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24th May '16 2:36:08 AM TheNerevarine
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** The circumstances surrounding his condition become even more bleak when further examined. [[spoiler: Consider that he was deprived of his intelligence or a normal life and reduced to a simpleton, whose whole point in existence was to sacrifice his life to buy enough time for his friends to flee. Unlike other characters whose downfalls were attributed by their own actions, Hodor wasn't ''even allowed to have that that''. His entire life was ruined by circumstances beyond his control and ''there was nothing he could do about it''.]] This makes him hands down one of the most tragic character in the show, if not the '''one'''.

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** The circumstances surrounding his condition become even more bleak when further examined. [[spoiler: Consider that he was deprived of his intelligence or a normal life and reduced to a simpleton, whose whole point in existence was to sacrifice his life to buy enough time for his friends to flee. Unlike other characters whose downfalls were attributed by their own actions, Hodor wasn't ''even allowed to have that that''. Even though he went down performing a HeroicSacrifice to save others, it wasn't because he ''chose'' to, it was because he was ''meant'' to do. His entire life was ruined by circumstances beyond his control control, as well as the one responsible (Bran Stark) and ''there was nothing he either could do anything about it''.]] This makes him hands down one of the most tragic character in the show, if not the '''one'''.



** How the other characters in the play are represented. Tyrion goes from someone actually concerned with the fate of others and Sansa in particular to a selfish schemer who literally takes Littlefinger's place as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the traitor]]. Joffrey is made to appear completely innocent despite already being a cruel tyrant who needlessly excarcerbated the conditions of Robb's rebellion. Cersei is not jealous and spiteful like in reality. Even Robert is humiliated despite being twice the king either of his immediate successor or predecessor were.

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** How the other characters in the play are represented. Tyrion goes from someone actually concerned with the fate of others and Sansa in particular to a selfish schemer who literally takes Littlefinger's place as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the traitor]]. Joffrey is made to appear completely innocent despite already being a cruel tyrant who needlessly excarcerbated exacerbated the conditions of Robb's rebellion. Cersei is not jealous and spiteful like in reality. Even Robert is humiliated despite being twice the king either of his immediate successor or predecessor were.
24th May '16 1:53:21 AM SventheCrusader
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** [[SoHappyTogether The build up to the scene]] is equally heartbreaking. [[spoiler: Shireen enthusiastically talks to Stannis about the book she's reading, and for the first time Stannis doesn't use his typical BrutalHonesty. She tells him she's eager to help him in any possible way, and even [[IronicEcho repeats what her father told her at Castle Black.]] When she

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** [[SoHappyTogether The build up to the scene]] is equally heartbreaking. [[spoiler: Shireen enthusiastically talks to Stannis about the book she's reading, and for the first time Stannis doesn't use his typical BrutalHonesty. She tells him she's eager to help him in any possible way, and even [[IronicEcho repeats what her father told her at Castle Black.]] When sheshe hugs him, Stannis is quicker than usual to hug her back. It really shows that, despite everything, their father-daughter relationship is genuine... and then Stannis whispers ''[[WhamLine "Forgive me"]]''.]]
** The flawless acting only makes it more tragic. [[spoiler: Stannis talks (and by the end of the scene looks) as if he were dead inside, Shireen shifts from enthusiasm to terror when she sees the stake, and an already nervous Selyse breaks down as she tries to save her daughter; all this while Melisandre keeps her own DissonantSerenity intact.]]
** [[spoiler: It's not just the fact that Shireen suffered such a cruel and horrifying death. It's the fact that she first screamed for help from her father, then kept screaming for her father to stop, ''begging'' him not to do it until she could do nothing else ''but'' scream. Shireen died knowing that her own father sentenced her to death and did ''nothing'' to stop it.]]
** Even the soldiers look incredibly upset and disturbed from the moment they realize what is going to happen to this sweet little girl. Many of them can be seen turning away or outright leaving, [[EveryoneHasStandards some with tears in their eyes.]] It's likely that a large portion of these soldiers, even the sellswords, have daughters or little sisters of their own, and are rightly horrified that their king and general is capable of [[spoiler: burning his own child alive.]]
** Selyse's BigNo after [[spoiler: Shireen dies]] is pretty heart-wrenching.
* This is where we discover just how sad and flawed a character [[BrokenAce Stannis]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Baratheon]] truly is. Having lived his whole life believing he should fulfill his duties no matter what and being led to believe that he is not only a king, but TheChosenOne and that the fate of the world rests on his shoulders, his entire worldview has been shattered by conflicting values: [[TheFettered his own principles]] versus [[TheUnfettered the greater good.]] His stubborn, obsessive personality and desperation to succeed has led him down a path him that ultimately puts him in a situation where he feels he must [[spoiler: burn his only daughter and heir alive]] for TheNeedsOfTheMany. To hear him try to put his own predicament into words, you get the sense of how trapped this great warrior and so-called king really is.
-->'''Stannis:''' [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Sometimes a person has to choose. Sometimes the world forces his hand.]] If a man knows what he is and remains true to himself... the choice is no choice at all. [[BecauseDestinySaysSo He must fulfill his destiny.]] [[DarkMessiah And become who he is meant to be.]] [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne However much he may hate it.]]
** Of course, AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is still in full-effect here.
* In the scene where he orders Davos away to Castle Black, Stannis can barely even look his friend in the eye, let alone face him directly.
* [[HeroicBSOD Jon is not taking his loss at Hardhome well.]] He believes that the rescue was a complete disaster and that he failed everyone who died.
** To make matters worse, he is met with the contemptuous, accusing eyes of his Night's Watch brethren when he returns from his mission with five thousand wildlings. His brief smile upon seeing Olly dies when the boy turns his back on him.
* The poor little girl who ends up getting picked by Meryn Trant in the brothel -- he makes [[DirtyOldMan Walder Frey]] look decent by comparison -- at least Walder's wife had hit puberty! The girl looks bewildered and scared as he drags her off -- not least because her clothing and badly-applied make-up suggests that she ''isn[='=]t'' trained at all for this -- and the Madame clearly isn't happy about it either.
* The moment during the pit fighting scene where Jorah locks eyes with Daenerys as he's stabbing a man in the heart. It's a raw moment that shows how far this man has gone to prove his love and devotion: He's to the point where he's sold himself into slavery, fighting to the death and killing men, just to be close to her.
* [[spoiler: Hizdahr's death.]] Very quick during a high-action sequence, but thanks to AdaptationalHeroism being fully in play, it will be felt in future episodes.
* Drogon getting hit by the Harpies' spears repeatedly. He just shrugs them off, but Daenerys' reaction is just heartwrenching anyway.
-->'''Daenerys:''' ''DROGON!''
* When Dany watches the Games, she's visibly disgusted by it all, but she's the only one. Everyone else is cheering, both the nobility and commoners alike. Hizdar was right, the Games were the one thing that brought masters and slaves of Mereen together, which is rather depressing.
* When Jorah proves to be the winner of the gladiator combat, [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Dany has to mask her look of concern with one of cold disapproval]]. At least if Jorah had died it would have been over; now she has to go back to being TheHighQueen.

[[AC:10 -- Mother's Mercy]]
* [[spoiler:Jon's assassination. He's stabbed once by a few members of the Watch, including Olly, who had idolized him and does so with sincere regret in his eyes.]]
** Worse still, the music that plays during the scene is the Starks' {{Leitmotif}}, specifically "Goodbye Brother" from Season 1. Even though Jon never bore the Stark name, he [[spoiler: died the same way his father and half-brother died, betrayed by his own people while trying to do what was right.]]
* Selyse hangs herself out of despair after Shireen's death. Even if their marriage was cold and unhappy, Stannis is clearly shocked by her death. The grimness of the whole scene combines this with NightmareFuel.
** It's implied that he doesn't even have time to see his wife properly buried. They have to leave her body there, slumped against a tree.
* Cersei walking through the streets being insulted and having garbage thrown at her while her feet bleed. Once she gets back to her home, she breaks down crying. Never has she seemed so disgraced and humiliated, and while some may say she's had it coming, it's still upsetting to see her like that.
** She was also subjected to a TraumaticHaircut before this... and when it concluded part of ''The Rains of Castamere'' were played, signifying how low she'd fallen.
*** Props to Lena Headey's amazing acting here -- even as her feet begin to bleed, she has spit, garbage, and who knows what else on her and has all kinds of verbal abusive thrown her way, Cersei keeps looking up at the Red Keep and you can almost ''see'' her thinking, "Tommen." Tyrion was right -- for all her faults, Cersei [[MamaBear really does love her kids.]] Which is going to make it ''even worse'' when she hears about [[KillTheCutie Myrcella's fate...]]
* Myrcella's sudden death, right after reassuring Jaime that she is happy to have him as her father. All of Jaime's efforts to connect to his child and Doran's attempts to avoid war dashed because of one woman's desire for revenge.
** Trystane Martell will likely be just as devastated, considering how much he seemed to love her.
* Stannis' storyline ends in one big ShootTheShaggyDog. His burning Shireen alive ultimately proves to be pointless; half his men desert the night before the battle, likely because they don't wish to serve a king who is willing to sacrifice his only child, meaning that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he might have lost ''because'' of the sacrifice]]. Melissandre abandons him during his greatest time of need, and his wife Selyse hangs herself over grief of their daughter's death. The icing on the cake is that his death is served by Brienne of Tarth, who reminds him of his hand in murdering his brother Renly. In the end, Stannis dies knowing that all of his ShootTheDog actions [[AllForNothing amounted to nothing]].
** It ends up being one for Brienne as well. She finally gets to dish out some vengeance on her sworn enemy, Stannis, the bastard who killed her beloved King Renly. [[SympathyForTheDevil What she finds is a defeated, wounded, sad shell of a man]] [[NervesOfSteel who shows no fear,]] [[FaceDeathWithDignity freely admits to the crime he's accused of, makes no excuses, does not beg,]] and [[DeathSeeker is entirely accepting of what is about to happen to him.]] She even visibly hesitates when he gives his FamousLastWords: [[HonorBeforeReason "Go on, do your duty."]] [[{{Irony}} You can see that she's finally realized that the man she's hated for so long is not a monster but someone who is, in many ways, just like her.]]
** Just seeing Stannis, who up until now has been TheStoic WarriorPrince in command of an army and in pursuit of a just cause, at the end of The Battle of Winterfell. He's gravely wounded and all of his men are dead. We watch him, the same man who had to be dragged out of The Battle of Blackwater, try futilely to stagger off into the woods using his own sword as a crutch. Where before we'd seen him cleave through one soldier after another, here he's barely able to overcome two Bolton men who attempt to kill him. As he collapses against a tree trunk, crying out in pain and rolling his eyes at his maimed leg, Stannis goes from a MemeticBadass to a portrait of crippling defeat.
* After suffering through a grueling winter snowstorm, then having their supplies burned by raiders in the night, then getting relieving weather only after sacrificing your king's princess, Stannis Baratheon's army is finally able to march on Winterfell and defeat the Boltons. That is, they would, if their sellswords hadn't lost faith and rode off during the night with all the horses. Oh, and their queen hanged herself, and their one source of magic and foresight into the future just hightailed it out of there as fast as she could. And Stannis still wants to march. After walking the rest of the way to Winterfell, the men are too tired to even effectively fight the massive Bolton cavalry charge they are met with upon arriving. Everyone there knows they have no chance of winning. Unfortunately, their leader is [[TheDeterminator Stannis Baratheon,]] and there's no way he's backing down now that he's reached this point. As you can imagine, [[CurbstompBattle the army is utterly massacred,]] with any remaining stragglers getting cruelly dispatched by [[ForTheEvulz Ramsay and his men.]]
* Melisandre arriving at Castle Black as the SoleSurvivor of Stannis's army. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness She's never looked more lost or hopeless, not to mention unflattering from the long ride.]] Then the silence of her HeroicBSOD crushes any hopes Jon or Davos had when they realize that [[EverybodysDeadDave Stannis is gone and so are all his people.]]
** [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Her reaction when Davos asks about Shireen.]] Now Davos has to live with losing a son and a surrogate daughter. And Melisandre has to live with the knowledge that she burned a little girl alive (and all those other people she burned in the name of Stannis's cause) and [[AllForNothing it not only solved nothing,]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it made the Baratheon army's situation completely unsalvageable.]]
** Davos's face when he realizes that [[spoiler: Shireen is dead]].
* The abuse those poor little girls suffer at the hands of [[DumbMuscle Ser]] [[{{Jerkass}} Meryn]] [[{{Sadist}} Trant]]. [[spoiler: If not for Arya's BatmanGambit,]] one or all of them would have surely been beaten and raped without mercy. [[CrapsackWorld And he'd totally get away with it]].
* Arya [[spoiler: losing her eyesight.]]
** Her grief at Jaqen H'gar's [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice. Only it wasn't truly Jaqen H'gar. And his sacrifice wasn't truly heroic.]]
*** The way Arya cries out, "No! You can't die!" is ''heartbreaking''. The kid's lost her father, mother, her brothers (to her knowledge), Syrio, Yoren, and even The Hound and for a moment, it seemed she'd lost yet ''another'' person important to her. (Which is sad in of itself, since Jaqen was much colder to Arya here than back in Season 2.) Meanwhile, [[{{Jerkass}} The Waif]] gloats over how Arya didn't really know "Jaqen" at all. Great acting from Maisie Williams.
* Hell, the whole damn episode is a Tear Jerker Conga Line.

