Quite honestly, few shows that enthralled me as much as Game of Thrones. I actually read the book series before watching the TV Show and both are now my favourite Fantasy series. I don't even mind that the series has deviated from the books – because let's be honest the books CAN be very complicated at times and often they take WAY too long to get going. But the twists and turns that the TV show has made have been very entertaining to watch.
And with Season 7 on the way, I decided to look back and follow my personal favourite Top Five Game of Thrones moments. Now of course, choosing only five is an absolute nightmare of a task – as there are so many great moments. Game of Thrones has a large number of twists and turns. Sometimes shocking, sometimes emotional, but always awesome – that just selecting five of them is nigh on impossible. Still it is a task I have set myself and so it shall be.
So, join me as we journey to the Seven Kingdoms to find out my Top Five Favourite Game of Thrones moments. This is obviously just my own personal list, so yours will differ. As always, this is in no particular order. Just the order I'm showing them.
I would also add any scene involving Daenerys and Tyrion. Who doesn't love seeing Daenerys totally own her enemies with her dragons – or burning them alive and walking out completely unscathed (and unclothed!). It's incredible how she has gone from a timid young girl to a powerful warlord – and the Seven Kingdoms SHOULD be scared of her. And of course Tyrion, the plucky, witty dwarf that has made Peter Dinklage a household name. Tell the truth there are just TOO MANY cool moments for both these characters, so I can't pick one. But these two could make an entire Top Five list of their own... there's a thought.
Ok, now onto the list.
Joffery And Ramsey's Deaths
I think it goes without saying that both Joffery and Ramsey are two of the most despicable human beings around. One was a bratty, spoiled man-child that whined and moaned all the time and murdered people just because he felt like it – the other was Joffery! XD
All right, so they were a LITTLE more developed than that. Joffery was utterly repulsive – murdering Ned Stark, torturing Sansa and even making life hell for his own family. He pretty much starved the people of King's Landing and a riot broke out because of him. As for Ramsay – where do I even begin? He was a sadistic psychopath that even murdered his own baby brother so that he could rule. He also tortured and castrated Theon Greyjoy, making him an empty shell of a man, fed people to the dogs, murdered his own father – and there was THAT scene with Sansa. You know, the one where The Mary Sue lost their s**t and said they would never do another Game of Thrones post?
Put simply, both of these guys were just pure evil – and they both deserved to be killed in the most gruesome way possible. And boy howdy did that happen!
Joffery met his end at his own wedding to Margaery Tyrell, being poisoned and choking to death. Unfortunately this meant that Tyrion (who was blamed for the incident, even though it was actually Littlefinger and Oleanna that had a hand in it) had to go on the run, but it was so satisfying seeing that little bastard get his comeuppance. And then there was Ramsey, who, after being beaten half to death by Jon Snow, was locked in a room with his own dogs (who he had been starving for days) and torn apart as Sansa watched, getting her revenge in the most awesome way possible
Both were utterly repulsive villains and the Seven Kingdoms are a better place now they are gone. But one has to wonder who will play the bad guy now? Well, we'll just see.
The Battle Of The Blackwater
The Battle of Blackwater is really the first big warfare scene in the series – and had Game of Thrones flopped, this could have probably bankrupted the studio. Thankfully though, Game of Thrones doesn't know the meaning of the word “flop” and this scene showed that they were able to do fight scenes on par (if not better) than any big blockbuster movie!
Everything about this battle is just perfect for me! The build up as both Stannis's army heads towards King's Landing whilst the city prepares the defences, the bits where the wildfire burns the ships (which is as beautiful to watch as it is harrowing), the Hound running away after being scared by fire (the Hound is an awesome character by the way), Joffery hiding like a coward, Tyrion leading the men into battle and then being betrayed and almost killed, and then the final scene where the Lannisters and Tyrell's march in to save the day. It is just simply amazing to watch and leaves you breathless.
Interestingly enough, if you think about it there are no real heroes or villains to root for here! That's one of the cool things about Game of Thrones, it doesn't have any set Heroes or Villains in the traditional sense. After all, Stannis is seen as the true King, but we all know he is anything but a good guy (and I still can't forgive him for what he did to Shirley), but then would he be a better ruler than Joffery? We'll never know, but still.
But also, Tyrion shows that he is a far more capable leader here, inspiring the troops to fight when the King won't. But ultimately, he never gets any thanks for it. It's a tragic thing that this is his crowning moment of glory and he's never going to be remembered for it.
All in all, this is an amazing battle – and like with Ned Stark's death, it set the tone for many more amazing battles down the line. I would also consider The Battle of the Bastards in her as that battle was even more harrowing. But, I have to go with the Battle of Blackwater for the wildfire scene. And it wouldn't be the last time we see wildfire put to use either.
The Red Wedding
In season 1, Rob Stark leads the Stark Household in the War of the Five Kings, to take revenge against the Lannisters for the death of Ned Stark. Robb Stark shows a lot of promise as a leader, and even gets a few victories against the Lannisters at first. But, unfortunately, Rob makes a few mistakes, one of which leads to his downfall.
His mother, Catelyn Stark, makes a rather unfavourable alliance with Walder Frey, asking for his help in the war in exchange for marrying one of Walder's daughters. Robb, however, follows his heart and ends up marrying healer Talisa instead. This angers Walder, but to appease him, they arrange for Edmune Tully to marry one of the Frey daughters instead. Everything seems to be going well – until the band plays The Rains of Castamere, which is a Lannister victory theme. From then on, all hell breaks loose as the Starks are slaughtered one by one – including Talisa, Robb and Catelyn. It's an utterly brutal scene that left many fans reeling and emotionally drained afterwards, especially since Talisa was pregnant with Robb's child at this time (ironically she was going to name the child Ned).
