The Ten Moments from ‘Game of Thrones’ We Can’t Shake
HBO’s Game of Thrones is over… *pause for sobs*
As disgruntled Game of Thrones fans impatiently wait for their petitions to be answered, the rest of us settle in following the series finale asking ourselves “what now”? GoT has been easily the best show on television since season one, and while many believe the story to have been watered down the last couple seasons, there is no doubt David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took the stories of George R. R. Martin and revolutionized the television drama.
Before we move on to new shows, or *gasp* read the books on which the show was based, we wanted to jump back over the course of the series and remind everyone why the show kept us hooked for a decade. From unexpected deaths to jaw-dropping reveals, we were shook to our core episode after episode. What do we do with these moments now?
Before you continue to scroll, here is your warning: SPOILERS BELOW!
You have been warned.
Without further ado, the ten moments from HBO’s Game of Thrones that shook us to our core:
10. Hodor? Not Hodor! – Season 6, ‘The Door’
By season six, we are used to losing our favorite characters. There isn’t a single person who didn’t love Hodor, the big oaf who was the legs and protector of young Bran Stark throughout the season. As Hodor (played by Kristian Nairn) holds off wights with his body against a door, Bran has a vision of young Hodor (real name Wylis). Bran saw a young Wylis begin to shout “hold the door” as he convulsed on the ground, eventually shortening the phrase to a single word, “Hodor,” and giving viewers the true Hodor origin story.
9. Recruiting for the army of the dead. – Season 5, ‘Hardhome’
There are no recruiters or flyers to join the army of white walkers north of the wall, so how does their army grow? It is simple really, they just reanimate the dead. In the eighth episode of season six, we are given an amazing battle at Hardhome, in which Jon Snow recruits the Wildlings to fight against the White Walkers. As the town is overrun, and Jon and his crew make their escape, we are given a bone-chilling scene when the Night King stares down Jon Snow while raising each recently killed soldier from the battlefield as wights. At this point, GoT viewership let out a collective “oh damn.”
8. This pie tastes familiar… – Season 6, ‘The Winds Of Winter’
If your favorite character in the entire show isn’t Arya Stark, you’re not watching closely. In one of many moments that locked the young assassin into our hearts forever, Arya Stark crossed another name off of her death list in an unappetizing way. To get revenge on Lord Walder Frey for what he did at the Red Wedding, Arya Stark didn’t just murder his sons, she cooked Lord Frey’s sons into a pie that she fed to him before killing him. There were weeks following when pie sales around the world fell.
7. Holy S*** those are real! – Season 1 ‘Fire And Blood’
We are talking about dragons. Of course. What else did you think we were talking about? We are a family friendly site. In the ultimate origin story for the Targaryen queen, Daenerys is left to burn in husband Kahl Drogo’s funeral pyre. She emerges unburnt, naked, and sporting three of our favorite characters. Those adorable little dragons will grow to reign terror on people across Westeros. Not only are the dragons now alive, but Dany is also set on a course we will learn ends like all Targaryen tales, with fire and death.
6. Children go first. – Season 5 ‘The Dance Of Dragons’
There is no way you were able to watch this episode and not turn away when Stannis Baratheon sacrifices his own daughter to the Lord of Light. If you weren’t horrified and traumatized by a father willingly sacrificing his child, you were when she started to scream in that fire. The look om Davos’ face was all of us. We all hugged our children a little tighter that night, even if the echoes of Shireen’s screams could still be heard.
5. Those aren’t thumb holes… – Season 4 ‘The Mountain And The Viper’
Finally, a good guy is on the brink of defeating a big bad guy. Revenge is best served to those who rape and murder your sister. That is exactly what Prince Oberyn Martell seemed to have done at the end of his fight with The Mountain… until it wasn’t. The Mountain grabbed his head, put his thumbs through his eye sockets, and crushed his head in one of the more gag-inducing deaths in GoT history. Your eyes hurt just watching the episode. Is that what it would really look like? Ugh. Gross.
4. Fly little raven! – Season 1 ‘Winter Is Coming’
Before we learn that Bran can upload the view from a raven and fly over Westeros, he was first given the chance to fly by Jamie Lannister (what a great guy). While Jamie gets a pretty decent story of retribution across the series, our hatred of his character began deep and strong as he pushed a vibrant and young Bran Stark from a window in an attempt to kill the young Stark boy. Bran had caught Jamie and his sister, Cercei Lannister, having sex, and Jamie did what he had to do “for love.”
3. Who’s a good doggo? – Season 6 ‘Battle Of The Bastards’
Arguably the most satisfying death in the entire series was that of Ramsay Bolton. Sure, we all cheered when Joffrey got his justice, but when Sansa Stark lets Ramsay’s own hungry murder hounds eat him alive, we all walked a little taller at work on Monday. From this moment, Sansa grew into one of the most determined leaders in Westeros. It would have been better if they let us watch the dogs a little longer. Best. Payback. Ever.
2. You took it too far HBO, too far. – Season 5 ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’
On the night of Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton’s wedding, HBO crossed a line that still induces nightmares today. Ramsay Bolton makes Theon (Reek) watch as he rapes Sansa. Not only is the subject matter taboo, HBO made the multi-sensory choice to go black while carrying on Sansa’s screams. It took longer than a year to exact Sansa’s revenge. It will take longer to forget her screams.
1. The Red Wedding – Season 3 ‘The Rains Of Castamere’
There you have it, folks. The top 10 moments from HBO’s Game of Thrones that we just can’t shake. Hats off to George R. R. Martin, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss for what they were able to accomplish over almost a decade. GoT is the gold standard.
Did we leave some of your favorite moments off the list? Let us know in the comments!