In this week’s “Game of Thrones” video recap (watch above), Ralph Galvan, Marcus James Dixon, Amanda Spears and I unpack the sixth season’s penultimate episode “The Battle of the Bastards.” As the title suggests, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) leads an army of wildlings and northerners in a battle against Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) for the Stark homeland Winterfell.
In the shocking final moments of the episode, Jon rallies and defeats Ramsay, with Harington delivering his greatest performance of the series. Amanda declares, “I have Kit getting an Emmy nomination now. He did so much without a lot of dialogue. This episode shut down HBO Go. That speaks volumes for how popular this episode was. When you are front and center in it, that will help.” Ralph agrees, noting, “If he’s able to be nominated, it’s a slam dunk [episode] for him to submit to Emmy judges.”
I think that the best performance of the episode was by Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark. Sansa delivers the extra men needed for the battle, allowing Jon to snatch victory from the claws of defeat. It is also Sansa who exacts the ultimate revenge on Ramsay by having his hounds devour him alive. I note, “Turner’s final scene at the very end was the best scene of the episode.” And Amanda adds, “She was great in every scene she had.” However, Marcus disagrees with all of us, pleading, “Can we give an Emmy to the giant, [Wun Wun]? Because he was fantastic. He’s not on the ballot, but can we give him one?”
Before he died, Ramsay had one last act of villainy: he killed Rickon Stark with an arrow while he was running toward his brother. Marcus questions, “Why didn’t he zigzag when he ran?” Amanda backs up Rickon, saying, “He’s 12 — give the guy a break,” and Ralph explains, “He was so close at that point. You would run straight to your brother.” I declare, “He’s 12 but the ‘Game of Thrones’ gives no handicap for being younger. When you are running from an archer you make your run unpredictable. I don’t care how far you are away. You mix it up with different pacing and a sneaky sidestep.”
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