Our watch may have ended, but these iconic scenes demand a rewatch
Warning: this post is dark and full of spoilers for season one through eight of Game of Thrones.
It’s the end of an era – the mega hit HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones has come to an end on Monday. The finale was, let’s just say, unexpected and rather controversial. We personally thought the ending could have been better in many ways; but whether you love it, hate it, or feel just meh about it, the series finale does not negate the huge impact that Game of Thrones has made in the world of entertainment. The final episode set a HBO viewership record, attracting an audience of 19.3 million. We’re preparing ourselves for more record-smashing during award season, when the show would likely add to its current trove of 47 Emmy wins, the most for any TV series.
Why has Game of Thrones captivated millions of fans around the world, worming its way into our hearts forever? The following top moments across all eight seasons of the show offer just 10 reasons. We have picked them for their iconic, tone-setting, most riveting significance, hoping that they can serve as a balm to your post-Game of Thrones woes.
1. Ned Stark’s beheading (Season 1, Episode 9)
The death that taught us to expect the unexpected when it comes to Game of Thrones. It was shocking to witness the brutal beheading of Ned Stark, the patriarch of House Stark who seemed like the show’s main protagonist throughout the nine episodes he was in. The great Lord of Winterfell, played by the show’s top-billed actor Sean Bean, whose face is plastered on the promo posters… dead in the very first season? It hammered home the message for the rest of the series – that nobody, not even our favourite characters, is safe from death, and possibly a horribly brutal one too.