the great sept of baelor

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House Targaryen is a former Great House of Westeros and was the ruling royal House of the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries, before it was deposed during Robert’s Rebellion and House Baratheon replaced it as the new royal House. The few surviving Targaryens fled into exile. Currently based in Essos, House Targaryen seeks to retake the Seven Kingdoms from House Lannister, who formally replaced House Baratheon as the royal House following the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor.

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House Lannister Free

The State of House Lannister

Jaime, having previously been forced to retire as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard by King Tommen, and now commander of the Lannister army, returns to King’s Landing to discover that Cersei is now Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. During his absence, Cersei plotted with Qyburn to blow up the Great Sept of Baelor, killing the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, Queen Margaery, Ser Loras Tyrell, Lord Mace Tyrell, and Kevan Lannister, the Hand of the King. King Tommen committed suicide in the wake of the destruction. Cersei’s coronation means that House Lannister is now the royal house of the Seven Kingdoms. Across the Narrow Sea, Tyrion Lannister is appointed Hand of the Queen by Daenerys Targaryen, and will follow Queen Daenerys in her attempt to take back the Seven Kingdoms. 

A Few Thoughts on “The Winds of Winter”, the Season 6 Finale of Game of Thrones:

Let me just start with this: Last week, I declared that “The Battle of the Bastards” was the best episode since the first season. I guess I now have a new all-time favorite and probably, the best of the series to date

Here we go:

1. There is beauty and a lot of things to be heard in an eerie silence. Some scenes at King’s Landing and the Great Sept of Baelor were shown in silence. No dialogues, No musical score. There was a mystery and we were expecting something big. They pulled it off well.

2. I bet we can all agree that the best musical score of this episode was that of the scene leading to the destruction of the Great Sept. No percussion. No orchestral music. Just strings. Just those tension-filled music emanating from the strings. As a teacher of Music, I am impressed.

3. From now on, we shall cease to use “Water boarding” as a way of torturing our enemies. “Wine Boarding” is far, far better. Please ask Cersei Lannister for Instructions. (Plus points for things going full circle for Cersei - “Confess!” and “Shame!” you bitch. Haha!)

4. Tommem did a Season 1 Bran Stark. Unfortunately, this is not the North and you are not a Greenseer. Say goodbye to House Baratheon, fellas.

5. The Citadel’s Library. Wow. I wish our libraries are like that minus the chains in books. (P.S. So, that’s how they do a weather report in Westeros. Interesting.)

6. They should do a Game of Thrones spin-off entitled “The Adventures of Lady Olenna Tyrell and Lyanna Mormont”. Or “The Queen of Burns and Comebacks”. Those ladies. I just can’t. Haha!

7. I think our Government should consult Arya Stark and Varys regarding an efficient and fast transportation across continents. Maybe they can ease our travel and commuting woes. Ang bilis nilang mag-travel ano?

8. That scene of Liam Cunningham/Ser Davos Seaworth crying and mourning the death of Shereen. The feels. So. Much. Feels.

9. Daenerys made a good decision to leave Daario at Mereen and to make Tyrion Lannister Hand of the Queen. I can’t wait to see the showdown between Tyrion and QyBURN.
(P.S. I hope Jorah Mormont makes a comeback next season. Yay.)

10. “You have to protect him, Ned” is this show’s “After all this time? Always” to Harry Potter. And the way they shifted from Baby Jon Snow to the present-day “King in the North” White Wolf was a pure, glorious, cinematic moment. Wow. (R+L=J bitches!)

11. I never thought that I would hear the statement “The King in the North!” again after season 1. Wow. That scene - fueled by LAdy Mormont’s sass - gave me chiils.

12. That scene when Cersei was crowned the new Queen of Westeros? Wow. It captured the rise-of-a-new-villain vibe - the color grading, the mood, the musical score, and Lena Heady’s resting bitch face. I can’t wait for next season!

13. The last scene when Dany together with the fleet of Dorne and the Iron Islands gives us a glimpse of what is to come next year. It will be exciting since, together with tthat armada, we have the Night’s King beyond the wall ready to wreck havoc, the newly-installed King in the North, and the Ruler of Westeros whom everyone hates.

14. The men and women behind this show have raised the bar so high, they have to outdo themselves in the next 2 (?) seasons.

(5 Stars for being the Best Game of Thrones episode ever.)

