SPOILERS for the Game of Thrones season final ahead.
This season of Game of Thrones has been like a game of Jenga.
We’ve sat through nine episodes where the blocks have been meticulously stacked up — well, eight, considering how action-packed last week’s was — and now, in one giant blow, the tower has come crashing down.
Quite literally, in some cases.
Here are the five most explosive, “holy shit” moments from the season six finale.
1. Cersei is now the Queen.
In a case of ‘woah, that escalated fast’, Kings Landing as we know it has completely shifted.
Harnessing the barrells of Wildfire - the Mad King’s weapon of choice - hidden under the city, Cersei managed to wipe out the High Sparrow and all his “little sparrows”, in addition to Margaery, Loras and Mace Tyrell, who had all gathered in the Great Sept Of Baelor for her trial. Yep, ~drama~.
Although she’d stalled Tommen from attending the trial to protect him from certain death, the young King - helplessly watching all this unfold from a window in the Red Keep - ended his own life. In doing so, he cleared the path for his mother to take the throne she’s long had her eye on.
2. Daenerys Targaryen is finally en route to Westeros
Dany has finally hit the high seas with Westeros in her sights, though she needed to attend to a bit of life admin first - namely, renaming Slaver’s Bay (say hello to the BAY OF DRAGONS) and dumping her beau Daario Naharis.
He took it considerably well.
Rosie and Laura will be talking about Game of Thrones finale this afternoon. But for now - we need to talk about the women.
3. The North remembered.
For those of us who are still emotionally fragile after the Red Wedding of season three, this episode brought much in the way of gratification.
Arya sought vengeance on the Frey fam in dramatic fashion - you’ll never want to eat a pie again - while Jon has been officially declared King in the North.
Which could become verrrrry interesting indeed, because…
4. The long-held R + L = J theory is true.
Bran did us all a solid by revisiting his father Ned in the past at the Tower of Joy, and this time there was no pesky Three-Eyed Raven to stop us from finding out exactly what was at the top of those stairs. (OK, so Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven now, but you know what I mean.)
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So, all those theories you’ve read about Jon Snow’s parentage? All signs point to TRUE.
In other words, his mother is the late Lyanna Stark, and his father is… not Ned Stark. It’s [likely to be] Rhaegar Targaryen. This is massive.
5. Winter came. At last.
Rest in peace, “Winter is Coming” jokes. We’ve entered a new era, with winter officially, well, coming (as confirmed by white raven).
Shit’s about to get real, friends.