However, to cement their hold on the North following the murders of Joffrey Baratheon and Tywin Lannister, they betray the Lannisters and secure a marriage alliance through Lord Petyr Baelish between Sansa Stark (formerly the Lannisters' hostage) and Ramsay Bolton, Lord Roose Bolton's recently-legitimized bastard son. Ramsay insists that his hounds will not turn on him, but Sansa reminds him that he had purposefully starved them and walks away smiling as they devour him alive. Game of Thrones Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. ", In an interview about the "rebirthing" scene, Kit Harington said that it intended to mirror the Daenerys Targaryen scene at the end of the third-season episode "Mhysa" when Daenerys is held up by freed Yunkai slaves; in "Battle of the Bastards", Jon Snow emerges from the crushing crowd of the battle: "When the crush starts happening, he slows down, and there's that thing of peace where he thinks: 'I could just stay here and let it all end.' And finally: How do you get these guys riled up enough to run at each other and get covered in mud and stand in the rain and then run at each other again and again for 25 days, 10 hours a day, without them just telling you to piss off? The article concludes that there is no possible scenario in which Sansa could both be acting nobly and also actively shaping the events of the battle, "These are not compatible scenarios. We wanted a massive battle that's unlike anything we've seen before, and we got it. We wanted the Starks to reclaim their home. Jon's force, mostly composed of Wildlings, is nearly defeated by the Bolton army, but the latter is overcome when Sansa Stark and Petyr Baelish arrive with the Knights of the Vale. The fields had to be brushed over and reset between every take, so the reset wouldn't be obvious in the final version. Davos discovers the pyre where Shireen was burned and finds the wooden stag he carved for her. A man of his... stature". Ramsay gloats that he has been starving his hounds in anticipation of feeding them Jon and his advisors. He felt that aerial shots were unrealistic because that isn't how men on the ground experienced them, with chaos and mud on the ground, i.e. ", "Battle of the Bastards" was the first episode in which Kit Harington and Iwan Rheon filmed scenes together and met on-screen. Daenerys counters that the meeting was called to discuss the masters' surrender, and proceeds to ride Drogon into Slaver's Bay with Rhaegal and Viserion to burn their fleet. By the time the Volantene fleet arrives, the battle may be decided in favor of Daenerys's forces - in which case Daenerys may return with her dragon to save both the Unsullied. During the melee sequence in the first phase of the battle, the camera follows Jon Snow around through the chaos of the battle in a tracking shot that lasts for an uninterrupted 60 seconds (though there are a few split-second moments when horses run in front of the camera which may have been used to hide shifts between different takes). Back in the day you'd see these huge aerial shots of horse charges and there were two big differences. It’s illegal — it’s a very valid rule about protecting the horses. It's hard work. According to Dan Weiss in the Inside the Episode featurette, the original draft of the episode had Jon's final confrontation with Ramsay occur on the battlefield, once he penetrated to the very rear of the Bolton lines where Ramsay was.  The CGI of Ghost, Jon Snow's direwolf, in the episode presented difficulties; he was "in there in spades originally, but it's also an incredibly time consuming and expensive character to bring to life. — James Hibberd in Entertainment Weekly, "Battle of the Bastards" was watched by 7.66 million American households in its initial telecast on HBO, slightly more than the previous week's rating (7.60 million viewers) for "No One". It is unknown what exactly Ramsay meant by saying, "I'm part of you now," to Sansa. We wanted Davos to get a clue about Shireen. Game of Thrones recap: Battle of the Bastards. It is unknown if the showrunners initially toyed with the idea of making Sansa pregnant, but ultimately abandoned it - no evidence suggests this other than the line. Jon overpowers Ramsay and begins to beat him to death, but stops when he sees Sansa and orders him imprisoned instead, leaving Winterfell once more in the hands of House Stark. Meanwhile, Daario leads the Dothraki to slaughter the Sons of the Harpy, who are massacring freedmen outside the city. Some reviewers believed this implied that Sansa was pregnant with his child though subsequently, production sources categorically denied this. ", Ed Power of The Daily Telegraph discussed the episode's refreshing strong-women theme: "Game of Thrones has been justly criticised for employing young actresses as wobbly-wobbly window dressing and, though the toplessness has been dialed back this season, it's still very much a calling card. Interestingly, both battles ended with the complete annihilation of the enemy army, and the extinction of a Great House (House Baratheon, House Bolton), An issue brought up by fans is that Wun Wun fights in the battle essentially, Jon says they will bury Rickon in the crypts beneath Winterfell, next to their father, This episode confirms that the letter Sansa was writing two episodes ago in ", There are other contradictions in Sansa's story arc across Season 6: after receiving the, 1 - Sansa had no idea if Littlefinger would be able to bring the Vale army to Winterfell in time, and never heard back from him, in which case she didn't tell Jon to wait before charging into the battle while badly outnumbered simply because she had no active control over the arrival of the Vale's army. In Season 4, Ramsay fought off a raid by Yara's ironborn on the Dreadfort, bare-chested and wielding daggers, but even this was more of a surprise raid than formal combat, and his guards outnumbered her small raiding force. 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