Awesome: Game of Thrones

"Money shot"

"The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."
Eddard Stark

Stannis Baratheon

Daenerys Targaryen

"You raped her! You murdered her! YOU KILLED HER CHILDREN!"
Oberyn Martell

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel."
Daenerys Targaryen

You don't get to become HBO's most popular show ever by not being one powerful series. Here are some moments that show just why.


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    Season 1 
1 - Winter is Coming
  • The very first sequence of the series, which introduces viewers to the White Walkers and shows why they are something to be feared.
  • When we see Bran practicing archery, he's not doing great but he's trying his hardest. A few moments later, he pulls back his bowstring, and an arrow slams straight into the bullseye... from behind Bran, revealing it was Arya who managed to score a bullseye from further away than him.

2 — The Kingsroad
  • Tyrion slapping Joffrey three times for refusing to give Catelyn his condolences about Bran's injury. Also a Crowning Moment of Funny, as Joffrey is twice Tyrion's height.note 
    Joffrey: The boy means nothing to me. And I can't stand the wailing of women.
    Tyrion: *SLAP*
    Tyrion: One more word and I hit you again.
    Joffrey: I'm telling mother!
    Tyrion: *SLAP*
    Tyrion: Go. Tell her. But first you will get to Lord and Lady Stark, and you will fall on your knees in front of them and tell them how very sorry you are, that you are at their service and that all your prayers are with them. Do you understand?
    Joffrey: You can't—
    Tyrion: *SLAP*
    Tyrion: Do you understand?
    • The Hound just stands by and lets Tyrion slap Joffrey around with a look that screams "And not a single fuck was given that day." One can think that Sandor was quietly cheering Tyrion on.
  • Arya's direwolf biting Joffrey.
  • And before that, Bran's direwolf coming to his master's (and the Lady's) defense and promptly tearing out the throat of the assassin.
  • Arya hurling Joffrey's sword into the river was particularly cathartic.
    • Until it became evident that, if she had held onto it, the blood from Mycah's cheek still on the blade could have helped prove her side of the story.
  • Ned gets a subtle one when he tells Cersei, in no uncertain terms, that he refuses to let Sansa's direwolf Lady be killed by a heartless executioner and takes responsibility himself. And you can tell how much he's both bracing and hating himself for his actions, but still does it out of a sense of duty and mercy to the poor wolf. Also counts as Tear Jerker material.
    Ned: (to Cersei) The wolf is of the North. She deserves better than your butcher.

3 — Lord Snow
  • Daenerys begins to push back against Viserys. She's not the weak, hopeless girl we saw in episode 1 anymore.
    • Earlier that scene:
      Daenerys: Tell [the horde] to stop.
      Jorah: You want the entire horde to stop? For how long?
      Daenerys: Until I command them otherwise.
      Jorah: You're learning to talk like a queen.
      Daenerys: Not a queen. A khaleesi.
  • Syrio Forel's first scene. Hello, instant Ensemble Darkhorse.
    • He certainly has one of the more memorable lines in the show thus far.
    "There is only one god, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'Not today.'"
  • Old Nan's story about winter, the Long Night and the White Walkers. An amazing capper to the career of Margaret John. Conveyed with good narration, and Nightmare Fuel.

4 - Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
  • Daenerys finally standing up to her brother and proving that she Took a Level in Badass.
    Daenerys: I am a Khaleesi of the Dothraki! I am the wife of the great Khal and I carry his son inside me. The next time you raise a hand to me, will be the last time you have hands.
  • Catelyn actually managing to catch Tyrion in a moment of Genre Blindness, setting him up slowly and steadily by calling upon members of various loyal houses in the Inn — just before accusing him of trying to assassinate Bran and asking that they take him into custody. It's a rare feat to get the drop on Tyrion, especially with one Badass Boast.
    • This gets better in the next episode: despite making the arrest right on the spot with no plan, she had the presence of mind to announce that she was taking Tyrion to Winterfell, when she actually planned to take him to the Eyrie, leaving anyone trying to rescue him to look in the wrong place.
  • Jon asks everyone to take it easy on Samwell, and Rast doesn't agree. That night, Jon and the others pay him a visit along with Jon's wolf, and the next day he's fully committed to helping Samwell.

5 — The Wolf and the Lion
  • First we have Loras Tyrell (aka the Knight of the Flowers) using an underhanded trick to beat Gregor "The Mountain" in a joustnote , which prompts Gregor to kill his horse painfully and charge at Loras... only to have his brother, The Hound, intervene. Not only does the scarred man fight his older brother to a standstill, he even immediately acknowledges the King's command to stop, kneeling down so that his brother's blade slashes through the air over his head!
  • Arya gets confused for a beggar and insulted by two palace guards. This is her response:
    Arya Stark: My father is Hand of the king. I'm not a boy, I'm Arya Stark of Winterfell. And if you lay a hand on me, my father will have both your heads on spikes. Now, are you going to let me by, or do I need to smack your head on the ear to improve your hearing?
  • The Greyjoys. They rule the Iron Islands. Their symbol is the Kraken. Their castle is called Pyke. The Kraken is a motif throughout their kingdom, carved onto fireplaces etc. They worship The Drowned God. Their rituals use salt water. Their words "We Do Not Sow" (i.e. "We steal your shit") are praised in-story for their awesomeness.
  • The fight against the Mountain clan warriors. Tyrion (who for reference is about four feet, five inches tall) takes down an armored man with nothing but a shield in combat. Even better that it was the first time he killed someone with his own hands. The actor conveys his mix of pride, happiness and fear with one perfect expression.
  • While the best moment in the fight against the Mountain clan was Tyrion's, Ser Rodrik and Bronn do pretty well in the fight as well, the former taking a hit to the back and walking it off, the latter ending the fight without a scratch on him.
  • Ned resigning as Hand of the King and telling Robert off for ordering Daenerys's assassination, even when everyone else on the council disagrees with him.
    Ned: I followed you into war, twice. Without doubts, without second thoughts. But I will not follow you now. The Robert I grew up with didn't tremble in the shadow of an unborn child.
  • The duel between Eddard and Jaime at the end of episode five, sadly cut short by a spear to the former's leg.
    • Which obviously pisses Jaime off, as he proceeds to punch the soldier responsible in the face.
    • It gets even more awesome when you realize that Jamie is one of, if not the best swordsmen in Westeros. And Ned might have beaten him.

6 — A Golden Crown
  • "You shall have a golden crown, that men shall tremble to behold." Beware those Exact Words. It goes to show that while Drogo may be a barbarian, you do NOT threaten a Papa Wolf's wife and unborn child with a blade. And Daenerys shows that she has grown, too. Viserys had spent the entire series up until that point abusing her emotionally. But when he looks at her for mercy, he gets an expression that could have been chiseled from solid stone.
  • Renly's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Robert. Renly is one of the very few people on the series who openly disagrees with the king.
    Robert: Those were the days!
    Renly: Which days, exactly? The ones when half of Westeros fought the other half and millions died? Or before that, when the Mad King slaughtered women and babies because the voices in his head told him they deserved it? Or way before that, when dragons burnt whole cities to the ground?
    Robert: Easy boy, you might be my brother, but you're speaking to the king.
    Renly: I suppose it was all rather heroic, if you were drunk enough and had some poor Riverlands whore to shove your prick inside and "make the eight."
    • Ser Barristan Selmy's silent reaction during Renly's rant shows that he completely agrees with the younger brother.
  • Daenerys vs Horse heart. Om nom nom nom!
  • Bronn's fight to win Tyrion's freedom, followed by casually accepting that he doesn't fight with honor...which is why he won.
  • Theon coming back to snipe a Wildling who was holding Bran hostage after going off in a strop because Robb insulted him and his house. (Granted, he and Robb are at each other's throats again seconds later...)
  • Robert finally has enough of Cersei's bull and slaps her. Misogynistic, yet gratifying.
    Cersei: I shall wear this like a badge of honor.
    Robert: Wear it in silence or I'll "honor" you again.
  • Ned sentences the false knight Gregor Clegane to death, and then summons Tywin Lannister to the capital to explain his bannerman's actions or be branded an enemy of the crown and a traitor to the realm.
  • Lord Stark's retort to Baelish:
    Littlefinger: Gold wins wars.
    Ned: Then how come Robert is king, and not Tywin Lannister?

7 — You Win or You Die
  • Khal Drogo's Rousing Speech declaring that he'll cross the ocean, conquer the Seven Kingdoms, crush his enemies, see them driven before him, and hear the lamentations of the women. Do not anger the Papa Wolf.
    "And to my son, the stallion who will mount the world, I will also pledge a gift. I will give him the iron chair that his mother's father sat upon. I will give him the Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, will do this. I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends and ride wooden horses across the black salt water as no Khal has done before. I will kill the men in iron suits and tear down their stone houses. I will rape their women, take their children as slaves, and bring their broken gods back to Vaes Dothrak. This, I vow. I, Drogo, son of Bharbo! I swear before the Mother of Mountains, as the stars look down in witness. As the stars look down in witness!"
  • Cersei Lannister ripping up Robert's will and managing to secure Joffrey as king and herself as queen regent, solidifying her as a woman fans Love to Hate.

8 — The Pointy End
  • Syrio Forel takes a Crowning Moment of Awesome, a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, and a Tear Jerker, ties them up with a bow, and smacks them into the middle of next week with a wooden sword.
    Syrio: Are you men or snakes, that you would threaten a child?
    Lannister Guard: Get out of my way, little man.
    Lannister Guard: Foreign bastard!
    *Fully armored and armed guard advances, drawing his broadsword, and Syrio effortlessly lays him out with a wooden practice blade and two flicks of his wrist*
    Syrio: ... and you will be speaking to me with more respect.
  • Septa Mordane gets a very subtle one when the Lannister troops begin killing all of the Stark household. She hears them coming, tells Sansa to hide, and then calmly advanced toward them. The real amazing part is that in spite of there being four of them, with bloody swords in hand, when they see this single old, unarmed woman calmly striding toward them, the four soldiers stop and start very slowly backing away. Though she still ends up getting killed, the fact that her silent acceptance and defiance actually gives armed soldiers who were butchering others before her pause is pretty damned awesome.
  • Robb's response to his summoning to King's Landing to bend the knee. "I'll go to King's Landing, but not alone. Call the banners". When Luwin asks "all of them?", Robb's firm answer subtly fills the Maester with pride and lights his face.
  • The Greatjon gets uppity at Robb. Grey Wind takes him down a peg.
    Your meat... is bloody tough!
  • Drogo killing a horde member who insulted Dany by slicing his throat open and ripping his tongue out of the hole, refusing to let getting sliced across the chest interrupt his Badass Boast in the process.
    • The guy pulls out a BFS and Drogo pulls out knives then he drops them because he wants to kill the guy with his bare hands.
    Drogo: I will not have your body burned. I will not give you that honor. The beetles will feed on your eyes. The worms will crawl through your lungs. The rain will fall on your rotting skin until nothing is left of you but bones!
  • Robb letting a captured Lannister spy go — not as an act of mercy, but so that he can deliver a message to Tywin Lannister:
    • Even better when this is revealed in the next episode to be a Batman Gambit on Robb's part.
  • When Tyrion and Bronn are ambushed by the hill tribes. They're outnumbered, surrounded, and only Bronn has a sword. Tyrion first talks the hill tribe out of killing him with a joke. Then saves Bronn's life and turns the hill tribes to his own personal army, just by talking.
    Tyrion: The Lords of the Vale spit upon you. The Lords of the Vale want me dead. I think it's time for some new Lords of the Vale.
  • Barristan Selmy chewing out King Joffrey and the Kingsguard after his forced retirement and accurately stating that he "could cut through the five of you like carving a cake".
    • Then tossing his sword in front of Joffrey and contemptuously telling him to melt it down and add it to his throne.
    • Mere seconds before, Littlefinger made a joke about Barristan being a naked knight as he's taking off his cloak and gloves. Everyone starts laughing, that is until Barristan pulls out his sword. Then even Littlefinger and Varys shut the hell up.
    • Some context makes this even more amazing: Barristan isn't just saying he could cut through five soldiers. He's talking to five other members of the Kingsguard, who are supposed to be some of the greatest knights in the kingdom. Plus, the Hound and several Lannister guards are standing nearby, but when Barristan draws his blade, everyone in that room shuts up. He might be sixty three years old, but nobody doubts his ability with a blade.

9 — Baelor
  • Maester Aemon's absolutely incredible monologue, gripping from start to finish. It really puts Jon Snow's problems in perspective, especially once we learn that Aemon is a Targaryen as well.
  • A pregnant Dany gets shoved down by Qotho after allowing blood magic to be performed on a dying Drogo, causing her to go into premature labor. Jorah Mormont of Bear Island doesn't take kindly to this. We get a nice realistically short duel between a Dothraki Screamer and a Westerosi Knight. Which ends with Jorah's armor saving his life and allowing him to break the douche's neck with a back-hand sword swipe!
  • Robb's previous Badass Boast, seemingly straightforward and also stupid to an extent, is actually part of an enormously clever plan. Tywin think that he's bringing the whole Northern army down to face him, when in reality Robb sends only two thousand men and takes the rest around to surprise Jaime. He thus manages to capture the freaking Kingslayer himself and completely shatter his 30,000 strong army, precisely half of the Lannisters' standing manpower. Hell. Yes.
  • Tyrion gets a small one when he gives a Rousing Speech to the hill tribes just before they go into battle. By the end of it, they're cheering him.
    Tribesmen: Halfman! Halfman! Halfman!
  • Ned roaring "Baelor!" at the Night's Watchman Yoren, telling him to retrieve Arya from her perch at the nearby statue. Even as he's being dragged through an angry mob by gold cloaks, Ned still does everything in his power to keep his children safe. One of his finest and last acts.

10 — Fire and Blood
  • Sansa gets a quiet, subtle one in the final episode — after bowing and scraping to the Lannisters for much of the season, she shows the first act of defiance when Joffrey shows her the castle wall adorned with the heads of her father and the members of her House. It's clear that Joffrey is very disappointed by her reaction:
    Sansa: (showing no emotion whatsoever) How long do I have to look?
  • Sansa finally growing a backbone and telling Joffrey (with impeccable politeness) what she truly thinks of him.
    Joffrey: After I raise my armies and kill your traitor brother! I'll give you his head, as well!
    Sansa: Or maybe he'll give me yours.
    • The sheer Tranquil Fury in Sophie Turner's voice, as well as the Kubrick Stare she gives Joffrey, really sell this scene, and raised Sansa's stock with a lot of people. Especially since immediately after she tries to shove Joffrey off the balcony, and even though it doesn't work it proves once and for all that Sansa really is a Stark.
  • Catelyn promising Robb that after saving Arya and Sansa they will wipe out the Lannisters.
    • Really, Catelyn in that whole scene. She walks through the camp totally proud and calm, and you wonder if she hasn't heard yet or something...then the moment she's out of view of the men, she just collapses. And then she hears Robb and puts away her grief to go comfort him.
  • Arya thoroughly intimidating one of the Night's Watch recruits she takes up with, talking about how much she loves killing fat boys.
    • Bonus points for Gendry's (re)-introduction:
    Gendry (to Hot Pie): Oh, you like picking on the little ones, do ya? Y'know, I've been hammering an anvil these past ten years. When I hit that steel, it sings... you gonna sing when I hit you?
  • Sam refusing to get out of Jon's way when he rides out of Castle Black.
  • Jon Snow, intending to desert the Night's Watch to ride beside his brother, being caught and reminded in no uncertain terms by his friends Pyp and Grenn and even self-avowed coward Sam Tarly that he took an oath. Nicely summed up by Commander Mormont in the following scene, in which Jon objects to Mormont's statement that honor brought him back.
    Jeor Mormont: Honor made you leave. And honor brought you back again.
    Jon Snow: It was my friends that brought me back.
    Jeor: I didn't say it was your honor.
    • And, of course, their having reminded him of his duties by reciting the Night Watch's Badass Creed, the oath he'd taken upon becoming a member.
  • Jeor Mormont's speech afterwards, informing Jon that they'll be riding beyond the Wall to face the true threat to the Seven Kingdoms; after Jon has spent the whole season whining about his problems and how no one can understand them.
    "I'll not sit meekly by and wait for the snows. I mean to find out what's happening. The Night's Watch will ride in force against the Wildlings, the White Walkers, and whatever else is out there. And we will find Benjen Stark, alive or dead. I will command them myself. So I'll only ask you once, Lord Snow: are you a brother of the Night's Watch, or a bastard boy who wants to play at war?"
  • The final scene of Season one, where Daenerys gives a Badass Boast / rousing speech to a bunch of recently freed slaves that their enemies will "die screaming" if they team up with her, then she burns Mirri Maz Duur on Drogo's funeral pyre before walking in herself.
    • The next morning, as the music swells, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, rises naked from the ashes of her husband's funeral pyre, the first three dragons to be seen in generations curled around her in a manner reminiscent of Botticelli's "Birth of Venus". Ser Jorah and what remains of her Khalasar fall to their knees in awe and reverence. Cut to black.
    Jorah: Blood of my blood!

