If you’re a Game of Thrones junkie like myself, you’re probably dealing with a mild case of anxiety at the fact that we’re already coming up on episode 7 of season 6!! Where did the season go? Where is the season going? And most importantly, when is the hookup between Tormund and Brienne going to happen?
In my junkie opinion, I think this is the best season of Thrones to date. Since the season opener, each episode has brought us uber jaw dropping moments. Yes, even last week’s episode ‘Blood of My Blood’ had its ‘omg no waaaaaaay’ moment with the return of Benjen Stark. But some moments were more predictable than others. Like the return of Jon Snow, realistically we all knew this was going to happen it was just a matter of when it was going to happen. Or even psychotic Ramsay killing his father Roose, come on you had to know that was going to happen. Still, for every moment that we sort of maybe knew what was going to happen, there were moments and scenes that were utterly jaw dropping, spine chilling, and totally caught us off guard.
Here are the top 10 moments we never saw coming (mind you the season isn’t over):
10. Greyjoys forced out of the Iron Island:
I have to say thank you to Theon for saving our Sansa and helping her escape from Ramsay, and I also understand why he had to leave for home right away. Then seeing him arrive at the Iron Islands and then hearing him vouch for his sister as Queen made me forget all the bad things he’s done. I always figured him and his sister would rule the Iron Islands together and assist Sansa/a Stark in whatever they may need in the future. It was a huge curve ball to see Theon and his sister fleeing their home on their boats heading to what I hope is somewhere close to Khaleesi. The Greyjoy and Khaleesi connection would be insanely cool, obviously girl power, but it’s something that I never, ever thought could happen.
9. Tormund the Wildling and Brienne of Tarth:
But really how cute are they? I know everyone has been going wild for the wildling and his future bae, but is this an actual storyline? Or is it all just to have a little fun with the viewers? Seriously, I’m hoping she legit falls in love with Tormund and they rule the wilding crew together, which yeah would be pretty friggin’ awesome and something completely out of left field. Also, Tormund is pretty much the hottest character on the show, I’ve been calling him a lumbersexual since he graced my screen, so good for your Brienne, get it.
8. Mad King sighting:
The Mad King sighting in Bran’s vision was something I never expected to see. But with all these cool flashbacks this season, we’re getting a brief glimpse into the history of Westeros. As a book reader I always tried to picture what the Mad King and Rhaegar Targaryen looked like, so I was super excited about that. I’m still waiting to see Rhaegar and Lyanna.
7. Bran’s Power:
Going into season six we knew Bran was going to play a big role, we knew that he would eventually be the three eyed raven, but we didn’t really know what that meant. And even though we still don’t know the extent of his power, we do know that he has the ability to change/rewrite the past to affect the future. I expected Bran to play a big role, but I definitely didn’t expect this much to happen with him, and I definitely didn’t see him having the power to rewrite the past! Very cool.
6. Sansa taking a sip of that Lemonade:
Nobody really knew what was to come of Sansa this season. We didn’t even know if her and Theon would survive that jump from the Winterfell walls. So to see her in this boss ass bi*** role, takin’ a sip of Beyonce’s Lemonade, she’s all sassed out and ready to rule. Plus the scene with Brienne pledging her sword to Sansa was so damn beautiful. I definitely didn’t see this coming, especially this quickly.
5. Dying direwolves:
It’s always sad to see your favourite characters get axed on Thrones but to see the Stark direwolves get slaughtered is even more heartbreaking. First Rickon’s wolf gets beheaded and given to Ramsay, and then Bran’s Summer jumps into a mosh pit of wights and basically kills herself. What was she thinking? Ugh so loyal. But now we’re left with Jon’s Ghost and Arya’s Nymeria wherever she is. I put this in at number 5 because I think the fate of these wolves might sync with the fate of their owners.
