This One Episode of Game of Thrones Just Won 7 Emmys

Sometimes when you’re watching television, you don’t realize just how great the thing you’re witnessing is until later. Then there are holy fuck moments of television where you have a running tape of “I can’t believe this is happening” on loop in your brain. Game of Thrones’ “Battle of the Bastards” is the latter—a truly exceptional episode in a series of exceptional episodes. All this was confirmed by the Emmys, who awarded seven Emmys (of the total 12 awarded to Game of Thrones) to “Battle of the Bastards” alone. It’s a record-breaking number of awards for a single episode of television. The record was previously held by E.R.’s pilot “Love’s Labor Lost.”

“Battle of the Bastards,” which featured a brutal, stunning medieval battle between the armies led by Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, was not only a feat of acting, direction, and production design, it was also a feat of planning. Director Miguel Sapochnik explained the challenges, saying: at next page