"I am Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Hand of the King. I come before you to confess my treason in the sight of gods and men. I betrayed the faith of my king and the trust of my friend, Robert. I swore to protect and defend his children, but before his blood was cold, I plotted to murder his son and seize the throne for myself. Let the High Septon and Baelor the Blessed bear witness to what I say: Joffrey Baratheon is the one true heir to the Iron Throne, by the grace of all the gods, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm".
"Wait. Are you dying? No, no, no. You can't die yet. You haven't confessed. Say it. Say her name. Elia Martell. You raped her. You killed her children. Elia Martell. Who gave you the order? Who gave you the order?! Say her name! You raped her! You murdered her! You killed her children. Say it. Say her name. Say it!"
"Alright. No Dosh Khaleen for you. Instead, we'll take turns fucking you. And then we'll let our bloodriders fuck you. And if there's anything left of you, we'll give our horses a turn. You crazy cunt. Did you really think we would serve you?"
"I'd hate to die like your son. Clawing at my neck, foam and bile spilling from my mouth. Eyes blood red, skin purple. Must've been horrible for you, as a Kingsguard, as a father. It was horrible enough for me, a shocking scene. Not at all what I intended. You see, I'd never seen the poison work before. Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me".
"Be with me. Build the new world with me. This is our reason. It has been since the beginning, since you were a little boy with a bastard's name and I was a little girl who couldn't count to twenty. We do it together. We break the wheel together".
Suggested alternative course of events, starting from Season 5
Fall of the North
Following the evacuation of wildlings from Hardhome, House Bolton jumps at the excuse to get rid of Jon Snow, whose Stark blood is perceived as a threat to their rule. The Mutiny at Castle Black takes place as a desperate attempt by Thorne and his supporters to prevent a Bolton attack.
Jon Snow is killed by the mutineers, then resurrected by Melisandre after wildlings help Edd take control of Castle Black. Jon comes to believe that he was resurrected since he is the only one who can lead the wildlings and the Night's Watch in the upcoming fight against the Boltons.
The actual Battle of the Bastards is fought at Castle Black, where wildlings and Night's Watch loyalists rally behind Jon Snow to fight for their very survival. Despite fighting well, the Night's Watch and the wildlings are crushed by the Boltons. Jon is knocked unconscious towards the end of the battle, and is rescued by Edd and Tormund. With nowhere else to go, they drag Jon through the gate and north of the wall, escaping the Bolton massacre.
Jon Snow finds it hard to reconcile his resurrection with the destruction of everything he had fought for, and sinks into depression. Meanwhile, Bran wargs into Ghost, and leads Jon, Edd and Tormund to the Cave of the three-eyed raven. This is a long and dangerous journey, but the trio do make it there alive.
Bran informs Jon of his parentage. However, he is unaware that Rhaegar and Lyanna got married in secret; Jon thus remains unaware that he has a claim to the throne.
Under the pretext of helping Sansa and restoring Stark rule in the North, Littlefinger invades the North with the Knights of the Vale. House Bolton is routed, Theon Greyjoy is freed, and Sansa is made Queen in the North, although realistically Littlefinger - commanding the Knights of the Vale, while Sansa has no military forces - rules the North. Littlefinger hopes to bring both the Vale and the North back into the fold, and to reap the rewards. Theon, having recognized who his true family is, decides to stay with Sansa.
Very soon after House Bolton has been toppled, White Walkers destroy the Wall and overrun the North. The Knights of the Vale quickly find that they are unable to do any serious damage to the invaders, and focus on delay tactics and evacuating people south.
War of the Two Queens
Shortly after the fall of the Wall, Daenerys Targaryen lands her army in the Stormlands. The Martells quickly declare for her, while the Tyrells are still invested in King Tommen and stay loyal to the Crown. Rather than go straight for King's Landing, Daenerys moves to seize fertile lands in the Reach. Facing the prospect of a protracted war that could last well into the winter, Daenerys deems it more important to control the main source of food than to control the symbolic seat of power.
Euron Greyjoy assassinates Balon Greyjoy, and a civil war breaks out between supporters of Euron and Yara.
As the White Walkers reach the Neck, Sansa and Littlefinger beg the great houses of Westeros to come to their aid. All are either unwilling or unable to assist, and the Knights of the Vale are forced to retreat.
White Walkers overrun the Riverlands. The Blackfish attempts to hold Riverrun, but is doomed to fail and the Tullys are wiped out.
The wights invade the Westerlands. With most of the Lannister army fighting in the Reach, Castle Rock falls without much of a battle.
