The Winds of Winter: Seven Scenes from the Game of Thrones Finale for Filipinos

The Winds of Winter: Seven Scenes from the Game of Thrones Finale for Filipinos. Written by Bam Alegre for SubSelfie.com.

Warning: Spoilers are coming. All images courtesy of HBO.

After toying with my emotions for weeks, HBO’s epic television series Game of Thrones ended its sixth season with “The Winds of Winter.”

I’m still trying to recover from all the stress in the Seven Kingdoms. But I’m not alone; many of my friends are also enduring Westerosi withdrawal symptoms. I guess the series is quite relatable.

Here are seven scenes from the finale that Filipinos like me may find familiar. Let’s start in chronological order, all the way from King’s Landing…

Confess

Politics is one of the classic pastimes of Filipinos. And now is a curious time. If winter has finally arrived in Game of Thrones after six seasons, “change is coming” in the Philippines for the next six years.

The presidency of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now upon us and after a wave of killings involving alleged criminals and drug addicts, many self-confessed state sinners and substance abusers are now afraid.

Shame! Shame!

Hundreds of these people have now surrendered to the police, fearing that they will become the next casualty in this intensified campaign against crime.

At least their foreheads won’t be mutilated like Ser Loras Tyrell who humbly confessed his shortcomings to Pope Francis the High Sparrow during the trial.

Forehead tattoo.
Forehead tattoo.
The High Sparrow.
The High Sparrow.
Ser Loras Tyrell of Highgarden, confessing before the High Sparrow.
The trial of Ser Loras Tyrell of Highgarden.

Usisero Mentality

There were many commoners who watched the Faith Militant’s trial of Loras and Cersei. If it happened in the Philippines, I’m sure many more would be in attendance. Just because.

Some will live tweet every update. Some will take selfies with Queen Margaery in the background. Some may even do an FB Live broadcast.

And more would have died.

If you just stayed at home...
If you all just stayed at home…
Because you didn't mind your own business.
…but no, you all had to watch.
Burn.
Burn!

The Little Birds

President Duterte will also implement a curfew that shall ban minors in the streets by 10pm. He is also pushing for a three-child policy for families.

Just look at what children are capable of when they are left unsupervised. Please, save the children!

Batang hamog.
Batang hamog.
Cold-blooded.
Cold-blooded.
Child labor.
Child labor.

No More Chance

After banishing Jorah Mormont in the friend zone, Queen Daenerys channeled her inner Bea Alonzo (circa One More Chance) against Daario Naharis.

"Poy, Ayoko na. I don't even know kung tama 'tong ginagawa kong 'to pero ang alam ko dapat ko nang tapusin to."
“Poy, ayoko na. I don’t even know kung tama ‘tong ginagawa kong ‘to pero ang alam ko dapat ko nang tapusin ito.”
Basha, mahal mo pa ba ko?
“Basha, mahal mo pa ba ako?”
"Poy, I'm so sorry."
“Poy, I’m so sorry.”

Dirty Old Man

“I thought you knew what I wanted.”

We all have encountered a Littlefinger. Tag someone you know. Maybe a boss, a neighbor or a random person. Et cetera. DOMs. They never give up.

Hey, there's a look in your eyes...
Hey, there’s a look in your eyes…
Hold it right there.
Hold it right there.
Sorry, not sorry.
Sorry, not sorry.

R + L = J

In a twist that is a staple in our telenovelas, the show virtually confirmed that Jon Snow is not Ned Stark’s bastard son.

It may not have been explicitly explained but the true parents of Jon Snow have been revealed. Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow. Or in lowest terms, R + L = J.

This was a very popular fan theory that has been years in the making. Many believed that Prince Rhaegar (big brother of Daenerys) kidnapped and raped Lyanna (little sister of Ned Stark). But it seemed they really loved each other and eloped to escape Lyanna’s marriage to Robert Baratheon.

Robert eventually killed Rhaegar in battle, stealing the throne from the Targaryens.

During his rule, King Robert was intent on killing all Targaryens so Lyanna made Ned promise to protect her son with Rhaegar as she lay dying because of childbirth. The honorable Ned raised the baby as his bastard.

If this was quite a long explanation, let’s just test the theory further by burning Jon Snow. He should have the same powers as Daenerys. (My friends Jerald Zumel and Mav Gonzales were quick to point out that Targaryens aren’t necessarily fireproof.)

Family feuds. Real parents. Adoptions. That’s a standard formula for a Filipino primetime soap opera.

Who's your daddy, Jon Snow?
Who’s your daddy, Jon Snow?
Baby, baby, baby...
Baby, baby, baby…
...oh.
…oh.

Nilaga

This last segment is a collection of three scenes with a single theme: kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga.

They’re all set. But we’ll have to wait. The seventh season is another nilagang baka that will be ready by April 2017.

The White Wolf.
The White Wolf.
The Iron Throne.
The Iron Throne.
Queen Daenerys Stormborn, The Unburnt Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and of the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. Longer than Jose Rizal's name.
Queen Daenerys Stormborn, The Unburnt Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and of the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. Longer than Jose Rizal’s name.
This fleet will reach Westeros in 2017.
This fleet will reach Westeros in a year.

[Entry 150, The SubSelfie Blog]

About the Author:

Bam Alegre.
Bam Alegre is the founder of SubSelfie.com and writes from time to time as a guest contributor. He is a News Reporter for GMA News (2012) and an Instructor for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the East (2015). He was also part of the team that won GMA News the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for the news coverage of super typhoon Yolanda (2013). Previously, he worked behind the scenes as a Segment Producer for State of the Nation with Jessica Soho and 24 Oras (2009-2012). He is also the vocalist, pianist and guitarist of the band No Parking (2005). BA Broadcast Communication 2007, UP Diliman. Read more of his articles here.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never even realized how relatable this is until you listed them all. Hahaha! The Tower of Joy scene and the poetic sequence from baby Jon to Kit Harington has to be my favorite ever. The episode blew my mind in every way possible and I can’t wait for season 7 to come!

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    1. Bam Alegre says:

      I had to write this article for trauma therapy 🙂

      Like

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