The sixth season of Game of Thrones concluded on Sunday night in an explosive episode that may have been the best one yet. Not only was the finale extremely satisfying (not to mention beautifully shot), but this entire season restored my faith in the show as a whole. Here are my top ten moments from the last ten weeks of the best kick-ass, dragon-fire, edge-of-your-seat television available.
*Beware! There be spoilers ahead!*
10.) Tyrion, Grey Worm, and Missandei
Who doesn’t love Tyrion, the god of tits and wine? This scene in which he gives Grey Worm and Missandei some wine and tells them jokes was lovely. It’s nice to see these badasses being regular people, even if it’s just for a brief moment.
9.) He ain’t dead!
I mean, really, we all knew Jon Snow wasn’t dead. Or rather, that he would somehow be brought back to life. (It was proof enough for me when actor Kit Harrington didn’t cut his hair after being supposedly axed from the show.) But it was gratifying to see his resurrection nonetheless.
8.) All men must die…especially the ones on Arya’s list
My sweet little assassin. As if Arya’s departure from the House of Black and White and her recommitment to her sense of self wasn’t amazing enough on its own, we also got to see her cross another name off her infamous list. You won’t be missed Walder Frey, you fucking asshole. That was for the Red Wedding!
7.) Samwell and the library
A brief moment, but one that warmed my chilly heart. Samwell has always loved his books…and here he is, surrounded by more than he could ever read in a lifetime.
6.) A Very Stark Reunion
Everyone has been rooting for the Stark children to be reunited since, like, forever. And even though Jon and Sansa weren’t always on the best of terms, their reunion made me cry. Now if we could just get Arya and Bran to join the party…
5.) Cersei’s revenge
Say what you will about the villainous Cersei, but she gets some of the best scenes and lines in this show. And while I’m saddened at the loss of Margaery in the fiery explosion, there was an element of awe in watching the queen mother get her revenge. And the scene where she’s crowned? SHIT JUST GOT REAL. Is there a Cersei/Dany showdown in our future? God, I hope so. (P.S. This war outfit is fucking amazing.)
4.) C’mon Dany, light my fire
There’s a reason why she’s called The Unburnt, remember? This isn’t the first time Daenerys Stormborn has killed her enemies and been a complete badass while doing so. And it won’t be the last.
3.) Lyanna Mormont 2016
Every single scene with this pint-sized Lady was pure gold. Can she be president? I’d vote for her.
2.) Bye Bye Ramsay
Last season, I was disheartened and disgusted by Ramsay’s treatment of Sansa. This season totally made up for it as far as storylines go. Sansa was redeemed by her own hand, and it was glorious. I really feel as though the showrunners and writers took to heart what fans said about the treatment of women, and the show is better for it.
1.) R+L=J Theory Confirmation
At long last—the most prevalent fan theory in both realms was confirmed. The show has woven in just as many hints as George R.R. Martin did throughout the five books, but we didn’t have any solid proof until this finale. Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen!
BONUS: DANY GOT HER FUCKING SHIPS. WATCH OUT, WESTEROS.
Who’s ready for season 7?
The Collected Mutineer