It had a 3.9 rating in the 18–49 demographic, the highest-rated show on cable television that night. However, you then lose what Alfred von Schlieffen saw as the attractive ingredients to Hannibal’s victory at Cannae. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Battle of the Bastards is the ninth and penultimate episode of the sixth season of HBO's fantasy television series Game of Thrones and its 59th episode overall. Lazenby's Hannibal’s War: A Military History of the Second Punic War. Martin succumbed to the criticism and included several southern chapters in ADWD. However, what they ultimately created was the furthest thing from Cannae as we know it from ancient histories. Its political machinations might have waned over the seasons, but it's set pieces are now so assured and on such a grand scale that every week we look forward to whatever they're going to give our eyes to feast on. The episode competed with game seven of the 2016 NBA Finals. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? With hel… I’m glad to have found at least one blog that takes issue with the Cannae comparison. With the death of King Robb Stark and most of his bannermen at the Red Wedding, The Iron Throne names House Bolton is named the new ruling Great House of the North. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. "Battle of the Bastards" was watched by 7.66 million American households in its initial telecast on HBO, slightly more than the previous week's rating (7.60 million viewers) for "No One". The battle itself took 25 days to film and involved 500 extras, 600 crew members and 70 horses. Battle of the Bastards and your dad was the worst king of all (except for mine, who was also a psychopathic killer, lulz). Jon’s army would have had to be standing around for 15 minutes, twiddling their thumbs, waiting for these dudes with bulky shields and spears to waddle in, catch their breath, and form up properly. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Hannibal lured the Romans to pushing into his lines so he could bend back and … And (now I’m ranting, but) I see all these people talking about how “sound” and “smart” Ramsay’s tactics are, but heavy infantry like the Bolton phalanx are freaking SLOW. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. This, in my opinion, is the greatest mistake of ADWD . Hannibal’s army was much smaller than the Roman army he was enveloping whereas Ramsay’s was 3 or 4 times the size of Snow’s army. First, let’s look at the most pointed criticism. The clue was in the title with season 6 episode 9 - 'Battle of the Bastards' - and while the full 60 minutes weren't given over to the Stark v Bolton showdown, it had enough screen time to really knock the encounter out of the park. More importantly, Snow’s smaller encircled army was not destroyed whereas Hannibal destroyed the larger encircled Roman army. 4.9k votes, 78 comments. Part of the brilliance of Hannibal was that he was able to coordinate an envelopment of a larger army with men from various tribes and cities, speaking different languages and using different fighting styles. I have no forgiveness from God, so I will eat ice cream to atone for my pains. To him, “a battle of complete extermination had been fought, most wonderfully through the fact that in spite of all theories, it had been won by a numerical inferiority.” Despite these theories, “the weaker Hannibal had, however, acted concentrically, though in an unseemly way, and turned not only both wings, but even the rear of the enemy.”. The result was the most fully realised medieval battle we've ever seen on the small screen (if not the big one too), and while CGI was of course involved, it still felt very real and dizzying and claustrophobic. Once Hannibal surrounded the Romans, all of his fighting units--cavalry, light and heavy infantry, slingers, archers--attacked the mass of men. The battle itself took 25 days to film and involved 500 extras, 600 crew members and 70 horses. Trying to keep everyone in the band alive is a nightmare, because even if you manage to do well enough and get lucky with RNG, they might: Year-by-Year World Population Estimates: 10,000 B.C. It was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Miguel Sapochnik. DXLi, you are correct about the lack of maneuverability of phalanxes. Extremely fascinating battle that sadly often gets overlooked. June 21, 2016 Leave a comment 187 Views. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. That’s what it took to make Game of Thrones’ Battle of the Bastards..