War is on! Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards was an explosive and breathtaking (quite literally) episode. As usual the makers of the show made the penultimate installment of this season, a truly spectacular one. Never mind the politics, this was time for action.
** SPOILERS ALERT **
Battle of the Bastards was quite an appropriate name for this episode. But before we actually go deep into that let’s recap the episode shall we?
“Our fathers were evil men, all of us here. They left the world worse than they found it. We’re not going to do that. We’re going to leave the world better than we found it.”-Daenerys to Tyrion and Yara and Theon Greyjoy
Daenerys is back in Mehreen with her dragon, only to find her city under attack by a large fleet of Masters. But instead of freaking out, the Mother of Dragons very calmly tries to extract a plausible explanation from Tyrion. Who, as an experienced survivor, has used his words to cause sympathy for the situation, and together they elaborate a plan to defeat the evil Masters without causing a massive bloodbath.
The plan works and the legend of Danaerys lives on. But seriously, the woman has managed to gain control of her dragons and she has the Dothraki army supporting her, how could she not win that battle. It all ends fast and easy. She also takes possession of the Masters fleet and receives the 100 extra ships from the Greyjoy siblings, who make an alliance with the Unburnt.
So that’s that.
Now for the good part…
Sansa Stark and Jon Snow find themselves in a desperate situation, they need to take Winterfell back as fast as they can, but they don’t have the numbers to meet Ramsay Bolton in battle.
Despite this, Jon Snow decides to make a move after a meeting with the Bolton generals and Lord. Sansa is against this decision and feels that she’s not being listened to by her brother. And the battle begins…
A bloodbath. It was simply the largest battle scene in the history of GoT, the bloodiest as well, and rivals with the Paris battle scene from Vikings. Snow’s forces are completely overwhelmed and despite their bravery, Ramsay Bolton’s military acumen dictates a heavy defeat for Sansa Stark and Jon Snow, with thousands dead. Literally a pyramid of dead bodies everywhere, guts, lungs and hearts all over the scene, and blood lots and lots of blood. But in a moment of great despair in which Jon Snow almost loses his life (again!), Sansa Stark joins the battle bringing Little Finger and the army of House Arryn, to the rescue of Jon Snow’s forces and defeating Ramsay Bolton.
Now after the battle there was only one end that we all wanted to see for Ramsay, being eaten alive by his own hounds. And Sansa gives us precisely that, it was poetically gruesome, but a beauty to watch.
“Our time together is about to come to an end. That’s alright. You can’t kill me. I’m part of you now.”-Ramsey to Sansa
It was a massive episode that defined new alliances and a shift in power in the seven kingdoms. The Girls are taking control. Considering that House Mormont already have a female leader, even though she’s just a child, the seven kingdoms now have Sansa Stark controlling Winterfell, Daenerys moving to control Westeros, and Yara Greyjoy to support her in the hopes of controlling the Iron Islands. This episode was an action packed, gorish, typically called a boys type of action, however the action was controlled and won by the girls in the show.
We absolutely loved this episode and cannot wait for the glorious 70 minute episode for the season finale. We know is going to be great.
For all those awesome reasons above this GoT episode deserves our top star rating, 5 out of 5 stars.