WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Season 6 of “Game of Thrones.”
At end of June, the Sixth season of “Game of Thrones” came to an end. It left fans murmuring about the clamorous final episodes. You may have seen analyses of each episode detailing different items and callbacks to previous scenes that most viewers didn’t catch.
We’ve put together 32 of the most significant details into one thread. Come with us as we look back at some of the most compelling scenes, costume changes, and book references littered through the sixth season of “Game of Thrones.”
32. Mad King
We were given a peek of the Mad King Aery’s Targaryen during Bran’s wowing of green sight visions in the opening scene.
Not only did we enduringly see him in the flesh, but we also saw that Bran’s vision included Jaime Lannister killing Aerys by stabbing him in the back.
31. Winter Killed Summer
Among the tally of casualties in the fifth episode was Bran’s Direwolf, Summer. He gave up himself to protect Bran, Meera, and Hodor from an incoming group of Wights. The metaphor made a lot of sense, though it was hard to catch another Stark Direwolf death.
Winter has officially arrived to Westeros, and the White Walkers tagged along. The summer season, and the Direwolf, Summer, were both killed by the onslaught of winter.
30. Cersei’s Wildfire Explosion
In Bran’s vision, we also saw Cersei’s Wildfire outbreak four episodes before it happened. The identical shot was shown during the blow out in the season finale, but with closer look, you may remember it was also featured in Bran’s vision from episode six.
The sly foreshadowing gave some viewers a suspicion of Cersei’s dissertating plot to come. We all knew it couldn’t have been a flashback because the Mad King was in no way able to set off the caches of wildfire.
29. Band Cameo
The Icelandic folk-pop band “Of Monsters and Men” made a showed up in Braavos. They were featured as the band playing music during a play about King’s Landing.
You may have caught a picture on Twitter of a behind-the-scenes photo of the group posing with Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) just before the episode aired.
28. Arya’s Fake Identity
Although Martin’s next book, “The Winds of Winter,” has yet to be published, the author has released several sneak peek chapters. One of which was released in 2013, titled “Mercy.” The chapter follows Arya on a bloodshed mission with a group of “Mummers” while under the cloak of a girl named Mercy.
The show’s variation is slightly different and plays off the fake name of Arya’s even more. Arya shows pity to Lady Crane, which saves her life at the expense of her own well-being.
27. House Sigil Drawn
In episode seven we caught a sneak peak of Olenna’s house sigil drawn on a piece of paper given to her by Margaery. Margaery was working strongly to convince the High Sparrow and Septa Unella that she had committed her life to the gods, but viewers watching knew better. Her crown was not only a clue at her family’s significance (there are roses intertwined with the antlers) but the drawing slid to Olenna is substantial proof. Some fans may not have realized that the rose is House Tyrell’s sigil, but it was straightforward to some.
Margaery was letting Olenna know that she had not deserted her house name and pride. “Growing Strong,” is the Tyrell motto and their banner features a single yellow rose on a green background. Margaery actually wanted her grandmother to leave for her wellbeing, but because she didn’t want her around.
26. Martin’s Next Book
George R.R. Martin’s next book was actually discussed during Braavosi play about King’s Landing. Arya saw a play about Robert Baratheon’s death and Ned Stark’s hanging. Besides being an incredible look at how the Lannisters are regarded outside of Westeros (Cersei is a hero in Braavos?), there was a small Easter egg for book readers. “I feel the winds of winter as they lick across the land,” the woman playing Cersei says.
George’s certified title for book six in “A Song of Ice and Fire” series is “The Winds of Winter.” There’s hasn’t been a release date for the highly anticipated installment so far.
25. Tyrion Once Again Re-sues a Line
In the episode titled, “No One,” Tyrion starts to tell Missandei and Greyworm a joke. He says, “I once walked into a brothel with a honeycomb and a jacka-. The Madame says- “when he’s abruptly cut off by the arrival of the Sons of the Harpy. Again, this isn’t the first time Tyrion was cut off while telling that story.