    Season 2 
1 — The North Remembers
  • Cersei putting Littlefinger in his place by showing how easily she can have him killed. "Power is power."
    • Of course Littlefinger does get her subtly back, since she indeed doesn't kill him; his knowledge is too powerful to throw away like that.
      • Littlefinger is so awesome in this scene you actually root for him — the series' resident Magnificent Bastard at his best. In response to Cersei's put-downs regarding his unimpressive lineage and the fact that as a child he had feelings for Catelyn Stark, he calmly turns the conversation around to the fact that brothers and sisters are susceptible to the same feelings. The mere fact that he manages to provoke her into lashing out counts as this trope.
  • Melisandre taking a drink of poison after she's seen it start to affect Maester Cressen, just to make a point of her power being real.
  • Robb intimidating Jaime with Grey Wind, the first time we see a full-grown direwolf.
    • Not to mention not long after that, when he sends his terms to the Lannisters via Alton. "Third, Joffrey and the Queen Regent must renounce all claim to dominion of the North. From this time, to the end of time, we are a free and independent kingdom. Neither Joffrey nor any of his men shall set foot in our lands again. If he disregards this command, then he shall suffer the same fate as my father. Only, I don't need a servant to do my beheading for me."
  • Joffrey gets one after Cersei slaps him, showing that he's not going to be her puppet.
  • Sansa and the Hound quickly tag-teaming Joffrey to not only spare Ser Dontos a horrible death, but actually spare him outright and appoint him court fool.
    • Although, in the Hound's case, it seemed to be more about protecting Sansa.
  • Tyrion crashing Joffrey's name day party, verbally slapping him when he insults Ned in front of Sansa, before strolling into the Small Council where he announces himself as acting Hand and lays into Cersei for letting Joffrey screw things up so badly. And the smugness as he points out that for once he's the one in their father's good graces is just icing on the cake.

2 — The Night Lands
  • Even though he's a cruel, evil bastard, Balon Greyjoy still becomes badass as all hell when he announces: "No man gives me a crown. I pay the iron price. I will take my crown. That is who I am. That is who we have always been."
  • Tyrion gives Janos Slynt a brief "The Reason You Suck" Speech over his honorless betrayal of Ned Stark and his part in The Purge at the end of the previous episode, then reveals that he's replaced him as Commander of the City Watch with Bronn, before having him dragged off by his own former soldiers to be shipped off to the Night's Watch. Bonus points for never raising his voice or losing his calm during any of this.
    • Summed up best with one line:
    Tyrion: I'm not questioning your honor, Lord Janos. I'm denying its existence.
    • Bronn gets his own moment during this; first, he pulls a Stealth Hi/Bye on Janos, followed by him nonchalantly giving the order to have him dragged off.
    • Tyrion has another moment earlier in the episode. He walks into his private chambers, only to find Varys there, chatting up Shae. Varys comments on how lovely Shae is, and what a shame it would be if Tywin found out about her — at which point Tyrion coolly reminds Varys that unlike Ned Stark, Tyrion understands how the backstabbing politics in King's Landing work, and if Varys threatens him again, Tyrion will make him pay.
      • Varys gets a bigger one as his Take That he calmly tells Tyrion that other men have tried to kill him before and reminds him that no matter what political or violent turmoil happens in King's Landing he always survives
      • Varys more subtly implies that, powerful and savvy though Tyrion may be, the Master of Whisperers is not to be trifled with through easily missed body language: when Tyrion holds the door closed to confront Varys, he uses his whole hand and some of his weight to intimidate Varys. When Varys holds the door closed to counter Tyrion's threat, he uses a single finger.
  • Yoren and his knife that's sharp enough to shave a spider's arse, refusing to let the Gold Cloaks take Gendry. Also the rest of the group slowly converging on the two Goldcloaks threateningly with polearms and then staying silent to protect Gendry, even if it's somewhat spoiled by some of them reconsidering later.
  • Sam telling Ghost to stay away from Gilly, it really shows that Sam is one of the only two people a giant wolf like Ghost would listen to.

3 — What Is Dead May Never Die
  • Considering how misogynistic and sexist Westerosi society is, Renly's acceptance of Brienne into his Kingsguard is quite astounding, and this act alone makes him one the most progressive characters on the series. Everyone (except perhaps Catelyn) around him is unhappy with the decision, and he could've very easily refused Brienne's request, saying something along the lines of, "I wish I could give you the position, but only men may serve as a Kingsguard." But Renly defies his followers' expectations in favor of publicly showing his respect and admiration for a warrior who has proven herself worthy. Even Loras' sulking and Lysistrata Gambit afterwards doesn't change the king's mind.
    • Also note that after Brienne defeats Loras in the melee, Renly is the only person who claps and smiles for her. After she is appointed to his Kingsguard, watch Renly carefully as he applauds. He actually winks at Brienne to further communicate his warmth and reassurance that he's on her side, regardless of the others' negative reaction.
  • Brienne thinking outside the box, and fighting dirty to win her duel with Loras.
  • Catelyn putting all of Renly's knights, along with Ser Loras, in their place with one line. And best of all, judging by Renly's smile, he agrees.
    "My son is fighting a war, not playing at one."
  • For those who have read the books, it's a very nice touch to see TV!Renly merge the colors of House Tyrell with his own stag sigil. He's indeed the King in Highgarden!
  • After the awesomeness of Tyrion giving Joffrey a well-deserved smacking in Season 1, how does he follow up? By making a huge splash as Hand of the King in the King's Landing political scene, simultaneously showing balls and a sharp mind by outperforming the three resident Magnificent Bastards at their own game and outright defeating one of them (Pycelle).
  • Yoren's You Shall Not Pass against Amory Lorch's men, starting with killing the guy who shot him.
    Yoren: I've always hated crossbows. Take too long to load!
  • Yoren rather easily takes out around five men after he's been shot at close range
  • Yoren manages to take down around five men by himself after
    • Followed by a very impressive piece of quick thinking by Arya to keep Gendry hidden.
  • Theon's scenes following the revelation that he must choose his loyalties swiftly because the Ironborn are going to war against the North and House Stark with or without him. Not particularly an awesome moment for Theon, but a brilliant piece of cinematography, acting and storytelling (and perhaps the highlight of the episode):
    • It begins with Theon sitting at a table having written a warning letter to Robb Stark of the impending Greyjoy invasion. The entire room is pitch dark, save for Theon himself and the writing table, illuminated by a single candle. Theon stares at the letter as he weighs his decisions to either support his adopted family or his biological family while a somber rendition of the Stark theme plays in the be abruptly interrupted by the beginnings of the Greyjoy theme as Theon's gaze falls on the candle. Theon proceeds to burn the warning letter as darkness envelopes the scene until only he is visible, holding up the burning paper as if watching his years spent in Winterfell turned to ash. The Greyjoy theme rises and stands strong in the next scene as we see Theon at his "baptism" of the Drowned God on the windswept shores of Pyke, surrounded by his father, his sister, his uncle Aeron/a Drowned God Priest and attending bannermen as he takes his place in the war to come, noticeably conflicted but resolute in proving to Balon that he truly belongs with House Greyjoy.
    "Let Theon your servant be born again from the sea as you were. Bless him with salt, bless him with stone, bless him with steel. What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."
  • Theon Calling the Old Man Out. True, it didn't accomplish much, but it's the one time we actually see Balon Greyjoy show any kind of remorse for his actions.
    "Your time with the wolves has made you weak."
    "You act as if I volunteered to go. You gave me away, if you remember. The day you bent the knee to Robert Baratheon, after he crushed you. Did you take what was yours then?"
  • A hidden one for Sansa during her dinner with Cersei and her two children. Cersei asks her what she will do once the war is won and Sansa responds she will meet the king happily and show her love for him. Read between the lines and you notice she never says Joffrey. She is clearly thinking of her brother Robb, the King in the North. But since she never says it Cersei can't accuse her of anything in front of her two children.
    • Not just that, but she says she'll do it in front of the Gods. She doesn't mean the Faith of the Seven, she means the Godswood, her family's gods. She's playing along for now, but she's a Stark, not a Lannister.

4 — Garden of Bones
  • The scene where Tyrion saves Sansa. He shuts down Joffrey simply by showing up, making the bastard recoil in worry, warns him that being a king is no source of protection (citing the moment when Jaime murdered the Mad King). Tyrion is the only person in the world Joffrey is actually afraid of. Tyrion. Let that sink in for a minute. And when Ser Meryn tries to accuse him of threatening the King, his simple response that confirms the little man is the most powerful person in the room.
    Joffrey: You can't talk to me like that. The king can do as he likes!
    Tyrion: The Mad King did as he liked. Has your Uncle Jaime ever told you what happened to him?
    Sir Meryn: No one threatens His Grace in the presence of the Kingsguard!
    Tyrion: I'm not threatening the king, Ser, I'm educating my nephew. (turns to Bronn) Bronn, the next time Ser Meryn speaks, kill him. (pause) That was a threat. See the difference?
    • Also, this line:
      Joffrey: I'm punishing her.
      Tyrion: For what crimes? She did not fight her brother's battle, you halfwit.
    • Bronn gets a smaller Moment of Awesome during this scene, when Tyrion walks in and chastises Ser Meryn. When Meryn attempts to intimidate Tyrion, in turn, Bronn casually threatens Meryn, who is noticeably intimidated into silence by said threat. Meryn Trant is known as one of the better fighters in the Kingsguard, and he noticeably recoils when threatened by a sellsword!
      Tyrion: What knight beats a helpless girl!?
      Meryn: The kind who serves his king, imp!
      Bronn: Careful now, we don't want to get blood all over your pretty white cloak!
  • When Littlefinger arrives at Renly's camp Margaery offers to show him around the campsite. As they walk, Littlefinger makes jabs at her marriage to Renly and the fact that her husband is sleeping with her brother Loras. Margaery, having previously shown that she doesn't mind Renly's sexual preference or his affair with her brother, doesn't get upset, barely reacts to his remarks, and then tells him to piss off (in much more polite language, of course) before walking away with a smile on her face. Margaery, you are one classy lady.
  • Renly's ability to turn Melisandre's oh-so serious prophecy into on the one of the best jokes of the series.
    Renly: "Born amidst salt and smoke"... Is he a ham?
  • Tyrion revealing he knows Lancel is Cersei's glorified bed warmer, and threatening to spill the beans to Joffrey. He gets the lad down on his knees and essentially tells Lancel "you're my bitch now".
  • Hot Pie looking Gregor Clegane in the eye as he picks who gets tortured to death. Yes, he had been told that it could save his life (and he visibly pisses himself immediately afterward) but still, that took guts.
  • Daenerys has finally had enough, and outright threatens the Thirteen of Qarth to let her khalasar into the city — impressing Xaro enough to vouch for her.
  • Catelyn pulling a knife on Littlefinger.
    • What makes this scene great is the fact that one of Littlefinger's motivations for betraying Ned was so he would have a chance to woo Catelyn. This scene, however, makes it very clear to that Magnificent Bastard that his beloved Cat now knows just what kind of man he is and hates his guts for betraying her husband. In that moment it is made clear to him that he absolutely will not have his way in this regard, in spite of all of his manipulations.
  • Who would have thought Tywin Lannister would have a (sort of) Big Damn Heroes moment? But he does, even if he doesn't know it. He also manages to see through Arya's disguise almost at once.
    • Not to mention calling out his men for wasting perfectly good workers for the sake of pointless torture. Tywin may be evil, but at least he has a brain in his skull.
  • Sansa walking out of the throne room with her head held high after being beaten and stripped in front of everyone there. Even Tyrion is impressed.
    Tyrion: Lady Stark, you may survive us yet.
  • Robb winning at Oxcross. Though we don't actually see it, when several thousand Northmen scream THE KING IN THE NORTH! in unison, you know asses are about to be kicked.
  • One for the opening credits: after twelve straight episodes of that same pan to King's Landing and then Vaes Dothrak (which wasn't even accurate for more than half of them) it's quite something to see the camera instead swoop high above the map, pass over the sun astrolabe, and land on Qarth.

5 — The Ghost of Harrenhal
  • Brienne cutting down two of her fellow Kingsguard brothers with ease when they attack her believing that she had killed Renly, and she's still in shock from his death. Not only that, but she keeps a clear enough head to know the best way to get out of the camp and make a clean getaway.
  • Loras has this moment even when he's grieving over Renly, who was killed by Melisandre's shadow demon, but only Catelyn and Brienne had witnessed it. Margaery is quick to accuse Brienne because she fled, but Loras defends her even though he felt humiliated being defeated by the Maid of Tarth in the melee. He knows Brienne would have never hurt Renly and rightfully puts the blame on Stannis.
  • Arya, incognito as Tywin Lannister's serving girl, is grilled by him for the Northerners views on Robb Stark, during which she, a girl not even in her teens, gets a solid serve on the most fearsome man in the kingdoms.
    Tywin: And what do they say of Robb Stark in the North?
    Arya: They call him the young wolf. They say he rides into battle on the back of a giant Direwolf. They say he can turn into a wolf himself when he wants. They say he can�t be killed.
    Tywin: [smiling to himself] And do you believe them?
    Arya: No, my Lord. [staring right at him]. Anyone can be killed.
    [Beat. Tywin's smirk turns to a very cold Death Glare. Arya keeps looking him in the eye]
    Tywin: Fetch that water.
    • Double props for Maisie Williams being good enough to act opposite to a veteran like Charles Dance.
  • Even after Joffrey had at least one subject mutilated for publicly insulting his family, a street preacher is seen publicly shouting out much worse for all to hear, even the guards and passing Lannisters.
    Street preacher: Brother fornicates with sister in the bed of kings, and we're surprised when the fruit of their incest is rotten?! YES! A rotten king!
    Street preacher: A dancing king! Prancing down his blood-stained halls, to the tune of a twisted DEMON MONKEY!
  • Tyrion setting things up for the future:
    "You will no longer be making wildfire for my sister. You will be making it for me."
    • The moment when the pyromancer opens the door to 7,811 jars of wildfire. Even Tyrion is shocked.
  • Jaqen H'ghar giving Arya her first death. Specifically, the knowing look he gives her afterward.
    • The funny part is how nonchalant he is, eating an apple like nothing happened.

