All you need to remember from Game of Thrones Season 6
It's finally here. The beginning of the end. The first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones, perhaps the biggest name in the television scene, is set to premiere on the 14th of April. Several dedicated fans are rewatching the show all the way back from season 1 as we speak. For those of you who aren't, here is a quick recap of the important events, credible fan theories and the interesting tidbits from season 6.
The White Walker Origins
Season 6 was the first to overtake the books in terms of the literary narrative. Numerous speculations were being made by loyal fans that were following the story presented in the books. For instance, where did the White Walkers come from? Season 6 answered this paramount question. Turns out it was the war between the Children of the Forest and the men that forced the children to resort to an extreme option. The option to use obsidian (a.k.a dragonglass) on a human to turn him into a White Walker.
However, the Children had overestimated the control they possessed over these creatures. The White Walkers learned how to make more White Walkers and turned against the Children. Eventually, they became the legend feared the most in all of Westeros. Bran, on meeting with the Children asked Leaf why they did it, she says, "We were at war. We were being slaughtered, our sacred trees cut down. We needed to defend ourselves... From you. From man."
Dragonglass is what was used to create White Walkers and dragonglass is what can kill them, apart from Valyrian Steel. Additionally, dragonglass is also used in healing. When Bran encounters Uncle Benjen, he reveals that the Children brought him back to life using dragonglass.
Much of his abilities are still unexplained. We can form an understanding from what we have seen so far. As for his limits, have absolutely no idea. In fact, some interesting events from season 6 demonstrate how little we know about the fourth child of the Stark family.
As the The Three-Eyed Raven is giving a history lesson to Bran, giving him visions of Ned Stark trying to reclaim Lyanna at the Tower of Joy, Bran shouted "NED!" and young Ned looked back. Was it just a coincidence or did Bran actually change the past? Although Bloodraven tells Bran, "The past is already written. The ink is dry.", fans are not completely convinced.
Oh, and remember the kind giant called Hodor? The fiasco of his being who he is was also mind boggling. Bran warged in Hodor to hold the door in the present but somehow this affected the past and resulted in Hodor becoming a half-wit.
Another interesting character whose character made some development was the Mad King Aerys. Remember the guy who Jaime killed? The last Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne? That guy claimed to hear voices. Who's voices, you ask? The answer comes from a fan theory that it was Bran who tried to stop Robert's Rebellion in the first place but failed to produce the outcome he intended.
The Night Kind Marked Bran
This was no ordinary scene. While Bran was linked to the weirwood network trying to spy on the Night King, he instead comes into direct contact with him. This left him exposed to the Night King and removed all the defensive barriers Bloodraven had set.
What this reveals is that the Night King himself possess at least some of the powers of Bran and Bloodraven. We will leave the rest to your imagination.
Sam got a Valyrian Steel Sword
Sam getting a Valyrian Steel Sword may not be exciting news for most. However, the man is a scholar with a knack for researching. The theory goes that he will study the sword and crop up a process for creating duplicates of Valyrian steel swords. Gendry will get involved and the army representing Westeros will have these swords as winter approaches. Not too far-fetched considering who the enemy is.