There are only two episodes left in Season 6 of Game of Thrones, so let’s take a look at what could unfold in Episode 9.
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According to The Independent, the official synopsis is as follows.
“Terms of surrender are rejected and accepted.”
Episode 9 of Game of Thrones is written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Miguel Sapochnik.
The official teaser video for Episode 9 of Game of Thrones is below.
So what can we expect from Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, especially considering HBO have been so scant with official information about the penultimate episode for Season 6? Let’s start with the title.
“Battle of the Bastards” is a title that is actually quite telling. After all, there are two bastard sons currently fighting over the same thing. Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) took over Winterfell and married Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in order to solidify his ownership. When Sansa left the sick and abusive Ramsay, she headed North and asked her half-brother Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) to help take back what was once theirs. Jon is the bastard son of Ned Stark and grew up at Winterfell, so he also has strong ties to the castle. Since then, Sansa and Jon have been trying to rally the North to their cause.
So, if ever these two were to come head to head in a clash, it would be in an episode titled “Battle of the Bastards.” The teaser video for Episode 9 of Game of Thrones also solidifies this battle with Jon Snow giving a rousing speech about how battles have been won against greater odds than those between the Stark army and Ramsay’s much larger army.
Now, onto the synopsis.
While there is only one short sentence, it is revealing, especially when viewed along with the teaser video. In the video, Jon requests — presumably of Ramsay — that only one person needs to die in the battle. He’s obviously suggesting he and Ramsay fight to the death rather than pit their armies against each other. Considering the teaser video also shows the armies surging towards each other, it can be assumed Ramsay has rejected this suggestion. Could that be what is meant in the synopsis, “terms of surrender are rejected”? If so, the second half of the synopsis would mean Ramsay’s initial rejection of Jon’s terms go on to be accepted, suggesting the Starks defeat Ramsay and reclaim Winterfell.
However, the synopsis could mean something else entirely. As previously discussed in this Inquisitr article, the synopsis could relate to the battle between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, but it could also relate to other events going on in Game of Thrones. Could the synopsis perhaps be talking about Riverrun and the recent surrender there? Or, perhaps it relates to Meereen and the battle between the Masters and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)? The synopsis could even relate to more than one of these events.
While the synopsis and the teaser video for Episode 9 of Game of Thrones appears pretty singular in its intent for the episode, it is highly unlikely HBO will concentrate on the battle in the North alone. News on other storylines to appear in Episode 9 have been scant to non-existent, but Vanity Fair did find a mention about other storylines appearing in Episode 9. According to a Twitter user, U.K. magazine TV & Satellite Week have spilled the beans about another storyline in Episode 9 of Game of Thrones.
Huh, so it’s not a full Northern episode? pic.twitter.com/96hmG8arl5
— samsa. (@vigilist) June 16, 2016
Interesting to note is the start of the article; “As Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton do battle in the North, elsewhere in the Seven Kingdoms it’s the female characters who look most likely to rule Westeros as season six comes to a close. This week’s episode sees Yara Greyjoy and her brother Theon finally make it to Meereen where the Ironborn warrior finds an admirer in Daenerys.” It seems like Daenerys might get the fleet she has been looking for.
The final interesting thing to note about Episode 9 is the fact that, during the teaser video, Jon Snow asks that he not be brought back from the dead again if he “should fall.” Could this be an indicator that Jon Snow might die in the next episode of Game of Thrones? Perhaps, but only by tuning into Episode 9 will all be revealed.
What do you think will happen in Episode 9 of Game of Thrones? Let us know your thoughts and theories by commenting below!
Season 6 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO with Episode 9, entitled “Battle of the Bastards,” on Sunday, June 19, at 9 p.m. ET.
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