Everything You Need To Remember About Game Of Thrones Season 6

A handy, dragon-laced refresher to get you ready for July 17
Everything You Need To Remember About Game Of Thrones Season 6
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By Eliza Thompson -

Game of Thrones is one of the most complicated shows on TV and only seems more complicated now that HBO has made everyone wait an extra three months for the new season to start. It's been more than a year since Daenerys set sail on the Narrow Sea with her dragons! In case you don't have time to watch season six one more time before July 16, here's a quick recap of where everyone ended up in "The Winds of Winter."

Please note: If someone died before season six, they are not mentioned here. This post will also not mention theories, because theories are a whole separate beast.

Daenerys

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Having finally obtained a fleet of ships via her alliance with Yara Greyjoy, Daenerys was last seen sailing for Westeros to take back her throne with fire and blood. The Mother of Dragons also picked up a Dothraki horde after Khal Moro kidnapped her; when his guys refused to bow to her, she burned them alive. That’ll teach ’em not to listen to a woman with “unburnt” in her name!

Cersei

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After enduring more than enough of the High Sparrow’s abuse, Cersei got her revenge by burning him alive inside the Great Sept of Baelor, which she had rigged with wildfire (this show really likes to burn people alive). Cersei is now de facto Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, though that title will not remain unchallenged if Daenerys and Jon Snow have anything to say about it.

Jon Snow

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Things were not looking great for Jon Snow at the end of season five — he was dead — but luckily for him, Melisandre did some resurrection fire magic and now he’s alive again. With help from the Knights of the Vale, Jon and his army defeated Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards, and everybody was so excited about it that they elected Jon as King in the North. By “elected,” I mean that they yelled “King in the North” at him till he was like, “OK, fine.” Jon’s true parentage was also revealed via Bran (he’s the child of Ned Stark’s sister Lyanna and Daenerys’s brother Rhaegar), but Jon himself remains unaware of this development.

Sansa

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After escaping Winterfell, Sansa went north to the Wall, where she reunited with her half-brother-who’s-actually-her-cousin Jon Snow. While Jon was getting ready for battle with Ramsay’s forces, Sansa secretly sent a raven to Littlefinger and asked him for aid; he brought her the Knights of the Vale. Later, she watches while Ramsay’s dogs devour him. Sansa seemed slightly uncomfortable with ceding all the power to Jon in the finale, a feeling that Littlefinger will no doubt attempt to nurture in coming episodes.

Arya

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Arya spent much of season six training to become a Faceless Man in Braavos but later decided that the life of a hired assassin wasn’t for her — Arya likes her killing to be about vengeance, OK? After killing the Waif, Arya ended up back in Westeros, where she killed Walder Frey and his sons as revenge for their involvement in her mother and brother’s death.

Bran

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Always the impatient one, Bran messed up during training with the Three-Eyed Raven and accidentally let the Night King know where he was. Way to go, Bran! I’m so glad everyone made such a big deal about that time you almost got assassinated. Anyway, the Night King and his minions came to the cave and killed Hodor and Summer; Bran and Meera escaped with the aid of Bran’s uncle Benjen, who had been turned White Walker then unturned with help from the Children of the Forest. Bran is now headed south but his new connection with the Night King will likely end up being a problem.

Tyrion

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Having already served as Hand of the King to his ungrateful nephew Joffrey (R.I.P., you little ****), Tyrion is back in the throes of court intrigue as Daenerys’s newly appointed Hand of the Queen. At this point, the most important thing to remember about Tyrion is that he’s got a real knack for handling those dragons.

Jaime

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After getting control of Riverrun back from Tully forces, Jaime headed to King’s Landing just in time to see Cersei crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Jaime wasn't exactly thrilled about this though because all of his children are now dead.

Theon and Yara

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Theon returned to the Iron Islands after escaping Winterfell with Sansa, but got sucked back into family drama when his uncle Euron showed up and murdered Theon’s father, Balon. Theon decided to support his sister Yara in her bid for control of the Iron Islands, but since the patriarchy is alive and well in Pyke, nobody wanted to let a woman take charge; Euron became the new king even though he’s a murderer. Yara and Theon then sailed for Meereen and allied themselves with Daenerys.

Littlefinger

Currently trying to stir up drama between Sansa and Jon Snow.

The Hound

Alive, and now traveling with the Brotherhood Without Banners.

Brienne and Podrick

Last seen escaping Riverrun as it passed from the Tullys to the Lannisters.

Sam

Newly arrived in Oldtown, where he’ll be spending a lot of time in the Citadel, training to become a maester.

Melisandre

Banished from Winterfell by Jon Snow.

Jorah Mormont

Infected with greyscale. Daenerys released him from his duties/pining and sent him off in search of a cure.

Daario Naharis

Left in charge of Meereen.

Gendry

Last seen in season three, rowing away from Dragonstone. Important facts to remember about Arya’s favorite blacksmith: (1) He’s a blacksmith and (2) he’s a Baratheon.

Lord Varys

After helping Tyrion get set up with Daenerys, Varys went to Dorne, where he tried tried to convince Olenna Tyrell and Ellaria Sand to ally with Daenerys against the Lannisters.

Tormund Giantsbane

Working for Jon Snow, pining for Brienne.

Ellaria Sand

In control of Dorne after killing Doran and Trystane Martell.

Margaery Tyrell

Dead. Killed in the explosion of the Great Sept.

Loras Tyrell

Dead. Killed in the explosion of the Great Sept. 

High Sparrow

Dead. Killed in the explosion of the Great Sept.

Tommen Baratheon

Dead. Jumped out a window after Cersei blew up the Sept.

Myrcella Baratheon

Dead. Poisoned by Ellaria Sand.

Hodor

Dead. Killed by White Walkers while holding the door.

Roose Bolton

Dead. Stabbed by Ramsay.

Ramsay Bolton

Dead. Eaten alive by his own dogs.

Rickon Stark

Dead. Killed by Ramsay’s forces at the Battle of the Bastards. His direwolf Shaggydog was also killed by Ramsay.

Originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk