[Updated!] New photos from Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 9 “Battle of The Bastards”

Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Credit: Courtesy HBO

Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Credit: Courtesy HBO

HBO has released this week’s fresh batch of photos from the upcoming new episode of Game of Thrones. The season’s epic ninth episode will be titled “Battle of the Bastards,” and is expected to feature a massive clash between the Stark and Bolton forces, with Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton at the head of their armies.

Official episode synopsis:  “Terms of surrender are rejected and accepted.”

Vague enough for you? Well, these new photos should provide more information! Here they are, below the cut!

Update: We’ve added several more images to the post!

Every photo this week centers around the Battle of the Bastards, and its major players- Ramsay, Jon and Sansa and their supporters, and the armies. We’re in for something incredible this week, from the look of it all!

Kit Harington as Jon Snow Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

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Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

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Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth. Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

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Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

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Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton. Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Ian Whyte as Wun Wun Credit: Courtesy HBO

Pictured: Ian Whyte as Wun Wun. Credit: Courtesy HBO

Courtesy HBO

Courtesy HBO

HBO has posted this image on HBO.com:

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Update:
Farfarawaysite has added many more images from the episode to their collection:

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Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth and Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane

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Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow

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Dean S. Jagger as Smalljon Umber

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Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane

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Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow

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Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton, with Paul Rattray as Harald Karstark

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Carice van Houten as Melisandre and Kit Harington as Jon Snow

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Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth

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Dean S. Jagger as Smalljon Umber

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Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

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    1. That shot of Jon on the ground, facing the oncoming troops just gave me some serious goosebumps!!!! wow wow wow

      My parents dont watch GOT, I think on Sunday I’ll force them to sit down for this episode.

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    2. I love the second one from the top. He looks ..just perfect.
      Looking forward to Sunday. Even though I know I will shed some tears for a fallen hero.

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    3. Holy shit, that Tormund photo. I would follow this dude into battle anytime.

      OK, and probably die three seconds later. But he’s a total badass.

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    4. Can we discuss photo number 2????????? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I. CANT. DEAL.

      girl moment over.

      Sick photos, I am scared, anxious, excited, sad, happy, scared, and scared.

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    5. Great pictures! Especially the one by Giantsbane! I’m so excited to see how it turns out – now, that the Tullies are not coming, and I really expected they turn up, this will be an interesting fight. Littlefinger will surely join in; otherwise the Stark army forces wouldn’t have any chance, right? But how it all turns out, is going to be massive.

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    6. Seriously, I can’t articulate how excited I am for this episode. Please Battle of the Bastards be as epic as you seem to be.
      The King in the North!!!

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    7. How the HELL can Jon fight against a charge of men on horseback?

      How beautiful does Sophie look here? Wow…just stunning.

      And I LOVE the extra on the left hand side of the aerial shot of the army, looking directly up at the camera… d’oh!

      Can’t wait for this!

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    8. Super excited! Desperately trying to avoid Reddit spoilers for the last two episodes without going completely “web dark”

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    9. The King In The North!!! No more negativity, go House Stark!!

      Seriously though, does anyone really believe Ramsay is going to prevail? It just doesn’t fit.

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    10. OK, I’m having a brain fart… which house is it that has the sigil with a red field and the chains crisscrossed? (fighting on Ramsay’s side) I don’t see any of the Hornwood moose banners on Jon’s side like were spotted a couple months ago, either.

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    11. That photo of Jon facing down the charging Bolton cavalry with Longclaw in hand is comfortably my favorite promotional photo of the entire season. What an epic moment that is going to be!

      The photo of Jon and Sansa sitting astride their horses, surveying the battlefield, is amazing as well. The Stark siblings had their disagreements in Episode 7, but make no mistake – they are very much united here in their commitment to put Ramsay down and reclaim their home.

      Helen Sloan doesn’t get enough appreciation for the work she does every week. She is fantastic.

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    12. Dee Stark:
      Newbietothegame,

      WHOOOOOOOOO?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      lol DONT SCARE ME

      I don’t know. And even if I did, I would not tell you. It would not be GoT if the Stark forces would win without paying a heavy price.
      Agree with you on picture #2. My heart skipped a beat.

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    13. That’s a rather stunning shot of Sansa and Jon. If you dropped like 100 people down who knew nothing about this show or story other than a feudalistic like backdrop, I’d honestly be willing to wager good coin that more than half would guess they were the king and queen based on that one rather amazing still shot.

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    14. Newbietothegame,

      fine! lol

      ALL THESE JON PICS MAKE UP FOR ALL SEASON
      THANK YOU GOD

      So when Kit said this is a huge season for Jon, it better Start on sunday 9 and end on June 26 at 10pm

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    15. coz,

      They mean the very first photo of him standing alone on the ground against the Bolton army, that isn’t Longclaw he’s holding.

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    16. Isn’t Longclaw’s pommel white and in the shape of a Direwolf? Maybe it’s just me, but the grip on Jon’s sword in these photos looks different to me…

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    17. Rhianysa,

      For all you people saying it isn’t Longclaw in that first pic, it is. I just zoomed in you can see it clearly. Maybe it’s a little dirty from fighting or what not, or just the lighting.

      Now stop saying it isn’t.

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    18. Why does everything have to be so hard for the Starks every single time.

      Why couldn’t the story develop into a crushing defeat for Ramsay, like how he crushed Stannis…

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    19. Dolorous (N)Edd:
      Holy shit, that Tormund photo. I would follow this dude into battle anytime.

      OK, and probably die three seconds later. But he’s a total badass.

      Same here. Regardless, Tormund looks absolutely fierce.

      Love these photos. This will be epic. However, I am apprehensive because I know that it will also be heartbreaking.

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    20. I can’t ignore this cliffhanger issue. I can barely stand the wait of this epic war that we are going to see this sunday. Who will win this epic battle?

      Anyone betting for a side?

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    21. that shot from above.. what army is that? Vale, Manderly?

      love the shot of Sansa/Jon..Sansa is like ” bitch please with your 5000 men..you going DOWN”

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    22. Why is Tormund looking at Wun Wun and others running. He was running with them in promo and all of sudden he’s just starring at them? Jon against Boltons cavalry. This where might Wun Wun comes because how can Jon beat tons of cavalry. Sophie looks amazing and Kit is too. Tormund badass as always.

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    23. Anyone else think that we will get a Howland Reed appearance? I keep thinking he will show up with Vale troops and LF…

      If LF shows up.

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    24. It’s scary to see Jon not mounted, facing a line of mounted men. Makes me think of Stannis.

      I think this is a one stop episode, unless whatever they aren’t showing is something calculated to surprise, and therefore they can’t show us. Like LF and the vale men, since we aren’t supposed to know Sansa wrote to him.

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    25. I have a feeling that the episode synopsis means that terms of surrender are accepted at Mereen and terms of surrender are rejected at Winterfell.

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    26. Dee Stark:
      Can we discuss photo number 2????????? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I. CANT. DEAL.
      girl moment over.
      Sick photos, I am scared, anxious, excited, sad, happy, scared, and scared.

      I am far too old for fangirling, but wooo boooy he can make me forget that sometimes lol

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    27. Full Prediction For BOTB:

      Episode will start with sansa and jon discussing their attack. Sansa will tell him she asked Littlefinger for help and Jon will be mad cause he does not trust LF cause of what he did to sansa, but she will explain she only did it for more men.

      Mel will admit to Davos what she did to Shireen and he will go to the burning place to morn her

      Jon will lead his army on the first attack were they will be badly outnumbered and Ramsay will easily win, and Wun Wun will die as long with much of Jon’s army

      Just as Jon thinks hes lost, LF will show up with the full nights of the Vale which will even out the battle and put it slighly in Jon’s favour.

      Jon will order his men not to attack for the moment and ask Mel to go with him to talk to Ramsay.

      He will ask Ramsay for a single combat fight between them for winterfell to save thousends of lives. Ramsay will agree and just as he does, will take out his knife and cut jon’s throught

      Mel will immideatly go to Jon’s body and say the reserection prayer, this time without all the other rituals (Naked, hair, fire) and much quicker as she now knows she can do it (as we saw Thoros do the sixth time he brought back Beric, he was able to do it very quickly).

      Ramsay will see that Jon cannot be killed and that they have magic on their side and so see that he has lost the war

      Jon will allow his to live and keep the dreadfort on condition that he surrenders winterfell, frees rickon and knells before his new leige lord.

      Ramsay will have one of his men fetch Rickon but as he is knelling to him, Ramsay will stab rickon is the heart (Like Roose did to Robb) and will take some loyal Bolton guards and escape the castle through one of the passeges.

      There will be a shot of Mel walking on the battlements of winterfell while the Flayed man Banner is lowered to the ground as she predicted in season 5.

      The episode will end with Jon, Sansa, Davos, Tormund and LF looking over Rickons Body in the main hall in winterfell where Jon will decide to hunt down Ramsay and kill him for this. He will ask Davos and Tormund to jon him, a long with some men while Sansa will be left rulling Winterfell

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    28. are there also other storylines this episode? Would rather have an episode only focusing on the battle than mereen or something like this…

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    29. John W,

      I’m thinking he’s killed before the Battle even starts. Not sure what the point in bringing him, Shaggy or Osha back was other than shock factor.
      I’m sensing Wun Wun, Snow, Tormund and Davos bite the dust as well as Ramsay. Shame Sansa (tagged onto someone else’s storyline again) will survive.

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    30. Dee Stark:
      Fancy word for a sellsword,

      How about you stay away from Reddit, and stay here with us hahaha!

      They start on Reddit and very quickly make there way to other places that aren’t moderated against spoilers like WOTW.

      I like reading some of the thoughts posted here, but find this format harder to sort through than say a Disqus type format. I get frustrated trying to follow discussions here sometimes. Some threads get completely buried in petty arguments and/or what amounts to a private conversation.

      I’ll deal 😉

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    31. Best group of episode pics all season in my opinion.

