Well, Game of Thrones did it. The series has given audiences the two best episodes in the history of entertainment and they gave them to us back to back. As if you'd actually had any time to decompress from last week's legendary "Battle of the Bastards," the Season 6 finale went ahead and blew you into television euphoria again. We had multiple character deaths, a new queen sitting on the Iron Throne and a confirmation of one of the most talked-about fan theories in the galaxy.
Right from the jump, "The Winds of Winter" was giving us some serious chills. With a score that was unlike any music we have heard on the show before, it was clear that something really intense was about to occur. "Light of the Seven" by Ramin Djawadi is a slow, haunting piano score that played throughout the opening sequences of the finale and it blew a lot of people away (pun intended).
*Cries* ...the music... *dies* #GameofThrones— Callan McAuliffe (@CallanMcAuliffe) June 27, 2016
Once Cersei realized that she wouldn't be winning her trial now that Tommen had outlawed trials by combat, her sights became set on the bigger picture, like her unbelievably fierce outfit.
As for Cersei's day tomorrow. Well now, that's in the hands of the seven. Sweet dreams brexits/ regrexits .. It's all going to be ok.— lena headey (@IAMLenaHeadey) June 25, 2016
What I like most about Cersei's outfit is it's subtle and barely screams evil insane wildfire addicted dictator. #GameofThrones— Emily Andras (@emtothea) June 27, 2016
See, Cersei (like most people in Westeros) heard a little rumor about the Mad King Aerys Targaryen and chose to investigate its validity. Her brother, Jaime, put a sword into King Aerys' back because he was said to keep a rather large cache of wildfire under King's Landing and was planning to use it to "burn them all!" (Remember Bran's vision of this?) Well, that rumor was 100 percent true and Cersei set up a series of events that would lead to the stock of wildfire under the Great Sept of Baelor (where her trial was to take place) blowing sky-high. You see, the craziest part of all of this was the sheer amount of casualties Cersei directly caused within the first 28 minutes of the finale. Let's see, Margaery, Loras, the High Sparrow, Kevan Lannister, Mace Tyrell and Lancel Lannister were all in the Sept when it went boom.
Oh. My. Gods. #got— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 27, 2016
Then, Cersei waterboarded Septa Unella (better known as the Shame Nun) with wine before leaving her to hang with Zombie Mountain while muttering, "Shame, shame... shame". Brilliance of the highest order. Brilliance.
But the real snag in Cersei's plot happened after all that. She thought she had kept Tommen safe by having Zombie Mountain stop him from going to the Sept. He watched the place where his beloved Margaery was from his window, and there was little doubt about whether anyone made it out of that explosion alive. Well, in a scene that was so simple but so incredibly powerful, Tommen walked away from the window while the camera stayed focused on it, put his crown away and returned to the frame before promptly stepping out of the window to his death. I'm not sure that was part of Cersei's plan, but it went right along with Maggy the Frog's prophecy for her last season that all of her children would die for her.
Tommen taking "King's Landing" far too literally. #GameofThrones— Dan Anstey (@Dan_Anstey) June 27, 2016
After that insanity, we were treated to another unbelievably satisfying death via Arya Stark. She used that Wall o' Faces again to slit that bastard Walder Frey's throat after feeding him a pie made out of his sons. Yeah, you read that right. Meat pies for everyone!
Of course, Lady Olenna was going to have something to say about her son and grandchildren being blown to bits. What we didn't expect was for her to be having that conversation in Dorne with the Sand Snakes. Luckily, we didn't have to hear a lot from the Dornish (because they kind of suck). Olenna made an alliance or sorts with them and Varys (whaaaat) who came out of nowhere.
Anyone know where Varys bought his teleporter? #GameofThrones— Torrance Coombs (@torrancecoombs) June 27, 2016
Anybody wondering if Varys has a private jet or something? How'd he get there so fast? Wait, now how'd he get THERE so fast? #GameofThrones— Skylar Astin (@SkylarAstin) June 27, 2016
Littlefinger proposed a life of creepiness to Sansa but she refused his super shady offer.
Sansa hit Littlefinger with that read receipt #GameOfThrones— Ira Madison III (@ira) June 27, 2016
Then in a moment so cathartic the world almost imploded on itself, we got a confirmation of a long-held fan theory that Jon Snow is indeed half Targaryen. Bran finally allowed us to return to the Tower of Joy, where we saw Lyanna Stark dying after giving birth to a child. She made Ned promise to protect him and whispered that Robert would have the baby killed if he knew (because all Targaryens were being slain after the rebellion). Then the camera slowly held on the baby's face and turned into a shot of Jon staring into the camera. Confirmation of R + L = J.
That we finally got proof of R+L=J was just the icing on a lemon cake tonight. #GameofThrones— Jace Lacob (@televisionary) June 27, 2016
Then in a moment that was both amazing and horrifying, Cersei climbed the Iron Throne and was crowned queen while Jaime looked on.
I like how Cersei donned that fascistic dress in the morning knowing full well she'd be queen by nightfall. #GameofThrones— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) June 27, 2016
Basically, this episode was perfection in every way imaginable. I honestly can't even deal with the fact that we have to wait another 10 months for the next season.
Tonight's #GameofThrones needs to win best picture. Screw it. Give it best Tony for a non musical. You give it everything world. NOW— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 27, 2016
When you put together the last two episodes of #GameofThrones of this season you get the new high water mark. In so many ways...— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) June 27, 2016
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