Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 finally aired and it left the fans stunned as we saw Daenerys turning into the Mad Queen and destroying King’s Landing. Just like Jon and Tyrion, the fans were shocked and couldn’t believe their eyes. The episode had some stunning moments and we finally got to see Cleganebowl. In addition to this, there were a lot of deaths in the episode and a lot of hidden details and callbacks to earlier seasons as well.
Let’s take a look at the details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5: The Bells.
1. Opening credit scene got updated
In Game Of Thrones season 8, the opening credits have been changing with almost every episode to reflect the significant events that have occurred in the previous episode. In the last episode we saw how effective Cersei’s new scorpions were, when Euron used them to shoot down Rhaegal.
Cersei made sure that King’s Landing was properly protected, as the walls of the city were lined with numerous scorpions. At the end of the episode, we again got to see those scorpions on top of the main gate, when Missandei was executed and now the opening credits have added those scorpions on top of the gate for this episode. These scorpions weren’t a part of the opening credits for the previous episodes.
2. Call back to Ned Stark’s letter to Stannis Baratheon
We saw Lord Varys writing a letter at the start of the episode. The letter contained information about Jon Snow’s birth parents. We had a similar scene in season 1, where Ned Stark wrote a similar letter to Stannis Baratheon. That letter contained information about Joffrey Baratheon’s birth parents.
3. Lord Varys tried to poison Daenerys
The episode starts with Lord Varys writing letters which tell the truth about Jon Snow’s parents and then a girl named Martha visits his chambers and talks about Daenerys not eating her food and then she leaves. It appears like a regular scene involving Varys, where he uses his Little Birds to spy on other people. However, if you pay attention, you might notice that the scene tells us something different. Something really dark. It appears that Lord Varys tried poisoning Daenerys Targaryen.
The moment Martha enters the room, Varys asks, “And?” This means he was expecting something to happen and Martha responds by saying, “She won’t eat.”
“We’ll try again at supper,” says Varys, which is really weird as it makes no sense for Varys to be so concerned about how much food Daenerys is eating. He’s already trying to make Jon Snow the king and he wouldn’t care if she has had food or not.
Martha looks scared and she says that the soldiers are watching her. Varys then asks her about the thing he has told her in the past. She replies, “The greater the risk, the greater the reward.”
Martha works in the kitchens and has no way of being close to Daenerys to learn about any secrets that Dany is hiding and everyone knows what Daenerys is planning. So it clear that they weren’t talking about spying on Daenerys.
So when you think of it, Varys and the visibly scared Martha attempted to kill Daenerys by poisoning her food.
4. Varys’ execution spot
Tyrion told Daenerys that Varys had betrayed her and we knew what that meant for Varys. Grey Worm put Varys in shackles and took him to the same location where Stannis and Melisandre had burned people alive in season 4.
5. Sail to Pentos
In season 4, Tyrion told Shae to leave for Pentos and also told her that a ship was waiting for her. “You will have a comfortable life in Pentos,” Tyrion told Shae.
Tyrion did the same thing for Jaime and Cersei in the latest episode. He told Jaime to take Cersei and go beneath the Red Keep and on further going down, they would reach the beach where a dinghy would be waiting for them and added that if the winds are kind, they would reach Pentos, where they could start a new life.
6. Bran’s vision
In season 4, we had seen a number of Bran’s visions and one of them included a Dragon flying over King’s Landing. People were wondering if it was a vision from the past or the future as we had never seen that vision in the show.
In the latest episode, Bran’s vision finally came true. It’s a bit odd though, as Bran can only see events that are happening in the past or in the present and even Isaac Hempstead Wright has confirmed it during an interview.
This isn’t the first time though where his vision showed us the future. We had seen the destruction of the Sept of Baelor in his visions as one of them involved the Wildfire explosion that occurred when the Sept of Baelor got destroyed.
