Two months, dozens of polls, thousands upon thousands of votes, and we’ve reached the end of the Watchers on the Wall Awards voting for 2016. One more category, and one more vote to be cast, for the biggest category of all: Best Episode of Game of Thrones Season 6.
It’s been a few months since the season ended, so we’re providing detailed summaries of each episode to refresh your memory before voting. Go down mini-memory lane, consider the ups, downs, highlights and lows of every episode, and make your decision!
The Red Woman. Written David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Davos and Melisandre discovers Jon’s fate, while Alliser Thorne takes control of the Night’s Watch. Ramsay mourns Myranda and is scolded by Roose for his mistakes. Sansa and Theon flee from the Boltons’ men, and are rescued by Brienne and Pod. Cersei learns of her daughter’s death, and shares her grief with Jaime. Imprisoned Margaery resists the efforts of the Sparrows. Ellaria and the Sand Snakes execute a coup against the ruling house of Dorne, assassinating Doran and Trystane Martell. Varys and Tyrion assess the city’s situation during a walk through Meereen- and discover their fleet on fire. Jorah and Daario find the ring that Daenerys left behind, and pick up her trail. Daenerys is brought before Khal Moro, and it’s decided she will be brought to Vaes Dothrak. A now-blind Arya continues her training in the streets of Braavos. Alone in her room, Melisandre’s magic falls away and she is revealed to be a crone.
Home. Written by Dave Hill, directed by Jeremy Podeswa
In a vision of the past, Bran sees Hodor, Ned and his father’s siblings as children at Winterfell. Leaf reminds Meera she is needed. The wildlings attack Castle Black and capture the mutineers. Cersei is ordered to remain inside the Red Keep, and Jaime and High Sparrow verbally spar in the sept. Tommen and Cersei reconcile. Faced with the dragons’ starvation in captivity, Tyrion unchains them. Arya’s Faceless training continues with staff fighting with the Waif. Ramsay kills his father Roose, his step-mother Walda and his newborn brother. Sansa and Theon part ways. Euron Greyjoy throws his brother Balon off a rope bridge; at the funeral, their brother Aeron tells Yara there will be a kingsmoot. Melisandre doubts her past visions. Jon is resurrected.
Oathbreaker. Written David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Daniel Sackheim
Jon reacts to his resurrection, with Davos’ support. Sam and Gilly have a rough journey south. In a vision, Bran sees the legendary fight at the Tower of Joy. Daenerys arrives at Vaes Dothrak to a not-so-warm welcome from the Dosh Khaleen. Varys seeks information from a Sons of the Harpy ally. Qyburn befriends the little birds. Cersei is rejected by the Small Council. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow. Arya trains in the House of Black and White, while speaking of her list. Smalljon Umber hands Osha and Rickon Stark over to Ramsay- along with Shaggydog’s head. Jon executes the four leaders of the men who assassinated him, and leaves the Night’s Watch.
Book of the Stranger. Written David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Daniel Sackheim
Sansa and Jon are reunited at Castle Black, and make plans for the future. Davos questions Stannis and Shireen’s fates; he, Melisandre and Brienne have a tense encounter. Littlefinger visits with Robin Arryn and secures the Vale’s assistance. Representatives from the slave cities arrive in Meereen to negotiate with Daenerys’s people. Daario learns of Jorah’s greyscale outside Vaes Dothrak; the men slip into the city and fight two warriors. Daenerys gets to know the Dosh Khaleen, before running into Jorah and Daario. High Sparrow shares his past with Margaery and allows her to see Loras. The Lannisters and Tyrells create a plan to thwart the High Sparrow. Theon returns to home to a painful reunion with his sister. Osha makes an ill-fated attempt on Ramsay’s life. At a group dinner at Castle Black, Tormund makes eyes at Brienne and a letter arrives from Ramsay Bolton. Daenerys sets fire to the temple of the Dosh Khaleen, destroying the khals and claiming a great khalasar for her own.
