Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 9 reviews

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” © Helen Sloan/HBO Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Here’s what the critics are saying about the ninth episode of Game of Thrones Season 6, Battle of the Bastards:

The Guardian

Game of Thrones is always at its brutal best when dealing with the horror of war and this excellent episode – the best of this season – was no exception. This was a taut and often terrifying hour in which scores were settled, battles waged and at the end the Stark banners hung once more from Winterfell. Read the complete episode review here.

The Telegraph

Oh now, that was VERY impressive. And by “impressive” we mean gruelling, cathartic and upsetting. By the end of the Battle of the Bastards we felt as if we’d crawled through a freezing quagmire, climbed a wall of cadavers and gasped for breath as a dozen dying men sat on our faces – which, oddly enough, is exactly what befell Jon Snow as the grumpy saviour negotiated the grandest mass battle Game of Thrones has yet mounted for our enjoyment/terror/disgust. Read the complete episode review here.

The Washington Post

Before I dig into any thematic analysis of “Battle of the Bastards,” I have to be honest with you all. I’m still trembling, even though this episode is over and I’m trying to get down to the work of writing something serious about an episode that was better than I expected. Read the complete episode review here.

The Independent

Game of Thrones might be guilty of the odd bit of dodgy dialogue or struggling to juggle all of its plots satisfyingly, but boy does it know how to deliver a set piece. The clue was in the title with season 6 episode 9 – ‘Battle of the Bastards’ – and while the full 60 minutes weren’t given over to the Stark v Bolton showdown, it had enough screen time to really knock the encounter out of the park. Read the complete episode review here.

Refiney29

After a false start and a mild HBO-Now-is-down panic attack, the much-awaited ninth installment of this season, ominously called “Battle of the Bastards, delivered what it promised…with a twist. Read the complete episode review here.

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