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[[folder:Season 6]]
[[AC:1 -- The Red Woman]]
* Edd's reaction to [[spoiler: Jon's death. For the first time in the series, he's completely speechless. No jokes, just sadness over the death of his last friend.]]
** Also Ghost's reaction to [[spoiler: seeing his master dead. He knew Jon was in trouble but was trapped inside his pen and all he can do is howl in mourning. When reunited with Jon's body, he nuzzled his hand and then laid in a corner moaning]].
* The deaths of [[spoiler: Doran Martell and his son Trystane at the hands of [[UngratefulBastard Ellaria and the Sand Snakes]].]] Its made particularly heartbreaking with him asking during his final moments what will happen to [[spoiler: his son]]. Consider now that [[spoiler: [[EverybodysDeadDave House Martell is effectively extinguished]] with the last surviving members of their line now dead.]]
* Melisandre's [[BreakTheBeliever depression]] over how far her prophecies have gone off the rails. She looks heartbroken even before [[spoiler:the glamour comes off.]]
* Cersei's excitement at a ship from Dorne sailing in becomes heartbroken horror as she sees [[spoiler: a somber Jaime with a coffin covered in a golden shroud, and realizes that her daughter is dead.]] After everything she's been through last season, the thought of Tommen secure on the throne and Jaime bringing her only daughter back is what's kept her going...
-->'''Cersei:''' [[spoiler: She was so ''good''...I don't know where she came from, she was nothing like me. I thought, if I could create something so sweet, so pure...then maybe I wasn't the monster I thought I was.]]
** Even worse is the aftermath. She tells Jaime that [[spoiler: she can't bear the thought of Myrcella decaying in a dark crypt, and worries that the prophecy the witch told her is all coming true...]]
* Margaery's continued ordeal in prison. She doesn't protest her innocence anymore; all she wants is to see her brother again.
* A blind Arya having to beg on the streets of Bravos to survive, then being beaten every day by the House of Black and White acolyte, who mocks her before leaving. It's implied that this has been going on since last season. The scene is mercifully brief, but it still conveys how bad things are for Arya.

[[AC:2 -- Home]]
* Theon breaking down in tears, admitting that doesn't want to be forgiven for his crimes and all he wants to do before he dies is to escort Sansa to the wall and return home to the Iron Islands.
* Bran seeing his father and uncle as children happily playing in Winterfell, only to be snapped out of it by the three-eyed raven.
-->'''Bran:''' You finally show me something I care about, and then you drag me away!
-->'''Three-Eyed Raven:''' It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you drown.
-->'''Bran:''' I wasn't drowning! I was home.
* In the same hallucination, seeing Hodor/[[spoiler: Wyllis]] before he lost a large chunk of his intellect. When Bran asks present day Hodor about what happened, the latter becomes visibly distracted.[[spoiler: Becomes HarsherInHindsight when you realize that Bran is the reason why Wylis turned into Hodor.]]
* Meera is clearly still hurting over Jojen's death, and while Bran is learning about his past and developing his powers, she can do nothing but wait, stuck north of the Wall with only Bran and Hodor for company.
* Poor Fat Walda when she realizes Ramsay has [[spoiler: killed Roose and he intends to also kill her and her newborn baby to secure his birthright]]. She might have come from a backstabbing family of opportunists and was married to a sociopath, but she wasn't a bad person herself and didn't deserve [[spoiler: to be fed to Ramsay's dogs along with her innocent child.]]
** The saddest part is that she had no say in any of it. She didn't get to choose who she married, she was forced to do it. And while she could have found happiness with Roose, ultimately there was only one way it could have ended and there was nothing she could have done to stop it.
*** The way she begs for [[spoiler: her son's life]], even offering to return to the Riverlands (where she was mocked and tormented by her own family) is really heartwrenching, especially with Ramsay's cold rebuttal:
-->'''Walda''': Ramsay, please! [[spoiler: He's your brother!]]
-->'''Ramsay''': [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel I prefer being an only child.]] ]]
* Melisandre openly breaking down in front of Davos, of all people, revealing how deeply her faith has been shaken to him.
* Tyrion's childhood story to Viserion and Rhaegal about asking for a dragon on his name day and his reaction to hearing that they had gone extinct:
-->'''Tyrion:''' When I was a child, an uncle asked what gift I wanted for my name day. I begged him for one of you. [[ChildrenAreInnocent "It wouldn't even have to be a big dragon," I told him. "It could be little like me."]] Everyone laughed like it was the funniest thing they had ever heard. Then my father told me the last dragon had died a century ago. I cried myself to sleep that night. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming But here you are.]]

[[AC:3 -- Oathbreaker]]
* Though they were traitors, its [[AlasPoorVillain hard to not feel sympathy for]] [[spoiler: the Night's Watch conspirators when they are about to be hanged.]] When they are asked what their final words are:
** [[spoiler: First Builder Yarwyck]] has a LastRequest to tell his family that he died fighting Wildlings.
** [[spoiler: Alliser Thorne gives a speech how everything he did was for the Night's Watch. And if he could, he would do it all over again knowing how it would end.]]
** [[spoiler: Finally, Olly, who has no final words, nothing else to say but goes down [[DeathGlare glaring]] Jon with absolute hatred and despise even to his final moments, this same child who once idolized him.]]
* [[spoiler: Just Jon leaving the Night's Watch in general can count as this, especially after confronting the people who killed him. He spent seasons proving his loyalty to the organization and to protect the Wall from the threat of White Walkers, and he was repaid with betrayal. The fact that Olly, who he helped train and raise, spent his last moments hating him with no regrets killing him was bad enough. When Jon decides to give his Lord Commander's cloak to Edd and walk away, he no longer cares if the Night's Watch as an organization survives or not in his absence.]]
* Daenerys goes to Vaes Dothrak and meets the Dosh Khaleen. As she tries to posture to and intimidate them, the eldest tells her she remembers Daenerys eating the stallion's heart. She thought Khal Drogo would conquer the world with her by his side. They all thought so of their khals. But now they are here, and so is Daenerys. She's young, but she'll learn like they did how things actually work.
* Arya [[spoiler: drinks from the fountain and receives her eyes again, signifying she has truly become "no one."]] While it's also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, it's a sign that [[spoiler: her identity has been truly destroyed now.]]
* The Umbers betraying the Starks by [[spoiler: handing over Osha and Rickon after giving them shelter for several years]]. [[spoiler: Not only have they already unceremoniously beheaded Shaggydog, the fact that these two are now at the mercy of Ramsay Bolton doesn't promise good chances for either of them.]]

[[AC:4--Book of the Stranger:]]
* Combined with [[Heartwarming/GameOfThrones heartwarming]], Jon and Sansa reuniting, in the first Stark children reunion since Season 1. They don't even say anything to each other in the courtyard; they just stare, and finally exchange a huge hug.
* The death of [[spoiler: Osha]]. [[UndyingLoyalty To the very last, she remained loyal]] to [[spoiler:the Starks]], and her last act was a failed attempt to protect her [[spoiler: "little lord" Rickon]].
* Theon's return to Pyke and reunion with his sister is almost the complete opposite of the reunion of the Stark siblings. While Jon and Sansa's meeting is one of reminiscence and warmth, Yara and Theon's is one of anger, sorrow and Yara's suspicion of her brother's motives for returning to Pyke. When Yara accuses him of returning only to take advantage of Balon's death and crown himself King of Pyke, Theon tearfully says he had no idea Balon was dead until he had arrived.
* Loras' imprisonment by the Sparrows [[DespairEventHorizon absolutely broke him]]. He doesn't care anymore if he is declared innocent or not, he just want it to end, one way or [[DeathSeeker another]].
* After putting up with a number of mean-spirited taunts from Daario about being old, Jorah gets his ass handed to him by a Dothraki bloodrider. Seeing him getting knocked around so brutally is heartbreaking...and then there's [[OhCrap Daario's response when he sees Jorah's greyscale.]]
* A Lhazareen Dosh Khaleen reminisces how she was forced to marry her khal when she was just a 12-year old girl and after she gave birth to [[HeirClubForMen a female child]] in the following year, he broke her ribs. Another example how absolutely vile the [[NoWomansLand Dothraki culture]] is.
** And if you remember anything about the Lhazareen from Season 1, you'll know that this teenage girl who got to be a Khaleesi for a short time (she was widowed at 16 - four years of forced married) was one of the ''lucky'' ones.
* When Kevan Lannister proves stubborn about authorising Cersei and Jaime's plan to overthrow the High Sparrow, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Cersei asks him if he wants to get his son back.]] Kevan responds, "Of course I want him back!", with visible tears in his eyes.
* Prior to Sansa's arrival at Castle Black, Edd calls out Jon for wanting to abandon the Night's Watch despite the impending threat of the White Walkers and pleads with him to reconsider. Later, when Sansa tries to convince Jon to help her reclaim Winterfell from the Boltons Jon snaps at her, and in the process reveals just how absolutely ''broken'' he's become over the course of the series, wanting nothing more to do with the conflicts that have brought nothing but pain and suffering to him and his friends and family...[[spoiler: Until he receives Ramsay's ultimatum]]
--> '''Sansa''': Winterfell is our home, and Arya's and Bran's and Rickon's wherever they are! It belongs to our family and we have to fight for it-
--> '''Jon''': ''I'M TIRED OF FIGHTING!''...It's all I've done since I left home!...I've killed brothers of the Night's Watch, I've killed Wildlings, I've killed men that I admired, I hanged a ''boy'', younger than Bran. I've fought...''and I lost.''

