[WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for season 6 of Game of Thrones]

Unless it is a holiday, Monday is nobody’s favorite day. But there is one Monday a year that stands out as a day of true despair. And we have reached that Monday. For ten straight Sundays, we have placed ourselves firmly in front of our television sets for exactly one hour, at exactly 9 PM. Of course, we have been watching the sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But today, we come to a chilling realization. We know that last night was our last night of Game of Thrones for close to a year. Last night was the season finale. And so this Monday, we realize that we cannot just look forward to Sunday anymore.

Fortunately, while season 6 of Game of Thrones may be behind us, the season was so eventful that we can waste a solid amount of time going over what exactly unfolded these past ten weeks. While all the vivid details of this past season are still fresh in our minds, the next few weeks can be spent around the water cooler, on social media, or in that group text, discussing all of our favorite Game of Thrones moments. And there is a lot to talk about. After all, this season brought back characters we haven’t see in some time, united others, and pitted two houses against each other for the always exciting penultimate episode battle.

There were so many great moments from this season, that it is nigh impossible to mention them all. You might as well just go re-watch the entire season. Moments like the merging of the Crown and the Faith, and Sam stealing his father’s Valyrian steel sword, were great but just missed the cut. We tried to include moments that were both defining moments in the show, but also others that either humanized the characters, or simply provided a bit of humor.

While everyone has their own favorite moments from this season of Game of Thrones, for those of you that want that extra bit of ammunition for the water cooler (do people still congregate around a water cooler?) check out our 20 Best Moments of Game of Thrones Season 6!

20. Bran’s Visions

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After not appearing at all in season 5, Bran Stark returned for season 6 of Game of Thrones. Last we had seen Bran, it was season 4, and he had, after a long journey beyond the wall, just reached the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven. When Bran finally reaches the Three-Eyed Raven, he is told that he will never walk again, but he will fly. We had to sit on that moment for close to two years, but the wait to see Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven again was well worth the suspense.

During season 6, we are given glimpses into the past via Bran’s visions, which are monitored by the Three-Eyed Raven – now played by legendary actor Max von Sydow. For those Game of Thrones fans that maybe don’t scour the internet for every theory, or read the wiki articles, these flashbacks were great insights into some of the, now deceased, pivotal characters of the show.

Early in the season, we are treated to a flashback in Winterfell where we learn Hodor’s true name is Wylis. We are also given our first live glimpse of a young Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark’s sister who died prior to the start of the series. Up until this point, we knew her name and her significance (it was her kidnapping by Rhaegar Targaryen that contributed to Robert Baratheon’s rebellion), but we had not seen her alive and well.

Later in the season, we witness another awesome flashback. We get to see Ned Stark in the aftermath of Robert’s Rebellion. In this vision, Ned Stark and his bannermen, including Howland Reed, confront Ser Arthur Dayne and Ser Gerold Hightower outside the Tower of Joy, demanding to know the whereabouts of Lyanna Stark. In the ensuing fight, we see how great a swordsman Ser Arthur Dayne is, as he defeats Ned’s bannermen with relative ease. In fact, it looked as if Ned Stark himself was going to fall until Howland Reed stabbed Dayne from behind. After the battle, it is interesting that Bran believes he is able to communicate with his father, through his visions. In the season finale, Bran follows his father into the Tower of Joy, and we finally learn the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage (more on this later).

Finally, we learn that the White Walkers were actually created by the Children of the Forest, by plunging dragonglass into a man’s chest. There is no doubt that these flashbacks are of extreme importance. What exactly happened inside the Tower of Joy has led to much fan speculation, and that will likely continue into season 7.

19. Hold The Door

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While we are on the topic of Bran, his visions, and the Three-Eyed Raven, we cannot ignore the role Hodor has played in the survival of all three. We get to learn a little about Hodor’s past through Bran’s visions, including that his real name is Wylis, and that he was perfectly articulate. When learning of this, Bran even tries to engage in conversation with Hodor, but only gets “Hodor” in response.

Later in the season, Bran decides to revisit a vision of the White Walkers without the Three-Eyed Raven’s supervision. During this vision, the Night King is able to interact with Bran, marking him in the process. This turns out to have catastrophic results, as the White Walkers and wights are able to attack the cave.

