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[[caption-width-right:263:''"The wolf is of the North. She deserves better than a butcher."'']]

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


[[folder:Season 1]]
[[AC:1 -- Winter is Coming]]
* Robert paying his respects to his late fiancee and Ned's sister [[TheLostLenore Lyanna Stark]] the only woman he ever loved. You can tell just by looking that if she hadn't died, he wouldn't have become the fat wine drinking, skirt chaser he turned out to be.
* The situation that [[FallenPrincess Daenerys]] '[[AffectionateNickname Dany]]' [[TheRemnant Targaryen]] is in, at the start of the series - living with her once doting brother, who is now quite clearly insane, who creeps on her and cares more about regaining his throne than her happiness. Then she's engaged to the [[TheBrute king]] of a warrior people with an [[FishOutOfWater alien culture]]. And the consummation of her wedding night does ''[[MaritalRapeLicense not]]'' seem to be heading towards the unexpectedly tender and more importantly, ''reciprocal'' affair that it was in the books... But we're spared that sight in case it is, thank the gods.

[[AC:2 -- The Kingsroad]]
* Ned, who deeply cares for his children and their well-being, nonetheless has to kill Lady after Cersei demands it from Robert. Lady is completely innocent (Nymeria is the one who attacks Joffrey when he goes AxCrazy) and the order itself is hard enough to stomach, but the fact that he chooses to do it ''personally'' makes it even sadder. It is no coincidence this is the page-image, as it is pretty much emblematic of every tragedy that befalls the Starks in the future. Of which there are many.
* Ned's farewell to Jon Snow:
-->'''Ned:''' There's great honor in serving the Night's Watch. The Starks have manned the Wall for thousands of years, and you are a Stark. You may not have my name, but you have my blood. \\
'''Jon:''' Is my mother alive? Does she know about me, where I am, where I'm going? Does she care?\\
'''Ned:''' The next time we see each other, we'll talk about your mother. Hmm? I promise.
* Catelyn's depression as she watches over the comatose Bran.
** Cersei's story about her own lost child.
*** Which is different from the books, where [[KickTheDog she aborted it.]]
** [[TheUnfavorite Jon]] being kicked out of Bran's room.

[[AC:3 -- Lord Snow]]
* Bran's conversation with Robb, where Robb has to confirm to his little brother that, yes, Bran is no longer going to be able to use his legs. The ensuing lines leave Robb speechless.
-->'''Bran:''' I'd rather be dead.
-->'''Robb:'''... Don't ''ever'' say that.
-->'''Bran:''' ''I'd rather be dead.''
* Ned watches Arya practicing fencing with Syrio Forel, only to have his amused expression slowly turn grim as he's gradually reminded of the hell of war, recalling distant sounds of swords clashing and men dying.

[[AC:5 -- The Wolf and the Lion]]
* Robert and Cersei's conversation. At first they both share a harsh laugh at how their utter sham of a marriage is the only thing holding the Seven Kingdoms together. Then things take a turn for the depressing as they both discuss the problems that have hung over their entire marriage. [[ManipulativeBitch Cersei]] and [[TheAlcoholic Robert]] both have issues the viewers can dislike them for, but the sheer lack of love or even basic respect in their marriage is sad to see, especially when contrasted with {{Perfectly Arranged Marriage}}s like Ned and Cat's or Dany and Drogo's. No wonder they were both screwing around with other people. One moment especially is when Cersei finally asks Robert about Lyanna Stark. Robert just sounds so completely broken when he talks about her.
-->'''Robert:''' Do you want to know the horrible truth? [[LovingAShadow I can't even remember what she looked like]]... I only know she was the one thing I ever wanted... [[TheLostLenore someone took her away from me... and seven kingdoms couldn't fill the hole she left behind.]]
* [[spoiler:Jory's]] death.
* Cersei's final question to Robert. She almost sounds desperate to hear him say ''"Yes."''
-->'''Cersei:''' I felt something for you once you know.
-->'''Robert:''' I know.
-->'''Cersei:''' Even after we lost our first boy -- for quite a while actually... was it ever possible for us? Was there ever a time, ever a moment?
-->'''Robert:''' ''(after a ''very'' long pause)''... No. Does that make you feel better or worse?
-->'''Cersei:''' ... It doesn't make me feel anything.

