Another year, another season of Game of Thrones is done and dusted, and sweet Jesus it was a good one. After the crushing disappointment that was Season Five, the show bounced back immediately and to an unbelievable standard.
Let’s talk about why Season Six was so damn good.
Well, first of all, they brought back everyone. In this season we caught up with Bran, Meera, Hodor, Rickon, Osha, Benjen Stark, The Hound, Walder Frey, Edmure Tully, Brynden Tully, and probably more people that I’m forgetting. All of these characters were worked back into the show in a way that wasn’t forced or contrived, it came very naturally. Of course, not all of them survived; Rickon and Osha met their demise at the hands of Ramsey Bolton, The Blackfish was slain by Lannister foot soldiers, Walder Frey got his throat slit by Arya in one of the show’s most satisfying moments, and Hodor held the fucking door. At this stage in it’s run, Game of Thrones has become renowned for it’s many deaths and constant nudity, yet this season was different.
For one, it was probably the least amount of boobs the show’s ever had, and a far sight from Season Five’s ridiculous methods of undressing women, and all of the deaths that took place were real deaths with real repercussions or real emotion behind them.
And speaking of satisfaction, maybe a large part of why this season was so damn good was due to how much fans really got what they wanted. On top of Walder Frey’s death, Ramsey and The High Sparrow met gruesome ends by the people they wronged, perhaps the biggest fan theory of all time (R+L=J) was basically confirmed and we finally got to see Daenerys sailing for Westeros. There was a lot of fan service this year, and it worked so effectively. On top of that, this was a great season for performances, with pretty much everyone being on the top of their game. The stand outs of the cast this year were Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Jonathan Pryce, and Kit Harington all giving Emmy worthy performances. Even in their smaller scenes, they were outstanding. The cast just had such electric chemistry that it totally dominated the screen and made it an enthralling experience.
But of course, the area where this season really succeeded was it’s spectacle; that’s become a large factor of Game of Thrones and if there anything nice to say about Season Five, it’s that the last three episodes delivered heavily on the action. This season, we were treated to perhaps one of, if not THE, greatest episode of the show: Battle of the Bastards.
Oh man, what a fucking experience. Just like Blackwater and The Watchers on the Wall, it was an exhilarating experience that didn’t let up for a second. Not only did we get to see Daenerys deal with the slavers in a typically badass way, but Jon Snow finally went to war with the Boltons and it was extremely intense. The episode had some of the best cinematography of it’s fun (The shot of Jon arming his sword as the Bolton army charged at him was breathtaking) and before long it was a heavy, overwhelming mess where nothing was certain, but it all came to an exciting and satisfying end.
And of course, who will ever forget the explosive (literally) opening of the finale, which is already being called one of the greatest season finales of all time? It was an astonishing way to end the season, with so many important deaths, stunning visuals, amazing plot developments and so many promises for the final season, not to mention that the music was so on point.
Season Six was Game of Thrones at the top of it’s game: Excellent performances, incredible visuals, great writing, shocking moments, satisfying deaths, killer music, and unforgettable episodes.
This is going to be a long, long year.
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