[[AC:5--The Door:]]
* The entire Battle of The Cave of the Three-Eyed Crow. [[spoiler: The Night's King intercepts one of Bran's visions and finds the location of The Crow's Cave by touching Bran. The Children of the Forest put up a valiant fight but do little to stop the advancement of the White Walkers. First most of the children die defending Bran and the Crow. Then Summer dies for the same. The Night's King kills the Three-Eyed Crow. Leaf performs a HeroicSacrifice against the wrights. And finally, Hodor is left behind to die holding back the door against the wright.]]
** [[spoiler: The worst part of it is, if Bran hadn't ventured into the green sea himself, ''none of this would happened.'' Imagine the guilt he must be feeling at not only causing so many deaths, but the fact that he's the reason Hodor is the way he is.]]
** [[spoiler: Hodor's HeroicSacrifice is sadder as this is right after you find out why he is the way he is, and what makes it sadder is the possibility that Hodor-in-present suddenly remembered the moment he broke down and learned the truth of his condition]]. Three words: [[spoiler: Hold. The. Door. For bonus points we get to hear the progression from those three words to hodthedoor and finally to Hodor.]]
** The circumstances surrounding his condition become even more bleak when further examined. [[spoiler: Consider that he was deprived of his intelligence or a normal life and reduced to a simpleton, whose whole point in existence was to sacrifice his life to buy enough time for his friends to flee. Unlike other characters whose downfalls were attributed by their own actions, Hodor wasn't ''even allowed to have that that''. His entire life was ruined by circumstances beyond his control and ''there was nothing he could do about it''.]] This makes him hands down one of the most tragic character in the show, if not the '''one'''.
* Arya watches a play about Robert's death and Ned's execution that followed, and to add insult to injury Ned is flanderized as a bumbling fool. Note also the fact that here, Arya can clearly see the act of his head being chopped off whereas in real life, she was thankfully spared the sight.
** There is also the fact that Arya finds out that unlike before, her target is not an AssholeVictim but a perfectly friendly pregnant woman.
** How the other characters in the play are represented. Tyrion goes from someone actually concerned with the fate of others and Sansa in particular to a selfish schemer who literally takes Littlefinger's place as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the traitor]]. Joffrey is made to appear completely innocent despite already being a cruel tyrant who needlessly excarcerbated the conditions of Robb's rebellion. Cersei is not jealous and spiteful like in reality. Even Robert is humiliated despite being twice the king either of his immediate successor or predecessor were.
** Also sad when we realize from the perspective that Arya is watching from. Unlike the audience (us, not the play's audience) Arya has no idea how much was fabricated. For all she knows, her sister really was raped by Tyrion, and Tyrion was the one who plotted to have Ned killed.
* As a final play of manipulation, perhaps to cause future division, Littlefinger advises Sansa that she needs to forge an army loyal specifically to her since Jon is only her ''half''-brother. The fact that she keeps this meeting hidden from Jon leaves the implication that the seeds may have been planted.
* The moment during the war council when Davos states that even the bravest men "don't want to see their wives and children skinned for a lost cause..." and you clearly see Melisandre in the background, looking away in shame. Because this is exactly what she did to Stannis, who was one of the bravest men and certainly didn't ''want'' to sacrifice his own wife and child, yet did so because she convinced him to fight for a lost cause.
* Jorah's bittersweet reunion with Dany. She has finally forgiven him but his greyscale has progressed to a point where he can no longer be with her. And even though Dany had threatened to kill him twice before, the reality of his impending death makes her break down in tears.
* After finally gaining some brief respite from his ordeal under the Bolton's captivity, Theon along with Yara are forced to go into exile when Euron wins the Kingsmoot and orders their execution. Given the many enemies the Ironborn have made, it's unlikely they will find any safe refuge to turn to for the moment.
* Euron reveals Theon's castration to the entire Iron Isles and they laugh.
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[[folder:Meta]]
* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for the first season, Maisie Williams talks about how devastated she was when Margaret John died, before Maisie even got to meet her.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXi1otDbWWk The 2013 [=ComicCon=] video "In Memoriam"]] starts out pretty funny, making light of the constant deaths in the series by flashing them very quickly with humorous subtitles and SoundtrackDissonance. However, we eventually turn to characters like Maester Luwin and Septa Mordane, and then the music becomes somber, each dead character gets a proper tribute, and we end with Ned, Robb, and Catelyn. The final shot is just "The North Remembers" in the title font.
** First you're snickering as it seems to make light and fun of the constant deaths in the series showing them how they died. Then it pans to Rodrik about to be executed and as it goes to other characters such as Khal Drogo and Jeor Mormont you remember that some of the most popular and beloved characters have also died and you feel the twist in your gut. And now [[spoiler: Oberyn and Ygritte]] are a part of that list as well.
* Robb Stark's recollection of the Greyjoy Rebellion as one of the extras on the season two Blu-ray.
--> "Theon is [[spoiler: my murdered fatherís ward, I am my murdered fatherís son.]] Like my father, and Robert, bound in blood, if not by blood, we are brothers."
* Also from the History and Lore section, the feature on Valyrian Steel. Narrated by Jorah Mormont, it takes an especially saddening recollection on how he shamed his father by selling poachers into slavery, and how -- even after having already fallen so far as to break the law in his attempt to pay his debt -- he couldn't bring himself to shame himself further by selling Longclaw. Nor could he bring himself to take it with him when he fled Westeros, instead leaving it behind for a better heir to claim it.
--> Valyrian steel is a wonder of the world, sharper than wits, truer than men, rarer than virtue... but even its edge cannot cut so deeply as a son's failure, nor its value match that of redemption.
** The Harrenhal feature, specifically Catelyn Stark's remarks on the apparent curse wiping out the families that lived there, how the sense of desolation haunting the place grows so overpowering that its owners feel as though they're being consumed alive... and how, in later years, they're proved right when [[OutlivingOnesOffspring their sons and grandsons die ahead of them]], allowing them to witness the slow demise of their family. Already pretty depressing, but [[spoiler: in light of Catelyn witnessing the collapse and death of her own family, it becomes much HarsherInHindsight.]]
** Oberyn Martell narrates several History and Lore features in the Season 4 Blu-ray, and most of them are surprisingly light-hearted, even the ones discussing his knowledge of poison and the Targaryens' botched attempts to conquer Dorne... right up until he discusses Robert's Rebellion. It's already evident from the show that he cared very deeply for Elia, but the featurettes expand on how he loved Elia for her kindness and intelligence, how he often did his best to protect her by chasing off lesser men, how he honestly thought that Rhaegar would be a good husband to her... and how wrong he turned out to be. The depth of grief and hatred in his voice is truly something to behold.
** Jaime Lannister's feature on the Kingsguard, especially towards the end when he discusses all the heroes written in the White Book and all the magnificent feats they performed... and then mentions his own entry, followed by uninspiring entries such as Meryn Trant and Borous Blount, all embarrassments to the Kingsguard but nowhere near as shameful as him. Once again, half of the sadness is in the delivery -- specifically the tone of self-loathing and despair in Jaime's voice.
* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for the third season on Episode 9 [[WhamEpisode The Rains Of Castamere]], poor Michelle Fairley is very audibly (and understandably) sad by what awaits her in watching the episode (Richard Madden asks if this is the first time Michelle is watching episode after filming, which it was). The commentary goes on as normal with the two and the director all reminiscing of wonderful times during shooting, and then by the time the episode is over, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBIAzBwadCc Michelle is audibly stressed and crying from The Red Wedding]]. Considering what a wonderful job she did as Catelyn Stark (and the fact she didn't even get nominated for an Emmy; something many fans were quite upset about), you honestly wanna give the woman such a hug and make her feel better.
** Michelle and Richard congratulated each other on their performances and then said "I love you". Real life Stark bonding, hell, almost exactly like a mother and her son.
* As much as the fanbase celebrated his character's death, [[spoiler:Jack Gleeson]]'s departure from the show has been a somber one. One can't help but feel that the show will never be quite the same without such an absolutely magnificent talent. Also, he's announced he's going to give up acting, and one can't help wondering if it's because of the hate he got from the FanDumb.
** Along those lines, [[spoiler: Pedro Pascal's]] performance as [[spoiler: Oberyn Martell]] was fantastic, and it's a damn shame to lose him so soon after we got him.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Charles Dance]] was absolutely one of the best actors on the show, and with [[spoiler:Tywin's]] death, he's left a positively massive void to fill onscreen. Although his character won't be missed, he certainly will.
** Following that trend, we now have [[spoiler: Roose Bolton]] joining the ranks. Even if he definitely deserved his death, he was a great character to watch.
* After season 5 finale, the whole ordeal of [[FanNickname Team Dragonstone]] has become this. Despite the constant AdaptationalVillainy and limited screentime, show Stannis had managed to gain a huge popularity, and Season 5 included scenes that cast a better light on him... and then [[spoiler: the whole family got killed off]] in a way that many felt was rushed and badly written, not tragic-but-still-grandiose like [[spoiler:Catelyn and Robb Stark in the Red Wedding]]. Not to mention that, like the examples listed above, [[spoiler: Stephen Dillane (assuming that Stannis is actually dead) and Kerry Ingram's performances]] will surely be missed.

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** [[SoHappyTogether The build up to the scene]] is equally heartbreaking. [[spoiler: Shireen enthusiastically talks to Stannis about the book she's reading, and for the first time Stannis doesn't use his typical BrutalHonesty. She tells him she's eager to help him in any possible way, and even [[IronicEcho repeats what her father told her at Castle Black.]] When she hugs him, Stannis is quicker than usual to hug her back. It really shows that, despite everything, their father-daughter relationship is genuine... and then Stannis whispers ''[[WhamLine "Forgive me"]]''.]]
** The flawless acting only makes it more tragic. [[spoiler: Stannis talks (and by the end of the scene looks) as if he were dead inside, Shireen shifts from enthusiasm to terror when she sees the stake, and an already nervous Selyse breaks down as she tries to save her daughter; all this while Melisandre keeps her own DissonantSerenity intact.]]
** [[spoiler: It's not just the fact that Shireen suffered such a cruel and horrifying death. It's the fact that she first screamed for help from her father, then kept screaming for her father to stop, ''begging'' him not to do it until she could do nothing else ''but'' scream. Shireen died knowing that her own father sentenced her to death and did ''nothing'' to stop it.]]
** Even the soldiers look incredibly upset and disturbed from the moment they realize what is going to happen to this sweet little girl. Many of them can be seen turning away or outright leaving, [[EveryoneHasStandards some with tears in their eyes.]] It's likely that a large portion of these soldiers, even the sellswords, have daughters or little sisters of their own, and are rightly horrified that their king and general is capable of [[spoiler: burning his own child alive.]]
** Selyse's BigNo after [[spoiler: Shireen dies]] is pretty heart-wrenching.
* This is where we discover just how sad and flawed a character [[BrokenAce Stannis]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Baratheon]] truly is. Having lived his whole life believing he should fulfill his duties no matter what and being led to believe that he is not only a king, but TheChosenOne and that the fate of the world rests on his shoulders, his entire worldview has been shattered by conflicting values: [[TheFettered his own principles]] versus [[TheUnfettered the greater good.]] His stubborn, obsessive personality and desperation to succeed has led him down a path him that ultimately puts him in a situation where he feels he must [[spoiler: burn his only daughter and heir alive]] for TheNeedsOfTheMany. To hear him try to put his own predicament into words, you get the sense of how trapped this great warrior and so-called king really is.
-->'''Stannis:''' [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Sometimes a person has to choose. Sometimes the world forces his hand.]] If a man knows what he is and remains true to himself... the choice is no choice at all. [[BecauseDestinySaysSo He must fulfill his destiny.]] [[DarkMessiah And become who he is meant to be.]] [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne However much he may hate it.]]
** Of course, AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is still in full-effect here.
* In the scene where he orders Davos away to Castle Black, Stannis can barely even look his friend in the eye, let alone face him directly.
* [[HeroicBSOD Jon is not taking his loss at Hardhome well.]] He believes that the rescue was a complete disaster and that he failed everyone who died.
** To make matters worse, he is met with the contemptuous, accusing eyes of his Night's Watch brethren when he returns from his mission with five thousand wildlings. His brief smile upon seeing Olly dies when the boy turns his back on him.
* The poor little girl who ends up getting picked by Meryn Trant in the brothel -- he makes [[DirtyOldMan Walder Frey]] look decent by comparison -- at least Walder's wife had hit puberty! The girl looks bewildered and scared as he drags her off -- not least because her clothing and badly-applied make-up suggests that she ''isn[='=]t'' trained at all for this -- and the Madame clearly isn't happy about it either.
* The moment during the pit fighting scene where Jorah locks eyes with Daenerys as he's stabbing a man in the heart. It's a raw moment that shows how far this man has gone to prove his love and devotion: He's to the point where he's sold himself into slavery, fighting to the death and killing men, just to be close to her.
* [[spoiler: Hizdahr's death.]] Very quick during a high-action sequence, but thanks to AdaptationalHeroism being fully in play, it will be felt in future episodes.
* Drogon getting hit by the Harpies' spears repeatedly. He just shrugs them off, but Daenerys' reaction is just heartwrenching anyway.
-->'''Daenerys:''' ''DROGON!''
* When Dany watches the Games, she's visibly disgusted by it all, but she's the only one. Everyone else is cheering, both the nobility and commoners alike. Hizdar was right, the Games were the one thing that brought masters and slaves of Mereen together, which is rather depressing.
* When Jorah proves to be the winner of the gladiator combat, [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Dany has to mask her look of concern with one of cold disapproval]]. At least if Jorah had died it would have been over; now she has to go back to being TheHighQueen.

