Game of Thrones ended its eight-season run in 2019, and while the show's final season was unloved by fans, no one can take away the truth that David Benioff and DB Weiss created an epic on tv that has set benchmarks for fantasy storytelling for years to come. Based on George RR Martin's The Song of Ice and Fire book series, the show borrowed a lot from the books in its initial seasons, but as the plot progressed, the creators had to come up with original stories. While many have debated the show's controversy last season, here are the best Game of Thrones episodes that blew us away.
Winter is Coming (Season 1, Episode 1):
The one that started it all and is just as effective when you look again. The sheer number of characters in this series can easily confuse anyone, but the first episode here was so effective in establishing relationships, loyalties, and kingdom structure that it was hard not to be involved. The first episode begins shortly after Lord Jon Arryn's death, leading King Robert Baratheon to travel to Winterfell.
Blackwater (season 2, episode 9):
Blackwater was the battle between Stannis Baratheon and the kingdom, which was invented by Tyrion Lannister. Stannis comes to King's Landing using his ships, but his plans are destroyed by the Tyrion forest fire that creates a large green explosion in the water. Even though Tyrion carried the scars of this battle to the end, it was Tywin who took the credit by entering King's Landing towards the end.
The Rains of Castamere (Season 3, Episode 9):
Memories of watching this episode haunt me to date. Although we all knew that Robb Stark did not have the charisma to take on the seven kingdoms, we all wanted the Stark boy to avenge the death of his father. The "Red Wedding" massacre when Edmure Tully married Walder Frey's daughter destroyed fans when they lost Robb, Talisa and Catelyn. The episode was heartbreaking.
Lion & the Rose (Season 4, Episode 2):
At the time, Joffrey Baratheon was the show's dumb villain who was brutal for his pleasure. His plans weren't meticulous, but he was the teenager who had the chance to become king. He abused that power mercilessly, making it a huge victory when he died during the second episode of the season. His face turned purple when he gave up, and Cersei assumed it was Tyrion who was responsible for the death of her son.
Hardhome (Season 5, Episode 8):
Before we knew that the white walkers were going to have a sudden end, this episode was perfect for establishing the threat of the undead. When Jon Snow faced the undead army and came very close to death, Hardhome was enough to prove that the White Walker army would remain undefeated as they can multiply at a rapid rate.
Battle of the Bastards (Season 6, Episode 9):
The battle between Ramsay Bolton and Jon Snow occurred in this episode. By then, Sansa had reunited with Jon, but Ramsay still held his little brother Rickon captive. The images of this battle are still etched in our memory. The galloping horse, Jon Snow being sucked into the battlefield, and Ramsay's sinister smile as he watched Rickon die made us support Jon to the end. Of course, seeing Ramsay feeding the dogs was quite enjoyable too.
The Winds of Winter (Season 6, Episode 10):
In my opinion, this was a great episode of the series. At the time, the R + L = J theory had appeared slightly on the show, but during the flashback, this theory was confirmed and we learned of Jon Snow's true ancestry. While the show didn't use that angle in the finale, it was a big deal for fans during season six. Another highlight of this episode was Cersei taking off the Great Sept and killing everyone who had anything to do with High Sparrow's history.
The Iron Throne (Season 8, Episode 6):
The final episode of season 8 and Game of Thrones as a whole sees all the surviving characters deal with the destruction of King's Landing by Daenerys, Jon and Ser Davos inspect the damage, Tyrion mourns his brothers, Gray Worm kills Lannister's men, Tyrion resigns as Hand in protest and is arrested. Jon is warned that Daenerys will kill him as he is a threat to her reign, so he turns to Tyrion for advice, Jon then meets Daenerys and they kiss while he stabs her, causing Drogon to burn the Iron Throne. Later, Tyrion summons a council of lords to decide ruler and Bran is nominated, Sansa does not want this and demands that the North separate from the kingdoms, Bran accepts and from there all our characters go in their different directions, Jon to the Guard of the night, Arya to the west, immaculate with Naath, etc.
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