In honour of the Game of Thrones finale on Sunday, I thought this week I’d include would be a tribute to one of the most iconic shows by taking a look at my favourite moments.
These are in no particular order, because, quite honestly it was hard enough to come up with the list in the first place. It would be too hard to try to rank them on top of that.
The show is full of amazing moments, and it was painfully hard settling on just five. I’ve started a read through of the books, after which I plan to rewatch the series, so this list may change, but after way too much thinking, these are my 5 favourite scenes from Game of Thrones.
1. The Battle of the Goldroad (Season 7, Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”)
By far the most epic battle I’ve seen in the show. And more than that, the stakes were so high. I remember watching this episode with a group of friends, and we all thought we were going to lose main characters. This was back before we knew that our main characters had plot armour and for the first time we had a battle where there were characters we loved on both sides. It was the first big battle for Daenerys since arriving on Westeros, and she was able to put her full power on display and it paid off. It was so cool. Drogon flying in and decimating the Lannister-Tarly army was so satisfying.
2. Chaos is a Ladder (Season 3, Episode 6 “The Climb”)
I vividly remember my excitement my first time watching this scene. Up until that point, so much of the plot had been manipulated by Varys or Peytr Baelish, and their motives until that point were unclear. And this scene just happens to have one of the most iconic speeches as we watch the two puppet masters discuss what the throne represents. Even years later I remember it as one of the most fascinating scenes with two highly complex characters. Having watched the final season, this brief exchange just captures what the whole show is about.
3. The Knighting of Brienne of Tarth (Season 8, Episode 2 “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms)
And I don’t mean the more controversial knighting ceremony between her and Jaime in episode 4. Brienne has always been one of my favourite characters of the series and I absolutely loved this moment in episode 2, where she is honoured in front of her comrades, and she finally becomes what she’s always wanted to be. More than that, what she never thought could be. It was touching and poetic that it was Jaime, who is a knight and has been transformed since meeting Brienne, who should do the honours. That whole portion of the episode – all of these characters who had at times been on opposite sides had come together, knowing they were likely to die the next day. I thought for sure most, if not all, of the characters sitting around that fire would be dead by the end of the next episode, which made it all the more bittersweet. Say what you will about the final season, it had some excellent moments.
4. Cersei’s Trial (Season 6, Episode 10 “The Winds of Winter”)
This is another scene I like to rewatch, and it’s a quieter one, but the music is so impactful and the acting is so spot on. The tension is so high, and when I first saw this, I was certain Margaery had figured it out and they’d escape in time. Watching her and the High Sparrow’s slow realization was so good. In one fell swoop, Cersei eliminates anyone who would challenge her for the Iron Throne, and she is finally free to take what she wants. Light of the Seven is a phenomenal track, and the whole scene is just so Game of Thrones. I loved it, even if it did make the events of King’s Landing far less interesting.
5. Hold the Door (Season 6, Episode 5 “The Door”)
This had to be one of the coolest twists in this show while simultaneously being one of the most heartbreaking. And it’s crazy to think that George R. R. Martin had planned that from the beginning. What a payoff. Watching Wylis’ repeating of ‘hold the door’ slowly degrade into the word that would define him – it was so well-plotted, and the whole scene was tense and emotional and so good. Definitely one of the most iconic deaths in the show.
Those are my top 5 moments, as of May 2019. I’m not sure they’ll always stay that way, but I’m standing by them for now. What were your favourite moments from Game of Thrones?