When all hope is lost, Bran and Meera are able to escape while Hodor sacrafices himself, holding back the door to the cave. When Bran wargs into Hodor, he links the present-day Hodor to Wylis in the past. This trauma ends up leading to a seizure, where Wylis continues to repeat “hold the door”, which Meera had been screaming during the escape. Ultimately, there are numerous interpretations regarding how this occurred, but there is no doubt that Hodor sacrificing himself to save Bran was one of the best moments of season 6.

18. The Bloody Hand

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Arya Stark’s theme in season 6 was that of redemption. She begins the season blind, as punishment for killing Meryn Trant – a name that was not hers to kill. After some beatings at the hand of the Waif, Arya is finally granted her sight back when she convinces Jaqen H’gar that she is no one.

Once Arya’s sight is returned, it is back to doing the bidding of the Many-Faced God. Her first task is to kill an actress named Lady Crane. Arya scouts Lady Crane by watching the play in which she is performing – “The Bloody Hand.” The play is a satirized telling of the events leading up to and around the War of the Five Kings. In the play, we see many deceased characters from past seasons die again – though in more exaggerated circumstances. When Arya watches Joffrey die, we even see a smile on her face, as she gets to live through a moment she could not see unfold in reality.

“The Bloody Hand” may not be the most pivotal or defining moments of Game of Thrones. As far as we know, the play itself does not push the plot any further, and it is likely we have seen the last of many of the actors. But what it lacks in consequence, it makes up in fun. We were given a chance to relive some of the more defining moments from the show through a different lens – one of satire and exaggerated farts. For that reason, it makes the list.

17. Coup In Dorne

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If not for the season 6 finale, Ellaria Sand’s coup in Dorne may not have made this list. Let’s be honest, it was a great moment following Oberyn’s death, but it did not seem like it was going to have any significance for the rest of the season. In fact, it hadn’t been mentioned for several episodes. The team behind Game of Thrones, though, knows what they are doing. There was a reason we hadn’t gone back to Dorne. We were waiting for the aftermath of Cersei Lannister’s trial.

While we will discuss the trial further down this list, what is important is that House Tyrell has been devastated. Margaery, Loras, and Mace Tyrell are dead. Olenna Tyrell is alive, and now seeks revenge. It seems she may find that revenge through Dorne. While Olenna is discussing the lack of a Tyrell future with Ellaria, Varys appears, and an alliance seems to form. We later see Varys behind Daenerys as she sails from Meereen. How much longer until season 7 premiers?

16. Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth Reunion

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We were fortunate to witness several reunions during season 6 of Game of Thrones, some of which were seasons in the making. Jaime Lannister has gone through his ups and downs the last couple of seasons. At points, he seems truly noble, while there are other times where his motivations seem to be tremendously one-dimensional. But if there is one character who has humanized Jaime, it is Brienne of Tarth.

Jaime and Brienne were last together in season 4, when he tasked her with finding and protecting Sansa Stark from those that would turn her over to Cersei. Jaime even went as far as gifting the sword his father gave him to Brienne. His reasoning? The sword was forged from Ned Stark’s Valyrian steel sword, and therefore, it should be used to protect Lady Sansa. Brienne, of course, named the sword Oathkeeper.

We finally get to see Jaime and Brienne together again while Jaime is trying to retake Riverrun from the Blackfish (who himself has reappeared after a long absence). Brienne arrives, with Podrick, seeking reinforcements from the Blackfish to aid in Jon Snow’s attempt to reclaim Winterfell. Jaime allows Brienne to negotiate with the Blackfish, and even refuses Brienne’s attempts to return Oathkeeper.

Jaime and Brienne share a truly remarkable friendship. Their histories and alliances would have you believe they would be enemies, but due to the circumstances that brought them together, they remain friends. This is reiterated after Riverrun has fallen, and Jaime shares a wave with the fleeing Brienne.

15. Tyri0n, Grey Worm, and Missandei

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Again, not all the best moments of the season are those that push the plot further. Some great moments from Game of Thrones do answer our burning questions, or set up an epic battle, but others are just plain fun. One of those fun moments involves us watching the awkwardness that is Tyri0n attempting to interact with Grey Worm and Missandei.

Tyrion’s personality has been well fleshed out. He likes his wine, he likes conversation, and he likes his jokes. These are three activities that Grey Worm and Missandei do not frequently partake. So, it is quite amusing when we see Tyrion try and offer them wine, or start a conversation, or god forbid, tell a joke.

