Warning: this post contains major spoilers from the season five finale of Game of Thrones.
Last night’s season finale of Game of Thrones was one for the books. So many things happened that it’s hard to wrap my mind around it all. Before we get to the big finale (literally) here’s a super quick recap of the major moments from season five, episode ten “Mother’s Mercy.”
Arya finally crossed off another name on her list: Meryn Trant. Ayra steals a mask from the Hall of Faces and disguises herself as a young girl being presented to Ser Meryn in the brothel, along with two other girls. Ser Meryn whips the three girls only to realize two are crying. The silent girl looks up at Ser Meryn, looks down and reemerges as Arya. She stabs both his eyes and slits his throat. Before he dies, Arya makes sure he knows who she is.
Arya is caught sneaking the stolen mask into the Hall of Faces and she’s met by Jaqen and The Waif. Jaqen tells Arya that since she took a life that wasn’t hers to take, she has to replace it with another one. Jaqen then drinks poison and collapses. Arya starts crying and screaming, upset to lose another person she grew close to. Suddenly, The Waif transforms in Jaqen and the dead body’s face changes. As Arya pulls off the face, another appears and then another and another…until she sees her own. Arya’s vision starts to get hazy and she’s blind. Arya is now blind.
Sansa escapes her chambers at Winterfell. Just as she lights a candle in the window of the broken tower, Brienne turns away after hearing news of Stannis’ army marching toward Winterfell. Sansa is frantically walking through the castle as she runs into Ramsay’s crazy side-chick Myranda, with Reek by her side. Myranda is about to shoot Sansa with a bow when Reek throws her off the side of ledge. Welcome back, Theon Greyjoy. Sansa takes Theon’s hand and they jump off the side of the castle into the abyss. I hope they stick the landing!
Stannis finds his wife hanging on a tree after the burning of their daughter. Following the battle at Winterfell, Brienne finally comes face to face with Stannis. After explaining she has a duty to kill him, he tells her to “go on” and it’s assumed Brienne kills him.
Daenerys is off somewhere with Drogon. She wants to return to her people in Meereen but Drogon is too tired to bring her home. Dany is actually in the dried Dorathki Sea as she encounters the Dorathki and the new Khalasar. Uh oh.
Cersei finally gets what she deserves. After confessing her sins (well, not all) to the High Sparrow, she has to do a walk of shame back to the Red Keep. Before she begins her walk, her body is roughly washed and her long, blonde locks are shaved. Finally, Cersei is disrobed and pushed to begin her shameful walk. As she walks through the fearless crowd, people are screaming and taunting her, throwing food and filth. Cersei makes it back to King’s Landing naked with her feet bloodied, and only then she breaks down.
Jon Snow is dead. In the final minutes of this epic season finale, Thrones creators decided to rip everyone’s hearts out. Olly comes running into Jon’s chambers claiming a Wildling has information about his missing Uncle Benjen. Jon is led to a fire-lit area where he reads the sign “traitor” and turns around only to be stabbed by Alliser who says “for the watch.” They all take turns stabbing Jon Snow and finally, Olly is the one to give the deathly stab.
Many fans are theorizing that this isn’t the end of Jon Snow and he will be making a comeback in some form. However, Kit Harington says otherwise. “I had a sit-down with Dan and David, we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they’re being whacked]. They said, ‘Look, you’re gone, it’s done.'”
He told Entertainment Weekly, “They sat me down and said, ‘This is how it is.’ If anything in the future is like that, then I don’t know about it – it’s only in David and Dan and George’s heads. But I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season. So that’s all I can tell you, really.’
Sadly, his watch has ended.
What did you think of the season finale?!