HBO is Hosting a GAME OF THRONES Scavenger Hunt at Comic-Con

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HBO is bringing a GAME OF THRONES-themed scavenger hunt to San Diego Comic-Con next week and some lucky winners will have a chance to win a $200 prize pack if they hunt down all the clues!

Starting Wednesday, July 20, at 6pm PT when the convention floor opens for Preview Night, until Saturday, July 23, at 5pm PT, participating fans must complete all of the following challenges by posting photos of themselves with the specified products to their public Twitter profiles using the hashtag #GoTScavengerHunt.

Fans who have completed all challenges should go to USAopoly’s CLUE®: Game of ThronesTM Experience Booth #1017 on Saturday between 9:30am and 5pm and enter their name, contact info and Twitter handle into a raffle for a chance to win a prize pack valued at approximately $200. A total of 15 winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted Saturday evening with information about claiming their prizes.


Post a photo of yourself in front of the MEY for Game of Thrones jewelry display case inside the Hall of Faces Experience, located across from the Omni Hotel on L Street in the Gaslamp District. (Please note that the entry line forms early each morning.)

Post a photo of yourself wearing (or with someone wearing) The Night King mask ($669.95) at CFX Booth #2944. Their silicone White Walker masks have been a hit at Comic Cons past, and now CFX is back with a new mask modeled after the king of the White Walkers. Pale blue striated flesh stretches upwards into a regal and organic ice crown to capture the look of this malevolent and powerful being.

Post a photo of yourself with The Night King Bust (Metallic Silver) at Dark Horse Booth #2615.

Post a photo of yourself wearing The Royal Crown of King Robert Baratheon at Factory Entertainment Booth #2647. Copied directly from the original screen-used prop, this 1:1 scale replica is finely crafted in solid metal to give it a heavy and suitably regal feel.

Post a photo of yourself with a Game of Thrones Sigil Stationery Set at Insight Editions Booth #1703. These deluxe stationery sets ($34.95 each), themed to House Stark, House Lannister and House Targaryen, provide all the items fans will need to communicate with friends, bannermen, and faraway Maesters.

Post a photo of yourself with the CLUE®: Game of Thrones™ Convention Exclusive: Expansion Pack at USAopoly’s CLUE®: Game of ThronesTM Experience Booth #1017.

Prize Pack Includes:

CLUE®: Game of Thrones™ + CLUE®: Game of Thrones™ Convention Exclusive: Expansion Pack
McFarlane Iron Throne Room Construction Set
Factory Entertainment Game of Thrones plush figures
Dark Horse Varys Figure
Insight Editions Sigil Stationery Set
Game of Thrones SDCC Exclusive The Night King T-shirt


THE NIGHT OF Preview: A Hard Look at the Judicial System

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THE NIGHT OF is a crime story. The new HBO eight part limited series delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial.

John Turturro stars as an embattled defence attorney, while Riz Ahmed is his young Pakistani-American client who is accused of brutally murdered a young woman on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Creator Steven Zaillian says “It’s a crime story, a police story, a legal story, a corrections story. You make a story about all that, tell it honestly, and it will naturally be a social story. But none of that is going to be interesting if you don’t tell it with characters who are interesting. Every character in this has their own life and story and concerns and reasons for why they do what they do. No one is written to get you to empathize with them, or to represent something, or to be a hero or a villain. They are simply meant to be real. In my experience, no one ever really says what they mean, so my characters don’t either. What they do is react to and interact with the situations facing them in a natural, unsentimental way, and in doing that, reveal themselves, and hopefully some kind of understanding comes of it.”

THE NIGHT OF premieres on Sunday, July 10 at 9/8c on HBO and HBO Canada.

