We are finally here! The season finale is the longest episode thus far and after last week’s intense episode, the rollercoaster is almost over. Get keen and savour the opening theme song because that’s the last time we’ll hear it for another year.
I’m warning you again – do not read unless you want to be spoiled.
“The Winds of Winter” begins on a slightly ominous note. The bells of the King’s Landing chime as Cersei and Loras await their trial and everyone from King Tommen to the High Sparrow dress appropriately for the event. The music accompanying this scene was perfect as members of the city enter the Sept of Baelor, the building Cersei looks at grimly from her room. The Sept is teeming with anticipation. Grand Maester Pycelle is making his way to the trial but is beckoned by a child who whispers something in his ear.
In chains and unrecognisable, Loras stands before the High Sparrow. He confesses his “crimes”, including sleeping with Renly and other men and offers to devote himself to the Seven, which means abandoning the Tyrell name, his title, his claims to ruling Highgarden, everything. This also means he has to have the Star of the Seven carved into his forehead. Mace Tyrell is distraught by this, but Margaery holds him back.
Meanwhile, Cersei is nowhere to be seen – she’s in her room, drinking wine and casually ignoring her trial. King Tommen is kept in his room by the Mountain. lLancel and some other Sparrows leave to seize Cersei when he notices a child running into the chambers below the sept. Meanwhile, Pycelle has been led underground by another child and meets Qyburn. The sense of dread is growing by the second. Children wielding knives surround Pycelle while Lancel continues to follow the child in the chambers. “Before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest,” Qyburn tells Pycelle just before the children lunge and thrust their knives into the old man.
Under the sept, Lancel is distracted by the corridor lined with the ominous green pots of wildfire as the child he was chasing swiftly stabs him and runs away. Upstairs in to sept, Margery has grown frustrated with the High Sparrow, sensing there is something wrong due to Cersei’s absence. The High Sparrow scoffs at her but she orders the people to leave and proceeds to escort her brother out only to have the Sparrows block their exit. Lancel sees wildfire oozing from open post and candles sitting in the middle. All it takes is for the flame to kiss the wildfire – Lancel is too late to stop it. No lives are spared as the hungry green flames rip apart the building, pieces exploding everywhere. Cersei watches with a smug smile and sips her wine.
As if that wasn’t enough,