Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.
Today’s topic is a freebie, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about the latest season of Game of Thrones. It has ruined my life; I am still not over everything that happened. I thought the season started off very strong, but went downhill after episode 5, but then it obviously picked up again in episode 9. I can’t wait for what’s to come- at this moment, we are most definitely in unchartered territory. I am both scared and ridiculously excited for what’s to come.
Warning: This post is going to be full of gifs.
Spoilers, obviously, if you haven’t yet seen all of Season 6. Also, in order of awesomeness
1. Jon’s alive (no surprise, but so awesome!)
I was one of those people comforting everyone else because if I was sure of anything on the show, it was that Jon Snow is not going to stay dead. I didn’t know this from having read the books, because Jon getting stabbed 2 billion times is where the last book ends, but there was no freaking way that a character as important as him will get killed off. The scene was very well-done, though. The lighting, and Kit’s acting- everything was so believable!
2. And now his watch has ended
Another reason why I was sure that he was going to come back was because of all the stuff going on around him being a bastard, Robb legitimizing him as his heir (in the books), and Stannis’s offer to him was that all of this was possible for Jon. And we, as an audience, want all this for him. He deserves it, but Jon’s too honorable (just like Ned) to simply leave the Watch. But he died. His watch ended when he died; when he came back, he was free to do whatever the fuck he wanted.
3. Daenerys sails to Westeros
FINALLY. You don’t understand, guys. I don’t even like her- I think she’s naive and incompetent and has nothing going for her but her dragons and her blood, but it was about fucking time that she set sail. 6 seasons, 5 1000+ page books. I was getting sick of her just chilling in the corner. Also, she did something right: she made Tyrion the Hand. <3
I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. TYRION DESERVES EVERYTHING GOOD AND NICE IN THE WORLD. Also, did someone notice how his gaze lingered on her face when they were talking about true love? Like, I SHIP IT. FYI, I really dislike the Daenerys and Jon ship… just no.
4. A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell
So I think some of the decisions the producers made were dubious when it came to Arya’s storyline. She was way too smart to be roaming the streets when she knew the Waif was coming for her. But alas, they did what they did- now, I’m just glad that bad-ass Arya is back and she’s taking some much needed revenge. AND FREY PIES. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE SHOW DID THE THING.
RED WEDDING 2.0 WAS SO SATISFYING. Although I had hoped Jaime Lannister would’ve been involved, but I’m still happy.
5. Tower of Joy
This is another one that didn’t surprise me. If you’ve even Googled anything about Jon, you know the theories, and you know how solid they are. And we finally got confirmation! George R. R. Martin has had this reveal in his mind all along, for twenty years, and seeing it confirmed had me squealing. Coupled with the music in that scene and the triumphant Stark theme at the end- UGH, so perfect.
6. Hold the door
Instructions to watch this scene: lie down, cry, cry a lot more.
7. Sansa and Jon’s reunion
I CRIED SO HARD, GUYS. You don’t understand. That moment of hesitation right before they flung themselves into each other’s arms- it was so perfect. If the Sansa x Jon reunion emotionally ruined me, I can’t IMAGINE what the Jon x Arya reunion will do to my soul. I will probably faint.
This entire episode was the best hour of television I have ever seen. For the most part, I was wondering if I had traveled back in time and was watching a version of Lord of the Rings with less monsters and what not. The cinematography, the choreography, the atmosphere. Oh, everything was so perfect. I was also certain that Davos or Tormund would end up dead, but they both lived. I can’t say that for poor Rickon, though. As much as I hated watching another Stark die, it was so perfectly done. HE SHOULD HAVE ZIG-ZAGGED.
9. Burn them all!
Okay, that opening sequence was the best I’ve seen in Game of Thrones. The score put together by Ramin Djawadi was perfection, and the way Cersei orchestrated the destruction was genius. Now that Cersei has spiraled into Mad Queen mode and did what the Mad King could not do (because Jaime killed him before it could happen), it sets up the stage perfectly for Jaime to swoop in and murder her. The valonqar prophecy states that will happen, and it’ll be the most satisfying thing in the world.
Also, how sad was Tommen’s death? He was hardly my favorite, but watching him jump out the window with absolutely no hesitation whatsoever reminded me that he was just a kid surrounded by the wrong people and a monster of a mother who wanted nothing but power. I’ll be interested to see Jaime blame Cersei for Tommen’s death, because it is… true.
10. The King in the North
IF THIS DIDN’T MAKE YOU CRY, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Jon Snow – the bastard, the one who thought he didn’t have a claim to his father’s room, his father’s name, to a home is declared KING by his father’s banner-men. LIKE ASOGHOAHSGASOGHPAOSG HOW AMAZING. Also, did anyone notice that this scene took place right after the reveal of his parentage? In one scene, we realize Lyanna Stark is Jon’s mother. In the next scene, Lyanna Mormont (Lyanna Stark’s namesake) declared him king. asgh0ahsg0asg *mind explodes with feels*