Choosing the best episodes of a fan favorite show like Game Of Thrones can be really hard. Every episode of Game Of Thrones is highly rated and every fan has their own list of favorite episodes. While the Night King is almost here with the longest winter, we are going to revisit some of the episodes that we think left a deeper mark on us than the other episodes. Without further ado these are our favorite episodes of one of the greatest show ever Game Of Thrones:
- Battle Of The Bastards (Season 6, Episode 9):
Undoubtedly, the Battle of the Bastards is one of the best battle scene ever made. It is one of the highest rated episodes of the series. The way the makers of the show has caught the intensity of the battle is simply amazing. The battle opens with Ramsey killing Reckon Stark. After the battle starts Jon’s army quickly collapses to Ramsay’s war tactics and manpower. And when all of us thought that there’s no hope left for our favorite Snow, Sansa Stark saved the day by bringing some help from Littlefinger. But everyone’s favorite part was probably the death of the creature named Ramsay Bolton when Sansa fed him to his own starved dogs. That smirk on Sansa’s face represented the true joy that all of us felt. This is unarguably one of the best episodes of all time of the series.
2. Hardhome (Season 5, Episode 8):
Game Of Thrones gave us one of the most thrilling fight scenes ever through the episode Hardhome. Those 20 minutes were so unexpected, most of us did not see that coming. For the first time, the show really showed us how powerful the ferocious undead minions of the Night King really are. The moment when the Night King raises his hands and all the dead wildlings turns into his terrifying undead minions still sends a chill down on the viewers. It also set Jon Snow as the ultimate hero against the Night King. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, this was one of the best moments of GoT by far, which put this episode on our list.
3. The Winds of Winter (Season 6, Episode 10):
This was truly one of the best episodes of Game Of Thrones, with so many jaw-dropping moments. After the walk of atonement, Cersei takes revenge by blowing up the sept with wildfire with High Sparrow and Margery Tyrell and many others in it. And takes charge as the queen. The massacre also caused the suicide of King Tommen. And one of the most celebrated moments of the show came when Arya assassinated Walder Frey and his army as she took revenge for the Red Wedding. While in the North, Sansa and Jon reunite and Jon takes on a new leadership role. We also learn about the truth of Jon’s real parents. And also Daenerys makes Tyrion the new “Hand of the Queen”. This is also rated as one of the best episodes of GoT in IMDB.
4. The Rains of Castamere (Season 3, Episode 9):
This episode was nothing like anything most of us have ever seen on TV. The Red Wedding massacre set a really high bar for other GoT episodes. After the episode “Baelor”, where they shocked all of us by beheading Ned Stark, The Rains of Castamere definitely became the most heartbreaking and shocking moments of all time. None of us expected the Frey-Bolton-Lannister betrayal that killed Robb and Catelyn Stark with Rob Stark’s wife who was pregnant with his child. The Red Wedding was undoubtedly one of the most gruesome, terrifying and sickening sequences, which kind of prepared us for upcoming petty betrayals of the show. But nothing can top this one. This was also one of the most beautifully acted out episode of the show. This episode is also voted as one of the best episode of GoT by the viewers on IMDB
5. Blackwater (Season 2, Episode 9):
Most of the episodes which are considered as one of the best episodes of GoT includes epic battle scenes or major deaths, which is not really a surprise since GoT has been orchestrating battle scenes that are among the best battle scenes ever. The battle of the Blackwater was grandly directed by Neil Marshall. When Stannis Baratheon’s fleet attacked on King’s Landing failed in front of Tyrion Lannister’s wildfire attack, it gave the fans one of the most memorable moments of the show. While Tyrion proved his leadership capabilities, King Joffrey and the Hound proved their capabilities of being a coward and not giving a fork respectively. Though later the Tyrells swooped in with Tywin Lannister and stole all the credits from Tyrion. Another highlight was the intense conversation that was going on between a drunk Cersei and Sansa Stark during the war.
6. The Lion and The Rose (Season 4, Episode 2):
While the Red Wedding showed us one of the most heartbreaking deaths of the show, the Purple Wedding gave us one of the most celebrated deaths of the show. Joffrey was undoubtedly one of the most hated characters of all time. The moment where his faced turned purple while he chocked to death was among the most satisfying moments of Game Of Thrones. The fact that it was so unexpected, earned it even more praises. Though some of the fans were expecting a Stark to kill Joffrey, Olenna Tyrell did a pretty good job.
7. The Door (Season 6, Episode 5):
Before this episode, Hodor was just a lovable giant who was protecting the little lord of Winterfell, Bran. But after GoT revealed his past, Hodor has become one of the most favorites GoT characters among the fans. And his tragic death towards the end of the episodes became one of the most heartbreaking moments of Game Of Throne. The sequence where Bran time travels and as a consequence Hodor (“hold the doooor!”) becomes Hodor, is something that shocked and saddened everyone. Towards the end of the episode, Hodor sacrificed his life by holding the door in order to save Bran and Meera. This moment is definitely going down as one of the most memorable moments of the series.
8. The Children (Season 4, Episode 10):
Season four is considered as one of the best seasons of Game Of Thrones. And this is another episode which is voted as among the best episodes of GoT by the viewers. The episode follows the aftermath of Jon Snow’s battle with the wildlings. Where Stannis swoops in and saves Jon by capturing the wildlings. But the sequences that put this episode on this spot was when Jaime set Tyrion free and his way out Tyrion finds Shae in his father’s bed and murders her. And then he murders his father Tywin by firing bolts into Tywin’s chest. Tywin definitely saw it coming making it one of the best death sequences of the series. Another highlight of this episode was when Brienne and The Hound have a knock-down over the Stark girls and Brianne beats him. This event also brings out the fact of how Arya’s character has developed since she did not put The Hound out of his misery and left him there to suffer him to death.
9. The Mountain and the Viper (Season 4, Episode 8):
In The Laws of God and Men episode which was the courtroom trial of Tyrion for being accused of death, also rated one of the best episodes of the show, Tyrion asks for a trial by combat. And Oberyn Martell agreed to fight for Tyrion against the Mountain. As Oberyn Martell started to grow among the audience, he gets one of the most brutal and cringy deaths of GoT. GoT is known for its blood splashing death scenes but this one is definitely going down as the most horrific and scarring one as the Mountain crushed Oberyn Martell’s skull. This event sidelined all the other events that happened in this episode.
10. The Watchers on the Wall (Season 4, Episode 9) and The Spoils of War (Season 7, Episode
This one is a tie between The Watchers on the Wall and The Spoils of War. Both of these episodes consist greatly orchestrated battle scenes. One won by the Wolf and the other one is by the Dragon. In the episode The Watchers on the Wall directed Neil Marshall, we see another great battle after the Wildlings tried to invade Castle Black and the Night’s Watch with giants and a woolly mammoth. And Jon Snow proving his ability as a fighter and winning the battle. This episode also accounts for the death of Ygritte.
On the other hand, the episode The Spoils of War consists of Daenerys giving Jaime and Bronn a pale face with her Dragons and Dothraki army marching towards them while Jaime was wrapping up post-Highgarden attack matters. Also, Theon returns to give more bad news from the battlefront.
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