7. Sack of King’s Landing Part 2
The Sack of King’s Landing was a major event that happened during Robert’s Rebellion and was carried out by the Lannisters, who were led by Tywin Lannister. Throughout the war, Tywin stayed neutral. However, after the death of Rhaegar at the Trident, Tywin appeared at the gates of King’s Landing along with his army and requested the gates to be opened, so that they could enter the city.
Lord Varys adviced Mad King Aerys not to do that but Grandmaester Pycell somehow convinced Aerys, who then ordered the gates to be opened and it ended in the sack of the city.
We got to see another sack of King’s Landing in today’s episode and this time the situation was reversed. House Lannister was ruling Westeros and House Targaryen entered the city and sacked it.
8. Callback to the destruction of the Sept of Baelor
While Daenerys was destroying King’s Landing, Cersei was standing and looking at the carnage that was unfolding in front of her. If you look carefully, it’s the same spot where she stood in season 6, while she saw the Sept of Baelor getting destroyed. Even the camera angles are almost identical. Sadly for Cersei, she was the losing side this time.
9. Wildfire explosion
Daenerys caused a lot of destruction in King’s Landing. If you looked carefully, in some of the scenes, you could see Wildfire explosions. We know that the Mad King had placed Wildfire at different places in King’s Landing and it’s possible that some of them stayed hidden, untill Daenerys rained fire on the city, which resulted in Wildfire explosions at different places in King’s Landing.
10. Queen of the Ashes
We have heard this phrase multiple times during the show. Tyrion first used this line while speaking with Daenerys and told her that she could conquer Westeros easily but she wasn’t there to be the “Queen of the Ashes” and she agreed with him and later during the same episode, Daenerys used the same line while speaking with her allies.
Sadly she ended up becoming the very thing she didn’t want to become.
11. Daenerys’ Vision
In season 2, Daenerys entered the House of Undying and she had a few visions and one of them was that of the destroyed Throne Room in the Red Keep with snow falling on the floor. Naturally, people assumed that it was related to the show ending with the White Walkers destroying everything. We finally found out that it was ash and not snow that was falling and Daenerys was the person who did that. It will be really interesting to see how the show ends.
12. Even Bran had the same vision
Bran had another vision in Season 4, where we got a glimpse of the destroyed Throne Room in the Red Keep.
13. The debt has been paid
“A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid”
This is what Tyrion told Cersei in season 2 and it literally happened in the latest episode. Cersei was confident that she would win the war and that the Iron Fleet and her scorpions would easily kill the last Dragon. Sadly her hopes were dashed and soon Daenerys went on a rampage and turned the city into ashes. Even though Tyrion wanted Cersei to escape and stay alive, she died in King’s Landing amidst rubble and ash. A Lannister always pays his debts.
14. In the arms of the woman I love
Back in season 5, Jaime Lannister told Bronn that he wanted to die in the arms of the woman he loved and that’s what happened in the latest episode. Jaime came to save Cersei and they somehow managed to escape, but their luck ran out when the exit was blocked with rubble and as Daenerys continued destroying the Red Keep, the castle collapsed on them, with Jaime holding Cersei in his arms.
15. Daenerys’ speech to the Dothraki
In season 6, Daenerys eliminated all the Khals and became the leader of the Dothraki. While moving with her Khalasar, she got reunited with Drogon and gave a speech to the Dothraki and asked them if they would follow her to Westeros. Here’s what she said:
“Every Khal who ever lived chose 3 blood riders to fight beside him and guard his way. But I am not a Khal. I will not choose three blood riders. I choose you all. I will ask more of you than any Khal has asked his Khalassar. Will you ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea? Will you kill my enemies in their Iron suits and tear down their stone houses? Will you give me the Seven Kingdoms, the gift Khal Drogo promised me before the Mother of Mountains?”
In the latest episode they tore down a lot of houses and Daenerys even took down a castle.
16. We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground
In season 2, Daenerys reached the gates of Qarth and was welcomed by the Thirteen. However, things didn’t go as planned and they were denied entry into the city. At that moment Daenerys threatened the Thirteen:
“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who have wronged me. We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground. Turn us away and we will burn you first.”