Eventually, Tryion does get both of them to try some wine, tell some jokes, and partake in just a bit of conversation. These moments are important, because they humanize our characters, and shows there is more to them than just war. Whether any joking continues now that Daenerys is back, well, we’ll have to wait until season 7 to find out.

14. Red Woman

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The burning question, how old is Melisandre (known to many as the Red Woman)? Well, just a season ago you probably would have guessed, not that old. Certainly not centuries old, though she did mention to Stannis in season 2 that she has been fighting battles longer than he has. But early in season 6, we learned that Melisandre’s beauty is nothing but an illusion. Late at night, in her Castle Black chambers, Melisandre undresses in front of the mirror, finally removing the necklace that hangs around her neck. What happens next was unexpected, to say the least. Now, fully undressed, Melisandre is revealed to be a frail, old woman, presumably centuries old.

We only get to see the Red Woman in her frail form in one episode, but a reveal so shocking must be setting up something for future seasons. We will have to wait in anticipation to see what future seasons have in store for Melisandre, and what exactly the significance of her true age is. It will also be interesting to see what would happen if somebody else got their hands on that necklace.

13. Brienne Saves Sansa

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Sansa Stark hasn’t seemed to catch a break since the very beginning of Game of Thrones. She has been married to two psychotic men, and another she wanted nothing to do with. She was implicated in King Joffrey’s death, effectively making her a fugitive, and when she finally feels safe in the Vale, she is married off to Ramsay Bolton (though she consents to this) – and we know that didn’t end well.

After having endured so much pain, it is refreshing to see Sansa finally coming out on top. In fact, she had a string of great moments in season 6. The first happened shortly after her leap from the walls of Winterfell – did anyone think there was a chance we’d find she was dead at the start of the season (just seems like something they would do to us)?

During Sansa and Theon’s escape, they are hunted down by Ramsay’s men, only to be saved by Brienne and Podrick. This time around, Sansa decides to take Brienne up on her offer, and now has a knight of her own for protection. This pivotal moment was just the beginning of great things to come for Sansa. But it all started with Brienne fulfilling her oath, and Sansa escaping Ramsay’s grasp.

12. Ramsay Kills Roose Bolton

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While perhaps not one of our favorite moments of the season, it is hard to argue that it was not monumental when Ramsay kills his father, Roose Bolton. Up until that point, Ramsay was one of the more hated characters on Game of Thrones, but his power was somewhat limited. Sure, he had his sadistic qualities and his flesh-hungry hounds, but he had very minimal control over the North. That all changed when Ramsay murders his father and the rest of his family.

Despite being assured by his father that he will always be his first born son, news of the birth of Ramsay’s half-brother led him to embrace his father and then plunge a knife into his chest. Not long after, he fed Walda and his newborn brother to his hounds. It was at that moment that the earlier legitimized Ramsay took full control, as Warden of the North.

No matter how much we hate Ramsay Bolton, this needed to happen. He needed to send that nasty letter to Jon Snow, and goad the Starks on with news of Rickon’s capture. Were it not for Ramsay killing his father, we may have never seen the Battle of the Bastards, one of the more epic moments to date on Game of Thrones.

11. Benjen Returns

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When it comes to characters being presumed dead on Game of Thrones, you can usually take their apparent demise to the bank. Let’s be honest, George R.R. Martin is not known for rewarding fan loyalty with a pleasant reveal – more likely than not it is going the other way. That is why it has been so shocking to see the Starks having such good moments. Sansa has had her fair share of good fortune this season, but so has her brother, Bran. That bit of good fortune came when he was rescued by his long thought dead uncle, Benjen Stark.

Bran and Meera were on the run from an army of wights, Hodor had just sacrificed himself, and it looked as if that was all for naught. However, before the wights could kill Bran, both he and Meera were saved by a hooded man. That man later revealed himself to be Benjen. Benjen explains that he came to Bran’s aid at the request of the Three-Eyed Raven, and implies that the Three-Eyed Raven lives again through Bran. We also learn, that the Children of the Forest saved Benjen, by stabbing him in the heart with dragonglass, after he was almost killed by a White Walker.

After teasing Benjen’s return last season during the Mutiny at Castle Black, it was nice to see him finally return in season 6. We cannot wait to see what role he continues to play in future seasons, and how he helps Bran with his new responsibility as the Three-Eyed Raven.

