Game Of Thrones Recap: S6E9 ‘Battle Of The Bastards’

Battle of the Bastards

In the epic tradition of Game of Thrones battles,”Battle of the Bastards” more than lives up to its hype, but in a atypical way for this show. It bucks the series’ own subversions in favor of an all-out catharsis, a catharsis made all the more sweet by the painfully twisted journey that took us (and Jon, Sansa, Dany, Tyrion etc.) through hell. When so many tropes are zagged, it’s momentous when one is played straight. Such is the case here. Even better, it makes us question our own convictions by sparing no detail, whether it is the nastiness of medieval battling or the comeuppance for a major villain

For simplicity’s sake, these reviews will be formatted thus: by clicking Next, we start in the furthest north and go south – covering the Wall, the North, King’s Landing and the rest of the Seven Kingdoms – and then east, to the Free Cities of Essos and finally, the Dothraki Sea and Slaver’s Bay. I’ve linked to the various sections below if you prefer to skip around with the episode’s storylines. The storylines that were not touched on this episode are italicized.


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  • Marquis de Sade

    The Starks finally got a “W” in their column in the most GANGSTA MACK of ways!

    • Peter James

      They already had a couple of W’s before.

      Rob Stark had won his first three battles (including against Jaime Lannister, during which he captured the Kingslayer) in Season 2 before they were done in at the Twins by the Freys.

  • Steve McVey

    FYI – it was Tywin Lannister that showed up at the Battle of the Blackwater to save the day, not Stannis; Stannis was the one attacking the castle (the aggressor, and ultimately, the loser.)

    • Samuel Patrick Flynn

      Good catch! In my speed to get the recap done, I got that incorrect. Thanks for reading!

      • Steve McVey

        No worries — thanks for your hard work on this stuff!

  • xxjinzaxx

    I love it that you said Wun Wun tanked for Jon’s Army!

  • Jack Merlin Bruce

    That final Sansa-Ramsay scene was HOUND to happen: “Who Let The Dogs Out” for Ramsay? (Sansa did)
    see here (if you dare) >>

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