[[AC:6 -- A Golden Crown]]
* The Riverland peasant describing the destruction of his homeland by the Mountain that Rides and and how their children were tarred and feathered before being set alight. He sounds utterly broken as Ned, Baelish and Pycelle all listen to the account of the atrocities. It's telling when even ''Littlefinger'' is disgusted by such acts.
* Although hardly a sympathetic character and even though he had just threatened to kill his last remaining sibling and his unborn nephew, Viserys' terrified screams for his little sister to help him are tragedy incarnate. And all Daenerys can do is watch. We can fully appreciate just how ''lost'' the poor boy has become to sink so low.
** Most book readers interpret his demanding of "the crown he promised me" not to be his own once he takes Westeros, but their mother's, Queen Rhaella's crown, which he sold to keep Dany fed and sheltered. Dany even acknowledges in ''A Clash of Kings'' that this was the moment when [[DespairEventHorizon what little joy was left in his heart left him]].

[[AC:7 -- You Win or You Die]]
* Robert, as he is dying, begs Ned to help Joffrey to be a better man than him.
** Even Joffrey, one of the least sympathetic characters in the entire series, looks heartbreakingly devastated as the man he believes is his father says his last words to him.
-->'''Robert:''' I should've spent more time with you... shown you how to be a man. I was never meant to be a father. (''{{Beat}}'') Go on. You don't want to see this.
** Give Me some of the pain and let me die
* Jon's Distressed reaction when he see his Uncle Benjins horse arrive back to Castle black without a rider
* Neds reaction when he is informed told Robert has died he just goes quiet and hangs his head as the Bells begin to ring

[[AC:8 -- The Pointy End]]
* "The First Sword of Braavos does not run."
-->What do we say to the God of Death?
-->Not today.
* The look on Septa Mordane's face as, having done all she can to protect Sansa, she walks towards what she knows will be her death; clearly frightened, but determined to FaceDeathWithDignity. And then we see the bloody swords...

[[AC:9 -- Baelor]]
* Aemon's reveal to Jon of [[spoiler:the time when he was tempted to forsake his oath to the Night's Watch at the slaughter of his family, the Targaryens, despite already being old and blind. Particularly when his voice just ''breaks'' on the line "and even the little children..."]]
* Tyrion's story of his first love.
* [[spoiler: Ned Stark]] was forced to forsake his principles in order to [[spoiler:save his and his daughter's life]]. The fact that the credits music was unutterably solemn didn't help.
* Yoren protecting Arya from [[spoiler: seeing Ned's execution.]]
* [[spoiler:Sansa's]] hysterical cries and screams [[spoiler: when Ned is executed]], struggling against those trying to restrain her, were wrenching. You can just see all her dreams of [[spoiler:a fairytale life with Joffrey]] come tumbling down. Even worse is that [[spoiler:Sansa had begged Joffrey, in front of his court, to be merciful to her father, and he promised her he'd spare Ned. She believed him, because she truly thought he was a decent person. And then she sees ''that'' happen.]] Right before Joffrey's line, you can see her give this little relieved and proud smile, as she's completely convinced that she saved her father, that everything's going to be okay. And then... even Cersei is shocked and horrified. ''Cersei''.
* Jorah Describing what will happen to Danereas once Khal Drogo Dies
* Robbs guilt in sending 2000 men to their deaths, lamenting that the dead wont hear songs
* Neds speech in his cell and Anger at the lannisters for what they did to him and his family, And Varys's look of disappointment and hoplessness "scuh a Pity"

[[AC:10 -- Fire and Blood]]
* Joffrey [[spoiler: forcing Sansa to look at her father's impaled head to make a statement to her.]]
* [[spoiler: Daenerys sobbing as [[MercyKill she smothers Khal Drogo]].]]
* While Daenerys [[spoiler:has her dragon hatchlings]], it doesn't make it any less a TearJerker that it cost her [[spoiler: her husband, son, and most of her Khalasar]].
* The [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning "KING IN THE NORTH!"]] scene was a ''moving'' TearJerker.
** and by the end of Season Three [[spoiler: has become so very much sadder.]]
* Catelyn Stark stoically walks through a gauntlet of Stark bannermen, nodding to acknowledge their sympathies if she reacts at all, before she [[spoiler:collapses against a tree, having learned of her beloved husband's execution.]] Similarly, Robb laying into a tree with his arming blade, lost to his grief and rage. (Sobbing) "I'll kill them all! Every one of them." And just the delivery of Catelyn's "You've ruined your sword." is heart-wrenching. Not to mention Lady Stark's emotional fortitude; she must remain strong for her son when she'd like nothing more than to break down herself. 'Family, Duty, Honor' indeed.