After Catelyn Tully snatched Tyrion for the attempted murder of Bran, he was taken to the Eyrie. He was enforced to reveal his crimes there. But rather than talking about Bran, Tyrion chose to admit to stupid instances of pranks he pulled as a child. Before getting interrupted by Lysa Arryn, Tyrion says, “I once brought a jacka—and a honeycomb into a brothel.” Maybe we’ll hear the end of the joke before the series ends.
24. Children of the Forest
When the Night’s King was established, the camera zoomed out to expose a spiral patter of rocks around an ancient weirdwood tree. “This is one of the ancient symbols of the Children of the Forest used in their rituals,” according to David Benioff.
Jon Snow was with Mance Rayder and the wildings back in season three. They showed up at the Fist of the First Men, a milestone in the north where the Night’s Watch was raided by an army of White Walkers. Dismantled corpses of horses were all that was left behind. They were left disposed in the spiral pattern seen above. “Always the artist,” Mance said when he saw the arrangement.
The patter isn’t revealed in the books, so we weren’t sure what the point was until now. Thanks to Bran’s visions we know it’s somehow associated with the magic of the Children.
23. Jamie Also Repeats an Iconic Line
While talking to Edmure Tully in his tent, Jaime discussed about how he looks up to Catelyn Stark when she was alive. He compared her love for her children to Cersei’s passionate protectiveness of her kids. “They’d do anything to protect their babies,” Jaime said. “Start a war. Burn cities to the ground, free their worst enemies… the things we do for love.” Do you recognize that line?
Jaime said the identical thing right before he forced Bran Stark out of a window in the first episode of “Game of Thrones” after Bran caught him having incestuous intercourse with Cersei. When Cersei found out Bran had seen them she was frenzied. Jaime seemed to believe he had no other option but to silence the 10-year-old boy. So he shoves him out the window, turns to Cersei and says, “The things I do for love.”
22. The First White Walker
On the fifth episode we got to see the first White Walker spawned. We finally got to see where the White Walkers originated. The Children of the Forest made them. But the man tied to the tree wasn’t transfigured into an ordinary White Walker. The Actor typically wears prosthetic onscreen so you most likely didn’t recognize him in Bran’s vision. So who does he play?
He’s the Night’s King! “The Night’s King was sort of the personification of absolute evil,” Producer D.B. Weiss said. “What you’re watching is the creation of this absolute evil, so the absolute evil isn’t absolute after all.”
Now we know that the Night’s King was actually the first White Walker, molded millennia ago by the Children. And even though he looks like pure evil, there once was an innocent man underneath that icy façade.
21. Comedian Cameo
Canadian comedian, Steve Love, is an expert at doing impressions. Especially, impressions from “Game of Thrones.” His work is so well known that he was given a guest appearance on the show.
Love played Steve, a member of the Brotherhood without Banners whose head was slit off by the Hound in a vicious murder scene.
20. Journey Home
In season six, the day is dreary and misty when Theon shows up in Pyke. He’s clearly an injured man with little hop left, and the changing season imitates his mod. When he gets back to the Iron Islands in season two, he was a flourishing young prince.
It’s hilarious how years of torture and suffering change a man. Theon was looking more like his old self by the end of season six after him and Yara make up. A great reminder to how far Theon really fell was his sensible directorial choice.
19. Old Family Insult
In the Battle of the Bastards, Deanery’s had an old family insult tossed her way. Among the leaders in the siege against Meereen was Razdal mo Eraz. He was one of the Wise Masters of Yunkai. The last time he was eye to eye with Daenerys was in the third season, when he offered her gold and ships in exchange for leaving their city alone.
While consulting surrender terms with Daenerys and Tyrion, Razdal tells the Mother of Dragons that she will now be forced from the city with nothing. “You will flee slaver’s Bay on foot, like a Beggar Queen you are,” he said. Readers will notice the cavalier insult as a part for the course when it comes to Targaryens.
