Welp, that's it for "The Battle of the Bastards" - the 9th episode of Game of Thrones' astoundingly great 6th season (and the first without a book to adapt). And - I think I speak for everyone when I say "HOLY CRAP I NEED TO REWATCH THAT SHIT RIGHT NOW" because I did say that and then I did rewatch it and OH MAN IT'S EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME. Beyond simply being a great episode of TV (that effiiciently took care of both the Battle of Mereen AND the Battle of Winterfell), it's a testament to how much HBO truly believes in the show - they reportedly spent around $20 million (the normal GoT episode runs around half that), shot for about a month (wayyy longer than the normal shoot length), used 70 hours, 160 tons of gravel (for the horses to run on), and had over 500 extras.
And it was all worth it. One episode to go, and then the long winter of no episodes for another year begins.
Khaleesi and I are basically the same except she has dragons to enact her revenge and I have vague social media posts #GameofThrones-- Evan Thomas (@EvanDerekThomas) June 20, 2016
The way Dany and Yara are looking at each other is about to spawn all of the fanfiction in Westeros #gameofthrones-- (((anibundel))) (@anibundel) June 20, 2016
my favorite thing on #GameofThrones is when someone talks down to khaleesi and they end up dead in less than 5 minutes-- malak || ملاك (@unusualvox) June 20, 2016
"You will die tomorrow." Daenerys has the dragons but Sansa has the fking #GameofThrones-- James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 20, 2016
What idiot called this episode "Battle of the Bastards" and not "Operation Rickon Recon"? #GameOfThrones-- E.J. Coughlin (@ejc) June 20, 2016
The toy that Davos gave to Shireen was made of fireproof wood or what? #GameofThrones-- Ghost (@GhostASOIAF) June 20, 2016
Also: STOP RUNNING IN A STRAIGHT LINE, RICKON that's like arrow avoidance 101. #GameOfThrones-- Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) June 20, 2016
RIP Rickon Stark. He died doing what he loved: advancing the plot for more important characters. #GameofThrones-- Andy Corren (@andycorren) June 20, 2016
yo jon snow's k/d ratio is nuts-- Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) June 20, 2016
WHO RUN MEREEN?-- Teresa Wozniak (@teresawozniak) June 20, 2016
WHO RUN THE NORTH?
WHO RUN WESTEROS?
WHO RUN THE WORLD?
one day you casually begin watching #GameofThrones... 6 seasons later you find yourself screaming KILL HIM at the TV on a Sunday night smh-- Mr. Rager (@MrRagerx) June 20, 2016
Ramsay: *screams as his hounds eat him alive*-- ria (@ravnboy) June 20, 2016
Only 1 more ep left for Tormund & Brienne to reunite, plan a wedding & have Jaime crash it at last min to profess his love #GameofThrones-- Janelle Okwodu (@okjanelle) June 20, 2016