There were plenty of people in this episode whom I felt sorry for, most notably Rickon Stark, who never got to do anything exciting except follow his brother through the cold, and Shaggy Dog, Rickon’s direwolf who was not only butchered but whose head keeps getting thrown around on tables and dirty fields just to prove that his owner is still alive. The person I feel the worst for, however, is Wun-Wun, the giant that Ramsay Bolton killed with an arrow through the eye. This guy survived the siege of the Wall, the attack of the White Walkers at Hardhome, and a war with the usurpers of Winterfell, only to be taken down by this jerk with a bow an arrow? Unfair!
Eventually, Ramsay got what was coming to him. Every single fan of the show wanted him dead and demanded that he die in some awful and creative way. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss delivered. Not only was he devoured by his own dogs the way so many of his previous victims had been, Sansa Stark got to lord over the proceedings. Those pups ripped off Ramsay's face like he was the world’s biggest Sour Patch Kid at a birthday party full of 8-year-olds.
Sansa and her sly smile were really the MVPs of this episode. As Littlefinger’s troops cut through the Bolton defenses like piss through snow (to quote the great Northern poet Tormund), we see the corners of her mouth turn up just a little bit, like she’s Mona Lisa with a bloodlust. The same thing happens again in the final shot as she leaves Ramsay to be pulled apart by the dogs. She has her revenge and is glad about it.
That is what makes this show so excellent at its best. There are these moments of extreme violence that are hard to stomach, but the action is driven by these fully developed characters who we know so well. We get to relish in their victories just as we are devastated by their defeats. When Sansa smiles, as the song goes, the whole world smiles with her, not only because Ramsay is dead, but because our favorite show is alive once again.