The wights build a fleet and invade the Iron Islands. Euron, who was about to win the Ironborn Civil War, escapes with the bulk of the Iron Fleet while Yara's forces are massacred.
Robin Arryn dies, and Harrold Hardyng succeeds him as Harrold Arryn. Harrold proves a hard nut to crack, and Littlefinger flees to King's Landing.
The Knights of the Vale evacuate people and supplies to the Eyrie, which they manage to defend thanks to the Bloody Gate. The Eyrie is thus the only stronghold this far north to withstand the White Walkers, though the survivors remain trapped there.
Jon, Tormund, Edd and Bran begin the long journey back from the Cave of the three-eyed raven. They cross through the now-abandoned Castle Black and venture into the mountains, where Tormund believes that any wildling survivors would have gone. They find a few survivors and head towards Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, where Jon knows there will be ships. Having no clue how far south the White Walkers have advanced, Jon decides to sail for Braavos first and gather some information and supplies. He is reunited with Arya, who has just finished her training with the Faceless Men.
The Tyrells make overtures of peace with Daenerys. Facing the White Walker onslaught from the north and gloomy prospects in the south, they hope to retain some of their power by switching sides before Daenerys' inevitable victory in the field.
To get rid of both the High Sparrow and the Tyrells, Cersei executes her coup, resulting in Margaery's death, Tommen's suicide and her subsequent coronation. However, the Faith Militant remains a potent force, and violently opposes her rule. King's Landing ends up in a state of civil war, while Jaime - shocked by Cersei's willingness to do the very thing the Mad King had intended - leaves the city.
Jaime publicly sides with Daenerys, who frees him from his Kingsguard vows and makes him Warden of the Westerlands. Most Lannister loyalists outside of King's Landing switch sides.
Aided by Jaime and by Tyrell forces loyal to Olenna, Daenerys captures King's Landing. Littlefinger also switches sides, bribing the City Watch of King's Landing and foiling the Wildfire Plot. Having no allies left, Cersei chooses suicide over capture and execution. With the capture of King's Landing, all of mainland Westeros rallies behind Daenerys.
Stand at Oldtown
Shortly following Daenerys' victory, the White Walkers overrun King's Landing. Daenerys loses one of her dragons in this battle. She retreats to Highgarden, then to Oldtown.
Jon Snow shows up together with Tormund, Edd and Bran, and he quickly becomes a resource to Daenerys. Withholding the truth about his parentage for now (not knowing how Daenerys would react), he simply presents himself as the bastard son of Ned Stark and the former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He quickly earns Daenerys' trust and respect, and takes charge of organizing a defensive line along the Mander, the Prince's Pass and the Boneway. Should the White Walkers cross the Mander in great numbers, Jon Snow suggests a massive naval evacuation to Dorne. This will only be possible with the help of Euron Greyjoy, so Jon suggests that Daenerys offers to let him marry her. They strike an agreement and have a low-key marriage ceremony, and the Greyjoy fleet begins patrolling the coastline.
Davos sails to Braavos to request the intervention of the Braavosi Navy. Arya insists on accompanying him.
Daenerys sends ravens to Meereen, requesting whatever help she can get from her former allies. Emissaries are sent to every major city in Essos and even to the Summer Islands to ask for help.
Fearing a wave of Westerosi refugees, Lys and Tyrosh deploy their navies and armies to Westeros, bolstering the living.
Implementing all lessons learned thus far, the living start to experience some relative success in slowing down the White Walker advance. This causes a much-needed morale boost, and Jon gets much of the credit, though at Daenerys' expense. This gradually begins to mess with Daenerys' messianic self-image.
Second Targaryen Restoration
Jon is increasingly disturbed at how unaffected Daenerys is whenever she executes anyone she deems to have betrayed her. He makes several attempts to reason with her, but she gets increasingly distant and cold.
Daenerys is suddenly assassinated. Since Daenerys had no (known) relatives and no successors, it falls on the king consort - Euron - to take the throne. However, many believe that Euron was behind the assassination, and the way it was carried out does indeed implicate him.
Jon happens to reunite with Samwell Tarly, who informs Jon that his parents had married in secret. Now aware that he has a claim to the throne that even triumphed that of Daenerys, Jon wins the loyalty of many of the followers of Daenerys and is named King of the Seven Kingdoms.
In reality, this chain of events had been orchestrated by Varys, who (unsurprisingly) has been aware of Jon's claim for a long time. Varys had been disturbed by Daenerys' brutality, and wanted to get rid of her and put Jon on the throne. By framing Euron, he created an ideal circumstance for Jon.