Now that she has a grown dragon, she laid an army to waste and burned King’s Landing to the ground.
17. Arya calls the Hound using his name for the first time
“The Bells” gave us an emotional scene as the Hound acted as a father figure and ensured that Arya didn’t let hatred consume her as it would result in her death. It was a really emotional moment and Arya understood what the Hound was trying to tell and she listened to him. However, before she left, she called him by his name and thanked him.
This is the first time we heard her calling him by his actual name and sadly the last time as well.
18. Arya and the White Horse
Towards the end of the episode, we saw Arya Stark struggle for her life as she tried to escape the destruction and she came across a White Horse, which she used to ride out of the city. People are speculating that the horse refers to a passage from the Bible: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
You can read about it in detail over here.
19. Harry Strickland’s horse
If you look carefully, you will realize that the White Horse that appeared in the end was Harry Strickland’s horse. For those people who feel the horses are different, just check both the scenes and compare the patch on the noses of both the horses. It’s the same. Two horses can have same colour but it’s really difficult to have identical patches.
Please let me know in the comments section if I have missed any details.
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The ‘Red Wedding’: Why was it a pivotal moment in Game of Thrones?
Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago with numerous memories from all seasons to cherish. It had a number of episodes that brought in unexpected twists, character developments and even foreshadowed which way the story was being propelled. Some moments in the series were totally unexpected like the death of Ned Stark who was earlier expected to be the main protagonist in the story. This moment had a huge implication on the overall story. Such is the ‘Red Wedding’ from Season 3 of Game of Thrones.
It was bloody, it was gruesome and it was horrific and many of us decided to refrain from attending wedding feasts for a while! But jokes aside, the episode was brilliant and at the same time shocking for many fans of Game of Thrones. It was unexpected that the wedding feast of Edmure Tully and Roslin would turn out to be something totally out of the box and would be remembered in Westeros as the infamous ‘Red Wedding’. Talking about real-life too, it was shocking enough for the actor Richard Madden too who revealed in an interview that after filming he was all covered in fake blood and had to board a plane immediately after filming.
Well, the story written by George R. R. Martin was brilliant with an unexpected turn and the revelation of the secret alliance of the Freys and the Lannisters. The cinematography of the ninth episode of Season 3 ‘The Rains of Castamere’ was brilliant too as many of the fans almost cried at the death of a few of their favourite characters in series like Robb Stark, Catelyn Stark, Talisa Stark and her unborn child and even the direwolf Grey Wind. But the gruesome ‘Red Wedding’ had a major implication on the overall story too. It was a major pivotal moment. Let’s elaborate on how the ‘Red Wedding’ commenced and how did it have an implication on the overall story and the characters especially on Arya Stark.
1. The Death of Robb Stark
After the death of Ned Stark, we all hated the Lannisters as they were behind the execution of the truly good character in Game of Thrones. Even before the death of his father, Robb Stark alongside the Northern houses had waged war against the Lannisters to get his father and two sisters back. And he was emerging victorious, especially at the moment when he successfully captured Jaime Lannister. He was a true leader and the commander of the Northern forces and even was crowned the ‘King in the North’ – a title given up the Northern Kings long before the Seven Kingdoms were under the rule of the Targaryens.
After the death of Ned Stark, the young wolf had even turned too aggressive towards the Lannisters and was winning all the wars with a successful strategy. This continued until he reached the Twins and was offered an alliance with the Freys to cross the bridge and reach the South. But Robb now in love with Talisa, declined the offer and chose to marry her instead. This wasn’t approved by the Freys and the Northerners were tricked into getting Edmure Tully married to Roslin Frey in order to seal another alliance. But who knew that their wedding feast would soon turn into the ‘Red Wedding’.
Robb Stark met the worst demise any king in Westeros could ever meet. He was killed alongside his wife, unborn child and mother. The major shocker was when the final blow came from one of his own bannermen Roose Bolton with the phrase ‘The Lannisters send their regards’. The worst part was when his direwolf Grey Wind’s head was stitched to his corpse and he was paraded through the Twins with the Freys chanting ‘King in the North’.
