“Game of Thrones” fans, admit it: you’re normally a fickle bunch. Two week ago you complained about The Hound’s return, while last week you rolled your eyes at the slower-moving “No One” episode. But Sunday’s penultimate hour, titled “Battle of the Bastards,” may be one for the record books; it has unanimous praise from our savvy forum posters.
Written by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Miguel Sapochnik, this was the much-anticipated “battle for Winterfell” episode that was years in the making. The armies of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) went head-to-head, with Team Stark coming out victorious and taking back their home. The hour ended with a smirking Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) getting sweet revenge on her deranged husband by feeding him to his own dogs. So satisfying!
HBO has submitted “Battle of the Bastards” for Emmy Awards consideration in the Drama Directing and Drama Writing fields. (See our photo gallery of all Emmy-eligible actors, writers and directors.) Last year, the series took home its first wins in both categories for the Season 5 finale “Mother’s Mercy.” Can it hold on to its Emmy crown in these two key categories? Below, see five top rave reviews from our forum posters and then join the fun discussion right here.
kvothe_snow: I thought the directing was well done. The cinematography was topnotch. I mean, that long tracking shot of Jon Snow through the ongoing battle was amazing. I thought it looked more complicated than the one they did for “The Revenant.”
Tony Ruiz: This episode made “Braveheart” look like a silly movie of the week. This was perfect on every level. Writing, acting, and especially directing. Season five has been beyond exceptional. I am totally behind this taking every Emmy it can take.
Lord Freddy Blackfyre: “Game of Thrones” just won the Emmy for Oustanding Directing in a Drama Series.
VanRoberts: For me this was one of the most stunning hours of TV I’ve seen in a while. A complete turnaround from most of the rest of the season. This episode is the reason I continue to watch. Every now and again we get a stunner like this!
rstang00: The overall season has been a mess but good god when “Game of Thrones” decides it wants to be brilliant it goes even beyond that. What an outstanding hour of television. Definitely the best of the season and one of the shows best overall.
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