Warning: Spoilers for all of Game of Thrones Season 6 below, but hopefully you figured that out already.
That's it for another season of Game of Thrones! We'd say it was in the books, but technically, that's not accurate - since at this point we're far, far beyond the George R.R. Martin novels on which the TV series is based. Usually at the end of a Thronesseason, we can play a tricky game where we pretend to speculate on what's going to happen... but secretly, we kind of know what's going to happen.
...But that doesn't mean we can't make some educated guesses. There are reportedly 13 episodes left in Game of Thrones, which means we're rapidly approaching the endgame (in case it wasn't clear from that epic final shot). With that in mind, here's everything we still need to know after the explosive Season 6 finale, "The Winds of Winter":
1. What is The Great War?
This one should be pretty clear: it's the Realm of Men vs. The Night's King and his White Walkers. Except the oft-mentioned phrase (BenJen drops it to Bran before he heads back uptown) may refer to something greater than that... Remember, there are the ice zombies that want to eat/kill everyone, but there's also whatever is going on with the Lord of Light, the Seven and all of Westeros' many religions. The battle might be for more that the lives of everyone in the Seven Kingdoms: it might be for their souls, as well.
2. Okay, but what about the slightly less great, but still pretty great war?
Oh, you mean that little battle between Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and everyone else for control of the Iron Throne? Clearly, we're picking sides here, what with half our characters saying #ImWithHer; and the other half either up North, or going nutty in King's Landing. The big question going into our last two seasons is whether Dany will take the Throne, then take on the White Walkers — or if there'll even be a Throne left for her to sit on in the end.
3. Can Cersei just crown herself queen?
Previous kings have had to deal with a whole approval process. Even with the death of the entire Small Council (they were all in the exploding sept/stabbed by li'l children), there should be some discussion about having a heretofore unprecedented crowning, right? I get that Cersei (Lena Headey) is using "emergency circumstances" to grab the throne, but how tenuous will her rule be when we pick up next season?
4. Will Jaime support her?
While Cersei has delved further into madness and power grabs, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has grown uncomfortably into his humanity... So when he sees how far Cersei has fallen to get so high, will he support his family member and lover? Or will he add Queenslayer to his resume next to Kingslayer?
5. Does Varys have a teleportation device?
I know there's a flexible timeline on the show, but seeing Varys (Conleth Hill) get to Dorne so quickly, then back to Meereen was... weird, even by Game of Thrones standards. Anyway, as much as the Dorne storyline has blown harder than a sept filled with wildfire, it'll be nice to see Dany build out her "Bad Blood" squad next season.
6. How does Frey Pie taste?
That's an easy one:
7. Okay, but what's next for Arya?
Due to some last-minute resurrections, a few names that were knocked off Arya's (Maisie Williams) list are back in play, including both Cleganes (Hound and Mountain). But chances are the brothers will cancel each other out. She also has Beric and Thoros of the Brotherhood Without Banners on her list, and Cersei. But there's one name that's headed directly into her cross-hairs: Melisandre (Carice van Houten). I wouldn't bet money on Arya actually killing her, but the Red Priestess is headed south... and right into Arya's Needle.
Yeah, it's coming (sort of). There's no way we're getting out of this series without The Hound (Rory McCann) taking the fight to his undead brother The Mountain (Ian Whyte).
9. How long will it take Sam to read every book in that library?
That's not what he's doing there!!! Actually, I have no idea what the long game is for Jon's good friend Sam (John Bradley), but ostensibly he's in Oldtown to learn more about how to stop the White Walkers. That said, Sam the Slayer probably needs to stop being comic relief, and prove his worth one more time. Also, can someone please buy Gilly (Hannah Murray) a stroller? That kid is yuge.
10. Whose side is Littlefinger on?
It's pretty obvious, based on his speech to Sansa (Sophie Turner) in the weirwood that Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is only on his own side. Even when he's motivated by a perverted love for the eldest Stark daughter based on his prior love for her mommy, deep down all he wants is to sit on the Iron Throne. The big question though is whether he'll once again betray the Starks (remember, he was the one who spearheaded Ned's death in Season 1), or if he'll redeem himself by the time the Great War begins.
11. Is Jon a good choice for king?
We know that tiny Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) is such a boss, Fifth Harmony named their song "Bo$$" after her. But other than her rousing speech in favor of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), what makes everyone think he'd be a great king? He nearly lost the Battle of the Bastards, and up until then seemed very iffy on the whole leadership thing. Still, he showed good judgment in telling Sansa she should be the one to lead Winterfell, and ultimately this is his hero myth. He's past the refusal of the call, and into the belly of the whale. Basically, he'll be a good king, because the story wants him to be a good king.
12. Okay, but what was up with the behbeh?
I know my calculus, and it doesn't just mean that U+Me=Us. It also means that R+L=J... Or in other words, Jon is really the son of Rhaeger Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. They were trying to be all subtle about it, but after this reveal, we know that Jon - not Dany - is first in line for the Iron Throne, can bond with her dragons, and probably will marry her because Westeros is a gross, gross, place. The trick, though, is whether Jon will find out that he's a Targaryen, too.
13. What is Bran's ultimate purpose?
Other than exposition, you mean? It's not totally clear, since his vision of R+L=J doesn't affect the Great War that much, unless you factor in Jon getting to look cool riding a dragon as important. The popular theory is that - as BenJen hinted at - Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) will accidentally break the Wall, removing the magic that keeps the Night's King in the North. That said, that's a pretty s--tty purpose, isn't it? Hopefully Bran has some more powers that get revealed before the end of this, because it would be pretty sad for the lame Stark otherwise.
14. How much did you cry when Tyrion became Hand?
A lot, right? Because after six seasons, the emotional pay off of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) finding someone who trusts him and supports him without any guile was enormous. More than anything else in the episode - and there were some phenomenal moments - when Dany put the pin on, I could have kissed her and cried.
15. But will Tyrion get to ride a dragon?
Maybe not... But finally, Tyrion is exactly where he belongs, and it's a beautiful place.
16. Is Dany a good choice for Queen?
She's a hell of a lot better than Cersei, I'll say that. But more importantly, she's starting to make the right decisions for the right reasons; making choices not to prove how strong she is, or to make a point, but to support her ultimate cause of taking back Westeros. She's far from done with training, but she finally has an army at her back and powerful forces aligned in her corner. She'll certainly make more mistakes, but she will (hopefully) start making smaller, and less deadly ones.
17. When is Jorah gonna die already?
Wow, morbid much? Jorah (Iain Glen) will definitely kick the bucket well before the end of the show; but if he dies saving Dany - instead of from his greyscale infection - he'll be the most happy fella.
18. How big a threat is Euron?
Unclear, really. Other than a few short appearances, Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon's (Alfie Allen) evil uncle Euron (Pilou Asbaek) hasn't shown just how bad he can be. Right now, the Greyjoys are teamed up with a massive army headed to Westeros; while Euron was scrambling to make ships so he could head to Meereen. Will they be literally two ships passing in the night? Or will he provide the naval support Cersei needs to try and stop Dany's army?
19. Where are Brienne and Pod?
Like Gendry, still rowing.
Got questions of your own? Or answers? Let us know in the comments below!