      Doesn’t really give anything away (at least that I can see) but they are some fricken’ awesome shots.

      Only thing I could take away are there are definitely Umber shields and banners and Karstark sheilds (and maybe banners – couldn’t tell what was on the blue ones) on the Bolton side.

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    32. My lady mother is visiting from California so I haven’t been able to be around much lately.

      But these pictures. Holy shit, you guys.

      My body is so ready.

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    33. That pic of Tormund definitely makes me fear that he is going to go out in a blaze of glory Sunday night : (

      No settling down in a cozy little cottage with chickens and a white picket fence and gingham curtains for Tormienne, alas!

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    34. Thalmor:
      I have a feeling that the episode synopsis means that terms of surrender are accepted at Mereen and terms of surrender are rejected at Winterfell.

      Why would Dany surrender?

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    35. Picture One, if there are two lancers in that Bolton cavalry, Snow will be skewered like a cocktail onion.
      Picture Eight, the Bolton archers deployed in front of the infantry. Should have sharpened stakes or some obstacle in front of them as protection against a calvary charge. If the archers and infantry change places to repel cavalry, the archers can’t loose their arrows and the infantry would be disordered by the archers slipping through their formation.
      Ser Marq would never put my old outfit in that predicament!

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    36. Bae looks good! Aragorn vibes!

      But is he going to take on the whole Bolton cavalry by himself in that first picture? lmao pls HBO

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    37. TheTouchofFrost:
      John W,

      I’m thinking he’s killed before the Battle even starts. Not sure what the point in bringing him, Shaggy or Osha back was other than shock factor.I’m sensing Wun Wun, Snow, Tormund and Davos bite the dust as well as Ramsay.Shame Sansa (tagged onto someone else’s storyline again) will survive.

      Makes no sense story wise to bring Jon back, then just kill him again. Plus he’s got Black Mage Melisandre on his side to cast revive on him.

      Also, Jon v Night King needs to happen.

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    38. Atish Vaze,

      Only problem with that is that you don’t start a battle with the cavalry charging. They would start with archers, probably charge infantry next, then bring in the cavalvry (hence the saying).

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    39. Mawk,
      Dee Stark,

      He means Rickon.

      But I disagree with him. Rickon is a plot device, not a true character in both mediums.
      If anything the show gave him a bigger role by having him with Bran until the end of S3 rather then splitting them at the end of S2.

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    40. “Arise! Arise, Riders of the Vale!

      Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered!

      A sword day… a red day… and the sun rises!

      Ride now… Ride now… Ride!

      Ride for Winterfell and the world’s ending!

      Death!

      DEEEEEEAAAAAATHHHHHH!”

      – Littlefinger 2016

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    41. I dont know why they didn’t build anything for Wun Wun. A shield or something; he could do damage with tree trunks. Imagine a wooden shield with with a long wide battering base he could use to charge through the lines. That would knock rows of people over splitting the group. Or even hold him back and have him attack from the flank. I really just hope they use him strategically because just throwing him out there will feel like a waste.

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    42. I sure hope the first pic is a scene where Jon Snow dies or there is lower ground with people and blockades in front of him and they just aren’t visible in that pic.

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    43. Boston Snow,

      yeah Exactly. Thats why I am really really excited after watching that pic. Whats prompts him to take the entire Bolton cavalry by himself will be interesting to see.

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    44. There is always the chance that Jon lets himself die on purpose at the beginning of the battle for everybody to see.

      Then lets Mel resurrect him. The North will think he is a god just like the Wildlings.

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    45. Curse the powers that be if Wun Wun, Davos or Tormund die or if Ramsay survives this episode. Can’t we have episode 10 showing some happy Starks celebrating the recovery of their home before the WW waltz in to ruin things again?

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    46. Atish Vaze,

      My guess is Rickon.

      Look at the trailer, he stands down, quite sad, and as he gets up he looks at something/someone down. I think it’s Rickon dying in his arms, sadly.

      That ought to make him snap….

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    47. Mrs. Podrick Payne:
      Curse the powers that be if Wun Wun, Davos or Tormund die or if Ramsay survives this episode. Can’t we have episode 10 showing some happy Starks celebrating the recovery of their home before the WW waltz in to ruin things again?

      I think Ramsay will die in the finale.

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    48. So what do people who can’t fight do during a battle? Like Mel, Sansa, Lyanna (then again Lyanna could probably kick ass with a thought). Do they have a safe house in a yurt somewhere?

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    49. I’m sure it will be decent but I’m looking forward to episode 10 much more. Most of the episode 9’s so far have tried to be epic and fell short, in part due to budget restrictions, I’m sure.

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    50. I wonder if the moment with Jon staring down the cavalry will be when:

      the Knights of the Vale inevitably show up. What an epic moment it would be.

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    51. I’m quite interested in what’ll happen if Jon is killed, Sansa taken back by Ramsay, and the Starks lose. Because from these pictures, it looks like the Starks are going to lose.

      “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”

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    52. Fienix,

      I thought the Hornwoods were the orange banners visible behind Davos and in the last Jon pic. Is there another orange Northern house?

      The chains are House Umber.

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    53. Flayed Potatoes:
      “Arise! Arise, Riders of the Vale!

      Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered!

      A sword day… a red day… and the sun rises!

      Ride now… Ride now… Ride!

      Ride for Winterfell and the world’s ending!

      Death!

      DEEEEEEAAAAAATHHHHHH!”

      – Littlefinger 2016

      I’m assuming spell check messed your speech up. It would be wild(ly out of character) to see LF give a speech like that. More like Royce. But I am interested to see what comes. Can’t wait!

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    54. Sword of the Morning:
      I’m quite interested in what’ll happen if Jon is killed, Sansa taken back by Ramsay, and the Starks lose. Because from these pictures, it looks like the Starks are going to lose.

      “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”

      It’s funny because you are right. 100%. And still I cannot fathom that they will lose.
      I think it’s because of

      the tower of joy reveal coming.

      . It gives me confidence Jon will prevail somehow.

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    55. Thalmor:
      I have a feeling that the episode synopsis means that terms of surrender are accepted at Mereen and terms of surrender are rejected at Winterfell.

      That’s a good observation- You could well be correct!

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    56. Mawk,

      Zoomed in too : it isn’t. Yet on the last photo we see the two pommels, Longclaw and the plainer one from picture one.

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    57. Bet Jon wishes he had also brought the plate armor to go with his Stark leathers when he moved into Castle Black.

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    58. That 3rd pic though… ALL HAIL THE KING AND QUEEN IN THE NORTH! Assuming Jon is a Targ of course, let’s not be gross 😉

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    59. Does anyone have the first picture with Jon and the cavalry in a bigger size? I need a new desktop background lol.

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    60. What if the charging Calvary are Manderly’s and we are meant to think Jon is toast but as they get to him they pledge their allegiance to the Starks?

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    61. EPISODE 9 is the Episode we need and want <3
      amazing season loved episode 1-6
      need to re watch episodes 7 and 8, don't really know how I feel about them yet.
      Battle of the Bloody bastards!
      can't bloody wait to watch it, and this is the episode they decided to submit for best Writing, should be interesting ^^

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    62. When the snow falls & white wind blows..the bastard dies & the wolves survive!!

      Haven’t been this excited for an episode in a looong time & these pics aren’t making it any easier. The Hype is strong with this one!!!!!!

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    63. Maybe the episode leaks tonight

      Maybe the episode leaks tonight

      Maybe the episode leaks tonight

      Please make it leak tonight

      In HBO Nordic we trust

      What leaks may never be unseen only rewatched time and time again.

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    64. Pigeon:
      So what do people who can’t fight do during a battle? Like Mel, Sansa, Lyanna (then again Lyanna could probably kick ass with a thought). Do they have a safe house in a yurt somewhere?

      They usually are on the sidelines with a few captains giving orders.

      These pictures look so so good! I can’t wait!

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    65. Dee Stark,

      it Won’t leak so early, so no need to worry yourself, and even if it does by some miracle
      don’t worry about it, this site is kind of safe from spoilers XD

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    66. So many people think Jon is dying for good in this battle. Or that he’ll die and Mel will run through the Bolton shields to chop off his locks and rez him.

      I just got a call from my mother and she is terrified lmao.

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    67. Off all the Leaks though-out this show the one for this week has been the only one I really was not to upset about after the last three episodes, My hype was high for this ep but now i can go in to it expecting less and hoping the leak was wrong and get more from it.

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    68. selena, dragonmcmx,
      Comparing these images to the trailer I think the army in front of the snowy trees in this post are Team KickAss (our guys). The Bolton Baddies are far greater in number – BOO! – and lined up in more of a formation, with visible very large Bolton banners (rather than the carried by hand size), although they too have trees behind them. This is what I mean.

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    69. King Podrick: They usually are on the sidelines with a few captains giving orders.

      These pictures look so so good! I can’t wait!

      I figured it was something like that, out of range of arrows or flying pigs, but they must have some good strategy in place to make sure they can’t get taken by surprise.

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    70. Mihnea,

      Melisandre: It is not I who brings you back, Jon Snow, but the Lord of Light.

      She then goes and takes Ghost out for a walk. 😛

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    71. Dee Stark,

      This.

      I’m also seriously thinking of staying awake Sunday night…. It so hard though, the episode starts at 4 AM and ends at 5….. I would need to abandon sleeping all together….

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    72. Connor,

      I don’t think a leak is something people should hope for. We should respect HBO, this epic episode and its crew and wait until it officially airs.

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    73. Flayed Potatoes:
      “Arise! Arise, Riders of the Vale!

      Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered!

      A sword day… a red day… and the sun rises!

      Ride now… Ride now… Ride!

      Ride for Winterfell and the world’s ending!

      Death!

      DEEEEEEAAAAAATHHHHHH!”

