This is the episode many have been waiting for, the battle between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton. So, here's the recap for Season 6, Episode 9 of HBO's Game of Thrones entitled "Battle of the Bastards."
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information on Episode 9 of HBO's Game of Thrones. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
Before Game of Thrones fans can really settle into the highly anticipated battle between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) for the ownership of Winterfell, and, by effect, the North, there is a little housekeeping to take care of in regard to another outstanding storyline.
Namely, that battle in Meereen between the Masters and Daenerys' leadership. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) appeared at the end of Episode 8 of Game of Thrones and really has no idea what is going on, so Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) has to fill her in. He seems a little uneasy, and there's a reason for that; he remembers what the last irritated Targaryen had planned in regard to battle, and that was to burn King's Landing to the ground using wildfire rather than admit defeat. Daenerys manages to come up with a plan that doesn't involve wildfire, but the next best thing: dragons. After she hops aboard a dragon, she burns the attacking fleet to the waterline and there is nothing left for the Masters to do but surrender to Daenerys.
Now, for that epic battle fans were looking forward to for the entire season of Game of Thrones. Was it worth the wait? It certainly was!
Jon and Ramsay meet and negotiate. Jon tries to get Ramsay to fight one on one, to save the armies they both lead but Ramsay disagrees. He knows Jon is the better swordsman. So, the battle's date is scheduled in for the morning and Game of Thrones fans are left wondering if Ramsay will sneak into the camp overnight and try to take them out while they sleep.
The next morning, without Ramsay sneaking in and killing them all, Sansa's point is proven about Rickon when Ramsay sends Rickon across to the Starks but tells the boy to run. He then proceeds to shoot arrows at him. Now Ramsay lets Rickon get to within a few inches of Jon, who has rushed forward on his horse to try and save the boy before hitting him with an arrow. As the boy lays dying, Jon realizes his mistake at trying to reach Rickon before Ramsay kills him. He is now front and center with nothing to help him but his sword and his steed. But wait, Ramsay shoots Jon's steed also. Regardless of how desperate the situation seems, Jon pulls his sword and proceeds to get ready to fight.
Just when it seems Jon is a lost cause against the arriving army, his army arrives after they decided it was time to enter the battle rather than wait for Jon's instruction. And what an epic battle it is. The Starks and wildings fight valiantly and at times it seems they might be able to fight their way out of the situation. Until Ramsay's army circles them. Even then, when all odds are stacked against them, the North prove just how tenacious they are and just keep fighting. It still isn't enough though and just as Game of Thrones fans realize Ramsay has won, the Vale arrives thanks to Sansa's letter and take the battle right out of Ramsay's clasp.
But why didn't Jon kill Ramsay Bolton in Episode 9 of Game of Thrones? Well, that's because it was Sansa's kill. And what a kill she inflicts on him. She sets his hounds loose. Ramsay is sure the hounds will obey him, but he hasn't fed them for seven days, so he becomes dog meat, face first. While the scene was gruesome and completely rewarding for fans who have hated Ramsay for a long time, it was the conversation that went on beforehand that was just as disturbing. It seems that while Sansa can kill Ramsay, he will never really be dead, leading fans to assume Sansa is pregnant to Ramsay.
What did you think of Episode 9 of Game of Thrones? Let us know by commenting below!
"Season Finale. Cersei faces her trial."[Image via HBO]