Game of Thrones is poised to deliver what could very well be its most epic episode to date with this Sunday’s “Battle of the Bastards.” As the title suggests, this episode will see the forces of Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton clash for control of Winterfell and the future of the north, and HBO is promising that it will be even bigger than season two’s “Battle of the Blackwater” or season five’s “Hardhome.” In many ways, this is the episode fans have been waiting for ever since Ramsay first arrived on the scene and proved himself to be the most vile man in Westeros, and as such, “Battle of the Bastards” comes loaded with some pretty high expectations.
Although Game of Thrones has been somewhat predictable as of late, this is still a show that routinely delivers shocking twists and turns, so there’s no way this battle is going to go the way we want it to in our minds (with Jon easily defeating Ramsay and chopping off his head, obviously). Still, if the following things don’t happen in next week’s Bastard Bowl, we’ll be more than a little let down.
8. A Dramatic Rickon Moment
With all the focus being placed on the large scale conflict that will take place in “Battle of the Bastards,” it’s easy to forget that, oh yeah, Ramsay kind of has an important prisoner to use as a bargaining chip. At this point, it’s practically a given that Rickon is going to die, as this is the type of plot that Game of Thrones lives for. Jon will try to appeal to Ramsay’s humanity and avoid bloodshed, and Ramsay will proceed to prove he has absolutely none by slitting Rickon’s throat, burning him alive, or some other form of brutal murder.
Of course, there’s also the slim possibility that Jon will be able to secure Rickon and get him to safety, which would also lead to quite the dramatic reunion. That being said, there’s no way Rickon is getting out of this alive and if that’s the case, his death needs to truly mean something and have an impact on the other characters, rather than just be included because it’s the obvious thing to do.