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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sources: moviepilot, huffingtonpost
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