GAME OF THRONES: HBO Confirms Jon Snow’s Parentage

GAME OF THRONES fans either felt blown away or vindicated in the recent season finale when the show seemed to tell viewers that Jon Snow wasn’t actually Ned Stark’s bastard son. Instead, Bran’s vision of the past revealed that Ned’s sister, Lyanna, was actually Jon’s mother. His father? Well, that was technically up to debate, although she did seem to whisper to Ned that he needed to hide the baby or Robert (Baratheon, we presume) would kill the boy. Then the baby’s face slowly morphed into Jon’s adult face in the present.

The popular theory was that Jon’s father was actually Rhaegar Targaryen, long-dead brother of Daenerys (and Viserys, who died in season 1). Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna, who had been promised to Robert Baratheon, and spirited her away. Young Ned found his sister in the Tower of Joy in Dorne and fought his way to her, arriving just in time to speak to her before she died following childbirth. Fans also suspect that Rhaegar didn’t kidnap Lyanna and rape her, but that the pair were actually in love.

Jon, of course, doesn’t know anything about his true parentage yet. But given the fact that he’s Dany’s nephew, it’s possible he has more of a claim to the Iron Throne now. Will the battle for the Iron Throne actually come down to two Targaryens?

GAME OF THRONES will return for its seventh season in 2017.


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HBO is bringing four of its shows to San Diego Comic-Con in July: GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, VICE PRINCIPALS and OUTCAST.

Below is information on the four panels.

Thursday, July 21

The SILICON VALLEY panel at the Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom at 4:00 p.m. will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson. Panelists include: co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh), Zach Woods (Jared), Martin Starr (Gilfoyle) and Amanda Crew (Monica). Autograph signing is Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22

The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:15 p.m. will be moderated by Rob McElhenney. Panelists include: executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director Michael Sapochnik and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hemptstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 23

The panel for the new series VICE PRINCIPALS will be in the Horton Grand Theater at2:30 p.m. and will be moderated by the Nerdist Podcast’s Matt Mira. Panelists include: creators and executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and cast member Walton Goggins (Lee Russell), who co-stars with McBride (Neal Gamby.) Autograph signing is at 6:00 p.m.

The panel for OUTCAST, the Robert Kirkman series based on the Skybound/Image comic produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS), will be in Room 6BCF at 5:15 p.m. and will be moderated by Scott Aukerman. Panelists include: creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, showrunner and executive producer Chris Black and cast members Patrick Fugit (Kyle Barnes), Philip Glenister (Reverend Anderson), Wrenn Schmidt (Megan Holter), Reg E. Cathey (Chief Giles) and Brent Spiner (Sidney). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.

The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con’s ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.

BALLERS Season 2 Preview: Spencer Faces Off Against an Old Adversary


“There’s a lot of moments in season 2 [of BALLERS] that are just unexpected,” teases star Dwayne Johnson.

As we dive further into the world of football in Miami, we’re going to meet a new character played by Andy Garcia named Andre. He has a “backstory with Spencer. Friends, but not so much,” says Garcia. The two of them will engage in a tug-of-war over clients throughout the season.

Elsewhere in the new season, Ricky explores his options as a free agent, while getting to know the father who left him behind; Charles tries to balance a new baby and his future in the game; and Vernon deals with the consequences of his life off the field.

In the season premiere, Spencer is convinced to appear on a talk show and ends up “facing off with an old adversary”, according to HBO, “which puts his company and reputation in jeopardy.” Given the teaser below, it’s likely he’ll be going head-to-head with Andre. Elsewhere, Ricky gets bad news in advance of his 30th birthday party and Charles relishes his new status as a fan favorite, but may face changes on the field.

BALLERS returns for its second season on July 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Canada.

GAME OF THRONES Season 6 Finale Recap: And the Pieces Move All Around

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Brace yourself, the end is nigh as tonight’s GAME OF THRONES is the season finale. What adventures await us on the finale episode?

We start off with everyone getting dressed for the trial as the bells ring in the background. Everyone heads in to the Great Sept, including Loras getting an escort from some sparrows. The Seven (which includes the High Sparrow) takes their seats on the floor. Loras begins, freely admitting to his “crimes,” including this relationship with Renly Baratheon. Loras commits himself to the Seven, abandoning his Tyrell name and his lordship. He has the mark of the sparrow carved into his forehead.