      This applies to everyone except me, obviously! No way am I getting close enough to the action for even one hair to be out of place. I’ll just turn on the smarm once you’ve all done the hard work and take the credit for it!

      – Littlefinger 2016

      FIFY 😉

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    74. Hope we get a good reaction from the Bolton soldiers and Ramsay in response to seeing Wun Wun. It should be an extremely shocking moment for them to see him. Don’t tell me Ramsay would remain smug at the sight of a giant.

      Speaking of which, please let Wun Wun survive this battle. They’ve killed the Blackfish, so now my only personal favorites left are the Hound and Wun Wun (Tormund and Davos to a lesser extent)

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    75. OMFG these pics 😮
      Shit is SERIOUSLY about to go down in this episode !!!!!!
      That shot Jon facing alone on foot the Bolton cavalry is EPIC !!!!!
      The photo of Jon and Sansa wearing their beautiful Stark coats is gorgeous *.*
      It might end up being my new wallpaper xD

      I’m soooooooo excited to see Wun Wun heartily slaughter some Boltons 😀
      Tormund Giantsbane will show once again how much of a badass he is !
      But above all, I’m REALLY looking forward to see Davos fight FOR THE FIRST TIME !! ^^
      That Ramsay pic is cool, too. I can’t wait to see Ramsay’s smug sadistic smile wipe off his face >.<

      Judging by these photos, I expect that each and every characters on both Jon's and Ramsay's side will get their moment of glory, their own moment to shine ^^

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    76. Looks like the Stark army has lot’s of archers too. This battle will rival the siege of Minas Tirith.

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    77. I’m guessing Jon doesn’t face down the oncoming riders alone for long. In the trailer doesn’t Davos demand the army join him? I’ll have to re-watch.

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    78. I’m glad that Sansa is with Jon and not LF during the battle. There was some speculation back then that she arrives with LF and the Vale but now I see it is not the case. But yes, this episode is going to be EPIC and I can already see it taking its place in my top 10 or possibly top 5.

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    79. Really wish I was more hyped for this, but the last episode left a really bad taste in my mouth. For me, GoT resonates because of the drama and not the battles, but the drama and storytelling have been off mark this season.

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    80. So from the trailers all that’s left after this episode is the clip of the Harpies attacking/Dothraki charging and the little birds killing someone. Do you think those are both from the finale?

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    81. Dee Stark,

      The loyal watchers will watch it when its time, and if it does leak…..
      Fans with no patience are going to jump to watch it, but same.
      I really hope this episode doesn’t leak.

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    82. A wolf named dire,

      They are Boltons. You can see the Bolton helm.
      I think the Manderlys are in the shot with Wun Wun. You can see a green banner in the background.

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    83. HunterMac87:
      I dont know why they didn’t build anything for Wun Wun. A shield or something; he could do damage with tree trunks. Imagine a wooden shield with with a long wide battering base he could use to charge through the lines. That would knock rows of people over splitting the group. Or even hold him back and have him attack from the flank. I really just hope they use him strategically because just throwing him out there will feel like a waste.

      Wun Wun, in fairness, is generally never in a position where he has to fight an army in a pitched battle. And even if he was, good luck finding the materials and smiths to put something big and durable enough for him to actually use.

      I expect he’s going to kill a lot of Bolton soldiers, just the same.

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    84. Dee Stark:
      Matthew The Dragon knight,

      its not about spoilers. I can stay away from the net

      they worked really hard for this show and especially this episode, it deserves to be watched when it is airing to everyone

      I agree Dee – I fucking hate spoilers!

      As for those unfortunate not to be able to see it when it first airs, I’m sure HBO (like as on Sky Atlantic) will show it several times during the following week.

      The only problem then is to keep away from websites such as this one (very hard to do!) and watch it fresh without any idea of what’s going to happen or know the outcome.

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    85. Looks like I was wrong about the Davos thing. However it sounds like Jon challenges Ramsay to a 1 on 1 battle and I assume Ramsay declines.

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    86. My prediction:

      Jon will be fighting a losing battle until the Knights of the Vale show up to save the day. (And Sansa will be indebted to LF. Ugh.)

      Jon will survive.

      Sansa will survive.

      Rickon will die.

      Ramsay will die.

      I’m sure there will be other deaths, but I don’t know which ones.

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    87. Black Raven,

      I found HBO GO really good. Don’t regret buying a sub. You can watch the episode whenever you have the time.

      I, almost always, watch the episode in the morning before going to work.
      If anyone is thinking about buying it, I say go ahead. You can also watch some other good stuff like ”Boardwalk empire”…etc.

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    88. Flayed Potatoes,

      That’s certainly what the show is wanting you to think, at least that it’s a great possibility, because that increases the intensity and drama from the viewers POV if they truly think there’s a chance he’ll die. Thus we get a shot of him saying “if I die, don’t bring me back” in the preview and a photo of him hopelessly standing alone in front of enemy riding straight at him.

      Dont’t blame them for trying and I sincerely hope it works on the viewers.

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    89. OMG! I’M LOST FOR WORDS! EPIC, EPIC, EPIC!!! SUNDAY!!! YAAAS!!
      🙂 🙂
      Tormund, Davos, Ramsay, Sansa…
      This episode is pure cinematography and Miguel S. shots…WOW!!!
      (Ah, I can confirm that Kit is an AWESOME actor, his performance in the play Dr.Faustus is masterful!! And he is so niceee and funny, thanks for your time Kit!!!!) 🙂

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    90. They are being very vague about Episode 10 with the description they gave us, same with this one but I think we all know that they will defeat the Boltons. Episode 10 though….called winds of winter has got to mean that the

      Wall is coming down….

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    91. Ron Snow,

      I actually love that line…
      He didn’t want to come back. In episode three he said “I shouldn’t be here”

      I love that he said that to Melly. Wonder what she will say.

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    92. Hoyti Von Totiy,

      I NEVER watch the leaks. I remember last year’s leaked episodes and many people watched all four of them in a single day and after that, they were really pissed off that they had to wait for 4 weeks for the next one (BTW, even if I decided to watch them, I would stick to my rule “one episode a day”). But of course I’m in no hurry as I usually watch the episode on Monday evening and I watched Oathbreaker on Tuesday, because I was so exhausted from spending 6 hours in laboartory for organic chemistry that day.

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    93. Folks…I don’t think Jon Snow dies. I do think Tormund and/or Wun Wun will be killed. I think Ghost dies. (Please don’t let it be anything like Summer dying. Can still hear the yelps of pain.) Maybe Davos (hope not). Melisandre will have a direct involvement in this battle, not sure how.

      I really do think Team Jonsa will get their butts handed to them. That is until (credit to my brother) Bronze Yohn Royce shows up with the Knights of the Vale. No way Sansa wrote that letter to LF; though she has shown a propensity to be really stupid.

      Or maybe Howland Reed finally makes an appearance. No idea.

      Something is going to happen. Not sure what that is…but something will happen. Not until plenty of death and destruction have taken place.

      The North Remembers

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    94. Couple thoughts:

      1. Could Bran possibly play a part in the outcome of the battle?

      2. *tinfoil* What if we see the shadows of the two missing dragons fly over the battlefield!? I know it wont happen but would still be sweet!

      HYPE!!!!!

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    95. Someone said this was the “Battle of six armies”. Anyone has suggestions regarding which armies will be involved?

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    96. caliopesnow:
      This episode is pure cinematography and Miguel S. shots…WOW!!!
      (Ah, I can confirm that Kit is an AWESOME actor, his performance in the play Dr.Faustus is masterful!! And he is so niceee and funny, thanks for your time Kit!!!!) ?

      I’ve heard great reviews for his portrayal too. So jealous that you watched the play… Too bad I live very far away lol

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    97. TheTouchofFrost,

      Sansa is not tagging along on Jon’s story. Taking Winterfell back from Ramsay is Sansa’s story. Jon’s story is to try and regain his soul, unify the north and lead the fight against the white walkers.

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    98. Oh yeah Bran still hasn’t said “they have no idea what’s going to happen”. Wonder that’ll be in reference to? He must have a couple scenes in the finale then if we’re getting rest of ToJ.

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    99. Mihnea:
      LOL at 3-4 people changing their avatars!!

      :))

      Connor, Flayed Potatoes, Rhaenys Stark… did I miss anyone?

      I have no intention of changing mine by the way. This is the “official” Parramandas sigli.

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    100. Will there be any other Northern lords appearing in this episode? Or will we have to wait for the next episode?

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    101. Ron Snow:
      Flayed Potatoes,

      That’s certainly what the show is wanting you to think, at least that it’s a great possibility, because that increases the intensity and drama from the viewers POV if they truly think there’s a chance he’ll die. Thus we get a shot of him saying “if I die, don’t bring me back” in the preview and a photo of him hopelessly standing alone in front of enemy riding straight at him.

      Dont’t blame them for trying and I sincerely hope it works on the viewers.

      I agree….which only serves to reassure me he isn’t going to die 🙂

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    102. Dee Stark,

      I know, I tried to steer clear given the toxic nature of comments after anything less than a 10/10 GoT ep.

      I love all GoT, you know that. The Arya thing was hard to swallow, but I’m just so glad she’s going back.

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    103. Mihnea:
      Black Raven,

      I found HBO GO really good. Don’t regret buying a sub. You can watch the episode whenever you have the time.

      I, almost always, watch the episode in the morning before going to work.
      If anyone is thinking about buying it, I say go ahead. You can also watch some other good stuff like ”Boardwalk empire”…etc.

      That’s good news Mihnea – Sounds like you have found an excellent way to watch it at your leisure and when it suits you.

      I believe there is similar ‘on-line’ service offered by SKY, but as I live outside of the UK (in the Spanish Canary Islands ) my IP address is not accepted, but no problem via satellite.

      There are no international boundaries with those, but the down side is I need a bloody huge dish to pick up the transmissions being so far outside of the intended reception area 🙂

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    104. Dee Stark,

      Dee Stark:
      Mihnea,

      You should sleep till 3:50… and then get up for it.

