In a series packed with so many jaw-dropping moments, choosing one per season was always going to be hard…
While a land of grey skies, fierce battles and bristly beards might sound purely like part of a fantasy world to anyone who grew up outside the north of England, for Game Of Thrones lovers, it’s been a second home across eight seasons of unmissable (and unrelenting) drama.
Encompassing hours upon hours of standing ovation-worthy telly, it’d surely be a mountain-sized task to highlight just one standout moment from season 1 to 7. But, dear reader, that’s exactly what we’ve done. And with seasons 1-6 now on sale on the Virgin Media Store, there’s never been a better time to get involved, whether you’re a new recruit or a hardened GOT veteran!
It was tough, we won’t lie. Decisions were made, alliances were broken, friends became enemies and enemies became… well, the less said about that the better. We must warn you:
Serious spoilers await!
Season 1: Bran’s “fall”
Though the action-packed first season set the tone perfectly for what was to come, we felt it fitting to choose the moment that kick-started the epic, sprawling narrative that has had audience’s glued to their seats for the past eight years. After climbing one of the tallest towers in Winterfell and witnessing brother and sister Jaime and Cersei Lannister getting “handsy”, Bran (son of Ned Stark) is promptly shoved off the tower by a thoroughly peeved Jaime – setting in motion a chain of events that has had incredibly far-reaching consequences.
Season 2: The Battle of Blackwater
There were some particularly nasty skirmishes in the first season, but the first full-on battle in the show’s history came in the form of the brilliantly bloody Battle of Blackwater. Scripted by Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin, the action grips you from the get-go, with every swinging sword and crumpled body building up to a massive (and quite beautiful) Michael Bay-level explosion. Little did we know that this was merely an appetiser for the wars that were to come.
Season 3: That wedding
Sure, every wedding inevitably has that one, silence-inducing moment where everything comes to an awkward standstill. But peace is typically restored and everyone tends to live happily ever after. At the “Red Wedding”, however, pretty much everyone and their mother finds themselves cut down by the Freys in what is, for sure, one of the bloodiest “affreys” in TV history. Absolute scenes, indeed.
Season 4: Toilet trouble, with a side order of crossbow
Season 4 had it all: another awkward wedding death; a huge man squashing a smaller man’s head like a watermelon; countless tear-jerking departures; and, to top it all off, one of the most dramatic trips to the toilet ever scripted. After years of being mercilessly mocked by his father, Tyrion Lannister (a consistently exceptional Peter Dinklage) finally gets his revenge in this season’s finale – disposing of his former lover (whom he discovers in his father’s bed) before proceeding to bust out a crossbow and shoot his father dead mid-toilet break.
Season 5: Shame!
If there’s one thing showrunners David Benioff and Daniel Weiss love more than a good old massacring of GOT’s main characters, it’s topping a previous season’s finale with an even more nail-biting send-off. The conclusion of season 5 proved no different. After enjoying life as a sinister, iron-fisted and rather incestuous queen for the first four seasons, Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister gets a literal dressing down at the end of season 5. She’s stripped naked and forced to walk through the streets of King’s Landing while being pelted by food and human excrement to cries of “SHAME” from the watching crowd. And we thought being sent to the naughty step was bad…
Season 6: The Battle of the Bastards
As cool as the aforementioned Battle of Blackwater was, this is where the show’s ambitions truly reached their potential. Two of the series’ biggest names go head to head in a battle so ridiculously epic that it’s justifiably been heralded by critics as one of TV’s best-ever episodes. When Ramsay Bolton and Jon Snow’s armies clash, it’s impossible to look away as Snow narrowly escapes death a number of times before the battle’s thrilling conclusion.
Season 7: The Night King busts out his javelin-throwing skills
To anyone who found themselves at loggerheads with Khaleesi (aka Daenerys Stormborn/Dany/Mhysa/The Silver Queen/Silver Lady/Dragonmother/The Dragon Queen/The Queen Across The Water/The Princess That Was Promised, or “Stormayyyyyyy” to her friends), her fire-breathing dragons (that can lay waste to entire armies in one fell swoop) were always something of an inconvenience. So it came as something of a surprise when the cold-blooded Night King nonchalantly speared one to death, effectively tipping the balance of power in the GOT universe faster than you can say “ice, ice, baby”.
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