Spoilers below, duh.
HUNDREDS PERISH IN GREAT SEPT EXPLOSION
King Tommen Baratheon commits suicide
Cersei Lannister – mother of late King Baratheon – appointed Queen of Westeros
Former Night’s Watch Lord Commander John Snow appointed King of the North
KING’S LANDING, WESTEROS – The Great Sept of Baelor in King’s Landing was brought to ruins after a large wildfire explosion erupted beneath the once-great religious hall, cutting short the High Sparrow’s trials of Ser Loras Tyrell – The Flower Knight and heir to Highgarden – and Queen Mother Cersei Lannister. Lannister was still in the Red Keep at the time of the explosion. Casualties included trial onlookers, including Queen Margaery Baratheon (née Tyrell), her father Lord Mace Tyrell – Lord of Highgarden, Warden of the South, Lord Paramount of the Reach, Master of Ships and Master of Coin – Hand of the King and Protector of the Realm Kevan Lannister, and the High Sparrow. Sources close to the Tyrell family state House Tyrell Matriarch Olenna Tyrell was in the south during the time of the incident, and is the last living survivor of this Great House. The future of House Tyrell is unknown at this point.
Following the explosion, King Tommen Baratheon took his own life, jumping from a window at the Red Keep to the streets below. Baratheon was the youngest and last living child of Lannister and her late husband Robert Baratheon.
In a seemingly related but separate incident, Grand Maester Pycelle, long-time loyalist to House Lannister and servant of the Crown, was found dead with multiple stab wounds. No word on who is responsible for the Grand Maester’s death, but he was last seen with a peasant child.
With King Tommen’s death and the elimination of the entire Small Council, Lannister has since ascended to the Iron Throne as Cersei of the House Lannister, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms. While only speculation, reports indicate that Daenerys Targaryen – Mother of Dragons, The Unburnt, Breaker of Chains, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea – is moving westward to stake her claim on the Seven Kingdoms. With her fleet of ships housing an army of Unsullied, Freed Men and Dothraki, Targaryen advances with guidance from her newly appointed Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister.
At Winterfell, Former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow was appointed King of the North by other Northern Houses upon his victory over House Bolton and capture of Winterfell. Lyanna Mormont – Lady of Bear Island – led the anointment with unanimous support from vassal Houses across The North pledging fealty to House Stark. The scene recalled a similar proceeding when Snow’s half-brother Robb Stark was appointed as King of the North after Lord Eddard Stark’s death and at the onset of the War of the Five Kings.
Across the Riverlands at The Twins, Lord Walder Frey – Lord of the Crossing, Lord of Riverrun and Lord Paramount of the Trident – and his two sons Lothar Frey and Walder Rivers (aka “Black Walder”) were found murdered at the head of their table. The grisly scene – discovered after a banquet celebrating the defeat of House Tully with the Lannister army – included Frey’s body with a severe throat laceration, and pieces his sons inside the filling of nearby pot pies. Suspects include an unknown female server reported to be employed by the Lannisters. No arrests have been made at this time.
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