The Door. Written David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender
Sansa confronts Littlefinger about her marriage. Jaqen gives Arya her first assignment- an actress starring as Cersei in a play that twists the events we saw in season 1. Looking into the distant past, Bran witnesses the Children of the Forest creating the Night King. At the Kingsmoot, Euron Greyjoy returns to claim the Salt Throne; Euron is baptized as Yara and Theon escape from the Iron Islands. Jorah reveals his condition to Dany; she commands him to seek a cure and return to her. Tyrion and Varys make an alliance with the priestess Kinvara and the followers of R’hllor. In a vision, Bran is touched and marked by the Night King. Brienne is sent on a mission while Sansa and Jon depart to find allies in the North. The cave is fatally breached by the Night King’s army of wights, leading to the deaths of the Three-Eyed Raven, the direwolf Summer, Leaf and the remaining Children of the Forest, and finally, Hodor. Hodor’s origins are revealed.
Blood of My Blood. Written by Bryan Cogman, directed by Jack Bender
Meera struggles to save Bran to from the wights, as he experiences a series of quick visions. The two are saved by a mysterious figure they later discover is a not-quite-living Benjen Stark. Sam and Gilly arrive at Horn Hill and meet the friendly Tarly women. At dinner they find Sam’s father is as harsh as ever, but Gilly stands up to him nonetheless. Sam reconsiders leaving Gilly behind there, steals the family Valyrian steel sword, and they take off in the night. Margaery shares her new point of view with her husband. Arya attempts to carry out her assignment but has second thoughts after bonding with Lady Crane. Arya recovers Needle and goes into hiding, and the Faceless Men order her death. The Lannisters and the Tyrell army march on Baelor’s sept but find Margaery and Tommen announcing their conversion, the joining of the Faith and the Crown. Jaime is ordered to go to the Riverlands. Walder Frey chastises his sons for losing Riverrun to the Blackfish. Daenerys rides, and declares all her khalasar as her bloodriders.
The Broken Man. Writen by Bryan Cogman,directed by Mark Mylod
Sandor Clegane returns, and Brother Ray recalls how they met. High Sparrow encourages newly pious Margaery to bring her grandmother around to their way of thinking. Margaery stealthily encourages Lady Olenna to depart King’s Landing. Before she leaves, the Queen of Thorns dresses down Cersei. With help, Jon Snow wins the wildling army over. Jaime takes over the failing Siege of Riverrun and parleys with the Blackfish. The Starks plead for aid from Lyanna Mormont of Bear Island. Another meeting, with Robett Glover, is less successful. In Volantis, Yara pushes Theon to come back to himself. Sansa sends a raven to Littlefinger. Brother Ray shares a personal story from his past; then he and Sandor disagree on how to handle the outlaws who come calling. Arya makes arrangements to leave Braavos, is stabbed by the Waif and escapes. While Sandor’s away, Brother Ray is killed by the outlaws, and the Hound picks up the axe.
No One. Written David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Mark Mylod
A badly wounded Arya comes to Lady Crane for help. Tyrion bids Varys farewell. The Sparrows block Cersei’s path in the Red Keep, and she chooses violence. Pod and Bronn speculate, as Jaime and Brienne have a complicated reunion at Riverrun. The Blackfish rejects Sansa’s request for Tully aid. Tommen ruins his mother’s plans by forbidding trial by combat, and sets a trial date for Cersei and Loras. Tyrion’s attempt to bond with Grey Worm and Missandei over jokes is interrupted by an attack from their enemies. Later, a displeased Daenerys arrives home to find her city under siege. Jaime uses the hostage Edmure Tully- and his newborn son- to end the siege. Riverrun falls to the Lannisters and the Blackfish dies fighting, while Jaime allows Brienne and Pod to escape. The Hound slaughters a few of the outlaws who killed Brother Ray and finds the rest being hung by the Brotherhood without Banners. After taking care of them, the Hound ponders a new future with the Brotherhood. Arya wakes up to find Lady Crane has been killed by the Waif. After escaping, she leads the Waif on a wild chase through the streets of Braavos, back to her hiding place where she kills the Waif. Afterward, Arya confronts Jaqen H’ghar about the order to kill her, reclaims her own identity and leaves the House of Black and White for good.
