Game of Thrones Season 6 Recap

Jul 17 2017 BY Precious Ene

So the new season of GoT is about to begin after an incredibly long wait, and we hear that Season 8 might not be upon us until 2019! As we all have lives to get on with in the mean time, many of us have forgotten the epic scenes from season 6 – so here’s a reminder of the most important ones.

House Targaryen – Daenerys Targaryen

 

Dany is captured by Khal Moro, the current leader of the khalasar. At first, he is unaware of her true identity, but when she reveals she is the widow of Khal Drogo he orders Dany to join the widows at the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen in Vaes Dothrak. 

Later in the season, Dany escapes Vaes Dothrak by burning down the Temple with all of the Khals inside and in her second epic emergence reminds us that “fire cannot kill a dragon”. 

Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis made their way to Vaes Dothrak to save Dany – but it turned out she had her own plans. After the blaze Dany discovered that Jorah has greyscale and sent him away, with his unrequited declaration of love, to find a cure before he turns into a horrible rock-monster. Dany’s motivation to Jorah is that she will need him at her side when she sits on the Iron Throne. 

Dany, ready for battle, convinces the khalasar to help her conquer Westeros and declares them all her bloodriders. Conveniently finding Drogon, Dany and the khalasar head back home to Meereen. Upon her return, Dany finds Meereen under attack by the masters. Using her dragons, Dany burns the masters boats and kills two of the three masters. 

House Targaryen, Current Allies – Tyrion Lannister and Varys the Spider – Master of Whisperers; and Yara and Theon Greyjoy

 

Tyrion and Varys manage to gain peace in Meereen in Dany’s absence and we are introduced to a new Red Priestess early in season 6. The Red Priestess vows to help spread the word that Dany is the “Prince{ss} that was Promised”. 

Towards the end of season 6, we see Yara and Theon Greyjoy travel to Meereen and make a deal with Dany – 100 ships in return for sovereignty in the Iron Islands. After six seasons Dany has finally gathered the fleet she needs to cross the Narrow Sea and she grabs the opportunity with both hands, irrespective of the political backlash of her deal. 

House Stark – Jon Snow-Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Bran Stark, Arya Stark and Rickon Stark

 

Jon Snow-Targaryen

 

Following Jon’s death by the traitors of the Night’s Watch, we are given hope when Melisandre, the Red Woman, reveals her true power – in a display of her age and the magic she uses to conceal her rotten, Targaryen-like appearance. Melisandre eventually resurrects Jon, after telling Sir Davos that she had a vision of him fighting at Winterfell. 

Because Jon died, he is technically free from his oath and he decides to leave Castle Black for good – he hands his cloak to Edd. Just as Jon prepares to leave, Sansa arrives and the audience is graced with 5 minutes of happy time for the mini family reunion. During their festivities Jon receives a letter from Ramsay Bolton, informing him that he was holding Rickon hostage and would murder him unless he returned Sansa. 

After some convincing from Sansa, Jon decided to gather his 2,000 men to fight against Ramsay’s army of 5,000 at Winterfell. The Stark’s decided that they would attempt to rally more troops from Northern Houses still loyal to them. 

Jon battles Ramsay Bolton for Winterfell, after the despicable dishonourable death of Rickon Stark. Just before Jon loses the battle the Knights of the Vale turn up to save the day. Jon takes Ramsay prisoner and Jon is pronounced King in the North and the Great Houses of the North all bend the knee. 

Sansa Stark

 

Sansa and Theon Greyjoy escape Winterfell with help from Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne. Brienne informs Sansa that Arya is alive and well, before Theon Greyjoy leaves the pack to head back to the Iron Islands from the Wolfswood. Sansa, Brienne and Pod made their way to Castle Black. 

After reclaiming Winterfell and Ramsay had been locked up, Sansa released his own hounds on him – who surely ate his face, resulting in his death. 

Bran Stark

 

Bran has a flashback that shows what happened at the Tower of Joy toward the end of Robert’s Rebellion. We see young Ned Stark and his bannermen ride to find Lyanna Stark. Bran witnesses that his father may not have been as honourable as played out to be. 

