Battle of the Bastards
Game of Thrones Season 6

98%

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Critic Ratings: 65
Critics Consensus

"Battle of the Bastards" delivers one of the greatest battle sequences in the show's history -- and some savagely satisfying vengeance as well.

Episode Info

Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton finally come face-to-face in the battle for Winterfell.

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Critic Reviews for Battle of the Bastards

It was a smartly paced hour, crammed with big character moments for Sansa, Daenerys, and Jon, and at the same time it delivered two raging attacks.

Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones ninth episodes are often huge, and I don't think there's been one bigger than "The Battle of the Bastards," one of the best episodes the show has done to date.

Jun 20, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Never have I had to pause an episode of television to walk off the stress of watching it, but I did just that no fewer than three times during "The Battle of the Bastards," the epic ninth episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones.

Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Big-budget fantasy battles are easy to come by in Hollywood these days, but this one did stand out by breaking up the hack-and-slash slog with a few concrete, memorable elements.

Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Beautifully chaotic, epically grimy, and almost unbearable to watch, but impossible to look away from.

Jun 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The magic and agony of "Battle of the Bastards" was how visceral all that otherwise predictable dying felt.

Jun 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Perhaps that makes this the most fitting Game of Thrones episode of them all, a reminder that the battlefield is forever ugly, anti-climatic, and predictable, and it's only outside of war that we actually have hope to evolve, and surprise the world.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It did not let down, delivering what was undeniably the best battle ever seen on television, let alone Game of Thrones.

Dec 31, 2019 | Full Review…

As much as I enjoyed "Battle of the Bastards" with all its beautiful bluster, the real meal is what comes next.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Possibly the most incredible battle that has ever been seen on TV.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

After a long wait, drawn out even longer by filler episodes, the two finally faced off in the epic smackdown that many have been waiting for - and it was worth it.

Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones puts on spectacular battles, but the point is always what happens next.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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