[[AC:10 -- Mother's Mercy]]
* [[spoiler:Jon's assassination. He's stabbed once by a few members of the Watch, including Olly, who had idolized him and does so with sincere regret in his eyes.]]
** Worse still, the music that plays during the scene is the Starks' {{Leitmotif}}, specifically "Goodbye Brother" from Season 1. Even though Jon never bore the Stark name, he [[spoiler: died the same way his father and half-brother died, betrayed by his own people while trying to do what was right.]]
* Selyse hangs herself out of despair after Shireen's death. Even if their marriage was cold and unhappy, Stannis is clearly shocked by her death. The grimness of the whole scene combines this with NightmareFuel.
** It's implied that he doesn't even have time to see his wife properly buried. They have to leave her body there, slumped against a tree.
* Cersei walking through the streets being insulted and having garbage thrown at her while her feet bleed. Once she gets back to her home, she breaks down crying. Never has she seemed so disgraced and humiliated, and while some may say she's had it coming, it's still upsetting to see her like that.
** She was also subjected to a TraumaticHaircut before this... and when it concluded part of ''The Rains of Castamere'' were played, signifying how low she'd fallen.
*** Props to Lena Headey's amazing acting here -- even as her feet begin to bleed, she has spit, garbage, and who knows what else on her and has all kinds of verbal abusive thrown her way, Cersei keeps looking up at the Red Keep and you can almost ''see'' her thinking, "Tommen." Tyrion was right -- for all her faults, Cersei [[MamaBear really does love her kids.]] Which is going to make it ''even worse'' when she hears about [[KillTheCutie Myrcella's fate...]]
* Myrcella's sudden death, right after reassuring Jaime that she is happy to have him as her father. All of Jaime's efforts to connect to his child and Doran's attempts to avoid war dashed because of one woman's desire for revenge.
** Trystane Martell will likely be just as devastated, considering how much he seemed to love her.
* Stannis' storyline ends in one big ShootTheShaggyDog. His burning Shireen alive ultimately proves to be pointless; half his men desert the night before the battle, likely because they don't wish to serve a king who is willing to sacrifice his only child, meaning that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he might have lost ''because'' of the sacrifice]]. Melissandre abandons him during his greatest time of need, and his wife Selyse hangs herself over grief of their daughter's death. The icing on the cake is that his death is served by Brienne of Tarth, who reminds him of his hand in murdering his brother Renly. In the end, Stannis dies knowing that all of his ShootTheDog actions [[AllForNothing amounted to nothing]].
** It ends up being one for Brienne as well. She finally gets to dish out some vengeance on her sworn enemy, Stannis, the bastard who killed her beloved King Renly. [[SympathyForTheDevil What she finds is a defeated, wounded, sad shell of a man]] [[NervesOfSteel who shows no fear,]] [[FaceDeathWithDignity freely admits to the crime he's accused of, makes no excuses, does not beg,]] and [[DeathSeeker is entirely accepting of what is about to happen to him.]] She even visibly hesitates when he gives his FamousLastWords: [[HonorBeforeReason "Go on, do your duty."]] [[{{Irony}} You can see that she's finally realized that the man she's hated for so long is not a monster but someone who is, in many ways, just like her.]]
** Just seeing Stannis, who up until now has been TheStoic WarriorPrince in command of an army and in pursuit of a just cause, at the end of The Battle of Winterfell. He's gravely wounded and all of his men are dead. We watch him, the same man who had to be dragged out of The Battle of Blackwater, try futilely to stagger off into the woods using his own sword as a crutch. Where before we'd seen him cleave through one soldier after another, here he's barely able to overcome two Bolton men who attempt to kill him. As he collapses against a tree trunk, crying out in pain and rolling his eyes at his maimed leg, Stannis goes from a MemeticBadass to a portrait of crippling defeat.
* After suffering through a grueling winter snowstorm, then having their supplies burned by raiders in the night, then getting relieving weather only after sacrificing your king's princess, Stannis Baratheon's army is finally able to march on Winterfell and defeat the Boltons. That is, they would, if their sellswords hadn't lost faith and rode off during the night with all the horses. Oh, and their queen hanged herself, and their one source of magic and foresight into the future just hightailed it out of there as fast as she could. And Stannis still wants to march. After walking the rest of the way to Winterfell, the men are too tired to even effectively fight the massive Bolton cavalry charge they are met with upon arriving. Everyone there knows they have no chance of winning. Unfortunately, their leader is [[TheDeterminator Stannis Baratheon,]] and there's no way he's backing down now that he's reached this point. As you can imagine, [[CurbstompBattle the army is utterly massacred,]] with any remaining stragglers getting cruelly dispatched by [[ForTheEvulz Ramsay and his men.]]
* Melisandre arriving at Castle Black as the SoleSurvivor of Stannis's army. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness She's never looked more lost or hopeless, not to mention unflattering from the long ride.]] Then the silence of her HeroicBSOD crushes any hopes Jon or Davos had when they realize that [[EverybodysDeadDave Stannis is gone and so are all his people.]]
** [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Her reaction when Davos asks about Shireen.]] Now Davos has to live with losing a son and a surrogate daughter. And Melisandre has to live with the knowledge that she burned a little girl alive (and all those other people she burned in the name of Stannis's cause) and [[AllForNothing it not only solved nothing,]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it made the Baratheon army's situation completely unsalvageable.]]
** Davos's face when he realizes that [[spoiler: Shireen is dead]].
* The abuse those poor little girls suffer at the hands of [[DumbMuscle Ser]] [[{{Jerkass}} Meryn]] [[{{Sadist}} Trant]]. [[spoiler: If not for Arya's BatmanGambit,]] one or all of them would have surely been beaten and raped without mercy. [[CrapsackWorld And he'd totally get away with it]].
* Arya [[spoiler: losing her eyesight.]]
** Her grief at Jaqen H'gar's [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice. Only it wasn't truly Jaqen H'gar. And his sacrifice wasn't truly heroic.]]
*** The way Arya cries out, "No! You can't die!" is ''heartbreaking''. The kid's lost her father, mother, her brothers (to her knowledge), Syrio, Yoren, and even The Hound and for a moment, it seemed she'd lost yet ''another'' person important to her. (Which is sad in of itself, since Jaqen was much colder to Arya here than back in Season 2.) Meanwhile, [[{{Jerkass}} The Waif]] gloats over how Arya didn't really know "Jaqen" at all. Great acting from Maisie Williams.
* Hell, the whole damn episode is a Tear Jerker Conga Line.

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[[AC:1 -- The Red Woman]]
* Edd's reaction to [[spoiler: Jon's death. For the first time in the series, he's completely speechless. No jokes, just sadness over the death of his last friend.]]
** Also Ghost's reaction to [[spoiler: seeing his master dead. He knew Jon was in trouble but was trapped inside his pen and all he can do is howl in mourning. When reunited with Jon's body, he nuzzled his hand and then laid in a corner moaning]].
* The deaths of [[spoiler: Doran Martell and his son Trystane at the hands of [[UngratefulBastard Ellaria and the Sand Snakes]].]] Its made particularly heartbreaking with him asking during his final moments what will happen to [[spoiler: his son]]. Consider now that [[spoiler: [[EverybodysDeadDave House Martell is effectively extinguished]] with the last surviving members of their line now dead.]]
* Melisandre's [[BreakTheBeliever depression]] over how far her prophecies have gone off the rails. She looks heartbroken even before [[spoiler:the glamour comes off.]]
* Cersei's excitement at a ship from Dorne sailing in becomes heartbroken horror as she sees [[spoiler: a somber Jaime with a coffin covered in a golden shroud, and realizes that her daughter is dead.]] After everything she's been through last season, the thought of Tommen secure on the throne and Jaime bringing her only daughter back is what's kept her going...
-->'''Cersei:''' [[spoiler: She was so ''good''...I don't know where she came from, she was nothing like me. I thought, if I could create something so sweet, so pure...then maybe I wasn't the monster I thought I was.]]
** Even worse is the aftermath. She tells Jaime that [[spoiler: she can't bear the thought of Myrcella decaying in a dark crypt, and worries that the prophecy the witch told her is all coming true...]]
* Margaery's continued ordeal in prison. She doesn't protest her innocence anymore; all she wants is to see her brother again.
* A blind Arya having to beg on the streets of Bravos to survive, then being beaten every day by the House of Black and White acolyte, who mocks her before leaving. It's implied that this has been going on since last season. The scene is mercifully brief, but it still conveys how bad things are for Arya.

