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Preview: Jon Snow v. Ramsey Bolton smackdown, Game of Thrones

Written By | Jun 18, 2016

SAN DIEGO, June 18, 2016 – Fans have been patient waiting for this season’s epic battle on “Game of Thrones,” and our patience will be rewarded on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

More than any other evil villain in all of Westeros, everyone wants to see Ramsey Bolton punished for the Red Wedding, his abuse of Sansa Stark, and all the other murderous, sadistic acts of torture he’s committed with a smile on his face ever since.


Fan Chat: Battle of the Bastards: Jon Snow vs Ramsey Bolton, Game of Thrones


Now his army stands between Jon Snow, Ser Davos, Tormund and his wildlings, and a handful of allies in their effort to retake Winterfell, the Stark family home.




Tormund leads his wildlings into battle against Ramsey Bolton. Photo: HBO

Tormund leads his wildlings into battle against Ramsey Bolton. Photo: HBO

It’s a David vs. Goliath situation. Bolton’s troops far outnumber the Snow forces. Previews show a lot of carnage and it doesn’t look so good for our heroes.

During the preview, you hear Jon Snow’s voice talking presumably to Melisandre, the Red Priestess. He says, “If I fall, don’t bring me back.” He seems to be breathing heavily. What are he and Melisandre up to, exactly?

You have to figure someone or something will come to their rescue. Right? Will it be dragons? Littlefinger’s forces from The Vale? Some magic courtesy of Melisandre and the Lord of Light?

At least Jon Snow has Wun Wun the Giant on his side. Photo: HBO

At least Jon Snow has Wun Wun the Giant on his side. Photo: HBO

Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the eye popping episode “Hardhome” last season featuring the battle with the White Walkers is directing Sunday’s episode titled “The Battle of the Bastards.” The battle we will see took 25 days to film with 500 extras, 600 crew members, and 70 horses.

Production on this scale is unheard of for a television series, unless you’re “Game of Thrones.” Thank you, HBO.

Sansa Stark and Jon Stark brace themselves for a fight. Photo: HBO

Sansa Stark and Jon Stark brace themselves for a fight. Photo: HBO

The rest of the storylines won’t get much if any time, and we’re OK with it. We know Cersei will get a real trial, not her trial by combat thanks to King Tommen’s decree banning the tradition. Cersei doesn’t have many friends left, perhaps only her brother Jaime at this point. Jaime’s a little bit busy to worry about his sister right now, having just taken back Riverrun from Blackfish Tully.

Arya Stark has reclaimed her identity by killing the Waif and won her freedom from the House of Black and White, and she’s on her way back to Westeros. Danaerys burst through the doors of the palace in Meereen to the astonishment of Tyrion, Missandei and Grey Worm.

But they will all have to wait until next week, a glorious one hour and nine minute episode wrapping up Season 6.

Hissssssss! The evil Ramsey Bolton has the numbers on his side. Calling the Lord of Light to help Jon Snow. Photo: HBO

Hissssssss! The evil Ramsey Bolton has the numbers on his side. Calling the Lord of Light to help Jon Snow. Photo: HBO

On Sunday, join us if your heart can take it and be part of our Live Fan Chat while we cheer on Jon, Sansa, Ser Davos, Tormund, and Wun Wun the Giant.




“Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 9 – “Battle of the Bastards” airs Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.