Game of Thrones’ epic “Battle of the Bastards” went beyond expectations and delivered in more ways than one.
With the series headed into its Season 6 finale, here’s all the winners and loser from the show’s most dramatic battle to date.
On the outside, the episode’s biggest winner is clearly Jon Snow (Kit Harington). According to Vox, not only does Jon defeat the show’s worst villain in Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), but he also takes back Winterfell and proves that not all storylines in Westeros have a tragic end.
That being said, Jon did not win the battle all by himself.
One could argue that Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) was the biggest winner of “Battle of the Bastards.” As Refinery 29 pointed out, Sansa had some of the most memorable lines during the episode.
“You’re going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep well,” Sansa said just prior to the battle.
At the same time, Sansa’s alliance with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) saved the day. While Jon and the remainder of his army were trapped and on the verge of defeat, Littlefinger’s men rode in and delivered the final blow to Ramsay’s army.
Sansa’s renewed trust in Littlefinger isn’t without its problems. With the biggest army in the north now at his side, Littlefinger might try to marry Sansa and take the North for himself.
Meanwhile, Ramsay was clearly the biggest loser in the episode. Along with losing his hold on Winterfell and his position as Warden of the North, Ramsay met a gruesome end.
During the final scene of “Battle of the Bastards,” Sansa had her biggest moment of redemption when she fed Ramsay to his own pack of starving dogs.
“Your words will disappear. Your house will disappear. Your name will disappear. All memory of you will disappear,” Sansa tells Ramsay in his final moments.
“My hounds will never harm me,” a defiant Ramsay responds. “They’re loyal beasts.”
“They were,” Sansa tells him. “Now they’re starving.”
The next few moments were hard to watch as Ramsay’s hounds devoured his flesh. For Sansa, however, the moment was pure victory for everything that Ramsay put her through.
Of course, the episode didn’t focus entirely on the battle for Winterfell. Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) return to Meereen was also a major plot point.
While the city was threatened by the return of the masters, Daenerys defeated them with her three dragons.
She also made an interesting alliance with Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), who promised to give her ships in return for her support in taking back the Iron Islands.
Elsewhere, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) continued her fight with the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). In a surprising twist, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) outlawed the practice of trial by combat, which puts Cersei at a disadvantage.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, all of these developments will come to a head during the Season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter.”
Fortunately, a preview for the coming episode provides a glimpse at what’s ahead.
For starters, Cersei’s battle with the High Sparrow will reach an end during her trial. Although she is asked to profess her innocence in front of the Seven, she likely has another plan up her sleeve.
Her brother, meanwhile, is shown in Walder Frey’s (David Bradley) hall. With Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) at his side, Frey announces their new alliance.
After defeating the masters and taking back Mereen, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) shared a few ominous words with Daenerys.
“You’re in the great game now,” he tells her, “and the great game is terrifying.”
Lastly, Romper reports that Sir Davos (Liam Cunningham) has some unfinished business with Melissandre (Carice van Houten), whom he confronts for the death of Stannis’ daughter. Will Davos put an end to the Red Woman?
The Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones airs Sunday night on HBO.
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