      Yep, that’s what I do personally. I live in France and since season 5 I get the chance to watch every week each GOT episode at 3:00 a.m (9.00 p.m in the US) with french subtitles in live broadcast with the US.
      Since, most of the time, the same day, I go to college, I need of course some sleep to hold out so I sleep until 2:50 then I stay awake until 4:20 at least after having watched the episode to see the first fan reaction to the episode ^^

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    105. Aaah! I don´t care for Love Stories but my fangirl self would have loooved to see some sort of romance between Kit and Emilia! They are both so gorgeous!! They would have looked lovely on screen 🙂

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    106. Inga,

      perhaps when she gets to westoros? that is where the “game of thrones” is taking place and tyrion is giving her an idea of what to expect. Just this Mohawk’s perspective.

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    107. Official episode synopsis: “Terms of surrender are rejected and accepted.”

      Hopeful me thinks it’ll be Ramsay telling Jon and Sansa they have to surrender and then Ramsay loses and has to accept their terms, but there is zero way that is how an ASoIaF battle could go down.

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    108. Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Yes, thanks, most possibly. And my mistake, it was clearer for me on dragonmcmx’s link-photo than on picture one above : it IS definitely Longclaw. Eyes going old…

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    109. Fun fact: Episode 9 preview now appears at the ‘Trending’ part of YouTube 😀 And it already has 5 million views.

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    110. Hey guys ! I was wondering… has IMDb’s synopsis for “Battle of the Bastards” been confirmed yet by HBO ? Because I read it and it seems pretty legit to me.
      IMDb has always released different and longer synospses than the ones HBO usually give away and they have always been proved to be true. For example, IMDb’s synopsis for last week’s episode was : “Brienne arrives at Riverrun. Arya seeks shelter. Jaime meets with Edmure Tully. Cersei challenges the Faith. Sandor Clegane hunts for revenge. Tyrion faces the consequences of earlier decisions.”

      So, can we safely state that the synopsis for episode 9 is truthful ? If so, then we will definitely get both Battle of Ice and Battle of Fire in this episode.

      “As the Starks prepare to fight, Davos loses something dear. Ramsay plays a game. Daenerys faces a choice.”

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4283088/?ref_=tt_ep_nx

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    111. Really the first time we get to see Wun Wun fight. Was wondering what kind of weapon he would have. You’d figure he at least have a tree or something. I’d wager he is going to toss the first horse he comes in contact with. Also wager he is not going to live through this battle.

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    112. I really think we are going to get Azor Ahai/The Prince That Was Promised (AKA – Jon Snow/Targaryen) in this episode. Why does he keep saying “if I fall, don’t bring me back” to Mel?

      Kit also says the line in the EW article. He can’t die again, that would be bullshit.

      They will explain it to the Unsullied in episode 10 with the Tower of Joy reveal.

      I’m willing to hear from anyone with a better answer – it has to mean something…

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    113. John No,

      We actually already saw him fight, in the episode he was introduced : Hardhome.
      He fought the wights with a flaming log and also ripped them apart and crushed them.

      HOWEVER. The character that we are going to see fight for the first time in this episode is Davos 🙂

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    114. aabe:
      Mawk,

      When Ramsay is about to kill Jon, Howland will jump from behind and stab Ramsay.

      Without a doubt, one of the funniest things I’ve heard in a long time. Thanks.

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    115. I know it’s very unlikely but just to throw it out there… because wild speculation and theories seem to rule. 😛

      What if LF keeps the KotV out the battle until late or completely in order to take out the weakened forces to gain Winterfell for himself… BUT…
      Jaime has a change of heart, finds his honor and leads the Lannister army in late as well to fight for Jon/Sansa (read Brienne). Perhaps the Freys are celebrating not just for reattaining Riverrun but also because they believe the Lannisters just went through The Twins to go help the Boltons and eliminate more of their opposition…

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    116. I am soooo excited about this episode.. But, this kind of epic battle won’t go down without a massive body count. We all want Ramsey to finally just die… but what about the good guys. I fear we will lose so many on Sunday. What do you think, who is most likely to die in this episode?

      Most likely imo:

      1. Rickon
      2. Wun Wun
      3. Davos
      4. Tormund

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    117. Beronn Stark,

      my guess is before.. …based on preview I see Jon and Ramsay (who has Rickon with him)”meeting” across the battlefield, Jon offering /Ramsay declining 1 vs 1 duel (Jon trying to buy time I think..waiting on Vale army maybe?) ..Jon turns to go back to his army..Ramsay says “you like games little man” to Rickon and then does something that sets off the battle much quicker then expected

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    118. In the pic of Jon facing down the Bolton cavalry, where the hell is his sword belt and dagger? In the image from the preview where it looks like an emotional Jon is looking down at something, he still has his sword belt and dagger on him.

      I was thinking the Jon vs. cavalry moment happens shortly after Rickon dies and then he becomes reckless and charges the cavalry, but then where’d the rest of his stuff go?

      And the thing is, if this image is not immediately after that moment in the preview and it’s from later in the battle, why isn’t Longclaw bloody?

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    119. I don’t want to see Wun Wun die but there’s no way he’s coming out of this alive. He’s a giant (!) friggin target!! And Tormund is so damn cool that there’s no way he survives either. I mean, c’mon…it’s GoT…

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    120. selena,

      Yes, that’s a good guess. But since Team Jansavosandre (Jon/Sansa/Davos/Melisandre) is going to get multiple scenes before the actual battle (the day of the battle I mean), shouldn’t we expect the same for Team Ramsay, with a scene between him and Rickon inside Winterfell ?

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    121. Mihnea,

      I think that Jon turned back to see the Vale army coming to join them. And, he seemed quite surprised as we all will on Sunday/Monday, in Europe.. Not for a second I believe it’s the Bolton’s army. Refuse to be pessimist. No no. Jon is winning this one.

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    122. Apollo,

      I know right! This pic makes it look as if he is about to be destroyed. Hope it is one of those misleading pictures they like to release.

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    123. You guys are right, I was only thinking about the attack on the wall and when he smashed the guy with the crossbow in the attempt to save John Snow. He’s going to take 100+ arrows and die valiantly like his kin in the attack on the wall.

      Nerdy unrelated question. The last couple of episodes, they have been making a big deal about how rare valerian steel is. Yet the blacksmith at Winterfell had some laying around so that he could make needle? Also, wasn’t the dagger that stabbed Bran VS?

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    124. Tycho Nestoris, Mihnea, Flayed Potatoes,
      Aaah I see, thanks guys it all becomes clear now. Superhero stories do nothing for me and the only Batman stuff I’ve ever watched is the rather camp 60s one. Although I see this is clearly a documentary! 😉

      Mihnea Mormont banners are in there too. They should just set Lyanna M on Ramsay, he’d surrender in seconds! 😀

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    125. Jack Bauer 24,

      Not if they’re flayed and burned, and not if she herself dies (though I don’t expect her to because she told Arya they would meet again, and she saw herself walk along the battlements at Winterfell).

      Anyway at this point if they resurrect any more major characters (I’m including Rickon in this category because he’s a Stark and his death would be quite significant for the plot and the characters, despite his minor role in the story), it’ll undoubtedly feel cheap as hell to most viewers.

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    126. John No:
      You guys are right, I was only thinking about the attack on the wall and when he smashed the guy with the crossbow in the attempt to save John Snow.He’s going to take 100+ arrows and die valiantly like his kin in the attack on the wall.

      Nerdy unrelated question.The last couple of episodes, they have been making a big deal about how rare valerian steel is.Yet the blacksmith at Winterfell had some laying around so that he could make needle?Also, wasn’t the dagger that stabbed Bran VS?

      Needle is not Valyrian steel, never was. Only castle-forged steel.
      The dagger was Valyrian steel though. There are quite a few VS weapons in Westeros, just most of them not swords. I can think of at most 10 swords. The rest are daggers, axes, and such stuff.

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    127. John No:

      Yet the blacksmith at Winterfell had some laying around so that he could make needle?Also, wasn’t the dagger that stabbed Bran VS?

      Needle is not made of Valyrian steel. Littlefinger’s dagger is but it seems to be missing and forgotten.

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    128. Lets be honest, Jon lives.. After which it would be cool if Jon made his own house offshoot. White Direwolf on a field of black. House motto:
      “Winter came”
      “Slay the dead, protect the living”
      “Fierce hearts and wild love”
      “Climb the wall”
      “Sword in the darkness”

      Any thoughts on a banner or motto?

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    129. Everyone is assuming Ghost will die in the battle, mainly because that’s about all the direwolves have gotten to do on the show. However, he shouldn’t even be at the battle. If he is I guess we’re just suppose to believe he’s been with Jon ever since they left Castle Black even though we haven’t seen him since Jon’s resurrection. Having him at the battle would be stupid on Jon’s part to begin with as it’s a guarantee he’d be killed with all those archers and spears.

      It’s hard to not think Wun Wun will be done done. The last giant, none of his own kind to live for, sacrificing himself to aid the only ones left that care. Will they take the first real opportunity to do it or will they save him for the big series finale? I think it would be wiser to save him for the REAL war.

      Maybe they can even let Wun Wun live through the end. He could work at Tyrion’s “Imp’s Delight” vineyard. Best buds like

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    130. dragonmcmx:
      That first pic tho. How is Jon not going to be trampled by those horsemen?

      You mean….how are these horsemen not going to be trampled by Jon? 😛

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    131. John No,

      Needle isn’t Valyrian Steel, nobody alive knows how to make it, and only a handful of smiths know how to rework it.

      The dagger that was used to attack Bran is Valyrian Steel, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t rare. It’s just one of the 12 or so blades that we know to be made of VS (from the books, because I think the show has only had about 5 VS blades mentioned).

