I became a "Game of Thrones" fanatic last summer. One of my favorite actors is Jason Momoa (not only is he a great actor, but he's drop dead fine!), and after seeing small clips of his scenes as Khal Drogo on You Tube, I became very interested in seeing everything he had to offer in the first season of the show. I logged onto my HBO Go account and started watching, and what started off as an obsession with seeing Jason Momoa soon became an obsession with the show itself. "Games of Thrones" was all I watched for the next three weeks, and in less than a month, I had seen all five seasons. Every season finale was mindblowing, season 5 especially. Naturally, I had to see what season 6 had to bring, and I wasn't disappointed. However, the sixth season finale completely blew my mind.
It's very safe to say that "The Winds of Winter" is arguably the best season finale "Game of Thrones" has had to offer. If you don't believe me, you can watch some of the reaction videos on You Tube (so far, the ones from the Burlington Bar in Chicago are my favorites. Click the links to see part 1 and part 2). If you still don't believe me, I'll break down the reasons why the finale was so phenomenal.
Fair warning: this article contains major SPOILERS!!
We all watched as Cersei donned a dress that would make Padme Skywalker jealous (get it? Mrs. Darth Vader!), and carried out an ingenious, yet completely insane plan to take out every last one of her enemies in King's Landing by blowing them all to smithereens...as well as a few innocent bystanders that were inside and standing near the Sept. Her only exceptions were Grand Maester Pycelle, who she had brutally stabbed to death by the local street urchins (aka Maester Qyburn's little "birds"), and Septa Unella, who Cersei left to be tortured to death by The Mountain. All of this happened in the first twenty minutes of the show. To add insult to injury, she hardly appeared fazed after she learned her last surviving child killed himself, and near the end of the episode, Cersei is crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms!
Jon Becoming King in the North and Tyrion Being Appointed Hand of the Queen
Sometimes too much fan service on a TV show or film can be detrimental (see the "Lost Girl" series), but if there's just the right amount of it, it can make a viewing experience very enjoyable. A lot of things happened this season specifically to please the fans (i.e.: The Hound's return, Ramsay becoming Kibbles and Bits), but the season finale revved up the fan service a little bit more, in particular with Jon being declared King in the North and Dany officially appointing Tyrion the Hand of the Queen.
For the last five seasons, we've come to love Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow, but in the series, they're never given respect where respect is due. Jon is a brilliant swordsman and a born leader, but no one can get past the fact that he was born out of wedlock. Tyrion is witty, kindhearted and has a sharp political mind, but everyone judges him on his physical appearance and/or the fact that he was born into one of the most unscrupulous families in Westeros. Seeing both these men finally get the long overdue appreciation they deserve was very rewarding.
Arya Scratches a Name Off Her List
Arya offing Meryn Trant was satisfying last year, but it pales in comparison to her killing Walder Frey in this year's finale! As most hardcore "Game of Thrones" fans know, Frey was responsible for killing Arya's mother, brother, sister-in-law and unborn niece or nephew in what has been infamously known as "The Red Wedding." Arya swore revenge, adding Frey's name to her death list (which is pretty doggone long at this point), and after waiting for three seasons, it was absolutely joyful to watch her slice the nasty old man's throat. It was even more enjoyable to find out that he ate his sons in a pie before he got killed. Disgusting...but satisfying.
The R+L=J Theory Is Confirmed
For years the R+L=J theory has been swimming around the "Game of Thrones" community (it stands for Rhaegar Targaryen plus Lyanna Stark equals Jon Snow, for those of you that never heard of it). I personally never believed it, for reasons I won't get into in this article, but it was proven in the season finale. Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and not the bastard child of Eddard Stark. Apparently, Lyanna gave birth to baby Jon in the Tower of Joy, and as she lay dying from excessive hemorrhage, she made Ned promise to take care of her son. The father is never mentioned, but given Robert Baratheon's hatred of the Targaryens, and the fact that Lyanna tells Ned that "Robert will kill him if he [finds out about him]," who else could the father be?
Dany's Army Finally Sails to Westeros
It took nearly six seasons, but Dany finally has her army together: The Unsullied, the entire Dothraki horde, the Sand Snakes of Dorne, the financial backing of Granny Tyrell aka Oleanna, the majority of the Ironborn, and her three dragons. At the end of the episode, we witness what we've been waiting for ages to see: Dany takes her unstoppable armada and sets sail to Westeros. It was the perfect closer to a perfect episode. I can't wait to see how crazy behind Cersei reacts to this next season.
"The Winds of Winter" was full of stabbings, explosions, wine torture, revenge killings, coronations, an oncoming invasion, and even a breakup (once she announced she was sailing for Westeros, Dany dumped Daario Naharis faster than J. Lo dropped Ben Affleck after Gigli was released)! Needless to say, there was never a dull moment, and despite the other "Game of Thrones" season finales entertaining me, none of them gave the delight "The Winds of Winter" did. Seriously, I have to rethink my universe. I'm extremely psyched for season 7.