Season 6 of Game of Thrones was a huge success for the HBO network, and continued to draw in millions of viewers for each episode. Breaking records for its popularity, the series seems to continue to draw in new fans. While other shows tend to dwindle in their story-line, Game of Thrones has proven to get better with each new season. Fans have witnessed their favorite characters grow up on screen, and the plot is starting to really take shape.
Not only have the characters set out on their own journey, but some have come full circle to give a nod to earlier days in the series. Daenerys returned to her Dothraki roots and even spent some time as a slave herself, and Jon Snow was able to return to his state of a free citizen once his resurrection freed him from his vow to The Night’s Watch.
While Season 6 has proven to live up to all the expectations that come from a show that brought us The Red Wedding and the beheading of Eddard Stark, there have also been a few disappointments for die-hard fans of the series. From inconsistencies with the book series to mistakes by some of the main characters, this season of Game of Thrones hasn’t been completely filled with all that fans hoped for in the HBO series. Check out our list for the 15 disappointments in Season 6 of Game of Thrones, and see the blunders that fans want fixed for the upcoming seasons.
15. Daenerys Sent Ser Jorah Mormont Off To Find The Cure
The love triangle surrounding Daenerys is a bit complicated, since it’s not like she can run off and marry for love. Mirri Maz Duur made it perfectly clear that Daenerys is barren, and compared the possibility of bearing a living child with the sun rising in the west and setting in the east. Since the point of marriage in Game of Thrones is to create an alliance and an heir to further the lineage, her inability to bear children greatly affects her love life.
While neither Ser Jorah Mormont or Daario Naharis seem concerned with taking actual marriage vows or having children with her, they have been in competition in who would ensnare her heart. After Mormont’s betrayal had become known, Daenerys banished him from Meereen and then again when he returned with Tyrion. While he was ultimately able to gain back her favor, divulging his Greyscale disease was definitely another one of his mistakes. Although there were rare cases of those afflicted with Greyscale being able to stave off becoming a full-fledged Stone Man, it seems like a mistake for Daenerys to send off the dying Mormont to go find the cure.
14. Lord Varys Leaves For Westeros
Chemistry on screen is something that can’t be taught, and something that show runners hope to create. So, when two characters on a show have true chemistry on screen, it is something that can’t be overlooked. While Game of Thrones often separates its characters so they can continue on their own journey, there are some glimpses into their relationships that have fans craving for more. The relationship between Lord Varys and Tyrion Lannister became increasingly dynamic in Season 5 of the series, and spawned some amazing lines like, “Do you know what it’s like to stuff your s**t through one of those air holes?… No, I only know what it’s like to pick up your sh**t and throw it overboard.”
Fans were hoping to see more of this great onscreen chemistry between them in Season 6, so it was disappointing to see Varys leave Meereen to sail back to Westeros. Not only will the fans miss out on their witty banter, but it’s hard to imagine that life will be easy for Varys in returning to a place that wants to see him executed for his role in helping Tyrion escape.
13. Children Of The Forest Couldn’t Defeat The White Walkers
One of the biggest revelations in Season 6 of Game of Thrones was the fact that it was the Children of the Forest that were responsible for the creation of the White Walkers. While it seems completely plausible that they would create a race of non-human warriors to help fight their battle against mankind, it seems a bit surprising that they wouldn’t be able to defeat them.
Some have compared this to how Frankenstein’s monster ultimately became his doom, and he was no longer able to control the beast he created. Yet, since the Children of the Forest were a non-human race, they should have more power than just a few globes of burning balls. The book series goes back to centuries ago when the Children of the Forest actually made a pact with mankind, so the natural inclination of the series would be that the Children of the Forest would have some sort of way of defeating the White Walkers more easily.
12. Queen Margaery Walk Of Shame?
When Cersei Lannister made the Walk of Atonement through the streets of King’s Landing, many fans thought it was a befitting punishment. While not in agreement with the fanaticism that came from the High Sparrow, it was nice to see Cersei taken down a peg (and the naked thing wasn’t bad either). With Cersei back at The Red Keep, fans wondered when Margaery would make the Walk of Atonement back into the arms of King Tommen. Yet, there were many other events surrounding her walk of shame, and it seems everyone had their own ideas on how it would all work out.
The Tyrells and the Lannisters worked together to display a show of force to prevent her walk, but Margaery didn’t know what they were planning so she had to plot a scheme of her own. The High Sparrow declared, “There will be no Walk of Atonement. Queen Margaery has already atoned for her sins, by bringing another into the true light of The Seven.” This was no doubt a way for her to get out from the dungeons of The Sept, but it was a disappointment that there wasn’t any bloodshed between The Crown and The Faith.