(hear me roar): Joanna Lannister, Lady of Casterly Rock

Joanna Lannister was a Lady of Casterly Rock, the wife of Lord Tywin Lannister, and the mother of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion.She died giving birth to Tyrion. Joanna was born into a branch of House Lannister. Her father Jason was the younger brother of Lord Tytos Lannister. She had one older sibling, Damon, a son from her father’s first marriage, and five younger siblings (three brothers, two sisters), the eldest of which was Stafford. She also had an older bastard sister, Lynora. Joanna went to King’s Landing in 259 AC, for the coronation of King Jaehaerys II Targaryen, and would remain as a lady-in-waiting for the future queen, Princess Rhaella Targaryen. She married her first cousin, Tywin, in 263 AC in a lavish ceremony in the Great Sept of Baelor.On their wedding day, Tywin smiled, a very rare occurrence. Joanna’s marriage to Tywin was reportedly a happy one. Joanna became Tywin’s trusted counselor and companion. Her influence on her husband was such that people would say that Tywin ruled the Seven Kingdoms as Hand of the King,“but was ruled at home by his lady wife.”

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asoiaf meme: [5/5] locations || King’s Landing

The city covered the shore as far as Catelyn could see; manses and arbors and granaries, brick storehouses and timbered inns and merchant’s stalls, taverns and graveyards and brothels, all piled one on another. She could hear the clamor of the fish market even at this distance. Between the buildings were broad roads lined with trees, wandering crookback streets, and alleys so narrow that two men could not walk abreast. Visenya’s hill was crowned by the Great Sept of Baelor with its seven crystal towers. Across the city on the hill of Rhaenys stood the blackened walls of the Dragonpit, its huge dome collapsing into ruin, its bronze doors closed now for a century. The Street of the Sisters ran between them, straight as an arrow. The city walls rose in the distance, high and strong.
A hundred quays lined the waterfront, and the harbor was crowded with ships. Deepwater fishing boats and river runners came and went, ferrymen poled back and forth across the Blackwater Rush, trading galleys unloaded goods from Braavos and Pentos and Lys. Catelyn spied the queen’s ornate barge, tied up beside a fat-bellied whaler from the Port of Ibben, its hull black with tar, while upriver a dozen lean golden warships rested in their cribs, sails furled and cruel iron rams lapping at the water.
And above it all, frowning down from Aegon’s high hill, was the Red Keep; seven huge drum-towers crowned with iron ramparts, an immense grim barbican, vaulted halls and covered bridges, barracks and dungeons and granaries, massive curtain walls studded with archers’ nests, all fashioned of pale red stone.

  • Me: -watching scene with Tommen staring out the window at the Great Sept of Baelor-
  • Me: Don't you dare do it.
  • Tommen: -stands up-
  • Me: Don't you dare commit suicide.
  • Tommen: -takes crown off and walks off screen-
  • Me: He's gonna fucking commit suicide...
  • Tommen: -walks back on screen towards window, stands in it, then falls forward-
  • Me: Are you happy now, Cersei? The prophecy has come true at last. You can finally die now, k?

Joanna and Tywin were wed a year after he became Hand of the King in a lavish ceremony at the Great Sept of Baelor, with King Aerys himself presiding over the wedding feast and bedding. Though Tywin Lannister was not a man given to public display, it is said that his love for his lady wife was deep and long-abiding. With her death, the joy went out of Tywin Lannister.

Yasemin Allen as Joanna Lannister // Aras Bulut Lynemli as young Tywin Lannister

I really do blame the High Sparrow for what happened to the Great Sept of Baelor. I mean - I also blame Cersei, because it was literally her plan, but at the same time:

The High Sparrow deliberately backed Cersei into a corner. He imprisoned her, tortured her, publicly humiliated her, used a combination of torture and threats to deprive her of someone who could have been her greatest ally (because Margaery and Cersei could have found common ground in their hatred of him), used threats of violence to deprive her of another ally in Olenna, took control of her son, functionally exiled Jaime to isolate her, broke his word and violated the only sanctuary she had, and cut her off from her only chance to be found innocent.

The High Sparrow was relentless in pushing Cersei into a corner, and he did so forgetting that she’s Tywin Lannister’s daughter. She was raised by a man whose idea of ‘proportional response’ to being under threat was to burn a castle to the ground, kill every living being within it, and then display their corpses at the gates of his castle for years. That happened when Cersei was a child, that was her earliest lesson on the subject of ‘what you should do if somebody is threatening you and your family.’

And for the icing on the cake, Margaery warned him early enough that he probably could have saved himself and everyone else by just letting them flee, and he chose not to listen. The man’s an idiot.