The “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale, “Winds of Winter,” will attempt to wrap up many storylines in 69 minutes. Over the course of the season, characters have been revived, died or traveled to new locations to the point where it may be hard to remember what happened in Dorne or King’s Landing. Here are where all the characters left off before the season finale.
Warning: Full “Game of Thrones” Season 6 spoilers ahead.
Prince Doran Martell and Areo Hotah were killed as Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes seized power in Dorne. The coup began in “Game of Thrones” Season 5 with the murder of Myrcella Baratheon by a poisoned kiss from Ellaria.
Before Prince Doran could react to the news of Myrcella’s death, Ellaria stabbed him in the Water Gardens. Ellaria said Prince Martell’s inaction against the Lannisters led to his death. On a ship bound for King’s Landing, Obara kills Trystane Martell much to the dismay of Nymeria who hoped to kill her cousin.
The Sand Snakes have since disappeared from “Game of Thrones” Season 6. Aside from the revolt, the most exciting thing to happen in Dorne took place many years ago at the Tower of Joy.
Beyond the Wall
Bran Stark began his apprenticeship with the three-eyed raven in “Game of Thrones” Season 6. The three-eyed-raven guides Bran through a flashback to the courtyard of Winterfell with a young Ned, Benjen and Lyanna Stark. Hodor is in the vision as a stable boy name Wylis who can speak. While Bran is busy with visions, Meera Reed feels trapped at the cave following the death of her brother Jojen Reed.
In a different vision, Bran and the three-eyed raven arrive at at the Tower of Joy right when Ned Stark and company confront the knights, including Ser Arthur Dayne, guarding the location. Just when it looks like Ned will die, an injured Howland Reed stabs Dayne in the back. As Ned hears a cry from the Tower of Joy, Bran calls out to him. Ned stops briefly, but then proceeds to go up the stairs.
Bran also learns the Children of the Forest were responsible for the creation of the White Walkers. Against the wishes of the three-eyed raven, Bran goes on a solo vision where he immediately encounters a massive white walker army.
The Night’s King is not only aware of Bran, he even grabs his arm. Bran has been marked, which means the Night’s King and the white walkers can now penetrate the magic that has been protecting the group.
The Night’s King arrives with an army as Bran and the three-eyed raven are using the greensight. Meera and the Children of the Forest try to fight off the white walkers, but are overwhelmed. The three-eyed raven is killed while Bran wargs into present day Hodor and into a vision with Wylis. Several of the Children of the Forest die trying to stop the white walkers. Summer, Bran’s direwolf, is also killed as the trio try to escape.
Hodor, no longer being controlled by Bran, blocks the door to give Meera and Bran a chance to escape. Meera yells “Hold the door,” which is repeated by Wylis in Bran’s vision. Young Wylis falls down while repeating Meera’s words to the point where the words are transformed to “Hodor.”
Bran and Meera are still being chased by the white walkers before a long-thought-dead Benjen Stark arrives to rescue the duo. Benjen was killed, but one of the Children of the Forest stopped his transformation into a wight.
A blind Arya Stark has begun her Faceless Men training. Despite many one-sided sparring matches with the Waif, Arya remains committed to joining the Faceless Men. After he first victory, Arya drinks a cup of water given to her by Jaqen H’ghar that restores her sight. With her vision back, Arya is tasked with killing an actress.
Arya is conflicted because a younger actress has hired the Faceless Men to kill Lady Crane to take her spot as lead actress in the troupe. Arya poisons her drink, but knocks it out of Lady Crane’s hand to reveal the younger actress’ plot. The Waif, lurking in the shadows, tells Jaqen of Arya’s betrayal.
Before Arya can leave Braavos, a disguised Waif finds her and stabs her in the stomach. Arya barely escapes and runs to Lady Crane, probably the only person she can trust in the city.
The Waif kills Lady Crane and chases after Arya through the streets of Braavos. After reopening her wounds, Arya is cornered in an abandoned house. This was part of Arya’s plan as she hid her sword Needle in this location. Arya extinguishes a candle and kills the Waif. Arya heads to the House of Black and White to tell Jaqen she is returning home.
After a conversation with Yara Greyjoy, Balon attempts to leave via a bridge, but is blocked by a figure who reveals himself to be Euron Greyjoy. Balon’s younger brother has been busy raiding, but has returned to become king and pushes Balon off the bridge.
This triggers a Kingsmoot where Theon Greyjoy endorses Yara for the Sea Chair. Euron quickly wins the favor of the crowd by revealing his plan to marry Daenerys and take over Westeros. Euron is crowned king, which forces Yara and Theon to flee with several ships.
Yara and Theon arrive in Volantis to discuss their plan to reclaim the crown from Euron. Finally arriving in Meereen, Yara and Theon pledge their ships to Daenerys in exchange for her support to crown Yara queen and grant independence for the Iron Isles. Tyrion is hesitant, but soon gives his approval.
Daenerys is a prisoner of a Dothraki khalasar led by Khal Moro. Despite her titles, Khal Moro is not impressed by Daenerys. When she reveals she is the widow of Khal Drogo, Moro says she has to stay with the other widows at Vaes Dothrak. Daenerys is forced to wait for a decision on her fate from the gathered khals.
