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Old 06-19-16, 08:34 AM
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Game of Thrones (S6E09) -- "Battle of the Bastards" -- 6/19/16



Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Miguel Sapochnik.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S6E09) -- "Battle of the Bastards" -- 6/19/16

So who dies in this battle? Any guesses?

I think Rickon and Wun Wun are at the top of the list. Ramsey will probably off Rickon before the battle even begins. Wun Wun is super huge and it stands to guess that the archers will go after him from the outset, even though it will take a butt load of arrows to get him to the ground.

Tormund is next in line, he doesn't seem to have a main arch, but I wouldn't him sticking around, especially if...and I hate even typing this, the Davos/Melasandre/Shireen situation comes to a head. I just have a sinking feeling Davos might not make it out of this alive, but I hope i'm wrong.

Ramsey I think dies, but I'm hoping Sansa or Ghost does him in. That or they feed him to his own dogs. However, this is GoT so he'll probably slip on some ice and mash his head on a rock or get stabbed by some random wildling.
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One of the things I always have a negative reaction to is seeing something that's been around "forever" eliminated with little fanfare. An example on this show would be the Children of the Forest. They predate seemingly everything, but now they've been eliminated. Emotionally, that should have been a bigger occurrence.

Giants are another thing. We've known of 3. 2 of them have already been killed. There's one left. If he goes, that could be the end of the line as far as we know. There may be other Giants north of the wall, but if not, the death of the last one should be notable if it happens. Granted, if there are no women giants, the end is coming anyway, but still...

On True Blood
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I've been wanting to see Melisandre and the red priest with the Brotherhood without Banners interact. We've seen several priests, but very little interaction. What's their hierarchy anyway?

As much as I want to see what happens tonight, I think it's going to take a back seat to Game 7 of the NBA finals for me. I'll deal with someone's real life dreams being crushed first, then settle into a fantasy dream crushing chaser. GRRM, Crusher of Dreams.
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^ I think that's the point with characters and why the unspoken rule is to not get attached to any of them, because the probability is high that they will die.
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I'd like to see Snow's forces win but the setting as shown in the previews (Bolton has high ground) and the writer's (director's?) comments about reading up on all sorts of battles, make it look grim for Snow. But then could just be the editing eh?
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While ratings are no longer much of a concern given the whole DVR/HBOGo/Now aspect, I expect the live airing to take a bit of a ratings hit due to a "must-see" NBA game happening tonight.

I do agree with the above poster somewhat concerning the deaths of longstanding races on the show (giants, Children of the Forest). But in all honesty, they really don't mean much to people who don't read the books. Grace Randolph referred to the Children as "little elf people" in her video blog recap (she's not a reader, and it's pretty obvious). Basically, their deaths might mean something to us, but not to people who just watch the show.

And yeah, the previews make it look like Snow's forces are getting their asses handed to them.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S6E09) -- "Battle of the Bastards" -- 6/19/16

Originally Posted by MikahC View Post
One of the things I always have a negative reaction to is seeing something that's been around "forever" eliminated with little fanfare. An example on this show would be the Children of the Forest. They predate seemingly everything, but now they've been eliminated. Emotionally, that should have been a bigger occurrence.

Giants are another thing. We've known of 3. 2 of them have already been killed. There's one left. If he goes, that could be the end of the line as far as we know. There may be other Giants north of the wall, but if not, the death of the last one should be notable if it happens. Granted, if there are no women giants, the end is coming anyway, but still...
Were the Children of the Forest serving the Three Eyed Raven the last of their kind? I don't recall that being explained either way.

And I also don't recall it being stated that Wun-Wun, Mags, and the other giant were the last of their kind.

I'm also unsure about what's happening north of the wall. Were the Wildlings that Jon Snow brought to the wall the all that are left of the freefolk? Has everyone else up there been wiped out by the White Walkers and their Wights?

I would sort of assume that there are more giants and children up there, scattered and in small groups, but maybe not.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S6E09) -- "Battle of the Bastards" -- 6/19/16

ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Can't wait to see this tonight. I'm interested to see who comes to the aid of Jon and his tiny army. (Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale, The Brotherhood Without Banners, Bran and Benjen, Edmure and the Riverrun army, or does Ramsey's army turn on itself?) I just don't think they can win by themselves... I guess we'll find out in less than 2 hours!