War breaks out between the supporters of Jon and Euron. Jon has no wish to fight this war, but is ultimately forced to and ends up winning it, though at the cost of dragons destroying much of the Iron Fleet. Thanks to Theon Greyjoy, the bulk of the surviving Iron Fleet becomes loyal to King Jon Snow, but it is nothing compared to the pre-war armada.
Unveiling the Past
With the Iron Fleet significantly weakened, wights land at Sunspear and invade Dorne from the east. Jon Snow wisely refuses to spread out his forces, and trusts local houses to fend off the wights. House Martell manages to hold Sunspear, but fail to prevent wights from spreading out across the Dornish Desert. Although Dorne remains in the hands of the living, it is no longer safe, and people are forced to evacuate isolated communities. Small cavalry units are established to actively hunt and kill wights, and they experience some success. House Dayne stands out as a supplier of good warriors.
While the living manage to stave off the fall of Dorne, Jon's defensive line begins to collapse. It turns out that the reason behind the long-lasting stalemate had been that the Night King had spent a long time travelling Westeros, taking his time visiting cemetaries and killing off the millions of living who had been left behind. Having grown substantially, the Army of the Dead marches on Oldtown.
Arya and Davos return from Braavos, accompanied by Jaqen H'ghar and the entire Braavosi fleet. It turns out that the Faceless Men possess crucial information about the White Walkers.
Jaqen reveals that whoever kills the Night King will automatically replace him. It turns out that the First Long Night had ended because the real Azor Ahai - the first Faceless Man - had assassinated the Night King, assumed control of the wights and withdrawn the Army of the Dead to the far north.
To prevent another Long Night in case he himself was ever assassinated, Azor Ahai had used the wights to build the Wall, a process that had taken nearly a thousand years.
Before assassinating the Night King, Azor Ahai had overseen the training of the first Faceless Men. This organization was to be an "insurance" in case milennia of solitude would cause Azor Ahai to lose his mind and march on the south.
Doubting that anyone in their right mind would trade their lives and identity for an eternal life of solitude in the Lands of Always Winter, Azor Ahai had stressed that every Faceless Man must forego his identity and become "no one". Only someone with no identity would be able to selflessly do his duty to save humankind.
To survive as an organization, the Faceless Men had reinvented itself as a guild of assassins. Their original purpose is only known to a selection of members.
Jon asks Jaqen why the Faceless Men had not joined the fray until now. Jaqen informs him that every Faceless Man except himself and Arya had already died trying to locate and assassinate the Night King.
Jaqen instructs Arya to stay alive, if necessary fleeing Westeros, in case he himself is killed. If every last Faceless Man is killed, all hope will be lost.
Jaqen also reveals that the Night King's primary goal is probably to destroy the Citadel and the Order of Maesters, as this will mean erasing all recorded history of Westeros.
In a controversial move, Jon has the Braavosi fleet ship books and Maesters to Starfall, the closest safe place in Dorne. While a necessary precaution in case Oldtown would fall, this also slows down the evacuation of civilians. Jon is reluctant to prioritize books over people, but Bran, Samwell and Jaqen all convince him that it is absolutely necessary.
The Army of the Dead enters Oldtown. Jon fights the Night King. He is defeated, but strangely, the Night King allows him to live.
The living lose another dragon, leaving them with only one left.
During the battle for the Oldtown Citadel, Jaqen successfully assassinates the Night King, only to lose his mind and continue the war.
Having no clue what to do next, the survivors escape to Starfall, where Jon is reunited with Melisandre. Presented with the information Jon learned from Jaqen, Melisandre reveals that she known a fair bit herself.
Melisandre reveals that only "the prince that was promised" can take the Night King's place without losing his mind, as "only fire can balance out ice". However, she also reveals that even if the Night King remains sane, his mind is bound to erode over time, even if it takes milennia. She concludes that the Night King/Azor Ahai invaded the Seven Kingdoms simply because he lost control over himself.
They conclude that the Night King's decision not to kill Jon represented a "last remnant" of his free will, and a confirmation that Jon is indeed "the prince that was promised". This also sheds light on why the Night King did not go after Jon during the Massacre at Hardhome. Only Jon can become the new Night King without immediately losing his mind. However, based on what they now know, they conclude that he will eventually lose control and repeat history, even if it takes thousands of years.