Viserys was known in Essos as the “Beggar King,” before he was murdered by Khal Drogo, and before he was married into the Dothraki horde. When Daenerys and Viserys first fled Westeros in exile, they had profitable possessions, such as a royal crown. Unfortunately, during their travels and attempts at remaining hidden, they were robbed and left without friends. That’s when Viserys earned the nickname “Beggar King,” and Razdal’s comment to Daenerys revelans that leaders in Essos have not forgotten this.
18. Jon Snow’s New Outfit
On the third episode we saw Snow making his way back into his Stark roots with a similar outfit to his season one apparel, except it was all black. In “The Book of the Stranger,” we actually saw Snow finally grasp the full Stark colors. The blue undershirt with brown padded gambeson is the same uniform Ned and Robb Stark wore in earlier season.
The costume change was a transparent indicator that snow was allying with the Stark name and turning away from his life at Castle Black. The symbolization carried all the way through the Battle of the Bastards and Snow’s coronation as king in the North. He may not have the name, but the North perceived him as Stark.
17. Ramsay’s Brutal Death Foreshadowed
Sansa took some tough earned revenge on Ramsay. She let his own starved dogs to eat him alive as she watched. Because he had killed his own stepmother and infant half-brother using a hound earlier in the season, this was a very epical death. He had also sent a letter to Snow, insulting him about feeding the Stark family to the hounds. Ramsay’s father, Roose, saw his bastard son’s fate coming.
Ramsay’s father tried to guide him down a less tortuous path of leadership many times. Unfortunately, Ramsay’s “talents” at manipulation worked. Roose was able to see the likely backlash that came with flaying and torturing your own subjects.
Just before Ramsay pushed a dagger into his side, Roose said to his son, “If you acquire a reputation as a mad dog, you’ll be treated as a mad dog – taken out back and slaughtered for pig fee.”
16. Tommen’s Death
Tommen’s final costume was a callback to the prophecy foreseeing his death. We saw young Cersei have her fortune told by a woman named Maggy the Frog in the season five premier.
The witch said that all three of her children would die. “Gold their crowns, and gold their shrouds,” the witch said. Tommen had a golden jacket on when he killed himself by jumping from his window in the Red Keep. This completed Cersei’s prophecy.
At least the whole children dying thing is complete. Jaime may have an undesirable.
15. The Credits Recognize Stark’s Return
In the opening credits, Bolton sigil was taken from Winterfell. In the image above you can see how Winterfell’s tower looks ever since season four.
The flayed man sigil of House Bolton sat atop Winterfell before, and the broken Stark sigil could be seen on the ground next to the tower. All that changed after the Battle of the Bastards, when Jon and Sansa finally annihilated the Boltons destiny with Cersei in the next season if the fan theories about her prophecy are correct.
14. I’m the King
Tommen’s announcement to the High Sparrow directly illustrated Joffrey’s inexperienced attitude. He opposed the High Sparrow, and at one point actually told him “I’m the King,” because he felt no one was paying attention to him. Joffrey threw a similar mini fit at a small council meeting in season three. When Joffrey declared, “I am the king,” Tywin said to him “Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king.”
Given the situation, viewers certainly saw that Tommen was having a hard time truly ruling over the kingdoms. His attitude was similar, and look at where that got him. The statement foresaw Tommen’s death in a way. Although we were all surprised when he killed himself in the season finale.
13. Snow’s New Nickname
Back in season one when Robb Stark was crowned King in the North, his men called him the Young Wolf. When Lord Wyman Manderly asserted Jon Snow the King in the North in season six, he was referred to as the “White Wolf.” Snow’s nickname is more than just an indication to Jon’s albino direwolf, Ghost. It ties to his bastard status.
In Westeros, bastards who take up their house banners must reverse the colors of the sigil. The custom is supposed to signal the man’s bastard status. House Stark’s sigil is a gray direwolf on a white background. This means that Jon Snow’s banners will show a white wolf on a gray background.
Snow will now be known as the White Wolf. The fact that Jon Snow owns a snowy direwolf is really just a foreseen cherry on top.