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Originally Posted by Greedoshotfirst View Post
So who dies in this battle? Any guesses?
Ramsey, though I'm sure more will go.
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ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Can't wait to see this tonight. I'm interested to see who comes to the aid of Jon and his tiny army. (Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale, The Brotherhood Without Banners, Bran and Benjen, Edmurd and the Riverrun army, or Does Ramsey's army turn on itself?) I just don't think they can win by themselves... I guess we'll find out in less than 2 hours!
Littlefinger and the Vale forces: I think it's probably guaranteed.

BWB: Looks like they're headed North, but I don't know what their forces are like. I figure they're probably not more than a few dozen in number.

Bran, Meera, and Benjen: Unilkely. I don't think they're done NotW.

Edmure and Riverrun: They would be useful but I doubt they'll be there. Edmure's too much of a pussy to do anything. Blackfish should have taken whatever loyal Riverrun men he could find and headed North with Brienne instead of going out like a punk. Help the Starks take back the North, then join up and fuck up the Lannisters, who are weakened without Tywin.
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I have no doubt we will see Littlefinger and the Vale intervene. The only question is what is Littlefinger's plan. He could help take back Winterfell, and/or just as quickly turn on the Starks.
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anyone having trouble getting this on HBO Go? When I log in, episode 9 is prominent on the splashscreen but when you select it, it brings you to season 6, episode 1. Episode 9 is not listed.

EDIT: up now. maybe it was late or maybe my app needed to refresh.
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I'm on HBO Now and it's giving me a message of "Service code -4000". No idea what that means, but it sucks.
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Tonight's episode is just a meh...
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Sansa's grin after she feeds Ramsay to his dogs was fantastic.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S6E09) -- "Battle of the Bastards" -- 6/19/16

Originally Posted by Greedoshotfirst View Post
So who dies in this battle? Any guesses?

I think Rickon and Wun Wun are at the top of the list. Ramsey will probably off Rickon before the battle even begins. Wun Wun is super huge and it stands to guess that the archers will go after him from the outset, even though it will take a butt load of arrows to get him to the ground.

Tormund is next in line, he doesn't seem to have a main arch, but I wouldn't him sticking around, especially if...and I hate even typing this, the Davos/Melasandre/Shireen situation comes to a head. I just have a sinking feeling Davos might not make it out of this alive, but I hope i'm wrong.

Ramsey I think dies, but I'm hoping Sansa or Ghost does him in. That or they feed him to his own dogs. However, this is GoT so he'll probably slip on some ice and mash his head on a rock or get stabbed by some random wildling.
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Sansa's grin after she feeds Ramsay to his dogs was fantastic.
Ramsey smiling and arrogant right to the end. Even the freaking giant didn't seem to phase him. I really started to think they were going to let this prick win again when the sad music kicked in and Ramsey's army had them boxed in.
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that was fucking fantastic!
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Truly impressive episode visually. I wouldn't be surprised if that's the single most expensive TV episode ever shot. Also, a solid episode overall. My particular favorite moment was Davos finding the stag carving with the sunrise behind him. I also liked Daenayrs and Tyrion reunited.

One thing I didn't particularly like: I thought the surreal pile of bodies was pretentious, especially the shot of Jon emerging (get it? it's SYMBOLISM!)

Overall, great episode 9, if not up the highest highs of Hardhome and Blackwater.
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Another solid episode. Looked and sounded great, was paced well throughout. Not a fan of that jerky shutter speed that filmmakers like Ridley Scott tend to use heavily during battle scenes but thankfully Sapochnik used it only sparingly, switching the filming style at an effective moment. I'm sure there will be plenty arguments on the reasoning behind
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Amazing cinematography and an awesome hour of TV.

Granted I'd be out of my mind if my brother was killed right in front of me but Jon Snow is a stupid idiot for charging.

As is Sansa for not telling everyone else about her backup plan.

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With respect to the spoiler above:

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since her and Littlefinger last met on poor terms, I figure she didn't tell John because she wasn't sure they would come. I think she kept telling him to wait for more men in the hopes that she would get a message back saying "yup, we'll be there"
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Granted I'd be out of my mind if my brother was killed right in front of me but Jon Snow is a stupid idiot for charging.
Yeah, Jon Snow is a shitty strategist. He deserved to die, again.
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He seemed to have an ok strategy but then threw it all out the window when Ramsay goaded him......just like Sansa warned him about.

John....quit being stupid.
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