Well, well, well. Knock me down with a feather. That was one of the most intense, exciting, satisfying and thrilling hours of Game of Thrones, ever!
First things first. Jon Snow is the King in the North! And, in a confirmation of one of the oldest and most persistent fan theories, he is also the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, which makes him Jon Targaryen, the true heir to the Iron Throne.
And his aunt, Daenerys, has set sail for Westeros to take back the throne, after naming Tyrion the Hand of the Queen. And finally, in a move that would make Michael Corleone proud, Cersei eliminates all her enemies in one fell, explosive swoop and is forced to take the Iron Throne as the Queen of Westeros due to an unexpected but unsurprising consequence.
The magnificent Arya Stark avenges the Red Wedding by slitting Walder Frey’s throat, after feeding him the baked remains of his two dim-witted sons, Black Walder and Lothar. That’s one heck of a way to end the season.
Now that Winterfell is flying the Stark banners again, it was time for Jon and Sansa to think about the next move. Petyr Baelish’s timely intervention in the battle against Ramsay Bolton saved the day but left everyone wondering what Littlefinger’s end-game is. As it turns out, he wants the Iron Throne for himself.
What is creepy, however, is that he wants to rule the Seven Kingdoms with Sansa by his side. Considering he was in love with Sansa’s mother Catelyn when they were children, Petyr Baelish, with this confession of “love” of Sansa, has just become Sigmund Freud’s delight.
Once Sansa rejects his advances, and after the lords of the North were shamed by the pint-sized badass Lyanna Mormont, they kneel down in front of Jon, declaring him “The King in the North.”
Earlier, our theory that Cersei had something special planned with the cache of wildfire proved accurate. With the trial in progress at Baelor’s Sept, everyone — the High Sparrow, Loras Tyrell, Margaery Tyrell, their father and the bulk of King’s Landing’s nobility — were present. The Wildfire, stored right beneath the Sept, is lit, and blows the building sky-high, reducing everyone present within to sub-atomic ash. All in all, a bloody, violent and satisfying end to what has been the best season of Game of Thrones ever.