10 Moments That Defined Game of Thrones

Now that Game of Thrones has ended, we can look back at some of the unforgettable scenes that cemented the show in pop culture history. This list is in order of personal favorites. 

*Obvious Spoiler Warning*  

1. Ned Stark is beheaded 

Ned Stark of Game of Thrones

When Ned Stark was kneeling in front of the people of King’s Landing, we all expected the show’s hero to escape. Ned’s jaw-dropping death was the first time we realized none of our favorite characters were safe. Valar Morghulis. 

2. The Red Wedding 

Red Wedding in Game of Thrones

By the time Season 3 rolled around, we were used to expecting the worst. With the Red Wedding, however, we saw the good guys completely slaughtered. Six years later, the opening notes to The Rains of Castamere still cause panic.  

3. Daenerys acquires the Unsullied 

Daenerys of Game of Thrones

Ever since she walked out of the fire with three newly hatched dragons, we impatiently waited for Daenerys to unleash her inner Targaryen. Dany bringing the masters of Astapor to their fiery deaths was satisfying, even if it did foreshadow her madness. One word: Dracarys. 

4. Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor 

Speaking of fiery death, Cersei wiping out most of her enemies in one single explosion was a plotline like no other. With the Tyrells, the High Sparrow, and Faith Militant gone, Cersei would have been able to control Tommen and the throne. Then, Tommen jumped from the Red Keep and Cersei proclaimed herself Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Power moves only.  

5. Arya Stark kills the Night King 

Arya Stark Game of Thrones

We all expected the Night King and his Army of the Dead to obliterate most of Westeros. He definitely would have if not for the unstoppable Arya Stark. When she pierced him with the Valyrian dagger, the entire world erupted into cheers. What do we say to the God of Death? 

6. Jaime loses his hand

Jaime lost hand Game of Thrones

A knight losing his hand is unfortunate. But, for proud Jaime Lannister, one of the most fabled knights in the Seven Kingdoms, losing his hand is clear irony. From here, Jaime undergoes the most transformative character development in the entire series…before it was ruined in Season 8. 

7. The Battle of the Bastards

Battle of the Bastards Game of Thrones

The Battle of the Bastards carries more weight than the rest of Game of Thrones’ on-screen battles. For the first time since Season 2, we saw the Starks back in control of their seat of power. Despite Jon’s contribution to the fight, Sansa is undoubtedly the MVP of the battle.  

8. Bran is pushed from the tower 

Bran Game of Thrones

When Jaime pushed Bran from the tower in Episode 1 of the show, we knew it would cause trouble. However, it would also cause an entire war and a magic-heavy storyline. It was additionally the basis of Tyrion’s choice to put Bran on the Iron Throne.  

9. Joffrey is poisoned

Joffrey poisoned Game of Thrones

Watching someone choke to death at their own wedding reception has never been so pleasing. Paired with Olenna’s “I want her to know it was me”, Joffrey’s death was one of the most satisfying scenes in the series. Pigeon pie, anyone? 

 10. Drogon destroys the Iron Throne 

Drogon on Game of Thrones

For eight seasons, we all took bets and had theories about who would end up on the Iron Throne. Although, in the end, no one had the chance to sit on it. Drogon’s reactions to his mother’s death ensured that. It turns out that dragons have a heightened sense of symbolism along with their abilities to fly and breathe fire.  

Vito Quaglia

Entertainment Writer

Vito is an aspiring actor who is currently pursuing a degree in International Affairs. He lives for upbeat music, spending time with loved ones, and scalding tea. He is a newfound city boy: originally from Scranton, now thriving in Philadelphia.

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