‘Game of Thrones’ much-anticipated season 6 finale has arrived and what better way to commemorate the end of a stellar season than to be as lit as we expect King’s Landing to be?
Considering Cersei (Lena Headey) is quite the drinker, you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to honor her. Of course, what’s really going down in the finale is anyone’s guess. But the stakes just weren’t quite high enough during last week’s Bastard Bowl to really get our blood boiling (Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) devastating death, aside).
An unprecedented number of characters returned this season (though we’re still bitter over Lady Stoneheart!), which is unusual for Game of Thrones. While we have seen a number of significant deaths this season, our main players are making moves for a much bigger war that goes beyond the Iron Throne. Given the precedent set by GoT in seasons passed we’re overdue for a sucker punch, cataclysmic level death that rocks the Seven Kingdoms to its very core.
Worse, this season has been downright happy by other comparison. Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Jon (Kit Harington) were reunited. Ramsay’s (Iwan Rheon) arc reached its satisfying end. Arya (Maisie Williams) reclaimed her identity and is heading home, The Hound (Rory McCann) is still alive to do some good in the world, Dany (Emilia Clarke) gained the respect of the Khalasar and defeated the Masters, Theon (Alfie Allen) and Yara (Gemma Whelan) made an important alliance, Sam (John Bradley-West) stood up to his family, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was rescued by Uncle Benjen (Joseph Mawle) and holds the key to the past and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) had another heartbreaking goodbye. Which means, winter is no longer coming.
TV is supposed to be a relaxing experience that offers an escape from the stresses of daily life. And maybe that’s true for a large part of the population, but for anyone who watches Game of Thrones, anxieties are at an all-time high. Sunday is not just a day; this week it brings with it “The Winds of Winter.”
I hate to bring up Ramsay’s words, since Sansa’s directive that they will disappear, but they’re consistently apt for this type of situation:
It’s likely we’ll see the end of multiple storylines unless they intersect with the main plot in unexpected ways. More likely, we’re looking at the last episode of at least one fan favorite character!
Cersei has had a difficult season. It really started back at the end of season five with her Walk of Shame. But since then she has weathered the loss of her daughter, her loss of influence, power and respect. Her Trial by Combat was forbidden and the quite possibly the biggest blow of all, the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) stole Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) right from under her. Undoing everything she started when she incriminated the new Queen in the first place. She has waited patiently for her revenge and if there’s one thing we can expect from her as a Lannister is that she will not go quietly.
With the episode, a whole 69 minutes – making it the longest episode in the entire series there will be time to tie up several different plots as well as the rumored conclusion to that Tower of Joy scene but in the end things are going to escalate quickly. We probably should have started drinking during the airing of the promos for episode 10. And since Cersei and Tyrion and plenty of others will have a drink or two there’s no reason we should find ourselves sober during what will undoubtedly be an epic ending! Unless of course the camera takes on our point of view and just when we think we’ll see what’s going to happen it’ll cut to black…Wait no, I’m sorry, I’m The Walking Dead finale flashbacks! I can’t handle another cliffhanger, I can’t!
A quick Google search will pull up a ton of different Game of Thrones related drinking games. What makes this one so special? We drink and we know things!
Hidden Remote has all your feelings in mind. So you belligerently hum the “Rains of Castamere” at your TV through the tears, it’s okay, we’re here for you! Just be sure to follow our tried and true method to get the most out of your alcoholic viewing experience.
PSA: A courtesy reminder and our last note on the drinking responsibly thing, Game of Thrones airs on Sunday night so just be ready have a massive hangover on Monday. Maybe if you know a Maester they can make a cure. So don’t hold back. Don’t hold it together, but please try to hold it down.
Sending Regards and These Rules:
Take One Sip:Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO
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- Any scene with the Night’s King.
- Any scene where there is drinking.
- Any Easter/Egg throwback to a previous season.
- Any House words are said.
- Any scene with snow outside the North.
Take Two Sips:
- If Margeary’s plan starts to play out.
- If the High Sparrow threatens someone.
- If Lancel looks at Cersei.
- If FankenMountain reacts to the verdict.
- If Dany heads to Westeros.
- When a minor character dies.
- When Davos learns the truth about Melisandre.
- When R+L=J
Try Not to Throw Up:
- When Littlefinger comes onto Sansa.
- If it turns out Sansa is pregnant (seriously an unlikely theory at this point in the timeline also, Ughhhhh!).
- When you look at the time and realize there’s 3 minutes to get to everything.
- If Jaime talks about loving Cersei.
Take Two Shots:
- When Littlefinger comes onto Sansa (I’m so convinced this is going to happen! Eurgh!).
- When Cersei gives her “Everybody is gonne die” glare.
- When Tommen sits on the Iron Throne.
- When we see Loras just before he dies.
- When your ship has been slow burning for 5 seasons and the characters spent all of 30 seconds together this time around and the showrunners threw in a weird and nonsensical love interest…This got oddly specific.
- When the Rains of the Castamere plays.
- If anything to do with Dorne resurfaces.
- If there is any reference to Wildfire.
- If there is any suggestion that Lady Stoneheart is still a possibility.
- If someone is hurt.
For this next part it’s recommended you break out the emergency supply. Maybe even crack open the good stuff for a memorable toast. Or grab whatever will get you drunk the fastest.
Find A Liquor Store And Drink It:
- When they show Winterfell on the map in the opening credits and the Stark sigil!
Drink to forget. Drink to remember. Toast the life of the fallen and drink because it’s going to be lonnnnggggg time until the season 7 premiere.
Game of Thrones airs its Season 6 Finale Tonight at 9/8c on HBO. Be sure to tune in!