6 — The Old Gods and the New
  • Rodrick giving Theon a ruthless "The Reason You Suck" Speech and spitting in his face, likely knowing he'll be killed for it.
    • Theon's execution of him is a meta-example — Alfie Allen's acting is just brilliant in that scene.
    • Rodrick managing to reverse some of the tragedy with a heartwarming Obi-Wan Moment "Hush now, child. I'm off to see your father."
  • Tyrion, seeing that a riot is imminent at a glance, instantly spins around and orders the gold cloaks to get Tommen out of there, immediately.
  • Tyrion's blistering tirade against Joffrey, culminating in another slap just as good by itself as the three last time.
    Joffrey: Traitors! I'll have all their heads!
    Tyrion: Oh, you blind, bloody fool.
    Joffrey: You can't insult me.
    Tyrion: We've had vicious kings, and we've had idiot kings, but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king.
    Joffrey: Y-Y-You can't—
    Tyrion: I can, I am.
    Joffrey: They attacked ME!
    Tyrion: They threw a cow pie at you so you decide to kill them all. They're starving, you fool! All because of a war you started!
    Joffrey: You are talking to a KING!
    Tyrion: And now I've struck a king. Did my hand fall from my wrist?
    • Even more awesome, he does it right in front of the Kingsguard, who just stand and watch. You can almost see them thinking: "the little guy has a point".
    • And one to the random peasant who hit him in the face with a horse turd.
    • Going further back, Sansa's brief indulgence of Refuge in Audacity by reminding Joffrey of the time Arya reduced him to tears.
  • Sandor rescuing Sansa from a trio of rapists, including disemboweling one while holding him by the neck with the other.
  • Jaqen managing to kill Amory Lorch in a matter of seconds, and do it undetected despite it being daylight with Lannister troops everywhere. Jaqen apparently has poisoned darts on his person just in case something like this comes up.
    • The best part is how it plays out. After receiving the name from Arya, Jaqen apparently intends to bide his time and carry out the assassination with careful planning, but Arya, who was desperate to prevent Lorch from speaking to Tywin, keeps screaming in his ear to get it done "NOW!", and he reluctantly obliges. The scene then immediately cuts to Lorch strolling through the door and looking Tywin right in the eye, and it's apparently already too late...until he promptly drops dead at Tywin's feet.
    • Gets better in the next episode, where it is clear that despite interrogating and hanging many people, Tywin is no closer to working out who killed Lorch.
  • Osha sleeps with Theon and then seduces and kills a guard, so that she can help Bran, Rickon, Hodor, Summer and Shaggy Dog escape from an occupied Winterfell.

7 — A Man Without Honor
  • Arya may have overstepped herself as Tywin's Morality Pet, but the fact that she still manages to have a proper conversation with someone so far above her and actually point out where he's wrong without losing his favor is very impressive.
  • After having a few moments in other episodes where she seems to channel Viserys' unjustified confidence in Targaryen superiority and their "right" to rule Westeros, Daenerys fully proves how different she is from her blinkered and unreflecting brother by showing that she has actually taken the Spice King's observations to heart.
  • The unnamed Spice King repeatedly shooting down Daenerys' attempts at Badass Boasting are a nice reminder of the fact that, even though she has dragons, she is not a queen yet, and is still entirely dependent on the goodwill of others, and consequently her Viserys-esque Young Conqueror pretensions aren't all that impressive under the circumstances.
  • Xaro Xhoan Daxos ascending to Magnificent Bastard-dom by declaring himself king of Qarth, while he and Pyatt Pree kill the rest of the Thirteen. And he has Daenerys well over a barrel too.
  • Jaime's ability to remain a Jerkass Deadpan Snarker even when faced with being imminently lynched by an angry mob is quite impressive. Also, his pointing out the Logic Bomb of the contradictory vows he had to make may not have gained him any sympathy with Catelyn and Brienne, but neither could they come up with a good counter to it.
  • Maester Luwin showing that he has not forgotten how to be a Deadpan Snarker when he points out how unsuccessful Theon's hunt for Bran and Rickon has been "So far, hunting seems little different from riding."
  • Catelyn doing a bit of Shaming the Mob to save Jaime, despite (as she points out) having just as much reason to hate him as anybody else.
  • Shae pulls a knife on one of the queen's informants to protect the secret that Sansa's now able to bear Joffrey's children, calling to mind the bit in the last season she threatened Tyrion if he ever mentioned her family again, and now we see that she probably meant every word of it. The fact that the queen found out through other means in no way diminishes the awesomeness of Shae's actions here. Her protecting Sansa also has an entry on the Crowning Moment of Heartwarming page, given how willing she is to stick her neck out for Sansa despite having no real reason to like her.

8 — The Prince of Winterfell
  • Arya misses the chance to sic Jaqen on Tywin, but she more than makes up for it when, in order to get Jaqen to help her, Gendry and Hot Pie escape Harrenhal, she names...Jaqen himself. And stands her ground in the face of his growing annoyance and anger, even giving him a tiny little shrug. "A man can go kill himself."
    • And that shrug is in response to Jaqen saying she doesn't have honor. She's really learned from her father's mistakes.
    • Only topped by the moment when Arya puts her faith in Jaqen and walks towards the gates despite the fact that there are Lannister guards apparently on duty. Only when they get closer do they realise that Jaqen has already killed them all and just propped them up to look like they were still alive.
  • Tyrion thinks that Cersei has captured Shae and is aghast and panic stricken — and then the guards drag in Ros. Tyrion does not let his guard fall to show his immense relief for even a second, continuing to play the game and utterly dupe Cersei. There's a meta moment worked in as well, because this scene is a complete masterpiece of acting on Peter Dinklage's part.
  • Brienne putting up with Jaime. Enough said.
  • Bronn's method of lowering the crime rate in King's Landing. He found all the known thieves, and had the gold cloaks kill them. His is a simplicity that even impresses Varys.
    "Now all we need to worry about are the unknown thieves."
  • Yara absolutely ripping into Theon for killing the miller's boys, who he is still passing off as Bran and Rickon, denouncing the move, with scathing contempt, as both stupid and immoral. The cherry on top? She actually manages to make Theon feel remorseful for it!
    • And the cherry on top has to be the magnificent barrage of Cluster C-Bombs that would have Malcolm Tucker beaming with pride.
    • Pretty much anything Yara does. She's a woman in a medieval setting, but she has twice her brother's balls and thirty ships under her command; thirty ships of Iron Islanders, who respect strength and capability, nothing less. She didn't get where she is because of her noble blood; she got there because she's damn good at what she does.
  • Yara's speech to Theon, in which she tears into him about how he treated her before he realized she was his sister. He's furious with her for not telling him and making him look like a fool. She coolly replies that she didn't tell him because she wanted to see what kind of man he was. She then quite accurately points out that he had every opportunity to ask her name and family, and she would have told him; but all he cared about was molesting who he thought was an everyday, lowborn woman...who was helping him, out of the kindness of her heart, when nobody else gave a damn. It's pretty satisfying to see Theon, a womanizer at best, taken down a few pegs.
  • A small one for Theon when, after one of his men mock him for letting Osha escape, finally decides he had enough of all the shit he's gone through and punches the guy out, then he proceeds to give him one hell of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. after seeing Theon suffer massive Badass Decay through the entire season it is satisfying to see him finally react. bonus points because Theon actually punches him so hard he hurts his own hand, but doesn't bother and keeps hitting, not to mention the guy he sends kissing the soil is the same one who was mocking him a few episodes before.

9 — Blackwater
And Tyrion only grimaces at this: he's actually impressed. At a stretch, this could potentially work another direction, assuming that Sansa believes the rumor about Joffrey's parentage. By "our king" she could be repeating the same trick her father used when putting "the rightful heir" into Robert's will... meaning she actually likes Tyrion.
  • Or she was just praying that Stannis would win.
  • Stannis' rampage on the walls of King's Landing. What really defines this moment of pure badassery? Stannis leads from the front. The first ladder to be set against the wall, he scales, and he is the very first man up that ladder, braving swords and spears and arrows and hurled rocks to be the first man to hit the wall and just start cleaving through Lannister troops. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Stannis has earned his place as one of the five kings.
  • Even after the wildfire decimated his ships, Stannis got up and ordered his remaining fleet to land anyway. He was the first to set foot on the shore, his sword already drawn.
  • Even after it became apparent his army was going to lose, Stannis had to be dragged off the battlefield kicking and screaming.
  • Tyrion, Bronn and Hallyne destroying most of Stannis' fleet with wildfire. More than just a crowning moment for the characters, it was a crowning moment for the producers as well. The massive fireball that engulfs the fleet is an UNBELIEVABLY awe-inspiring sight which really shows off how they made best use of the extra money they got for this episode.
  • Bronn casually saving the Hound's life despite the two of them being about to kill one another before the battle began. Bronn then proceeds to kill several other Mooks within the span of a few seconds. The said Mook , as well. On fire, dying, and still attacking the Hound head on. Even Sandor himself is too shocked to act (though it's implied that's because he himself almost burned to death as a child).
  • Sansa trying to goad Joffrey into fighting on the frontlines by comparing it to her brother.
  • Sandor Clegane deserting to the tune of, "Fuck the King." Even better: seeing Joffrey utterly and completely deflate after the fact.
    • Prior to that, Clegane leads a sortie out to repel the attackers on the beach. As he draws his sword and shoves a soldier forward into the fight, he yells out: "If any man dies with a clean sword, I'LL RAPE HIS FUCKING CORPSE!' He then goes on to cleave men into pieces with his broad sword.
  • Tyrion taking over the troops after Joffrey runs away in disgrace, entering the battle by slicing off the leg of the man in charge of the battering ram.
  • Tyrion's Rousing Speech to the men, when they appear on the verge of breaking and running, starting with "They say I'm half a man -- what does that make you?", and ending with "Those are brave men out there knocking on our door. Let's go kill them!". The boast, and Tyrion by extension, is unassumedly enhanced because he's gallantly recognizing the worthiness of his foes in an ominous moment. "The Rains of Castamere" playing in the soundtrack enhances the scene some more.
  • Sansa taking over as the leader of the women, after Cersei proves to be horrible at the job.
  • Shae telling Sansa to run; "No one is raping me," she says, showing the knife she has tied to her leg.
  • When Sansa flees, Shae gives Ilyn Payne the mother of all Death Glares, as if to say: "Yeah, just try and go after her. See what happens."
  • Podrick saving Tyrion after a member of the Kingsguard turns on him, stabbing the man through the head from behind.
  • Tywin and Loras teaming up to save the day. The cavalry charge, led by the Knight of Flowers in disguise as his dead lover, was beautifully shot in slow-motion.
  • Hearing 'The Rains of Castamere' sung both by the Lannnister soldiers and over the credits as an end to an amazing episode. It's also an Awesome Moment for Bronn, who proves that he's even good at singing.

10 — Valar Morghulis
  • Theon's amazing speech to his men. Even though they betray him right after he finishes.
    Theon: You hear that? That's the mating call of the Northmen! They want to fuck us! Well, I haven't had a good fuck in weeks! I'm ready for one! They say every Ironborn man is worth a dozen from the mainland. You think they're right? We die today brothers! We die bleeding from a hundred wounds with arrows in our necks and spears in our guts! But our warcries will echo through eternity! They will sing about the Battle of Winterfell until the Iron Islands have slipped beneath the waves! Every man, woman, and child will know who we were and how long we stood! Aggar and Gelmar! Wex and Urzen! Styg and Black Lorren! Ironborn warriors will cry out our names as they leap onto the shores of Seagard and Faircastle! Mothers will name their sons after us! Girls will think of us with their lovers inside them! AND WHOEVER KILLS THAT FUCKING HORNBLOWER WILL STAND IN BRONZE ABOVE THE SHORES OF PYKE! WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE!
    • Dagmer even notes that the reason they didn't immediately turn on Theon was because it was a good speech and he didn't want to interrupt.
  • Dany's dragons, breathing deadly fire for the first time, killing the real Pyat Pree and freeing themselves and Dany.
    • What really makes it awesome is the way the fire erupts. Most fantasy depictions of dragonfire involves a steady stream of flame, like a flamethrower. When these dragons breath fire, it comes out in a barrage of rapid bursts of small fireballs, almost like flaming machine gun fire, and makes it suitably more awesome for it.
  • Dany and her khalasar robbing Xaro blind after imprisoning him in his own vault.
    • On a more out-of-universe level, the spine-tingling sight of Emilia Clarke in the Red Keep set.
      • Or beyond the Wall.
  • Despite also qualifying as terrifying, "three horn blasts".
  • Brienne is outnumbered three to one by the Northmen, but manages to dispatch them all in about three seconds. And she has a particularly fitting fate in store for one: "Two quick deaths." Jaime is impressed...although that's not necessarily a good thing.
    • "I don't serve the Starks... I serve Lady Catelyn."
    • And after that she tells him to "stay", much like she would a dog — and he does.
  • Though the moment of the reveal rather negates it, a Fridge one for Xaro Xhoan Daxos rising to such power in Qarth on literally nothing.
  • Pycelle may be a weasel, but his abandoning his old man act to intimidate Tyrion was surprisingly awesome.
  • Dany seeing the vision of Drogo in the House of the Undying has her wondering how he can be there. He replies "Maybe I told the Great Stallion to go fuck himself and came here to wait for you." She can only reply that that sounds like the sort of thing he would do.

    Season 3 
1 — Valar Dohaeris
  • Davos Seaworth's return to Dragonstone. Even though it ends with him getting thrown in the dungeons, it's heavily implied that he's the only one with enough balls to call Stannis and Melisandre out on moping and burning prisoners alive, instead of continuing to fight the war.
  • The scene of Davos' rescue; when asked who he serves, Davos, after only a moment of doubt, proudly proclaims to serve "the true king" Stannis Baratheon. While he could have simply said Stannis or Joffrey and hope for mercy if they belong to the other side, he went all the way to show his true loyalty, even after having been stranded on a tiny rock for days.
  • Ser Bronn being more than willing to cut through Ser Meryn Trant and another Kingsguard if they get in his way after telling them just what he thinks of them.
    Ser Meryn: You're an up-jumped cutthroat, nothing more.
    Bronn: That's exactly who I am. And you're a grub in fancy armor who's better at beating little girls than fighting men.
  • The first time you see the giant in Rayder's camp.
    • Jon's reaction says it all, being a mixture of "We are so screwed!" and "Why don't we have those?!"
  • During the trip back to the palace from the sept, Margaery Tyrell (seemingly) whimsically stops the entire procession so she can visit an orphanage, mainly populated by children whose fathers were killed during Blackwater. Keep in mind that the last time Joffrey was in Flea Bottom, a riot broke out and the previous High Septon was torn to shreds. She even runs straight into a highly threatening and scarred looking man who ogles her for a moment, and she just cheerfully smiles and apologizes for being in his way before brushing past him. When Margaery comes out...she's surrounded by happy children, smiling gently and asking the matron to please send word whenever the children need toys or foods. In less than ten minutes, Margaery has raked in a shed-load of goodwill from the common people, not just for her as the future Queen but for Joffrey as well.
    • It becomes clear that Margaery is also doing this so she can remove Joffrey from his mother's influence. Watch how he immediately defends her when Cersei tries to insult her for going off on her own in Flea Bottom. Cersei is cowed by her son, and soon realizes that Joffrey's new bride-to-be is not the 'little dove' that Sansa Stark was.
    • The entire dinner was a highly cathartic reversal of a similar dinner with Sansa the previous season, where Cersei was revelling in politely taunting and threatening her.
    • Look again at the toys she's giving out to the orphans: they're her house colours, and the knight kind of looks like her brother Loras. Margaery is making sure that these children (and the people in the same district) don't forget who their saviour is, and which House she comes from, ensuring their loyalty when they're old enough to raise arms for her family. The people — and the next generation — will be nominally loyal to Joffrey, but ultimately loyal to her. The only other people who are playing the game of thrones that long-term have been Petyr Baelish and Varys, the two most Magnificent Bastards on the show.
      • And her charity work also sets her apart from the current Queen and current ruling House. Can you imagine Cersei — or indeed any Lannister — going around orphanages? No, because it's seen as below them and Tywin wouldn't even allow it anyway — Joffrey even has to pause to remember the word "charity", indicating that it's not exactly in the Lannister lexicon. But the Tyrells are making sure they're seen as friends of the lower classes, which is a brilliant PR strategy and would help prevent more riots, and is something even Tyrion did not think of when he was bemoaning his abysmal reputation with the common people the previous season.
  • The reintroduction of Daenerys, as the dragons swoop around the "small ship" we last saw her heading off to buy, with her theme swelling triumphantly. Special mention to one of the dragons catching a fish, tossing it up, roasting it, and letting it fall into his mouth, all in one smooth motion.
  • Ghost coming back to save Sam from a wight.
  • An assassination attempt is made on Daenerys, using a scary giant scorpion-esque creature called a Manticore. She's saved by the mysterious figure in a black cloak who first appeared to be trying to kill her himself, who then reveals himself to be Barristan Selmy. Now that's how you show He's Back!
    • That is not even the impressive part. Jorah gets him in a chokehold after he knocks the box out of Dany's hands, but he manages to overpower Jorah and escape offscreen quickly enough to kill the manticore in time (16 seconds). That is some serious ownage (and Jorah is not really bummed after he sees who nailed him).
      • Jorah seems rather awed at the moment of reveal, given his role of exposition it's also a good way to name-check Barristan Selmy.

