Game of Thrones’ 7 Burning Questions Before the Season 6 Finale


The Battle of the Bastards is over, but the Game of Thrones season 6 action still has one more night to rage on.

The latest season of the hit HBO fantasy series will air its big finale this Sunday in an extra-long episode that has a lot of burning questions to address during its 69-minute run time. Last week was a bloody good time as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) successfully retook Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton, but there’s still many a dangling plotline to be resolved before we say goodbye to the show for another year. 

Here are the questions we’re hoping to see answered when the finale airs on Sunday, June 26.

Will Jon Snow’s parentage finally be revealed?

Unless you’ve been living in a self-constructed bubble designed to shield you from Game of Thrones fan theories, you’ve probably heard of the one known as “R + L = J” — a logical little equation that solves the series-long problem of Jon Snow being very obviously not Ned Stark’s son, and one we’ve all been waiting years to have confirmed. And after teasing this question with Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) having a psychic flashback journey to the Tower of Joy earlier this season, it’s not unreasonable to think the show might give him some closure and us a little satisfaction on Sunday, and just spill the beans already. C’mon, Game of Thrones. Everybody knows, anyway.

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Finn Jones (kneeling) and Jonathan Pryce on ‘Game of Thrones.’ Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Will they get rid of that pesky Sparrow infestation?

The religious fanatics who overtook King’s Landing this season are getting awfully cocky after forming an alliance with the Crown — and against Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), which means they’re due for a takedown sooner rather than later. But Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) is also in the mix with her own motivations for seeing the High Sparrow defeathered. Will it be a race to see who can get to him first, or will the women form an unlikely alliance against their common enemy?

Can we please be done with Dorne?

The bloody takeover of the Dornish throne by Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and her daughters was a surprisingly boring (and seemingly pointless) distraction from the rest of the Game of Thrones action. On the upside, the show hasn’t returned to Dorne since, which means there’s a decent chance that the answer to this question is “yes.”

Will Daenerys make her final move?

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has been killing time in Mereen for ages now. And much as we love seeing her break chains, kill khals and do the bang-bang with Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman), her ultimate goal has always been the Iron Throne — and now she’s got the army and the armada to make her play for it.

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Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage on ‘Game of Thrones.’ Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Is another heartfelt reunion in store?

Remember when Jon Snow and Sansa Stark met again at Castle Black, and they hugged and it was amazing? Well, if word reaches Arya (Maisie Williams) that her sister is alive and back in the family home, we might see another moment like that before the end of the season finale. Or, alternately, might Arya encounter her old frenemy The Hound (Rory McCann) on her way to Winterfell? Possibilities!

Will Littlefinger make his play for Sansa?

We know, we know: GROSS. But despite having married her off to a sadistic lunatic, Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) has been clearly sweating the eldest Stark daughter for a while now, and hey, she is single again. In short, we should probably prepare ourselves for a slimy proposal to happen during the finale — and cross our fingers that Sansa’s answer is the (figurative) evisceration Littlefinger so richly deserves.

Is Tommen going to die?

Only let’s be honest, y’all: It’s more like, “WHEN is Tommen going to die?” Thanks to Cersei’s season 5 flashback scene, we know she’s doomed to outlive all three of her children — and after the tragic poisoning death of Princess Myrcella on the boat back from Dorne, poor naive Tommen Baratheon (Dean Charles Chapman) is officially living on borrowed time. But with only one Lannister kiddo left, the showrunners can’t be hasty, which means that Tommen will likely survive the finale … this time.

Tell Us: Which lingering Game of Thrones questions do you hope to get answered in the season 6 finale?

Game of Thrones‘ season 6 finale airs on HBO Sunday, June 26, at 9 p.m. ET.

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