11. Brienne And Jaime Lannister
Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister have always been an interesting love story, since Jaime looks like a typical Prince Charming character and Brienne is mocked for her atypical look and “lack” of beauty. While the two started off at odds, they slowly grew a bond that became more than just a friendship. Jaime risked his life to save Brienne a number of times, he gifted her his prized Valyrian steel sword, and he gazed upon her homeland with a look of love. Yet the two are on opposite sides in the storyline, and are considered enemies. Although it was Jaime who sent Brienne to go find Sansa and keep her safe, now that Brienne is fighting for House Stark the two are again set on opposite sides of the fighting line.
It was extremely disappointing to see that not only were the two fighting for different sides, but there wasn’t more of a physical connection between the two after being separated for so long. All fans got was a wave and a smile once she rowed away from Riverrun, and they’ll have to wait through the long break of the series to see if something will ever happen between them.
10. The North Remembers?
Fans can forgive that the Karstarks have taken up with the Boltons, since King Robb beheaded their Lord. Yet, it’s a little more difficult to forgive all the other Northern Houses for not rising up and fighting alongside Sansa Stark and Jon Snow. The Umbers betrayed House Stark by giving Rickon to Ramsay Bolton, and the bulk of the other Northern Houses didn’t even bother to respond to the ravens sent out by Jon Snow when rallying soldiers to take back Winterfell.
When Sansa and Jon Snow went to House Glover to get their support, what they received was a slap in the face rather than a pledge of allegiance. Lord Glover was asked whether or not he remembered that his House was pledged to House Stark. He responded with, “I served House Stark once, but House Stark is dead.” The Glovers weren’t the only ones to sneer at Jon’s attitude toward the Wildlings, since House Tarly had a similar reaction to Gilly when she showed up with Samwell Tarly.
9. Death Of The Blackfish
With the Starks in danger of being snuffed out, fans root for any relations that have any connection with their House. This includes the bastard, Jon Snow, as well as House Tully, the family of Catelyn Stark. While Edmure Tully (Catelyn’s brother) was taken captive by the Freys at The Red Wedding, The Blackfish (Brynden Tully) was able to get away. He was able to take the castle at Riverrun, and even protected it under the threat that the Freys would hang Edmure Tully. In the end, it was Edmure that betrayed his people and allowed the Lannister and Frey force into the castle gates.
Although The Blackfish had the opportunity to sail away with Brienne of Tarth and live to fight another day, he chose to stay and fight to the death. Fans were disappointed by his death, since he had a true connection to the glory days of The King of the North, but the most disappointing thing was that no one saw him die. Surely they could have spared a few minutes of screen time to produce a battle scene that would show fans the death of The Blackfish?
8. Faceless Man: Friend or Foe?
When Jaqen H’ghar first made his appearance on Game of Thrones, fans were thrilled to see someone helping Arya Stark. While Hot Pie and Lommy were loyal friends, they definitely weren’t as resourceful as the Faceless Man. H’ghar was truly grateful for Arya’s help, so much so that he helped her escape Harrenhal and gave her the Braavosi coin that led her to the House of Black and White. While her journey to learn the ways of the Faceless Men wasn’t exactly easy, fans always felt rest assured that all of her struggles were for her betterment.
Yet Season 6 proved that Jaqen H’ghar didn’t have true affection for Arya, and only pursued what would help The Many-Faced God. When Arya refused to kill the actress, H’ghar chose to sacrifice Arya to The Many-Faced God. What a disappointment in the teacher, mentor, and supposed friend to one of the last living members of House Stark!
7. The Three-Eyed Raven Swap
Brandon Stark seems to have been on the hunt for The Three-Eyed Raven ever since the first season of the series, so the emergence of his physical form at the end of season 5 was a huge elation for fans. He definitely lived up to all the hype, since he truly looked like a creature from the dawn of time. Growing beneath a Weirwood tree, Struan Rodger originally played the role and the character had a bearded long-haired look that was very much part of the tree.
Yet Season 6 emerged with not only a completely different actor taking the role, but a completely different sense of the character. Max von Sydow was recast, and the character no longer had the ancient and tree-like features like before. Instead, he just looked like an old man sitting in a tree chair. Despite the disappointment by the lack of visual effects for the character, it also seemed anticlimactic at the end. After spending so many seasons in search of The Three-Eyed Raven, it was seriously disheartening that he was killed off.
6. The Three-Eyed Raven Didn’t Offer Much Help
Meera Reed said it best when she stated, “I sit in there, I watch him have his visions, and nothing ever happens.” While fans really enjoyed seeing some of the flashback scenes involving a younger Eddard Stark, it was disappointing that The Three-Eyed Raven didn’t offer more insight into how to hone Bran’s time traveling abilities. It seemed like he left Bran in the dark about a lot of different things, as if there wasn’t a hoard of White Walkers out to take over the world.