Tommen sends reluctant to go. A guard comes in again and as he huffily says he’s ready, we see that the Mountain is blocking the door. Tommen tries to nonchalantly walk by him, but the big hand of the Mountain stops him.

Margaery berates the High Sparrow for mutilating Loras, insisting that the High Sparrow gave his word that Loras will be free. He promises he will, as soon as the trial for Cersei is finished. Cersei, however, is at the Red Keep, pouring herself a glass of wine, not looking like she’s going anywhere. The High Sparrow tells cousin Lancel to go to the Red Keep and retrieve Cersei.

As Lancel and the other sparrows walk out of the Great Sept, they see a little boy running. Lancel becomes suspicious and tells the other sparrows to get the others as he chases the little boy. In another building, the Grand Maester Pycelle has just left a whore’s bed, looking pleased with himself. As he heads to the Great Sept, a child whispers to him and he follows, only to be lead to Qyburn. The children (little birds) of Qyburn appear with knives as Qyburn apologizes to him; children of the corn happens all over Pycelle.

Lancel finds himself in the underground tunnels as one that cute little bird he was chasing stabs him in the back, causing him to fall to the ground and seemingly unable to get up. He tries to drag himself away. Looks like there are buckets of wildfire all in that tunnel.

Margaery insists to the High Sparrow that something is wrong, that Cersei and Tommen are not there. Margaery insists that they all need to leave and let the trial wait. Lancel comes across overturned barrels of wildfire with candles burning low in them. People try to leave the Sept as the sparrows block the way. Before Lancel can blow out the flame in one of the puddles, the wildfire explodes and runs its green carnage through the tunnels and through the sept, outside of the sept, through the city, as Cersei sips her wine and smiles while watching from her balcony. Tommen also watches with shock on his face.

Oh, and it looks like Cersei had the “confess” Septa kidnapped and chained to a table. Cersei pours wine in her face telling her to confess. Cersei taunts her and lets her know that she won’t die for quite a while. She calls the Mountain in and has him take off his helmet. She tells the Septa that this is her God now. And oh my, his face looks like it got driven through a hamburger pounder. She leaves the Septa with the Mountain as the Septa screams.

As a servant tells Tommen he is sorry and leaves, Tommen takes off his crown and walks off screen to put it down. He then calmly walks to the open window and jumps out.

Later, Qyburn shows Cersei’s Tommen’s dead body. Cersei tells Qyburn to burn him and bury his ashes where the Sept once stood.

Old Town

Sam and Gilly (and baby Sam) arrive in Old Town at the Citadel and introduce themselves to the crabby person sitting at the desk. Sam hands the man a note from Jon, but the man declares that Mormont is still listed as Commander and that he had not received a note from Grand Maester Aemon. He tells Sam no women or children allowed as he escorts Sam to the library to wait for the Arch Maester. The library is so huge and expansive that Sam is pleasantly wowed.


Jon is showing Melisandre their dining hall when Davos enters and throws the stag statue at Melisandre. Jon asks what it is and Davos yells at her to tell him. Melisandre looks repentant and contrite as she tells Jon what happened to Shireen. Melisandre tells Davos that it was the only way, while Davos continues yelling at her that everyone is dead. Davos pleads with Jon to have her executed for murder. Jon asks her if she has anything to say. She tells him that she has been ready to die for years, but she can help him win the war against the Night’s King. Jon gives her mercy by telling her to ride South today and should she ever return, he will have her hanged as a murderer. Davos steps in her way and reiterates that if she ever comes back this way, he will execute her himself.

Sansa joins Jon out on the balcony as he watches Melisandre ride away. Jon tells Sansa that she will be taking the Stark bedroom, as he is not a Stark. They talk about not trusting Littlefinger. Jon tells her that they need to trust each other, as they have so many enemies now. Sansa tells Jon that a white raven came from the Citadel. She proclaims winter is here, as both of them smile at each other.