2 — Dark Wings, Dark Words
  • Brienne and Jaime's duel on the bridge. Brienne wins handily, against a man who's been repeatedly described as the best fighter in Westeros (even if he's not currently in top fighting form). Previously, she defeated Loras Tyrell, another man often described as one of the best fighters in the land. And this is a woman in a culture where the idea of women being warriors is completely unaccepted, who wouldn't have had remotely the top-tier quality of training that Jaime and Loras — sons of two of the major noble houses — would have had.
    • Another thing that cannot be emphasized enough, is that at first, it's very much an even match between Brienne and Jaime, even if he is out of shape and currently bound. However, we very quickly see Brienne figure out Jaime's style and learn to anticipate his every move, to the point that by the end of the duel, she's barely trying anymore and if anything, actually appears to have gotten bored.
      • Keeping in mind that the fight is a bit handicapped, since Jaime was not only chained hand and feet but had been imprisoned in a muddy pen for over a year. He looked to be losing stamina quickly (note he initiates rests a few times during the fight while she just waits for him to attack). Adrenaline only takes you so far.
  • Jojen Reed approaches Bran, and Osha puts a spear at his back. He responds that he's unarmed...because his sister is better at fighting. Meera instantly has a knife at Osha's throat.
  • Margaery playing Joffrey like a fiddle when she gets a moment alone with him, and not losing her cool even when he says he might make homosexuality punishable by death in spite of what that would mean for her brother.
    • An earlier one is when Sansa is finally persuaded to tell Margaery and her grandmother that Joffrey's "a monster", Olenna just gives a mildly disappointed "that's a pity", and Margaery, despite marrying the monster, just gives an "Oh, well" shrug, because both Tyrells are totally confident that Margaery will be able to handle him. It takes all of five minutes for Margaery to prove that their confidence is well-founded.
  • Anguy shooting an arrow into the air with perfect accuracy to come down on Hot Pie's head in about ten seconds.
  • After Rast goes back to his Kick the Dog ways regarding Sam, and succeeds in convincing him to lie down and die, Commander Mormont declares that if Sam doesn't make it back for any reason, he won't either.
  • A subtle one. After Sansa calls Joffrey "a lion", Olenna interrupts and says "Yes, all Lannisters are lions." No one bothered mentioning that Joffrey is technically a Baratheon.

3 — Walk of Punishment
  • During the funeral of Lord Hoster Tully, after Edmure repeatedly fails to hit the boat with a flaming arrow, Blackfish simply knocks him out of the way and takes the bow, fires once, turns around, and chucks it back at him, before the arrow even hits.
  • Daenerys showing us which Targaryen she chooses to emulate.
    Ser Barristan: When your brother Rhaegar led his men at the battle of the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him. Because they loved him. I fought beside the last dragon that day, my grace. I bled beside him.
    Jorah: Rhaegar fought valiantly. Rhaegar fought nobly. And Rhaegar died.
    Daenerys: Did you know him well, Ser Barristan?
    Ser Barristan: I did, your grace. Finest man I ever met.
    Daenerys: I wish I had known him. But he was not the last dragon.
  • Mance Rayder's Badass Boast when he describes the signal he'll give to the wildlings climbing the Wall.
    Mance: I'm going to light the biggest fire the North has ever seen.
  • It turns out that Podrick Payne, quiet, virginal, occasionally badass, and certified by Cersei as an "odd little boy" is actually a Memetic Sex God beyond even the likes of Tyrion. With no experience whatsoever, and completely spur of the moment after Tyrion bought them in for him as a reward for his services, he is able to pleasure several extremely experienced whores to such heights that they refuse any charge and do everything for free. Tyrion and Bronn are clearly shocked, a little bit jealous, and eager to learn.
    • Even better, the next episode has Varys and Ros discussing his sexual exploits during their secret meeting, with Ros revealing the whores described Pod as "The most extraordinary man they have ever had" with both trying to work out just what the hell he did. This discussion took precedence over Varys' plotting regarding Littlefinger. Memetic Sex God does not even cover it at this point.
  • It's an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, but Brienne is heard clearly fighting off her would-be rapists, and judging by their angry yells she gave them a hell of a time.
  • Theon being rescued by the Boy, who effortlessly picks off four men with his bow.
  • Before that, when Theon is being hunted down by the Bolton men. There's just something incredibly stunning about the scene: Theon, battered and bloody but still fighting, galloping headlong on a pure white horse in a doomed race against four men in black, dodging arrows with the Greyjoy theme rising in the background...
  • After Daenerys warns Missandei about the risks she faces going with her, Missandei simply replies "Valar morghulis." Rather Bad Ass on its own, but what makes it even sweeter is Dany's reply.
    Daenerys: Yes...All men must die. But we are not men.
    • Missandei's little smile says it all. Especially as Dany has subtly revealed that, of course, a Targaryen would speak High Valyerian... which Missandei's assholish old masters had been cheerfully insulting Daenerys in and forcing her to censor them in translation. That smile is a mixture of "I think I'm going to like her" and "Oh, she's good."
      • Plus, the development this shows for Daenerys. This time last season, she never would have been able to stand there and take it while waiting for the right time to strike back.

4 — And Now His Watch Is Ended
  • The Liberation of Astapor. By the Old Gods and the New, the liberation of Astapor. Daenerys buys all of the Unsullied with Drogon, and as Kraznys struggles to control the dragon, she speaks to the Unsullied in High Valyrian, causing Kraznys to have a massive Oh, Crap moment as he realizes she's understood all the insults he's been hurling at her.
    "I am Danaerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen. Valyrian is my mother tongue."
    • Made a bit funnier by the fact that Jorah and Barristan notice she's testing her new soldiers by giving orders in High Valyrian, but Kraznys is too busy with an uncooperative dragon to realize it until Daenerys tells him off.
    • And as icing on the cake, Missandei looks over at her old master, and she just smirks.
    • Then Daenerys orders the Unsullied to kill all of the slavers in Astapor. As Kraznys shrieks at them to kill her instead...
    • By sundown, Astapor is free and Daenerys is leading a huge Unsullied army, and the episode closes by showing them marching out of the city as Dany's three dragons fly overhead. Day-um!.
    Daenerys: A dragon is not a slave.
    • Even better, Jorah and Ser Barristan, who have disagreed with each other all throughout the season, share a look of pride while Dany is pulling all of this off.
    • Really, the fact that Dany gets a "cool girls don't look at explosions" moment is just gravy at this point.
      • And the way she discards the ceremonial whip that represents her ownership of the Unsullied (signifying their freedom) serves as the equivalent of a Mic Drop.
      • Dunno if I am the only one, but I found it hilarious how Drogon looked happy burning stuff. The little guy was not pleased with the whole "stranger is tugging me around" experience.
  • Varys' monologue about how he was castrated by a sorcerer, then thrown into the street to die. But just to spite the man, he did whatever he had to to survive, and make his way into power. And then the perfect capper, as he reveals that his long desire for revenge has finally paid off and he has the sorcerer at his mercy, trapped in a tiny crate and looking quite tortured. The shot of Varys' face framed in a dark and tarnished mirror is particularly awesome, reminding viewers that while he may come across as a sycophantic suckup, behind the facade is a total badass.
  • Margarey has become an Ensemble Darkhorse after the events of episode four. She's got Joffrey wrapped around her fingers to the point he's more willing to comply with what she wants than Cersei . Not only that, but her actions from the previous episodes of the season has the townspeople chanting her name wildly outside the castle gates and the people adore her so much they're even willing to root for Joffrey as she successfully manipulates him to act decent in front of them for once as his mother looks on in jealousy. You can only smirk with delight at Cersei's obvious jealousy.
    • Even more awesome whether it's genuine or not, Margarey being kind to Sansa borders between this and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. She shoos away Sansa's guards so that they can chat like ladies, share secrets and laugh. That and Margarey shows great interest in marrying Sansa to Ser Loras so that she may spirit her away to Highgarden. Out of genuine of her heart or not, Margarey knows how a true queen should act.
    • Her befriending of Sansa is a MoA in that it once more shows how the Tyrells are playing the long game. If you look at a map of Westeros, you'll notice that the Riverlands (loyal to the Starks), and the Westerlands (belong to the Lannisters, and will fall if they lose) are on the Tyrells' borders. If Tywin wins, she'll have lost nothing, but if Robb wins, they have the Starks' gratitude for rescuing Sansa.
  • Commander Mormont, after taking a fatal stab wound from Rast, spends his last few seconds trying to choke the man who did it to death.
    • The Night's Watchman played by Burn Gorman calling Craster a bastard to his face. What he does after may violate the most sacred laws of Westeros (a guest must not kill his host and vice versa), but seeing Craster get his just deserts was very satisfying.
    • To his credit, Craster did also try to kill him.
    • Sam, seeing just how much shit has hit the fan, immediately runs to Gilly and escapes with her and the baby, saving her from whatever would have happened if she'd been left to the mercy of Rast and his gang.
  • Lady Olenna's verbal sparring with Varys is both hilarious and awesome in that it shows perfectly that she is easily a match for some of the most manipulative chessmasters in Westeros and is not going to take any shit from any of them.
  • Anticipation for Beric Dondarrion's reappearance into the story was very high and its safe to say those expectations were met in glorious amount from his initial confrontation with The Hound before their trial by combat.
    Sandor Clegane: "King Robert is dead, Ned Stark is dead; my brother is alive. *spits* You all fight for ghosts.
    Beric Dondarrion: "Oh, but that's what we are, ghosts. Waiting for you in the dark; you can't see us...but we see you. No matter whose cloak you wear; Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, you prey on the weak...The Brotherhood without Banners will hunt you down!
  • Jaime stealing one of the Bolton men's swords and fending them off for about a minute before his weakened condition and injuries stop him. Brienne, completely bound, moves to join him when he starts to fight.

5 — Kissed by Fire
  • Sandor Clegane's literal trial by fire. He fights Beric Dondarrion, who has a flaming sword, and wins. Not only that, but he kills Dondarrion. Who is promptly brought back to life by Thoros of Myr, but still, pretty amazing.
    • Depending on how recently the trial takes place after he was captured, he might still be ferociously hung over.
      • Season 2 also established that Sandor is terrified of fire. Imagine his fear every time that flaming sword came near him, then imagine the strength of will it took for him to not only hold his own and fight like a demon, but to actually win.
    • While Dondarrion may not ultimately win the duel, he also proves he's far from incompetent in that scene by managing to duel Sandor almost to a standstill. Even considering he has the flaming sword, it's still pretty cool, particularly given how Sandor has cut through more or less everybody he's fought against so far.
  • Jaime's monologue about how he became the Kingslayer, as we learn he saved the whole city and countless lives with the act everyone hates him for, with a spellbinding performance by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
    • Even before that, the moment we see that he's regained his trademark arrogance, acid tongue and general fearlessness even when he's at the mercy of his enemies is profoundly satisfying after seeing how low he was in the last episode.
  • Jaime refuses to be drugged while his festering hand stump is amputated out of fear that Qyburn might take away his whole arm.
    Qyburn:"There will be pain."
    Jaime:"I'll scream."
    Qyburn:"Quite a bit of pain."
    Jaime:"I'll scream loudly."
  • The Blackfish punching Lord Karstark in the face when he mouths off to Robb.
    • There's also Robb decapitating Lord Karstark with an even quicker and cleaner stroke than his father managed in the first episode. Bonus points since the last time we saw someone executed was Theon's bloody mangling of Ser Rodrik, making this another example of how Robb's The Ace compared to Theon in every way.
      • While the act may have been a potentially fatal case of Honor Before Reason, (as is pointed out to him by his various allies,) you can see him thinking to himself "what would my father do?", and deciding to follow his example deserves props.
    • One of the traitors begs for mercy, saying he didn't kill anyone and only watched the others do it. Robb tells his men to hang that guy last so that he can watch the others die first.
      • That sentence quite vividly illustrated that Good is not always Nice; when crossed,the Starks can be as brutal with their justice as the other Great Houses.
    • He may have been an utter dick, but Karstark NEVER even considers begging for his life, he just tells Robb where to shove it and just to hurry up with it. His final words are him telling Robb what an utter failure he is.
  • In the wake of this, and while looking over a tactical map of Westeros, Robb is despairing about what to do after having lost half his forces due to his decision. Then he has his Eureka Moment.
  • Tyrion finally Calling the Old Man Out on his cruelty to everyone, particularly poor Sansa Stark at that moment, and looking him straight in the eye and reminding him about his first marriage.
    • It may be in the middle of an extraordinary Kick the Dog moment, but Tywin's proving that he can make both his stubborn and rebellious children do exactly what he says with the force of his personality alone is quite impressive. As Cersei points out, she is Queen Regent, and thus technically outranks Tywin, but he is able to reduce her to begging simply by raising his voice.
    • Tywin shouting at Cersei is certainly Laser-Guided Karma, as only moments ago she was taking sadistic glee in watching Tyrion forced into his marriage with Sansa
      Tywin: You're still fertile. You need to marry again and breed.
      Cersei: I am Queen Regent, not some broodmare!
      Tywin: You are my daughter! You will do as I command!
    • Look at a map of Westeros and you'll see that if Tywin's plan works, the Lannisters will have a hand in ruling six of the seven kingdoms, with only the Iron Islands (which no one wants anyway) left apart from them.
      • One could suggest that Tywin's plan for dealing with the Iron Islands is already right there. Instead of wasting forces by engaging them directly, he's going to first seize all of Westeros, allowing him to cast as wide a net as possible around them, before tightening his hold. In other words, his plan has less to do with war and more to do with fishing.
  • Littlefinger taking all of two minutes of screentime to completely destroy the Tyrell's plot for Sansa, complete with lampshading of "That didn't take long."
    • Sansa gets a small one, showing that she's learned something by lying to Littlefinger about the Tyrell's plans. She doesn't do it very well, but at least she's learning not to blab secrets, unlike Loras.
  • Upon seeing Tyrion and Olenna in a room together, we prepare for an epic Snark-to-Snark Combat. Instead, Olenna destroys Tyrion, who barely gets a word in and is left with an expression of "So that's what that feels like."