It turns out that the "first" Long Night was not the first one at all, but merely a part of a perpetual cycle that predates recorded history. Every eight thousand years or so, a Night King invades Westeros only to be replaced by a "prince that was promised", who ends the war and goes north until he loses his mind and repeats history.
Jon is willing to give up everything to save what remains of Westerosi civilization. However, Arya questions whether it would be worth it, as the end result will always be history repeating itself.
They conclude that due to the lack of any recorded history, no former "prince that was promised" can have been aware of the fact that he will eventually lose his mind and repeat history. Armed with this knowledge, Jon realizes that there is only one solution, a horrifyingly unpleasant one; he will have to become the Night King and then be sealed away deep underground, where he will remain alive and immobilized for eternity.
Shortly following the evacuation to Starfall, they receive news from Essos. Having secretly amassed an army of wights in the Disputed Lands, the White Walkers have decimated Myr.
White Walkers march for Pentos and Volantis. Tyrosh and Lys promptly recall their navies, hoping to prevent an invasion of their islands. Similarly, the Braavosi Navy sails home, expecting to either ship the Braavosi Army to Pentos or to evacuate the entire population. The Westerosi are left to fend for themselves.
Daenerys' former allies in Essos, including the Second Sons under Daario Naharis, make peace with Volantis and march to defend their former enemy.
Under tremendous pressure, Jon Snow agrees to do what needs to be done. However, Bran hatches a plan. To save his brother from an eternal life of misery, he suggests the following: After Jon Snow has become the Night King, the wights have self-destroyed through his control and an underground cavern has been constructed to keep him trapped, Bran will warg into someone and kill Jon. The new Night King will presumably lose his mind right away, but it will not matter, as he will already be trapped underground. Sad but grateful, Jon agrees.
Jon successfully kills the Night King, assuming his role. Now in control of all the wights, he makes them self-destroy by burning themselves. This ends the Second Long Night mere days before the wights would have reached Braavos, and moments before Volantis would have fallen.
Rather than treating the Night King as a menace that must be sealed away, Tyrion Lannister conceives a better solution:
Having demonstrated his willingness to pay the ultimate sacrifice for humankind, Jon Snow has proven himself a selfless ruler. Technically he is still king, and it is decided that he will continue in this capacity.
The three-eyed raven (currently Bran) will have a formal advisory position. Being selfless and seeing the wider picture, the three-eyed raven will determine when exactly that Jon has begun to lose his self-control (this could take a thousand years or eight thousand years).
A court of "fire priests" will at all times be tasked with identifying individuals who can become the Night King without immediately losing control. Among those who qualify (it is not a given that there is only one "promised prince"), the three-eyed raven will select the most suitable one.
When the time comes, Jon's designated successor will kill him in some ritualistic and painless way, assuming his role. Ironically, the Second Long Night ends with the Night King ruling all of Westeros. This arrangement will eliminate all wars for the throne and bring unprecedented stability and justice.
With all of Westeros sans Dorne and the Eyrie in ruins, the living start the long process of rebuilding and reorganizing the continent.
Oldtown is repopulated and made the capital of the realm. While most of Westeros is by now covered in snow, the southernmost lands are still suitable for agriculture.
Books are moved back to the Citadel.
Sansa, who survived along with those who took refuge in the Eyrie, is made Queen the North, albeit with an oath of fielty to Jon Snow. A handful of people had survived the war by hiding in caves and remote areas. Under the leadership of Queen Sansa, they go to Winterfell and start rebuilding.
Harrold Hardyng considers crowning himself King of the Vale, but Sansa convinces him to submit to Jon Snow's rule. (In practice, Jon will rarely if ever intervene in Arryn affairs.)
With the Dornish constituting a majority of Westerosi survivors House Martell could easily have discarded Jon and declared independence. Out of gratitude and respect, they refrain from doing so.
New Small council: Tyrion becomes Hand of the King, Theon (by now an experienced sailor) becomes Master of Ships, Davos becomes Master of Coin, Varys becomes Master of Whisperers, Samwell Tarly becomes Grand Maester, and Jorah becomes the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Edd becomes Commander of the City Watch.
Bronn sails off to the Summer Islands with a bag of gold, hoping to find some healthy adventure in his well-deserved retirement.
Arya rebuilds the Faceless men, in case they will ever be needed again.
Tormund travels to the North along with surviving wildlings. With no Wall and no Night's Watch, free folk and northmen will live side by side as equals.
Jaime, who restored his honor tenfold during the war, becomes Lord of Casterly Rock. Having finally rid himself of his demons, he returns to his childhood home with a group of survivors to rebuild it to its former glory.