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Warning: Spoilers ahead if you have not yet watched Season 6, Episode 9.
We knew just by the name of this episode, "Battle of the Bastards," that it was going to be epic, but nothing could have prepared us for just how insanely epic it would be. With one of the craziest battle scenes in Thrones history (which is saying a lot), it was a back-and-forth storyline between Meereen and Winterfell with the women kicking ass and taking names at every turn.
We started off the episode in Meereen with a very cross Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) trying to come up with excuses for the state of the city upon her return. The scene turns to a meeting with three masters who expect Dany to surrender to them, but the Mother of Dragons has another idea in mind. Her beloved dragon, Drogon, swoops in to save the day, and they join her other newly escaped dragons to set fire to the ships attacking the city. Point made, Khaleesi.
We turn next to a meeting between Daenerys, Tyrion, and the Greyjoy siblings, who somehow managed to dock without being set ablaze by the dragons. Pledging their allegiance to Daenerys with 100 ships, they ask in return that she help them win back their rightful home, the Iron Islands. The whole scene is an awesome girl power moment between Khaleesi and Yara (Gemma Whelan) and we can't wait to see how their newly formed alliance plays out.
Season 6, Episode 9, "Battle of the Bastards":
Over in Winterfell, a meeting of different sorts is taking place. Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), and co. are facing off with Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon ) pre-battle. They go back and forth on how they should duke it out. Jon suggests a one-on-one battle, but there's no way Ramsay is down for that. Trying for intimidation, Ramsay threatens them with talk of his hounds, bragging that he hasn't fed them for a week. Sansa isn't having it, though. "You're going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton," she says. "Sleep well."
The next morning, we finally get to the part we've all been waiting for: The "Battle of the Bastards." Ramsay kicks it off by cutting Rickon (Art Parkinson) free and telling him to go back to his brother. He nervously sets off, but Ramsay tells him he must run. As Rickon picks up speed, Ramsay starts shooting arrows at him, as a horrified Jon Snow looks on and realizes what's happening in the distance. Mounting his horse, we see Jon riding for Rickon and Rickon running for Jon, and just as they're almost within reach, one of Ramsay's arrows finally hits and kills Rickon, thus starting the battle.
Jon is understandably mad, and with emotions running high, he charges at Ramsay's army--alone. Cue audiences everywhere freaking out. It's Jon against an army of thousands, but at the last minute, just as he's about to meet his end (again), his army swoops in. Phew.
But things still go downhill from there. In a truly harrowing sequence of fighting, things are not looking great for Jon and his army. At the edge of our seats, we can't help but start to lose hope. Ramsay's army has them all surrounded and are slowly moving in on them in an impenetrable circle of swords and shields. Jon is almost buried alive beneath a massive pile of dead and dying men. Then, out of nowhere, another army is riding in and we realize it's Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) and his Knights of the Vale, with Sansa at their side. After quite literally saving the day, Sansa looks pretty happy with herself, and we are, too. But that's not the last we see of Sansa getting her way this episode.
Jon and the wildling crew have breached the walls of Winterfell and we are practically giddy with excitement, as we just know the end is near for Ramsay. Once Jon gets his hands on him, the only thing that stops him from finishing Ramsay off is when he realizes that job should belong to Sansa. In the last scene of the episode, we end up in the kennels with Ramsay, beaten to a pulp and tied to a chair with his hungry hounds champing at the bit to get to him. Although Ramsay is sure that his loyal dogs won't hurt him, Sansa ironically reminds him that they have not eaten for a week. And with that, Ramsay Bolton meets his end in the most fitting way possible.