Littlefinger comes upon Sansa at the white weirwood tree. Petyr tells her that he sees himself on the Iron Throne with her by his side. He leans in to kiss her, but she stops him and walks away. He proclaims his loyalty to House Stark but she’s dubious of his word.

In the banquet hall, there is squabbling among the house lords and the wildlings. Jon tells them all that the true enemy is coming and they need to band together. Lyanna Mormont stands up and puts men to shame. Lyanna tells the banquet hall that Stark blood runs through Jon’s and that he is her King, the true King of the North. Other houses begin standing up and declaring Jon their King. They bow to him with swords drawn and call him the White Wolf. Jon is overwhelmingly touched as Sansa smiles. Littlefinger just watches Sansa as in, “I told you so.”


On that beautiful land of Dorne on the other side of GAME OF THRONES, look who we have sitting with Ellaria and the Sand Snakes! None other than the Queen of Thorns! Lady Olenna quickly puts all of the snakes in their place, as only she can masterfully do. Ellaria wants to team up with Olenna, as the Lannisters have declared war on House Tyrell and Dorne. Olenna says she wants vengeance, as Cersei has killed all of her heirs. Ellaria rings a bell and out pops Varys, offering fire and blood.


Benjen escorts Bran and Meera to the Wall, but won’t go with them. He tells them the Wall has ancient spells carved into the foundation, to protect people from the dead. While it stands, the dead cannot pass; he cannot pass. He leaves them by a white weir wood tree and Bran begins to have a vision. Yes, it is a vision of the Tower of Joy and a young Ned entering the castle as we hear Lyanna screaming.

Ned bursts into her room as she lays on her bed, soaked in blood. She whispers something to Lyanna but we don’t hear until the end, when she says “if Robert finds out, he’ll kill him, you have to protect him. Promise me, Ned,” she begs, as a baby is placed in Ned’s arms. (CONFIRMATION!) We see a shot of the newborn that merges into the grown up face of none other than Jon Snow.


There’s a banquet going on in the banquet hall at Riverrun, with Walder Frey speaking those ominous words, “The Freys and the Lannisters send their regards.” Walder comes over to speak to Jaime. Apparently, he put Edmure back in the cells. Jaime gets perturbed with Walder and walks away.

The next day, a woman serves Walder Frey as he gets all pervy on her. He wonders where his sons are and she tells him that they are already here. He yells at her to go get them and she emphasizes that they are already here, pointing to the food she had just placed in front of him. He peels back the top of whatever pie that is and sees a nail.

Oh. My. God. The face comes off as Arya stands there telling him her name and how the last thing he will ever see before he dies is a Stark smiling down on him as he dies. She then slits his throat and smiles.

King’s Landing

Jaime and Bronn ride up with their army, after leaving Riverrun, and look shocked at the smoke still pouring out of the city. They ride hard into the city and get there in time to see Cersei enter the Great Hall and proceed to the Iron Throne, with Qyburn by the chair speaking to the gallery, proclaiming Cersei to be Queen as he places a crown upon her head. She sits in the chair and notices Jaime standing in the gallery balcony. He looks sorely disappointed while she looks triumphant.


Daario tells Daenerys that the ships are almost ready. She also tells Daario that he is not going to Westeros. She wants him to stay in Meereen with the Second Sons. He protests and proclaims his love for her. She tells him she cannot take him and tells him goodbye.

Later, she talks to Tyrion about leaving Daario. They talk about this, the taking of Westeros, is actually happening now. They have a smiley moment and Daenerys gives him a present. It is the hand sigil that she pins on his coat; she names him Hand of the Queen as he takes a knee.

In the ocean, amid a giant fleet of ships, we see the Unsullied, Theon and Yara, the Dothraki and the flying dragons as they proceed towards Westeros. Daenerys and Tyrion, along with Varys, who must have teleported there from Dorne, are on the front ship, looking determined as we get a pan of thousands of majestic ships making their way across the ocean.