2. The death of Talisa Stark and Robb’s unborn child
This episode of Game of Thrones truly crossed all boundaries, showing the murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. It was only the last season when Talisa from Volantis first met Robb Stark and fell in love with him. She was nursing the injured soldiers of the Northern army, though coming from a noble family. It was because of her the alliance between the Freys and the Starks was broken when Robb decided to marry her instead of one of Walder Frey’s daughter. Though the couple did very well and Talisa was even getting along well with Catelyn Stark until the ‘Red Wedding’ showed her being brutally murdered alongside her unborn child. This broke Robb as instead of leaving the tower upon being told to do so by Catelyn he decided to stay and glance at the corpse of his wife. Yet there still is hope for her in the books (Jeyne Westerling) unless George RR Martin decides to kill her off too!
3. The death of Catelyn Stark
Catelyn Stark was the loyal wife of Eddard Stark – the warden of the North. Though after a couple of episodes in the first season, all fans had realised her cold behaviour towards Jon Snow whom she believes to be the son of her husband and his old love Ashara Dayne in the books. Catelyn totally hated Jon as he was a constant reminder to her of her husband’s infidelity. But she loved all of her five children. This was shown when she decided to travel all the way across Westeros to reach King’s Landing to tell her husband that it was Lannisters behind the murder attempt on Bran. Even upon realising that the alliance with the Freys was broken, she came forward to mend the broken ties by apologizing to Walder Frey.
The Freys seemed to be convinced yet this proved otherwise when they betrayed the Starks at the Red Wedding. She was the first to realise that something bad was coming when she heard the tune of the infamous ‘Rains of Castamere’. Though she tried to save her injured son by threatening Walder Frey, putting a knife to the throat of his wife, her attempts were gone in vain when her son was stabbed to death by her trustee Roose Bolton. The episode ended with her throat being cut by one of Walder Frey’s sons. It was truly emotional tow watch when she begged Walder to spare her son and let him walk away and he didn’t listen to her.
Yet, Catelyn Stark is still alive in the books. She was resurrected by Beric Dondarrion and goes on by the name of Lady Stoneheart, hanging any Lannister or Frey she thinks was involved in the murder of her son.
4. The Death of Grey Wind
Each time a wolf dies on Game of Thrones, the fans become upset. This wasn’t the first time a wolf was killed in the series. Grey Wind was one of the six direwolves adopted by the Stark children in the pilot episode of the series. First Lady, the direwolf of Sansa and then Grey Wind, it was hard for all fans to watch a direwolf die. We all know how Grey Wind’s skills in the battle were praised and he was a true source of power for Robb in defeating the Lannister forces in the first couple of seasons. Yet after the Starks and the Northerners were brutally murdered at the Red Wedding, the Freys decided to kill the poor direwolf for sport as well. The worst part was watching Arya Stark the direwolf being killed and then its severed head stitched to Robb Stark’s body who was paraded across the Twins on a horse.
5. Arya Stark’s Character Arc
Arya is first introduced in the series as a tomboy who wants to become a warrior like her father Eddard Stark. Where her sister Sansa Stark dreams of being a lady and marrying a high lord, Arya only dreams of going off to war and becoming a knight. Her dreams were shattered when she witnessed the execution of her father Ned Stark on false charges of treason and she decided to take the dark path of being an assassin. Her dark path was further propelled when she witnessed the Red Wedding. Though she didn’t actually see her mother being murdered by the Freys, she did see a dead Robb and his direwolf being shot dead by the Freys. This was another incident that pushed Arya to her limits into her being such a badass.
Initially training as a faceless assassin, she returned back to Westeros and emerged out as one of the serving girls at the Twins while the Lannisters and Freys celebrated their victory against the Tullys. She first baked his sons into a pie and upon meeting Walder Frey alone, executed him by cutting his throat as he did to her mother in Season 6. She later appeared in Season 7’s opening scene wearing the face of Walder Frey and poisoning the remaining Freys, uprooting the entire House root and stem!
