10 big questions raised by Game of Thrones 6.09 ‘The Battle of the Bastards’
What an episode of Game of Thrones! ‘Battle of the Bastards’ gave us the show’s biggest ever battle sequence, the return of Dany’s dragons and a hell of a lot of questions we want answered immediately. Here are ten of the biggest questions raised by 6.09 ‘Battle of the Bastards’:
1. Is Daenerys finally on her way to Westeros?
Finally. Daenerys has an army, a fleet and her dragons under control. We have been waiting for this moment since the first season, and now she is finally close to achieving her long-term objective of conquering and ruling the Seven Kingdoms. With all the havoc that’s been going down in King’s Landing and up North, what she’ll find in Westeros when she arrives is anyone’s guess – we just hope she’ll get there and doesn’t spend the next season bogged down in admin at Meereen before she can set sail.
2. Who will accompany Dany to Westeros?
Of course, she can’t set sail immediately without leaving someone in charge in Meereen. Although Tyrion has been doing a (mostly) good job of managing Meereen in Dany’s absence, it would probably be more advantageous for him to accompany her back to his home. We learnt from episode nine she is prone to a little bit of Targaryen-fury, and Tyrion’s ability to calm this ruthlessness will be crucial if she is to win the support of the smallfolk of Westeros. This leaves Missandei and Grey Worm, who have been devoted servants to Daenaerys, plus Daario, who mostly serves as battle-ready arm candy.
3. Will Dany and Yara get it on?
I sincerely hope the answer is yes. Daenerys had an expression on her face during the conversation with Yara that we haven’t seen since she invited Daario for a ride on the dragon. Dany obviously approved of Yara’s “I’m up for anything, really”, and who doesn’t want these two strong, successful women to ally themselves closer? Both women have shared sexual liaisons with other women in the past, so it wouldn’t be outside the realms of possibility. It would just be awesome.
4. What will Jon and Sansa do next?
Jon and Sansa have achieved this season’s goal – to reclaim Winterfell. They now have a choice over what to do next. One pressing issue will be to find other surviving members of their family. Sansa is aware that Arya is still alive through Brienne, and Jon was told by Sam of Bran’s survival. Neither know that Benjen is also still knocking about. However, they’ll also have to try to consolidate power in the North by ironing out any threats to the Stark family (and there will probably be a lot). Not to mention, figuring out how to deal with the whole oncoming White Walker threat. They have a lot to think about.
5. How will Jon and Sansa consolidate power in the North?
Despite their valiant attempts, Jon and Sansa were not able to secure the support of the largest Northern houses. They will need to do so to have any hope of securing Winterfell in the long term. Thankfully, Tormund killed the traitorous Lord Umber, so hopefully his heir is more agreeable than Smalljon (Supersmalljon?). Outside of the North, they have now made enemies of the Lannisters and the Throne, who gave the Boltons Winterfell. While King’s Landing might be a bit preoccupied at the moment, Jaime has already proven he is a formidable enemy capable of leading a powerful army. How Jon and Sansa act now to secure alliances will be crucial to their long-term survival. We don’t think we will have the will to continue watching if the Starks lose Winterfell again.
6. Can Jon and Sansa’s relationship survive her betrayal?
After Sansa did not trust Jon with the information that Littlefinger’s Knights of the Vale were available to aid in the Battle of the Bastards, relations might be a little tense. This resulted in large numbers of casualties for Jon, something that he will be deeply upset about. Sansa will insist that her actions won them the battle, as Jon fell completely for Ramsay’s mind games. However, Jon could have planned differently with a different army. We hope the two of them are able to patch up their differences and learn to trust one another.
7. What does Littlefinger want in exchange for the armies of the Vale?
Sansa now has the unenviable problem of a debt to Littlefinger, and we have a worrying feeling Baelish expects this debt to be repaid with her hand in marriage. It would be a fitting conclusion to all of Littlefinger’s scheming, making him Lord of Winterfell with rightful heir Lady Sansa at his side. However, it’s not an attractive marriage proposal for Sansa – who has already suffered the indignity of being pledged or married to two sadistic maniacs. If Sansa can share her troubles with Jon, perhaps they can come up with a plan.
8. When will Davos confront Melisandre?
Davos discovered the pyre used to burn Shireen at the stake, along with her Baratheon stag figurine, shortly before the Battle of the Bastards. Unlike a certain Stark bastard, he didn’t let his emotions get the better of him and did not confront Melisandre over what happened to Stannis’ daughter. The confrontation is surely coming, however, now that he has survived the battle. What will happen to Melisandre when her responsibility for burning Shireen is revealed? Jon is the commander now, so will likely be the one to decide her fate. Will he banish her, or sentence her to death? We’ve seen Melisandre’s ability to survive unbelievable odds before, so we hope no one tries the latter option.
9. Will Jon find something in the crypts?
An interesting reddit theory from earlier this season seemed to click into place in episode nine as Jon mentioned he would be visiting the crypts to bury his fallen brother Rickon. According to the popular theory, Jon will discover his own tomb in the crypts alongside those of his brothers and sisters – despite his not being a trueborn son. The tomb will once and for all reveal Jon Snow’s parentage, and the real link between Jon and the Stark children. This would not be unlike the legend where Lancelot discovered his heritage thorugh a grave. This might be a tall order as in the novels the Stark children used to play in the crypts and never found anything – but maybe this secret is held in the deeper levels of the crypts.
10. When will the White Walkers arrive?
It would be mighty convenient if the ice zombies waited to invade South of the Wall until after Jon and Sansa have secured their stronghold and secured the allegiance of enough men to contain and defeat the threat. It probably won’t happen this way – which means the White Walkers are imminent. Episode ten is titled ‘The Winds of Winter’, which is also the planned name of George R. R. Martin’s final book, and sounds awfully like the Night King might be making his way South. Could the wall fall as early as episode ten?