There are so many things we can discuss about last night’s Game of Thrones season finale. Tempting as it is to go into detail about each question answered and every plot twist, let’s focus on that final bit and how it is going to affect the rest of our favorite fantasy world.
If you haven’t already guessed, there are SPOILERS ahead as we discuss the season finale. If you haven’t watched Season 6 Episode 10 yet, I don’t know why you are spending your time looking at social media and blog posts. Stop and start catching up right now. This post will still be waiting for you, I promise.
Daenerys is finally on her way to conquer and rule the Seven Kingdoms. Who else did a fist pump when they saw her sailing across the sea? This is an epic way to end one season and it gives us so much to speculate for Season 7. And we (unfortunately) have plenty of time to do so—April 2017 has never felt so far in the future.
What this means for Cersei and King’s Landing…
She can enjoy sitting on the Iron Throne for now, but she has (pun intended) royally screwed herself. Why should she care about upsetting the Sand Snakes of Dorne (who killed her daughter) or the last remaining Tyrell (Margaery took her son and her queenly power, after all)?
Well, Cersei, you should care because they have teamed up with another queen who is heading straight for you with thousands of skilled warriors, hundreds of ships, three dragons, and your brother (who, no matter what you may think, understands you and your madness more than anyone). The only people who don’t hate you are a zombie and a disturbing maester—even your beloved twin is annoyed and showing signs of being fed up with you.
I cannot wait for Dany to waltz into the throne room and be face-to-face with Cersei, with Tyrion by her side. Please, HBO, give us that satisfaction—it will be even better than Jon beating the crap out of Ramsay! (Maybe… that was pretty epic.)
What this means for Jon Snow, King of the North…
Remember that Jon has no interest in the Iron Throne (even if he is biologically a contender now). In fact, he did not expect or want to be King of the North—it was a title and position he earned by demonstrating leadership and honor (…with a little help from Lyanna Mormont). He’s just about the only character in the series who is capable of receiving power in such a diplomatic way.
He and Daenerys will surely meet up, if perhaps not right away (why would she care about the North when her full attention is on the Iron Throne?). Theories are flying about where their relationship will go, especially now that he is confirmed as her nephew. Dany has made it clear throughout the series that she hates the Starks, and as far as she, Jon, and everyone else knows, he is the bastard of Ned Stark, who helped the Usurper overthrow and kill Dany’s family. So naturally, she may not warm up to the initial idea of allying with him. However, her Hand of the Queen is Tyrion. He and Jon developed a more-or-less friendly relationship back in Season 1, and let’s not forget he was married to Sansa, who despite her misery of the situation, appreciated his kind nature and respect of her privacy. After the horrors of Ramsay, he must have seemed like Husband of the Year. Tyrion is in an excellent position to coax Dany to forget family feud and strengthen ties with the North. How convenient for Jon, too, because she has three dragons that breathe fire and are presumably the only chance against the White Walkers that we continue getting reminded are coming.
Will there be romance between these two protagonists? I don’t believe so, that isn’t Game of Thrones’ style. Each of them lost their loved one a while back and too early in what could have been a great, fulfilling relationship (okay, Jon and Ygritte would need to stop “trying” to kill each other, but you get my point). I would argue that, in their eyes, there is no longer room to love someone else. Dany did not love Daario or Jorah in the way either of them wished, and Jon denied Melisandre (who is just about the only contending woman who has shown up since Ygritte). They look out for their own and are dedicated leaders—there is no romance in that mix.
What this means for Arya and her quest for revenge…
Let’s be honest, Arya doesn’t care that an unknown queen is traveling with hundreds of ships to take back what’s hers—our favorite little rogue Faceless Man is on her own agenda. If anything, she would just be upset someone else may take out Queen Cersei before she can. I’m still convinced she will not be the ultimate death of Cersei, not when Tyrion is back in the mix and Jaime is getting increasingly frustrated with her crazed, reckless tendencies.
What this means for Euron Greyjoy, his marriage proposal, and his thousand ships…
How long does it take to build 1,000 ships? We all agree time is warped in the series (characters are now traveling across the Narrow Sea at surprising speed while Cersei’s hair remains short as ever), though surely it will take a while to pull together the resources for such a task, let alone spend time building them. While Euron builds his ships, Dany has gathered a fleet and is now heading toward Westeros without an ounce of his help. Who is going to break this bad news to him?