My Thoughts

There were quite a few “What??!!!” moments for me during this episode as I could see all the chess pieces being played on all parts of the board tonight. My most shocking I guess would have been Tommen jumping out of the window and Arya ending up killing Walder Frey. My eyes teared up when all of the north proclaimed Jon the King of the North, the White Wolf (where is that darn wolf anyway????). Next season should be an outstanding clash between Cersei and Daenerys, both fierce women on this show.

Until then, keep your mind in the Game and remember….you know nothing!

GAME OF THRONES Season 6 Finale Preview: The Trial of the Century

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Sadly, the season finale is soon to be upon us. On a brighter note, this will be the longest episode ever, clocking in at 69 minutes. I’m not sure how anything can top last week’s GAME OF THRONES, but knowing how this show goes, my hopes are high for another jaw-dropping, action-packed night. Here’s what we have to look forward to:

Cersei’s Trial. Looks like the High Sparrow’s grand moment has arrived, while everyone gathers for Cersei’s trial before the Seven in the Great Sept. I’m sure that will have a pleasant outcome.

Winterfell. Perhaps Jon and Sansa had a disagreement because the preview shows them having a sibling moment, with Jon telling Sansa that they need to stay strong because they have so many episodes. In another shot, before the white weirwood tree, Sansa asks Littlefinger what he wants and he moves closer, telling her he thought she knew what he wanted. Presumably her. We’ve known that for a couple of seasons now.

Oh, also at Winterfell, and FINALLY I might add, Davos realizes what Melisandre did to Shireen. Davos, Melisandre and Jon are in a room alone together as Davos yells at her to tell Jon what she did.

Riverrun. In a déjà vu kind of way, Walder Frey is at a banquet at Riverrun, with Jaime attending, as he raises his glass in a toast in the banquet, echoing the words he said at the Red Wedding: “The Freys and the Lannisters send their regards.” Not cool.

Bran. Literally, we get a half-second glimpse of Bran’s face, but no clue on what might happen in regards to his story. We can only hope that he’s going to have a vision and conclude our Tower of Joy flashbacks.

Meereen. One shot in the preview has Daenerys placing her hand lovingly on Daario’s face. The split-second shot of her face looks like she’s either about to seduce him or tell him goodbye, I can’t tell. Later, we hear Tyrion ask her if she’s afraid. She must have said yes because he replies, “Good. You’re in the great game now and the great game’s terrifying.”

My Thoughts. Compared to the last few episodes, this one seems a bit tame, judging by the previews, but we all know looks can be deceiving. We seem to be at all the major hot spots in Westeros too.

One question plaguing me, knowing that this is the season finale: Whatever happened to Ellaria and the Sand Snakes? They sure have been quiet since they killed Doran Martell and took over Dorne. It looks like we might we waiting until next season to get an answer to that.

Okay, two questions plaguing me. The episode is called The Winds of Winter, which highly, highly suggests the return of the Night’s King and the white walkers, yet not a glimpse of them in the preview. I think they might be teasing us.

Be sure to catch the season finale of GAME OF THRONES tonight (June 26) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Canada.

WESTWORLD Trailer: There’s Something Wrong With This World


JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan are bringing WESTWORLD to HBO this fall and the premium cable channel has finally dropped a trailer for the futuristic fantasy series.

Based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name, WESTWORLD revolves around a futuristic theme park where visitors can interact with androids in a realistic version of the wild west. The androids are the focus of the series and appear to start realizing that something is very wrong about the world they inhabit.

The show stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson and Shannon Woodward. Season 1 will consist of ten episodes.

WESTWORLD will premiere this fall on HBO.

