It's official: The "Battle of the Bastards" is coming to "Game of Thrones" Season 6. Please assume the fetal position for the next 2.5 weeks, sweet summer child, and let the hype warm you in its womb.
HBO just confirmed the final two episode titles, beyond this Sunday's Episode 8, "No One."
Here's what's next:
Episode 9: "Battle of the Bastards" (June 19)
Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter" (June 26)
As writer/producer Bryan Cogman told Entertainment Weekly, "It's definitely the biggest [action sequence yet]. We've always wanted to get to a place – story-wise and budget-wise and time-wise and resource-wise – where we would be able to do a proper battle, with one army on one side, one army on another side."
Here's the screen capture saved by Watchers on the Wall:
See it for yourself here.
The "Battle of the Bastards" (too on the nose for a title, or perfect?) should be Jon Snow vs. Ramsay Snow Bolton. (Tommen also applies, even if he doesn't know it. And what about The Hound vs. The Mountain, aka Cleganebowl?)
Will this be like the Battle of the Blackwater in Season 2, i.e. the whole episode following one battle, or will it be like Hardhome, where we spend a huge chunk of time there but also follow other stories? It's hard to know which option would be better when there are so many stories to tell, but we've been told that this is the biggest battle they've ever staged on the show.
The final episode of the season carries the title of George R.R. Martin's sixth book, which has yet to be released.
How will we leave Season 6, and prepare for the (shortened) Season 7 -- with the White Walkers poised to enter the North, maybe even breaking down The Wall? With Daenerys Targaryen finally making for Westeros, or at least meeting up with various Iron Islands contingents? With more Stark family reunions? With Dorne finally doing something else, perhaps invading King's Landing while everything there is falling apart with the Faith Militant? With Ser Pounce and Nymeria claiming the Iron Throne for themselves? Please?
Here are the running times for the final three episodes:
Episode 8: 59 minutes
Episode 9: 60 minutes
Episode 10: 69 minutes
Episode 7 was only 51 minutes, so it's good to see more being stretched out. Get yourself prepared for the June 12 Episode 8 by choosing (violence) to rewatch the "No One" promo.
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