HBO has released a sneak preview of next Sunday's penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, which is titled "Battle of the Bastards."
This is what we've all been waiting for! Typically, the most jaw-dropping episode of each Game of Thrones season is the ninth episode, as the finales tend spend a large chunk of time setting the stage for the following season. For the first season, "Baelor," Ned Stark was beheaded. For the second season, "Blackwater," Tyrion Lannister successfully defended King's Landing from attack from Stannis Baratheon's army. For the third season, "The Rains of Castamere" (commonly known as "The Red Wedding"), Robb Stark, his mother, his wife, his unborn child, his soldiers and even his direwolf are all slaughtered at Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey's wedding by Lord Walder Frey and Roose Bolton's men. For the fourth season, "The Watchers on the Wall," Jon Snow successfully defends Castle Black and the Wall against an assault from the Wildings. For the fith season, "The Dance of Dragons," Drogon arrived in the nick of time, saving Daenerys from the Sons of the Harpy.
So, what can we expect next week? The showdown between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton! Ever since Ramsay sent Jon that nasty letter, Jon and his sister, Sansa, have been building an army to defeat Ramsay and take back Winterfell. By the time the dust settles, we can expect to bid farewell to several main characters. Could one of them be, Ramsay? I hope so!
Game of Thrones Season 6 stars Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Aidan Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Jonathan Pryce (the High Sparrow), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand) and Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar), with Pilou Asbaek, Essie Davis, Souad Faress, James Faulkner, Richard E. Grant, Ian McShane, Joe Naufau, Freddie Stroma and Max von Sydow.
Game of Thrones, "Battle of the Bastards," airs Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.