What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger. – Drowned Men of the Iron Islands and servants of the Drowned God
A curtain call for Margaery Tyrell, Mace Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, Kevan Lannister, Lancel Lannister, the Sparrows, Septons, the High Sparrow and many other high lords and ladies unfortunately present in the Sept of Baelor on the day of trial. It was outside this Sept that Ned Stark had his head removed back in Season 1. We are now in Season 6 and surprising head removals will no longer do the trick. A terrorist attack of nearly thermonuclear proportion sure does. The build up to this event was masterful as Lancel follows one of Qyburn’s little birds (now just murderers) below the Sept. Lancel is familiar with wildfire from the Battle of Blackwater Bay, he was “this-close” to blowing out the candle and yet, a world away. Cersei continued her moniker of kin-slayer as she wiped out half of the remaining Lannisters in her Uncle Kevan (we shall never see your name spelled this way again) and Cousin/Ex Lancel. May the families of the victims in the Sept of Baelor find solace in the words of the Ironborn “what is dead may never die.”
Queen Margaery Tyrell married three kings, mothered no children and lost her power struggle with Cersei for the Iron Throne. Margaery was the only Tyrell even remotely similar to the wisest Tyrell of all, Lady Olenna the Queen of Thorns. Mace and Loras Tyrell were never described as cunning or wise but their final moments of despair were heartbreaking before their demise. Loras was punished for having the last name Tyrell and living truly as himself. Did he have to confess his “crimes” and get the mark of the Seven knifed into his head before his fiery death? Of course, this is Game of Thrones and Loras cracked as a prisoner of the Faith Militant within an episode of captivity. Mace Tyrell “Lord of Highgarden” was an amusing character and a bumbling fool at times. Although not a major character the look of fear he gave Margaery before the end was heart wrenching and his presence often offered some comic relief to the grim nature of this story. The future of the Tyrell family may have been vanquished but their deaths will not be in vain. Beware the vengeance of a powerful Mother and Grandmother with nothing left to lose. Lady Olenna we look to you for resolve in these difficult times.
Now to the High Sparrow a man who was pious, generous, eternally faithful and an utter fool. If absolute power corrupts then limited power blinds. The High Sparrow forgot the biggest threat to burgeoning startups, complacency. The High Sparrow grew content with the rise of the Faith Militant and confused his power to judge high lords to actually controlling them. He didn’t know that Margaery played him and that his influence over a King meant nothing if that King is weak. His negligence killed everyone in that Sept just as much as Cersei did. By pushing Cersei into a corner in the banning of trial by combat he overlooked the fact that Cersei had to lash out violently to defend herself. In his final moments the High Sparrow felt true fear and the haunting look he gives Margaery displays it in full force. I will miss the great acting of Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow but I’m glad the Faith Militant storyline is at an end. The influence of the Faith will still be felt throughout the final seasons. Regardless of how religious the rest of Southern Westeros (The North worships the Old Gods) is, the common folk and remaining Southern Lords have to take offense to a ruler destroying a sacred Sept and killing countless inside with fire. May the light of Seven give guidance to all those seeking to rise up against the Iron Throne. Unless they worship the Drowned God, Old Gods, Lord of Light aka R’hllor or are not particularly religious. Freedom of religion for all in an ideal Westeros.