Right, now we’ve had time to either catch our breath from the excitement, disappointment, anger and hype that we’ve brought upon ourselves over the last 6 weeks lets talk about it. Game of Thrones Season 8 maybe wasn’t the fitting end to the series us hardcore fans wanted, but unfortunately from a TV point of view at least, its what we got! But lets not be cynical about the series as a whole, Game of Thrones was possibly the first TV show that felt like a Cinematic experience, mixing Fantasy with power character development that for 8 seasons gave us some of the greatest Television in history. Here, Tommy K gives you what he thinks are the 10 most definitive GOT episodes.
10. The Long Night(Season 8, Episode 3)
Lets start with the most controversial choice on the list, The Long Night is the ‘Be Here Now’ of GOT episodes, Hyped to the max, overlong and at times a little rushed. However whilst we look back on it as the moment the Final Season ‘Jumped the Shark’ & the mystique of the White Walkers might not have been answered as cleverly as the show’s recent history suggested it could have been it was pretty much an exhausted thrill ride which had us at the edge of our seats for 70+ mins. Ending with Arya killing The Night King and his Army.
9. The Lion and the Rose(Season 4, Episode 2)
While Ramsey Boulton and the Night King are evil enough to be the main baddies in this incredible show, no one was quite as scene stealing as King Joffrey! The Young tyrant swaggered around King’s Landing and spent his time as King torturing Sansa Stark and killing anything and anyone. So what’s the greatest justice of all? Murder on his wedding day! The culprit turned out to be Olenna Tyrell, however Joffrey’s uncle Tyrian was immediately accused, thus starting one of the show’s greatest story arcs.
8. Blackwater(Season 2, Episode 9)
The first truly classic GOT episode, and the first to show how the show could comfortably transition to the Big Screen if needs be. Season 2’s Blackwater saw King’s Landing under threat from Stannis Baratheon’s army. Whilst Tyrian did his up-most to save the Capital it’s his dad Tywin and Joffrey who ended up taking credit for the victory, despite the latter’s lack of involvement in the overall defence of the city.
7. The Mountain and the Viper(Season 4, Episode 8)
Was there a greater 1 v 1 combat in the show’s history? Maybe there was, but not many are as infamous and notorious as Gregor Clagane vs Oberan Martell. Following on from #9, Tyrian finds himself relying on Oberan Martell beating Ser Gregor in a 1 to 1 combat for his freedom following the trial for the murder of King Joffrey. The result stunned the world and proved that Game of Thrones would do anything to shock its audience.
6. The Children(Season 4, Episode 10)
I’m going to be honest with you, Series 4 is easily my favourite season! But it’s also the general consensus that said season is actually the best in the show’s history. Ending the season on a high is ‘The Children’ in which we get to witness the aftermath of the Wildling’s attack on The Wall, the Aftermath of Tyrian’s Trial and a titanic encounter between The Hound & Brienne of Tarth.
5. The Door(Season 6, Episode 5)
Whilst only saying his name throughout the whole series, Hodor remains one of the show’s most popular characters, which for that reason makes his demise in Series 6 all the more sad. A demise that was prophesied for years according to a Bran Stark flashback, it remains one of the show’s most depressing moments.
4. The Winds of Winter(Season 6, Episode 10)
Possibly the greatest opening scene to any episode in Television episode. The destruction of the Great Sept killed off many of the shows characters and its subsequent impact would cause Cersei to reclaim the Iron Throne following the death of Tommen. But its not only the opening scene which makes this episode so good, we also see the aftermath of the previous episode(Look for #2) and the death of one of the show’s great villains(Look for #1)
3. Hardhome(Season 5, Episode 8)
Like #9, one of the greatest examples of how the show could easily transition to the Big Screen if needs be. Season 5 up until this point had been a pure bore-fest. The High Sparrow and Tyrian’s escape had dominated the season and fans were getting restless, thankfully this episode reminded them of how good the show is. Following hints for the last previous years of an impending White Walker attack we finally realize the extent that they would go to in order to Win the Great War.
2. Battle of the Bastards(Season 6, Episode 9)
Before this season, ‘Battle of the Bastards’ was the most hyped Game of Thrones episode. Good v Evil, The Boltons vs The Starks, thankfully it lived up to its billing. Ramsey’s demise was a most fitting death for character that had entertained and shocked perhaps more than King Joffrey. The Final Battle at the time was the most remarkable and fastpaced action sequence ever seen on Television, it will take a lot to beat it.
1.The Rains of Castemere(Season 3, Episode 9)
The moment the show went from another HBO production into arguably the Biggest show on the planet. It’s an episode that set the standard and whilst it didn’t have the hard hitting action the previous episodes had, without it the series might not have reached that level. It launched the career of Richard Madden, and launched Game of Thrones into the stratosphere.