Back in March, a month before Season 6 of Game of Thrones debuted, writer-producer Bryan Cogman teased that this season will feature the biggest battle in the show's history, possibly in the history of television itself. While he never specified when this battle would take place, it seems clear that it will happen in just a few short days when the penultimate Season 6 episode The Battle Of the Bastards airs on Sunday, June 19. As we get closer and closer to this epic episode's debut, HBO has released new photos that take us closer into the battle.
During his interview in March, Bryan Cogman teased that the producers had always wanted to get to a place in the series where they could have a "proper battle," with huge armies on each side. The first photo gives us an aerial view of these armies, representing the "Bastards" of the North, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). We also see Jon Snow standing alone, his sword drawn, as a number of Bolton's soldiers close in on horseback.
Another photo gives us a closer look at Davos Seaworth, who, according to this episode's brief synopsis, will "lose something dear" as he prepares to take on the Bolton clan. Naturally, we won't know for sure what it is that Davos "loses" until the episode airs. The synopsis also teases that Ramsay plays a game and Daenerys faces a choice. We don't really learn much from the rest of the photos, which show Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and one of the Wildlings' massive giants.
We also learned in the preview for Battle of the Bastards that Jon Snow doesn't want to be resurrected again by Melisandre (Carice Van Houten), should he be killed during this battle with the Bolton's. Last week's episode showed Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies) taking back control of Riverrun, although it isn't known for sure if he will command his forces to help Sansa and Jon's quest to take back Winterfell. Given the size of the armies seen in the photos and trailer, Sansa and Jon most certainly got help from someone in the North.
It's also possible that this Battle of the Bastards could set up the war between the White Walkers, lead by the Night's King, and the possibly-united armies of the North. Davos Seaworth previously told young Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) that the houses of the North need to unite, because an army of the dead are coming. There have been rumors that Jon Snow and Sansa do end up taking back Winterfell, with Jon Snow being named King of the North, perhaps after his true heritage is finally revealed, which has long been speculated to happen this season. While we wait for more answers, take a look at the photos and the preview for The Battle of The Bastards below.