GAME OF THRONES 6.09 Recap: Battles Fought and Won


Tonight’s GAME OF THRONES opens on a grisly scene of the ships bombing the city of Meereen. Tyrion tries to make light of the situation by pointing out that the city has been thriving. Daenerys tells Tyrion that she plans on burning the slavers’ towns to dust. Tyrion points out to her what her father, the Mad King, had hidden under the Red Keep and why Jaime killed him. He suggests an alternative.

Daenerys and Tyrion meet with the three slave masters as they arrogantly think they are discussing her surrender. She informs them that they are there to talk about theirs; they mock her until Drogon comes flying up out of nowhere, screeching, and lands behind Daenerys. She climbs aboard him and takes off towards the ships. Busting out of a pyramid wall, Rhaegal and Viserion (who are much smaller than Drogon, I might add) join him in the sky. Daenerys’ Dothraki army, led by Daario, arrive at the front gates and slaughter the Sons of the Harpy.

When Daenerys and her dragons reach the bombing ships, she tells Drogon, “Dracarys” and he breaths fire on the ships, as does Rhaegal and Viserion.

Back at the pyramid, Grey Worm tells the soldiers of the masters to put down their arms and go home to their families, or die. They run away. Grey Worm kills two of the masters and Tyrion tells the other to go back and tell the people what happened this day, of Daenerys and her dragons.

Yara and Theon arrive in Meereen. Tyrion remembers Theon making short jokes when Tyrion was in Winterfell. Yara and Daenerys seem to hit it off pretty well, much to Tyrion’s chagrin. Yara and Daenerys strike a deal and shake on it: Daenerys will use Yara’s boats to get to Westeros to take the Seven Kingdoms, killing a few uncles along the way, and Yara will be the Queen of the Iron Islands.

The Bastards

Jon waits for a parlay with Ramsay in the middle of the field, a few soldiers and Sansa with him. Ramsay rides up with a few of his own, Sansa glaring at him. Ramsay, all full of himself, thanks Jon for returning Sansa to him, and wants everyone to kneel before him and declare Ramsay lord. Jon challenges Ramsay to a duel, just the two of them. Ramsay refuses, and throws Rickon’s direwolf’s head at them. Sansa interrupts Ramsay, telling him that he is going to die tomorrow and to sleep well.

Later, Davos, Jon and Tormund plan their strategy. Sansa stresses to Jon that he does not know Ramsay. She goes so far as to say that they won’t get Rickon back, as he’s a true blood Stark and a bigger threat to Ramsay that he or she. They argue over what to do and how to defeat Ramsay.

Jon visits Melisandre and tells her that if he should fall, he does not want her to bring him back again. She tells him she must try.

After a buddy moment with Tormund, Davos takes a walk (what he likes to do before a battle). He comes across what looks like to be the snowed-over funeral pyre where Shireen was burned.  He finds the stag he made for her in the snow and picks it up.  It becomes first light and he hears the war horns.

Jon’s army is lined up and ready. Before the vast Ramsay army are flayed men crosses, burning what looks like flayed men hanging on them. Ramsay rides up dragging a rope behind him; of course it’s Rickon. Jon’s face is incredulous. Ramsay brings out a sword as Jon angrily gets off his horse. Ramsay cuts the ropes to Rickon’s rope. Ramsay tells Rickon he wants to play a game: the game is to run to Jon. Someone brings Ramsay a bow and arrow as Rickon begins to run. Jon mounts his horse again and takes off riding towards Rickon as Ramsay lets arrows fly. Right when Jon reaches Rickon, an arrow hits Rickon in the chest, killing him. Davos and Tormund look unhinged. Jon is livid as Ramsay smirks. Jon charges in as Davos and Tormund charge the rest of the army in.

Jon stands alone as Ramsay’s cavalry charges, but his own army reaches right at the same time. A long bloody battle ensues, with Ramsay safe behind his archers as he continually rains down arrows on both his men and Jon’s army. Davos commands his archers to rush in with him and fight. Ramsay commands his troops to join in, as there are now mounds of dead people on the battlefield. Ramsay’s troops surround Jon’s army with shields in place. Ramsay, of course, continues smirking. Ramsay’s army pushes in and groups them tighter, until Davos shouts to break their ranks. It does not good as the shields continue moving forward, pushing the wilding army tighter together.

