"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 briefly 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. Surprising many, he quickly disposes of Littlefinger and organizes the defense of the Vale. 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 - being shocked by Cersei's willingness to do the very thing the Mad King had intended - leaves the city.
Daenerys captures King's Landing, and Cersei commits suicide. There is massive destruction, but this is overshadowed by the events to the north. Daenerys thus gets away with letting her dragons loose over the city, at least in the eyes of anyone of relevance.
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.
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.
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.
At this point, one gets to learn more about the Night King and his true objectives.