Once upon a time, Game of Thrones was the kind of show that delivered blow after soul-crushing blow. It could leave us feeling despondent after every ruthless episode. It was unyielding in its torture. However, in its sixth season, Game of Thrones is finally giving us what we want. A beloved character being resurrected? Check. A Stark reunion? Check. Another Stark reunion? Check. A girl taking back her name? Check. A girl burning down the patriarchy? Check!!! And during Sunday night’s Battle of the Bastards, a long-hated character finally met his gruesome end.

[Spoilers for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones lie ahead, so if you don’t want to know the outcome of the 2016 Bastard Bowl, then click away now.]

Ramsay Bolton’s reign of terror in the North is finally over. The sadistic, bastard son of Roose Bolton is dead, and the Starks are back where they belong in Winterfell — but it wasn’t an easy W for Jon Snow and Sansa Stark. The pitched battle was a bloodbath from the start, when Ramsay shot an arrow through Rickon’s heart a mere inches away from Jon. (Sorry, Rickon. We, quite literally, hardly knew you.)

In fact, if it weren’t for Sansa’s Hail Mary letter to Littlefinger, they’d likely all be flayed by now. (For what it’s worth, we are very disappointed in the Karstarks and Umbers for doing the Starks dirty like that.) But the Knights of the Vale showed up with just enough time on the clock to wipe out Ramsay’s tactical formation and send Ramsay running to Winterfell for cover.

It’s fitting that Jon beat the shit out of Ramsay right where he used to spar with his brothers. It’s a grim reminder of simpler times in Winterfell, when kids were just kids. However, even Jon knew that he wasn’t the one who deserved to kill Ramsay. That honor belonged to Sansa.

And by the grace of the godswood, it was truly satisfying to watch Sansa send in the hungry hounds on Ramsay. It was even more gratifying to watch Sansa saunter away from the kennel, a small smirk on her face. This isn’t the Sansa Stark of Winterfell from Season 1. Needless to say, viewers were elated.



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