The Emmy-winning series closes out its sixth season with fire and blood, as is the "Thrones" tradition. Here"s who lived & who died.

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“Winter is here.”

The Maesters of the Citadel unleashed white ravens throughout Westeros to signal the changing of seasons. But even without these beautiful birds’ message, trò chơi of Thrones viewers needed only khổng lồ watch the final episode of season six, “The Winds of Winter,” to lớn know that House Stark’s words were now more than just a warning.

The finale featured seismic shifts throughout the political landscape of Westeros, with new royal figureheads emerging from the rubble: Jon Snow, King in the North; DaenerysTargaryen, Queen of Meereen, now headed khổng lồ Westeros to claim what she believes is rightfully hers; & Cersei Lannister, current Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, thanks to her explosive sầu assault on the High Sparrow — with her son Tommen dying in the proverbial blowbachồng. The episode also provided a near definitive answer as khổng lồ the identity of Jon Snow’s mother — Ned’s sister,Lyanna Stark.

Here’s how it all played out:


In King’s Landing

Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) và Cersei Lannister’s (Lena Headey) trial days have sầu finally arrived. The Knight of Flowers stands before the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) và confesses to his crimes — “all of them.” He seeks nothing more than the opportunity lớn devote the rest of his life to lớn the Seven: “May I be a living example of their grace, for others khổng lồ witness.”

The High Sparrow accepts Loras‘ terms, and has fellow members of the Faith Militant carve their symbol into lớn his forehead. This angers Margaery (Natalie Dormer), who struck a deal with the Sparrow to lớn not injure her brother. He promises that Loras is không lấy phí to lớn go, as soon as Cersei arrives at the trial.

Here’s the problem: Cersei does not plan on attending the trial. Instead, she’s phối into lớn motion a blazing betrayal, where she intends lớn kill the existing power structure in King’s Landing. She has Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser) & his “little birds” kill Gr& Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover), & simultaneously incinerates the Sept of Baelor with wildfire —just before Lancel (Eugen Simon) is able lớn stop the fire from starting. Despite Margaery’s best efforts to lớn clear out the Sept, the High Sparrow arrogantly keeps everyone inside, insisting everything is fine. But everything is decidedly not fine, as the fluorescent fire floods through the Sept, killing everyone inside: Margaery, Loras, Mace Tyrell (Roger Ashton-Griffiths) and the High Sparrow included.


Elsewhere, unaware of her son’s death, Cersei tortures someone: Septa Unella (Hannah Waddingham), the woman most devoted to unearthing Cersei’s “shame.” Cersei has Unella tied to a table, và she smirkingly drinks wine as she taunts the woman.

“Confess,” says Cersei. “Confess it felt good beating me, starving me, frightening me and humiliating me. You didn’t vì chưng it because you cared about my atonement. You did it because it felt good. I understand. I vì things because they feel good. I drink because it feels good. I f— my brother because it feels good to feel hyên ổn inside me. I lie about f—ing my brother because it feels good khổng lồ keep our son safe from hateful hypocrites. I killed your High Sparrow & all his little sparrows, all the Septons và the Septas, all his filthy soldiers, because it felt good to lớn watch them burn. It felt good lớn imagine their shochồng & pain. No thought has ever given me greater joy. Even confessing feels good under the right circumstances.”

Cersei reminds Unella of a promise: “I said my face would be the last thing you saw before you died.” Unella is prepared for death, but her dying day is still far away. Cersei calls in the Mountain to unleash holy hell on Unella, her cries of terror filling out the hall.

Later, Cersei learns about her son’s death from Maester Qyburn. She calmly demands khổng lồ see him, & exhibits zero emotion at the sight of his broken body. Cersei decides Tommen “should be with his grandfather, brother và sister,” except for the small problem that they were all buried at the Sept of Baelor — no longer in existence. Not a problem; she has a backup plan.

“Burn hlặng,” she says, “& bury his ashes where the Sept once stood.”


