(Spoiler alert: Do not keep reading if you have not watched the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale)
The super-sized “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale confirmed THAT fan theory!
Cersei (Lena Headey) prepares for her trial at the Sept of Balor. Without the chance for a trial by combat, she looks more uncertain than we’ve ever seen her before. Nevertheless, she looks better than Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones), who remains utterly broken due to his time in prison under the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce).
Loras’ trial is first. He decides to admit to every charge that the High Sparrow has levied against him, much to the shock of the assembled crowd. He says he will give up his family name and devote his remaining life to serving the gods. As a sign of his new faith, the High Sparrow orders that the mark of the Seven be carved into Loras’ head.
Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) wants to attend his mother’s trial, but he is blocked by Mountainstein (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). At the same time, we learn that Cersei is not planning to attend her trial. Lancel (Eugene Simon) goes to investigate. In the meantime, Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) is murdered by Qyburn (Anton Lesser) and his little birds.
Lancel sees a child acting strangely near the sept and chases him into the tunnels beneath the city. The child sneaks up and stabs him. Only too late does Lancel realize that the tunnels beneath the Sept are filled with wildfire, the highly-flammable substance stockpiled by the Mad King.
Margaery (Natalie Dormer) tries to warn everyone that something is wrong and they must leave, but the Faith Militant block their exit. Before long, the Sept is completely consumed by flames and collapses as Cersei watches from afar with a wonderfully sinister smile on her face.
Tommen, overcome with shame and grief at the death of his queen and the destruction of the Sept, throws himself from his window atop the Red Keep.
At Winterfell, Davos (Liam Cunningham) is furious as he has found out what Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) did to Shireen. Melisandre confesses that they burned her alive. Cunningham is excellent as he tears up over the death of his reading teacher.
Davos asks for Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) permission to execute her. But Melisandre reminds him that he will need help against the army of the dead. Jon instead banishes her and tells her to ride South immediately.
Later, Jon and Sansa (Sophie Turner) speak and he tells her that she should rule as the Lady of Winterfell, as he is still a bastard. She then tells him that The Citadel has sent a white raven, meaning winter is finally here.
Lady Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) meets with the Sand Snakes in Dorne. After everything the Lannisters have done to both the Tyrells and the Martells, they conspire for vengeance. Varys (Conleth Hill) makes a surprise appearance and simply says, “Fire and blood,” the words of House Targaryen.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) prepares her invasion in Meereen. She tells Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) that he is to keep the peace in the city and that she will take a husband once she has claimed Westeros. He confesses his love to her, but she knows this is bigger than both of them.
She then meets with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and they speak of the future. Dinklage gets his best screen time of the season as he explains how Daenerys got him to abandon his cynicism. She then gives him a pin indicating he is to serve as the Hand of the Queen.
Back at The Twins, Walder is his usual disgusting self with a servant girl. But something is amiss, and she reveals that his sons are dead and have been made into a cake that she served to him. It is Arya (Maisie Williams), who used her Faceless Men skills to finally kill one of the people on her death list as she cuts Frey’s throat.
In the woods outside Winterfell, Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) meets with Sansa. He tells her he wants the Iron Throne, with Sansa as his queen, but she rebuffs him.
Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) arrives at The Wall, where he must part ways with his undead uncle Benjen (Joseph Mawle). Bran goes into one of his visions, where he returns to the Tower of Joy with a young Ned Stark. He finds his sister Lyanna in childbirth, near death.
Lyanna has given birth to a baby boy and makes Ned swear that he will protect him. This confirms the long-standing fan theory that Jon Snow is in fact that child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
In keeping with his royal blood, Jon rallies the Northern lords by telling them that the dead are coming. Lady Mormont (Elizabeth Barrett) declares Jon the King in the North and The White Wolf and the others slowly agree.
Jaime arriving back in King’s Landing to see the smoke from the Sept still rising. He arrives at the Red Keep just in time to see Cersei crowned queen.
The episode ends with Daenerys sailing her forces West as her dragons keep watch from above.
Now all we have to do is wait for “Game of Thrones” Season 7…in a year.