10. Arya Kills the Waif and Walder Frey

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Arya is one of those characters that seems like they are destined to make it to the end of the show – and there are not many of them. But that feeling dwindled a bit in season 6 of Game of Thrones. Arya has certainly had her share of troubles. First, she was blind. Then, she was tasked with killing a woman she came to respect. She ultimately decided not to carry out that task, and became a woman on the run from the Many-Faced God. This leads Jaqen H’gar to acquiesce when the Waif requests to kill Arya.

And for a moment we felt that Arya was a goner. The Waif had the upper hand, she could impersonate anyone, and take Arya by surprise. And she did just that, impersonating an older woman and stabbing Arya multiple times in the stomach. But the Starks are tough, and with the help of Lady Crane, Arya recovers. But not for long. Soon, the Waif finds Arya and kills Lady Crane. Somehow, despite multiple injuries, and tumbling down flights of steps, Arya was able to engage the Waif on her own terms, lights out, Needle in hand. After training to fight blind, it is no wonder that she was able to win in the dark.

Next thing we know, Arya has added the Waif’s face to the Hall of Faces, and she declares to Jaqen H’gar that she is not no one, but “Arya Stark of Winterfell.” On her way home to Winterfell, Arya had to make at least one stop. With the help of a false face, Arya feeds Walder Frey his children, and then cuts his throat, repaying him for the “Red Wedding.” Finally, it seems the Stark children are gaining an upperhand.

9. Greyjoy Targaryen Alliance

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During the first five seasons of Game of Thrones, the Iron Islands did not get much screen time. Other than Theon, the Greyjoy’s were spoken of, but rarely seen. That all changed in season 6. Not only do we see Theon reclaim his birth name, but we witness his father’s murder by his brother, and his sister Yara make her claim for the Salt Throne. Euron Greyjoy, Theon’s uncle, scoffed at the idea of Yara, a woman, sitting on the Salt Throne. When Euron is chosen as the next King of the Iron Islands, Theon and Yara flee, with one hundred of their best ships, to Meereen to make a deal with Deanerys Targaryen.

Once in Meereen, Yara and Theon get an audience with Daenerys and Tyrion. After Tyrion reminds Theon of prior dwarf jokes, Daenerys and Yara make a pact that gets us closer to seeing Daenerys in Westeros than ever before. In exchange for one hundred of the Greyjoy’s best ships, the Iron Islands will be granted their independence – though the Ironborns will have to stop their raping and pillaging.

In the season finale, Daenerys boards those ships with Tyrion, her new hand, and the Greyjoys, to finally sail for Westeros. Assuming Daenerys does make it to Kings Landing, we will look back at this moment as one of the more defining moments of her journey towards capturing the Iron Throne.

8. The Hound Returns

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Season 6 seems like the season of death-defying returns. While maybe only one character truly returned from the dead, we saw several returns by others who were long thought to have met their demise. One of those characters was The Hound. Last we had seen Sandor Clegane, he was begging for death after Brienne of Tarth had thrown him down a hill. He was bleeding out, his neck was infected, and he surely had little time left to live. Despite his pleas, Arya would not kill him, instead taking his remaining coins and leaving him for dead.

When The Hound did not return during season 5, we all just assumed he had died – a fair assumption. But in an extremely rare cold open, we see that The Hound had survived, and he was now living among peaceful villagers, led by Septon Ray (played by Ian McShane). It seemed that Sandor was making an attempt to live a peaceful life, perhaps leaving all the violence behind. Of course, that did not last long. After Septon Ray, and the rest of the villagers, are murdered by horseman of the Brothers Without Banners, The Hound seeks revenge. We then are treated to some disturbing deaths at the hands of The Hound’s ax.

The Hound then joins with the Brotherhood Without Banners (it’s nice to see them back) who are executing the perpetrators of Septon Ray’s village massacre. It looks like there is more left for The Hound to do after all, and we are psyched!

7. Daenerys The Unburnt

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The Dothraki returned in a big way this season. Shortly after escaping an attack by The Sons of the Harpy, Daenerys is captured by three Dothraki bloodriders and a hoard of khalasar. Once Daenerys identifies herself as Khal Drogo’s widow, she is informed that she will be spending the rest of her days with the other Khal widows in the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen.

Of course, the idea of spending the rest of her life in the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen did not sit very well with the Mother of Dragons. And shortly after, during her judgment in front of the khals, Daenerys claims that she will lead the Dothraki. After being threatened by Khal Moro, Daenerys kills the khals by burning the building to the ground. Moments later, in a scene reminiscent of one we saw in the first season, Daenerys Targaryen emerges from the flames, unburnt.