As things look hopeless, a war horn sounds and it looks like Littlefinger came through (presumably, that’s who Sansa sent that raven off to after trying to gather the North). The Arryn army rushes in with thousands of horses as Ramsay looks shocked. Sansa sits on horseback overlooking the battlefield, beside Littlefinger, as the Arryn army rushes in and makes quick work of Ramsay’s army. Sansa is the one with a smirk now.

Jon climbs out of the mass and sees an open-mouthed Ramsay alone with two guards. Ramsay turns his horse and begins to ride away as Jon, Tormund and the giant follow, Sansa watching the whole thing.

Ramsay makes it to Winterfell and tells the guards they have Winterfell and can hold it. The giant breaks the door pretty quickly and rushes in, covered in arrows. The rest of Jon’s army follows in. Ramsay shoots the last arrow into the giant, killing him. Ramsay now wants the one-on-one combat as he shoots arrows at an approaching Jon. Jon uses a shield to block them and reaches Ramsay, pounding his face bloody. Sansa arrives as Jon is going all out. He gets off of Ramsay and walks away.

The sigils for the frayed man are taken down and our proud Stark banner is hanging again at Winterfell. Rickon’s body is brought in and Jon tells the men to bury Rickon in the crypt next to his father. Sansa walks up and asks Jon where Ramsay is now.  We also see Davos holding the recovered stag statue as he stares intently up at Melisandre on the balcony; she is oblivious to his withering gaze.

We see a very bloody Ramsay tied up in the dungeon. Sansa stands outside the bars as Ramsay taunts her. She lets him know how insignificant he is. She has let the hounds into his cell, as they growl. He does not think they will hurt him, but he himself had said that he hadn’t fed them in seven days. One of the hounds gets in Ramsay’s face and though Ramsay is commanding it to get down, it attacks him. Sansa stays and watches impassively. When she does walk away, it is with a smile on her face.

My Thoughts

Literally, it was what I was hoping for. The battle between Jon and Ramsay, and then Ramsay dying at Sansa’s hands; even though she used the dogs, it was still her doing. I literally choked on my Diet Coke when the dog lunged and bit into Ramsay’s face. I absolutely love that Sansa has gotten herself a gigantic set of gonads this season. That overshadowed the uniting of the dragons at the beginning of the show, but you have to admit, that was pretty awesome too. I’m interested to see where this Daenerys/Yara relationship goes as well.

Let us also not forget that during this whole season, Davos did not know what had happened to Shireen.  He had asked Melisandre back earlier in the season, but she did not answer.  I think tonight he figured out what happened to Shireen and I believe he is going to be looking to get some revenge.

Sadly, only one more episode of GAME OF THRONES. Tune in on June 26th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Canada for the grand finale!

GAME OF THRONES Preview: The Battle Is On

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It’s all been leading to this; at least for me. Last week on GAME OF THRONES we saw the Hound return, as well as the Mother of Dragons. Meereen was under war (and there’s a great conspiracy theory going on that maybe Varys had something to do with that), Cersei declared war on the sparrows and lost her bid for a trial by combat, and the showdown at Riverrun happened. We will probably not see any of that this week as the whole sneak peek concentrates on the Bastards.

The preview show both of armies facing off, with Jon informing Sansa that he fought at the Wall against white walkers, but Sansa stresses that Jon does not know Ramsay. It doesn’t show, but you hear Jon say that thousands of men don’t need to die, only one of us; presumably he is talking to Ramsay. War, arrows, spears, dying men, all these things in the previews.

I have to say that Ramsay’s army looks much, much bigger than Jon’s. But Ramsay’s got to die, right? Right?! Jon’s already died once, they can’t do that to us again.

Tune in to the action on the next episode of GAME OF THRONES on June 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Canada.