He obviously had plenty of opportunities to warn him about all the dangers and advantages during their time traveling adventures, but he never once told him, “By the way, don’t let the White Walkers touch you otherwise they will be able to enter the cave.” It seemed like anytime Bran was able to gain some real insight into the past, The Three-Eyed Raven would yank him back before explaining anything. That doesn’t seem like the best decision, since he’s dead now and Bran is again on his own.
5. The Cave Of Blunders
When Bran finally made it to The Three-Eyed Raven, it seemed that fans would finally get to see a bit of triumph for one of the favorite children of House Stark. Yet, the cave beneath the Weirwood tree was filled with one blunder after the next. Not only did The Three-Eyed Raven get destroyed by the White Walkers, but Hodor was killed in the prolific “Hold the door” scene. Since they knew that the White Walkers were coming, it was extremely disappointing that they stuck around long enough for them to actually get there.
It also seemed strange that there wasn’t some sort of plan in place on how to get out in a hurry. Where was the urgency after realizing the Army of the Dead was on its way? It seems like the series loves to kill off the Starks and their Direwolf counterparts, but it was disappointing that yet another Direwolf was killed off. Attacked by a group of Wights, it was yet another casualty of the cave of blunders.
4. Why Hasn’t Someone Killed The High Sparrow?
If Game of Thrones has taught us anything, it’s that the most powerful people in the series are made so through their cunning rather than their strength. Although Tyrion Lannister had all the odds stacked against him, he still managed to outwit his enemies and take the highest adviser’s position next to The Mother of Dragons. So, The High Sparrow wasn’t the first character to become a force to be reckoned with on the series, using his cunning wrapped in his age and feeble form. But commanding an overwhelming force and having the ability to mold and sculpt impressionable minds, he has quickly become one of the most dangerous men in King’s Landing.
So why hasn’t someone killed him already? There have been numerous chances throughout Season 6, since he was accessible to different characters in a number of scenes. Even if the characters weren’t able to do it in front of The Great Sept of Baelor, they could have enlisted the help of some cleverly disguised followers who could have at least made an attempt on his life.
3. Long Live King Tommen?
When Tommen took the Iron Throne in place of his brother, fans had high hopes on the kind of King he would become. With a gentle heart and the willingness to learn from his advisors, it seemed that he would become a King that truly deserved to sit on the Iron Throne. Yet his character was quite contradictory throughout Season 6. Although he had a nice heart-to-heart with Cersei where he asked for her help in ruling the Seven Kingdoms, he changed his tune when he started listening to the High Sparrow.
While it seemed like a good thing that he didn’t have a taste for blood like King Joffrey, his gentle heart proved to be a failing quality when he couldn’t even get his own mother and wife out from imprisonment. King Tommen seemed to cower on more than one occasion, and even allowed the High Sparrow to continue the trial for his mother. Yet, the worst disappointment came when he announced that they would no longer allow trial by combat. Calling it “barbaric,” this was a huge disappointment to Cersei and for fans hoping to see another epic battle seen like Oberyn vs. The Mountain.
2. Sansa Kept Jon Snow In The Dark
The Stark siblings have been separated for so long that fans doubted whether or not they would ever reunite. Jon Snow made his way to The Wall, and Sansa Stark was quickly on her own once Eddard Stark was beheaded. When the two finally reunited in Season 6 of the show fans were thrilled to finally see a possibility of House Stark uniting. Since Snow was murdered by his fellow Men of the Night’s Watch, he felt freed from his vows once his body was resurrected.
Although he was still a bastard, he was free to fight for House Stark and reclaim Winterfell. Sansa and Jon had a great heart-to-heart moment where it seemed that both had used their experiences to grow a closer bond, which would help them in their united fight against the Boltons. Yet Sansa held back crucial information which would have greatly impacted the number of deaths during the battle. Even if she didn’t know for sure that Littlefinger would be able to bring the knights of the Vale, she should have at least conveyed the possibility. Maybe Wun Wun didn’t have to die if Jon Snow would have known about a back-up plan.
1. Ian McShane Only Appeared In One Episode
Ian McShane has played a number of memorable characters onscreen, and he’s no stranger to donning anything from a pirate’s cap to a Knight’s armor. So, when it was announced that he would be joining the cast of Game of Thrones, there were high hopes for which character he would portray. Since HBO let him go when his Deadwood series had been canceled, it seemed he found his new home at the network with Game of Thrones.
He gave a few hints on who he would portray, saying, “My character is an ex-warrior who’s become a peacenik, so I have this group of peaceful—sort of like a cult—a peaceful tribe. I bring back a much-loved character everybody thinks is dead.” Although he made a great impression on The Hound and helped bring him back into the fold of the story-line, his character only lasted for a single episode. Portraying a Septon that dies in episode 7 of the season, fans were crushed to see that he wouldn’t be a lasting character in the series.