There’s been more than shocks in the first six seasons of “Game of Thrones” than challengers for the Iron Throne, with each season throwing up plenty of unforgettable moments. Now, this list could be as long as a two-handed greatsword but I’ve tried to keep it shorter – no doubt meaning I’ve missed off a couple of great moments. If that is the case, sound off in the comments section about your favorite.
My own vote would probably go the Red Wedding, although watching Theon Turncloak’s torture and Joffrey’s murder was incredibly satisfying. What wasn’t satisfying was Oberyn’s untimely departure from the show – I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was shouting at the TV, telling him to just kill the Mountain immediately. Alas, Oberyn was going all Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride and was caught unawares. The rest is brain matter on the courtyard floor.
Perhaps the birth of Daenarys’ dragons would be your choice as that was a hugely significant moment in the history and lure of this world. Jon Snow killing a white walker at Hardhome with Longclaw, a Valyrian steel sword, is just as significant. Tyrion’s had two trials, but I’ve only included the season 4 trial for the suspected murder of Joffrey. It’s far more dramatic than the one in the first season, what with Tywin rigging the trial, Shey being wheeled out to betray her former lover and Tyrion’s epic speech at the end.
Viserys’ Death (Season 1, episode 6)
Daenarys brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd), drunk and jealous, stumbles into the Dothraki tent and demands a crown from Khal Drogo. Drogo gives him one, molten gold, and kills him.
Ned’s Death (Season 1, episode 9)
Ned (Sean Bean) was executed by Illyn Payne (Walko Johnson), who acted on Joffrey’s orders, in front of his own daughters after being promised mercy.
The Dragons Being Born (Season 1, episode 10)
As Daenarys (Emilia Clarke) burns her dead husband’s body, Khal Drogo (Jason Mamoa), she steps into the fire with three dragon eggs. The eggs hatch and thus Rhaegal, Viserion and Drogon are born.
Blackwater Bay (Season 2, episode 9)
The Battle of Blackwater was fought between the Lannisters, led by Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), and the Baratheons, led by Stannis (Stephen Dillane). for the Iron Throne.
Jaime Losing a Hand (Season 3, episode 3)
Jaime Lannister (Nikolai Coster-Waldau) managed to save Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) from getting raped by promising Locke sapphires from Tarth. He then tried to bargain with Locke (Noah Taylor) for their safety in return for riches beyond belief, but learned the hard way when Locke cut his hand off.
The Red Wedding (Season 3, episode 9)
Robb (Richard Madden) and Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), along with numerous Stark men are killed at Edmure Tully’s (Tobias Menzies) wedding at The Twins. Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) strikes the killing blow as part of a planned assassination by him, Walder Frey (David Bradley) and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance).
Joffrey’s Death (Season 4, episode 2)
Jofrrey (Jack Gleeson) was murdered by Petyr Baelish (Aiden Gillen) and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) at his own wedding in a fight for power.
Tyrion’s Trial for the Murder of Joffrey (Season 4, episode 6)
After Joffrey’s death, Cersei (Lena Headey) accuses Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) of murdering her son and he is put on trial. The trial turns out to be a farce orchestrated by Tywin, so Tyrion demands a trial by combat after delivering an epic speech.
Oberyn vs The Mountain and Oberyn’s Death (Season 4, episode 8)
In Tyrion’s trial by combat, Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) fights on behalf of Tyrion against Cersei’s champion, Gregor Clegane (Hafbor Julius Bjornsson). Oberyn betters Gregor, finally getting vengeance for the rape and murder of his sister and the murder of her children, but demands a confession from Gregor – who uses his brute strength to smash Oberyn’s head in at the last.
The Hound vs Brienne of Tarth (Season 4, episode 10)
Brienne continues her search for Sansa (Sophie Turner) and comes across her sister Arya (Maisie Williams) with the Hound (Rory McCann). The Hound and Brienne fight fiercely after heated words, with Brienne eventually coming out on top in a brutal battle between two of Westeros’ heavyweights.
Jon Snow Killing a White Walker at Hardhome (Season 5, episode 8)
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) travels far past the Wall to the wildlings home, Hardhome, where White Walkers attack. Jon manages to kill one with his Valyrian steel sword, Longclaw.
Cersei’s Walk of Atonement (Season 5, episode 10)
After confessing to her crimes, Cersei is ordered by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) to walk back to the Red Keep naked and suffer abuse by the crowd.
Jon Snow’s Murder (Season 5, episode 10)
Jon Snow is murdered by Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) and other members of the watch for his perceived betrayal by allowing wildlings past the Wall.
Jon Snow’s Resurrection (Season 6, episode 2)
After Jon’s death, Ser Davos (Liam Cunnigham) asks Melisandre (Carice van Houten) to try and resurrect the Lord Commander. She succeeds.
The Battle of the Bastards (Season 6, episode 9)
Jon Snow’s army, outnumbered and out-horsed, charges against Ramsay Bolton’s (Iwan Rheon) army, after the latter kills Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson). Jon’s side is close to defeat before Sansa and Petyr Baelish arrive with knights of the Vale, giving victory to Jon and defeat to Ramsay.
Cersei’s Wildfire Explosion of the Sept of Baelor (Season 6, episode 10)
Ser Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) stands trial for his ‘sins,’ but Cersei does not attend much to the concern of Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). Cersei keeps Tommen in the Red Keep and blows up the Sept of Baelor using wildfire, killing Loras, Margaery, the High Sparrow and many, many more.
Jon Snow’s Parentage Revealed (Season 6, episode 10)
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) peers into the past and sees the true parentage of Jon Snow. Jon’s mother is Ned’s sister, Lyanna (Aisling Franciosi), while his true father is Rhaeger Targaryen, making him Daenary’s nephew.