Spoiler alert: do not read on if you have not seen season six, episode eight of Game of Thrones. In fact, go away. You’re not welcome.
Ok, so ‘No One’ wasn’t the greatest episode of Game of Thrones ever. In fact, some fans are disappointed by the plot movements, as the whole Riverrun plotline dissolved into nothing, offering up nothing significant other than the death of the Blackfish and the dashing of Sansa Stark’s hopes of a Tully army. Tyrion spent his time telling jokes while the city of Meereen fell under attack, and even Arya’s two-season arc in Braavos came to a bit of an anticlimactic end: it’s admittedly given her a lot of character work, grappling with the baffling tenets of the Faceless Men, but ultimately, having finally satisfied Jaqen H’ghar’s criteria for being ‘no one’, she had already decided it wasn’t for her after all. As we’ll see when she gets back to Westeros, it probably won’t all have been for nothing.
A lot of groundwork has now been paved for the season finale, where we’ll hopefully see where Varys is going, what happens to Cersei, what went down at the Tower of Joy, and see the next part of Bran’s story. But now a trailer for the traditionally epic penultimate episode of the series has hit YouTube, and judging by the epic nature of past penultimate episodes – the Battle of Blackwater, the Red Wedding and the defence of the Wall from the Wildlings – this one should be just as good.
The face-off known affectionately hypothesized among fans under the nickname ‘Bastardbowl’ is actually happening in season six’s ninth episode, because fan theories are right sometimes. The scale of these scenes is far beyond that of recent episodes, with Jon Snow’s army of Wildlings and assorted loyal northern houses facing off against Ramsay Bolton’s army of nasties in the battle over the Stark stronghold of Winterfell. The field between them is strewn with burning stakes holding flayed men. Jon Snow remains optimistic – “Battles have been won against greater odds. I fought beyond the Wall against worse than Ramsay Bolton” – while Sansa is steely in response. “You don’t know him.”
Check it out below, along with some rabid fan responses: