Game of Thrones is officially winding to a close for its sixth season, and we’ve already been treated to a host of shocking events. The penultimate episode concluded with Ramsay Bolton getting his face eaten off by his hounds, following the most ambitious and expensive battle the series has ever shot. That comes right on the heels of a run of eight episodes that have numbered themselves among some of the best we’ve ever seen, composing an incredible season now barreling full-speed toward a stellar finale this weekend.
Even with all the recent shocks and surprises, we still have little idea as to how Season 6 will wrap up once the final credits role. People certainly have their guesses, but nothing’s a sure bet right now. This leaves us free to wildly conjecture in the meantime, bringing forth our own educated (and some uneducated) guesses. So what’s going to happen in this weekend’s finale entitled “The Winds of Winter?”
1. Kings Landing is pretty much screwed no matter how you shake it
Everything that’s led up to now has foreshadowed an explosive end for King’s Landing. We know that Cersei had Qyburn investigate a rumor that turned out to be true, with many positing that it was him finding the Mad King’s massive stores of wildfire stashed all over the city. If that’s what it ends up being, Cersei now has the means to fulfill her frequently promised “I’ll burn it all to the ground” adage, which could in turn spell doom for the seat of power in Westeros.
It’s not just the threat of impending fiery death that we have to look forward to for King’s Landing either. Loras Tyrell’s trial kicks off soon, and it carries with it some huge implications. If he decides to confess to all the sins of his family, it could come to light that the Tyrells were the ones responsible for poisoning Joffrey at his wedding. A revelation like this could throw the entire city into chaos, and that’s not even figuring in for Cersei’s own trial also set to take place.
2. Will Daenerys finally arrive in Westeros?
Things seem to finally be wrapping up for the “Daenerys in Essos” story, having spanned the better part of the last six seasons. She now has the necessary ships to sail across the Narrow Sea, thanks to Yara and Theon Greyjoy’s fortuitous arrival in Meereen. She’s stabilized the region after vanquishing the Wise Masters and ending the bloody conflict over slavery. Really she has little left to do but take Tyrion, her dragons, the Unsullied, the Second Songs, and the Dothraki to Westeros to take the Iron Throne (or what’s left of it). Even if the final frame of the finale is her setting foot on the shores of Dragonstone, it would go a long way toward moving her plot forward after years of running in circles.
3. Don’t forget: The White Walkers are coming … eventually
The White Walkers have really earned the second half of their name, albeit in terrifying fashion. We’ve been seeing teases at their approach to the Wall for six seasons now, and they still barely seem like they’re within striking distance of Westeros. We know that the bigger conflict in Game of Thrones points firmly toward a final-season battle between good and evil, but in order for that to happen, the White Walkers are going to need to walk a little bit faster. Hell, a large majority of Westeros doesn’t even believe they exist, save for the handful of Night’s Watchmen who’ve encountered them firsthand. While Bran continues to dodge them with the aid of zombie Uncle Benjen, they continue to lurk in the background as the biggest threat to humanity.
4. Is this the end of the line for Melisandre?
While the Battle of the Bastards raged in Episode 9, Davos Seaworth was busy unraveling the mystery of Shireen Baratheon’s death. It wasn’t long before he stumbled across the wooden stag he carved for her before he last left her, lying atop the pyre Melisandre and Stannis burned her on. It might finally be time for Melisandre to pay the piper, who, despite having brought Jon Snow back from the dead, is also guilty of burning a 10-year-old girl alive. Even for Game of Thrones, that’s some pretty messed up stuff, and with Jon possessing that rigid Stark sense of justice, this revelation could spell the end for the Red Lady.
5. Littlefinger’s scheming is far from over
It’s been difficult to nail down what Petyr Baelish’s true intentions are. He’s notorious for playing both sides of a conflict for his own benefit, aligning himself only long enough to reap the benefits of victory. So while he did swoop in to vanquish the Boltons alongside the Knights of the Vale, it’s worth noting that he always has an ulterior motive. The short teaser for this week’s episode hints at what that motive is, and it’s super creepy. Despite the fact that he’s old enough to have had a lifelong crush on Sansa’s mom, it would appear as though that crush has transferred straight down to the next generation of Starks. If (and when) Sansa rightfully spurns him, it could throw him back into the mix as a major threat to our heroes at the recently reconquered Winterfell, especially with the Knights of the Vale still in tow.
6. Sweet, sweet justice for the Red Wedding
One of the prevailing themes of Season 6 has been justice. The Faith Militant has made the Royal Family face their laundry list of crimes, while abolishing Trial by Combat as a flawed method of discerning guilt or innocence. Ramsay Bolton got what he deserved when his own dogs devoured him alive. Alliser Thorne and the Night’s Watch mutineers were hanged for killing Jon Snow. The list goes on, but you get the picture. Skulking around the periphery all season has been the House in most need of fat dose of justice: The Freys.
Walder Frey and his family were directly responsible for helping orchestrate the Red Wedding, and the subsequent slaughter of Robb Stark, Robb’s wife and unborn child, and Catelyn Stark (among many others). It doesn’t seem coincidental that the Freys have resurfaced in a season wrought with hated characters getting their comeuppance, and this could very well spell the end for the most hated family in Westeros (now that the Boltons have been shuffled off stage left).
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