Battle of the Bastards. Written David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Daenerys and Tyrion consider how to handle the attack on Meereen. Dany demonstrates her dragons’ firepower on a slaver ship, as her Dothraki horde destroys the Sons of the Harpy. Grey Worm executes two of the Slaver envoys while Tyrion sends the third on his way to tell the story. The Starks and their allies face Ramsay Bolton for a tense meeting before the coming battle. Later, Sansa warns Jon to be careful of their enemy’s games. Tormund and Davos have a bit of banter on a walk that night. Jon asks Melisandre to not bring him back, should he fall. Davos finds Shireen’s stag toy in the ashes where she died. The Greyjoy siblings offer an alliance and their ships to Daenerys. The battle for Winterfell begins with Ramsay using Rickon Stark’s life to draw Jon out. The Stark and Bolton forces meet on the field in a massive clash, with fighting and carnage all around. The Bolton shields create a wall around the Stark army, pressing them inward. Jon is nearly crushed to death in the fray but fights his way free. Tormund and Smalljon Umber fight it out in the chaos, until Tormund tears Smalljon’s throat out with his teeth and stabs him. When it seems all is lost for the Starks, the Knights of the Vale arrive to smash the Boltons. Ramsay retreats to Winterfell, but Wun Wun breaks down the gate and the Stark men flood in. The giant, shot full of arrows, is finally killed by Ramsay. Jon pummels him into the ground but his end is saved for Sansa. Tied up in the kennel, Sansa informs him he’ll be forgotten, before feeding him to his own dog.
The Winds of Winter. Written David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik
The trial before the Faith begins, with Loras confessing and accepting the life of a Sparrow. Sent to retrieve Cersei for her trial, Lancel is led underground by a boy where he’s stabbed and left to witness the lighting of candles alongside wildfire. Grand Maester Pycelle is stabbed to death by little birds. Margaery recognizes the wrongness in Cersei’s absence but the Faith Militant restrain her and the other nobles, keeping them trapped in Baelor’s sept until the wildfire ignites, killing them all. Cersei torments Septa Unella with her victory. Alone and in despair after the death of so many, Tommen commits suicide. Walder and Jaime needle each other as the Freys celebrate the end of the siege. Sam and Gilly arrive at the Citadel to a frosty welcome; she must wait outside while Sam enters the library of his dreams. Davos confronts Melisandre about Shireen’s death, and the priestess is exiled. Winter comes to Winterfell; Jon and Sansa come to terms. Lady Olenna visits Dorne and a new alliance is born. Daenerys says goodbye to Daario, and appoints Tyrion her Hand of the Queen. Using her Faceless skills, Arya exacts long-overdue vengeance against Walder Frey. Littlefinger shares his vision of the future with Sansa. Benjen parts ways with Meera and Bran near the Wall; Bran returns to his vision of the Tower of Joy. After defeating Ser Arthur Dayne, young Ned Stark finds his sister Lyanna in a bloody bed; the girl whispers a secret to her brother and a baby is brought to Ned. The baby’s face becomes Jon Snow, who is meeting with the Vale and Northern lords. Lyanna Mormont scolds the Northern lords for their inaction and declares Jon the King in the North. The other lords fall in line, and Jon is proclaimed king. Jaime arrives back in King’s Landing to find a coronation in progress: Cersei has claimed the Iron Throne for herself. Elsewhere, a great armada sets sail with Targaryen, Greyjoy, Tyrell and Martell sigils, and with dragons flying above. Daenerys is finally on her way to Westeros.
Final round rules: Cast your vote for the winner in our Best Episode poll. At the end of 72 hours (Wednesday 9/28/16 at 12PM EDT), the episode with the most votes will be the winner!
The results of all the polls will be revealed during our live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony, which will take place in October. The specific day, with ceremony details, will be announced in a few days so you’ll be able to save the date. Thank you to everyone for taking part in the WotW Awards and making this happen!