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    132. HunterMac87:
      Lets be honest, Jon lives.. After which it would be cool if Jon made his own house offshoot. White Direwolf on a field of black. House motto:
      “Winter came”
      “Slay the dead, protect the living”
      “Fierce hearts and wild love”
      “Climb the wall”
      “Sword in the darkness”

      Any thoughts on a banner or motto?

      “I know where to put it!”

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    133. John No,

      I don’t where so many people got the idea that Needle is Valyrian steel. It is not. Needle is castle-forged steel, that is all. Jon tells Arya it is sharp, but ‘sharp’ does not mean Valyrian steel.

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    134. Mawk,

      History has a way of repeating itself, albeit with some differences. It’d be beautiful timing if Howland does show up, not just to add to Jon’s force, possibly to step like he did with Ned. This feels close to the right time for Jon to hear some news, after winning this battle.

      If Benjen arrives, even more brilliant! Not that that’s likely at this stage. But, GOT has this way of transporting people. (Refer LF’s speedy movements.)

      For some stupid reason, I’ve had this strange feeling of unlikely allies showing up. Don’t ask why or how, it’s just a weird feeling.

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    135. John No:
      Nerdy unrelated question.The last couple of episodes, they have been making a big deal about how rare valerian steel is.Yet the blacksmith at Winterfell had some laying around so that he could make needle?Also, wasn’t the dagger that stabbed Bran VS?

      Needle is “castle forged steel” not Valyrian. Just probably a little nicer than ordinary steel. 🙂
      And yes-the dagger that stabbed Bran was VS. I’m not sure where it came from originally-I mean, where LF got it in order to fool Cat into believing that Tyrion was stupid enough to give a poor killer a fancy Valyrian dragon bone dagger to stab her son with.

      PS Where are the Manderlys?!
      PPS Everyone needs to stop saying that Davos and Tormund die. Davos can’t die-he has to help gather everyone to Jon with his magical persuasion powers-he has plot armor too-it’s just hard to see atm. And Tormund speaks for the wildlings and my heart–just look at him–he’s not going anywhere.

      Wun Wun and Rickon…I got nothing. Pretty sure they’ll die.

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    136. I think this is going to be one of those episodes where I’ll be screaming at the television enough, my cat will spend that hour hiding under the bed. I try not to do that to her, as she is quite the delicate flower (there have been several times when I’ve just put her in the bedroom during big games, ’cause I know I’ll be going back and forth between screaming and cheering…I guess I should put that on my pre-episode checklist for this week).

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    137. BunBunStark,

      It wasn’t LF’s dagger, it was Robert’s and Joffrey stole it. The whole story LF told Cat about losing it to Tyrion over a bet was a lie, designed to make Cat think Tyrion had ordered the attack on Bran.

      That dagger was last seen in episode 1.07 if I’m not mistaken, sitting on Ned’s desk as he and LF discuss what to do about Joffrey in the aftermath of Robert’s death. We also saw Ned packing it in episode 1.05 when he was gathering his things, preparing to return to Winterfell, before Jaime attacked him.

      So basically Ned was intending to keep it, apparently. I assume it’s either still in KL, or possibly in LF’s possession if he took it following Ned’s death, or maybe it was returned to Winterfell with Ned’s remains.

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    138. My poor wee brain can’t cope with the not knowing! I’m going to rewatch every episode from S01E01 to S06E08 just to stop myself from fretting over TBotB and who will survive.
      That photo of Kit…. *purr*
      And if I looked like Sophie, I’d be one very happy girl.
      TOWER OF JOY REVEAL!

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    139. Out-to-lunch:
      Mawk,

      History has a way of repeating itself, albeit with some differences. It’d be beautiful timing if Howland does show up, not just to add to Jon’s force, possibly to step like he did with Ned. This feels close to the right time for Jon to hear some news, after winning this battle.

      If Benjen arrives, even more brilliant! Not that that’s likely at this stage. But, GOT has this way of transporting people. (Refer LF’s speedy movements.)

      For some stupid reason, I’ve had this strange feeling of unlikely allies showing up. Don’t ask why or how, it’s just a weird feeling.

      TARDIS

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    140. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH GET HYPE!!!!

      Kit and Sansa look INCREDIBLE. Everything looks epic and incredible and is it Sunday yet?!?!

      I too thought initially that charging cavalry picture was Jon facing his own army, but I don’t think that’s it. Still, from the trailer and the pictures, the Stark forces charge almost haphazardly, or totally enraged – or at least, they charge first (?) which is ill-advised for the smaller force. Obviously Ramsay is playing his “games” with Rickon, that’s the only thing I think that can make Jon lose his head like that.

      I think Jon and Sansa obviously live so please oh please oh please oh please don’t take Tormund and Davos from us.

      (my only point of disgruntlement was that for all the speculation that episode 9 was all the North to make up for not being in episode 8, now we have to see MORE Mereen? What is the point, Essos feels so inconsequential, and the acquiring/burning/reacquiring ships plot is just lame. It’s too early in the story to be totally over Dany’s story right? )

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    141. RG,

      The books explain the origin of that dagger, but I really doubt the show ever will. They had the opportunity to a couple times in Season 4, and they passed on it. Anyway it’s not a spoiler at this point, but I’ll spoiler code just in case some Unsullied here want to read the books at some point.

      That dagger never belonged to LF if I recall correctly, the whole story he told Cat was a lie. It was Robert’s dagger, and Joffrey stole it. He gave it to the assassin to kill Bran, because he had heard Robert drunkenly saying that it would be mercy for someone to put Bran out of his misery. Joffrey obviously doesn’t care about being merciful, but I guess he thought it was a manly and strong thing to do, since he does seem to revere Robert. This is the explanation we get in the books anyway, LF isn’t responsible, he simply took advantage of the situation and improvised a lie to sew chaos.

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    142. All of the pictures + the trailer hint at an epic battle, but I think that this will not be one without cost. It would be a cheap stunt if – in their most epic battle yet – we didn’t lose any more named characters. D&D said that in Watchers on the Wall, they specifically killed off Grenn and Pyp so that the viewer would understand that the battle had very real consequences. In Hardhome, I think that is why we got so much Karsi – so we would have someone new and notable to root for (but who would ultimately see go down so that Jon, Tormund, Edd and the cool new giant they introduced us to could live, but we would still see a cost to the WW battle).

      If we are making predictions regarding deaths, I have to say that I worry about Wun Wun. His CGI costs a lot, and the death of what seems to be the last giant (I think that in 6×07 one of the wildlings refers to their group in the Gift as ‘the last of the Free Folk’) would be a poignant reminder of the cost of war. And since the CotF seem to have been entirely wiped out, it would be another class of being removed from this world. I am also worried about Tormund – as long as he was the only wildling whose name we knew, I sort of felt that maybe that gave him a temporary protection (at least until those currently living in the North were fully united and we got to know more wildlings). But in 6×07, we were reintroduced to the red-headed-guy-with-the-beard-whose-name-I-cannot-remember-but-I know-he-was-at-Hardhome. So there is another wildling that we are familiar with. And it makes me more concerned about Tormund. When he left Castle Black, Jon had 3 key allies in Davos, Tormund and Edd, and I don’t see all 3 of them surviving this season (as much as I want them all on the show until the end!).

      Jon, I think, will ultimately be alright as far as this battle is concerned. They already have Beric as an example of the price of repeated resurrection, and don’t require another. And like Sandor and Beric, his survival has a purpose. He has a greater role to play. But that doesn’t mean his survival will be apparent throughout the episode. I expect a few close calls.

      I am concerned for Davos, given the prominence of Liam Cunningham in the pre-season press. The past 3 seasons this role has been given to Richard Madden, Jack Gleeson and Kit Harington respectively. And the key figure for season 1 press was Sean Bean. That does not bode well, particularly when considered in conjunction with there being a cost for the audience, and I think for Jon too.

      If I had to list those I think we will lose in BotB, I would say Davos and Wun Wun for the reasons outlined above, maybe Tormund, and at least one recognizable figure on the Bolton side. Smalljon Umber, Harald Karstark, or both. I also don’t see Ramsay allowing Rickon to live. I think it is something he would want to haunt Jon for the rest of his life (however long Ramsay wants that to be). I think Ramsay will survive the battle, but not the season. I can see either Jon or Sansa taking him out, and Jon wanting to make sure that a Stark carries out Ramsay’s execution.

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    143. The picture of Wun Wun and co in all that mud looks like something from a music festival. In the ep9 trailer we see him pick someone up beside the Bolton shield wall the way security do when people are getting squashed at the front of gigs. The unexpected outcome is obviously that someone starts playing guitar and singing peace songs and slowly but surely everyone mellows out and joins together, like a medieval Woodstock 😀

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    144. Okay I know they are not showing meereen but looking at the emmy submisson vfx has submitted ep 9.Now I know that the battle will have some vfx but considering all the extras that they used it will be mostly practical effects make up etc.My point is wouldn’t they submitt the episode with the three dragons in it?That’s the epitome of vfx.For example last year vfx was nominated and won for dance of the dragons and not hardhome.So I still think Meereen will be in it

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    145. Is the cloth on Sansa and Jon’s clock the same, just blue and gray?

      I don’t know why something so small would make me flail with joy, and yet….

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    146. Flayed Potatoes:
      So many people think Jon is dying for good in this battle. Or that he’ll die and Mel will run through the Bolton shields to chop off his locks and rez him.

      I just got a call from my mother and she is terrified lmao.

      Where’s the profile pic, FP? Not that I don’t love the new one, but you’ll be hard to recognize now amongst a sea of Jons.

      I wish my mom was cool enough to watch GoT. I have to hide my GoT obsession from her because she would judge me way harshly. I tell my girls all the time that they aren’t allowed to spill the beans, even though my car is named Snow, my phone is named Khaleesi, and my other digital devices are Brienne, Arya, and Sarella.

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    147. Chuck:
      Markus Stark,

      Ice was melted down into 2 swords, one given to Jaime who gave to Brienne. Does Tommen have the second one?