In season 6 we see Bran use Greensight quite a few times. The most memorable scene was the one that uncovered Hodor’s origins as a stable boy, named Wylis. Hodor became obsessed with the phrase ‘Hold the door’ after Meera Reed had screamed the phrase to Hodor in the present, so she and Bran could escape the White Walkers. At this time Bran was still in the vision of the past of Winterfell and we see Wylis collapse and repeatedly scream “hold the door” until it slurs into “Hodor”. I think it’s safe to say, Hodor did not survive this one. 

Later in the season, we are taken back to the Tower of Joy with Bran’s Greensight and we learn that Jon Snow is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Ned vowed to keep his sister’s son safe, by adopting him as his own bastard son. This was because, during Robert’s Rebellion, Robert Baratheon had ordered the execution of all Targaryen heirs – and as the grandson of the Mad King, Jon has a legitimate claim to the thrown – this also makes Daenerys his aunt. 

Arya Stark

 

Arya gets her sight back and decided to leave the faceless men after she fails to assassinate Lady Crane. Arya enters a cross-episode battle with the Waif, eventually beheading her in a black-out battle under a dark street in Braavos. She returns the Waif’s head to Jaqen H’ghar and tells him she is going home. 

Back in Westeros, Arya kills Lord Walder Frey after tricking him into eating his own sons, who she minced into pies. This is her revenge for the Red Wedding. 

Rickon Stark

 

Rickon Stark makes a reappearance early on in the season. Rickon Stark is murdered by Ramsay Bolton in front of Jon and his army toward the end of the season. He was pretty useless if you ask me. 

House Stark, Current Allies – Samwell Tarly, Melisandre the Red Priestess, and Lord Davos

 

Sam and Gilly return home and after an insulting family dinner, Sam decides to steal the Tarly family sword, Heartsbane and head for the Citadel in Oldtown. Heartsbane is a Valyrian Steel sword and is one of 5 known Valyrian Steel weapons (there are 4 blades that are not currently lost, but Ice, sword of House Stark was melted down and split into two swords by Tywin Lannister). 

Following the battle at Winterfell the Red Priestess, Melisandre is exiled by Jon Snow and Sir Davos, the Onion Knight over the death of Princess Shireen. Melisandre rides South. 

House Lannister – Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, King Tommen Lannister

 

Jaime Lannister

 

Jaime returns from Dorne with Myrcella’s corpse and prepares for her funeral. He writes to Doran Martell demanding him to kill Ellaria and the three Sand Snakes responsible for Myrcella’s death. This led to the death of Doran and Trystane by Ellaria. 

The High Sparrow picks a fight with Jaime at Myrcella’s funeral, ensures that King Tommen is on his side and forces harsh punishment upon Cersei by not allowing her into the Great Sept of Baelor to see Myrcella’s body. 

After visiting Walder Frey at Riverrun, Jamie returns to King’s Landing to find Cersei in the Iron Thrown – is that disgust we see on Jaime’s face when he realises his sister has done the very thing he killed the Mad King to prevent?

Cersei Lannister

 

Cersei blows us the Great Sept of Baelor during the first trials, using wildfire. The explosion kills the High Sparrow, Margery, Mace and Loras Tyrell and Kevan Lannister. 

Following the destruction of the Sept, Tommen takes his own life by jumping from a window. This leaves Cersei as queen and she is coronated just as Jaime returns. 

King Tommen Lannister

 

Tommen sets a trial date for Margery and Cersei and declares trial by combat illegal, following his influence by the High Sparrow. This act essentially condemned his mother to death, as her only certain way of winning the trial was to use the Mountain, Gregor Clegane, in combat. 

Miscellaneous

Roose Bolton, along with his new wife and new born son, is murdered by Ramsay Bolton. Ramsay then takes over Winterfell before Sansa and Theon escape into the Wolfswood. 

Balon Greyjoy is murder by his brother, Euron, who has returned to claim the Salt Throne. This leads Yara and Theon to flee to Essos to make a deal with Daenerys in Meereen. 

We learn that the Children of the Forest are the ones that created White Walkers from captured First Men, to protect themselves from humans. 

After many deaths and a whole heap of action, drama and debauchery…WINTER IS HERE!