This contains spoilers from Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode.
Another season dead and gone (along with a lot of characters too).
Going into the season finale last night viewers were left with so many questions of the fate of many characters. Tyrion has been sentenced to death, John Snow walked out into the middle of the hostile wildling camp, and Bran was last left blindly searching for a voice under a tree. Last night’s episode covered all of these stories while of course creating more questions.
5 things to look forward to next season:
Stannis coming to help the wall
In a shocking turn of events we see one of the contenders for the Iron Throne actually doing something to help the kingdom. After last weeks episode of the wildings attacking the wall, the Nights Watch was left beaten and broken without any hope of the holding the wildings off for more than a nights or two. While John is off risking his life in a last attempt to kill Mance Rayder and hopefully disband the wildling army, Stannis rides up with a full army in tow right through the middle of the wildling camp. After taking Mance prisoner Stannis and his army are now set up in Castle Black. And we were left with Melisandre giving John Snow a very eerie look through the flames.
Daenerys being forced to chain up her dragons
After finding out one of her Dragons has killed a little girl, Daenerys is forced to do the thing she hates the most. She is forced to put chains on her dragons. Her main goal in her takeover of slave cities was to free the slaves and “break the chains” from around their necks. Now that is the very thing she is forced to do to her beloved dragons. But only two of the dragons were there to be chained up. What is going to happen with the third dragon next season?
Bran finding the three eyed raven
We finally got a major answer by finding out who the three eyed raven is. That’s been popping up in Bran’s story since season one, and now there is actually a face to the name. But of course in true Game of Thrones style they answered one question and created five more. Bran, Hodor and crew found the tree where the Three Eyed Raven lives, who turns out to be an old man (or is he really a man?) living in the roots of a giant tree. Not to mention the “children” who shot balls of fire at the pesky white walkers who attacked Bran (and ended up killing Jojen) at the base of the tree. Who is the man under the tree and the “children” and why is Bran important to them?
Arya leaving the Hound to die and cashing in her “Valar Morghulis” coin
The season finale ends with the scene of Arya leaving on a boat headed to Braavos after she “cashed in” the coin that was given to her by Jaqen H’ghar. After leaving the Hound to die after a sword fight she finds a ship of the coast heading to Braavos. The second the captain saw the coin she had, he offered her a room onboard the ship. So what does the coin signify? What is Arya heading into when she arrives across the sea?
Tyrion getting rescued by Jamie and killing Tywin Lannister
Probably the biggest change in events happened at the end of the episode. While Tyrion is waiting for his execution, Varys and big brother Jamie come up with a plan to rescue Tyrion and send him out of the country. Instead of going straight to the ship like he is supposed to, Tyrion takes a detour that put him in his father’s room. After finding the love of his life, Shae, sleeping in his father’s bed he chokes her to death with the Lannister gold necklace around her throat. Grabbing a crossbow from the wall he then finds his father and shoots him while he sits on the toilet. What this means for next season? The entire power that sits behind the Iron Throne is gone. Tywin the man who was pulling the strings in Kings Landing is no more which leaves the fate of the Lannister family and the ruling of the Iron throne up in the air.
The end of this season has left the majority of characters in completely different positions (and a lot of them in completely different places.) And we now have to wait an entire year until season five comes out to get the answers about our favorite characters.