[[AC:2 -- Home]]
* Theon breaking down in tears, admitting that doesn't want to be forgiven for his crimes and all he wants to do before he dies is to escort Sansa to the wall and return home to the Iron Islands.
* Bran seeing his father and uncle as children happily playing in Winterfell, only to be snapped out of it by the three-eyed raven.
-->'''Bran:''' You finally show me something I care about, and then you drag me away!
-->'''Three-Eyed Raven:''' It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you drown.
-->'''Bran:''' I wasn't drowning! I was home.
* In the same hallucination, seeing Hodor/[[spoiler: Wyllis]] before he lost a large chunk of his intellect. When Bran asks present day Hodor about what happened, the latter becomes visibly distracted.[[spoiler: Becomes HarsherInHindsight when you realize that Bran is the reason why Wylis turned into Hodor.]]
* Meera is clearly still hurting over Jojen's death, and while Bran is learning about his past and developing his powers, she can do nothing but wait, stuck north of the Wall with only Bran and Hodor for company.
* Poor Fat Walda when she realizes Ramsay has [[spoiler: killed Roose and he intends to also kill her and her newborn baby to secure his birthright]]. She might have come from a backstabbing family of opportunists and was married to a sociopath, but she wasn't a bad person herself and didn't deserve [[spoiler: to be fed to Ramsay's dogs along with her innocent child.]]
** The saddest part is that she had no say in any of it. She didn't get to choose who she married, she was forced to do it. And while she could have found happiness with Roose, ultimately there was only one way it could have ended and there was nothing she could have done to stop it.
*** The way she begs for [[spoiler: her son's life]], even offering to return to the Riverlands (where she was mocked and tormented by her own family) is really heartwrenching, especially with Ramsay's cold rebuttal:
-->'''Walda''': Ramsay, please! [[spoiler: He's your brother!]]
-->'''Ramsay''': [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel I prefer being an only child.]] ]]
* Melisandre openly breaking down in front of Davos, of all people, revealing how deeply her faith has been shaken to him.
* Tyrion's childhood story to Viserion and Rhaegal about asking for a dragon on his name day and his reaction to hearing that they had gone extinct:
-->'''Tyrion:''' When I was a child, an uncle asked what gift I wanted for my name day. I begged him for one of you. [[ChildrenAreInnocent "It wouldn't even have to be a big dragon," I told him. "It could be little like me."]] Everyone laughed like it was the funniest thing they had ever heard. Then my father told me the last dragon had died a century ago. I cried myself to sleep that night. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming But here you are.]]

[[AC:3 -- Oathbreaker]]
* Though they were traitors, its [[AlasPoorVillain hard to not feel sympathy for]] [[spoiler: the Night's Watch conspirators when they are about to be hanged.]] When they are asked what their final words are:
** [[spoiler: First Builder Yarwyck]] has a LastRequest to tell his family that he died fighting Wildlings.
** [[spoiler: Alliser Thorne gives a speech how everything he did was for the Night's Watch. And if he could, he would do it all over again knowing how it would end.]]
** [[spoiler: Finally, Olly, who has no final words, nothing else to say but goes down [[DeathGlare glaring]] Jon with absolute hatred and despise even to his final moments, this same child who once idolized him.]]
* [[spoiler: Just Jon leaving the Night's Watch in general can count as this, especially after confronting the people who killed him. He spent seasons proving his loyalty to the organization and to protect the Wall from the threat of White Walkers, and he was repaid with betrayal. The fact that Olly, who he helped train and raise, spent his last moments hating him with no regrets killing him was bad enough. When Jon decides to give his Lord Commander's cloak to Edd and walk away, he no longer cares if the Night's Watch as an organization survives or not in his absence.]]
* Daenerys goes to Vaes Dothrak and meets the Dosh Khaleen. As she tries to posture to and intimidate them, the eldest tells her she remembers Daenerys eating the stallion's heart. She thought Khal Drogo would conquer the world with her by his side. They all thought so of their khals. But now they are here, and so is Daenerys. She's young, but she'll learn like they did how things actually work.
* Arya [[spoiler: drinks from the fountain and receives her eyes again, signifying she has truly become "no one."]] While it's also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, it's a sign that [[spoiler: her identity has been truly destroyed now.]]
* The Umbers betraying the Starks by [[spoiler: handing over Osha and Rickon after giving them shelter for several years]]. [[spoiler: Not only have they already unceremoniously beheaded Shaggydog, the fact that these two are now at the mercy of Ramsay Bolton doesn't promise good chances for either of them.]]

[[AC:4--Book of the Stranger:]]
* Combined with [[Heartwarming/GameOfThrones heartwarming]], Jon and Sansa reuniting, in the first Stark children reunion since Season 1. They don't even say anything to each other in the courtyard; they just stare, and finally exchange a huge hug.
* The death of [[spoiler: Osha]]. [[UndyingLoyalty To the very last, she remained loyal]] to [[spoiler:the Starks]], and her last act was a failed attempt to protect her [[spoiler: "little lord" Rickon]].
* Theon's return to Pyke and reunion with his sister is almost the complete opposite of the reunion of the Stark siblings. While Jon and Sansa's meeting is one of reminiscence and warmth, Yara and Theon's is one of anger, sorrow and Yara's suspicion of her brother's motives for returning to Pyke. When Yara accuses him of returning only to take advantage of Balon's death and crown himself King of Pyke, Theon tearfully says he had no idea Balon was dead until he had arrived.
* Loras' imprisonment by the Sparrows [[DespairEventHorizon absolutely broke him]]. He doesn't care anymore if he is declared innocent or not, he just want it to end, one way or [[DeathSeeker another]].
* After putting up with a number of mean-spirited taunts from Daario about being old, Jorah gets his ass handed to him by a Dothraki bloodrider. Seeing him getting knocked around so brutally is heartbreaking...and then there's [[OhCrap Daario's response when he sees Jorah's greyscale.]]
* A Lhazareen Dosh Khaleen reminisces how she was forced to marry her khal when she was just a 12-year old girl and after she gave birth to [[HeirClubForMen a female child]] in the following year, he broke her ribs. Another example how absolutely vile the [[NoWomansLand Dothraki culture]] is.
** And if you remember anything about the Lhazareen from Season 1, you'll know that this teenage girl who got to be a Khaleesi for a short time (she was widowed at 16 - four years of forced married) was one of the ''lucky'' ones.
* When Kevan Lannister proves stubborn about authorising Cersei and Jaime's plan to overthrow the High Sparrow, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Cersei asks him if he wants to get his son back.]] Kevan responds, "Of course I want him back!", with visible tears in his eyes.
* Prior to Sansa's arrival at Castle Black, Edd calls out Jon for wanting to abandon the Night's Watch despite the impending threat of the White Walkers and pleads with him to reconsider. Later, when Sansa tries to convince Jon to help her reclaim Winterfell from the Boltons Jon snaps at her, and in the process reveals just how absolutely ''broken'' he's become over the course of the series, wanting nothing more to do with the conflicts that have brought nothing but pain and suffering to him and his friends and family...[[spoiler: Until he receives Ramsay's ultimatum]]
--> '''Sansa''': Winterfell is our home, and Arya's and Bran's and Rickon's wherever they are! It belongs to our family and we have to fight for it-
--> '''Jon''': ''I'M TIRED OF FIGHTING!''...It's all I've done since I left home!...I've killed brothers of the Night's Watch, I've killed Wildlings, I've killed men that I admired, I hanged a ''boy'', younger than Bran. I've fought...''and I lost.''

[[AC:5--The Door:]]
* The entire Battle of The Cave of the Three-Eyed Crow. [[spoiler: The Night's King intercepts one of Bran's visions and finds the location of The Crow's Cave by touching Bran. The Children of the Forest put up a valiant fight but do little to stop the advancement of the White Walkers. First most of the children die defending Bran and the Crow. Then Summer dies for the same. The Night's King kills the Three-Eyed Crow. Leaf performs a HeroicSacrifice against the wrights. And finally, Hodor is left behind to die holding back the door against the wright.]]
** [[spoiler: The worst part of it is, if Bran hadn't ventured into the green sea himself, ''none of this would happened.'' Imagine the guilt he must be feeling at not only causing so many deaths, but the fact that he's the reason Hodor is the way he is.]]
** [[spoiler: Hodor's HeroicSacrifice is sadder as this is right after you find out why he is the way he is, and what makes it sadder is the possibility that Hodor-in-present suddenly remembered the moment he broke down and learned the truth of his condition]]. Three words: [[spoiler: Hold. The. Door. For bonus points we get to hear the progression from those three words to hodthedoor and finally to Hodor.]]
** The circumstances surrounding his condition become even more bleak when further examined. [[spoiler: Consider that he was deprived of his intelligence or a normal life and reduced to a simpleton, whose whole point in existence was to sacrifice his life to buy enough time for his friends to flee. Unlike other characters whose downfalls were attributed by their own actions, Hodor wasn't ''even allowed to have that that''. His entire life was ruined by circumstances beyond his control and ''there was nothing he could do about it''.]] This makes him hands down one of the most tragic character in the show, if not the '''one'''.
* Arya watches a play about Robert's death and Ned's execution that followed, and to add insult to injury Ned is flanderized as a bumbling fool. Note also the fact that here, Arya can clearly see the act of his head being chopped off whereas in real life, she was thankfully spared the sight.
** There is also the fact that Arya finds out that unlike before, her target is not an AssholeVictim but a perfectly friendly pregnant woman.
** How the other characters in the play are represented. Tyrion goes from someone actually concerned with the fate of others and Sansa in particular to a selfish schemer who literally takes Littlefinger's place as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the traitor]]. Joffrey is made to appear completely innocent despite already being a cruel tyrant who needlessly excarcerbated the conditions of Robb's rebellion. Cersei is not jealous and spiteful like in reality. Even Robert is humiliated despite being twice the king either of his immediate successor or predecessor were.
** Also sad when we realize from the perspective that Arya is watching from. Unlike the audience (us, not the play's audience) Arya has no idea how much was fabricated. For all she knows, her sister really was raped by Tyrion, and Tyrion was the one who plotted to have Ned killed.
* As a final play of manipulation, perhaps to cause future division, Littlefinger advises Sansa that she needs to forge an army loyal specifically to her since Jon is only her ''half''-brother. The fact that she keeps this meeting hidden from Jon leaves the implication that the seeds may have been planted.
* The moment during the war council when Davos states that even the bravest men "don't want to see their wives and children skinned for a lost cause..." and you clearly see Melisandre in the background, looking away in shame. Because this is exactly what she did to Stannis, who was one of the bravest men and certainly didn't ''want'' to sacrifice his own wife and child, yet did so because she convinced him to fight for a lost cause.
* Jorah's bittersweet reunion with Dany. She has finally forgiven him but his greyscale has progressed to a point where he can no longer be with her. And even though Dany had threatened to kill him twice before, the reality of his impending death makes her break down in tears.
* After finally gaining some brief respite from his ordeal under the Bolton's captivity, Theon along with Yara are forced to go into exile when Euron wins the Kingsmoot and orders their execution. Given the many enemies the Ironborn have made, it's unlikely they will find any safe refuge to turn to for the moment.
* Euron reveals Theon's castration to the entire Iron Isles and they laugh.
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[[folder:Meta]]
* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for the first season, Maisie Williams talks about how devastated she was when Margaret John died, before Maisie even got to meet her.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXi1otDbWWk The 2013 [=ComicCon=] video "In Memoriam"]] starts out pretty funny, making light of the constant deaths in the series by flashing them very quickly with humorous subtitles and SoundtrackDissonance. However, we eventually turn to characters like Maester Luwin and Septa Mordane, and then the music becomes somber, each dead character gets a proper tribute, and we end with Ned, Robb, and Catelyn. The final shot is just "The North Remembers" in the title font.
** First you're snickering as it seems to make light and fun of the constant deaths in the series showing them how they died. Then it pans to Rodrik about to be executed and as it goes to other characters such as Khal Drogo and Jeor Mormont you remember that some of the most popular and beloved characters have also died and you feel the twist in your gut. And now [[spoiler: Oberyn and Ygritte]] are a part of that list as well.
* Robb Stark's recollection of the Greyjoy Rebellion as one of the extras on the season two Blu-ray.
--> "Theon is [[spoiler: my murdered fatherís ward, I am my murdered fatherís son.]] Like my father, and Robert, bound in blood, if not by blood, we are brothers."
* Also from the History and Lore section, the feature on Valyrian Steel. Narrated by Jorah Mormont, it takes an especially saddening recollection on how he shamed his father by selling poachers into slavery, and how -- even after having already fallen so far as to break the law in his attempt to pay his debt -- he couldn't bring himself to shame himself further by selling Longclaw. Nor could he bring himself to take it with him when he fled Westeros, instead leaving it behind for a better heir to claim it.
--> Valyrian steel is a wonder of the world, sharper than wits, truer than men, rarer than virtue... but even its edge cannot cut so deeply as a son's failure, nor its value match that of redemption.
** The Harrenhal feature, specifically Catelyn Stark's remarks on the apparent curse wiping out the families that lived there, how the sense of desolation haunting the place grows so overpowering that its owners feel as though they're being consumed alive... and how, in later years, they're proved right when [[OutlivingOnesOffspring their sons and grandsons die ahead of them]], allowing them to witness the slow demise of their family. Already pretty depressing, but [[spoiler: in light of Catelyn witnessing the collapse and death of her own family, it becomes much HarsherInHindsight.]]
** Oberyn Martell narrates several History and Lore features in the Season 4 Blu-ray, and most of them are surprisingly light-hearted, even the ones discussing his knowledge of poison and the Targaryens' botched attempts to conquer Dorne... right up until he discusses Robert's Rebellion. It's already evident from the show that he cared very deeply for Elia, but the featurettes expand on how he loved Elia for her kindness and intelligence, how he often did his best to protect her by chasing off lesser men, how he honestly thought that Rhaegar would be a good husband to her... and how wrong he turned out to be. The depth of grief and hatred in his voice is truly something to behold.
** Jaime Lannister's feature on the Kingsguard, especially towards the end when he discusses all the heroes written in the White Book and all the magnificent feats they performed... and then mentions his own entry, followed by uninspiring entries such as Meryn Trant and Borous Blount, all embarrassments to the Kingsguard but nowhere near as shameful as him. Once again, half of the sadness is in the delivery -- specifically the tone of self-loathing and despair in Jaime's voice.
* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for the third season on Episode 9 [[WhamEpisode The Rains Of Castamere]], poor Michelle Fairley is very audibly (and understandably) sad by what awaits her in watching the episode (Richard Madden asks if this is the first time Michelle is watching episode after filming, which it was). The commentary goes on as normal with the two and the director all reminiscing of wonderful times during shooting, and then by the time the episode is over, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBIAzBwadCc Michelle is audibly stressed and crying from The Red Wedding]]. Considering what a wonderful job she did as Catelyn Stark (and the fact she didn't even get nominated for an Emmy; something many fans were quite upset about), you honestly wanna give the woman such a hug and make her feel better.
** Michelle and Richard congratulated each other on their performances and then said "I love you". Real life Stark bonding, hell, almost exactly like a mother and her son.
* As much as the fanbase celebrated his character's death, [[spoiler:Jack Gleeson]]'s departure from the show has been a somber one. One can't help but feel that the show will never be quite the same without such an absolutely magnificent talent. Also, he's announced he's going to give up acting, and one can't help wondering if it's because of the hate he got from the FanDumb.
** Along those lines, [[spoiler: Pedro Pascal's]] performance as [[spoiler: Oberyn Martell]] was fantastic, and it's a damn shame to lose him so soon after we got him.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Charles Dance]] was absolutely one of the best actors on the show, and with [[spoiler:Tywin's]] death, he's left a positively massive void to fill onscreen. Although his character won't be missed, he certainly will.
** Following that trend, we now have [[spoiler: Roose Bolton]] joining the ranks. Even if he definitely deserved his death, he was a great character to watch.
* After season 5 finale, the whole ordeal of [[FanNickname Team Dragonstone]] has become this. Despite the constant AdaptationalVillainy and limited screentime, show Stannis had managed to gain a huge popularity, and Season 5 included scenes that cast a better light on him... and then [[spoiler: the whole family got killed off]] in a way that many felt was rushed and badly written, not tragic-but-still-grandiose like [[spoiler:Catelyn and Robb Stark in the Red Wedding]]. Not to mention that, like the examples listed above, [[spoiler: Stephen Dillane (assuming that Stannis is actually dead) and Kerry Ingram's performances]] will surely be missed.