Daenerys is soon found by Daario Naharis and Jorah Mormont, but she tells them to wait for her own plan. The khals call her into the meeting, but it quickly devolves into insults. Daenerys’ plan is revealed when she sets the temple on fire.
Afterward, Daenerys sends Jorah away to find a cure for his greyscale. While traveling with Daario, Daenerys’ dragon Drogon returns. Before returning to Meereen, Daenerys delivers a speech to the gathered khalasar, telling of her plan to conquer Westeros.
Tyrion is barely able to lead Meereen in Daenerys’ absence. The Sons of the Harpy burn all of the ships in Meereen while the liberated cities of Astapor and Yunkai have returned to the slave trade. The only upside during this period is Tyrion’s encounter with the dragons Viserion and Rhaegal. Even though he’s terrified, Tyrion unchains the two dragons.
A truce between the sides does not last as Grey Worm’s distrust of the slave masters proves correct when they begin to attack the city from the sea. Before the attackers can gain entry into the Great Pyramid, Daenerys returns to the Meereen. During a parley where the slave masters believe Daenerys has to surrender, she unleashes Drogon on the slave masters’ ships. The other dragons soon join Drogon. The Dothraki army arrive and stop the Sons of the Harpy in Meereen.
Jon Snow’s corpse is recovered by Ser Davos Seaworth and a few loyal brothers of the Night’s Watch. Ser Aliser Thorne explains he killed Jon Snow as a way to protect the Night’s Watch. Dolorous Edd is sent to find the Wildlings while Davos tries to stall. After Stannis’ death, Melisandre loses her faith and reveals herself to be a much older woman.
Davos pleads with Melisandre to attempt to revive Jon Snow. Melisandre performs the ritual, but it appears to be a failure. After the group leaves the room, Jon Snow gasps for air. A revived Jon Snow takes over as Lord Commander and sentences the traitors, including Olly, to death.
Jon Snow plans to leave the Night’s Watch before the arrival of Sansa Stark, Podrick and Brienne of Tarth. A letter from Ramsay arrives later demanding the return of Sansa. If Jon refuses, Ramsay would kill Rickon Stark. Jon commits to defeating Ramsay Bolton with the help of the Wildlings..
Prior to arriving in Castle Black, Sansa confronted Littlefinger in the Vale for his failure to protect her from Ramsay Bolton. Without the Vale, Jon Snow, Davos and Sansa plead for support from House Mormont, which nets them 62 soldiers. The attempt to recruit House Glover ends in failure. Jon Snow is committed to fighting the Boltons even with a much smaller army than House Bolton. Sansa expresses doubt and sends a letter seeking help from Littlefinger.
Before the battle, an attempt at parley fails and the two sides face off across an open field. Ramsay Bolton leads Rickon Stark to the front lines. He frees Rickon, but tells him to run. Ramsay begins firing arrows at Rickon, eventually killing him before Jon Snow can arrive.
The battle soon sees House Bolton quickly gaining the advantage. Both sides are losing a lot of men and a literal wall of bodies soon forms at the center of the battle. A phalanx of Ramsay’s soldiers soon pin Jon Snow and his remaining men with the wall of bodies. Knights arrive from House Arryn to crush the Bolton army.
Ramsay Bolton flees to Winterfell chased by Jon Snow, the giant Wun Wun and a small force of men. Wun Wun breaks through the gate, but is killed by an arrow from Ramsay. Jon Snow gains the advantage and proceeds to punch Ramsay repeatedly before realizing Sansa has arrived in Winterfell. Ramsay is being held in a cell when he is visited by Sansa. Instead of letting him live, Sansa unleashes Ramsay’s hounds on their master.
Cersei Lannister learns of the death of her daughter Myrcella Baratheon from an arriving Jaime Lannister. Cersei has lost all power in the city with the rise of the High Sparrow.
Cersei's threats are quickly countered by the High Sparrow or by the Queen of Thorns, Oleanna Tyrell. Queen Maragaery Tyrell and her brother Loras remain imprisoned by the High Sparrow during this time. Cersei proposes to overthrow the High Sparrow before Margaery has to perform her own walk of atonement.
The arrival of the Tyrell army is met with a smile from the High Sparrow because King Tommen and Queen Margaery have converted to the faith. Queen Margaery secretly reveals she is still loyal to House Tyrell to the Queen of Thorns.
Cersei believes she can still gain victory over the High Sparrow by choosing trial by combat with a revived Ser Gregor Clegane as champion. King Tommen soon bans the practice, which eliminates Cersei's seemingly last option to overthrow the Faith Militant.
Jaime Lannister is stripped of his Kingsguard duties and sent to reclaim Riverrun from the Blackfish. Jaime arrives in the Riverlands to find the Frey army completely disorganized. Brienne arrives at the camp later to seek aid from the Blackfish and the Tully army.
The Blackfish refuses to surrender, but Jaime sends Lord Edmure Tully to Riverrun. The loyal men open the gates and Edmure orders them to surrender. The Blackfish is killed in the ensuing fight.
Beyond these main storylines, “Game of Thrones” Season 6 briefly visited Sam in Oldtown. The Hound also made his return in this season along with the Brotherhood without Banners.