“Game of Thrones” season 6 episode 9 is just a few days away and everyone is excited about the outcome, or would have if not for the quite obvious outcome. Are fans gearing up for one predictable “Battle Of The Bastards”?
The fact is everyone knows Jon Snow will triumph over Ramsay Bolton just because he is a main character in the story but, putting aside the obvious Deus Ex Machina, let’s guess how the “Battle of the Bastards” will turn out.
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Despite the trailer trying its best to be dramatic and make us all believe that Jon and Sansa are in danger of being killed… that simply won’ be the case.
Ramsay Bolton might have the numbers going for him but that’s it, in terms of leadership, loyalty, and experience all are in the favor of the Starks.
The Bolton army, including the Umbers and the Karstarks, is undoubtedly the most powerful army currently in the north. The Stark host barely amount to a fourth of their size but Ramsay Bolton, Harald Karstark, and Smalljon Umber are all inexperienced as far as commanding men in battle.
Ramsay only commanded the Dreadfort men for a short period and dispatched enemies only through sheer numbers not by strategy or tactics. Harald Karstark, on the other hand, was left at the Karhold which means he did not participate in the War of the Five Kings.
Smalljon Umber would probably an exception although he remained in the Last Hearth during the War of the Five Kings, his House frequently faced wildling raids in the past. This inexperience will be a crucial weakness when the “Battle of the Bastards” begins which would not have been the case if Roose Bolton was in command.
On the Stark camp, Jon Snow and Ser Davos, as well as Tormund are veterans of many conflicts. Jon successfully held the Wall against the wildlings with a mere 100 men back in “Game of Thrones” season 4 and Ser Davos, although admits he is weak at fighting, is a capable strategist, something Stannis failed to utilize in his quest for the crown.
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Tormund is a fierce warrior with experience fighting rival tribes Beyond the Wall. What he lacks in strategic thinking he makes up for in tactics, demonstrated by easily breaking into Castle Black’s defenses during the battle for The Wall.
While experience favors the Stark camp, it can only do so much and in order to win they will need more men. As the trailer shows that the “Battle of the Bastards” will be bloody and some important characters might die but given that “Game of Thrones” needs to make Jon Snow and Sansa Stark survive at all cost, which means they will emerge victoriously.
The Bolton army suffered casualties during the battle with Stannis Baratheon but with the addition of the Karstarks and Umbers, their forces number about 9000 strong. How will the Stark’s achieve victory in the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ with a mere 500 northerners and 2500 wildlings?
This is where Sansa’s letter comes in. Earlier in “Game of Thrones”, she wrote a letter and sent it to Littlefinger who was encamped in Moat Cailin with the Knights of the Vale. He will probably arrive at the heat of battle just as the Stark forces are about to be crushed.
And in true Lord of the Rings fashion, they will swoop down on the Bolton forces cutting them down with superior numbers. This will then trigger a rout were the Karstarks and Umbers surrender and abandon the Boltons.
Whether Ramsay Bolton will be killed or captured is unclear but it is certain that after the battle he can no longer be a threat. The Starks will then have to deal with the aftermath as well as deal with Littlefinger who will probably seek the reward promised by Sansa in her letter.
While the outcome of ‘Battle of the Bastards’ is obvious from the start, HBO’s effort will definitely not go to waste. What the episode will lack in shock value, it will make up for in pure unadulterated action in what will be the biggest battle in “Game of Thrones” history.