We’re more than halfway through the final Game of Thrones season and, reactions have been mixed, to say the least. Some love the twists, turns, and dragons. Others think this season is boring and filled with bad writing. Whatever side you’re on, there is no better time to revisit some of the best Game of Thrones episodes. Fill the hours before the newest GoT chapter with these classic cuts from seasons past. Of course, the recaps below contain spoilers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
So, from oldest to newest, here are the best Game of Thrones episodes of all time.
“Blackwater” – Season 2, Episode 9
Many consider “Blackwater” the first Game of Thrones battle, and it blew us away (literally). So, without a doubt, it is one of the best Game of Thrones episodes, ever. It was the episode where we all started to realize Tyrion, who saved the day, is a master politician. In this episode, he’s much, much more clever than the sarcastic drunk we saw previously.
It didn’t end there, however. Seeing the wildfire with its green flames was visually stunning, and made the audience realize how fantastic and imaginative this show is. In “Blackwater,” we saw men ferociously fighting for their king, as well as the cruelest side of humanity.
“The Rains of Castamere” – Season 3, Episode 9
Despite what many fans think, the Red Wedding episode isn’t titled that. However, the wedding of Robb Stark and Talisa is so tragic it became iconic – a moment all Game of Thrones fans remember. It is a horrible, heartbreaking moment, which changed the course of many of the shows’ characters. Namely, Arya, who lost two-thirds of her remaining family, and then came back in season six to begin avenging their deaths.
“The Rains of Castamere” taught fans a crucial lesson: the show’s creators are not afraid to kill off anyone.
“The Battle Of The Bastards” – Season 6, Episode 9
Out of all the best Game of Thrones episodes, “Battle of the Bastards” reigns supreme. It sits on the Iron Throne, if you will. First, it is beautifully made, both from a visual and storytelling aspect. Can anyone forget the image of Jon Snow in the middle of Ramsay’s soldiers, nearly choking to death, only to have his sister Sansa save his life? The battle itself remains one of GoT best, unlike a certain battle from season eight…
Besides that, the episode is filled with twists and turns; while watching, we all held our breath for sixty minutes, not knowing how will would end. We lost Rickon Stark at the very beginning; that was a real shocker. We lost Wun-Wun the giant. Also, we lost the evilest character – even eviler than Cersei – Bolton Ramsay. In a righteous moment, Sansa, his former captive, killed him. This is also when many of us started to realize that Sansa might become the most powerful character on the entire show!
“The Winds of Winter” – Season 6, Episode 10
“The Winds of Winter” defined many moments to come in the following seasons. First, it was when Cersei became Queen of the Seven Kingdoms by wiping out all of her enemies. One massive casualty was Margaery Tyrell, a fan-favorite, then-queen (married to Tommen, Cersei’s son), and Cersei’s immediate threat. She met her end in a blaze of wildfire. After learning his mother did, Tommen (Cersei’s only remaining son) jumps to his death from a tower.
Additionally, it’s also the episode where Arya wipes out the entire Frey house, who coordinated the Red Wedding. Meanwhile, Daenerys sets-up an alliance between armies who never thought they’d fight side-by-side: the Dothraki, the Unsullied, the Dornish, and many more. Looking back, this is one of the most important episodes because of how much it sets in motion.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the best Game of Thrones episodes of all time! Have a great time enjoying the rest of season eight!