      It’s assumed Tommen inherited it.

      In the show there’s just been:
      Ice –> Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail
      Longclaw
      Heartsbane
      the dagger
      Written material adds:
      Red Rain
      Lady Forlorn
      Nightfall
      an axe owned by House Celtigar and an arakh owned by a Dothraki along with other swords that have been lost

      Dawn, the sword of House Dayne is sometimes confused as Valyrian steel but it’s supposedly made of metal from a fallen star (meteorite).

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    148. I know it wont happen, but if I was in charge of this army, I would build Wun Wun some sort of wheelbarrow/cart/spike/shield device and have him plow through the ranks like a giant high speed bulldozer. That’s a game changer.

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    149. Clob,
      Nice idea. In the books, Wun Wun takes a fancy to wine. He and Tyrion will be best buddies.
      selena,

      Agree. Sansa looks like ‘I told you so’ and Jon is thinking ‘we are so fooked. Should’ve listened to my little sister’.

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    150. Ginevra,

      If the last shot of this episode is the Stark banner hanging over Winterfell, I will change my avatar to that.

      She just figured out R+L=J (as a Unsullied), so it’s been hard trying to keep my poker face.

      Sarella is such a pretty name imo.

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    151. I kinda hope they gave Wun Wun a length of iron chain with a weight on the end of it (perhaps the builders have those things at Castle Black for repair purposes?) for a weapon.

      WOOSH!

      Bolton lines (and men…and horses) ripped apart everywhere.

      Like sending a tank into a medieval battle.

      In the end, you might as well, because every man (who stands their ground or isn’t busy soiling themselves in, or paralyzed by, fear) with a pike is going to be poking The Big Bad Wun when they realize, he’s real, and arrows don’t bring him down, might as well give him a weapon with which he can wipe out masses of troops before the pikes finally get to him.

      Of course, Wun Wun does have the edge in that, even if he dies, when he does, and he falls down (hopefully amidst a bunch of Bolton men) *SQUISH*.

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    152. Nadia,

      I’m all in for a good Battle of Meereen with dragon action and naval warfare between the masters and Greyjoys, but I wish that would have been saved for the beginning of episode 10. Or is it saved for ep 10? I have seen people saying there is Meereen in this episode, but HBO hasn’t shown a single shot from that storyline so I’m not really sure who to believe. I understand why the focus of the marketing is in Winterfell, but why would they keep it a secret that there is also Meereen? You’d expect them to give at least one promo pic of Dany or something.

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    153. Danny:
      Dee Stark,

      The only person who is prettier/more beautiful than Jon in Westeros/Essos is Missandei.?

      Now if we can only make Missandei fight like a badass with Valerian steel, our lives will be complete.

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    154. orange:
      That’s a rather stunning shot of Sansa and Jon. If you dropped like 100 people down who knew nothing about this show or story other than a feudalistic like backdrop, I’d honestly be willing to wager good coin that more than half would guess they were the king and queen based on that one rather amazing still shot.

      Leading them to suspect twincest, no doubt 🙂

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    155. Markus Stark:
      BunBunStark,

      Great info. I had forgotten a lot about that dagger. Hopefully it and a few other Valaryian weapons will turn up before the stuff really hits the fan. And hopefully a ton of Dragonglass as well for the wights.

      It wasn’t LF’s dagger, it was Robert’s and Joffrey stole it. The whole story LF told Cat about losing it to Tyrion over a bet was a lie, designed to make Cat think Tyrion had ordered the attack on Bran.

      That dagger was last seen in episode 1.07 if I’m not mistaken, sitting on Ned’s desk as he and LF discuss what to do about Joffrey in the aftermath of Robert’s death. We also saw Ned packing it in episode 1.05 when he was gathering his things, preparing to return to Winterfell, before Jaime attacked him.

      So basically Ned was intending to keep it, apparently. I assume it’s either still in KL, or possibly in LF’s possession if he took it following Ned’s death, or maybe it was returned to Winterfell with Ned’s remains.

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    156. Flayed Potatoes: If the last shot of this episode is the Stark banner hanging over Winterfell, I will change my avatar to that.

      Just you mentioning that has me almost beside myself thinking of the day we, hopefully, get to see the Stark sigil on Winterfell on the map in the opening credits, again!

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    157. Cant believe we are already very close to the end of S6…but i think those last two episodes will be big, if not the biggest in the whole series since they set up the ending of this show (Season 7a & b).
      And about possible deaths in this ep…it wouldnt be Game of Thrones if not at least two major character die during this battle. The deaths i coudl easily deal with would be Rickon and Wun Wun (yes, you read that right, i think that Wun Wun can get killed like everyone else in Westeros).
      The major deaths that would be nearly impossible for me to deal with are Davos and Jon.

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    158. Anybody thought about howland reed and Co also helping save the day? If it happens I called it! He fought with ned so not out of the question. Maybe the nights of the Vale too!

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    159. Nymeria Warrior Queen:
      I think this is going to be one of those episodes where I’ll be screaming at the television enough, my cat will spend that hour hiding under the bed.I try not to do that to her, as she is quite the delicate flower (there have been several times when I’ve just put her in the bedroom during big games, ’cause I know I’ll be going back and forth between screaming and cheering…I guess I should put that on my pre-episode checklist for this week).

      LOL, Don’t have a cat, but a dog. And she comes right up to me, put her paws on the sofa and her head right in front of my face. ‘What’s the matter Mom?’ I think she will spend the hour in her crate, or maybe I’ll take some Xanax.

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    160. Jacob Green:
      Anybody thought about howland reed and Co also helping save the day? If it happens I called it! He fought with ned so not out of the question. Maybe the nights of the Vale too!

      I’m not sure if he turns up at the battle or after – or maybe even next season (perhaps with Thoros, Beric and the Hound, who seem to be moving north?), but I think there has to be a reason that Howland was name-dropped in the ToJ flashback beyond him being Meera’s father.

      Hopefully either this season or next, we will get to meet Howland in the present. We can all hope, right?!

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    161. Jacob Green:
      Anybody thought about howland reed and Co also helping save the day? If it happens I called it! He fought with ned so not out of the question. Maybe the nights of the Vale too!

      I’m not sure if he turns up at the battle or after – or maybe even next season (perhaps with Thoros, Beric and the Hound, who seem to be moving north?), but I think there has to be a reason that Howland was name-dropped in the ToJ flashback beyond him being Meera’s father.

      Hopefully either this season or next, we will get to meet Howland in the present. We can all hope, right?!

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    162. In all the years I’ve been watching this show, this is the first time the suspense is really killing me. I’m afraid to watch, yet I can’t think of not watching. The pictures are great, Jon and Sansa do look regal, but Jon standing in front of an oncoming army makes it look like he wants to die again. And I’ve grown so attached to the other characters, I don’t want to lose ANY of them. Then I keep hearing in my head that damned phrase “But this is Game of Thrones, bitch. nyah nyah” Aaaarrrgggh

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    163. Tatjana:
      Newbietothegame,

      Thank you for the spoiler tag

      That wasn”t a spoiler. If anyone thinks that this episode will have a happy ending for all the good folks involved they have not been paying attention.

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    164. RG,

      And yes-the dagger that stabbed Bran was VS. I’m not sure where it came from originally-I mean, where LF got it in order to fool Cat into believing that Tyrion was stupid enough to give a poor killer a fancy Valyrian dragon bone dagger to stab her son with.

      I believe that the story that appears to be the most likely one is that this was a knife that someone had given Robert and that Joffrey knew that it was there and he’s the one who arranged for the attempted killing in order to end Bran’s suffering because he had heard Robert say something about the boy would be better off dying than being a cripple. And yes LF said it was Tyrion’s knife in order to create discord between the Starks and the Lannisters. I think Tyrion subsequently investigated this and reached this conclusion and even discussed this with Cersei (and maybe Jamie in the books at least) at some point

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    165. Alba Stark: Hopefully either this season or next, we will get to meet Howland in the present. We can all hope, right?!

      Yes! a new character to love, to fill in for whomever we lose Sunday. Somebody who knows some of the history of the rest of Westeros. It would be a nice reunion for Meera, too, to get out of the ice and get home to her Dad. Plus, isn’t Howland supposed to be

      a greenseer? Maybe not as great as Bran is becoming, but with some skill in the Weirnet? After all, Jojen had some vision, and Bran will need some further guidance, anything he can get really, now that the elder Three Eyed Raven is gone.

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    166. newbietothegame: If anyone thinks that this episode will have a happy ending for all the good folks involved they have not been paying attention

      I’m still hoping this becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy for Ramsay. Yikes, does anyone know if Iwan’s contract covers next year too?

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    167. Markus Stark,

      From another website’s threads,They quoted Tyrion

      “Valyrian steel blades were scarce and costly, yet thousands remained in the world, perhaps two hundred in the Seven Kingdoms alone.”

      This is a list of those mentioned in ASOIAF somewhere per the thread:

      Blades known to still exist:

      EDIT – I see the list was previously provided

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    168. I’m sad Brienne won’t be there to fight. 🙁 would have liked her and Pod to get some action.

      Generally trying to muster any interest in the Northern plot. After Aryas story being so straightforward I’m basically expecting the most obvious plot – when IMO what this story really needs is a big twist right about now.

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    169. In an episode from an earlier season, Maester Luwin is trying to convince Theon to escape Winterfell and offer himself to the Nights Watch. He tells Theon about tunnels that were built that can get him past the army that has circled the castle, and allow him to get away safely. At least, that’s how I’m remembering it. The entrances to those tunnels have to be out on the perimeter somewhere. Does anyone think they will come into play during the battle? I’m casting about for anything that can save some of our favorites. Somebody mentioned recently that Jon must know the layout of Winterfell as well as anyone, and saw that as an advantage. Will it be?