Whilst I knew this scene was coming, as I read the books, it was still no less upsetting a scene to me. I think the highlight is when Catelyn tearfully holds one of Walder's daughters captive, tearfully begging for her son to be spared (Michelle Fairley is an amazing actress and it's impossible not to be moved by her performance), only for Walder to casually dismiss her pleas. It ends with Robb being stabbed, Catelyn kills the daughter and then just stands there aghast as her own throat is cut. It is a chilling scene that leaves you feeling cold.
What makes this even more tragic is that it all COULD have been avoided, if Robb Stark hadn't tried to “do the right thing”. If he had just kept his vows to Walder, he could have kept a powerful ally. And considering he also lost the Karstarks as allies, after he executed the head of their household for murdering Lannister children, he basically trapped himself. Robb always wanted to be a man of honour and do the right thing, like his father would have. It carries on a depressing theme in Game of Thrones that more often than not, doing the right thing is the WRONG way to go. It's sad, but that's often the case here.
Actually, what upset me more about this is that it didn't bring in a character I was waiting to see. Anyone who has read the books will know this eventually leads to the creation of Lady Stoneheart – a resurrected Catelyn Stark that is now a shadow of her former self, and joins the Brotherhood Without Banners in a revenge fuelled mission. However, with the return of Jon Snow, it will be interesting to see if they carry out this storyline with him. Still, would have been nice to see Michelle return in a more vengeful light – considering she would have been able to do that, having played a villain in 24: Live Another Day. But hey ho, we can't have everything.
In the TV show, the Walkers appear slightly more than in the books – but boy do they make an entrance when they do. And no appearance has more impact than the awesome episode Hardhome.
Hardhome is where the Wildlings are kept after the battle to take the Wall. Jon Snow believes that they can broker a truce between the two of them and come together to fight for a cause. After some arguments between the tribes, they come to some kind of agreement – but then it becomes cold. Very cold.
Before anyone knows what's happening, wights attack the encampment, killing Wildling after Wildling. It brings back memories of The Walking Dead, when the Walkers would attack a human encampment and all hell breaks loose as they fight just to survive. But to no avail. Then the Walkers come. And my god are they terrifying! During the battle, the supply of dragonglass (the only thing that seems to kill them) is destroyed, meaning they lost their only chance of beating them. Of have they?
When Jon fights a Walker with his Valayrian steel sword, he slays a Walker in one blow. But ultimately he has to escape with only a fraction of Wildlings still alive. But as they sail away, the Night's King, King of the Walkers arrives and stares Jon down. And that moment when he just raises his arms and the dead come back – adding more to their ever expanding army – is one of the most chilling scenes in Game of Thrones history.
This is an important episode for the Walkers storyline as it shows first hand the genuine threat these monsters are. And having lost their only weapons to fight them (unless they can gather all the Valayrian weapons in the world) it seems that the battle with them is looking ever more hopeless. This is just an amazing episode – it's thrilling, action packed, yet utterly terrifying. If you didn't take the Walkers seriously enough before, you will now after this! A true masterpiece of an episode that continues on a desperate time in Westeros's culture. Winter is coming indeed!
“Hold the Door!”
There have been many deaths of beloved characters in Game of Thrones, and all of them have been tragic in many ways – number three on this list being an example. But few have been so heart AND gut wrenching as the death of everyone's favourite giant Hodor. He was by far one of the purest characters in the show, with no malice in his bones whatsoever. But it was the way he died that stuck with me, and so many others.
During Bran's quest to find the Three-Eyed Raven, he learned to “warg” into various living creatures, one of them being Hodor. Being that he was basically a cripple, Hodor had to carry Bran around all the time. But he didn't seem to mind too much, he was happy to help. Under the tutelage of the Raven, Bran learned to see through time – even going as far back as to meet Hodor as a child – here named Wylis. Unfortunately, during these sessions, Bran accidentally alerted the presence of the Night's King – and the Walkers came to their location. Whilst the walkers attack, Bran accidentally wargs into the young Wylis. Hodor holds a door to stop the wights from getting them, all the while with Meera pulling Bran and telling him to “Hold the door!” In one of the saddest moments in not just Game of Thrones, but TV history, Bran's warging causes the young Wylis to have a seizure and cry out repeatedly “Hold the door!” over and over again, until eventually the words come together to create “Hodor.” Bran weeps as he realises that he is responsible for Hodor's condition – and his death. Hodor is then torn apart by wights.
Never has a scene been so emotional and yet so poignant in my opinion. It's especially sad that, when you think about it, Hodor was only ever really around because he was supposed to protect Bran. Not only that, but he was foreshadowing his own death just by saying his own name! And during all this, he's getting torn apart by wights! When you add this all together, it makes the absolute most depressing moment in Game of Thrones.
However, for all it's sadness, it is still a powerful and brilliantly written scene. George R R Martin is really good at foreshadowing events – sometimes for something as little as just eating a type of food – and this was a clever bit of writing on the shows part. It's still completely soul destroying seeing a beloved character leave the show, and even more harrowing once you realise that Bran is responsible for it. But even so, it's still one of my favourite scenes in Game of Thrones. Even if I did cry for hours afterwards.
So those are my favourite scenes in Game of Thrones – and I am sure there are many more to come! What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below – and here's to a great Season 7!
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