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"Battle of the Bastards" delivers one of the greatest battle sequences in the show's history -- and some savagely satisfying vengeance as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beautifully chaotic, epically grimy, and almost unbearable to watch, but impossible to look away from.
The magic and agony of "Battle of the Bastards" was how visceral all that otherwise predictable dying felt.
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.
It did not let down, delivering what was undeniably the best battle ever seen on television, let alone Game of Thrones.
As much as I enjoyed "Battle of the Bastards" with all its beautiful bluster, the real meal is what comes next.
Possibly the most incredible battle that has ever been seen on TV.
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.
Game of Thrones puts on spectacular battles, but the point is always what happens next.