Watch An Entire Bar Of Game Of Thrones Fans Lose It To Season 6
By Rachel Cromidas in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 29, 2016 6:16PM
If you were shocked to see how things shook out for Cersei, Tommen, Margaery and all the rest in the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones, you weren't alone: We're still reeling from the finale, but at least now we can relive the emotional rollercoaster among friends whenever we want, courtesy of The Burlington bar in Chicago's Logan Square.
The Burlington has been dutifully hosting Sunday night Game of Thrones screenings and recording the audiences' reactions for years. They're up on YouTube now, so you can follow along as each episode of season 6 unfolds before their eyes. It should go without saying, but spoilers abound, below.
That time Cersei blew up the Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing? It's here. They've also got the heart-wrenching Battle of the Bastards (fast forward about 9 minutes into that video to watch Ramsay become puppy chow and catch Sansa's smirk at the end of the scene) and the emotionally-devastating scene in which Hodor's identity and backstory are revealed.
Here's the first half of the Burlington crowd's reactions to the season finale (the second half will be posted sometime today, Youtuber Sean L promises):
About a minute and 30 seconds in, the particularly Logan Square-looking group gapes with the same confused and dumbstruck expression I surely had while watching Lancel Lannister discover the lit kegs of wild fire underneath the sept, and cheer as Queen Margaery tries in vain to save her family before it all goes up in a puff of fluorescent green smoke. "Holy shit," a woman says, speaking for us all, while a man in a Hawaiian shirt throws his hands in the air in elation. It's a powerful moment in a season full of complete WTFs.
About 7:25 minutes in, the Queen of Thorns pays some major fan service toward silencing the useless Sand Snakes; around 8:45 Dany names Tyrion hand of the queen and everyone cries; and perhaps most importantly, at 9:20 in Arya serves Walder Frey some hotly-anticipated Frey pie. Arya's become a ruthlessly vengeful killer, but we're all so damn happy about it. This season veered ahead of the books' storyline in a number of ways, but scenes like these are a good reminder of how many long-running fan theories were confirmed this year, to fans' delight.
(Shoutout to the woman wearing a shirt emblazoned with a larger-than-life print of Daenerys Targaryen head.)
Here are a few more of our favorite clips, starting with the infamous Hodor scene: