*Come on guys, you know there's spoilers ahead*
In a refined, cinematic and oh-so-gruesome lengthy episode, this week's installment hit all the right notes. It was grueling. Claustrophobic. Bloody. The battle of the bastards - Jon Snow vs Ramsay Bolton - reaped havoc on our screens in a fight of epic proportions.
As Jon charged towards his brother with an arm outstretched and Bolton lifted his bow, we all it was destined for the worst, but oh how wonderful it was. Scenes of death and devastation; arrows through eyes and a headless horseman were just the beginning. This battle scene was as epic as any before it, yet as the battle went on, Jon's life was yet again put at risk and his leadership skills came in to question.
The whole battle was filmed in what could possibly be the most cinematic - and most expensive - hour of television this year. The horses, galloping on slow motion across the icy field was epic. Beautiful. The distance between Jon and Rickon measured by the scenes cutting back and forth in a beautiful series of agonizing transitions until Rickon finally meets his end, heart wrenching.
Of course, it was only fitting that Sansa had the privilege of ending the life of the character we love to hate, but even the biggest Ramsay haters couldn't have been prepared for the scene that unfolded. Now, I consider myself someone who loves a bit of blood and gore. A good sword through the skull? Excellent. A few spewing intestines? Awesome.
Ramsay getting eaten by dogs. Well, even I had to cover my eyes for that one, but man it was good. It was better than a beheading. More epic that a hanging. More satisfying than a castration. It was just plain horrid, and that's what made it so cringe worthy.
In one of the biggest alliances so far, Theon and Yara Greyjoy team up with Daenerys, finally giving her her fleet of ships and her next step toward ruling the Seven Kingdoms.
And it was only the penultimate episode.