In Game of Thrones: Season 6: Episode 8, Jaime takes back Riverrun, Tommen denies Cersei trial by combat, and Arya disposes of her arch nemesis, the Waif. Episode 9 delivers an epic showdown, with Ramsay Bolton and Jon Snow going head-to-head in the Battle of the Bastards.
What will Daenerys do following her return to Mereen? Will Jon Snow take out the devious Ramsay Bolton and reclaim the North for Sansa Stark? Find out in our top five Game of Thrones plays of the week for Episode 9: Battle of the Bastards.
Burn Them All
Daenerys wastes no time showing The Masters she is in charge. They underestimate the dragon queen and pay dearly for attacking the city after agreeing to terms with Tyrion. She hops on the back of her fiercest dragon, Drogon, and burns one of their ships to a crisp (she needs the rest for her long awaited trip to Westeros). Meanwhile, the Harpies receive a nasty surprise when hundreds of Dothraki ride in and cut them down.
With Mereen in great hands, we can’t wait to see what Dany achieves in Westeros, provided she gets there.
Guess who made it all the way to Mereen? While Yara and Theon’s murderous uncle Euron builds ships to woo Dany, the two homeless Ironborn meet with the queen and Tyrion to trade their ships for Euron’s death. Dany takes a liking to Yara, who seems quite smitten with her highness. Yara agrees to support Dany, and Dany is all for Yara becoming Queen of the Ironborn. Sounds like a sweet partnership to us.
Message to Euron… stay home!
Earning the title of most-hated character in Game of Thrones history - even worse than Joffrey - is no easy feat. This honor belongs to Ramsay Bolton… so… congrats?
Before the epic battle commences to determine true ruler of the North, Ramsay provokes Jon Snow with young Rickon Stark, who attempts to run towards his bro while Ramsay fires arrows into the air. Unfortunately Rickon meets a piercing end (seriously kid, run some zigzags), which causes Jon to stupidly charge into the fight.
Ramsay then instructs his archers to send arrow volleys into the opposing side to decimate their numbers. Say what you will about Ramsay, but the guy knows how to play mind games.
While Ramsay sits on his horse to enjoy the show, Jon Snow bravely leads his men into battle, slicing up one soldier after another with Tormund and the giant Wun Wun by his side.
When Ramsay flees the fight, Jon gives chase back to Winterfell. Ramsay attempts to kill Jon with arrows and fails miserably. Seriously, we assumed Ramsay possessed better fighting skills than this!
Instead of giving Jon competition, he winds up on the receiving end of multiple fists to the face. We thought Jon would pummel Ramsay into mush, but in a surprise twist, the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch leaves the former Warden of the North to Sansa. Uh oh!
GoT Fact: During an interview with Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) and Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Kit said that during the scene where Jon attacks Ramsay, Kit accidentally punched Iwan in the face twice.
We give Sansa props for reclaiming her family’s home at Winterfell. However, she still has a bone to pick. We see Ramsay tied to a chair, and now his hungry dogs appear. This should be good!
Sansa confronts Ramsay in the Winterfell crypts. Offering the devious villain up as a snack, Ramsay’s dogs chow down as Sansa walks away with a smile. A terrible way to go, but good riddance, Ramsay!
Got Fact: In the Game of Thrones books, the Lannisters pass off Stark family friend, Jeyne, as Arya Stark to the Boltons for Ramsay to marry. He never marries Sansa in George R.R. Martin’s novels.
The Game of Thrones Season 6 finale is next week. The Faith Militant put Cersei on trial, Sir Davos confronts the Red Woman about Shireen’s death, and the Freys team up with the Lannisters. Come back here for the finale’s biggest plays!