Season Seven of HBO's hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones is just on the horizon, and if the latest trailers are anything to go by, winter has finally come! The internet has gone wild with fan theories and speculation, but it's been just over a year since we last visited Westeros, and Season Six was a jam-packed thrill ride of plot development and character revelations. If you're struggling to recall any of last season's major developments, we're here for you! We've created this handy recap of how some of the show's most prominent characters ended Season Six, to get you ready for the upcoming Season Seven premiere. SPOILER ALERT- this post contains spoilers from seasons 1-6.
After realising she'd backed the wrong horse with Stannis, and successfully raising Jon Snow from the dead, Melisandre stayed with Jon at Castle Black, believing him to be "the prince that was promised". However, Jon exiles her for her crime of Infanticide after Davos Seaworth reveals her part in the burning of Princess Shireen.
Arya finally killed The Waif (we've all been waiting for that, haven't we?) and never one to disappoint, left her bloody severed head on a shelf in the Hall of Faces before returning back to Westeros. She resumed killing the targets on her list, starting with Walder Frey, who was responsible for the murder of her family members at The Red Wedding. She served him a pie with bits of his dead sons all chopped up in it, before revealing her identity and slitting his throat. Woah, Arya. Woah.
Mass murder, revenge and the most spectacular act of arson ever to grace the small screen- Cersei had one hell of a season! Still seething from her loss of power and her treatment at the hands of The Sparrows, Cersei used the fabled Dragon Flame to take out all of her enemies in one swoop, and make a serious dent in King's Landing and its population with it. Unfortunately her last remaining child, Tomon, devastated by the carnage, ended his own life by jumping from a high window. Cersei finally ascended the Iron Throne herself as Queen, but with all of her children gone, there's little left to stand in the way of her thirst for revenge and power...
We weren't going to include dead characters in this list, but he was an evil, nasty, villainous baddie. After he was defeated in battle by Jon's army, Sansa got his own dogs to eat his face off and it was great. We just wanted to remember that for a minute.
After years pirating at sea, Euron Greyjoy returned to the Iron Islands and killed his older brother, Balon, in order to take the Salt Throne from him. The uncle of Yara and Theon Greyjoy, he aimed to kill them both so that nothing could stand in the way of him becoming King of the Iron Islands. After gaining the support of the Ironborn, he took the Throne, and revealed his plans to wed Daenarys Targaryeon, so that he might join forces with her to take the Seven Kingdoms.
After the death of their father, Yara volunteered herself to be Queen of the Iron Islands, with Theon's full support. When Euron contested this and won, Yara and Theon wisely chose to run before Euron could kill them both. They gathered those loyal to them and escaped the Iron Islands, with the majority of the Iron Fleet. Yara and Theon successfully reached Meereen ahead of Euron and his army, and formed an alliance with Daenarys.They offered her a fleet of their ships in exchange for her support of Yara as the rightful Queen of The Iron Islands, and convinced Daenarys not to trust Euron.
Tyrion spent most of last season running the city of Meereen in Daenarys' absence. Upon her return, Daenarys saw that Tyrion has worked hard to prove his loyalty, and presented him with a replica of the Hand's brooch, formally naming him Hand of the Queen.
After being captured by the Dothraki and held against her will with the other Khaleesi widows, Daenarys burned the Dothraki leadership alive in a massive fire, and walked out of the flames unharmed. We've seen her do this before, but it's still pretty cool. The Dosh Khaleen bowed down to her, and she was accepted as the new leader of the Dothraki. She returned to Meereen where she formed her alliance with Yara and Theon. The last we saw of Daeny, she was on a ship with her dragons circling overhead, finally returning to Westeros...
Littlefinger is probably the most untrustworthy and duplicitous characters in the series, but it seems that for now, his allegiances lie with the Starks... maybe. He aided Sansa in enlisting The Knights of The Vale to join Jon Snow in his battle against House Bolton, which they would have otherwise lost. In a moment alone, he confessed to having his own sights set on the Iron Throne, with Sansa Stark by his side.
After escaping her disastrous marriage to Ramsey Bolton, Sansa was reunited with her half-brother Jon Snow at Castle Black. She convinced a reluctant Jon that they must take back their family home, Winterfell, from the Boltons. While Jon battled, she enlisted help from the Knights of the Vale, which proved to be integral to victory. She seems to be willing to support Jon in his new leadership role, but will she be tempted by Little Finger's vision...?
After a bit of a rough start to the season, Jon was finally reunited with his sister Sansa Stark at Castle Black. After gathering a misfit army of remaining Night's Watchmen, Wildlings, and men of Houses Mazin, Hornwood and Mermont, they have the long-awaited climactic "Battle Of The Bastards." Jon and his army very nearly lose the battle, before The Knights Of The Vale are brought in by Sansa to steal victory at the final hour. There's a final showdown between Jon and Ramsey, which Jon wins, but spares his life so that Sansa can have her revenge. Following his victory in battle and the endorsement of Lyanna Mormont, the remaining houses of the North swear allegiance to Jon Snow and he is proclaimed King of The North.
A new character introduced last season, and possibly the most badass 11 year-old since... well, since Arya was 11. She is the head of House Mormont and the Lady of Bear Island. She was one of the few leaders that offered men to fight alongside Jon Snow, and led them herself when Jon travelled to Stannis' old camp. After the battle at Winterfell, she gave other heads of Houses a proper telling off for refusing Jon's call to arms, and is the first to proclaim him King of The North, inspiring the others to join. Her on-screen time was relatively short last season, but we're hoping she'll be back with a pivotal role in season 7, because we're desperate to see more of her!
Some of our biggest twists this season came from the storyline of Bran, who spent much of last season training with The Three-Eyed Raven and teasing us with snippets of visions. After losing the faithful Hodor (we're still sad about that) he was rescued from The Night King and White Walkers by his presumed-dead uncle, Benjen Stark. Bran had another vision pertaining to his late father, Eddard (Ned) Stark. He discovered that, unbeknown to him, Jon Snow is not Ned's illegitimate son after all, but his nephew, whose identity Ned was trying to conceal for his own protection. Jon is the child of Lyanna Stark (Ned's sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen, the brother of Daenerys. Making Jon a Targaryen-Stark after all!