4. Khaleesi and the Khalasar:
So with Khaleesi it’s a little different, because she’s always been a fan favourite, like Jon Snow. Everyone knew Jon Snow was going to come back, it’s just a matter of when and how. Same with Khaleesi, we were left with her being surrounded by the Khalasar at the end of last season without her dragons. And as a diehard Khaleesi fan I was okay with seeing her have to brave it out without her advisors or dragons. She was on her own for this one, and I knew obviously that she would find her way out. I just didn’t think she would legit burn her way out by murdering all the Khal’s, and then basically convincing the entire tribe to join her in taking over Westeros. I mean we’re only six episodes deep and there have already been these amazing, powerful scenes. Khaleesi and the Vaes Dothrak scene with the fire is probably top ten greatest moments of ALL TIME. There was just so much power and so much awe by the khalasar, and even us the viewers, I don’t think anyone expected it to happen at that magnitude. And more so, you’re like what can possibly top that?
3. Jon Snow / Sansa reunion:
This entire show you’re literally waiting for your favourite characters to line up. For them to finally meet in the middle and have their epic journeys intersect. Getting to see the Jon Snow/Sansa reunion right after Jon Snow just came back from the dead, was the greatest gift from God aka David Benioff and D.B Weiss. Jaw dropping, spine chilling, heartwarming, a tear jerking moment that we’ve waiting years for. And it really wasn’t expected, yes they were both in the North, but where last season ended off, I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted this reunion to happen.
2. Benjen Stark as Coldhands:
So I got a lot of feedback from people who said they didn’t really enjoy last week’s ‘Blood of My Blood’ episode. Because, yeah in comparison to the rest of the season it wasn’t as turnt up, maybe because of King’s Landing? (Side note: I literally avoided the entire King’s Landing story in this post because honestly who cares about the high sparrow) Anyways, something major did happen in episode six and hello his name is Benjen Stark. Remember Ned Stark’s brother from the Night’s Watch who went missing right around the time Jon Snow joined the night’s watch? Benjen was the reason why Jon joined in the first place. Anywho, I never wrote Benjen off, we all should’ve expected him to be lurking at some point during this storyline, and sure enough he comes to Bran’s aid right at the last second. There’s always a twist, and when the show revealed that it was Benjen under the cloak, we also find out that he isn’t full human. He was left for dead by the white walkers, and then the children of God brought him back to life by sort of making him into a white walker. So now he’s stuck in this middle form of a human/white walker and apparently there was a character in the book called Coldhands, so people are assuming those two characters have now been meshed together. Don’t know what that really entails, but I’m excited to find out.
1. Hodor – ‘Hold the Door’:
We always figured his name must mean something, there has to be a reason why all he can pronounce is ‘Hodor’ but what we didn’t know was that his name actually meant something else, something much more powerful and something that would save Bran and Meera’s life. The moment when Meera calls out to Hodor to hold the door, I had chills and it just clicked that his name really meant hold the door. What was even more powerful was that Bran had caused this all, and Hodor’s fate had been written all those years ago in Winterfell. Probably one of the most beautiful moments of the entire series thus far, I’m pretty sure everyone was bawling their eyes out when Hodor sacrificed himself to save his friends. Ugh.
So you see now, there hasn’t been one dull moment this season, each episode has been filled with excitement (minus King’s Landing) and I can guarantee you it’s not going to slow down. There are still a few predictions I have for this season, things that I think will completely shift the show.
Battle at Riverrun: So there’s a few main characters that are headed to intersect at this small castle, Jamie is headed that way, so is Brienne, but they will be on opposing sides. Does this call for a battle scene? Mini battle scene? Mini battle scene Brienne and Jamie? I think the biggest battle scene of the season might go to Jon Snow and Ramsay, so they may hold off on Riverrun for now, but it still might lead to Jamie’s demise, which would then put Cersei in the most vulnerable position because literally she has nobody else. Her son literally just became the son of a preacher man. So boy bye.
Cersei’s trial by combat: I think is going to be one of the biggest moments of the season. She’s already told Jamie that she’s going to use the mountain and it just seems rather lucky that once again he’s in the battle circle. Maybe this time his luck will run out if he’s up against a certain family member of his who we really don’t know died or not?
Tower of Joy scene: I’m still crossing my fingers hoping we get to see this scene that almost happened in Bran’s flashbacks. Obviously this scene would be huge, we would get to see Lyanna, dead or alive, and hopefully solve this whole R+L=J equation.
What do you guys think? Are there any other moments that were shocking to you?