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** [[SoHappyTogether The build up to the scene]] is equally heartbreaking. [[spoiler: Shireen enthusiastically talks to Stannis about the book she's reading, and for the first time Stannis doesn't use his typical BrutalHonesty. She tells him she's eager to help him in any possible way, and even [[IronicEcho repeats what her father told her at Castle Black.]] When she hugs him, Stannis is quicker than usual to hug her back. It really shows that, despite everything, their father-daughter relationship is genuine... and then Stannis whispers ''[[WhamLine "Forgive me"]]''.]]
** The flawless acting only makes it more tragic. [[spoiler: Stannis talks (and by the end of the scene looks) as if he were dead inside, Shireen shifts from enthusiasm to terror when she sees the stake, and an already nervous Selyse breaks down as she tries to save her daughter; all this while Melisandre keeps her own DissonantSerenity intact.]]
** [[spoiler: It's not just the fact that Shireen suffered such a cruel and horrifying death. It's the fact that she first screamed for help from her father, then kept screaming for her father to stop, ''begging'' him not to do it until she could do nothing else ''but'' scream. Shireen died knowing that her own father sentenced her to death and did ''nothing'' to stop it.]]
** Even the soldiers look incredibly upset and disturbed from the moment they realize what is going to happen to this sweet little girl. Many of them can be seen turning away or outright leaving, [[EveryoneHasStandards some with tears in their eyes.]] It's likely that a large portion of these soldiers, even the sellswords, have daughters or little sisters of their own, and are rightly horrified that their king and general is capable of [[spoiler: burning his own child alive.]]
** Selyse's BigNo after [[spoiler: Shireen dies]] is pretty heart-wrenching.
* This is where we discover just how sad and flawed a character [[BrokenAce Stannis]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Baratheon]] truly is. Having lived his whole life believing he should fulfill his duties no matter what and being led to believe that he is not only a king, but TheChosenOne and that the fate of the world rests on his shoulders, his entire worldview has been shattered by conflicting values: [[TheFettered his own principles]] versus [[TheUnfettered the greater good.]] His stubborn, obsessive personality and desperation to succeed has led him down a path him that ultimately puts him in a situation where he feels he must [[spoiler: burn his only daughter and heir alive]] for TheNeedsOfTheMany. To hear him try to put his own predicament into words, you get the sense of how trapped this great warrior and so-called king really is.
-->'''Stannis:''' [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Sometimes a person has to choose. Sometimes the world forces his hand.]] If a man knows what he is and remains true to himself... the choice is no choice at all. [[BecauseDestinySaysSo He must fulfill his destiny.]] [[DarkMessiah And become who he is meant to be.]] [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne However much he may hate it.]]
** Of course, AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is still in full-effect here.
* In the scene where he orders Davos away to Castle Black, Stannis can barely even look his friend in the eye, let alone face him directly.
* [[HeroicBSOD Jon is not taking his loss at Hardhome well.]] He believes that the rescue was a complete disaster and that he failed everyone who died.
** To make matters worse, he is met with the contemptuous, accusing eyes of his Night's Watch brethren when he returns from his mission with five thousand wildlings. His brief smile upon seeing Olly dies when the boy turns his back on him.
* The poor little girl who ends up getting picked by Meryn Trant in the brothel -- he makes [[DirtyOldMan Walder Frey]] look decent by comparison -- at least Walder's wife had hit puberty! The girl looks bewildered and scared as he drags her off -- not least because her clothing and badly-applied make-up suggests that she ''isn[='=]t'' trained at all for this -- and the Madame clearly isn't happy about it either.
* The moment during the pit fighting scene where Jorah locks eyes with Daenerys as he's stabbing a man in the heart. It's a raw moment that shows how far this man has gone to prove his love and devotion: He's to the point where he's sold himself into slavery, fighting to the death and killing men, just to be close to her.
* [[spoiler: Hizdahr's death.]] Very quick during a high-action sequence, but thanks to AdaptationalHeroism being fully in play, it will be felt in future episodes.
* Drogon getting hit by the Harpies' spears repeatedly. He just shrugs them off, but Daenerys' reaction is just heartwrenching anyway.
-->'''Daenerys:''' ''DROGON!''
* When Dany watches the Games, she's visibly disgusted by it all, but she's the only one. Everyone else is cheering, both the nobility and commoners alike. Hizdar was right, the Games were the one thing that brought masters and slaves of Mereen together, which is rather depressing.
* When Jorah proves to be the winner of the gladiator combat, [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Dany has to mask her look of concern with one of cold disapproval]]. At least if Jorah had died it would have been over; now she has to go back to being TheHighQueen.

