As promised the season finale for GoT was indeed a 70 minute masterpiece, The Winds of Winter, gave us everything we could want and more…so much more…
“My name is Arya Stark. I want you to know that. The last thing you’re ever going to see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die.”–Arya Stark to Walder Frey
Episode 9 was by far one of the best, if not the best of the entire series. And true to the tradition of the show, episode 10 is usually used simply to tie up loose ends and prepare the following season. The Winds of Winter was no different, the little difference lies only in the ways the loose ends are tied and the preparation starts.
We usually start from the beginning and today is no different.
The day of the trial for Sir Loras and Cersei Lannister has arrived. It would’ve been the culmination of Margaery Tyrell and Tomlin Lannister’s plan to free Loras and Cersei. We finally were going to see what weeks of preparation would reveal. We would’ve if Cersei didn’t blow them all to smithereens.
A well executed plan between the Queen Mother and Maester Qyburn, sees the old Maester Pycelle getting executed and Lancel Lannister getting blown up by well placed barrels of wildfire underneath the sept.
It killed not only the High Sparrow and his soldiers, but also Queen Margaery, Sir Loras and all of the elite of Kings Landing. All blown to the skies. It was awesome to see it, unfortunately we did liked Queen Margeary but I guess we can see her as collateral.
Tomlin then throws himself out of the window and Cersei becames Queen ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. We still don’t understand exactly how on earth she’s still alive, but now she has a way of protecting herself against her enemies.
Meanwhile, Arya Stark manages to infiltrate Riverrun and execute the Freys, all sons and father. It was a truly great moment to see a once very vulnerable and shy girl to become a cold-blooded assassin, fed by the feeling of revenge. She was trained well by the many faced god, who now seems to have allowed her to use the faces and to become who she was born to be.
“We need to trust each other. We can’t fight a war amongst ourselves, we have so many enemies now.” –Jon to Sansa
After the Battle of the Bastards, the Stark have taken back Winterfell, and now they’ve assembled all of the families of the North to their House. After a great speech by Lady Mormont, that puts all the other Lords to shame, they all pledge their allegiance to the new King of North Jon Snow. Who now is the Master of Winterfell alongside his sister Sansa Stark. In reality we were expecting to see Sansa taking on the leadership role, and were somewhat disappointed by this events, however we are also looking forward to see If they are going to double team, having Jon Snow being a King and responsible for the military arm of the North, and having Sansa as a diplomatic solution. That remains to be seen.
We finally see Lord Baylish profess his love for Sansa and his ambition of occupying the Iron Throne. For which Sansa pretty much rejects him. However things are left opened for this romance to develop?
Another great event surrounding the Starks, is Brann’s vision. He now accepted his fate and declares himself as the Three Eyed Raven, and resumes his vision of a young Ned Stark. We finally see Jon Snow’s origin, he’s apparently not son of Ned Stark but son of his sister. So why the secrecy?
The secrecy is justified considering the father of Jon Snow. It is either Robert Baratheon, while he maintained a torrid love affair with Ned Stark’s sister, or Rhaegar Targaryen, the Mad King’s first born son. Exactly. So the secrecy is justified because, Lyanna wanted to avoid Robert’s wrath if he found out about Jon Snow’s true parentage.
This is a massive moment in the show since, it will influence the way the Starks will now operate with the new movement. Or at least the way we see the events, since no one except Brann know about this.
Be ready my friends, because one of the largest armies we’ve ever seen on a TV series is about to get messy.
After deciding to leave the Second Sons in Mehreen to preserve the peace, Daenarys leaves the city with her thousand ships and her massive army, with the Unsullied and the Dothraki at her side. She’s also appointed Tyrion Lannister as the Queen’s Hand, and this will develop into a brutal battle between Cersei Lannister and her brother. A battle that has been promised for a while now.
“Cersei stole the future from me. She killed my son. She killed my grandson. She killed my granddaughter. Survival is not what I’m after now.”-Olenna to Ellaria Sand
Another political move that will, apparently, aid the Mother of Dragons, is when Varys meets Olenna Tyrell in Dorne to organise a plot against the Lannisters.
The next season of Game of Thrones, will be very political with the hopes for action very high. We loved this episode, very much, It did meet our expectations and we cannot wait for the next one…next year.
It deserves a big round 5 stars out of 5.