[[folder:Season 2]]
[[AC:1 -- The North Remembers]]
* That poor woman, screaming as her infant daughter is murdered [[spoiler:on Joffrey's command]].
* Dany's mare, Drogo's wedding gift to her, dying of thirst.

[[AC:2 -- The Night Lands]]
* [[spoiler: Dany comforting Irri after Rakharo's death.]] Sad on a couple of levels; [[spoiler: firstly because he was a genuinely likeable character and it was gutting to have him die so horribly, but also because Irri's reaction confirms what many viewers suspected but was never shown on screen -- they were in love.]]
* Irri sobbing that [[spoiler: Rakharo's soul has been killed because his body was not burned and Dany hugging her and [[DueToTheDead promising to build him a funeral pyre]]]].
* After Tyrion makes a crack about the rumors of her affair with Jaime, Cersei responds that he's always been funny, starting with when their mother died giving birth to him. Tyrion's face after that is heartbreaking. Also the audience realizes she's hated him for that ever since.
-->'''Tyrion:''' She was my mother too.
-->'''Cersei:''' Mother gone. All for the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.

[[AC:3 -- What is Dead May Never Die]]
* Poor Brienne; having just earned her place on Renly's Kingsguard, she's dismissed by him almost immediately -- to take Catelyn to her tent. The worst bit is, she seems almost resigned to this sort of treatment and is quite willing to die for Renly anyway; it speaks whole volumes about what her life must have been like before now. And the flatness in her voice when she tells Catelyn "Brienne's enough -- I'm no lady" is heart-wrenching.
* Theon's outburst at Balon, [[CallingTheOldManOut calling him out for treating him as soft and corrupted by the Starks]] (for bringing up the more strategically sound Stark-Greyjoy alliance of all things), pointing out that it was ''Balon'' who gave him up in the first place. Countering Balon's demand that the Ironborn "are not subjects or slaves" and that they "take what is theirs" Theon brings up his father's submission to King Robert Baratheon and that he didn't "take what is his" then, which earns him a smack across the face so hard it sends him across the room. Theon (tears in his eyes) recovers enough to remind his father that it was ''Balon'' who gave the last of the Greyjoy sons away like "some dog that he didn't want anymore" and yet he has the nerve to curse him when he returns home. This noticeably stuns even Balon momentarily before he marches out of the room, face frozen with what could be described as regret from someone who has never shown regret in his life.
* Sansa telling Shae to stay and brush her hair becomes one when you realize her reasons for it. Even though Shae clearly has no idea how to be a handmaiden, Sansa asks her to stay with her because she literally has no one else to talk to who isn't trying to harm or manipulate her in some way. Poor Sansa is completely alone and surrounded by people who would have no qualms about killing her to achieve their own ends. ''And she's just a kid.''
** Also before she left Winterfell it was her mother that usually brushed Sansa's hair.
* Arya's cry when Needle, Jon's last present, is taken from her.

[[AC:4 -- Garden of Bones]]
* After their summit where the Baratheon brothers bicker and snark at each other over who should be king and threaten each other with their armies, as Stannis' party rides away, Renly says bitterly "Would you believe, I loved him once?"
** Made even worse in the next episode, where Stannis remarks to Davos that he feels the same way, loving the boy his brother was. [[spoiler: But not grieving over the man he became and had to kill.]]
* Catelyn crying over [[spoiler: Ned's]] bones. Including her heart-rending delivery of a simple "Get out." How does Michelle Fairley even make those sounds?
* Arya, alone and afraid and lying in mud while the rain pours down and the prisoners around her are depleted, can only whisper the names of the people she wants dead.
* The woman who's been reduced to talking in a {{Creepy Monotone}} about how her family has been tortured to death one by one at Harrenhal.
* Ser Jorah coming very close to admitting to Dany that he loves her, and they now both know how he feels about her for sure.
-->'''Jorah:''' [seemingly describing Dany as a queen] There are times when I look at you, and I still can't believe you're real.