[[AC:10 -- Mother's Mercy]]
* [[spoiler:Jon's assassination. He's stabbed once by a few members of the Watch, including Olly, who had idolized him and does so with sincere regret in his eyes.]]
** Worse still, the music that plays during the scene is the Starks' {{Leitmotif}}, specifically "Goodbye Brother" from Season 1. Even though Jon never bore the Stark name, he [[spoiler: died the same way his father and half-brother died, betrayed by his own people while trying to do what was right.]]
* Selyse hangs herself out of despair after Shireen's death. Even if their marriage was cold and unhappy, Stannis is clearly shocked by her death. The grimness of the whole scene combines this with NightmareFuel.
** It's implied that he doesn't even have time to see his wife properly buried. They have to leave her body there, slumped against a tree.
* Cersei walking through the streets being insulted and having garbage thrown at her while her feet bleed. Once she gets back to her home, she breaks down crying. Never has she seemed so disgraced and humiliated, and while some may say she's had it coming, it's still upsetting to see her like that.
** She was also subjected to a TraumaticHaircut before this... and when it concluded part of ''The Rains of Castamere'' were played, signifying how low she'd fallen.
*** Props to Lena Headey's amazing acting here -- even as her feet begin to bleed, she has spit, garbage, and who knows what else on her and has all kinds of verbal abusive thrown her way, Cersei keeps looking up at the Red Keep and you can almost ''see'' her thinking, "Tommen." Tyrion was right -- for all her faults, Cersei [[MamaBear really does love her kids.]] Which is going to make it ''even worse'' when she hears about [[KillTheCutie Myrcella's fate...]]
* Myrcella's sudden death, right after reassuring Jaime that she is happy to have him as her father. All of Jaime's efforts to connect to his child and Doran's attempts to avoid war dashed because of one woman's desire for revenge.
** Trystane Martell will likely be just as devastated, considering how much he seemed to love her.
* Stannis' storyline ends in one big ShootTheShaggyDog. His burning Shireen alive ultimately proves to be pointless; half his men desert the night before the battle, likely because they don't wish to serve a king who is willing to sacrifice his only child, meaning that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he might have lost ''because'' of the sacrifice]]. Melissandre abandons him during his greatest time of need, and his wife Selyse hangs herself over grief of their daughter's death. The icing on the cake is that his death is served by Brienne of Tarth, who reminds him of his hand in murdering his brother Renly. In the end, Stannis dies knowing that all of his ShootTheDog actions [[AllForNothing amounted to nothing]].
** It ends up being one for Brienne as well. She finally gets to dish out some vengeance on her sworn enemy, Stannis, the bastard who killed her beloved King Renly. [[SympathyForTheDevil What she finds is a defeated, wounded, sad shell of a man]] [[NervesOfSteel who shows no fear,]] [[FaceDeathWithDignity freely admits to the crime he's accused of, makes no excuses, does not beg,]] and [[DeathSeeker is entirely accepting of what is about to happen to him.]] She even visibly hesitates when he gives his FamousLastWords: [[HonorBeforeReason "Go on, do your duty."]] [[{{Irony}} You can see that she's finally realized that the man she's hated for so long is not a monster but someone who is, in many ways, just like her.]]
** Just seeing Stannis, who up until now has been TheStoic WarriorPrince in command of an army and in pursuit of a just cause, at the end of The Battle of Winterfell. He's gravely wounded and all of his men are dead. We watch him, the same man who had to be dragged out of The Battle of Blackwater, try futilely to stagger off into the woods using his own sword as a crutch. Where before we'd seen him cleave through one soldier after another, here he's barely able to overcome two Bolton men who attempt to kill him. As he collapses against a tree trunk, crying out in pain and rolling his eyes at his maimed leg, Stannis goes from a MemeticBadass to a portrait of crippling defeat.
* After suffering through a grueling winter snowstorm, then having their supplies burned by raiders in the night, then getting relieving weather only after sacrificing your king's princess, Stannis Baratheon's army is finally able to march on Winterfell and defeat the Boltons. That is, they would, if their sellswords hadn't lost faith and rode off during the night with all the horses. Oh, and their queen hanged herself, and their one source of magic and foresight into the future just hightailed it out of there as fast as she could. And Stannis still wants to march. After walking the rest of the way to Winterfell, the men are too tired to even effectively fight the massive Bolton cavalry charge they are met with upon arriving. Everyone there knows they have no chance of winning. Unfortunately, their leader is [[TheDeterminator Stannis Baratheon,]] and there's no way he's backing down now that he's reached this point. As you can imagine, [[CurbstompBattle the army is utterly massacred,]] with any remaining stragglers getting cruelly dispatched by [[ForTheEvulz Ramsay and his men.]]
* Melisandre arriving at Castle Black as the SoleSurvivor of Stannis's army. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness She's never looked more lost or hopeless, not to mention unflattering from the long ride.]] Then the silence of her HeroicBSOD crushes any hopes Jon or Davos had when they realize that [[EverybodysDeadDave Stannis is gone and so are all his people.]]
** [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Her reaction when Davos asks about Shireen.]] Now Davos has to live with losing a son and a surrogate daughter. And Melisandre has to live with the knowledge that she burned a little girl alive (and all those other people she burned in the name of Stannis's cause) and [[AllForNothing it not only solved nothing,]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it made the Baratheon army's situation completely unsalvageable.]]
** Davos's face when he realizes that [[spoiler: Shireen is dead]].
* The abuse those poor little girls suffer at the hands of [[DumbMuscle Ser]] [[{{Jerkass}} Meryn]] [[{{Sadist}} Trant]]. [[spoiler: If not for Arya's BatmanGambit,]] one or all of them would have surely been beaten and raped without mercy. [[CrapsackWorld And he'd totally get away with it]].
* Arya [[spoiler: losing her eyesight.]]
** Her grief at Jaqen H'gar's [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice. Only it wasn't truly Jaqen H'gar. And his sacrifice wasn't truly heroic.]]
*** The way Arya cries out, "No! You can't die!" is ''heartbreaking''. The kid's lost her father, mother, her brothers (to her knowledge), Syrio, Yoren, and even The Hound and for a moment, it seemed she'd lost yet ''another'' person important to her. (Which is sad in of itself, since Jaqen was much colder to Arya here than back in Season 2.) Meanwhile, [[{{Jerkass}} The Waif]] gloats over how Arya didn't really know "Jaqen" at all. Great acting from Maisie Williams.
* Hell, the whole damn episode is a Tear Jerker Conga Line.

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[[folder:Season 6]]
[[AC:1 -- The Red Woman]]
* Edd's reaction to [[spoiler: Jon's death. For the first time in the series, he's completely speechless. No jokes, just sadness over the death of his last friend.]]
** Also Ghost's reaction to [[spoiler: seeing his master dead. He knew Jon was in trouble but was trapped inside his pen and all he can do is howl in mourning. When reunited with Jon's body, he nuzzled his hand and then laid in a corner moaning]].
* The deaths of [[spoiler: Doran Martell and his son Trystane at the hands of [[UngratefulBastard Ellaria and the Sand Snakes]].]] Its made particularly heartbreaking with him asking during his final moments what will happen to [[spoiler: his son]]. Consider now that [[spoiler: [[EverybodysDeadDave House Martell is effectively extinguished]] with the last surviving members of their line now dead.]]
* Melisandre's [[BreakTheBeliever depression]] over how far her prophecies have gone off the rails. She looks heartbroken even before [[spoiler:the glamour comes off.]]
* Cersei's excitement at a ship from Dorne sailing in becomes heartbroken horror as she sees [[spoiler: a somber Jaime with a coffin covered in a golden shroud, and realizes that her daughter is dead.]] After everything she's been through last season, the thought of Tommen secure on the throne and Jaime bringing her only daughter back is what's kept her going...
-->'''Cersei:''' [[spoiler: She was so ''good''...I don't know where she came from, she was nothing like me. I thought, if I could create something so sweet, so pure...then maybe I wasn't the monster I thought I was.]]
** Even worse is the aftermath. She tells Jaime that [[spoiler: she can't bear the thought of Myrcella decaying in a dark crypt, and worries that the prophecy the witch told her is all coming true...]]
* Margaery's continued ordeal in prison. She doesn't protest her innocence anymore; all she wants is to see her brother again.
* A blind Arya having to beg on the streets of Bravos to survive, then being beaten every day by the House of Black and White acolyte, who mocks her before leaving. It's implied that this has been going on since last season. The scene is mercifully brief, but it still conveys how bad things are for Arya.

[[AC:2 -- Home]]
* Theon breaking down in tears, admitting that doesn't want to be forgiven for his crimes and all he wants to do before he dies is to escort Sansa to the wall and return home to the Iron Islands.
* Bran seeing his father and uncle as children happily playing in Winterfell, only to be snapped out of it by the three-eyed raven.
-->'''Bran:''' You finally show me something I care about, and then you drag me away!
-->'''Three-Eyed Raven:''' It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you drown.
-->'''Bran:''' I wasn't drowning! I was home.
* In the same hallucination, seeing Hodor/[[spoiler: Wyllis]] before he lost a large chunk of his intellect. When Bran asks present day Hodor about what happened, the latter becomes visibly distracted.[[spoiler: Becomes HarsherInHindsight when you realize that Bran is the reason why Wylis turned into Hodor.]]
* Meera is clearly still hurting over Jojen's death, and while Bran is learning about his past and developing his powers, she can do nothing but wait, stuck north of the Wall with only Bran and Hodor for company.
* Poor Fat Walda when she realizes Ramsay has [[spoiler: killed Roose and he intends to also kill her and her newborn baby to secure his birthright]]. She might have come from a backstabbing family of opportunists and was married to a sociopath, but she wasn't a bad person herself and didn't deserve [[spoiler: to be fed to Ramsay's dogs along with her innocent child.]]
** The saddest part is that she had no say in any of it. She didn't get to choose who she married, she was forced to do it. And while she could have found happiness with Roose, ultimately there was only one way it could have ended and there was nothing she could have done to stop it.
*** The way she begs for [[spoiler: her son's life]], even offering to return to the Riverlands (where she was mocked and tormented by her own family) is really heartwrenching, especially with Ramsay's cold rebuttal:
-->'''Walda''': Ramsay, please! [[spoiler: He's your brother!]]
-->'''Ramsay''': [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel I prefer being an only child.]] ]]
* Melisandre openly breaking down in front of Davos, of all people, revealing how deeply her faith has been shaken to him.
* Tyrion's childhood story to Viserion and Rhaegal about asking for a dragon on his name day and his reaction to hearing that they had gone extinct:
-->'''Tyrion:''' When I was a child, an uncle asked what gift I wanted for my name day. I begged him for one of you. [[ChildrenAreInnocent "It wouldn't even have to be a big dragon," I told him. "It could be little like me."]] Everyone laughed like it was the funniest thing they had ever heard. Then my father told me the last dragon had died a century ago. I cried myself to sleep that night. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming But here you are.]]

[[AC:3 -- Oathbreaker]]
* Though they were traitors, its [[AlasPoorVillain hard to not feel sympathy for]] [[spoiler: the Night's Watch conspirators when they are about to be hanged.]] When they are asked what their final words are:
** [[spoiler: First Builder Yarwyck]] has a LastRequest to tell his family that he died fighting Wildlings.
** [[spoiler: Alliser Thorne gives a speech how everything he did was for the Night's Watch. And if he could, he would do it all over again knowing how it would end.]]
** [[spoiler: Finally, Olly, who has no final words, nothing else to say but goes down [[DeathGlare glaring]] Jon with absolute hatred and despise even to his final moments, this same child who once idolized him.]]
* [[spoiler: Just Jon leaving the Night's Watch in general can count as this, especially after confronting the people who killed him. He spent seasons proving his loyalty to the organization and to protect the Wall from the threat of White Walkers, and he was repaid with betrayal. The fact that Olly, who he helped train and raise, spent his last moments hating him with no regrets killing him was bad enough. When Jon decides to give his Lord Commander's cloak to Edd and walk away, he no longer cares if the Night's Watch as an organization survives or not in his absence.]]
* Daenerys goes to Vaes Dothrak and meets the Dosh Khaleen. As she tries to posture to and intimidate them, the eldest tells her she remembers Daenerys eating the stallion's heart. She thought Khal Drogo would conquer the world with her by his side. They all thought so of their khals. But now they are here, and so is Daenerys. She's young, but she'll learn like they did how things actually work.
* Arya [[spoiler: drinks from the fountain and receives her eyes again, signifying she has truly become "no one."]] While it's also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, it's a sign that [[spoiler: her identity has been truly destroyed now.]]
* The Umbers betraying the Starks by [[spoiler: handing over Osha and Rickon after giving them shelter for several years]]. [[spoiler: Not only have they already unceremoniously beheaded Shaggydog, the fact that these two are now at the mercy of Ramsay Bolton doesn't promise good chances for either of them.]]

[[AC:4--Book of the Stranger:]]
* Combined with [[Heartwarming/GameOfThrones heartwarming]], Jon and Sansa reuniting, in the first Stark children reunion since Season 1. They don't even say anything to each other in the courtyard; they just stare, and finally exchange a huge hug.
* The death of [[spoiler: Osha]]. [[UndyingLoyalty To the very last, she remained loyal]] to [[spoiler:the Starks]], and her last act was a failed attempt to protect her [[spoiler: "little lord" Rickon]].
* Theon's return to Pyke and reunion with his sister is almost the complete opposite of the reunion of the Stark siblings. While Jon and Sansa's meeting is one of reminiscence and warmth, Yara and Theon's is one of anger, sorrow and Yara's suspicion of her brother's motives for returning to Pyke. When Yara accuses him of returning only to take advantage of Balon's death and crown himself King of Pyke, Theon tearfully says he had no idea Balon was dead until he had arrived.
* Loras' imprisonment by the Sparrows [[DespairEventHorizon absolutely broke him]]. He doesn't care anymore if he is declared innocent or not, he just want it to end, one way or [[DeathSeeker another]].
* After putting up with a number of mean-spirited taunts from Daario about being old, Jorah gets his ass handed to him by a Dothraki bloodrider. Seeing him getting knocked around so brutally is heartbreaking...and then there's [[OhCrap Daario's response when he sees Jorah's greyscale.]]
* A Lhazareen Dosh Khaleen reminisces how she was forced to marry her khal when she was just a 12-year old girl and after she gave birth to [[HeirClubForMen a female child]] in the following year, he broke her ribs. Another example how absolutely vile the [[NoWomansLand Dothraki culture]] is.
** And if you remember anything about the Lhazareen from Season 1, you'll know that this teenage girl who got to be a Khaleesi for a short time (she was widowed at 16 - four years of forced married) was one of the ''lucky'' ones.
* When Kevan Lannister proves stubborn about authorising Cersei and Jaime's plan to overthrow the High Sparrow, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Cersei asks him if he wants to get his son back.]] Kevan responds, "Of course I want him back!", with visible tears in his eyes.
* Prior to Sansa's arrival at Castle Black, Edd calls out Jon for wanting to abandon the Night's Watch despite the impending threat of the White Walkers and pleads with him to reconsider. Later, when Sansa tries to convince Jon to help her reclaim Winterfell from the Boltons Jon snaps at her, and in the process reveals just how absolutely ''broken'' he's become over the course of the series, wanting nothing more to do with the conflicts that have brought nothing but pain and suffering to him and his friends and family...[[spoiler: Until he receives Ramsay's ultimatum]]
--> '''Sansa''': Winterfell is our home, and Arya's and Bran's and Rickon's wherever they are! It belongs to our family and we have to fight for it-
--> '''Jon''': ''I'M TIRED OF FIGHTING!''...It's all I've done since I left home!...I've killed brothers of the Night's Watch, I've killed Wildlings, I've killed men that I admired, I hanged a ''boy'', younger than Bran. I've fought...''and I lost.''