Daenerys’s control over the Dothraki is especially significant now that she has the Greyjoy’s fleet. The Dothraki horde was easily able to slaughter the Sons of the Harpy during the siege on Meereen, and they no doubt will be a force to be reckoned with once in Westeros. It was the stunning image of Daenerys Targaryen emerging from the flames that garnered her the loyalty of the Dothraki.

6. Second Siege of Meereen

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The penultimate episode of season 6 of Game of Thrones was truly special. Rather than just giving us one battle, we were treated to two. While the Battle of the Bastards was the longer, bloodier battle, the assault on Meereen by the slavers was pretty spectacular as well.

Daenerys’s initial plan to defeat the slavers was quite simple – slaughter every single one of them. Tyrion advocated for a more diplomatic approach, and so Tyrion, Daenerys, Grey Worm, and Messandei, meet with several of the masters. The masters’ proposal? Tyrion and Daenerys can leave Meereen, while the Unsullied and Messandei are to be sold to the highest bidder. Oh yeah, her dragons are to be slaughtered as well. Fat chance Daenerys was going to agree to those terms.

What followed were some pretty awesome visuals. After giving the masters a chance to surrender, Daenerys climbs atop Drogon and they fly towards the slavers’ fleet. They are soon joined by Rhaegal and Viserion, and the three dragons commence incinerating the slavers’ ships. What’s really cool about this, is that it’s the first time we see the three dragons fully grown in combat, and their display of strength is impressive. The assault on Meereen may not have been the greatest battle of the season, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless.

5. Jon and Sansa Reunite

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This has been a long time coming. Can you even remember when two children of Ned Stark (well at least two people that believed they were children of Ned Stark) were in the same room as one another? Well, it finally happened in season 6 of Game of Thrones. After escaping Winterfell and Ramsay, Sansa finally joined up with Brienne, who brought her to Castle Black. And fortunately, she made it to Castle Black when she did, because any earlier and she would have found a dead Jon Snow, and any later, he may have already left the Night’s Watch. But Jon was alive, and it was a touching moment when the two siblings finally embraced.

Fans around the world took a collective sigh of relief when Sansa and Jon hugged. After so many bad moments, both of these characters needed a win, and they got one. Their joy did not last long, however, as shortly after they received a letter from Ramsay Bolton taunting them over the capture of Rickon Stark. That of course led to the Battle of the Bastards, which had its good and bad moments for the siblings, but was ultimately a win.

There is no doubt, however, that seeing Sansa reunite with her brother, Jon, was one of the best moments of season 6.

4. Battle of the Bastards

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We were promised the battle of all battles in the penultimate episode of season 6, appropriately titled “Battle of the Bastards,” and we were not disappointed. Despite being outnumbered, and not receiving reinforcements from the Blackfish, Jon Snow decides that the time is right to go to battle with Ramsay Bolton. The night before the battle, Jon agrees to parlay with Ramsay, and Ramsay offers terms of surrender. Jon has other plans, and offers Ramsay a chance to spare his men’s lives by battling one on one. Ramsay, of course, denies.

The battle itself was fierce. After Ramsay teases Rickon with freedom, he shoots him down with an arrow right in front of a charging Jon Snow (not running in zig-zags was a rookie mistake). Full of rage, Jon attacks on his own towards the Bolton army. The Free Folk soon follow, and the battle commences. And it was a bloody one. Horses plowed over infantry units, arrows covered the sky, and many died. While Jon fought valiantly with his men, Ramsay watched from the distance.

As the battle continued, Jon’s army becomes trapped behind the Bolton phalanx, while Jon struggles to breath under his army’s boots. When all seemed lost, a war horn was heard in the distance, and it was revealed that the Knights of the Vale had come to save the day. It was at that moment that all of us had a smile on our face so large we hope nobody was watching.

The rest is history. The Boltons are defeated, and Ramsay retreats to the protection of Winterfell. Wun Wun the giant soon bursts through the gates, and is eventually killed by Ramsay. But, then we get the moment we have long waited to see. Jon Snow beats the bloody pulp out of Ramsay, and soon after, Sansa feeds him to his own hounds. Of course, she made sure to remind him that the Bolton name will soon be forgotten forever.

Boy is it nice to have the Starks back at Winterfell.

