Winter has finally arrived for Game of Thrones fans and it feels mighty exciting! Here are our top 5 moments from Game of Thrones season 6.
It seems winter didn’t come soon enough for production to begin on Game of Thrones season seven. Result being that everyone with raging throners will have to hold on longer than they’re used to. But, while we do have to wait just a little bit longer, we do have the amazing season 6 to look back over.
This was the first season of Game of Thrones that went off book from George R. R Martin’s original source material. Meaning those who bragged about the red wedding, Ned Stark’s fate or result of the Viper versus the Mountain, had nothing to spoil! There was no book and non book reader divide.
Everyone was in the same boat. Hopefully not the same one that Gendry is currently in!
So how did Game of Thrones season 6 figure out, all in all it was rather excellent. We got closure on outstanding plot points, cinematic standard battles and crowd pleasing returns. We’ve watched, re-watched and then dissected season 6 to find our top 5 moments. So here we go!
Right off the bat, and jam-packed with spoilers, Game of Thrones season 6 gave fans what they wanted almost straight away. Starting off with the returns of Jon Snow, The Hound and Benjen Stark. The Jon Snow return was inevitable, from a plot progression viewpoint. The returns of “The Hound” and Benjen Stark, also necessary, were most welcome.
Benjen Stark and Clegane’s returns had smaller impact on the season but they are bound to play a bigger part in the series to come. Jon Snow’s return lends further credence to theory that he is “the one that is promised”.
There is no doubt that when Game of Thrones finally ends people will look back on the “battle of the bastards” as one of the finest on-screen sequences. In fact much of the season had been building up to the climatic meeting of the aforementioned bastards, messrs Snow and Bolton. And it didn’t let us down.
Seeing Jon’s ragtag army face off against the Bolton’s forces was immense but wasn’t without it casualties. We lost Wun Wun in a scene that finally drove Jon over the edge only for Sansa to bring him back to his Stark honourable ways.
But the battles didn’t end there. We got to see Daenery’s dragons in action for the first time and it was glorious. If Jon is going to succeed in defeating the Night’s King then he is sure to need to call upon the three dragons at some stage..
Which leads us onto one of my own personal favourite mini battles. Season 6 picked up right after Sansa and Theon escaped Winterfell, surrounded by Bolton men. Their saviours came in the guise of Brienne and Pod , who arrived to defeat the Bolton forces enabling them to save Sansa. Definitely one of the highlights of a great season.
Game of Thrones season 6 is the first one to go off book. Meaning series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss get to start begin working towards where they think the show should end. This is a big plus as sticking so close to George R.R Martin’s source novels was potentially beginning to shackle the show.
As the credits rolled on episode 10 there was little doubt that this season moved the story on leaps and bounds. We now know about the origin of the white walkers, the origin of the night’s king and Jon Snow’s parentage.
The Lannister’s are in power in King’s landing, Danerys is on her way across the sea with her allies and the Greyjoy’s are taking a more central role.
We also have the Stark children coming to the fore. Arya is back in Westeros, Sansa is aligned with Littlefinger at Winterfell, Bran is the new three eyed raven and Jon is the king in the north.
And anyone who didn’t shed a tear when we finally found out the origins of Hodor simply must be excommunicated from your circle!
Game of Thrones season 6 had a diverse set of characters to follow so there was always going to be some fan favourites who get left on the side. This season though, everyone made their presence felt!
Each character had a significant role to play. Davos stood guard over Jon, then turned to his cause because of the white wolf’s actions. Tormund continued to showcase his loyalty to Jon and everyone was shipping he and Brienne. Melisandre loyalty to the Red God wavered revealing something that was very unexpected. The Hound’s return coincided with the return of Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr and the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Bronn is whipping the Lannister army into shape. Edd is now Lord Commander of the Nights Watch. Jorah is off hunting for a cure for greyscale. Jaqen H’ghar said goodbye to his BFF, Arya. Pod is still squiring for Brienne. Grey Worm is passing judgement on jokes. The Queen of Thrones saw her entire lineage wiped out and has joined her forces with the Targaryen army. The Sand Snakes decided enough was enough and killed the remaining Martell males.
Perhaps, most importantly, Sam finally arrived in Old Town. This is where we could potentially learn more about how Jon can realistically defeat the Night’s King if he doesn’t have a dragon to borrow!
So basically, everyone was busy!
Finally you can’t have a conversation about the highlights from Game of Thrones season 6 without referencing Lyanna Mormont. The 10-year-old Lady of Bear Island and thus the head of House Mormont of Bear Island. And basically the best character introduced in recent seasons.
Whatever lies ahead for the show it is safe to say that Game of Thrones season 6 was one of the best seasons of TV that has been released. With a reported 13 episodes left in the show, we are finally getting to the end of the great game.