[[AC:5 -- The Ghost of Harrenhal]]
* Ser Loras Tyrell driven to grief and bitterness by [[spoiler: Renly's death, stroking his lover's face while saying, "He would have been a true king, a good king."]] It gets worse when you realize that a lot of what Loras is feeling is not just grief but also ''guilt''. After all, [[spoiler:he was the one who talked Renly into making a bid for the Iron Throne.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m1-xPObOLk This is made painfully explicit here.]] In the deleted scene, Loras is wearing black, the colour of mourning, but it's also one of the colours of [[spoiler:House Baratheon, and Renly wore only black clothing throughout Season 1 (with the exception of the tourney)]].
-->'''Loras''': I ''loved'' him.
-->'''Margaery''': I know you did.
-->'''Loras''': ''[bursts into ManlyTears]''
* Brienne, who's been {{The Stoic}} for the previous two episodes, screaming in grief at [[spoiler:Renly's death.]]
** And also her line about that being [[AllLoveIsUnrequited the only time she ever got to hold him]].
* After Davos leaves, the camera lingers on Stannis a moment as he stands alone in what used to be [[spoiler: Renly's pavilion before he was assassinated.]] For a moment, it looks as if he is about to cry, before consciously choking back whatever emotion he was feeling.
** His defensiveness towards Davos during the rest of the scene beforehand. This is the first time we've seen Stannis even a little bit excited, and it's clearly because he's trying to amp himself up about what he has gained (a massive army) as opposed to wallowing in guilt over what he has lost [[spoiler: (his little brother)]].
-->'''Davos''': I'm sorry about [[spoiler: your brother,]] Your Grace. I wanted to let you know people grieve for him.
-->'''Stannis''': Fools love a fool. I grieve for him as well, for the boy he was, not the man he grew to be.
* The sight of [[spoiler: Irri dead on the floor after Dany's dragons are stolen.]]
* The sound [[spoiler: Dany's dragons make as they're being carried off in a sealed box to the House of the Undying. They really do sound like infants crying for their mother to save them.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Dany's reaction to finding them gone. Her frantic searching and crying really gives the impression of a desperate mother, especially considering that the dragons essentially ''are'' her children.]]

[[AC:6 -- The Old Gods and the New]]
* Bran's {{Armor Piercing Question}} to Theon, "Did you hate us the whole time?" What makes it sadder? [[spoiler: He never did.]]
* [[spoiler:Rodrik Cassel]]'s death, which is very painful as the stroke to his neck is repeatedly botched, and Bran and Rickon look on, weeping. Bran has just yielded Winterfell to Theon to keep his people safe, and is then forced to watch as [[spoiler:one of his family's most loyal knights]] is brutally killed. The whole time, Bran's leaning forward and generally giving off an air of wanting to charge over there and stop it from happening, but because he's paralyzed he can't even try.
* [[spoiler: Ser Rodrick choosing to FaceDeathWithDignity,]] as well as his final words to Bran:
-->[[spoiler: '''Rodrick''']]: Hush now, child. I'm off to see your father.
* These final words to Theon:
-->[[spoiler: '''Rodrick''']]: Gods help you, Theon Greyjoy. Now you are truly lost.
* The parallels to 'Baelor' and [[spoiler: Ned's death. The older Stark child, screaming and begging someone they'd once trusted and loved not to murder a father figure, while the younger Stark is being shielded from watching]].
* The look on Theon's face as he builds up to [[spoiler:executing Ser Rodrick]]. He's obviously torn between his loyalty to his family and these people he really does care about, and he's struggling to bring himself to do it...and then [[spoiler: after he takes Ser Rodrick's head]], he just ''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone stares]]''.
* Myrcella, a completely innocent pawn stuck in the middle of the power plays around her, crying as she's shipped off to Dorne as a glorified hostage.
* Tommen sobbing as the only sibling who cares about him is sent away. [[KickTheDog And Joffrey mocks him for it.]]
* Cersei saying she hopes Tyrion deeply loves someone one day, so she can take that person away from him. Tyrion looks like he's going to give a nasty zinger back, but then just walks away.
** Made worse by the fact that Tyrion brokered the deal in part [[CruelToBeKind to get Myrcella out of King's Landing, soon to be attacked by Stannis' forces]]. He sends her to the relative safety of Dorne because his niece is one of the few members of his family he actually cares about.
* Tywin asks Arya (who he believes to be a peasant girl) what killed her father, and she answers simply, "loyalty".
* Tywin opening up to the disguised Arya about how his own father was a good, loving man whose weakness nearly destroyed their family. He doesn't explicitly say that he made a decision not to make the same mistake, though that's clearly what he's thinking. It makes you wonder what sort of person Tywin might have been in a world where it wasn't necessary to scheme and fight simply for the survival of the people you care about. Tywin finishes his speech with the statement "I'm cold". Even though it's an instruction to light a fire, the way he says it makes it clear what he really means, and that he's saddened by it.
* Tywin's description of how he taught Jaime his letters (by the sound of it Jaime's dyslexic, [[MedievalStasis though of course Tywin doesn't use the term]]). Even though he ignored the maester's advice to accept it and made Jaime's life miserable trying to cure it, it is clear that Tywin put in a great deal of personal effort to help his son, which says a lot about him. It's a perfect demonstration of both Tywin's good and bad aspects with regards to his children. On the one hand, he loves them enough to put in a lot of time to help them, and is willing to incur their hatred for it, which would be painful for a father who actually did love his children. On the other hand, he rejects the maester's advice to "just accept it", and makes Jaime's life miserable to make sure he lives up to his perfectionist standards, and consequently he detests Tyrion for being unable to be cured of his own imperfections.
* It's small compared to the others, but when Ghost seemingly abandons Jon to go live in the wild, considering Ghost had been his most loyal friend up to that point.

