Wow, what a season finale!!
LOTS of things given that just blew my mind.
** WARNING!! THIS IS A BLUE THREAD! IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, READ NO FURTHER! **
OK, so I got that out of the way, let's get to the juicy stuff like who Jon Snow really is (thanks Bran for the glimpse into the past), What is really going on with the Lanisters, and the fact that winter has arrived. I haven't been on my thread for some time, but I am only going to go over the episode tonight, and the episode just before this one, since that should be enough to go over. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask, or if you want to talk over another point about the show, or books, please leave a comment. Here we go.
First, I like the fact that the hound is still alive. We got to again glimpse his softer human side, but in the end, him taking vengeance on the group of thugs who killed everyone in the small commune he was helping build shows him going back to his ways, though they DID deserve it. I think we will be seeing him go after his brother, the mountain, at some point.
Next, Arya Stark. She is now back in Westeros, and what is the first thing she do? Puts her new skills as an assassin to use by slitting Walder Frey's throat after feeding him his two oldest boys as a meat pie. Oh, and she does the deed within 20 feet of where Frey had her mother's throat cut in the Red Wedding. What justice.
Now for the main event - Jon Snow. Wow! I really didn't see it coming that he really isn't Ned Stark's bastard. He is his NEPHEW! That's right! The lady dying in the bed from child birth is Ned's SISTER! Which means you would have to go back a few seasons, but what started the war that overthrew the Targarians, was that young prince Targarian, one of Danarius (Dany) Targarian's brothers had accosted Ellana Stark, Ned's sister and Robert Baratheon's betrothed. Her death caused those two to rebel, with the aid of some other houses, and Robert took the throne, married Cersei Lannister, and we know the rest. Well, since the only person known to, well, KNOW her was the young prince, THAT means Jon Snow is in fact a Targarian AND a Stark. Oh, and as of now, the only king left standing (more on that later). The interesting thing about that tidbit is Dany wants to be able to make alliances in Westeros, and with him just being named King of the North, and the only king left, he would make a good ally (read - husband). That he has Targarian blood just sweetens the deal (don't forget, the Targarian kings usually married their sisters - kept the bloodline pure). So, maybe Jon will marry his Aunt Dany?? Maybe she will at least give him a dragon.
Tyrion Lannister (my favorite!! Go Peter Dinklage!!) has now proven his use to Dany, and has now become her hand. Can't wait to see what happens when he shows up on her right side in King's Landing.
You might be wondering what I meant about the last king standing. Well, you see, Cersei Lannister ignited the Wyldfire that the mad king Targarian had stored under the streets of King's Landing, thereby blowing up the ENTIRE temple district. I don't know what Jamie is going to do. The reason he is known as kingslayer is because he stabbed the mad king in the back for threatening to do what his sister just DID. You may remember, her last child alive is Tomlyn, and when he saw the destruction from his window, and knowing his wife was at ground zero, promptly JUMPED out said window.
It can not be proven, but I think Cersei is the one who had the Maester killed, also. Now, she is Protector of the Realm (WHY??) and the evil scientist is her hand. Jamie shows up just in time to see the crown placed on her head, and doesn't look happy.
Ok, I think that is enough for now. I just hate that as Dany sails across the sea, the credits roll. Now, we have to wait about 10 months to see what happens. :(