Since “Game of Thrones” is undoubtedly the most secretive show on television (even deceiving the leader of the free world!), fans have become accustomed to searching for plot clues wherever they can find them. Lately, this has manifested itself via episode titles — one tidbit even HBO needs to cough up a few weeks before broadcast.
Now, the eagerly-anticipated final two episodes of Season 6 have leaked their titles, and fans are appropriately speculating wildly. Reading between the lines, here are 3 events we’re placing our bets will be going down soon on your television.
A Jon Snow-Ramsay Bolton smackdown
The second-to-last episode of the season (airing June 19) is titled “Battle of the Bastards.” Obviously, this battle must include Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark. We’d put good money on the other being Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), the sadistic Lord of Winterfell and rapist of Snow’s half-sister Sansa (Sophie Turner); the Theon thing didn’t help, either. Bolton is the illegitimate son of Lord Roose Bolton, and clearly he and Jon have lots to clash swords over. Guess who we’ll be rooting for?
The final episode of the season (airing June 26) is entitled “The Winds of Winter,” which is the title of George R.R. Martin’s upcoming sixth novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Martin has said: “I’m going to open [the book] with the two big battles that I was building up to,” so if you believe that the season finale will re-synchronize with Martin’s prose, then that finale will feature what the author calls “the battle in the ice and the battle at Mereen — the battle of Slaver’s Bay.” Look for a lot action and a lot of death, on the scale of one of the show’s most beloved sequences, the Battle of Blackwater.
This being one of the most popular shows on TV, “Thrones” can do whatever it wants. As such, the series has decided to make its season finale 69 minutes long — making it the longest “Thrones” episode ever. So expect a lot of plotline convergences, filling us in one last time on where these characters stand as we head into hiatus — and perhaps teasing some new ones as well.