With its Seventh Season being one of the most awaited season ever. Game of Thrones Season 7 is slated to premiere on HBO on July 16, 2017. And being one of those millions fans of this TV series, following are my top Game of Thrones episodes. I have selected one episode from each season. This post contains spoilers.
Season 1: Episode 1 (Winter is Coming)
As the saying goes, “First impression is the last impression”. If the first episode of GoT was not cool enough as it was, many of us wouldn’t even have watched its 2nd episode. The first episode named ‘Winter is Coming’ which was directed by Tim Van Patten, was filled with all the necessary ingredients, it had a strong control with its characters, the direction was beautiful and well the way it ended people were stern and couldn’t resist themselves for discussing it over the web.
An impressive feat for a pilot that had to endure last-minute reshoots and recasting’s , and it remains a brilliant first chapter. That very moment when the Starks and Baratheons feast and toast each other, felt like a distant memory. “Winter is Coming” features iconic Game of Thrones moments — the introduction of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) or as known ‘Mother of Dragons’, whose meek deference to her seriously sinister brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) reminds us of the well versed character growth, the revelation of an illicit affair between Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau); and the politics involved from the second frame whether it be talk about marriage between Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and the Joffery Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), it made us demand more from the season 1.
Season 2: Episode 9 (Blackwater)
Blackwater episode from season 2, directed by Neil Marshall which aired in 2012 was the highlight of the season. With the first epic and intense battle episode from the makers, it was devoted to some well used CGI and some over the top performances by the leads. With the war between the Baratheons and Lannisters it became one of the turning point of this series. This episode made us aware as to how much is Joffrey capable as the king and not to forget some great dialogues and the clever brain of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). But what really makes this action-packed episode so memorable is the way that writer George R. R. Martin and director Neil Marshall blended violence with moments of quiet reflection.
Season 3: Episode 9 (The Rains of Castamere also known as “The Red Wedding”)
Well if you are a GoT fan, I don’t have to say how much intense this episode was. This episode changed the way people imagined the series so far. With death, death and death in every single frame towards the end, every single viewers was flabbergasted at this episode. With people sharing their concerns (mostly shocking) on the Twitter, this was “Welcome to my world” moment by George R. R. Martin and D.B.Weiss. This episodes conversation is enough to make a true GoT fan emotional.
Sure, we know on some level that there’s much more going on, from smaller rivalries like Littlefinger vs. Varys or Cersei vs. Margaery to the potentially massive storms brewing north of the Wall and east of the Sea. But it’s been Stark vs. Lannister the whole time, until 1now. And though that carnage-filled celebration — which ends with the murders of Robb Stark (Richard Madden), his pregnant wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin), and his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) — only comprised the final act of “The Rains of Castamere,” the entire episode has a sense of foreboding. Director David Nutter hinted us by saying “Anyone can die at anytime, BE READY” through this episode.
Season 4: Episode 2 (The Lion and the Rose, known to book fans as “The Purple Wedding”)
While ‘The Red Wedding’ was an emotional episode till date, ‘The Purple Wedding’ made some viewers happy. Everyone was annoyed by the King Joffrey and the way he executed people like he was playing a game, I meant a video game. There are very rare moments in GoT when a death brings a smile to a person face, this one stands among that one exception. After he’s been responsible for the abuse of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and the brutal murder of her father Ned, there was a genuine joy in witnessing Joffrey’s death — by way of poisoning — at his own wedding to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). I mean Joffrey was an awful person and whenever I viewed a new episode of the season till this episode, I used to think as in who will that poor person who will be the next target of this “King”.
Director Alex Graves made the perfect episode for the death of the King Joffrey and the way he directed it was amazing.
Season 5: Episode 8 (Hardhome)
Although I liked almost entire season 5, episode 8 was a perfect blend of action and drama. This episode was crucial for the alliance being formed between Daenerys and Tyrion and the tension mounting in Winterfell as Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) makes that emotional confession and sort of a pact with Sansa. Leaving the Winterfell at Winterfell and focusing at the Night’s Watch, this episode showed the real power and the threat of the White Walkers. I always convey this episode with the title “Jon Snow vs White Walkers”. This was the second best insane battle involving the most lovable character by many Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the White Walkers. The few survivors’ realization of what they’re truly up against was another game-changer, and we can’t wait to see what their next match-up will be like.
Season 6: Episode 10 (The Winds of Winter)
Traditionally, the season finales of GoT aren’t as good as the one preceding it. But in season 6, it was the other way round. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, this episode had loads of stuff. Every single minute there was so much revolving around the characters that it was hard to predict how the “most talked” about season will be heading towards. You had Cersei’s massacre and eventual rise to the throne, Tommen’s tragi-comic suicide, Daenerys finally heading home, Jon Snow being declared King of the North, our discovering his true parentage, and Arya (Maisie Williams) continuing her revenge tour. We’ve never looked forward more excitedly to the next season.
So here we are, these were my favorite episodes from each season. But Wait……..
Season 6: Episode 9 (Battle of the Bastards)
I know, I had promised to write one episode from each season but you surely can’t mess up with the best episode ever to be made of GoT. Episode 9 is my most favorite episode from not only the GoT but also as the best episode by far that I have seen on TV or any streaming site. This season of GoT had everything from the best emotional episode that made viewers cry (“The Door” revealing the meaning of Hodor) and also the famous battle scenes where Jon Snow was holding sword to take down Ramsay.
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, this episode started on an emotional note by Ramsay Bolton played by one of the finest actor in the entire GoT series, Iwan Rheon killing of Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) but ended with one of the other finest death.
The camera-work was so beautiful and not to forget the choreographed sequence of the battle. 600 crew members, 500 extras, 160 tons of gravel, 70 horses, 25 stuntmen and women, 25 days of shoot, and 4 camera crews, all to shoot just an hour long episode of the show. Yeah, it’s what I call a perfect episode. From the first frame it just made me glued in front of my TV set. I wonder how wonderful it would looked on the gigantic IMAX screen.
“Battle of the Bastards” garnered seven of the 12 total Emmys awarded to ‘Game of Thrones’ at the 2016 Emmys. As noted by GQ, this is a record number of Emmys for a single episode on any show.
‘Blackwater’, ‘Watchers on the Wall’ and ‘Hardhome’ were incredible episodes of pure battle madness, but this one went up an even further notch, deserving comparison with the best battle scenes in Hollywood history. Jon Snow’s army took on the ultimate baddie in Ramsay Snow, and he got the long-awaited comeuppance that we’d craved for so long. Oh, and it’s easy to forget Daenerys riding a dragon as she took out Meereen’s challengers in one go.
These were my most liked episodes in the entire series of Game of Thrones so far. I cannot wait to watch the Season 7. I hope there are more episodes like Battle of the Bastards in this season. Let me know which were your favorite episodes in the comment section and enjoy this promo from the Season 7.
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