3. The Trial

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The season finale of season 6 of Game of Thrones had the arduous task of following up the “Battle of the Bastards.” And it did so with a bang. Literally. Cersei Lannister and Loras Tyrell were to stand trial for their individual indiscretions. While Loras freely confessed to his crimes, and vowed to serve the seven, Cersei was nowhere to be seen. In addition, the Mountain kept King Tommen from attending the trial, leaving Margery Tyrell there without her husband.

Cersie never planned to stand trial, especially once trial by combat was no longer an option. When Margery realizes that both Cersie and Tommen are missing, she knows something is wrong. She pleas with the High Sparrow that it is time for them all to leave. But it was too late. While Lancel bled to death underneath the trial, a wax candle burned above spilled Wildfire. Once ignited, the results were devestating. The High Sparrow, Margery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, and many others were instantly killed.

Not only did this moment wipe out the future of House Tyrell, it drove Tommen to commit suicide, and escalated Cersei to the Iron Throne. This is arguably one of the most pivotal moments of the entire series and its effects will no doubt be felt in season seven.

2. King In The North

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We’ve heard the chants “King in the North” in Game of Thrones before. The last time was shortly after Ned Stark had been executed, and the northern houses rallied around Rob Stark. They declared the Young Wolf the King in the North. He kept the title until the heartbreaking “Red Wedding”.

This time, after another powerful speech by Lady Mormont, the same houses that did not rally around Jon Snow during the “Battle of the Bastards”, knelt before him, declaring him, the White Wolf, the King in the North. If you are capable of having goosebumps, you had them here.

Things are starting to look up in Winterfell. Jon Snow has the support of the northern houses, the Free Folk, and his sister, Sansa. The big question is how will Lord Baelish deal with Jon being declared King in the North? Littlefinger made his plans clear. Every move he makes is to secure the Iron Throne, with Sansa by his side. Having a new King in the North is an obstacle he cannot be happy about. For now, though, Jon Snow is the King in the North, long may he reign.

1. Jon Snow Lives

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Prior to the start of the season, last we saw Jon Snow, he was bleeding out after the Mutiny at Castle Black. Heading into season 6, the question looming largest was, will Jon Snow live? The consensus was that he had died, the real issue was, would he come back? The rest of the summer, fall, and winter, leading up to season 6, was spent looking for hidden clues. Fan theories spread over the internet. Fusses were made over Kit Harrington’s (the actor who plays Jon Snow) hair, whether he was on set, and that the Red Woman returning to Castle Black had to be of significance.

When season 6 finally arrived, Jon was dead. And he stayed dead for at least an episode. It turns out that many of the fan theories were correct. After Edd and the wildlings return to save Davos, and the others loyal to Jon, from Thorne, Melisandre attempts to revive the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. For a moment she appears to be unsuccessful, but right before the episode ends, Jon gasps for air as the screen goes black.

Once brought back to life, Jon recites that there was nothing in death. He then reunites with Edd and Tormund, and carries out the execution of the mutiny leaders. While it may have been obvious that Jon would return, we all took a sigh of relief when he finally did, making this the one of the best moments of season 6.

THE BEST MOMENT: Jon Snow’s Parentage

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Were you scared it wasn’t going to get its own entry on this list? Don’t worry, we aren’t that stupid. One of the largest debates among Game of Thrones fans has been, who is Jon Snow? Is he really just the bastard son of Ned Stark, or is there something else to him? Well, we finally got our answer in the season 6 finale.

In Bran’s final vision of the season, we follow Ned Stark into the Tower of Joy, where he finds his sister, Lyanna in a bed of blood. Knowing she is going to die, she brings Ned close and whispers something to him. She asks Ned for a promise. She tells Ned that if Robert finds out, he would kill him. It’s then that we hear the cries of a baby. As Ned holds the child in his arms, we get a close up on the baby’s face, before cutting to Jon Snow!

The implications of this moment are astronomical. Does Jon Snow now have the greatest claim to the Iron Throne. What other secrets are there looming around him? We’ll have to wait until seasons seven to find out for sure – and that wait just became much harder.

Hopefully you were watching the finale with somebody, so when Jon’s truth was revealed, you could turn to that person and display whatever vivid emotions you were feeling. For finding out that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark, is the greatest moment of season 6 of Game of Thrones.

When it comes to a show as popular as Game of Thrones, there are bound to be disagreements over the most exciting and pivotal moments in a season. What were your favorite moments from season 6 of Game of Thrones? What did we leave off that should have been included? Let us know in the comments!