It's almost par for the course now that there must be some sort of controversy swirling around each season of HBO's Game of Thrones. Last season, fans spoke out about the brutal Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) rape scene, while others were up in arms about the "death" of beloved character Jon Snow (Kit Harington). This season has had more than its fair share of shocking moments, but some fans have found recent episodes, especially last week's No One, too underwhelming. With just a few days left until the penultimate Season 6 episode, The Battle of the Bastards, series star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau responded to the critics. If you aren't caught up with this season yet, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
Last week's episode featured a number of intriguing developments, such as the first meeting between Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in two seasons, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) proclaiming that she is returning home to Westeros, and the Brotherhood Without Banners returning. Still, several fans have complained that there wasn't enough action in last week's episode, but Nikolaj Coster-Waldau told TV Line that there's a reason for that. Here's what he had to say, in response to fans who think not enough happened in last week's episode.
"It's funny. I think a lot of things happen in every episode. But, I mean, I get it. People are spoiled - in a good way! - and you expect some crazy stuff. But it's been like that every year. You also know that there's a reason why. You can't hit the maximum volume each episode. Then you get numb to it. It has to build up. You have to tell a story, lay the seeds. Then hopefully - and I believe - the payoff is so much better and so much greater, instead of just getting everything at once."
Those fans hoping for much more action will most certainly get just want they want in this week's episode, The Battle of the Bastards, where Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton's (Iwan Rheon) armies will square off to decide who will control Winterfell. Writer-producer Bryan Cogman teased a few months ago that this season will feature the biggest battle in the show's history, with two huge armies going against each other. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau teased that this week's battle is the biggest they've ever attempted, in terms of scale.
The season finale, set to air on Sunday, June 26, has been confirmed as the longest episode in the show's history, clocking in at 69 minutes. No plot details have surfaced for the finale thus far, but hopefully we'll learn more about the finale soon. Stay tuned for more on Game of Thrones as Season 6 starts winding down.