The Red Wedding was truly a pivotal moment in Game of Thrones which pushed the story forward, giving many characters similar to Arya their arc. She avenged the brutal murder of many Northern Houses of Westeros. Not only for Arya, but this awesome episode also changed our perspective towards the entire series with nobody safe when playing the ‘Game of Thrones’!
So, which character’s death during the Red Wedding was the most shocking thing to watch for you? Tell us in the comments.
Game of Thrones Season 8 ended a year ago. What’s next in line?
Game of Thrones Season 8 ended on May 19, 2020, and left us with a number of good and bad memories from the series. It finally ended the last year amid a number of tears and fan theories. The show also had a number of twists and turns at unexpected moments we didn’t realize were coming, especially in the final season. This was with the direction where Daenerys Targaryen’s character arc went in the penultimate episode.
We saw Daenerys Targaryen as a character most-loved by fans who had been addressed in the series by names like ‘Mother of Dragons’, ‘Breaker of Chains’, ‘Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea’ and many others. During the last few episodes of Game of Thrones Season 8, this image however somewhat faded away and the fans couldn’t take the unforeseen shift all of a sudden. Talking about characters like Jon Snow who deserved more through both the perspectives one for him being the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne and the other him being a fan-favorite. Yet as teased by George R. R. Martin for many years, the ending was supposed to be bittersweet but the only cool thing we all loved for Jon was him being reunited with his direwolf Ghost and taking the black and going to the true north where he actually belonged.
Talking about other major characters like Arya Stark and Sansa Stark, the end seemed to be apt with the former refusing to be a lady and deciding to discover ‘What’s West of Westeros, and the latter becoming the ‘Queen in the North’. According to me, Game of Thrones Season 8 did justice to both the Stark sisters by letting them become what they had been trained for several seasons of the series. Talking about Bran Stark, who had been gifted with the ability of Greensight or had become the ‘Three-Eyed Raven’ did deserve more but his powers didn’t seem too useful when it came to the Battle of Winterfell. Talking about the Night King, who was slain by Arya in the third episode of Game of Thrones Season 8, we didn’t actually get to know his actual purpose despite the fact that he wanted to kill the Three-Eyed Raven. But what did those cryptic symbols mean? And, what else was the Night King’s goal after he had killed Bran? I guess the real reason would be unknown to fans until George completes his two remaining books in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. This is also supported by the fact that the Bloodmoon prequel in development was soon canceled by HBO.
Talking about the Lannisters, Cersei and Jaime dying together seemed apt as per one of the quotes by Jaime in the series of him dying in the arms of the woman he loved. Yet, it occurs that long-awaited Valonqar Prophecy remained unfulfilled as we didn’t get to see that play out in the series. Talking about Tyrion Lannister, the ending for his character was one of the best in Game of Thrones Season 8 as he continued playing the Hand of the King, the latest to Bran Stark. Other characters like Ser Brienne of Tarth, Ser Davos Seaworth, and Samwell Tarly too got a satisfying ending in Game of Thrones Season 8 as they actually got what they deserved. Brienne who always wanted to become a knight actually became one in the last season and so did Samwell Tarly who wanted to be a Maester. Ser Davos too continued serving the Seven Kingdoms as an advisor to the King.
Yet Game of Thrones – an epic fantasy TV series which began back in 2011 has finally ended for good, leaving us with numerous memories to be cherished. Though Game of Thrones Season 8 was a disappointment to many fans yet the entire TV series will always remain reminiscent to our generation. We absolutely will keep adoring it and no other TV series will ever replace Game of Thrones. But the only question that remains to be answered is since the series is done and dusted, what’s next in line especially with two more books still remaining unreleased? Let’s explore these possibilities.
Will the next two installments to ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ after Game of Thrones Season 8?