6 — The Climb
  • If the sight of the Wildlings climbing eight hundred feet up the Wall wasn't awesome enough, then how about a massive chunk of the Wall breaking off, casually wiping out half of the Wildlings. And what makes the sheer scale of the Wall more impressive: We can see afterwards that the avalanche barely even made a dent in it.
  • Jon saving himself and Ygritte when Orell cuts their rope while they were halfway up the Wall.
  • Tywin actually getting the better of Olenna, after she'd held her own against Varys and Tyrion. She even remarks on how refreshing it is to finally meet a Worthy Opponent.
    • Though she still handles herself pretty well by bringing up Jaime and Cersei's incest point blank to his face, and gladly defending her grandson from Tywin's homophobic mockery while point blank suggesting Tywin himself indulged in this with his cousins. This lady is probably the single most badass character in the series now.
  • Littlefinger's chilling monologue about how no one can actually get their happy ending, because the "climb" to reach it is all that really exists, played over a montage of his handiwork for the past couple episodes.
  • Arya actually grabs Mellisandre and makes her turn around. Melly's so flabbergasted at the kid's nerve that it takes her several seconds to react. And then she looks into Arya's eyes and her expression morphs into one of horror when she sees what the little girl in front of her will do and what she will become in the coming future.
  • The absolutely fantastic shot of Westeros from the top of the Wall at the end. The World Is Just Awesome doesn't even describe it. Bonus points for it being the background to a fantastic kiss on the part of Jon and Ygritte.
  • As soon as it seems as if Roose Bolton is about to have her and Jaime killed, Brienne, unarmed and wearing a pink dress, lays her hand on the fork in front of her, indicating that she was fully prepared to leap across the table and stab him to death with it had Jaime not stopped her.

7 — The Bear and the Maiden Fair
  • Jaime turning the Bolton column escorting him back to Harrenhal to rescue Brienne. When they get there they find that Locke has thrown her into a pit with a bear to fight with a wooden sword while wearing a dress. What does Jaime do? He leaps in to the pit and helps Brienne escape by giving her a boost on his back. Brienne escapes safely, but Jaime is still in the pit, so Brienne helps pull him up while the bear is advancing on him. They both get out and Locke can only look on while they leave safely with "The Rains of Castamere" playing.
    • Brienne once again shows just how brave and determined she is: before Jaime came back for her she must have known she wasn't going to get out of this alive but, seven hells, she's not going down without a fight, even after taking a bear claw to the neck.
      • Even before that, there is one when Jaime is saying goodbye before parting. Jaime tells her that she is to be left alone with Locke, which she is for good reasons unhappy to hear. After he tells her that he is indebted to her, instead of asking help for herself, she reminds him of his promise to Lady Catelyn of saving the Stark sisters to consider his debt paid. Until the end, and even in the worst of circumstances, Brienne is not going to forget her vows or honor. If this is not the true deffinition of a Knight in Shining Armor, I don't know what it is.
    • Please note that Jaime climbs the bear pit with only one hand.
      • Jaime doesn't even have a sword. He jumps in with nothing. Yes, that self-absorbed, snarky, arrogant "Kingslayer" faced an eight-foot-tall pissed-off bear with nothing but that one hand. And his first words to Brienne? "Get behind me." Character Development, thy name is Jaime Lannister...
      • And Brienne didn't waste time relishing still being alive as soon as she was out, even though she had every right to; at once she's all "Hold my legs!" and is reaching back in to pull Jaime up to safety.
      • She also got a last one by walking away on her own, despite having been clawed by the bear at least 3 times.
    • His scene with Qyburn is also pure awesome. After finding out Qyburn "experimented" on living people, and shows his disgust and anger, Qyburn smugly asks him how many people Jaime has killed, and then how many he has saved. Jaime proudly replies he has saved half a million people, the entire population of Kings Landing. Then after finding out Brienne is in danger, he blackmails him into taking him back to Harrenhal.
  • Daenerys receives the Yunkish emissary, Razdal mo Eraz, and forces him to sit in a lower chair while her titles are rattled off. Having received the gift of two chests of gold bars to bribe her to leave Yunkai alone, she then states that she'll destroy Yunkai unless its population of 200,000 slaves are freed and compensated. When Razdal tell his slaves to take back the gold, Drogon roars and screeches at them, sending them scampering away while poised over the open chest; Smaug would be proud. He's already learned to hoard!
    • The shot of Dany sitting in her tent with three dragons the size of large wolves around her.
    • Not even looking at the emissary while he's implicitly threatening her with 'glorious and mighty' Yunkai, the mother of dragons throws a slab of meat to her children. The dragons take flight within the tent inches away from everybody. If you look closely, Viserion loses the yummy snack to Drogon and Rhaegal emerges the victor while his brothers squabble over nothing. That moment was fucking awesome alone for the pant-wetting look on Razdal's face while Dany remains impassive to the beasts tumbling about. Like a boss.
  • Tywin faces his grandson, who up to this point has been a dangerously uncontrollable psychopath who no one dares cross. He proceeds to walk right up next to the Iron Throne, chastise him for not attending council meetings, tell him he needs to learn more about the kingdoms he's ruling, and finally turn and walk away with a smirk on his face while Joffrey looks like he wishes he could sink into the throne. The scene was a long time coming, and paid off beautifully.
    • Made all the more awesome in that Joffrey was clearly attempting his typical veiled threats about why it's not wise to make a King walk to a meeting, but Tywin is having none of it and politely informs him that if it's that much of a problem, they can have him carried.
      • There's also all the sarcasm and disrespect Tywin gets across without saying anything at all; first, as he approaches the throne he stops at the places where we've seen other people ritually kneel/bow, just to make the point that he's not bowing to Joffrey. Second, when Joffrey complains about the stairs, Tywin slowly and deliberately climbs the steps up to the throne's dais uninvited, both making it look as if he's demonstrating how stairs work for an idiot child, and once again making the point that he's got no interest in following the usual protocols. Third, he spends the rest of the meeting looming over the squirming Joffrey rather than letting him look down on him. Fourth, he decides to leaves as soon as he gets the last word rather than waiting to be dismissed, and when he says his final "Your Grace" his body language makes it look like he almost forgot to say it, and nearly left without saying anything at all.
      • His witheringly dry promise to ensure that Joffrey is properly informed of all "important" events when "necessary" is another one, because it's so blatant what he's really saying that it's hard to believe that even Joffrey could miss it, raising the possibility that Joffrey does know that he's being completely shut out of running his kingdom but is too scared of his grandfather to object.
    • A small and subdued one for Joffrey, of all people. While usually the greatest Smug Snake in the seven kingdoms, he somehow heard, and is Properly Paranoid, about Daenerys and her dragons at Essos. While he's still being quite the smug bastard, he actually takes the possible threat somewhat seriously, whereas Tywin is being completely skeptical, which earns him a few points for finally using his brains. It's also possible that Margaery brought it up and he's just sucking up to her, but still.
      • Tywin still wins points here for telling Joffrey to basically shut up when, up to this point, no other character has even come close to simply telling his Royal Prickness what to do.
    Tywin: "...Curiosities on the far side of the world are no threat to us."
    Tywin: [exasperatedly and very quickly] "Because we have been told as much by the many experts who serve the realm by counseling the King on matters in which he knows nothing."
    Joffrey: "But I haven't been counseled!"
    Tywin: [Slowly, and with extreme pointedness, accompanied by a Death Glare] "You are being counseled at this very moment."
    • Tywin later admits to Oberyn Martell in "Breaker of Chains" that he is aware of the threat of Daenerys and her dragons. Either Joffrey's comments made Tywin later look into these "curiosities", or Tywin didn't bother to disclose to Joffrey due to the latter's ineptitude. (Joffrey did cower in the Battle of King's Landing; he wouldn't stand a chance against dragons.) Either way, awesome.
  • Gendry discovering his father's identity when in the shadow of the Red Keep, with the wrecked boats from the Battle of Blackwater around him and with King Robert's Leitmotif playing in the background.
  • Littlefinger's "Chaos is a Ladder" speech showcases how adept a Chess Master he truly is.

8 — Second Sons
  • Self-described coward Samwell Tarly stands up to a White Walker who's come for Gilly's baby, with no hope at all, just because it's the one good thing he can do before he dies. And even after his sword is destroyed and he's easily tossed aside, he attacks again with the one weapon he has left... an obsidian dagger which turns out to be able to kill White Walkers. That's right, "Ser Piggy" is likely the first person to slay a White Walker in thousands of years.
    • Look again: it might be the same White Walker that saw Sam at the end of Season 2. If so, looks like it made a fatal mistake in sparing him. The White Walker almost seems to realize this fact as it dies, its face contorting with fury as it saw just who killed it
  • The Establishing Character Moment of Daario Naharis, after he's ordered to sneak into Daenerys' tent and kill her. He instead presents Daenerys with the heads of his two co-captains of the Second Sons, and pledges himself to her.
    • Daenerys also gets a moment in that scene: after Daario presents the heads of his two co-captains, Daenerys just arches an eyebrow and asks if that's supposed to impress her. Then she gets out of the bath, slowly walks down the steps stark naked while giving Daario the coolest, most regal icy glare, as if daring him to objectify her even once. It's a parallel to her first scene in the series, where Viserys forces her to undress before she gets into the bath. It shows how far Daenerys has come from being a scared young girl to becoming a mighty queen.
  • Dany negotiating with the three leaders of the mercenary band.
    "Take off your clothes and come sit on Mero's lap, and I may give you my Second Sons."
  • Tyrion putting down that son of a bitch Joffrey during his wedding when as per usual Joffrey proceeds to make a dick of himself to try and humiliate Tyrion and torture Sansa further into starting the bedding ceremony. Tyrion's response is as follows when Joffrey refuses to cut out the act.
    Tyrion: (slams knife into table) Then you'll be FUCKING your own bride with a wooden cock!
    • Joffrey is so enraged by this he is literally and physically seething with fury as he looks at Tyrion. Similarly, we can see Tyrion shaking with anger as he's digging the knife into the table, causing Joffrey to give it a few nervous glaces as if weighing up how serious that threat was. The best part? Tywin actually has to diffuse the situation before things escalate further, thus defending Tyrion and Sansa from Joffrey.
    • A more subtle one before that was Tyrion's rather successful efforts to make his father feel uncomfortable during their conversation.
    • The best part about all this is that Tyrion has been suffering from Badass Decay all season, due to his father being around constantly and having to kiss up to the Tyrells in order to pull the crown out of debt. In this episode he starts snarking and threatening just like his old self. No need to fear the old Tyrion is completely gone, he is still around.
    • Furthermore, Tywin actually manages to get Tyrion out of the room and prevent Joffrey from thinking of a sadistic punishment, which is quite impressive when Joffrey has mutilated people for less. It's an awesome moment for Tyrion too, as he likely knew that Tywin would be able to force the king into accepting that he'd been told where to stick it.
  • When the congregation in the Sept start laughing at Tyrion's attempts to fix the bridal cloak around Sansa's shoulders without the aid of a stool, one guest laughs a bit too loudly. Tywin looks round at him and glares, and the man instantly shuts up. Clearly someone forgot Lord Tywin Lannister absolutely hates laughter directed at his family, even if in this case it's Tyrion.
  • Tyrion, even when completely piss-faced drunk, still manages to stick it to his father by absolutely refusing to sleep with Sansa if she doesn't want it.
    Tyrion: If my father wants someone fucked I know where he can start.
  • Cersei gets a moment against Margaery when she reminds her about the origins of "The Rains of Castamere" — a family much like the Tyrells stood up against the Lannisters, and as a result, Tywin wiped them out.
    Cersei: If you ever call me "sister" again, I'll have you strangled in your sleep.
    • Margaery gets a minor one directly afterwards. One of the most influential women of Westeros just threatened her life and although there's fear on her face, we also get a glimpse of "It is so on..."

9 — The Rains of Castamere
  • The Red Wedding. The way the scene plays out is so brilliant and disturbing, made more so by the music, the acting of every single cast member, and the evil death stare of Walder Frey. Also, the fact that the scene is something of a legend and is pretty much the scene that everybody was waiting for. It did not disappoint.
    • Despite it's Tearjerker and Nightmare Fuel content. The Red Wedding could be argued as a crowning moment for Tywin Lannister. Arguably one of his greatest and most brutally cunning plans to end the Stark campaign in one night, without even having to battle them. Just another indicator of his Magnificent Bastardry.
  • Ser Jorah, Daario Naharis, and Grey Worm vs. a large squad of eunuch soldiers in Yunkai. They beat them all handily in a Multi-Mook Melee with some effort...and then the NEXT, LARGER wave of soldiers surrounds the trio. 'To Be Continued... Right Now!' One transition scene later we see them all arrive at Dany's camp, caked in gore... And the city is hers.
    • Grey Worm, in particular, is a remarkable fighter, moving with all the grace and poise of a dancer. Made more impressive that unlike Jorah and Daario who are clearly trying to upstage each other, he's coldly taking down men with brutal efficiency, using only a spear. He's got a shield too, but barely anyone gets close enough for him to need to use it.
    • Daario gets a mention when it seems quite likely that he did kill both Mero and Prendhal in single combat considering how he distinguishes himself in the battle. At one time blocking an attack from behind without even looking and saving Jorah's hide with his thrown knife.
    • Let's not forget Team Mormont; Tag-teaming combo-finishers with Daario and fighting multiple opponents at once and holding his own alongside the two sprier men who must be about half his age. It seems that when fighting for the love of a woman, Jorah is the equal of Jamie Lannister. (In the books: Jorah fought with Jamie to a draw in the Lannisport tourney melee and King Robert declared him the victor; this was when he'd been offered Lynesse Hightower's favor, his future second wife. And fought all the harder for it.)
      • It seems that Jorah, when lovestruck, gains increased badass to go with his increased dumbass.
      • That's about the nub of it, yes: Att +5, Def +5, Str +5, Dex +5, Wis -10, Awesome +15.
  • Bran warging deliberately for the first time, using Summer and Shaggydog to save Jon when the Wildlings turn on him.
    • Hell, Bran warging into Hodor counts as this too, because by doing that, Bran stopped Hodor's cries of distress from revealing their position to Tormund Giantsbane and his group of Wildlings.
      • This is especially impressive because, according to Jojen, NOBODY can warg into another person.
  • Jon taking on the Wildings, and as a more subtle moment, how he 'accidentally' banged a rock as they charged the horse breeder. That spooked the horses, which gave the breeder warning enough to get away.
    • Jon killing Orell:
    Jon: "You were right the whole time!"
    • Rather a villainous moment, but just as Jon kills his human body, Orell wargs into his eagle and swoops down on Jon, tearing his face a new one and getting very swift revenge.
  • Arya. A little girl of twelve. Talked down the Hound at every corner of episode 9. She called him out on his Blood Knight behavior and tried to mock his habit of going down on vulnerable people to dissuade him from killing a defenseless trader (he finally relents when she begs). When he talked about her fear as they got closer to the Twins, she retorted by mentioning his fear of fire and how he had 'looked like a scared little girl' when going up against Beric's flaming sword. She even brought up the tale of his experience with Gregor's brotherly affection, when for all she knew it might be his Berserk Button. She concluded with a curt but detailed description of how she intends to end Sandor one day. And in every instance, Arya's speech and her stone cold gaze stunned Sandor into silence. That was Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?, Staring Down Cthulhu and Shut Up, Hannibal! all combined into some of the best "The Reason You Suck" Speech delivered, ladies and gentlemen.
    Arya(after the Hound suggests killing an innocent man to avoid witness): You're so dangerous, aren't you? Saying scary things to little girls. Killing little boys and old people. A real hard man you are.
    Sandor: More than anyone you know.
    Arya: You're wrong. I know a killer. A real killer. You'd be like a kitten to him. He'd kill you with his little finger.
    • Then again, the hound gets a moment of his own with the very next line.
    Sandor: That him?
    Arya: ... no.
    Sandor: Good!
    • Later on in the episode, we get this exchange:
    Sandor: I know fear when I see it. Seen it a lot.
    Arya: I knew fear when I saw it in you. You're afraid of fire. When Beric's sword went up in flame, you looked like a scared little girl. And I know why, too. I heard what your brother did to you. Pressed your face to the fire like you're a nice juicy mutton chop.

