Fans have barely settled down from the fantastic “Game of Thrones” Season 6, episode 9 “Battle of the Bastards” only to realize the season finale airs Sunday. The aftermath of what happened at Winterfell will be at the heart of “Winds of Winter,” but there are so many storylines in King’s Landing, Meereen and elsewhere that need some closure.
Warning: “Game of Thrones” Season 6 spoilers ahead.
With a timely assist from Littlefinger, Ramsay Bolton was defeated by the combined forces of Jon Snow and Sansa Stark. Things were looking pretty grim for Jon Snow and his Wildling army until the Vale’s knights came to the rescue. After that, it was only a matter of giant Wun Wun crashing through the gates of Winterfell before Ramsay Bolton was captured. In a final act of justice/revenge, Sansa Stark let Ramsay’s beloved hounds eat him alive.
With the Ramsay Bolton chapter closed, there needs to be a new king in the North. Sansa Stark has the best claim to the title, as she’s the legitimate child of Ned Stark, but she’s also female, which tends not to go over well in Westeros. It’s also unclear what she wants to do now that she has killed Ramsay Bolton.
There’s also the issue of a scheming Littlefinger. A true master of the “Game of Thrones,” he is the slick-talking used car salesman who can con anyone into driving away with a lemon. Littlefinger is a cunning strategist who is always looking out for his own benefit, and bringing the Vale’s knights to Winterfell is no exception.
In the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale preview, Littlefinger makes his demands known to Sansa at Winterfell. He loved Sansa’s mother, which led to a similar love for Sansa. A marriage proposal would be extremely beneficial to Littlefinger, but it seems unlikely he would want to face rejection when there are other ways to benefit greatly in the wake of Ramsay Bolton’s defeat.
Jon Snow could become the king with the support of the Wildlings and House Mormont. The “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale will likely reveal what happened within the Tower of Joy via a Bran Stark flashback. If Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, he has a legitimate claim to Winterfell and the Iron Throne. Whether he finds that out as well or it’s a revelation only to viewers and Bran is unknown.
In “Game of Thrones” Season 6, episode 9, Ser Davos found the area where Stannis burned Shireen. There will be a confrontation with Melisandre where Ser Davos demands to know what happened at Stannis’ camp.
Cersei Lannister’s trial has been in the background of “Game of Thrones” Season 6, with the focus being on the High Sparrow’s uncontrollable rise to power. The Faith Militant are stronger than ever now that King Tommen has aligned the crown with the group. It was the worst possible outcome for Cersei, as she has lost all power in King’s Landing. Even Cersei’s trump card in the form of a resurrected Ser Gregor Clegane was expertly countered when trial by combat was banned.
Cersei’s trial will take place during the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale, but she may have one final plan to escape judgment. Qyburn, taking over Varys’ role as spymaster, confirmed a rumor to Cersei, which led to speculation that he was referring to stores of wildfire hidden by the Mad King throughout King’s Landing. Playing with wildfire is very dangerous, so this could be another Cersei plot that backfires.
The “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale preview and photos highlight scenes at the Twins with Walder Frey and Jaime Lannister, but no other plot details after the latter reclaimed Riverrun. Over in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen is preparing for her big journey to Westeros. Daenerys has an army, dragons and ships courtesy of the Greyjoys. Bran Stark could be another person on the move in “Winds of Winter.” After being rescued by his uncle Benjen, it’s unclear if Bran Stark remains beyond the Wall or heads back to Castle Black.
There could also be some other surprises in the giant-size “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale. With “Winds of Winter” clocking in at 69 minutes, there may even be some time to see what’s been happening in Dorne.