction to make. We both thought we’d see the last of Jorah. Marieke now hopes he will find a cure to join his Khaleesi once she’s fighting for the throne. Ser Friendzone was actually missed! As cheesy as his goodbye with Dany was, it was definitely more emotional than her goodbye from Daario. He did not die, but was just ditched in favour of being eligible for marriage. He was no Son of the Harpy either. Danielle will take those words back 😛 Marieke just wonders if we will see him again: Michiel Huisman is hot! Melisandre had plot armour (she predicted she’d see the youngest Stark girl again) and since Arya can travel fast, but not that fast, it will keep her alive at least until they meet again.

The High Sparrow and all of the religious militants are dead. We forgot about separating Septa Unella from the bunch, although Cersei clearly didn’t. Whilst the FrankenMountain created a little havoc, he wasn’t the key player in the High Sparrow’s demise. Meanwhile, up in the North, Brienne did gain Sansa’s trust. Phew! Davos’ reading skills also gave him plot armour. Well, maybe it was the little stag he gave Shireen, but let Marieke have this one. Danielle predicted more deaths, Marieke just hoped the good guys would make it (Sam! Davos! Tormund!)

SEASON 6 FEZZY AWARDS
Most Satisfying Death?

Marieke: Ramsay. I don’t know how we got what we wished for, but we did!

Danielle: Yup! Definitely Ramsay. He had it coming!

Most Heart-wrenching Death?
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Hodor (Kristian Nairn) the Hero: he held the door.

Marieke: Hodor. Because it was so surprising, heartbreaking, built-in since the start of the books/show…

Danielle: Again we’re in agreement. The fact that he’d known he was going to die in such awful circumstances and with such bravery all along left me a complete wreck.

Best New Character?

Marieke: I pledge to you, Lady Lyanna Mormont. What a badass little girl taking on so much responsibility. Love her!

Danielle: All hail the Little Bear and her 62 fighting men! Bella Ramsey’s character puts those other Northern Lords to shame.

Best Return?
The Hound
Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) made a jubilant and violent return this season.

Marieke: It was the season of returns, wasn’t it? Although Benjen was much needed because of those wights and walkers, I liked the Hound’s return the most. However, the Blackfish was glorious in his standoff with Jaime at Riverrun…

Danielle: I’m split between Benjen and The Hound. The missing Stark’s return in the nick of time to save his nephew also had the added bonus of giving us further insight into the White Walkers. Nevertheless, I’d really missed Sandor Clegane’s ‘No bullsh*t’ approach to life.

Best Traveller?

Marieke: Varys and Arya are giving Littlefinger a run for his travel cheques.

Danielle: Varys cinched this one in the finale. Boy, must that eunuch have some serious Air Miles!

Best Rower?

Marieke: Gendry. So fast we can’t even see him anymore. Work on your rowing skills, Pod.

Danielle: I’d quite like to see a boat race between Gendry and Pod. The former must be 95% upper arm muscles by now.

Hopes For the Last Two Seasons?

Marieke: At least one massive battle. No wait, one battle within the realm and one with the Night King et al. I hope all of Dany’s ships will make it to Dragonstone. Also Jorah has to find a cure and return. Arya should reunite with Jon and Sansa, and Littlefinger needs to get his comeuppance. The Hound, Melisandre and Arya should meet again. Giant babies for Brienne and Tormund. Cersei going even madder before her ultimate demise. A superb alliance to fight the Night King. Bran reuniting with his siblings. Bran warging a dragon. Olenna getting her revenge. Jaime to turn to the light side. Sam becoming the überMaester of all Maesters. But most of all, I just want to see next season please!

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Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and the rest of Team Fire heading West: we both hope she stops off at Dragonstone along the way.

Danielle: I’m itching to see Dany make it to Dragonstone as well. It’s the place where she was born and the mirroring with her ancestor Aegon the Conqueror, who launched his conquest of Westeros from there, would be quite something. Of course she has to kick some ass in King’s Landing too. I’d like to see her decimate the Lannister army and enter the Throne room with Tyrion, only to find Jaime has already offed Cersei and once again is waiting on the Iron Throne until the conquering Queen arrives. That way, after reuniting with his little brother, the King/Kinslayer will be free to head up North and get jealous of Tormund’s mad flirting skills with Brienne. It’d be nice for Gendry to pop up out the woodwork now too. Arya seems all but lost, and high up on my wishlist after a reunion with Jon and Sansa, I’d also like to see her reconnect with someone else from her past who can help her to remember the girl she used to be. As a gifted blacksmith, I wouldn’t mind seeing him team up with Sam to figure out how to forge Valyrian steel either. Elsewhere, I’d also love to witness Littlefinger taking a trip through the Moon Door up in The Vale, and a showdown between the Night King and Bran where The Wall comes crashing down has the potential to be epic. The possibilities to hope for are endless!

So what did you think to Season 6? How would you like to see the final two seasons play out? Let us know in the comments…

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