At the Twins

Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) và Bronn (Jerome Flynn) break bread with House Frey, celebrating their victory over House Tully. Apparently, it’s baông xã khổng lồ business as usual: Edmure (Tobias Menzies) has been thrown back inlớn the cells, và the Freys once again have sầu control over Riverrun. Walder Frey (David Bradley) boasts about his victories while speaking with Jaime, who remains unimpressed.

“You’re a great conqueror,” he snidely remarks.

“Go on and moông xã me, boy,” says Frey. “Think I mind? The Tullys mocked me for years. The Starks mocked me. Where are they now? You talk about war lượt thích you’re an expert, but last I remember, you were captured by Robb Stark … và here we are now, two king slayers.”

Walder brags about how many people now fear House Frey, but Jaime reminds hyên ổn that it was actually the Lannisters who took bachồng Riverrun: “If we have to lớn win baông chồng the Riverlands every time for you, why bởi vì we need you?”

The following morning, Walder sits alone in his great hall, an unfamiliar servant feeding hlặng pie. Turns out, she’s not so unfamiliar after all: She’s Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) of Winterfell, & before she heads trang chính, she’s crossing names off her danh mục.

“The last thing you’re ever going to lớn see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die,” she promises, và then fulfills her kết thúc of the bargain, slitting Walder’s throat open ear lớn ear — with Arya smiling wide.


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In Oldtown

Finally, after an entire season of traveling, Samwell Tarly (Jonathan Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) reach the Citadel. Unfortunately, it appears that Castle Blaông xã didn’t adequately prepare the maesters for Sam’s arrival; they believe sầu Aemon Targaryen và Jeor Mormont are still the Night’s Watch’s maester và Lord Commander, respectively. While they sort things out, Sam is invited into the Citadel’s library, even though Gilly is forbidden from entering.

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“No women, no children,” the stern maester barks; apparently the folks at the Citadel are big fans of Leon: The Professional. In truth, it wouldn’t be a huge shoông chồng to learn that the Citadel has an extensive sầu DVD collection, considering its massive library, several stories tall and loaded with books & knowledge on every floor. Samwell Tarly, welcome to lớn paradise.


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In Winterfell

White ravens released from the Citadel arrive sầu at Winterfell, signaling the changing of the seasons. Inside the castle, there’s a change in Jon Snow’s council: Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the same woman who brought Lord Snow baông chồng to lớn life, is exiled from the North due lớn her role in killing Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram). Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) calls her out in front of Jon, and she doesn’t prodemo the claims, other than khổng lồ say it was the Lord of Light’s will.

“If he commands you to burn children, your lord is evil,” Davos cries out. “I loved that girl lượt thích she was my own — she was good, she was kind và you killed her!”

Melisandre tells Jon that the Great War is almost upon them, và her services will be required. He won’t hear it: “Ride south today. If you return khổng lồ the North, I’ll have you hanged as a murderer.”

Later, Jon & Sansa (Sophie Turner) join together & recount recent events. She apologizes for not telling hlặng about Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) & the knights of the Vale, và he begs her lớn be more open moving forward.

“We need lớn trust each other,” he says. “We can’t fight a war amongst ourselves. We have so many enemies now.”

Sansa và Littlefinger meet later at the Godswood outside of Winterfell. “I came here every day when I was a girl,” she says. “I prayed lớn be somewhere else. Back then I only thought about what I wanted, not what I had.”

Littlefinger insists that she has much now. He tells her that every single action he ever takes comes only after meditating on actualizing a vision in his mind’s eyes: “A picture of me on the Iron Throne, and you by my side.”

He leans in lớn kiss her, but she rejects hlặng, saying that he’s sworn loyalty to several houses in the past; what’s going to lớn stop him from betraying her now? Littlefinger insists that you can “mourn the past’s departure or prepare for the future,” & he believes that she is the future of House Stark.

“Who should the North rally behind,” he says, “the true born daughter of Ned và Catelyn, or a motherless bastard born in the south?”


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Beyond the Wall

Interesting you should mention that “motherless bastard,” Littlefinger. Past the Wall, Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle) bids farewell to Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) & Meera (Ellie Kendrick), unable to travel past the Wall with them due to its magical repellant against the dead —a group he’s a part of. He vows lớn keep fighting against the White Walkers as hard as he can, for as long as he can.

