We’ve discussed in detail about the women of Game of Thrones who ruled season 6 episode 9 Battle of the Bastards. But now that we’ve seen the explosive finale episode, Winds of Winter, we can say that season 6 was about the fierce conquerers that are the women of Westeros. Game of Thrones has had an extensive history of women being powerless and being put under situations like forceful marriage, rape, being sold to warlords, being used like slaves, having their families slaughtered before their eyes etc. Although there were plenty women like Cersei Lannister, Margaery Tyrell and Daenerys Targaryen who showed their power to people who crossed them, there was still a lot of work to be done when it came to the brilliantly clever women of Westeros. This season, however, we saw a different side of all those women who’ve been put to shame by the wretched Lords of Westeros.
Season 6 marked many important changes for the women, and here’s a look-back at all of the events that have led to Cersei’s remarkably grave coronation as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Let’s start with the youngest:
Arya’s track was eventful right from the start of the season. She was in the House of Black and White, getting trained to be a faceless assassin, and was subjected to torture by the Waif. Though Jaqen H’ghar made her a flawless killer towards the end, we’ve seen enough of her struggle. Exacting vengeance from all those who wronged her family is what we’ve been waiting to see from Arya. After being ripped apart from her family more than once, her killing Walder Frey after almost feeding his sons to him was something of a marvel, satisfying as it was. Arya was always a fierce girl right from when we saw her at Winterfell in Season 1 episode 1, and since then, she’s evolved to become a trained assassin who can keep a smirk on her face while slitting a throat, which is courageous and powerful for someone her age. She’s on her way home, and she’s going to take her revenge from everyone she can, as we can conclude. Arya is the representation of a young mind that can turn into a ruthless killer due to circumstances, and her track in this season was the darkest, to which even the show runners agree.
We’ve already talked about the other side of Sansa Stark: the side that is strong enough to talk about her own little brother being killed by her husband/rapist. We saw her as a timid, immature girl who wanted all comforts in life during the start of the show, and now we’ve seen her escape from the clutches of Ramsay Bolton and meet her half-brother(cousin, now) Jon Snow, and later on march to Winterfell with an army. She saved Jon’s existing army from getting destroyed by bringing in the Knights of the Vale at the right time, enough to see the colour drain out of Ramsay’s face. Sansa mirrors her mother Catelyn Stark in this season, and she shows people that when it comes to protecting herself and her home, she will go to any lengths to do so. Her relationship with Jon is a tough one, and even though she didn’t tell him about her alliance with Petyr Baelish, she’s dedicated to her family enough to have a Jon rule the north. Sansa has reached a point where nothing matters to her apart from the protection of her family, and for that she’s changed drastically from a shy young maiden to an angry, tortured woman who has lost a lot more than someone her age should, including getting tormented by Ramsay.
Daenerys has always been a conquerer, be it Yunkai, Meereen, Astapor, or now more recently Vaes Dothrak. She’s the one who has shown true power each time she conquered a city, and we’ve seen her grow into a fierce queen along with her dragons. She might have taken a long time to finally set sail to Westeros, but it was worth the wait seeing the alliances she’s formed and the extensive army that she has now. With the help of various advisors, Tyrion being the best one, she’s now gathered enough ammunition to get to the Iron Throne, and it has now come to a point where she has to fight not a usurper or an illegitimate king born of incest, but another equally powerful queen who is ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Dany’s progression from a young girl sold to Khal Drogo to becoming the Mother of Dragons and the Queen of Meereen was gradual yet remarkable, and the experience she’s gained in ruling does seem to be strong enough to help her rule Westeros. She’s a true Targaryen, but just as settled a ruler, who consists of some ruthless Targaryen traits yet manages to become a benevolent Queen. She showed her power to us when she gathered a Dothraki army all by herself, without the help of her dragons, and made everyone believe that she was just as powerful without her dragons.
Theon Greyjoy’s sister was introduced in the show as a fighter. Yara was and is just as concerned about the Iron Islands as she was when Theon went there claiming to be the heir. She’s since become one of the admired characters of the show. She went against all odds to save her brother, despite him never having been like a brother to her, which showed us that maintaining the integrity of her family and name was all she cared about. We saw her in season 6, proving to be the rightful queen of the Iron Islands, but she was shot down by her uncle Euron Greyjoy; following which, she stole a hundred ships and left to go meet Daenerys in Meereen. They struck an alliance, and we began to admire Yara even more, seeing as how she is hardly afraid of fighting egotistic men like her uncle, and the fact that she managed to bring Theon out of his shell after all this time. Yara portrayed true strength when she stole the ships to sail to Meereen, and that is something worth praising her for.
