Game of Thrones episode 9 of season 6, ‘Battle of the Bastards’ was nothing short of a global phenomenon in itself, and there is plenty talk of how Jon Snow and Petyr Baelish brought this splendid win for Jon and his army, despite the huge death toll. However, there was much more in the episode than just the battle in the north. The women in the world of Game of Thrones are far too clever than they’re given credit for. We all know the kind of deviousness that Cersei Lannister and Margaery Tyrell use to get their ways, but there are other women who’ve fearlessly taken up arms against their enemies. Battle of the Bastards showed us how important a role the women of Westeros played in the episode. Here’s a look at the badass women of the latest Game of Thrones episode.
The episode began with Daenerys observing her city, Meereen, being destroyed, and then we saw her formulating a plan with Tyrion that ended in the deaths of two of the slave masters. Dany’s confidence while reasoning with the masters was obvious enough to let us know that moments later she was going to mount Drogon and destroy her enemies. And she did just that, letting those who go against her know that she was not to be messed with. Despite arriving late at the scene, she managed to destroy the fleet of her enemy, and at the same time, freed the two remaining dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion. We later saw her in the pyramid later, gaining a fleet of ships from the Iron Islands, which brings us to another powerful woman.
Theon Greyjoy’s sister and the rightful ruler of the Iron Islands was seen in the previous episodes ready to become a queen before she was shot down by her uncle Euron Greyjoy. This did not make Yara yield to an obnoxious man who stole her kingdom. It only made her steal a hundred ships and head over to Meereen where she would meet with Daenerys and form a strong alliance, which can eventually help Dany take the Iron Throne. We saw, in this episode, how Yara offered her terms to Dany and convinced her to help regain control over the Iron Islands, and how Dany put her own terms forward, strongly enough, to let people know who really was in control. Yara and Dany then struck a deal where the Ironborn would not follow their old ways and become more civilized once Dany seized control of the Seven Kingdoms. This showed us how their alliance would result in something revolutionary in the future of Westeros.
The next powerful woman of Westeros is the daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark, a woman who was taken away from her family and tortured by two of her betrothed-Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton. We’ve seen Sansa go through a series of hardships, including those in King’s Landing, and later on at the hands of her husband Ramsay Bolton, who now ruled Winterfell. Even when she was brought home, Sansa faced enough torment to last a lifetime. She then managed to escape from the clutches of the torturous Lord and with the help of Theon Greyjoy, she reached the Wall where she met Jon Snow. This led to them gathering a small army and attacking Winterfell to save their home and their brother Rickon, who was ultimately killed by Ramsay. In this episode, Sansa portrayed a very mature version of herself, one that mirrored her mother Catelyn greatly, and she not only warned Jon about Ramsay’s manipulative ways, but also told him that they would not be able to save Rickon whether or not they won. It was truly a testament of her emotional sustenance that she could utter such words without flinching. This was followed by her bringing along the army of the Vale with the help of Petyr Baelish, which proved to be of great help to Jon’s losing forces. Sansa then went on to have Ramsay killed by his own hounds, which was a remarkable move, and it proved that she was no longer the timid and immature girl who had willingly gone to King’s Landing with her father in season 1.
‘Battle of the Bastards’ might have focused mainly on the epic battle in the north, but the episode would not have been this brilliant if not for these badass women.