It has been ten years since the first episode of “Game of Thrones” first aired on the HBO channel in the United States, on April 17, 2011. The production inspired by George R. R. Martin‘s successful saga soon turned the continent of Westeros and its Seven Kingdoms into a place known throughout the world. With an audience phenomenon, the story of ice and fire also netted more than $1 billion and broke records with its eight seasons.
The quest for the Iron Throne and the conflict between the main houses of the kingdom have generated moments that have become timeless when it comes to the fantastic universe in the series. After all, who doesn’t remember Arya Stark avenging House Stark, Jon Snow rising from the dead, or Cersei Lannister blowing up Baelor’s septum?
With that in mind, how about remembering some of the most remarkable episodes of Game Of Thrones to celebrate the ‘Iron Anniversary’? Check them out
- “The Lion and The Rose” – Season 4, EP02
The anxiety of “GOT” viewers to finally see Joffrey out of the game could not have been greater during the first unfolding of the plot. After a cruel reign, with barbaric attitudes that resulted in the death of one of the most beloved characters, Ned Stark, Cersei’s son finally dies in the episode “The Lion and The Rose”, poisoned at his own wedding. The scene closed the great first arc of the series and brought out new chapters for the drama.
- “The Mountain and The Viper” – Season 4, EP08
“The Mountain And The Viper” delivers perhaps the best fight scene of the entire series in deadly combat between Oberyn Martell and Gregor Clegane, better known as “The Mountain.” It is ten intense minutes of dueling that results in a cut that is impossible to generate distractions for the audience, with each blow potentially becoming the last and most fatal. The outcome of the clash is sad and, as everyone knows, does not end well for Oberyn.
- “Battle of the Bastards” – Season 6, EP9
Those who admire House Stark probably got very emotional during this episode. Battle of the Bastards shows, without a doubt, one of the best battles of the whole plot, not only for the great production and visual effects on stage but especially for the dramatic charge that the whole act carries. The fight doesn’t feature dragons and a giant army, but it shows the honor of the Stark’s in being able to finally recover their land and dignity. We can’t forget also the moment when Sansa Stark gives Ramsay’s head to the dogs, after having lived cruel suffering with her forced marriage.
- “The Rains of Castamere” – Season 3, EP9
The “Red Wedding” is one of the most popular matters in GOT fanbases. The Rains Of Castamere features extremely violent moments that generated great indignation in the viewers of the series. Everyone was already used to know the tendency of the Stark family members to suffer incessantly in the plot, without exception. However, when several of them, including Robb Stark, is shamelessly murdered in what should be a celebration, the situation really seems to have crossed the line. However, the event generates very important future arcs for the plot of the whole story.
- “The Winds of Winter” – Season 6, EP10
Revenge really is a sweet dish to eat cold, and we can say with absolute certainty that Arya Stark proved it to us. 3 seasons later, after much suffering, journeys, and endings, the young woman is responsible for avenging House Stark in her own way and style. Winter is late, but it comes! Also, the episode features several other must-see acts: Cersei blowing up Baelor’s septum and Daenerys marching into Westeros with a giant army.
For these and other episodes, it is quite noticeable that Game Of Thrones offers a complex expanded universe, which can be found not only in the acclaimed series produced by HBO but also in Martin’s own books. The author has created a rich array of characters and places and a whole new language and mythology, proving himself to be a faithful disciple of J. R. R. Tolkien. With controversies about its ending or not, GOT remains extremely inviting to new viewers even after ten years and, it seems, will continue to prove its legacy for much longer.
The article above was edited by Marina Ponchio.
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