Last season, Game of Thrones left fans with a lot to be desired. After a relatively lackluster season, the finale ended with a lot of unknowns for the major characters of the show. Let’s catch up with the top 5 moments before the series begins again this Sunday, the 24th, on HBO at 9 PM.
1. Poor Sansa, too pure for this world
If there’s one thing that most fans can agree on, it’s that Sansa Stark was treated pretty horrifically during Season 5. Yeah, she’s witnessed her father’s head being cut off, had to deal with being Joffrey’s potential bride, and all that stuff with Littlefinger and her aunt, but this season took her to places she couldn’t have imagined.
After being forced to marry Ramsey Bolton, she suffered a horrific series of abuse and rape. The season ended with Reek finally coming to his senses (he had also let it slip that her younger brothers were still alive) and killing Ramsey’s crazy lover before taking Sansa’s hand and jumping to freedom. Please writers, treat Sansa better this season.
2. Things got weird in Dorne
Look me in the eyes and tell me that the whole Dorne plot wasn’t bad. I have to acknowledge it for the craziness that happened at the end though – not only did Myrcella admit to Jamie that she knew that he was her father, she started to bleed and collapsed in his arms as Ellaria stood on the shore wishing them farewell as she began to bleed before drinking an antidote.
Yeah, Ellaria still has some incredible hatred for the Lannisters and after trying to assassinate Myrcella all season, it looks like she might have succeeded. But yeah, don’t mention the rest of that mess.
3. Arya lost focus – in more ways than one
Arya found the House of Black and White and began her training with the man who saved her in Season 2, Jaqen, the faceless man. He takes her in and begins her training to get back at those who wronged her, and at first she seems to be into it. She’s always been a fighter and this seems to be exactly where she should be, but she can’t forget who she is – a Stark who lost it all.
Upon seeing the man who killed her friend in an earlier season, she enacts her own revenge and kills him without permission, and pays the ultimate price as her vision started to blur rapidly. What could this mean for the assassin in training?
4. Dany had a really tough time in Meereen
Last season Dany has a really tough time proving that she could be a leader. The people of Mereen didn’t take to her in the way she expected, there was that group of assassins trying to kill her, Jorah popped back into her life with Tyrion at his side – it was a bit of a mess for her.
The season ended on a crazy note for her though; as the Sons of Harpy descended on the fighting pits she had opened up, Drogon appeared to save his mom and take her away, leaving Tyrion as the new leader of Meereen.
Where Drogon took her though? Well… let’s just say he didn’t drop Dany off in the best of situations. We’ll just have to wait to see what happens to Khaleesi.
5. Jon. Snow.
Yeah, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. People decide he’s a traitor, he gets stabbed, and we’re supposed to think he’s dead. Least. Exciting. Ending. Possible. Like always, there’s a ton of things that got left out of here but last season was kind of wild with their writing so we’ll have to wait and see what Melisandre is up to, if Brienne killed Stannis, and how Cersei, Margery, and co. are dealing in King’s Landing after all that craziness with the High Sparrow.