Game of Thrones Season 8 was the last season of the entire TV series where we got to see only six episodes. Though the episodes were longer, yet the author of the Book Series has himself revealed that with enough material in the books, the TV series could have lasted for at least thirteen seasons. It has been around ten years since George RR Martin published the third last book in the book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ back in 2011 and the fans have been awaiting the last two installments ever since. Yet the books are more complex than the TV series with numerous characters who couldn’t make it to TV series. Thankfully, George had revealed the ending of Game of Thrones to the showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss so that the series could be adapted faithfully.
Talking about the last two books in the series named ‘Winds of Winter’ and ‘A Dream of Spring’ – all bibliophiles seem to have been waiting for them eternally, As the title suggests the former will show the advent of Winter in Westeros and the later will show the aftermath and how the Seven Kingdoms cope up with it. Yet angry fans often try to blame George and want a more satisfactory ending which they didn’t get in Game of Thrones Season 8. Hopefully, George should do some justice to characters like Daenerys and Jon who deserved more.
Release the damn books, George!
The prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’
There is much expected from the prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’ based on the book ‘Fire and Blood’ currently under development by HBO. The series is likely to premiere in 2022 and George R.R. Martin will once again come aboard for it as a co-executive producer. Hopefully, with George coming back for the new series, it will be something better, leaving the fans more contended. Moreover, the series will be written by Ryan Condal.
The wait for House of the Dragon is long. We don’t have any more clues about it apart from the fact that it will be set 300 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones.
More yet to come in Game of Thrones Franchise
We were previously told that at least five more prequel series or as George R. R. Martin likes to call them ‘successor shows’ are still under development. The first series to be announced called ‘Bloodmoon’ was canceled by HBO despite the cast been announced and pre-preparations for the shooting the pilot, done. We guess it will be a long time until we hear about more successor shows under development, not until the ‘House of the Dragon’ witnesses some more developments.
Talking about books from the other series based on the fantasy ‘World of Ice and Fire’, George will likely release more books as he did in 2019 with the first book in the Targaryen History series ‘Fire and Blood’. Yet, fans want him to finish ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series first.
So what do you think is the future of the ‘Game of Thrones’ franchise? Tell us in the comments section below.
Celebrating a year of Game of Thrones Season 8: Let’s cherish these 10 moments from the series
Game of Thrones was one of the most loved TV series ever made. The epic TV series had a number of much-loved characters, fabulous storylines, and much more based on George R. R. Martin’s book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. The show also had a number of twists and turns at unexpected moments, we didn’t realise were coming. But, overall the series was loved by all and we can’t believe that it has already been a year since the last season of the series — Season 8 — aired, back in 2019.
The last episode of the series was named ‘The Iron Throne’, bringing the storyline to a full circle – beginning from the conflicts and scheming on who gets to be the ultimate ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and unexpectedly ending with Bran Stark becoming the King. The last season of the Game of Thrones also received some negative reviews from some fans, calling it rushed, especially with the sudden change of the character arc of their all-time favourite ‘Mother of Dragons’ – Daenerys Targaryen. Though it seemed difficult for the showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss to end the series with eight seasons with a book series that is still in progress if they would have stuck to George’s plan the series could have lasted for 13 seasons.
Despite many fans didn’t like the last season of Game of Thrones, the series still remains an epic saga with brilliant characters like Cersei Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark and many more. Remembering this epic fantasy series, let’s talk about 10 best moments from it which will forever stay with us:
1. Ned Stark’s execution
Ned Stark’s execution was perhaps one of the most heartbreaking moments of the series during the early episodes of Game of Thrones. Many of us who have read the book, already saw it coming but some didn’t know that such a character of pure goodness could be killed off so early in the series. It all started when much-like Jon Arryn, Ned too learnt the secret of Cersei’s three children and refused to call Joffrey the next in line to sit on the Iron Throne, succeeding Robert Baratheon. Though for a moment it felt like Littlefinger would support his cause of seating Stannis Baratheon on the throne but he was soon betrayed and imprisoned.
