Does your adrenaline still boost up when you listen to the theme of Game Of Thrones? Just like mine, are Rains Of Castamere, Light Of Seven and the several other songs are stuck in your head as well? Well, it’s been over a year the cult Game Of Thrones came to an end, but for us fans, it will never leave our hearts. While the finale did not impress many, the journey to it collectively has all our hearts. Today as we spend our time in lockdown fighting the ‘Night King’ of our lives, the novel Coronavirus, let’s revisit the magnum opus that GOT is.
I list 5 of my favourite Game Of Thrones episode, which you can binge-watch over the weekend. Thank me later! (PS: the list in is the reverse order. Also if you have not seen the full show, head back and start watching. Because below are the hated spoilers!)
5. You Win Or You Die (Season 1, Episode 7)
Isn’t technically this where it all started? The conversation between Ned Stark and Cersei Lannister in the garden at the King’s landing gives this episode its mighty title. “In the Game Of Throne You Win Or You Die”, these lines make way for what follows.
It is this episode where Ned reveals he knows Jamie Lannister is the real father to Cersei’s kids. Imagine how dull and lifeless GOT would have been if not this revelation at that point. Directed to seem like a game of chess, the episode ends up with Little Finger’s knife on Ned’s throat and an assassination attempt on Daenerys Targaryen.
4. Fire & Blood (Season 1, Episode 10)
A bit selfish of me to list 2 episodes from the same season, but this is the episode where Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion were born. Khal Drogo is dead, the Khalasar has come together to bid their Khal adieu. Khaleesi decides to sit with her husband in the pyre with the eggs that were gifted to her. And Boom! The next morning we witness the biggest twist in the history of Game Of Thrones.
Apart from this, the episode also witnessed the aftermath of Ned Stark’s assassination. Apart from Dragons’ entry, this episode also marks Jon Snow’s abode to the North of the wall, and Arya leaving for the journey she is entitled to.
3. The Laws Of God And Men (Season 4, Episode 6)
Remember the skull squashing combat with the Mountain and Prince Oberyn? It is this episode that led to it. The Laws Of God And Men is one of the specimens from Game Of Thrones that it can also turn into a courtroom drama. Accused of killing Joffrey, Tyrion is on the stand, betrayed by his lover (Shae), and his family serving as the judge.
We all know his speech where he points out the privileges of people in that room. When he confronts his family and fear seems to have evaded his body. This episode is Peter Dinklage’s best piece of work in his entire life. The dialogue, “I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you,” is engraved in my mind. Tyrion is the king of dialogues. The episode also has Theon not going with Yara, when she comes to rescue him. Dany in the Slavers bay dealing with the oppression. This episode has too much to handle.
2. Battle Of Bastards (Season 6, Episode 9)
In my opinion, the last two on my list, including Battle Of Bastards, are the best-directed episodes throughout the series. The Battle of Bastards was a masterclass on how a war is shot. From the formations to the twists and the end shot where Sansa brings in the army. Everything kept us on the edge of the seats.
The episode was framed like a music piece, with the tempo rising up and down on intervals, winning our intrigue. Also, what is the best thing than a character like Ramsay Bolton thrown to flesh-eating dogs? For real!
1.The Winds Of Winter ( Season 6, Episode 10)
Honestly, this is my most favourite episode, and I have lived through the last four, to talk about this. It is this episode which gave us the loving rendition of The Light Of The Seven. Just like Red Wedding, it begins with the tension conveyed through music. Cersei is up for a trial. King’s Landing is in the Sept. This episode is staring example of music, silence, acting without dialogues and sheer tension coming together to make a cinematic brilliance.
We witness Cersei using the wildfire for the second time. She turns the Sept into ashes and watches it from her balcony while sipping wine. The most badass frame I have come across in the show. The episode progresses to Tommen jumping down the window. Cersei is now the literal queen, as she sits on that throne. On the other hand, we see Daenerys Targaryen setting off for Westeros. And how can we forget Jon Snow’s birth story? The Winds Of Winter is at the top on all the lists about Game Of Thrones for me.
Let us know which episode do you love in the comments section below.