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As an avid Game of Thrones fan, I was strongly looking forward to last week’s episode. I couldn’t wait to see “The Battle of the Bastards,” which I was assuming would culminate with the demise of Ramsay Bolton. I was pleased that the episode did not disappoint at all, and actually went beyond my expectations.
Foremost, the tension was never stronger in an episode of Game of Thrones. From the Rickon chase, to the Bolton army closing in on and trampling Jon Snow, to Sansa and Littlefinger coming to save the day, the entire episode had me on the edge of my seat, completely invested into what was to come next.
The episode also was critical to the character arcs and stories of Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, two of the most important characters in the show. The two helped redeem their fallen family and bring justice to The North, after all of the trouble they’ve both been through. It was satisfying to see Jon, who was abandoned by his family and killed by his own friends, finally get a victory. It was even more satisfying to see Sansa, who was tortured by Ramsay, finally bring him down.
This episode reminded me of why I fell in love with Thrones in the first place. It’s always a rough show to watch, as my favorite characters meet untimely deaths (R.I.P. Hodor), but episodes like this make watching the show worth it. “Battle of the Bastards” was truly the series at its best: intense, shocking, and powerful storytelling with great character development.