    Sandor: They're just over the river. The closest you've been to family since Ilyn Payne snipped your daddy's neck.
    Arya: Someday I'm gonna put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull.
    • Sandor does eventually retort back, by saving her life.
  • Robb is in too much deep shock at the brutal murder of Talisa and his unborn child to notice the twin bolts protruding from his lungs and the quarrel sunk into his thigh as he crawls towards her and then follows this up with a tragic rendition of Died Standing Up. As noble and dignified as his Father was when standing upon the steps of Baelor. "The North Remembers"; now more than ever. He has to be stabbed in the heart to finally be taken down.
    Walder Frey: (Mockingly) The King in the North arises!
    Robb Stark: (And so he does, while fucking perforated.)
    • Also Catelyn's utterly feral Mama Bear moment as she threatens to slash Joyeuse Frey's throat if her husband does not let her son live. Since Walder doesn't give two shits about his wife, he lets Robb die at Roose's hand and Catelyn makes good on her vow regardless of its futility. Dark as all hell but it shows how badass she is.
    • And just before the bloodshed starts, Cat realizes that Roose Bolton has betrayed Robb, hauls off and slaps him right in his smug face before she shouts a warning.
  • Sandor helping the pig farmer fix his cart's wheel spoke by lifting the entire open wagon with one arm.
    • Further magnified by the fact that the pig farmer said just a second ago that one would need eight hands to be of any help.

10 — Mhysa
  • A supremely satisfying Kick the Son of a Bitch moment. As Sandor travels with Arya through the Riverlands, they come across some Frey soldiers talking and bragging about the Red Wedding. What does Arya do? She gets off Sandor's horse and walks over to them. Pretending to be an innocent, scared little girl, she asks if she can sit by their fire. They tell her to fuck off. She says she has money, and extends a single coin to one soldier, but drops it. As he bends down to pick it up, she pulls out a dagger and repeatedly stabs him in the base of the skull. As the other soldiers pull out their swords, Sandor swoops in and kills them all near effortlessly, his only admonishment to Arya being that she didn't tell him she was going to do that. Even better, what was the coin she handed to the soldier? Jaqen's coin from earlier. "Valar Morghulis". Afterwards, Sandor asks where Arya got the dagger. She stole it from him without him even noticing it was gone. She then hands it back to him completely casually. Arya Stark is a goddamn ninja. Also note that the Frey soldier was only seconds earlier bragging about being the one who desecrated Robb and Greywind's corpses and mentioning how difficult it was to hack away at their necks. Arya had no trouble with his.
  • Yara going against her father's wishes and assembling a fleet to save Theon. Also a Heartwarming Moment.
    Balon: I've made my decision.
    Yara: (with cold, slow, determination) ...And I've made mine. I'm going to pick the fastest ship in our fleet. I'm going to choose the best fifty killers on the Iron Islands. I'm going to sail up the Narrow Sea, all the way to the Weeping Water. I'm going to march on the Dreadfort, I'm going to find my little brother, and I'm going to bring him home.
  • Sam standing firmly by his decision to help Gilly and his epic justification to Maester Aemon when he accuses him of forgetting the code;
    Sam: "I remember every word of the oath. Night gathers and my watch begins. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. The realms of men; that means her, as well as us. We didn't build five hundred miles of ice wall, seven hundred feet high to keep out men. The Night is gathering, Maester Aemon, I've seen it. It's coming for all of us."
  • Davos sending Gendry away in a small rowboat to save him from Melisandre, knowing he could die for it.
    Gendry: Why are you doing this?
    Davos: Because it's the right thing to do. And I'm a slow learner.
  • Davos saves himself from execution by revealing that he knows how to read now and can understand Maester Aemon's letter about the White Walkers. Stannis and Melisandre realize they need his help to beat them.
  • During the Small Council meeting, Tywin politely informing Joffrey that in no uncertain terms, he's only the King because Tywin allows him to be King, before flat-out ordering him to go to his room without supper.
  • When Joffrey proposes to have Robb's head serve to Sansa at his wedding feast, Tyrion flat out threatens Joffrey's life. Again.
    Joffrey: Everyone is mine to torment. You'd do well to remember that, you little monster.
    Tyrion: Oh, I'm a monster. Perhaps you should speak to me more softly, then. Monsters are dangerous and just now kings are dying like flies.
And this time, unlike in Tyrion's wedding, Tywin attacks Joffrey's Evil Gloating instead of bothering to correct Tyrion. Tywin may never vocally approve of anything Tyrion says, but he nevertheless proves himself above Joffrey's level of evilness. And who's to say that Tywin doesn't see a bit of Aerys II in Joffrey when he looks his grandson in the eyes and says what everyone thinks to his face?
Joffrey (to Tyrion): I am the king! I will punish you.
Tywin: Any man who must say, "I am the king" is no true king. I'll make sure you understand that when I've won your war for you.
  • Joffrey's outburst at Tywin is a completely failed example. Were it anyone else in the show furiously calling out Tywin for his inaction during Robert's rebellion and talking with pride about how their "father" was a true hero it would almost certainly be awesome. However since it is screeched at Tywin by Joffrey of all people, any awesome trait is instantly revoked.
    • On the other hand, there is something extremely satisfying in the silent reactions as Tywin Death Glares his grandson down. Even Cersei, who moments ago was gently trying to defuse the situation on Joffrey's behalf, just looks at him with an expression that says "Sorry, kid, can't help you now."
  • The revelation that Ramsay repaid Dagmer and his crew for selling Theon out by having them all flayed alive. Brutal as hell, but still, that's for killing Maester Luwin.
  • Theon having the strength to say his real name twice rather than immediately giving in to his tormentor. Considering everything he's gone through by this point, having any free will left at all is quite an achievement.
  • Jon Snow tells Ygritte that he knows that she won't hurt him because she loves him. She shoots him full of arrows anyway.
  • The departing farewell of Season 3. Centering around Daenerys liberating Yunkai's slave population. Designed to reaffirm faith in humankind after the horrors of the previous episode; we get great composition and cinematography along with the loads and loads of extras that appear on screen. Giving the scene a really epic feel. Not to mention the accompanying newest reprise of the Targaryen leitmotif, "Mhysa", with plenty of eerie High Valyrian lyrics that will give even the most cynical of viewers shivers.

  • In this deleted scene there is the truly awesome sight of Tywin Lannister fishing on the shore of Kings Landing while verbally bludgeoning Pycelle for trying to screw Tyrion over the previous season, revealing he is perfectly aware of his "doddering old man" act, and casually threatening to kill him if he irritates him.
    • Pycelle (of all people) also has a few subtle awesome moments once he stops the aforementioned "weak old man act", with him revealing his perfectly sane reasoning for the act (he does not want to be seen as a threat by anyone which allows him to stay in a position of power while those around him fall) and being pretty much the only person in the series so far aside from Olenna Tyrell and Arya to talk perfectly frankly and openly to Tywin without flinching or showing any sign of fear, even managing a bit of snark about how it is "the King's council" not Tywin's when asked why he should be allowed back on it.
    • Tywin, of course, isn't intimidated and orders him to take the fish he's caught to the cook, showing that while Pycelle may be able to snark back and may not be as harmless as he lets on, he cannot hope to match him.

    Season 4 

1 — Two Swords
  • The opening sequence, depicting Ice being reforged into two blades. We later see one of them being given to Jaime Lannister, and it looks gloriously well-designed.
    • It's also one for Tywin, at least to himself. The war is over, his son has returned, and thanks to his careful planning, the Red Wedding ensured not only the end of the war, but the end of the Starks, and that no one will dare challenge House Lannister for a thousand years. So, what does he do to finally put the period on this sentence? He gives his family not one, but two Valyrian steel swords, which they have wanted for years. He doesn't smile, but you can see the satisfaction in his eyes. He has won, and he knows there's nothing anyone can say to question that.
  • Oberyn's extended Establishing Character Moment, trolling Tyrion by skipping his own grand entrance to King's Landing, pinning a Lannister soldier's wrist to the table with his dagger, and finally fully laying out exactly why the Martells hate the Lannisters so much... and that they are not the only ones who pay their debts...
    • The sheer speed with which Oberyn humbles the Lannister dogsbody is fantastic.
  • The Visual Effects of Awesome that Dany's children now represent even further than the earlier series moments. You truly believe those dragons are living, breathing and very dangerous animals when they interact so closely with Emilia.
  • Grey Worm and Daario, while competing in an albeit rather stupid contest: they were engaged in when Dany found them — holding their swords flat, resting on their hands with their arms out perfectly straight, with the prize being the right to ride beside Daenerys on the road to Meereen. It's late morning by the time Dany comes to find them having heard they were "gambling", and they had been at it since the previous evening. And neither of them were showing any signs of letting up until Dany told them that the last man holding his sword could find a new queen.
    • Missandei's "I told you so" look as she turns and follows Dany away suggests that she knew exactly what the two men were up to, and the fact that it's cast solely toward Grey Worm says that she almost certainly told him it was stupid.
  • Daario deserves some credit for the fact that he managed to get Dany on her own, bring her flowers, get away with it, and actually make it work, all while giving her genuine advice that she takes to heart.
  • Dany coldly insists that she will look at the faces of all 163 crucified slave children on the road to Meereen. When she finally gets there, there will be no mercy left in her, and everyone around her knows it.
    • Missandei understands perhaps better than anyone.
    Missandei: They say a thousand slaves died building the great pyramid of Meereen.
    Daenerys: And now an army of former slaves is marching to her gates. Do you think the great masters are worried?
    Missandei: If they're smart, your Grace.
  • Brienne visibly expects rejection from the Tyrells, and doesn't get it. Rather, Olenna is actually pleased, even thrilled to meet her — Brienne has a reputation, and it's impressive enough that the Queen of Thorns allows herself to be outwardly impressed by someone. Of course it's almost certainly an intentional manipulation — the Tyrells are always playing the game. But the fact that Brienne of Tarth is considered a valuable enough ally for them to go to the trouble speaks volumes.
    • She manages to browbeat Jaime into acknowledging that he still has the spirit of an oath to keep. Whether he appreciates the reminder that he has a conscience is another thing, but she does remind him.
  • The Hound and Arya vs the punks that took Needle from her. Five men, Arya kills two. The last one she hits with a full blown Ironic Echo and it is glorious, if frightening as all hell.
    • Afterwards, the two of them leave. Arya on her own horse, even though Sandor spent a fair amount of time explaining why she had to keep riding with him.
    • Arya's calm, almost serene pleasure in killing Polliver. She enjoyed it, she enjoyed every second of it, and in the end she's proud of what she's done and has learned that not only does killing people she hates make her feel good, it is an excellent way to get what she wants. Maisie Williams nails Arya's quiet discovery perfectly, and it is chilling.
    • The reprise of the main theme that plays at the end of the episode, just on its own, is fantastic. It's dark and hopeful and triumphant all at once, as if to suggest that yes, the revenge of House Stark begins now.
      • It also segues into a reprise of "Valar Morghulis". A Man should be pleased A Girl is following in his footsteps.
    • The Hound is possibly the only man alive who can take an exchange as ridiculous-sounding as this, and make it sound absolutely Badass, followed by him taking on all five men at once:
      Polliver: You really gonna die for some chickens?
      Sandor: Someone is.
      • Restoring inworld memetic badass status after fleeing the battlefield also counts.
    • A guy with the dagger manages to get Sandor on the ground. Sandor grabs his head in one hand and his wrist in the other and slams the guy's head eye first into his own dagger.

2 — The Lion and the Rose
  • Joffrey dies! And to whomever poisoned him, we give only the highest accolades.
  • Sansa stares defiantly at Joffrey before she picks up the goblet he kicked and hands it to Tyrion, saving Tyrion from having to search for it any more.
    • Another comes before this when Sansa calmly watches the horrible reenactment of the war that tore her family apart and ended with nearly all of her family dead. Not only does the actor playing her brother have a wolf head mask, reminding her of his ultimate fate, but when the actor for Joffrey proceeds to engage in a Westerosi version of teabagging after killing "Robb", Sansa still remains in her seat and keeps her cool when earlier Loras stormed off in a huff after seeing his lover's memory mocked.
  • Tyrion refusing to kneel to Joffrey.
    • And a bit earlier, doing one better than his "wooden cock" line by telling Joffrey to go into the mock dwarf battle himself, and be careful they don't rape him. And he says the whole speech in a completely clear, level tone, making everyone see it's not the wine talking this time.
      • It also includes the not so subtle reminder that during the Battle of Blackwater Tyrion was outside the wall fighting and receiving a scar for it while Joffrey, who likes to boast that he defeated Stannis, had not fought a single battle.
  • Oberyn's Refuge in Audacity conversation with Tywin and Cersei, coming so close to outright telling them he's after revenge on them, and also reminding them his family is holding Myrcella, though that might also be in order to emphasize that they'll never stoop as low as the Lannisters and mistreat her ("the rape and murder of women and *children* is considered distasteful...").
    • Tywin's speechless expression and barely contained fury to that remark practically sealed the moment. You would get the feeling if it wasn't for Myrcella being in the Martell's custody, Tywin would have throttled Oberyn on the spot.
  • Bran's abilities as a warg continue to grow in a big way, with him first spending hours inside Summer's body and then warging into a weirwood.
    • That montage we see is awesome in its own right, including a welcome glimpse of the much missed Ned Stark wiping Ice and culminating in an awesome Money Shot of a Dragon's Shadow flying high over King's Landing. That creepy voice we hear is also cool.
  • Loras's epic comeback when Jaime tries to intimidate him, saying that Loras will never marry Cersei.
    Loras: (smiles smugly) And neither will you. (pats Jaime on the arm)
  • It's Evil vs. Evil, but after Roose Bolton's smug Evil Gloating with Walder Frey, it's kind of nice to see Ramsay Snow get in his face and take him down a peg by telling him that Bran and Rickon Stark are still alive; the This Cannot Be! expression on Roose's face is a sight to see. And all while Ramsay is casually getting shaven by Theon/Reek, fully confident that his plaything can hold a blade to his throat and yet won't dare to harm him.
    • Likewise, Roose wiping the smile off Ramsay's face when he reminds him that the flayed man isn't Ramsay's sigil - it's Roose's. He's a Bolton, while Ramsay is still a bastard.
  • How Margaery controls the mood of the wedding is awesome too, expertly defusing things every time Joffrey's Ax-Crazy nature upsets the party, changing the mood with a slight voice modulation.
  • Cersei gets a rare moment of heroism when she swoops in and saves a Tyrell serving girl from what would have been a likely very intrusive examination from Pycelle. Then follows it up with an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Maester.
    • Unfortunately she sent her to Qyburn, instead. We can only hope that he hasn't restarted his experiments, yet.
  • Almost the moment after she makes the implication, Stannis decisively shoots down his wife's suggestion to sacrifice their daughter.
    • Speaking of Shireen, her refusal to take any of Mellisandre's crap. From Arya it wasn't much of a surprise, but it's quite a bit more powerful coming from this sweet, innocent girl.
  • The sparring session between Jaime and Bronn is awesome for a different reason. Jaime's footwork is excellent and even though it's his non-sword hand he still uses it very well, even though he's crippled Jaime Lannister is still a force to reckon with, and he's merely Brought Down to Badass after being The Ace all his life, noting to Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine.

