I can’t even process everything that happened on the Game of Thrones season 6 finale on Sunday. It was epic. It was action-packed. It was full of delightful developments for the hardcore fangirl in me (R+L=J anyone)? And it propelled forward some awesome, powerful women, who I love to see holding real power.
Please note: There are spoilers in this post for the Game of Thrones season 6 finale, and possibly previous episodes. If you’re not up to date, read at your own risk!
Westeros is a world that passes titles and lands from father to son, but it’s the women that are really standing out in the story right now. There have long been badass women in this series, but so many of them are just starting to realize their true potential. I am generally pretty excited about this development, but I’m also a tad alarmed about one character specifically: Cersei Lannister.
Cersei without her children is a terrifying concept. She has long been pulling the strings behind the scenes in King’s Landing. But now, for the first time, Cersei holds true, obvious power. There has always been someone who could stand against her, and now she not only is in command, but she has no one left to temper her emotions. How long will she be able to hold the Iron Throne, and how ruthless will she get in the name of keeping it?
Daenerys has been the rightful Queen of Westeros in my heart since the beginning. She is brave, passionate, strong-willed, righteous, and though she has a bit of a temper, she’s already made great change in Slaver’s (wait, Dragon’s) Bay. Dany has so much going for her, and now the team that she has assembled around her makes it inevitable that she’ll make an impact when she hits the shore in Westeros. I have to think that the combination of she and Tyrion alone could find a way to take the throne, not even taking into account her many other followers and allies.
Speaking of Targaryen allies, how awesome was the moment in the penultimate episode when Dany and Yara made a deal? It was like they were each speaking the other’s language. It was two badass women understanding what it’s like to live in a man’s world.
And Dany’s other allies in Dorne, the Sand Snakes, bring more experienced female fighters to the mix.
Then there’s Lady Olenna Tyrell. She is going to be on the warpath to avenge the loss of the future of her house and she has proven time and time again that she is cunning, level-headed, and unafraid to act. Her counsel (and soldiers) will be invaluable to the Targaryen cause.
In the North, Sansa Stark is finally growing into her own. Having spent so much time with Tyrion, Littlefinger, and even Ramsay Bolton, it’s not a surprise that she is starting to think strategically. As a young girl, she wasn’t portrayed as particularly intelligent… but all that is changing now. Sansa sees and understands what is happening, and she was able to both push Jon to make a bold move in confronting Ramsay and to manipulate the Vale into helping her. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the next chapters in Sansa’s story (though Jon will always be my favourite Stark ❤️).
Speaking of Starks, Arya is back in Westeros with a vengeance. All of that weird-ass Many-Faced God stuff was worth it for her to be able to come back and kill Walder Frey in such a satisfying nature. Cersei better watch her back, because I’d imagine Arya has her sights set on King’s Landing as well.
And then there’s little Lyanna Mormont. She’s leading a great and proud northern house, and making riveting speeches resulting in all the men in the room standing up and proclaiming support for Jon Snow… The King in the North (sooooo many feels!!!). She is just a girl, and yet is a true leader. I hope we get to see what she’s like as a woman.
So much more happened in this epic finale, including saying goodbye to both Tommen and Margaery, and the emersion of Jon Snow’s true parentage (which I’m so into that I considered ranting about that as a post topic instead, but decided I couldn’t pass up the chance to discuss girl power). I can’t possibly give you my thoughts on everything, but one of the things I liked most about the Game of Thrones season 6 finale was the prominence of awesome, strong women.
What was your favourite part? Who is your fave badass female in Westeros? Let me know in the comments!
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