This was next followed by the trial of Ned Stark near the Sept of Baelor, where he was forced to accept Joffrey as the true heir to the throne in order to save his head and his daughters. For a moment we felt that Joffrey would really forgive him and ask him to take the black yet all our hopes were shattered when we heard him saying “Ser Illyn, bring me his head!”
2. Tyrion Lannister’s trial
There were both the feelings of happiness and shock among many fans upon witnessing the ‘Purple Wedding’ where Joffrey was poisoned at his own wedding. Not to mention who orchestrated it but the events that unfolded later weren’t any less unexpected. Where on one hand Sansa fled King’s Landing, Tyrion was imprisoned on false charges of Joffrey’s murder.
Soon, we got to see the trial of Tyrion which was preplanned with Jaime asking Tyrion to ask mercy and to take the black instead. But Shae so confidently giving a false testament against him broke Tyrion and he confronted not only his father but also the entire city which he had saved at the Battle of Blackwater Bay. The speech that he gave was then so awesome that won many hearts and hats off to Peter Dinklage for portraying it so accurately!
3. The birth of the Dragons
The end of Season 1 had many shocking twists and turns. The first obviously was the brutal execution of Ned Stark but another happened at the same time, miles away in another continent of Essos. Though there seemed no hope for Daenerys Targaryen after the death of her husband Khal Drogo and her brother Viserys, she rose to power in the last episode of Season 1. The source of her power being the three dragons born after a long time since the death of the last dragons nearly hundreds of years ago.
We assumed that there is nothing interesting left in the series after the death of Ned Stark but then the dragons were born. Daenerys emerging unburnt from the funeral pyre of Drogo with her three newly dragons shrieking, was the most perfect ending for the first season of the series that gave us the idea of what to expect from the next seven seasons of Game of Thrones.
4. The execution of Littlefinger
Petyr Baelish along with Olenna Tyrell and Lord Varys were the only three players in the series who could easily manipulate any character. Talking about Littlefinger here, he only had one plan in his mind since the very first season of Game of Thrones – to see himself on the Iron Throne one day. His speech to Varys with the lines “chaos is a ladder” in the ending scene of Season 3 still seems to be fresh for the ears. We have seen him being rat out by characters such as Cersei Lannister and Ned Stark, especially the scene where Cersei tells him that “power is power”. Yet he seemed to be going all well when compared to all the main characters in the series even though he was the one who had betrayed Ned Stark and had even orchestrated the murder of Joffrey along with Olenna Tyrell.
Even when the Starks had taken back the North after the Battle of Bastards in the sixth season, he still was manipulating Sansa until the other Stark siblings returned back home in Season 7. He still seemed to playing Sansa well for most of Season 7 by turning her against Arya but soon the tables turned against him. In the last episode of Season 7 while we thought “Why are we seeing the trial of Arya of the crimes she did not commit?”, Sansa played Littlefinger well and caught him in his own game. “Thank you for your many lessons Lord Baelish. I will never forget them” were the last words that Sansa uttered before Arya slit his throat with his own dagger.
5. The destruction of the Sept of Baelor
The last episode of Season 6 was one of the best episodes of Game of Thrones ever with the fantastic music and a slow-paced beginning. But we knew that it was building up to something which soon got revealed within the first ten minutes of the episode. While we saw the trial of Loras Tyrell go on calmly in the Sept of Baelor and understood what Margaery had been planning all along, the second trial of Cersei was awaited. But when it was too long and Cersei didn’t go the funeral at all, it was confirmed that Cersei actually had something already planned.
Soon we saw Lancel discover a cache of Wildfire under the Sept and not being able to reach towards it. Margaery soon realized what was going on and asked everyone to evacuate, much to her dismay and soon there was a huge explosion and all the High Septons, Septas, Loras, Margaery, their father, Kevan Lannister and thousands other turned to ashes in front of our eyes. Though we hated to see Cersei drinking to her victory with a smile, yet her scheming worked and all her problems seemed to be gone within the few minutes of the episode.
