Gear Up For The Game of Thrones With These 21 Memorable Moments –

I spent the last few weeks rewatching all of Game of Thrones to get ready for the final season (only two more weeks!), and I was blown away by how much crazy shit happens in this show.

Season 1, Episode 1 “Winter is Coming”The first episode does a lot to set the tone of this show. We’re executing people, there are monsters out there, and also the queen fucks her brother and will do anything to keep it going. That includes attempting to kill a 7-year-old by pushing him out of a tower.

Season 1, Episode 6 “A Golden Crown”We first meet Daenerys Targaryen as a 15-year-old being sold off to a savage tribe by her brother. It doesn’t take her long to become quite the badass, cemented in the scene where we watch her eat an entire horse heart, throw it up a little, but choke down that puke and prove herself as worthy of the title Khaleesi.

Season 1, Episode 7 “You Win or You Die”Our first real lesson in “you can’t trust anyone” came from Peter “Littlefinger” Baelish. Lifelong friend of Catelyn Stark and thought to be ally to Eddard Stark, we learn what a true piece of shit he is when he betrays Ned as he tries to (rightfully) claim the throne.

Season 2, Episode 4 “Garden of Bones”The Red Woman, Melisandre, is full of ‘what the fuck’ moments throughout the show, but the first and still probably craziest is watching her give birth to a smoke demon in some cave, proving that there is some claim to her ‘powers’.

Season 2, Episode 9 “Blackwater”Wildfire. I feel like that’s all I really have to say, because no one would have expected the medieval version of an atomic bomb to be set off by Tyrion and Bronn to defend King’s Landing. I can see why the Mad King was so obsessed with this stuff.

Season 2, Episode 10 “Valar Morghulis”Even though this is the first episode we see the army of the wights and get a good luck at a White Walker, I’m still giving this one to Daenerys’s vision of the Iron Throne while trapped in the House of the Undying.Why? Because Winter has come, the Night King has his own dragon, and this vision of a destroyed throne room covered in snow could really happen in this next season. It’s also eery that Dany has never seen the Red Keep or the Iron Throne before, so I’m counting this as a vision of the future.

Season 3, Episode 3 “Walk of Punishment”Season 3 is all about loss, starting off with the Kingslayer losing his sword hand. Holy shit that shocked me when I first saw it, and it shocked me every time I see it.

Season 3, Episode 10 “Mhysa”Ramsay Snow/Bolton is a weird and sick fuck, honestly rivaling Joffery for the evilest character in the entire show for me. So when he chopped off Theon’s penis and decided to eat a sausage while telling Theon, I honestly thought he was crazy enough to cook and eat someone’s penis in front of them. Maybe GoT has ruined me…

Season 3, Episode 9 “The Rains of Castamere”I said I was trying to avoid deaths, but really you can’t skip past the Red Wedding. The Starks lost everything: Rob, his future wife/children, Catelyn, the war, the North, Grey Wind. And then Arya watching as they brought out Rob’s body with Grey Wind’s head sewed/skewered on top? It’s hard to beat something this rough.

Season 4, Episode 10 “The Children”Arya leaving The Hound to die instead of ending his suffering stood out to me. Those two grow extremely close to each other over the past season and a half, despite how much Arya hated him for killing her friend and The Hound hated everyone and everything.But Arya choosing not to kill him to cross him off her list was a turning point, it was when Arya learned that maybe killing was too good, that she was willing to let people suffer. This is where “tomboy Arya” turned into “sadistic Arya”.

Season 4, Episode 9 “The Watchers on the Wall”The Battle of Castle Black is a unique episode, one of few that only features a single storyline. And watching the wildlings fight the Night’s Watch was badass. Giant’s and their bows, wooly mammoths, and the kickass final stand of Grenn and his men defending the gate against a giant.

Season 4, Episode 4 “Oathkeeper”We finally see what the White Walkers have been doing to the baby’s that Craster has been sacrificing in the woods, turning them into more White Walkers. That’s messed up.

Season 5, Episode 8 “Hardhome”The Battle of Hardhome blew my mind for showing the true power of the White Walkers and the army of wights. The immense number of them, the control the White Walkers has over all of them, and watching the Night King resurrect all the dead in front of Jon Snow was terrifying.

Season 5, Episode 9 “The Dance of Dragons”One of the few character death’s I’ll include, but Shireen was a lovely girl who lived her life locked away in a dungeon and was still the nicest person in the world. Being burned alive by her mother and father and listening to her scream is a haunting scene that it’s 100% okay to fast-forward through.

Season 5, Episode 10 “Mother’s Mercy”Even though Cersei is a truely evil person, her walk of atonement through the streets of King’s Landing is hard to watch. Only made worse by the scene being over 6 minutes long and it leaves you with a weird feeling of “good, I hate that person” and “what the fuck, this is messed up”.

Season 6, Episode 5 “The Door”Hodor’s death isn’t what shocked me, but Bran not realizing the consequences of his powers and turning young stableboy Willis into the simple giant Hodor we know, changing his life forever.

Season 6, Episode 9 “Battle of the BastardsThe pure scale and masterpiece that the Battle of Winterfell is should be recognized. 25 days of shooting, 600 crew members, 500 extras, and 70 horses were needed to create this amazing battle.

Season 6, Episode 10 “The Winds of Winter”Another “Holy shit, Arya, you’re a twisted little fuck” moment was her revenge against the Frey’s. I mean, feeding Walder Frey his own children before slitting his throat was another nail in the coffin of “this girl would be a serial killer if Ned Stark hadn’t raised her”.

Season 7, Episode 7 “The Dragon and the Wolf”All my season 7 moments come from the same episode, but they’re also the biggest things in the show ever.First off, learning that Ned Stark’s bastard son, Jon Snow, isn’t Ned’s son or a bastard. He is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen who were wed in a secret marriage. His true name is Aegon Targaryen, and is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.

Season 7, Episode 7 “The Dragon and the Wolf”Not only watching the Night King resurrect the fallen dragon Viserion is batshit crazy (yes, it happened an episode earlier, whatever), but watching him destroy the wall, possibly killing Tormund, and march the army of wights south into Westeros left everyone speechless.

Season 7, Episode 7 “The Dragon and the Wolf”The biggest shock for me in all of Game of Thrones was seeing the remaining Stark children reunited after 5 years and working together to protect their home and their family’s legacy.In a show that is always about the worst possible happening, it blew my mind that something so good and happy could happen. Seeing the three of them sitting at the table during Littlefinger’s trial was probably the last happy image we’ll have from this show.

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