3 — Breaker of Chains
  • Daario Naharis' defeat of Meereen's champion in about thirty seconds by killing his horse with a throwing knife and cutting him down right afterwards.
    • And then after the duel, the Meereenese archers try to fire at Daario, but he manages to stand just outside their effective range. Once the arrows land, he then pisses on the ground right in front of them as a final insult.
  • Dany's siege of Meereen. The opening volley of her catapults fling fragile wooden barrels that burst open on impact to reveal that they were filled with the slave collars from the slave children crucified along the road. There will be no mercy for Meereen.
  • Tywin and Oberyn's inevitable face-off is awesome for both characters; Oberyn openly tells Tywin that he holds him personally responsible for his sister's brutal rape and murder, and Tywin (fully aware of Oberyn's feelings) willingly talks to Oberyn unarmed and unguarded, totally confident that Oberyn wouldn't dare harm him for fear of the Cruel and Unusual Death he would suffer in retaliation. This scene also marks the second time Tywin actually speaks to someone as an equal (the first being Lady Olenna); he admits that they "need each other," and the handshake he offers Oberyn is one man to another, rather than a superior giving orders to a subordinate.
  • Grenn and Edd manage to escape Craster's Keep and get back to the Wall — after having been held prisoner and presumably abused and starved for quite a while — with virtually no supplies and without getting caught by the mutineers, Wildings or White Walkers.
  • Tywin's condensed lesson in statesmanship is quite impressive. In a single scene, he reasserts his political credo and acumen, while delivering one of his trademark "The Reason You Suck" Speech — posthumously — to several historical kings and still coming off as a cool mentor to his grandson.
    • And at the same time he's still completely playing the game, getting Tommen dependent on his help by the time he actually takes the throne.

4 — Oathkeeper
  • The taking of Meereen. For so many reasons.
    • Firstly it is done by infiltrating Unsullied dressed as bondsmen to rouse the slaves into open rebellion with a rousing speech by Grey Worm, and by the next day the city is taken.
    • Secondly, Dany finally gets bloody retribution for the murdered 163 slave children. How you may ask? By herding exactly 163 masters out to the city steps and crucifying each and every one of them to similar mile-posts that they crucified the little ones to. When Barristan suggests she treat injustice with mercy, she icily replies she will treat injustice with justice. And gives him the mhysa of all death glares for daring to suggest otherwise.
    • Thirdly, the scene ends with a gigantic black and red Targaryen flag draped over the great pyramid's harpy statue. While Daenerys surveys her new Queensland from the pinnacle balcony.
    • Earlier, when one of the Meereen slave owners sees the "Kill The Masters" writing on the wall, his fury turns to unbridled terror when he notices the three-headed dragon sail adorning the great pyramid, he turns to run and then sees that all three exits are rapidly filling with pissed off slaves.
  • Jaime has gotten better at fencing left-handed to the point that Bronn has to use two hands to fend him off. The sellsword also shows off his creativity this episode by pulling off Jaime's prosthetic hand and using it as bludgeoning instrument.
  • And the revelation as to who killed Joffrey, and thus avenged not only Ned Stark, but countless other innocents for the shit he had pulled over the years. OLENNA MUTHERFUCKIN TYRELL! (with assistance from Littlefinger) She was already a very popular character, but now she takes her rank alongside the most beloved characters on the series.
    • Plus, this means the misogynist Joffrey was killed by one of the women he had such disdain for. The Karmic Death gets even better.
    • This wasn't part of her original plan, but Joffrey's death also serves as sweet revenge after the king publicly humiliated her grief-stricken grandson's love for Renly in front of the Westerosi nobility at the wedding feast. Olenna was pissed off over the vulgar display, and the regicide keeps Loras safe as well, as it was only a matter of time before Joffrey enacted a law that would make homosexuality a capital crime.
      • The exchange in which this is revealed is just perfect given how calm, yet dangerous she sounds in that moment.
    Olenna: The Queen Regent is rather distracted at the moment, mourning her "dear departed boy." Accusing her brother of his murder, which he didn't commit.
    Maergery: Well, he could have done.
    Olenna: Oh, he could have done, but he didn't.
    Maergery: You don't know, grandmother.
    Olenna: But I do know. (smirks ever so slightly as Margaery realises what she is saying) You don't think I would let you marry that beast, do you?
    • Long story short... do NOT fuck with the Queen of Thorns, or her family.
  • At the very end we get to see something not even the book readers have seen yet. The Leader of the White Walkers. Naturally this is crossed with a colossal dose of pure nightmare fuel.
  • Sansa putting some of the "lessons" she learned in King's Landing to use when discussing Littlefinger's role in Joffrey's murder. It's not much, but it's solid proof that she's been paying attention to the game.
  • When Jon asks for volunteers to attack the mutineers at Craster's Keep, who are the first to stand up? Grenn and Edd, who just made it to safety from that place against all odds.
  • Vile and twisted as Karl may be, it was still quite satisfying to see Karl make Rast his bitch.

5 — First of His Name
  • Locke pulling some Ninja-style moves to gather intel on the mutineers at Craster's. Later, he handily kills a few of them in the fight.
  • Bran warging into Hodor and breaking Locke's neck is this, even if it ends with a tearjerker as Hodor realizes what he was made to do.
    • What really makes this awesome is the fact Bran managed save himself, Meera, Jojen, and Hodor without Jon's help. Took a Level in Badass indeed.
  • Jon and Craster's wife killing Karl. It's also an Awesome Moment for Karl since he went down fighting, vile as he may be.
  • The revelation that Littlefinger instructed Lysa to poison Jon Arryn, essentially setting in motion the War of Five Kings. When Varys called him "one of the most dangerous men in Westeros", he was not kidding. What a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Jon and the Night's Watch giving the mutineers exactly what they deserve while showing up just in time to prevent Meera from getting raped. Not only that, but as a result of their actions, Craster's daughters are finally liberated from oppression and able to improve their circumstances. Dolorous Edd and Grenn get some pretty cool kills as well.
  • Jojen telling Karl about his death, while looking incredibly creepy doing so.
  • Arya loudly adding "The Hound" to her list of future victims, after explaining to him exactly what it is. And it seems to get to him, given his Oh, Crap reaction when he wakes up to find her missing.
  • Arya's water dancing practice. She's got good at it. Doubles as a funny moment because, if you pay attention, once she knows the Hound is watching she really begins to show off.
  • Where Arya displays her improving swordsmanship, her sister Sansa shows improvement elsewhere: playing the game. When confronted by an envious and raging Lysa Arryn about her relationship with Littlefinger, Sansa immediately bursts into tears about how Littlefinger always called her a 'stupid little girl'. Littlefinger never called Sansa stupid nor berated her, only telling her she is naive.
    • And when Lysa eerily snaps back into comforting, motherly mode and embraces Sansa, Sansa stops crying. It's clear that she was genuinely scared, as she should be, but her tearful cowardice was a deliberate exaggeration in order to get Lysa to back off, and it worked.
  • Craster's wives declaring they don't need the Night's Watch's help and that they'll make their own way is awesome, considering all of the horrors they've endured.
  • Rast having a giant Oh, Crap when he realizes Ghost is out of his cage, and hears him growling somewhere, right before Ghost leaps on him from offscreen.
  • Margaery smugly proves to Cersei that she doesn't fear the Queen Regent at all when the younger woman muses, "I don't even know what to call you: sister or mother." In "Second Sons," Cersei had coldly threatened Margaery's life with, "If you ever call me sister again, I'll have you strangled in your sleep."

6 — The Laws of Gods and Men
  • The Money Shot of our first glimpse of Braavos, the camera scaling up from Davos and Stannis in their fairly large galley that is dwarfed by the huge statue of the Titan of Braavos and in the background we see the city skyline.
  • Yara reads off the letter Ramsay Snow sent to Balon Greyjoy last season and makes an epic Rousing Speech to her team before leading her men over the battlements of the Dreadfort, quickly reaching Theon's pen... only for a half naked Ramsay, fresh from both coitus with Myranda and wearing the blood of his butchered enemies to lead a small squad of Bolton men into the fray; effortlessly slaughtering a path through half her troops and unleashing his caged dogs to chase them out of the castle.
    Ramsay: This is turning into a lovely evening! (Charges six armoured men)
  • Tyrion's closing speech of the episode is just... terrifyingly awesome even if it is part of a massive tearjerker due to the frankly magnificence performance by Dinklage. After being put through a Humiliation Conga worse even than what Joffrey inflicted on him when Shae lies to the court about being his sex slave and him being responsible for Joffrey's death, twisting their most precious moments together to humiliate and incriminate him Tyrion looks for a moment utterly defeated and on the verge of tears... but then he offers this speech.
    Tyrion: Father, I wish to confess. I wish... to confess.
    Tywin: You wish to confess?
    Tyrion: I saved you. I saved this city and all your worthless lives! I should have let Stannis kill you all.
    Tywin: Tyrion! Do you wish to confess?
    Tyrion: Yes, father. I'm guilty. Guilty. Is that what you want to hear?
    Tywin: You admit you poisoned the king?
    Tyrion: No, of that I'm innocent. I'm guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I'm guilty of being a dwarf.
    Tywin: You are not on trial for being a dwarf.
    Tyrion: Oh, yes, I am. I've been on trial for that my entire life.
    Tywin: Have you nothing to say in your defense?
    Tyrion: Nothing but this—I did not do it. I did not kill Joffrey, BUT I WISH THAT I HAD! Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief THAN 1,000 LYING WHORES! I wish I was the monster you think I am! I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you! I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it!
    Tywin: Ser Meryn! Ser Meryn! Escort the prisoner back to his cell!
    Tyrion: I will not give my life for Joffrey's murder! And I know I'll get no justice here! So I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat.
    • Throughout the whole thing, he keeps his enraged tone and demeanour, finally being able to vent his rage at the ungrateful bastards around him for a lifetime of mockery and contempt. Honestly, this might well be Dinklage's best performance in the series so far.
    • The final shot of him smirking at Tywin and not backing down one bit from his father. Before when Tywin glared at someone, they wilted after a few moments, but Tyrion stares him eye to eye not backing down one inch. Tywin's glare of disdain no longer has any hold on him, and Tyrion wordlessly tells his old man to go screw himself.
      • The fact that not many would be able to get a rise out of the normally stoic Tywin Lannister by giving the ones attending the trial a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech and giving Tywin a silent f*** you death glare is awesome in Tyrion's part.
    • Whether Tyrion knows it or not, he also finally destroyed any hope of Tywin making Jaime his heir and continuing his legacy.
  • Jaime calling Tywin out on everything including the fact that the trial is very much not in Tyrion's favour, how Tywin has always treated Tyrion unfairly, how Tywin is clearly using the trial as an excuse to get rid of Tyrion, and also pointing out that Tyrion is the rightful heir to Casterly Rock.
    • He also makes a point of telling Tywin that the last order Aerys gave him, the one that convinced Jaime to kill him, was to bring him Tywin's head. Tywin stops and pauses as Jaime tells him, and it's one of the few times he's clearly caught off-guard.
    • And then Tywin himself gets a villainous one when, after Jaime offers to renounce his oath to the Kingsguard and resume his position as Tywin's heir, Tywin simply replies "Done", and immediately tells Jaime how the scenario will play out, showing that there were two possibilities; 1. Jaime's heartbreaking offer was likely All According to Plan, and upon re-watching the conversation it looks like Tywin might have been leading Jaime's thoughts in this direction. 2. Tywin was never intending to execute Tyrion anyway, and Jaime has just pledged to renounce his recently-found honor for no reason. Seeing the look on Jaime's face as he realizes how Tywin has, once again, played everyone is a major Tearjerker, but it also reminds everyone just what a Magnificent Bastard Tywin is.
  • While we're mentioning Tywin's awesomeness in this episode, his description of Barristan Selmy's dismissal from the Kingsguard as "insulting and stupid" was definitely a highlight. To have someone finally call Cersei out on her treatment of him is wonderful, even more so because only Tywin could get away with telling the queen regent what an utter failure as a ruler she is in front of the whole council.
  • Davos getting the Iron Bank to back Stannis, with a Rousing Speech about how it's not only the right thing to do but also the most practical, as Stannis is the one man in Westeros who can get their investment back to them in a timely fashion. Stannis' stunned expression is also amazing to behold. Remember that line by Salladhor Saan about smugglers having to testify on behalf of kings. It's awesome that the only man who can get Stannis a loan from the wealthiest and most powerful bank in the world is a former smuggler who once tried to rob their ships (which they have obviously not forgotten).
  • Varys' snark session with Oberyn Martell. He's utterly unfazed by the Dornish prince's teasing, and explains that he's always been quite glad to be free of fleshly desires, as they inevitably distract a person from other things — he says with a glance at the Iron Throne. When the show decides to remind you every so often that Varys is a badass, it leaves no doubt in one's mind that the man is dangerous.

7 — Mockingbird
  • Littlefinger. Saving Sansa from being dropped out the Moon Door. Then immediately mixing this with Nightmare Fuel when he throws Lysa out of it instead.
  • Oberyn volunteering to champion Tyrion against The Mountain.
    Tyrion: *choked up* If you want justice, you've come to the wrong place.
    Oberyn: I disagree. I have come to the perfect place. *music swells* I wish to bring those who have wronged me to justice, and all those who have wronged me are right here. I will begin with Ser Gregor Clegane, who killed my sister's children and then raped her with her blood still on his hands, before killing her too. I will be your champion.
    • The scene provides an amazing counterpoint to Peter Dinklage's big scene last episode. After showing how well he can sell a big speech, here he gives a performance just as good while hardly saying a word.
  • Arya and Sandor come across one of the men that Yoren had prisoner when they were going to the Wall in Season 2, one who had threatened to rape her. Sandor asks her if his name is on her list, and she replies no because she doesn't know his name. Sandor asks the name and the second he says it, Arya whips out Needle and stabs him in the heart. Sandor sums it up best just seconds before.
    Sandor: This day's really not working out the way you planned.
  • Sansa finally decides she's taken enough shit from people and slaps Robin after the latter wrecks her snow castle. Doubles as a bit of a tear jerker since she's immediately horrified and apologetic because its the first time in the series she's ever resorted to violence, but the little shit really had it coming.
    • It may have been that she was finally able to hit somebody after a very long time of keeping the rage and anger she felt at Joffrey and others at King's Landing locked inside out of fear and it had just built up.
      • Also may have been a the symbolism for her of losing Winterfell again, even just a small version of it.
  • Cersei gets a quiet one when she meets Gregor Clegane, walking through all the gore and entrails of the people he's been killing seemingly as part of his exercise routine. She's fearless and cold talking to Gregor, the biggest and most psychopathically violent character in the series.