Before proceeding toward Castle Black, Bran taps inlớn a Weirdwood tree, using his powers as the new Three-Eyed Raven to return khổng lồ the Tower of Joy. There, he follows his father up the stairs và witnesses his aunt Lyanna’s final moments. She whispers into lớn her brother’s ear, the words only barely audible.

“If Robert finds out, he’ll kill hyên,” she says at one point. “You know it. You have sầu khổng lồ protect hlặng. Promise me, Ned.”

Bran watches his father fulfill the promise, as Lyanna’s attendants place an infant in his arms. The baby boy opens his eyes wide, and we return to lớn …


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Back in Winterfell

… Jon Snow, implicitly revealed as Lyanna Stark’s son. (Confused? This will clear it up.) Jon stands in the great hall of Winterfell before the gathered Northerners, who all wish to go home page to lớn prepare for winter, now that the war against House Bolton is over.

“The war isn’t over,” Jon promises. “The true enemy won’t wait out the storm. He brings the storm.”

His words are backed up by Lyanmãng cầu Mormont (Bella Ramsey), the young lady of Bear Isl&, who chastises several Northerners for refusing khổng lồ come to Jon’s aid when called.

“But House Mormont remembered,” she says. “The North remembers. We know no king but the King in the North, whose name is Stark. I don’t care if he’s a bastard. Ned Stark’s blood runs through his veins. He’s my kind from this day until his last day.”

Baông chồng in King’s Landing

Jaime Lannister rides bachồng trang chủ just in time khổng lồ see the smoking ruins of the Sept of Baelor, & just in time khổng lồ see the anointment of a new ruler of the Seven Realms: Cersei Lannister.

Cersei, clad all in blaông xã, accepts the crown & titles from Grand Maester Qyburn: “I now proclayên ổn Cersei of House Lannister, first of her name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protectors of the Seven Kingdoms. Long may she reign!”

For her part, Cersei measuredly stares out at her people, including Jaime, the two of them trading a look — but not a single word about the death of their final child.


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In Meereen

With two new royal parties in Westeros, the third power player prepares her next move: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). In her first act, the Mother of Dragons commands Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) khổng lồ stay behind in Meereen lớn keep the peace in Slaver’s Bay, now renamed the Bay of Dragons. In reality, Dany và Daario both know the real reason for his new appointment: She needs khổng lồ form alliances in Westeros through marriage pacts, & she can’t exactly bởi that with a lover at her side.

“I pity the lords of Westeros,” Daario says, as he bids her farewell. “They have sầu no idea what’s coming to them.”

Later, Dany sits with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), on the eve of their departure. He wonders if she’s afraid; her silence speaks volumes.

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“Good,” he says. “You’re in the great game now, & the great game is terrifying. The only people who aren’t afraid of failure are mad men lượt thích your father.”

“Do you know what frightens me?” she replies. “I said farewell lớn a man who loves me, a man I thought I cared for, & I felt nothing … just impatient khổng lồ get on with it.”

“He won’t be the first lớn love sầu you, and he won’t be the last,” says Tyrion. “For what it’s worth, I’ve been a cynic for as long as I can remember. People ask me to lớn believe in things — family, gods, kings, myself. It’s often tempting, until I saw where belief gets people. So I said no thank you khổng lồ belief, & yet here I am. I believe in you. It’s embarrassing, really. I’d swear you my sword, but I don’t actually own a sword.”

Daenerys doesn’t need Tyrion’s sword, only his counsel. He promises that it’s hers, now & always. With that, Dany gives Tyrion a gift of her own: a pin.

“Tyrion Lannister,” she says, “I name you Hvà of the Queen.”

With that, Daenerys and her forces gather up for Westeros, her army comprised of the Unsullied, the Dothraki and the Greyjoys — with an alliance with Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) và Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) brewing as well, thanks to Varys (Conleth Hill) working his magic. The final shot of the season is the moment fans have awaited ever since the first episode of the series…