Game Of Thrones Season 6 Gave Fans A Winning Streak
[SPOILERS AHEAD. MAJOR SPOILERS. DROGON SIZE SPOILERS!]
Game of Thrones Season 6 is my favorite season thus far. It was spectacular. An absolute masterpiece worthy of the big screen. In all fairness, that’s like saying season 6 is a 9.5/10 and seasons 1-5 are 9s. Every episode that came before season 6 skillfully set up the incredible payoffs and WINS we got in 2016.
Wins! A streak of wins!
It began with a modest streak that included the resurrection of Jon Snow and his reunion with Sansa. Daenerys absolutely obliterated the Kahls and took over command of the Dothraki. Unfortunately, the win streak came to a screeching halt when Hodor met his demise. The rest of the season? Win. Win. Win. Win.
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WIN: Off To Westeros
Daenerys has had a rough time gathering the necessary armies and boats to make her way to Westeros. In episode 6, she finally stands before her army and declares her intentions. No more slaver’s bay. No more Dothraki camps. She’s finally ready to claim the Iron Throne!
Why is this a win? Because it took 6 years! #GoTWIN
WIN: The Hound Returns
Sandor Clegane is alive! The ruthless villain took a turn while traveling with Arya Stark. He quickly became a fan favorite before Brienne beat the crap out of him.
But he’s back and so is his negative, grim outlook on the world! (And his superior fighting skills of course)
WIN: Waif Bye Bye
That stupid Waif was the worst. Actually the entire Arya story line in Braavos was her weakest in the series thus far. However, Arya finally gets the better of the Waif and places her head in the Hall of Faces before finally declaring her true name. Arya Stark returned and left Braavos behind.
WIN: The Bay of Dragons
I feel I speak for many fans out there who had enough Meereen. Finally, the Slaver’s saw Daenerys’ full power in a breathtaking sequence that featured some of the finest Dragon related visual effects ever. Period.
Side Note: The score/editing during this sequence is equally spectacular and quite frankly, inspiring.
WIN: Snow vs Bolton
Let’s face it. As bad ass as Jon Snow is during the battle of the bastards, it was Sansa’s deal with Littlefinger that won back Winterfell for the Starks.
Regardless, it was a huge victory capped off with Jon Snow viciously beating the face off Ramsay Bolton’s… face.
WIN: Hungry Dogs
This is a separate win because Ramsay Bolton is arguably the worst villain of the entire series. (With respect to stupid King Geoffrey of course.)
It’s a win for Rickon, for Walda, for Theon and most importantly, for Sansa.
A fitting end for a truly compelling and ruthless villain.
WIN: Stupid Sparrow
I liked Queen Margaery enough to consider her death important enough to break the streak. However, her death was overshadowed by the end of my least favorite story line in the series.
FINALLY, the High Sparrow and all of his little friends are dead. Honestly, I’m willing to accept Cersei as protector of the realm. It’s a fair price to pay after she lit up the Faith Militant with glorious green wild fire. Well played Cersei… Well played…
WIN: Walder’s Sons
Arya’s doing work! We’ve been waiting for this moment since the infamous Red Wedding! Big, big win!
This is more of a win for fans of the show since the only character who knows Jon’s true parentage is his brother Bran. But we finally got confirmation that Jon’s mother is Lyanna Stark and his father is Rhaegar Targaryen. He’s a perfect blend of Ice and Fire and technically Daenerys nephew?
I can’t wait for the inevitable meeting between the new King in the North and the Mother of Dragons.
Extra points for actor Robert Aramayo for his spot on portrayal of Ned Stark.
WIN: Stormborn Sets Sail
If this were a normal season of Game of Thrones, Daenerys would have declared her intentions to sail to Westeros (a win) and then 5-9 years later actually step on a boat. This is why Game of Thrones Season 6 is my favorite. We didn’t have to wait an entire season for Jon Snow to be resurrected. We got big payoffs along the way. Most importantly, we finally got to see Daenerys set sail for Westeros where Winter has already come.
Bring on Season 7! Now!