WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Season 6, Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, titled "Battle of the Bastards." If you haven't caught up yet, then turn back now and return when your watch has ended.
It was arguably the most anticipated battle in Game of Thrones history, and on this week's episode we finally saw Jon Snow take on the villainous Ramsay Bolton. What a spectacle it was — very much worth the hype and anticipation. If you've finally managed to lift your jaw from the floor, then let's take a look back at six epic moments from "Battle of the Bastards."
Because this week's episode was so eventful and spectacular, I've decided to list the moments in order of their awesomeness.
6. The Death Of Ramsay Bolton
Has there ever been a more satisfying moment than this? Probably not. Lord Bolton finally got his comeuppance — revenge for all the heinous acts he'd committed — and it was rather rewarding to watch, even for a guy who's not that fond of gore.
Ramsay found himself imprisoned in his dog kennel and the loyal pets he'd earlier admitted to not feeding for seven days began attacking and ravenously eating their master. Sansa watched the act unfold before strutting off, the hint of a smile evident on her face. In this moment, Sansa got her justice.
5. The Starks Take Back Winterfell
It was a bone-chilling fight, but one of the greatest moments was watching the Starks take back their ancestral home Winterfell. The Bolton banners fell to the ground and we saw the return of the Stark banners, highlighting that Winterfell was back in the hands of its rightful owners.
Sansa and Jon look on, realizing they'd succeeded in their mission. But to quote the Buffy musical — where do we go from here? What's next for the Starks and their family home? Will the finale see Arya return?
4. Littlefinger Saves The Day
Anybody else close to tears when Sansa and Littlefinger showed up with an army? Yeah, me too. House Arryn arrived just in time to save Jon and the Free Folk from impending death. It was in this moment that Ramsay knew that he'd messed up, that he'd lost control.
Sansa proved herself right here; Jon had been underestimating Ramsay, but Sansa knew his true nature. If it weren't for Sansa, Jon would be dead.
3. Daenerys Has Her Ships
It may have been an important episode for the Starks, but it was equally as important for Daenerys Targaryen, who now has everything that she needs to make it to Westeros. In a rather awesome scene, Yara and Theon arrived in Meereen and had an audience with Dany. With the ships that Dany took from the Masters and the offerings of more from Yara and Theon, Dany has enough ships to take her khalasar and the Unsullied to Westeros.
The Greyjoys promised to support her claim to the Iron Throne, provided she helps them take back the Iron Islands. Moreover, Yara and Theon agreed to drop their people's immoral ways. Was it just me, or did anybody else sense the sexual tension between Dany and Yara? Yo, that was definitely not my imagination. I'm getting serious vibes from those two.
2. The Battle Of The Bastards
With all the hype and build up, we expected the battle to be epic. However, it exceeded our expectations. Beautifully choreographed and horrifyingly gory, the Battle of the Bastards was everything that one could've hoped for.
We knew it was going to be the biggest battle in the show's history and it didn't disappoint. For being such an anticipated moment, Thrones did not let us down. There were several moments that we thought Jon wouldn't make it — yet he did. Jon Snow proved to the world that he knows something and fought his way to victory.
1. Daenerys Takes Control
For an episode that was billed to be about nothing else but the Battle of the Bastards, Daenerys stole the show. In arguably the best moment of the entire season, Dany and Tyrion concocted a plan to take back control of Meereen. In one of the most spectacular things I have ever witnessed, Dany stood up to the Masters and rode off on Drogon. At the same time, Viserion and Rhagal broke free and all three dragons were reunited. Dany led the dragons into war and in a goosebumps-inducing moment, uttered that terrifying word: Dracarys.
Drogon laid waste to many of the attackers and ultimately saved Meereen. In this moment, Dany showcased her fearlessness by heading straight into battle and taking what is hers. Westeros had better prepare — the Mother of Dragons has proved that she has what it takes to rule.
In my estimation, that was the greatest episode of Game of Thrones thus far. In fact, it was so incredible that it's going to be difficult for next week's season finale to top it. However, Thrones has proven in the past that it can pull off an incredible finale, even after it's usual bloodbath ninth episode. Prepare for anything as we head into the finale. The stakes are high and the game is on!
What did you think of Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 9? What was your favorite moment? Tell me in the comments below!