8 — The Mountain and the Viper
  • The titular duel between Gregor Clegane and Oberyn Martell. With two weeks of waiting there was certainly plenty of hype for this from both book readers and non book readers, and it certainly did not disappoint.
    • Firstly, let's look at how Gregor did. Despite being toyed around with and ultimately skewered and stabbed multiple times by Oberyn's spear, Gregor was a fucking tank throughout the fight, hurling blow after blow at his opponent and tossing him around like a rag doll whenever he got his hands on him. While Oberyn was certainly faster and more skilled, Gregor's strength was nearly enough to give him the edge. If Oberyn had been wearing even a few more pounds of armour, Gregor would have won the fight. And of course there's what happened when Oberyn let his guard down after winning the fight...
    • Secondly Oberyn. Put simply, Oberyn not just won, but DOMINATED the fight against the most feared knight in Westeros, while giving him a speech that could make Inigo Montoya blush. After starting the fight with an almost polite introduction to his opponent, he calmly reminds Gregor of how he raped his sister, murdered her, then killed her children, and as the fight goes on, and as he effortlessly avoids Gregor's blows, using his spear to tear away at Gregor's armour, he keeps repeating "You raped her, you murdered her, you killed her children", at first arrogant but growing increasingly enraged as the fight goes on and he wears Gregor down. Then, after unbalancing Gregor, he rounds on him one last time and furiously roars "YOU RAPED HER! YOU MURDERED HER!" as Gregor lunges at him, only for Oberyn to dodge, rip his spear down the back of Gregor's calf sending him to his knees, and then charge the prone giant with his spear as he screams "YOU KILLED HER CHILDREN!", impaling him through the stomach to the arena floor. Even his head being popped like a pimple by an angry Gregor after his arrogance got the better of him didn't take away from Oberyn's victory just beforehand.
    • On that note... Gregor popping Oberyn's head like a pimple. Sure it is absolute Nightmare Fuel and possibly the most horrible thing yet seen in the series, but it sure as hell showed the audience just why Ser Gregor Clegane, whom had been relegated to Offscreen Villainy for almost the entire series so far, is the single most feared fighter in the seven kingdoms.
    • There's also the reason Oberyn demands the confession — he doesn't just want to hear Gregor admit he did it, but he orders him to admit Tywin told him to. After escaping retribution for so much including the Sack of King's Landing and the Red Wedding, it's satisfying to see someone try to force Tywin to take responsibility for what he's done, in front of the court no less.
  • Sansa turning the tables a bit on Littlefinger by revealing her true identity to Lysa's counsel, after which she spins her own story that still makes him look good, but not without making him sweat a bit first. Then she explains she's decided to stick with the devil she knows, and we next see her wearing a Pimped-Out Dress designed after a mockingbird. What exactly she's up to remains unclear, but she's definitely learned her lesson about how to get ahead in the Crapsack World of Westeros.
    • It's also a surprisingly clever move on Sansa's part because by confessing her true identity, she's ensured that Royce and the rest of the Council will be looking out for her safety — which they would not have done for a half-witted bastard niece of a man they all openly dislike. If Littlefinger gets handsy with her again, he's probably going to buy himself a one-way ticket through the Moon Door or a stay in the sky cells.
    • More so, considering she told them that he had kissed her, and left the context ambiguous long enough to put ideas in their heads. If Littlefinger touches her without consent or attempts any other funny business, her accusations will be a whole lot more believable.
    • Even more so, she actually got the jump on Littlefinger of all people.
  • The commander of the Ironborn at Moat Cailin correctly refusing to believe Ramsay's peace terms, and furiously telling Theon off despite being so sick he can barely stand.
  • Gilly noticing the wildling raiders sneaking into the town before their attack.

9 — The Watchers on the Wall
  • Like "Blackwater," this episode focuses on a single battle (in this case an amalgamation of three battles from the books) and is naturally full of these, like:
    • The Epic Tracking Shot across the entire Castle Black courtyard, checking in with several major characters and their part in the fight.
    • Alliser Thorne finally steps up and shows himself to be a fine leader, giving a couple nice Rousing Speeches before taking on Tormund Giantsbane and lasting longer against him than anyone else.
    • Ygritte pulls up the Watch's own flaming arrows on their assault of the southern gate to use in her bow. While firing in a kneeling position for greater accuracy, she does an epic Nonchalant Dodge of a tracer shaft then immediately puts her own arrow through the sniper's head!
    • Grenn and his chosen five men's Dying Moment of Awesome defending the tunnel from a giant after one last recitation of the Night's Watch oath. They all die, but they succeed in their job.
      • The chilling bravery of this scene cannot be understated. Five men recruited from ordinary thugs and criminals face down the medieval equivalent of a fucking tank, something they have never seen before and were in no way prepared to fight. (The other giant needed to be taken down with artillery, and they’re armed with puny swords.) Actually managing to slay the damn thing was icing on the cake; standing tall where sane men would have fled was a victory in itself.
    • Pyp kills a wildling with an crossbow on his third try, and although he dies a short time later from Ygritte's arrows, he died knowing that he had played his part in the ultimate defence of Castle Black.
    • Dolorous Edd unleashing "the scythe," cutting several Wildlings off the Wall with a giant bladed pendulum.
    • Jon's fight with Styr, using several Improvised Weapons after he loses his sword and finally taking him down with a blacksmith's hammer.
      • Conversely, Styr smacking Jon around for most of the fight and nearly killing him.
    • Jon's descent to Castle Black. He prepares to lead a counterattack, gives Sam the order to cross the Godzilla Threshold and release Ghost, and then when the elevator still has about 10-15 feet to go, jumps out and kills four Wildings before the others reach the ground.
    • Throughout the battle, Tormund Giantsbane takes a multitude of wounds but just won't stop, and even after the battle is over and he's alone, surrounded by enemies, three arrows protruding from his broad back and one stuck in his gut; it takes one more quarrel to the leg and Jon disarming him before he'll submit to capture.
    Jon Snow: Tormund. It's over. Let it end.
    Giantsbane: This is how a man ends! (Attacks closest crow)
    • The fact that this episode had a giant riding an equally large mammoth while shooting giant arrows at the Night's Watch.
      • The Giant Archer. Seconds after a Wildling fails to reach the top of the Wall with his own shot, the giant strolls up beside him, nocks an arrow the size of a small tree on a bow as tall as a house and on his second shot, manages to impale one of the Crows with such force that they are flung off the Wall, before crashing down right in the middle of Castle Black.
    • Every named character present does something awesome during the fight. Except Janos Slynt.
    • While most of the Brothers we see in the courtyard serve as Redshirts to be cut down the cooks inside the great hall utterly stomp the wildlings who come inside using a pan, a cleaver, and everything except (maybe) the kitchen sink.
    • Ghost being unleashed and mauling several Thenns.
    • Olly proving he really was the best shot in his hamlet by saving Jon Snow's life with a well-placed arrow. He even manages to gain some manner of vengeance as his target was Ygritte, the woman who killed his father.
  • Pretty much everything Sam does during the episode.
    • Sam makes sure he doesn't die before getting his first kiss with Gilly.
    • While Pyp is freaking out over the impending battle, Sam is able to keep his cool and focus on preparing for battle while giving Pyp a pep talk to help psyche him up.
    • "I'm not nothing anymore." Those of the words of a man discovering that he not only has a pair, but that they're made of steel. His name is Samwell Tarly.
    • Sam and Pyp teaming up together with Sam reloading the crossbows and Pyp shooting so they can keep up a steady stream of arrows.
    • A Thenn notices Sam from across the courtyard and starts charging him. Does Sam run? Does Sam cower? Nope, he quickly loads his crossbow and puts a bolt clean through the Thenn's head.
    • Despite Gilly's protests that Sam would get killed, he survives the battle and returns to her as promised.
  • The nameless Stewards in the kitchen take out a bunch of attacking Wildlings with a pot of stew and a meat cleaver.
  • Probably missed or glanced over, but the fact that Gilly was able to avoid and not get spotted by The Wildings army and make it to Castle Black.
  • Alliser Thorne has a simultaneous Crowning Moment of Funny and Awesome when Grenn drops a barrel off the wall when he tells them to hold. He immediately switches from the Badass leader figure to a nagging teacher. Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize that Alliser was the drill instructor for the Night's Watch, and that by lecturing the men, he's making them think of it as similar to his training - the tension of the moment eases slightly as he does his teacher routine.
    Ser Alliser: "Archers nock! Everyone else, hold!"
    Archers draw while Grenn slips and drops a barrel over the wall.
    Ser Alliser: "I said nock and hold you cunts! Does nock mean draw?"
    Everyone else: "No, Ser."
    Ser Alliser: "Does fuckin' hold mean fuckin' drop?"
    Everyone else: "No, Ser."
    Ser Alliser: "Do you all plan to die here tonight?"
    Everyone else: "No, Ser!"
    Ser Alliser: "That's very good to hear! Draw!"

10 — The Children
  • Stannis and his army FINALLY reaching the wall and rescuing Jon Snow and the Nights Watch during their darkest hour with a HUGE cavalry charge.
    • A specific moment is when Stannis and Davos dismounts to meet with Mance. A wildling charges at them with an axe, but Stannis doesn't even flinch or draw his sword, while a passing knight cuts down the wildling.
    • Plus, unlike the books, Davos actually gets to see the fruits of his labors firsthand.
  • Cersei finally finding a way to truly hurt and fuck with Tywin in revenge for him forcing her to marry Loras.... revealing her incest with Jaime. For the first time in the series Tywin is utterly shocked and can only walk away uttering quiet denials.
    • Her "The Reason You Suck" Speech leading up to it is pretty awesome too, as she condemns him for ignoring his own family while obsessing over the name Lannister.
      Cersei: One look in the past twenty years, one real look at your own children and you would have known.
  • A fight which was never in the books between possibly some of the biggest badasses left in Westeros: BRIENNE VS (a weakened) SANDOR CLEGANE. Long story short, after a protracted swordfight which Brienne wins handily, Sandor pulls her sword away and begins an extremely brutal brawl, which after some agonizing moments and extremely underhanded tactics... Brienne only barely wins.
  • After a lifetime of abuse, four seasons of suffering, betrayals, and humiliations, and half a dozen episodes of pure hell at the hands of his so-called family Tyrion finally....FINALLY is able to get his long deserved revenge. Confronting Tywin, the most feared character in the series who is responsible for so much of the suffering seen so far, from the Red Wedding to Gregor Clegane's atrocities to the extermination of the Targaeryan children, in the privy while armed with Joffrey's old crossbow, he forces his father to answer for his abuse....before flat out executing him for insulting his now dead lover Shae. With two crossbow bolts, Tyrion single-handedly destroyed any hope of Tywin's precious legacy from surviving and ensured the Lannister regime is effectively doomed now due to the countless crises faced by the crown (i.e. the Iron Bank, the wrathful Dornish, the continued Greyjoy rebellion, and of course the imminent threat of Winter) which only Tywin had a hope of handling. All with The Rains of Castamere playing for awesome irony.
    • An added bonus, Tyrion managed to give Cersei a final "fuck you" by foiling her wish to see him executed.
    • Especially gratifying when you see his thought process right after his rescue. His freedom is right in front of him, but then he pauses and looks back, clearly thinking "Maybe I'll make a quick stop, first..."
  • Arya gets the hell out of Westeros.
    • Plus, instead of giving the Hound what he wanted, she chooses not to Mercy Kill him and leaves him to die alone.
    • Also, look at the face of the Braavosi captain when he sees the iron coin. Seems like people don't just hand them out to anyone.
  • The Late Red Viper Oberyn Martell is likely smirking and chuckling to himself wherever he's at as Gregor Clegane has been infected with Manticore poison coated and inflicted from Oberyn's spear from their duel leaving him to die a well deserved long and painful death.
  • Mance Rayder quickly deduces everything about Jon's plan since the beginning, the fact that there were far fewer men in Castle Black than Jon originally informed him, how the Watch would not hold against a second attack, and that Jon plans to assassinate him. Mance gains the upper hand in the negotiation and dares Jon to try to kill him before his guards can stop him. If it weren't for Stannis showing up just in time, Jon would have been completely screwed.
    • Mance steadfastly refusing to kneel to Stannis despite the latter's implicit threat to his people should he not.
  • While making their way to where the Three Eyed Crow resides, Bran and his party are ambushed by wights. Meera does a good job handling herself against them, while Bran does his warg thing and bring out Fist of the North Hodor!
    • When it looks like Bran's party is about to be overrun, one of the Children arrives in a Big Damn Heroes moment and starts blowing up wights with fireballs.

  • HBO Go was killed within minutes after putting up episode 1x7 a week early. That's one rabid fanbase.
  • Peter Dinklage winning the Best Supporting Actor Emmy, something extremely rare for a fantasy show.
  • In his commentary for "The Pointy End", George R. R. Martin himself denounces the They Changed It, Now It Sucks reaction some of the fans had to Ghost not being silent.
  • For anyone who's listened to the A Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks, it's pretty darn cool to actually see Roy Dotrice as one of the hundreds of characters he created voices for.
  • The episode 'Blackwater'. Although the episode received much of the new season's increased budget, the show was still limited in its resources compared to films. Yet they managed to create a visually stunning episode that many critics have called the best so far.
    • All in all, the crew had only one hundred extras, twelve horses, and a single ship. With that, they created a battle sequence worthy of blockbuster fantasy epic films.
    • Kudos also to the director, Neil Marshall, who was brought in to direct on extremely short notice and still managed to create one of the best episodes of the series.
  • You didn't think they could top the cliffhanger ending of the first season in sheer awesomeness? Think again.
  • What could be a better CMOA for the creator of the much beloved "Ten Minutes of Tyrion Slapping Joffrey" Youtube video than the fact that on the DVD commentary for that episode, the first words out of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's mouth as Tyrion gears up to slap Joffrey are, "Did you see that Youtube thing?"
  • Maisie Williams, a 15 year old girl in her first acting role, had to spend a good deal of her scenes in Season 2 working opposite the highly experienced and respected Charles Dance, and easily stepped up to the challenge, going toe to toe with him over every nuance of every scene in their complex relationship, and always matching him. The scenes with the two of them have been widely hailed as some of the best acted in the entire series.
    • The child actors as a whole have received acclaim as one of the best child casts in recent memory. Almost all of them are vital to the story, and even the ones that are not, are still forced to work with some of the darkest material imaginable. While Maisie Williams is most often pointed out for praise, all of them have received credit for their strong performances.
  • Natalie Tena has managed to play her role so brilliantly that George R. R. Martin considers her portrayal of Osha more interesting than how he originally wrote her. The joke here of course, is whether that affects the odds of her survival.
  • George R. R. Martin reciting the Night's Watch Oath.
  • The ratings of Season 3, with the show's record being broken four times. In a row.
  • The entire scene with the bear. A real, live, huge bear. All black and brown and covered in hair!
  • Jason Momoa crashing the show's 2013 Comic Con panel and shouting "I'm not dead, George!"
  • Iwan Rheon giving a "Bring it on" to Yara's rescue mission in the "Mhysa" commentary.
  • Kit Harrington filming Season 3 with a broken ankle. Even with copious use of body doubles, there's still a few shots where you can see him walking, and not letting the pain detract from his performance at all.
  • As impressive as Season 3's ratings were, the Season 4 premiere not only beat them all, but crashed HBO Go that same day, and got the show renewed for two more seasons just two days later.
  • Jack Gleeson deserves a mention here as he had the acting skills to portray a truly despicable character in all of his horrific glory, a character that is the complete opposite of his own personality.
  • Peter Dinklage's performance in "The Laws of Gods and Men" was so impressive that it gained near unanimous praise and immediately led to both critics and fans declaring him a favorite for an Emmy win, as well as launching the #FreeTyrion hashtag as a response.
  • The duel in "The Mountain and the Viper" was probably one of the most hyped scenes in the books ever. Book readers and non-book readers have been looking forward to it since the season started. It did not disappoint. Nice job, cast and crew!
  • With "The Mountain and the Viper," Game of Thrones officially became HBO's most successful series ever, beating The Sopranos' record with an average of 18.4 million hits across all platforms.
  • The tracking shot from "The Watchers on the Wall" is a true thing of beauty
  • The fact that Kit Harington was moving so fast during the fight scenes for the Battle of Castle Black, that Dan Weiss thought they had sped him up in editing.
  • During the filming for the fight between Brienne and the Hound, Gwendoline Christie and Rory McCann did actually rough each other up to make the fight look real.
  • Finn Jones cutting off a Joffrey pinata's head at London Film and Comic Con.
  • A weird one. During the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, guess what the band decided to play.
  • The show has now won two Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy. In 2013, "Blackwater" won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form against three Doctor Who episodes. In 2014, "The Rains of Castamere" won the same award against FOUR Doctor Who 50th anniversary stories. The BBC went all out in celebrating 50 years of The Doctor, and it still lost to The Red Wedding.
  • After joining the show, Hafþór Björnsson broke several strength world records, including one that had stood for a thousand years, after which he quite justifiably yelled to the crowd "Nothing can break me!" They definitely cast the right man for the part.