The now proclaimed Queen of the the Seven Kingdoms and protector of the realm, Cersei Lannister, has always been a manipulative and devious woman, who does not shy away from doing anything to get her way. She killed her husband, truly loves her brother/lover and her children (who are now dead), and gets what she wants. She came through to the prophecy that was made back in season 5, and now that her children are all dead, she’s burned her enemies using wildfire, and she’s taken the one thing plenty of people on Game of Thrones desire: The Iron Throne. We’ve seen Cersei’s rise to power, her public humiliation, her power being stolen away by Margaery Tyrell, and now we saw her take everything back with explosive measures. Cersei proved that if there was anyone who could gain power through disastrous means, it was her. She changed the course of the show since the start, and she brought about this major plot twist that ended with her being on the Iron Throne. Cersei Lannister is the representation of everything that is maliciously powerful in Westeros.
Women truly rose above all in this season, and this includes minor figures like Olenna Tyrell, Ellaria Sand and Margery Tyrell and Brienne of Tarth as well. Game of Thrones used to be a war between Kings who desired the Iron Throne, but now that the women have risen to take what is theirs, it is going to be a revolutionary war between Queens who are set to regain their powers.
7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer
HBO gave a huge surprise by releasing the House of the Dragon teaser trailer and Game of Thrones fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The trailer is short, but it still gives us enough information to keep us excited till the time the prequel airs. As usual, we watched the teaser trailer multiple times to spot anything that seemed interesting and we have found out a few details that you might’ve missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer. So let’s get started.
1. We have a Dragon in the trailer
The trailer starts and we have a blink and miss appearance by what seems like a dead Dragon. Can this be Balerion, the Black Dread? We know that Balerion died before the events of Dance of the Dragons occured and looking at the number of candles lit in front of the skull, it sure looks like the Dragon has to be someone as special as Balerion. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comments.
We finally got a glimpse of the legendary Valyrian steel sword, Blackfyre and it is held by Paddy Considine, who’s playing King Viserys I Targaryen. Blackfyre is a Valyrian steel sword that was once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror and it is the most famous Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen.
3. Dark Sister
The trailer also gives us a glimpse of another legendary Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, though it is really difficult to spot it in the trailer and it is barely visible for a second. Dark Sister is the other ancestral Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen and it was wielded by Aegon Targaryen’s sister/wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen. In the prequel, the sword will be wielded by Daemon Targaryen. So thanks to the sword, we know that Daemon Targaryen is fighting in the scene.
4. Catspaw dagger
The most interesting part of the teaser trailer features Alicent Hightower holding the Valyrian Catspaw dagger in her hand and this is the third Valyrian blade that we get to see in the teaser trailer. The Catspaw dagger has played a major role in the Game of Thrones TV series. The dagger was used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King and it also featured in a number of important scenes in the show.
5. Tourney at Horn Hill
We see a jousting event happening with two big banners of House Tarly in the background. That can mean only one thing, that the tourney is happening at Horn Hill. Also, in the same scene, we can see the sigils of both the participants.
One happens to be a knight of House Tarly and the other belongs to House Cole and we are assuming that it might be Ser Criston Cole, who will be played by Fabien Frankel in the prequel. If you take a look at the knight on the right side, he’s holding a shield bearing the sigil of House Cole.
We can see the sigil of House Tarly in the photo below.
6. Stark sigil
This is a minor and maybe insignificant piece of information but seeing House Stark sigil in the trailer felt really good and we can also see the sigil of House Bolton next to the Stark sigil.
7. New Iron Throne
It appears that House of the Dragon is going to do things differently and Iron Throne looks different from the one that we have been used to seeing all these years in the Game of Thrones TV series.
As we mentioned in our earlier article, the Iron Throne looks similar to what George R.R. Martin imagined it to look like. Here’s the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne according to George R.R. Martin. The artwork was done by Marc Simonetti for George R.R. Martin’s 2013 Ice & Fire calendar.
What are your thoughts about the details mentioned above? If we missed any details, let us know in the comments section. Do read our article to know everything we know about the cast of House of The Dragon.
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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon
Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.
Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.
Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:
“The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”
This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.
What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!
Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer
Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.
Season 3 Episode 14
Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”
Season 4 Episode 8
Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.”
Season 5 Episode 9
God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.
Season 5 Episode 16
Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?”
Season 5 Episode 16
Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.
Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!
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