Game of Thrones Season 6 has prepared a supersized finale starting with the 60-minute penultimate episode, which is the second longest-running episode in the show’s six-season history. The ninth episode is titled “The Battle of the Bastards” and will air on June 19.
We’ve rounded up these Game of Thrones Season 6 spoilers in preparation for the highly-awaited Ramsay Bolton and Jon Snow battle royale and what’s to come in the future as fans inch their towards the season finale.
Who’s on Team Bolton, Team Stark?
The title for episode 9 is a sufficient spoiler in itself. It is assumed that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) will finally go head to head as they fight for Winterfell. The battle will be a culmination of sorts where the Starks are gunning to avenge the merciless deaths of their family members during the Red Wedding and restore their families’ honor. Of course, half-siblings Jon and Sansa are also on a mission to rescue young Rickon.
On Team Bolton are two great Northern houses: the Umbers and the Karstarks. Rallying to support Team Stark are House Mormont and Tormund’s wildling army. There are still more known Stark loyalists, which include House Manderly, which controls the richest part of the North.
Interestingly, Sansa was seen writing a letter to a yet-revealed recipient. If Game of Thrones Season 6 spoilers are to be believed, the letter is addressed to Petyr Baelish. Littlefinger is more than ready to give Sansa an army courtesy of the Lords of the Vale. Although Sansa initially declined Littlefinger’s offer in episode 6, she is likely to take it at the last minute to boost their chances of winning against Ramsay. According to Pop Sugar, a Redditor managed to enhance some still shots from “The Broken Man” to confirm that the letter was indeed addressed to Littlefinger.
Casualty count: high
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 20, 2016
It’s not a Game of Thrones battle without any major casualties, and Watchers on the Wall reveal that the deaths of two major characters can be expected. It is rumored that Ramsay Bolton will display two bodies on upside-down X-crosses (similar to House Bolton’s sigil) during the battle.
Certainly, someone between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton will die and most bets are on the latter. Even actor Iwan Rheon believes it’s time for Ramsay to go. Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Rheon told host Philipp Schofield and Holly Willoughby, “I think he’s gotta go. He deserves it.”
It’s also possible that the show will have one less Stark at the end of The Battle of the Bastards. The odds are currently not favorable to Rickon, who’s being held by Ramsay. According to iDigital Times, Game of Thrones Season 6 spoilers hint that Rickon will be released by Ramsay only to be shot down by an arrow just as he reaches Jon.
Littlefinger courts Sansa?
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 27, 2016
Baelish still has ambitions to become the Warden of the North, and it looks like helping Sansa win the war by providing her with an army is his ticket to making this dream a reality. Accepting help from Baelish will most likely not come for free, and he will want something in return. If Rickon dies, Sansa will be the only heir qualified to succeed House Stark. Thus, having her as a bride will up Littlefinger’s chances of becoming Warden of the North. Interestingly, Sophie Turner said that she may choose Littlefinger as her Hand if Sansa were to be crowned queen.
Lady Stoneheart appears?
— Women of Westeros (@GoTGirls8) May 8, 2016
The zombie-like version of Catelyn Stark is a prominent character in the books, and it appears that recent developments on Game of Thrones Season 6 are leading towards Lady Stoneheart’s highly-awaited entry. In the books Lady Stoneheart is the leader of the Brothers Without Banners, a group that has vowed to murder any who allies with the Lannisters, Freys or Boltons.
Actor Johannes Haukur Johannesson, who debuted in episode 7 as Brothers Without Banners member Lem Lemoncloak, left a cryptic tweet about the Stark matriarch. He also shared a link about potential Game of Thrones Season 6 spoilers about the character. Lady Stoneheart’s role will turn the odds in favor of Jon and Sansa as she will basically scare everyone out of supporting Ramsay Bolton.
— Jóhannes Haukur (@johanneshaukur) June 8, 2016
Game of Thrones watch online
Fans of the show can catch the epic Battle of the Bastards in Game of Thrones Season 6 on HBO Now.