12. Favorite Drinking Game
“There’s a wonderful game. I invented it,” says Tyrion to Missandei and Greyworm. “Here’s how it works. I make a statement about your past. If I’m wrong, I drink. If I’m right… well maybe, we can’t play without drinking.” You probably saw Tyrion play this game before.
In Season one, Tyrion played the game with both of them. He was trying to guess their backgrounds. He claimed to be the best at this type of game because he was a tremendous judge of character. Unfortunately, Missandei and Greyword don’t drink. So the game didn’t work well with them.
11. Sansa and Littlefinger
When Sansa is approached by Littlefinger in the godswood of Winterfell, they were mirroring a conversation between Catelyn and Ned Stark in the first season. You may recall Littlefinger set the events of the first season into place when he convinced Lysa Arryn to poison her husband, Jon, and send a raven to Catelyn telling her it was the Lannisters’ plot.
It seems as though Sansa is still doesn’t know that Littlefinger was the one truly responsible for all the horrors done to her family. He was the one who broke out the rivalry between the Starks and Lannisters, AND he betrayed Ned in King’s Landing. Sansa’s refusal of Littlefinger in the same sacred place her parents once stood was a poetic role reversal.
10. The Prince that was Promised
The Lord let you come back for a reason,” Melisandre says to Jon after seeing he was resurrected. “Stannis was not ‘The Prince Who Was Promised,’ but someone has to be.”
TPTWP is one of several prophecies talked about in the “Game of Thrones’” books. Melisandre has only used the name Azor Ahai to refer to this foretold hero so far in the show.
The legends say that Azor Ahai, or TPTWP, was a Long Night hero who will be born again to deliver the world from darkness. Melisandre previously believed Stannis Baratheon to be that hero, but allegedly she’s beginning to put her hop into Jon Snow. It was very moving for fans to hear the name of this prophecy said out loud.
9. Ary’s Murderous Scene
An adapted storyline from the book series was feeding Walker Frey’s sons to him in a pie. The showrunners had this evidently planned in mind for a while, although Arya and lord Walder were not major characters in the books. There was a big clue given in season three about Frey’s cannibalistic fate.
“The cook killed the king’s son and cooked him into a big pie with onions, carrots, mushrooms and bacon,” Bran told Meera and Jojen. “That night, he served the pie to the king. He liked the taste of his own son so much he asked for a second slice. The gods turned the cook into a giant white rat who could only eat his own young.”
Bran corrects Meera when she mocks him about a common murderer being turned into a rat.
“It wasn’t for murder the gods cursed the Rat Cook, or for serving the king’s son in a pie,” he says. “He killed a guest beneath his roof. That’s something the gods can’t forgive.”
Bran tells the story after Walder Frey and Roose Bolton kill the Starks at the Red Wedding. Walder Frey gave Robb, Catelyn, and their men bread and salt, which is the symbol of guest right in Westeros. Walder defied the tradition of guest right when he killed the Starks under his roof after feeding them. Walkder was punished for his crime against the Starks and the gods three seasons later.
8. Two Murders Mirrored
You may not have noted that Roose Bolton’s murder directly imitated the way he killed Robb Stark back in the third season. On the episode “Home,” it was a shock to see Ramsay Bolton viciously murder his father, Roose. Ramsay stabbed him in the side with a dagger when he went to embrace his son. He did the exact same thing to Robb Stark in season three.
This made for a beloved moment of revenge. Putting together his close embrace with a stab and twist was a vicious way to go. So Roose pulled the exact same move on Robb Stark. It may have been tough for viewers to see Ramsay take more power, but there was a shimmer of vengeance in the scene. Roose even fell to his knees then backward onto the floor. Exactly like Robb did in season three.
7. Easter Egg in Citadel Library
There was an odd chandelier-looking gadget that hung in the Citadel Library when Sam entered. It was ostensibly built to reflect sunlight around the large room. Do you recognize it?