6. When Ser Barristan quit like a boss
Ser Barristan Selmy was one of the good people in all of the Seven Kingdoms who had been loyal to the Throne but him being mocked and being released of his duties by Joffrey and Littlefinger seemed hard enough to watch. But the way he quit and stood for himself and threw his sword and armour in front of the King was totally badass. We definitely loved this two-minute-long scene in the series.
He soon joined Daenerys in her conquest of the Slaver’s Bay, freeing the slaves from their chains.
7. The Red Wedding
Though Ned Stark’s death was heartbreaking for all to watch, much more was still lined up. Yet we still saw hope for the Starks when we saw Robb Stark avenging his father and winning battle after battle. The next in line was King’s Landing after Walder Frey would have allowed him to cross the Twins but we were soon introduced to the most gruesome wedding in the history of any television series ‘The Red Wedding’ where thousands of Northerners died along with Catelyn, Robb, his wife Talisa, their unborn child and the direwolf Greywind.
The most heartbreaking was Arya arrive to the Twins and witnessing chaos all around but soon she avenged their deaths in the opening scene of Season 7, saying “Tell them, Winter came for House Frey.”
8. Hodor’s Death
Though he didn’t have a big part to play in the series, Hodor was one of the most loved characters in Game of Thrones who had been a friend to Bran Stark during his journeys. While Bran’s mind was still in the past, as he warged we soon learned why Hodor was simple-minded and could only speak a single word of ‘Hodor’, what came next was even harder to watch. Hodor held the door long enough for Bran and Meera to escape from the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave as the Wights stabbed him to death. It was one of the most shocking incidents in the series and still seems harder to watch.
9. The destruction of King’s Landing
We all had loved Daenerys Targaryen since the very first episode of Game of Thrones and even loved how she rose to power in the east and freed slaves from chains. We even loved her being a total badass with her dragons and how nobody could stand chance against her. Till Season 6, she seemed to be the best character in the series and we all dearly wanted to see her sit on the Iron Throne but in the last two seasons of the series she seemed to be a bit deviated from a forward going character arc. But who knew that the death of second dragon Rhaegal, knowing that Jon Snow had a better claim on the Iron Throne, and watching her closest friend Missandei die in front of her eyes could push her to become like her father.
When King’s Landing surrendered to her in the penultimate episode of the series, she could have stopped the wreckage she had brought with her dragon. But she instead chose to deal with it and destroyed the entire King’s Landing and even killed thousands of innocents. It was a jaw-dropping moment for all of us and even felt pity for Cersei as she died in Jaime’s arms, whom we had hated for so long. What else remains to be said now!
10. When Arya Stark kills the Night King
The Battle of Winterfell in the third episode began with the White Walkers heading for Winterfell. The longest episode of Game of Thrones showed a fabulous battle between the living and the dead. Arya Stark whom we had waited for seasons to take a part in the battle too fought like a total badass but when she ran for her life being chased by the wights, we closed our eyes and prayed for her. But she was saved by Beric and the Hound. We saw her second meeting with Melisandre who told her what ‘blue eyes’ in her prophecy truly meant. As she told her to leave with a nod and with a familiar line from the first season “What do we say to the God of Death?” we still didn’t know what she meant.
What came next was a surprise as well. When all seemed lost and we saw Jon Snow unable to get to Bran to save him in time, we assumed that the winter would never end. Then, Arya Stark snuck in and stabbed the Night King with her Valyrian Steel dagger, killing him and ending the Winter once and for all. We all cheered to this moment as all our predictions and theories were put aside.
Other best moments from Game of Thrones include the birth of Jon Snow, the death of Ramsey Bolton, Daenerys re-taking Mereen, Arya killing the Freys, the reunion of the Starks, and many others.
Game of Thrones Season 8, the last season aired today in 2019 and now all we have are good memories from the series to cherish. We absolutely have no idea when we will get to see such an awesome series with such a beautiful storyline and strong characters we got to know. The upcoming prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’ seems a long way till we see it air on our TV screens. Why not re-watch these best moments from Game of Thrones and cherish them till then?
What was your best moment from Game of Thrones? Tell us in the comments.
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