UPDATE: New photos! We repeat, new photos! (See below)
Every Game of Thrones fan knows that the second-to-last episode of the season is always the one to hold your breath over. In season one, it was when Ned Stark was executed. In season two, it was the famous Blackwater battle. Then there was the unforgettable –no matter how hard we try– Red Wedding in the third season’s second-to-last episode, followed by the fourth season’s battle on the wall with the Wildlings. Last year was no exception either, when we got that attempt on Dany’s life.
So you’ll have to excuse us if we’re a little bit tense heading into next week’s penultimate episode of the show’s sixth season, “The Battle of the Bastards.”
We’re finally going to have a showdown between the resurrected Jon Snow and the awful, terrible
animal person that is Ramsay Bolton. You’ll recall that both “bastards” are trying to make a claim on Winterfell, the former Stark home. Oh, and there’s also the fact that Ramsay raped Sansa and is holding Rickon — the youngest Stark sibling — hostage. So both Jon and Sansa have more than their childhood home at stake in this battle.
If this were a traditional TV series we’d say that this could finally be the episode in which Ramsay got what’s coming to him. But this isn’t traditional television. This is Game of Thrones, and nothing good ever seems to happen to the Starks. If past episodes are any indication, someone major could die and our hearts will be crushed all over again.
Can you imagine if they went through all of that hoopla of bringing Jon Snow back from the dead just to kill him again? Or if the writers finally made Sansa into a character we actually like just to have her die at the hands of her former tormentor? We can.
The trailer for the episode, above, doesn’t make us feel any better about the situation either. As both sides begin to fight, we can’t help but wonder when everyone’s armies got so bloody big!
“Battles have been won against greater odds,” Jon says. “I’ve fought beyond The Wall against worse than Ramsay Bolton.”
“You don’t know him,” Sansa shoots back, before Jon mentions something devastating about not wanting to be resurrected for a second time if he dies.
Oh, and did we mention Ramsay’s smirk? Or the crazy defence he seems to have mounted, which looks pretty damned impossible to get past? We’re calling it now: there are going to be a LOT of casualties in this episode.
To say we’re almost too scared to even watch at this point is an understatement. Let’s all hope for something good for a change, shall we? The Starks kind of need a win here. And so do we.
Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Canada.