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    170. Out-to-lunch,

      That was one of LF’s many lies. He never owned the dagger. It was Robert’s. Trusting LF was the first and maybe the most deadly mistake the Starks have made. Really, your brother nearly kills him, you end up marrying his obsession, and you think he might not bear just a little grudge against your family.

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    171. Thronetender:
      In an episode from an earlier season, Maester Luwin is trying to convince Theon to escape Winterfell and offer himself to the Nights Watch. He tells Theon about tunnels that were built that can get him past the army that has circled the castle, and allow him to get away safely. At least, that’s how I’m remembering it. The entrances to those tunnels have to be out on the perimeter somewhere. Does anyone think they will come into play during the battle? I’m casting about for anything that can save some of our favorites. Somebody mentioned recently that Jon must know the layout of Winterfell as well as anyone, and saw that as an advantage. Will it be?

      If you are familiar with Jon’s recurring dream from the books, where he runs through Winterfell looking for someone, anyone, but finding nothing, I think that may come into play in the next couple of episodes. But I imagine that will be post-battle, if it does.

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    172. Thronetender,

      Yes, I remember that. It’s a very good question. They crypts are multi-level and go on and on. Robb and Jon did play in the crypts I seem to recall but what he knows and whether that will make a difference, I’m not sure.

      Of interest to me is that

      Jon in the books has many dreams of him walking in the crypts. Do these dreams have meaning? What will he find there? There are so many myths concerning the old Kings of Winter in the crypts that the book may flesh out but we will probably never see on the show

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    173. Awesome!

      By the way, there should be a caption contest for photo days like this. I’d be curious to see what everyone comes up with.

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    174. Thronetender: Yes! a new character to love, to fill in for whomever we lose Sunday. Somebody who knows some of the history of the rest of Westeros. It would be a nice reunion for Meera, too, to get out of the ice and get home to her Dad. Plus, isn’t Howland supposed to be

      Howland has a lot of first-hand information on Robert’s Rebellion and the history of the Starks. To have him interact with them would be awesome. I also think his knowledge would fit in with one of the key themes of season 6: history is written by the victors and it didn’t always happen the way you think it did. This is not a new theme – think of the Jaime/Brienne bathtub scene at Harrenhal – but they have really been investing time in it with Bran’s arc (the reality of Ned’s fight with Arthur Dayne, the creation of the White Walkers and Benjen’s return after Jon wrote to Bran that their uncle had been lost beyond the Wall). So to have him come to Winterfell for the battle or the aftermath of the battle would work well. As someone who spent Robert’s Rebellion with Ned, Howland knows much and more about the Starks that the next generation do not. Hopefully he will share some of it. And soon!

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    175. Those Jon shots are crazy and tormund also is awesome in that shot..

      It took only 4 NW brothers to kill mag the mighty so I don’t have any hopes for WUn Win in this battle …

      For some reason I can’t take davos fighting seriously… He should be staying with Mel and sansa …he is not a fighter and he admitted that himself and so he should stay out and concentrate on where he is best as a advisor …
      So this effort to make him Donal noye is not sitting well with me

      And Sophie us beautiful with that hair and costume..I thought they will put that one shot of Sophie in battlefield from the trailer like they did with Ramsey and Jon

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    176. Ginevra: If you are familiar with Jon’s recurring dream from the books, where he runs through Winterfell looking for someone, anyone, but finding nothing

      No, but it sounds like something I’d love to read. I’ll have to see if I can find it on the net somewhere. Thanks

      Darkrobin: They crypts are multi-level and go on and on. Robb and Jon did play in the crypts I seem to recall

      Plus Sansa was creeping around in the crypts, too. The bunch of them together (‘m thinking of Bran) might come up with something great. It would be nice to see them working together to save the world. Oooh, maybe it won’t make a difference for THIS battle, but maybe something in the crypts will make a load of difference when the WW come. Wow, that makes me happy, there’s still mysteries (and answers, I’m hoping) abounding in the basement of Winterfell

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    177. I don’t think meereen is going to be in this episode honestly …

      Unless of course there is some great CGI and never before scenes in there which show runners trying to keep as a surprise I don’t see the need to hide them in promo and photos..and even it involved something like that I don’t think people are not going to care about.

      The only thing that makes me think that meereen will appear in this episode is that if it didn’t appear then it means both Emilia as dany and peter dinklage as tyrion will appear only 7 episodes this season which will be a first for them( Emilia’s case its actually 6 if you don’t count the one second walk in to pyramid last week)

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    178. Lord I’m ready!!

      All the pics are jusy glorious and cinematic. That pic of Jon and Sansa is my new cover photo on FB, don’t judge me.

      For all the people that have read the reddit spoilers, why’d you do it? Your viewing experience will inevitably come up short if you know every little thing.

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    179. Hmmm, Robb wears this cloak when he’s betrayed and killed by The Boltons/ Freys. Theon wears it when giving Sansa away to be married (raped, brutalized, psychologically tortured) to Ramsay. Now Jon is wearing a similar cloak before battle. Bad omen? Nah, I’m gonna be positive and take this as a sign of forthcoming retribution.

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    180. Actually, there IS one of Karstark, sidling up to Ramsay. No solo shots though.

      That should fan the flames of the GNC theories.

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    181. Melisandre looks so despondent in the tent. When she accompanied Stannis on his march to WF she was sitting in the war councils and assuring him of his victory. But with Jon, she’s just there, there’s no fire in her. I thought she would’ve been looking into her fires and telling Jon he’ll be victorious and telling him about the visions of the Bolton banners falling to the ground. I hope to get some insight from her this Sunday.

      I love seeing Davos and Tormund side by side. Way back in S2 when they were introduced, I never would have thought they’d be fighting on the same side one day and for Jon.

      Too bad Smalljon Umber is fighting for the wrong side, he definitely looks formidable and (whispers) kinda hot.

      I am so scared and so excited for Bastardbowl.

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    182. Just theorizing, but could the short episode description “Terms of surrender are rejected…” refer to Stark/Snow rejecting terms of surrender to Ramsey, “…and accepted.” refers to Stark/Snow accepting terms of surrender to Littlefinger?
      After a difficult battle with Ramsey and with surprise support from an unexpected ally, Snow’s victorious but defeated army is left with the unthinkable confrontation with the Knights of the Vale. Littlefinger offers the Stark/Snow army a chance to reclaim Winterfell as long as they pledge allegiance or bend a knee to Littlefinger. BTW- LF would have to dispose of young Robyn.
      A simple battle with a victor at the end would seem anti-climatic.

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    183. BunBunStark: Too bad Smalljon Umber is fighting for the wrong side, he definitely looks formidable and (whispers) kinda hot.

      Hmmph, hot or not, if he really did go Bolton and Rickon dies, I hope he gets squished.

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    184. Flayed Potatoes:
      “Arise! Arise, Riders of the Vale!

      Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered!

      A sword day… a red day… and the sun rises!

      Ride now… Ride now… Ride!

      Ride for Winterfell and the world’s ending!

      Death!

      DEEEEEEAAAAAATHHHHHH!”

      – Littlefinger 2016

      LOL

      I expect that’s actually not so different from what Littlefinger is going to do, really.

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    185. For the first time this season I’ve watched the preview and I’m looking at the spoilerish articles too, unlike previous weeks, because I may not be able to watch the episode until the middle of next week thanks to work commitments (aaarrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!), so I need some hype to tide me over.

      The only banners I see on the Bolton side are the flayed man banner, the Umbers’ banner and the Karstark sigil on shields.

      No Manderly and no Cerwyn, even though they have both been mentioned in the build-up to this episode.

      So if they’re not physically lining up on the Boltons’ side from the start, could it be them who arrive to save the day? In the past I would have said that there’s no way things can be as straightforward as Littlefinger simply riding to the rescue; there has to be some other twist. But after the narrative silliness of No-One I’m worried that it might just be that simple.

      If the Manderlys, Cerwyns and perhaps somebody from left-field like the Reeds or even the Glovers turned up to wreck Ramsay’s party, I’d go absolutely hysterical.

      I think there also has to be something more complicated about Sansa going behind Jon’s back. It can’t just turn out to be unquestionably the right decision. There has to be some sense that Sansa needs to pull her decision back from the edge of disaster.

      Having the Starks actually win the battle with the help of other Northern Houses, but have them still end up losing in a way when Littlefinger turns up with a fresh and fully armed army to try and press a claim to Winterfell would be a nice twist.

      And it’d give Sansa an opportunity to prove that she can play the game of thrones by pulling things back from the brink.

      Watching that preview though… when Tormund looks scared, you know that things are serious!

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    186. I notice lots of shields with the Stark direwolf emblem on them and also Jon’s horse has a direwolf patch on its chest. That’s in addition to all the Stark banners. Just where exactly did Jon & Sansa acquire these things, because Houses Mormont, Hornwood, and Mazin are providing and carrying their own house sigils. I would love it if there are actual Stark soldiers who survived the WOT5K’s and they made their way to Jon & Sansa’s side before the battle. But mostly likely, this is something we’re not supposed to notice or question and won’t get an answer for.

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    187. Thronetender,

      I found this quote from Jon:

      “I don’t even dream of Ghost anymore. All my dreams are of the crypts, of the stone kings on their thrones. Sometimes I hear Robb’s voice, and my father’s, as if they were at a feast. But there’s a wall between us, and I know that no place has been set for me.”

      In retrospect, it could be read to indicate that Jon was not going to die and join them at the feast, in the Stark’s version of Valhalla, or maybe something else or maybe nothing at all. But he does have constant dreams are they are mentioned in several of the books. Again, I think this is probably a book-only item.

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    188. Weeee! These photos are amazing! That photo of Jon on the ground with men on horses charging… kinda scary for this fan.

      I can see HBO has carefully not included a photo of Rickon.

