After ten explosive hours in the Seven Kingdoms, we have said a bitter farewell to the greatest season of HBO’s flagship fantasy drama Game of Thrones.
Season 6 built upon a sprawling legacy with such confidence and gusto that it left audiences around the globe slack-jawed and in utter awe.
For this author, the pairing of Episode 9 – “Battle of the Bastards” – and Episode 10 – “The Winds of Winter” – form a finer motion picture than anything the silver screen has offered in 2016 thus far, and we are setting sail for an unforgettable seventh season. However, it’ll be one lengthy voyage as we’ll have no new episodes until April 2017.
But in the meantime we can be reflective, and look back at the very best moments from the very best season. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; take a bow.
10. Ramsay Bolton; Warden of The North
The developments of Ramsay Bolton this season have been incredible. He has twisted and shifted into Westeros’ most loathsome creation; a blood-boiling and scathing supervillain who uses fear as his most deadly weapon.
Early on in the season he proves to audiences and indeed his fellow Northerners that he has zero restraint or intention to let his legacy slip by. Father Roose – Warden of The North – and Lady Walda’s baby has arrived safely. A young boy. The news Ramsay has feared the most.
A bastard by name and nature, the arrival of a newborn boy has pushed him down the pecking order for rulership at Winterfell and across The North; something he simply cannot stand for.
Moments prior, he, Roose and Torrhen Karstark had been plotting a attack mechanism following the slaughter orchestrated by Brienne. A gun-ho Ramsay wants to storm Castle Black and eliminate Jon Snow, to which Roose finds preposterous.
A Maester delivers the news about Ramsay’s baby brother. Dread colours the face. “Don’t worry, you’ll always be my first born,” proclaims Roose. “Thank you father,” Ramsay replies. “That means so much to me”.
He then plunges a blade deep into his father’s gut, killing him in the exact same way as Roose murdered King Robb Stark at The Red Wedding. Roose was “poisoned by our enemies,” orders the bastard.
He then takes Walda and his newborn brother outside and into Winterfell’s hound keep. What comes next is particularly horrifying as the hungry dogs enjoy a meal.
In one single ghastly moment, Ramsay has become both the Lord of Winterfell and the Warden of The North.