It looks identical to the spinning astrolabe from the opening credits. It’s likely that this is a symbol of the extensive knowledge contained in the Citadel. Because there are thousands of books documenting the history of the world, masters of the Citadel have the globe at their fingertips.
6. War of the Five Kings
Did Balon technically win the War of the Five Kings? Yes! The most recent battle over the Iron Throne was the War of the Five Kings. Joffrey “Baratheon,” Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, and Balon Greyjoy all named themselves king after the death of Robert Baratheon. Balon was the last to survive the war. Just before he died, he quipped about this to his daughter, Yara.
The war has once and for all come to an end. Now we can look forward to a War of the Five Queens in the next season. Perhaps with Daenerys, Cersei, Yara, and Sansa. We think Margeaery will be the first casualty of the queens.
5. How Varys Managed to get Back So Fast
In the finale, Varys was in Dorne with Ellaria Sand and Olenna Tyrell as they discussed an alliance. At the end of the episode he was right behind Daenerys as she set sail for Westeros. Meereen to Dorne is thousands of miles apart. So how did he get there so fast?
Dorne’s sigil is a golden spear piercing a red sun on an orange background. In the photo above you can spy his sigil among the fleet leaving Meeree. In order to convince Ellaria Sand and Olenn Tyrell to join Daenerys, Varys went to Dorne. It’s clear that some time passed between Varys’ scene with the women of Dorne and Daenerys’ passage when we see his ship among her Targaryen fleet and the Greyjoy ships.
You may have also noticed that the Tyrell fleet is also present, meaning Lady Olenna has officially teamed up with the Mother of Dragons. Notice the golden rose on a green field, which is House Tyrell’s sigil. It’s clear that a solid month went by before that ending scene since both the Martell AND Tyrell fleet is with Daenerys.
4. Redrik Beheaded by Theon
For the majority of season one, Redrik was with Catelyn Stark. When he returned to Winterfell in the second season he was executed by Theon Greyjoy.
“Gods help you, Theon Greyjoy, now you are truly lost,” Said Redrik in his final words. This was a piercing and honest look at Theon’s choice to go down a dreary path. Our peek into Redrik as a young man was bittersweet because he was one of the sweetest men once in the Stark’s service.
3. The Premier
In the first episode of season six, you may not have noticed that Brienne’s vow to Sansa sounded a lot like the speech she gave to Catelyn Stark once. Well, that’s because it was! Brienne’s promise to Sansa was the exact promise she made to Sansa’s mother in season 2. Both had emotionally tragic responses to this promise.
Brienne lowered her sword without reluctance and swore a vow to Sansa. “Lady Sansa, I offer my services once again,” she said. “I will shield your back, and keep your counsel, and give my life for yours if need be. I swear it by the old gods and the new.”
All Brienne has wanted is to execute her promise to Catelyn of finding and protecting her daughters. Both Arya and Sansa have dodged her grasp for a long time, but she’s now in her rightful place.
2. Bran’s Flashback
Bran’s flashback in episode two showed an explicit parallel between Jon Snow and Ned Stark. During the flashback to Winterfell, we saw a young Ned Stark quarreled with his brother Benjen.
He was encouraging his little brother to fix his form. “Get your shield up, or I’ll ring your head like a bell,” says Ned. You’ve probably heard that line before thought, right? Snow actually said those same words to Olly in season five. He even messed up his hair in the exact same way.
That line is way too specific for Jon to just randomly say it. He most likely heard it from his father as a young boy and was passing on the family lesson to Olly. This was great because it showed how much tenderness Jon had for Olly and how similar Jon and Ned were when it came to morals and leadership skills.
HBO’s “Inside the Episode” which aired right after the credits for “The Red Woman,” show runner David Benioff talked about Melisandre. Apparently she’s not just a secretly old lady, but is actually centuries old.
“There have been a few hints before that Melisandre is much older than she appears,” David said. “This is going back to a very early conversation with George R.R. Martin about her: she’s supposed to be several centuries old.”