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    189. Lyanna_Targaryen,

      Yeah I kept replaying that. Wish the closed caption would have worked; I slowed it but still had trouble making out some of the speech. But it looks splendid! ewwww I have goosebumps (an I am so not a battle person,its odd for me to want to see it!)

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    190. I think the thing I’m most excited about is that we’ll also likely get the full version of Ramin Djawadi’s new theme for Jon & the Starks

      It’s basically the new “The Wars to Come” which featured when the Boltons ride out and destroy Stannis.

      Here’s where we’ve seen it so far:
      – Jon being resurrected (credits): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0V82HAhYJc

      Also this particular tune when Theon and Sansa run away from Winterfell is particularly awesome:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtX_k4auee8

      I sure hope we get both.

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    191. Dallas,

      Last episode was my least favorite, but in general this season has been splendid. And GOT does have great luck with battles. So I am optimistic. However this week I am not going to speculate. Just going to let the story play out.

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    192. Markus Stark: The books explain the origin of that dagger, but I really doubt the show ever will. They had the opportunity to a couple times in Season 4, and they passed on it. Anyway it’s not a spoiler at this point, but I’ll spoiler code just in case some Unsullied here want to read the books at some point.

      There is one big catch with this explanation, that is the assumption and speculation that Tyrion gives about the assassin.

      The problem is, Tyrion does not really know or understand the full extent of Littlefinger’s plots. I think Tyrion’s speculation is wrong.

      I think this is all on Littlefinger. I dont think it really matters who the dagger belonged to. Joffrey hated commoners, that assassin was a commoner, where would Joffrey have negotiated with him? If he did arrange for Bran to be killed he would have used someone else like the Hound or Meryn Trant to arrange it for him. And it is doubtful that anyone would use valerian steel, or just give away such a dagger, even an idiot like Joffrey.

      I think Littlefinger was the one who sent the assassin, he was properly bargaining on him being caught. It was all perfect for his plans, he did have spies or people who was working for him in that King’s party that went to Winterfell.
      I think Tyrion is wrong.

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    193. ash,

      I also don’t want to speculate and let things revealed to me scene by scene by scene. That’s why even though I’ve watched the trailers tens of times, I don’t read the comments there. Too many spoilers, I expect!

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    194. The pictures looks really amazing, I can’t wait until this episode! These are easily my favorite post pictures for an episode, for this season.

      I only wish that the forces behind the Starks and the Boltons were more equal. If they wanted to show a true and proper battle it would be better and more realistic if the forces were more equal. The Starks are so far outnumbered that it almost becomes ridiculous.
      Even if the Vale has to turn the tide, the Starks don’t have to be so outnumbered.

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    195. Dolorous Methuselah,

      It wasn’t LF’s dagger, it was Robert’s and Joffrey stole it. The whole story LF told Cat about losing it to Tyrion over a bet was a lie, designed to make Cat think Tyrion had ordered the attack on Bran.

      Which is another example of LF betraying the Starks even if indirectly: this lie caused Cat to capture Tyrion and bring him to the Vale. When the Lannisters heard that, they blamed Ned thinking he gave the command.

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    196. The Stark army looks ferocious, but also badly outnumbered.

      But you never know when the Rohirrim will ride in to save the day…

      This is going to be one heck of an episode.

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    197. Boudica,

      As I recall the previous threads, when Joffrey gets Widow’s Wail, he makes some mention that he was familiar with Valyrian steel. In the books at least, that is when Tyrion comes to the realization that Joffrey was the impetus and Tyrion also realizes due to something Tyrion says (and I forget the conversation) that Joffrey knows that Tyrion knows and that worries Tyrion. I think they cut that for the show. Hence the thought that Joffrey was behind Ser Mandon Moore’s attempted killing of Tyrion.

      Until I read through all the threads I too thought it was LF. He had arranged for Luwin to recieve the box with the Myrish lens and the message to Cat was hidden in the box (unlike the show where there is a rider – of course in the books it would have taken many weeks for the rider to get from the Eyrie to WF but in the show it’s a hop, skip, and a jump). So if LF arranged to have that box delivered why couldn’t he have also arranged the attempted murder.

      And you are right, that was all Tyrion’s interpretation. In the show I believe Cersei essentially agreed that it was probably Joffrey. Again, my memory is not great on this.

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    198. ash,

      They came back out the entrance. Remember Hodor had to push and push to open the door to the crypts after WF burned. They stayed there but they did not use them to come in or out of WF as I recall.

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    199. Darkrobin:
      Thronetender,

      I found this quote from Jon:

      “I don’t even dream of Ghost anymore. All my dreams are of the crypts, of the stone kings on their thrones. Sometimes I hear Robb’s voice, and my father’s, as if they were at a feast. But there’s a wall between us, and I know that no place has been set for me.”

      In retrospect, it could be read to indicate that Jon was not going to die and join them at the feast, in the Stark’s version of Valhalla,or maybe something else or maybe nothing at all.But he does have constant dreams are they are mentioned in several of the books.Again, I think this is probably a book-only item.

      This is properly what you are looking for:

      The castle is always empty. Even the ravens are gone from the rookery, and the stables are full of bones. That always scares me. I start to run then, throwing open doors, climbing the tower three steps at a time, screaming for someone, for anyone. And then I find myself in front of the door to the crypts. It’s black inside, and I can see the steps spiraling down. Somehow I know I have to go down there, but I don’t want to. I’m afraid of what might be waiting for me. The old Kings of Winter are down there, sitting on their thrones with stone wolves at their feet and iron swords across their laps, but it’s not them I’m afraid of. I scream that I’m not a Stark, that this isn’t my place, but it’s no good, I have to go anyway, so I start down, feeling the walls as I descend, with no torch to light the way. It gets darker and darker, until I want to scream. That’s when I always wake.

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    200. BunBunStark,

      But mostly likely, this is something we’re not supposed to notice or question and won’t get an answer for.

      Ive thought about that as well. Its not like they would have them stored for a new Stark army – once the Stark soldiers were dead they probably melted it all down and reused or recycled it. I also want to know where Sansa is finding the material and time to do all this sewing and leatherwork! But yeh, we aren’t really supposed to notice that. Just happens.

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    201. Umber looks like hes having second thoughts. Good, hope he feels salty when realizes he picked the wrong dog in the fight. I wish he would change sides in middle but we know wont happen. Fycking Jon is so brave and majestic. The king that is promised. Tormund i love u plz dont die. Its cool seeing him and davos side by side.

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    202. Some fantastic portrait style photos in there

      Plus the Army formations and of course JS on the ground

      Elephant in the room of coure is Davos with the remains of a funeral pyre…

      Am curious to see what Mel can do with respectto impacting the battlefield

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    203. dragonbringer,

      There’s a guy with leaks on Reddit and he’s been 100% right for the last several episodes. And he along with someone else confirmed that Meereen is in ep 9. Along with all 3 dragons. So I think that’s what they’re trying to “hide” from the promos. And like someone else said, they submitted ep 9 for vfx for the Emmys. There HAS to be dragons I think for them to be confident in a vfx Emmy nom or win.

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    204. Lots of interesting stories within the wider story concerning the bannermen

      Eg Umber and Tormund, Karstark and Jon/Sansa etc

      Great to see the Stark banners out once again

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    205. Boudica:
      The pictures looks really amazing, I can’t wait until this episode! These are easily my favorite post pictures for an episode, for this season.

      I only wish that the forces behind the Starks and the Boltons were more equal. If they wanted to show a true and proper battle it would be better and more realistic if the forces were more equal. The Starks are so far outnumbered that it almost becomes ridiculous.
      Even if the Vale has to turn the tide, the Starks don’t have to be so outnumbered.

      Read your History son. Many battles and wars have been won against all odds.
      It takes a lot of heart, courage, brains and sometimes a little luck but it’s not impossible.

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    206. Hey I just recalled something regarding the new hound-brotherhood alliance. Back in season 1 pre BwB and when Beric was still on his first life, he was sent out by Ned Stark to apprehend The Mountain for crimes committed in the Riverlands. May have already been brought up in previous posts, but wanted to throw it out there anyway.

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    207. Darkrobin: As I recall the previous threads, when Joffrey gets Widow’s Wail, he makes some mention that he was familiar with Valyrian steel. In the books at least, that is when Tyrion comes to the realization that Joffrey was the impetus and Tyrion also realizes due to something Tyrion says (and I forget the conversation) that Joffrey knows that Tyrion knows and that worries Tyrion. I think they cut that for the show. Hence the thought that Joffrey was behind Ser Mandon Moore’s attempted killing of Tyrion.

      Until I read through all the threads I too thought it was LF. He had arranged for Luwin to recieve the box with the Myrish lens and the message to Cat was hidden in the box (unlike the show where there is a rider – of course in the books it would have taken many weeks for the rider to get from the Eyrie to WF but in the show it’s a hop, skip, and a jump). So if LF arranged to have that box delivered why couldn’t he have also arranged the attempted murder.

      And you are right, that was all Tyrion’s interpretation. In the show I believe Cersei essentially agreed that it was probably Joffrey. Again, my memory is not great on this.

      The fact that Littlefinger send a rider to deliver that box, is the suspicious thing to me. If he can do that, then he can also arrange an assassination attempt. And Joffrey’s other example of a planned assassination is when Ser Mandon Moore tries to kill Tyrion. Although I can’t remember if that is the case in the books. Personally I think in the books it is more likely that Cersei tries to murder Tyrion. Joffrey isn’t exactly known for his subtlety and planning.

      The interesting thing about Bran’s attempted assassination is that everyone within the Lannister group suspects the other one, but no one admits to the act. Which also makes me think that it more likely that Littlefinger is behind it. It stokes the fire between the Stark and Lannister feud, but at the same time the Lannisters are unsure about each other.

      But who knows, I wonder if we will get a straight answer to this.

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    208. Serious spoilers here. Something about the look on Smalljohn’s face, makes me wonder again if

      there might be somebody turning sides during the conflict. Umbers are hated by all, y