Here we are, folks!
In just a few short days, season 6 of Game of Thrones will be at an end, and we will all be without appointment TV viewing on Sunday nights– at least until football season starts back up.
It’s only fitting that we send Game of Thrones off with something special. Scroll all the way down to view the live Twitch feed of the happenings (with very hard-to-hear commentary by yours truly, sorry about that), but make sure to read below for analysis and explanation. As always, SPOILERS LURK BEYOND THIS POINT.
BATTLE ROYAL: THE HIGH SPARROW vs. THE MOUNTAIN vs. THE NIGHT KING vs. JAIME LANNISTER vs. BRAN STARK vs. JON SNOW
Before we launch right into the spectacle, let’s meet the entrants in this battle.
The High Sparrow
The High Sparrow has the most to gain and the most to lose as season 6 draws to a close. His stranglehold on King’s Landing is tightening, and with Margaery and her grandmother trying alternative strategies, the only thing standing between him and ultimate power is Cersei Lannister.
That said, he is in a precarious situation. Cersei, unlike the High Sparrow, has nothing to lose, having been stripped of her power and denied the chance to use The Mountain in a trial by combat. Few things are more dangerous than a person with no options left, and the High Sparrow would be wise to remember this as his plans unfold.
While The Mountain, Gregor Clegane, might be the one doing the actual fighting in this battle royal, he is, for all intents and purposes, representing Cersei Lannister. After being stripped of her power and left truly alone, she has left behind what little mercy she once had.
Cersei has made it very clear over the past couple of weeks that she is willing to have The Mountain kill anybody and everybody in King’s Landing if it will bring her back to her son. She is desperate and brutal, and we can expect The Mountain to act the same way in this battle.
Though Jaime is still occupied at Riverrun as far as we know, he’s not in a great spot. Given the events of last week, what with Ramsay Bolton being turned into Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, Jaime will likely be pressured into taking Winterfell back from the Starks in order to preserve the tenuous Lannister-Frey alliance
How Jaime responds to this is anybody’s guess, but it bears mentioning that given his actions at Riverrun, he might be on the brink of a full heel turn.
We haven’t seen much of Bran lately, but it’s clear that he has been working on honing his powers in preparation for the war to come. The previews of this episode seem to imply that he has a larger role to play this episode, so will this be the moment we finally see Bran master his abilities, or will we have to wait until next season?
The Night King
The Night King and the rest of the Wights have also been conspicuously absent as the past few episodes have focused on the action to the south of the wall. Given the fact that winter is, like, actually here now, and not just “coming”, however, The Night King may be choosing this time to strike.
And though his army of the dead have not reached the wall yet, at this point it seems like a matter of time. As a matter of fact, if I were a betting man, I’d put some serious money on the last shot of the episode being the Night King and his army marching on Castle Black.
Fresh off of winning the title match against the wily Ramsay Bolton, Jon Snow (widely regarded as the John Cena of Game of Thrones) appears at first blush to have a small chance to catch his breath. However, given the events of the battle, he is now in debt to Petyr Baelish– not generally a person I’d recommend owing your life to.
While he does hold Winterfell, he will have to show his true colors as a leader to keep his army from falling apart, as Davos and Melisandre butt heads, along with Sansa and Littlefinger.
We’ve met the players. Now all that’s left is to ring the damn bell!
For those of you who are not able to watch the video, here are a few key takeaways:
- Jaime Lannister is the first to be eliminated, defeated by The Mountain (presumably under Cersei’s orders) as Jaime was attempting to crush the High Sparrow. This doesn’t bode well for Jaime’s whole “killing everyone in Westeros to get to Cersei” plan.
- Bran Stark and Jon Snow turn on each other. Bran ends up weakening Jon Snow to the point that he is easily eliminated by The Night King.
- Bran is the next to be eliminated, spelling disaster for the Stark clan. If they cannot work together, they won’t be able to hold the North.
- The three remaining battlers, The High Sparrow, The Night King, and The Mountain, are all pretty fucking evil. This isn’t a good sign.
- While The High Sparrow and The Mountain work together to eliminate The Night King, this seals The High Sparrow’s fate since he cannot hope to overcome The Mountain alone. He needed to team up against the more immediate (and more large) threat earlier on in order to ensure his success.
- Cersei wins everything, apparently.
- If this simulation is accurate, I’ll really hate the season finale, and you probably will too.
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