Warning: Potential spoilers for the rest of this season of Game of Thrones follow. If you want to remain blissfully in the dark about what's to come, this is your cue to look away now. Consider yourselves warned.
Game of Thrones is bulking up for the final two episodes of season six and one of the just-released episode titles is very likely the reason why.
While HBO hasn't released descriptions for episodes nine or 10, they have updated the listings for the episodes on HBO.com to include titles and run-times—and its in those simple, one-line titles that we've gleaned our biggest hint yet at what's in store for the close of what's already proven to be an epic season full of resurrections, reunions, and surprise returns.
Episode nine, airing Sunday, June 19, will has been titled "Battle of the Bastards," making it pretty clear that the 60-minute-long episode (rather long by GoT standards) will feature the face-off between resurrected Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) over the fate of Winterfell that the entire season has been building towards and we are so pumped already.
The big finale has been supersized to a whopping 69 minutes, making it, as EW first pointed out, the longest running time in the history of the series. Airing June 26, the episode has been given the title "The Winds of Winter," which just so happens to be the name of George R.R. Martin's still unreleased sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire Saga upon which the entire series is based. What are the chances that winter might finally arrive in Westeros during the extra-long finale? Just saying...
Of course, before we can get the "Battle of the Bastards," we've got to get through this weekend's episode (as if that's some chore). Entitled "No One," HBO's described the episode as follows: "While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) weighs his options, Cersei (Lena Headey) answers a request. Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) plans bear fruit. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod." Might Arya's new test be simply finding a way to not die? Those stabs to the gut were no mere flesh wounds.
Are you as excited about the final few episodes as we are? Or are you bummed that season six is already nearly over, as we also are? Let us know in the comments below.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.