*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Seasons 5 and 6 of Game of Thrones. Proceed with caution.*
Season 6 of Game of Thrones has been one of the show's most intense seasons in years. The brutal death of Hodor reminded us, once again, that no one is safe. With nearly every episode ending on a more shocking note than the last, fans are left wondering what other thrills Westeros has in store for us.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss shared that author George R.R. Martin unveiled “three holy s**t moments" for the series that aren't in the books. As it turns out, we've already seen two of the three — and Jon Snow's resurrection wasn't one of them.
1. Stannis Burning Princess Shireen
It was a no-brainer that Stannis and Selyse Baratheon were never going to be voted parents of the year, but they truly outdid themselves in the penultimate episode of Season 5. At Melisandre's insistence they burned their only living child at the pyre in exchange for some good old blood magic.
Between Shireen's screams and Selyse's sudden moment of clarity and understanding of what they were doing to their daughter, the scene was excruciatingly painful to watch.
2. Hodor's Fate Revealed
Anyone who tuned in already knows that Sunday night's episode was absolutely devastating. At long last we found out why Hodor's vocabulary was so limited, and it was even more heartbreaking than we could have imagined. Piecing together the phrase "Hold the door" and Hodor's self-sacrifice left me in tears.
The death of Hodor aside, the realization that Martin had Hodor's fate 20 years in the making is just further proof that Game of Thrones is one of the best shows on television.
So, what is that final "holy s**t" Game of Thrones moment that will leave even the all-knowing book readers in shock? Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a while to find out.
3. The Very End
So, what could this shocking twist be? According to Benioff:
“People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled – and it’s really not true. So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”
The first thing that comes to mind is that Game of Thrones will officially confirm the long-discussed theory of R+L=J. Finding out Jon Snow's parentage would be a pretty huge moment, but with the the Tower of Joy already appearing in Season 6, it seems like the show is already setting the stage for that reveal, sooner rather than later.
Another twist that could reveal itself at the end would be to see who finally conquers the Iron Throne. It's a pretty obvious conclusion, but I'm sure Martin has found a way to make even the expected exceptionally shocking. With a handful of contenders making great headway this season, it looks like it could be anyone's game.
On the off chance you think Game of Thrones has been slowing down and losing your interest — although, with Season 6 so far, I highly doubt that — keep in mind there's still one more huge moment that is certain to make our jaws drop. I guess we'll just have to keep watching to find out what it is.
New episodes of Game of Thrones air on HBO on Sunday nights.
What do you think George R.R. Martin's last big holy s**t moment could be? Let us know your theories in the comments section!
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)