[[AC:5--The Door:]]
* The entire Battle of The Cave of the Three-Eyed Crow. [[spoiler: The Night's King intercepts one of Bran's visions and finds the location of The Crow's Cave by touching Bran. The Children of the Forest put up a valiant fight but do little to stop the advancement of the White Walkers. First most of the children die defending Bran and the Crow. Then Summer dies for the same. The Night's King kills the Three-Eyed Crow. Leaf performs a HeroicSacrifice against the wrights. And finally, Hodor is left behind to die holding back the door against the wright.]]
** [[spoiler: The worst part of it is, if Bran hadn't ventured into the green sea himself, ''none of this would happened.'' Imagine the guilt he must be feeling at not only causing so many deaths, but the fact that he's the reason Hodor is the way he is.]]
** [[spoiler: Hodor's HeroicSacrifice is sadder as this is right after you find out why he is the way he is, and what makes it sadder is the possibility that Hodor-in-present suddenly remembered the moment he broke down and learned the truth of his condition]]. Three words: [[spoiler: Hold. The. Door. For bonus points we get to hear the progression from those three words to hodthedoor and finally to Hodor.]]
** The circumstances surrounding his condition become even more bleak when further examined. [[spoiler: Consider that he was deprived of his intelligence or a normal life and reduced to a simpleton, whose whole point in existence was to sacrifice his life to buy enough time for his friends to flee. Unlike other characters whose downfalls were attributed by their own actions, Hodor wasn't ''even allowed to have that that''. His entire life was ruined by circumstances beyond his control and ''there was nothing he could do about it''.]] This makes him hands down one of the most tragic character in the show, if not the '''one'''.
* Arya watches a play about Robert's death and Ned's execution that followed, and to add insult to injury Ned is flanderized as a bumbling fool. Note also the fact that here, Arya can clearly see the act of his head being chopped off whereas in real life, she was thankfully spared the sight.
** There is also the fact that Arya finds out that unlike before, her target is not an AssholeVictim but a perfectly friendly pregnant woman.
** How the other characters in the play are represented. Tyrion goes from someone actually concerned with the fate of others and Sansa in particular to a selfish schemer who literally takes Littlefinger's place as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the traitor]]. Joffrey is made to appear completely innocent despite already being a cruel tyrant who needlessly excarcerbated the conditions of Robb's rebellion. Cersei is not jealous and spiteful like in reality. Even Robert is humiliated despite being twice the king either of his immediate successor or predecessor were.
** Also sad when we realize from the perspective that Arya is watching from. Unlike the audience (us, not the play's audience) Arya has no idea how much was fabricated. For all she knows, her sister really was raped by Tyrion, and Tyrion was the one who plotted to have Ned killed.
* As a final play of manipulation, perhaps to cause future division, Littlefinger advises Sansa that she needs to forge an army loyal specifically to her since Jon is only her ''half''-brother. The fact that she keeps this meeting hidden from Jon leaves the implication that the seeds may have been planted.
* The moment during the war council when Davos states that even the bravest men "don't want to see their wives and children skinned for a lost cause..." and you clearly see Melisandre in the background, looking away in shame. Because this is exactly what she did to Stannis, who was one of the bravest men and certainly didn't ''want'' to sacrifice his own wife and child, yet did so because she convinced him to fight for a lost cause.
* Jorah's bittersweet reunion with Dany. She has finally forgiven him but his greyscale has progressed to a point where he can no longer be with her. And even though Dany had threatened to kill him twice before, the reality of his impending death makes her break down in tears.
* After finally gaining some brief respite from his ordeal under the Bolton's captivity, Theon along with Yara are forced to go into exile when Euron wins the Kingsmoot and orders their execution. Given the many enemies the Ironborn have made, it's unlikely they will find any safe refuge to turn to for the moment.
* Euron reveals Theon's castration to the entire Iron Isles and they laugh.
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* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for the first season, Maisie Williams talks about how devastated she was when Margaret John died, before Maisie even got to meet her.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXi1otDbWWk The 2013 [=ComicCon=] video "In Memoriam"]] starts out pretty funny, making light of the constant deaths in the series by flashing them very quickly with humorous subtitles and SoundtrackDissonance. However, we eventually turn to characters like Maester Luwin and Septa Mordane, and then the music becomes somber, each dead character gets a proper tribute, and we end with Ned, Robb, and Catelyn. The final shot is just "The North Remembers" in the title font.
** First you're snickering as it seems to make light and fun of the constant deaths in the series showing them how they died. Then it pans to Rodrik about to be executed and as it goes to other characters such as Khal Drogo and Jeor Mormont you remember that some of the most popular and beloved characters have also died and you feel the twist in your gut. And now [[spoiler: Oberyn and Ygritte]] are a part of that list as well.
* Robb Stark's recollection of the Greyjoy Rebellion as one of the extras on the season two Blu-ray.
--> "Theon is [[spoiler: my murdered fatherís ward, I am my murdered fatherís son.]] Like my father, and Robert, bound in blood, if not by blood, we are brothers."
* Also from the History and Lore section, the feature on Valyrian Steel. Narrated by Jorah Mormont, it takes an especially saddening recollection on how he shamed his father by selling poachers into slavery, and how -- even after having already fallen so far as to break the law in his attempt to pay his debt -- he couldn't bring himself to shame himself further by selling Longclaw. Nor could he bring himself to take it with him when he fled Westeros, instead leaving it behind for a better heir to claim it.
--> Valyrian steel is a wonder of the world, sharper than wits, truer than men, rarer than virtue... but even its edge cannot cut so deeply as a son's failure, nor its value match that of redemption.
** The Harrenhal feature, specifically Catelyn Stark's remarks on the apparent curse wiping out the families that lived there, how the sense of desolation haunting the place grows so overpowering that its owners feel as though they're being consumed alive... and how, in later years, they're proved right when [[OutlivingOnesOffspring their sons and grandsons die ahead of them]], allowing them to witness the slow demise of their family. Already pretty depressing, but [[spoiler: in light of Catelyn witnessing the collapse and death of her own family, it becomes much HarsherInHindsight.]]
** Oberyn Martell narrates several History and Lore features in the Season 4 Blu-ray, and most of them are surprisingly light-hearted, even the ones discussing his knowledge of poison and the Targaryens' botched attempts to conquer Dorne... right up until he discusses Robert's Rebellion. It's already evident from the show that he cared very deeply for Elia, but the featurettes expand on how he loved Elia for her kindness and intelligence, how he often did his best to protect her by chasing off lesser men, how he honestly thought that Rhaegar would be a good husband to her... and how wrong he turned out to be. The depth of grief and hatred in his voice is truly something to behold.
** Jaime Lannister's feature on the Kingsguard, especially towards the end when he discusses all the heroes written in the White Book and all the magnificent feats they performed... and then mentions his own entry, followed by uninspiring entries such as Meryn Trant and Borous Blount, all embarrassments to the Kingsguard but nowhere near as shameful as him. Once again, half of the sadness is in the delivery -- specifically the tone of self-loathing and despair in Jaime's voice.
* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for the third season on Episode 9 [[WhamEpisode The Rains Of Castamere]], poor Michelle Fairley is very audibly (and understandably) sad by what awaits her in watching the episode (Richard Madden asks if this is the first time Michelle is watching episode after filming, which it was). The commentary goes on as normal with the two and the director all reminiscing of wonderful times during shooting, and then by the time the episode is over, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBIAzBwadCc Michelle is audibly stressed and crying from The Red Wedding]]. Considering what a wonderful job she did as Catelyn Stark (and the fact she didn't even get nominated for an Emmy; something many fans were quite upset about), you honestly wanna give the woman such a hug and make her feel better.
** Michelle and Richard congratulated each other on their performances and then said "I love you". Real life Stark bonding, hell, almost exactly like a mother and her son.
* As much as the fanbase celebrated his character's death, [[spoiler:Jack Gleeson]]'s departure from the show has been a somber one. One can't help but feel that the show will never be quite the same without such an absolutely magnificent talent. Also, he's announced he's going to give up acting, and one can't help wondering if it's because of the hate he got from the FanDumb.
** Along those lines, [[spoiler: Pedro Pascal's]] performance as [[spoiler: Oberyn Martell]] was fantastic, and it's a damn shame to lose him so soon after we got him.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Charles Dance]] was absolutely one of the best actors on the show, and with [[spoiler:Tywin's]] death, he's left a positively massive void to fill onscreen. Although his character won't be missed, he certainly will.
** Following that trend, we now have [[spoiler: Roose Bolton]] joining the ranks. Even if he definitely deserved his death, he was a great character to watch.
* After season 5 finale, the whole ordeal of [[FanNickname Team Dragonstone]] has become this. Despite the constant AdaptationalVillainy and limited screentime, show Stannis had managed to gain a huge popularity, and Season 5 included scenes that cast a better light on him... and then [[spoiler: the whole family got killed off]] in a way that many felt was rushed and badly written, not tragic-but-still-grandiose like [[spoiler:Catelyn and Robb Stark in the Red Wedding]]. Not to mention that, like the examples listed above, [[spoiler: Stephen Dillane (assuming that Stannis is actually dead) and Kerry Ingram's performances]] will surely be missed.

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->"Hold the door."
-->-- '''Meera Reed'''


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->"Hold ->"You want to know the door.horrible truth? I can't even remember what she looked like. I only know she was the one thing I ever wanted. Someone took her away from me... and seven kingdoms couldn't fill the hole she left behind."
-->-- '''Meera Reed'''

'''Robert Baratheon'''

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->"You want to know the horrible truth? I can't even remember what she looked like. I only know she was the one thing I ever wanted. Someone took her away from me... and seven kingdoms couldn't fill the hole she left behind."
-->-- '''Robert Baratheon'''



-->-- '''Meera'''


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-->-- '''Meera'''

'''Meera Reed'''

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** Also sad when we realize from the perspective that Arya is watching from. Unlike the audience (us, not the play's audience) Arya has no idea how much was fabricated. For all she knows, her sister really was raped by Tyrion, and Tyrion was the one who plotted to have Ned killed.
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\n\n->"Hold the door."
-->-- '''Meera'''

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* Euron reveals Theon's castration to the entire Iron Isles and they laugh.
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* After finally gaining some brief respite from his ordeal under the Bolton's captivity, Theon along with Yara are forced to go into exile when Euron wins the Kingsmoot and orders their execution. Given the many enemies the Ironborn have made, it's unlikely they will find any safe refuge to turn to for the moment.
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