SPOILER WARNING: This article discusses ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 10, ‘The Winds of Winter’.
The longest-running fan theory that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen *almost* – but not quite – got confirmed last night. Yes, we got inside the Tower of Joy, and yes, we saw Ned Stark promise his dying sister ~something~ while holding baby Jon. But the crucial part of who the father is was lost inside a whisper, and we are left with the equation ?+L=J.
“His name is [illegible]. If Robert finds out he’ll kill him, you know he will. You have to protect him. Promise me, Ned.”
So yeah, it’s almost definitely Rhaegar. But we can only assume that executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are saving that reveal for another, even more dramatic moment – perhaps where it won’t be overshadowed by the annihilation of the Sept and the proclamation of the King in the North.
2. Look at what Aisling Franciosi, who plays Lyanna Stark, tweeted after the episode aired.
I’m gonna go ahead and pretend this means I can take credit for his good looks… ??
— Aisling Franciosi (@AisFranciosi) June 27, 2016
a.k.a. Jon Snow’s good looks, which are good and great.
3. Jon Snow was basically legitimised by someone named after his mother.
4. No, Varys didn’t teleport to Highgarden and back.
Nor does he have a twin, nor is there any kind of sorcery involved (although either one would be a Prestige-level twist). As Redditor Chawizawd pointed out, there were Tyrell ships in Daenerys‘ fleet. She now has the support of the Tyrells, the Martells, and the Sands, and that is presumably how Elia Sand promised Lady Olenna she would get revenge – by backing the biggest bitchslap Westeros has ever seen.
The OG version was apparently supposed to be even more hectic than Cersei closing the door on a screaming Septa Unella (who is presumably being raped by The Mountain) while chanting “Shame“, but according to Lena Headey, “they couldn’t do it.” Yikes.
6. Jamie coming back into King’s Landing like:
7. Arya Stark & Melisandre are poised to meet on the King’s Road.
Arya’s heading north, Melisandre’s heading south, and when they briefly met in Season 3, Melisandre predicted they would bump into one another.
“I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me – brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again.”
She was right about Arya slaying half the population (more or less), so that’s 1 from 2.
8. This episode was poetic as fuck.
- Jamie Lannister pushed Bran Stark out of a window to protect his and Cersei’s secret; their son Tommen died by jumping out of a window.
- Arya Stark murders Walder Frey by slitting his throat; his henchmen murdered her mother Catelyn in the same way.
- Also at the Red Wedding, Robb Stark was finally slain by a crossbow fire, and his wife Talisa Stark was stabbed in the gut. Tywin Lannister (on whose orders the Red Wedding happened) was killed by crossbow fire, and Roose Bolton (the traitor) was stabbed in the gut. (Not this episode, but a nice wrap-up all the same.)
9. I am dead. (And so is Tommen.)
“I’m the Three-Eyed Raven.”
“I steal faces and murder people.”
“I died but here I am lol.”
Now all that’s left is to wait till next goddamn year.