[[AC:7 -- A Man Without Honor]]
* Maester Luwin's cry of despair when he sees the burnt bodies [[spoiler:of the boys]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwwkKHw3pdM Cersei lamenting how Joffrey turned out]], and Tyrion trying to comfort her by telling her that Myrcella and Tommen still turned out all right. Cersei actually starts to cry, letting her guard drop around Tyrion, and he just stands there without saying anything, at a loss for words. For extra tear-jerker-ness, this episode aired on Mother's Day.
** Tyrion's palpable uncertainty about whether he's meant to put a hand on her shoulder or hug her or something makes this worse, as it makes you realise that he has probably never been in a situation like this before; Cersei hates him too much to let him see her cry, and while he and Jaime are close, it's hard to imagine Jaime ever breaking down crying, so it's unlikely Tyrion has ever had to console a crying sibling in his life. She notices Tyrion approaching and a quick half-confused, half-disgusted look from her provides a final discouragement. It really drives home how cold and screwed up the Lannisters are.
* Sansa's pure desperation when she realises her period's started and Joffrey has license to start raping her, trying to hide the evidence and moaning in horror.
** Later, when Cersei is giving her some genuinely heartfelt advice (see the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming page), Cersei says that the only people Sansa should allow herself to love are her children, to avoid being hurt. This would be sad enough on its own, but Cersei then says that women have "''no choice''" about loving their children; she's fully realised what a monster Joffrey is, but still can't stop loving him as a mother.
* The look on Jorah's face when Quaithe plainly states he loves Dany, and the emotion in his voice when he answers the question of whether he'll betray her again with one word: "''Never''."

[[AC:8 -- The Prince of Winterfell]]
* "Don't die so far from the sea."
** For context, after viciously and furiously calling out Theon in front of all her men for his idiotic and immoral(even in the eyes of a brutal raider like her) actions in taking Winterfell, Yara dismisses her soldiers to speak alone with Theon. At which point her hardass demeanour fades and she begs him to come home with her, revealing that she still sees him as her beloved baby brother but is terrified that he will die pointlessly far away from his home. Given their conflict beforehand [[spoiler:(and the unspeakable torture and suffering Theon will go through because of his refusal to come home with her)]] this is an extremely humanising moment for the Greyjoys.
--> [[AFateWorseThanDeath "''I don't intend to die''."]]
* Luwin and Osha's conversation about [[spoiler:the orphan boys being killed, which Bran unbeknownst to them overheard.]]
* For book readers especially, [[spoiler:Robb and Talisa finally [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex giving in to their love for each other]] and sealing Robb's fate, as the music swells sorrowfully. If Robb had listened to his mother had remained faithful to his deal with the Freys, the Red Wedding would not have happened.]]

[[AC:9 -- Blackwater]]
* Thousands of men burning alive after wildfire explosion. Even Sandor and Bronn are terrified of its effect.
* Cersei telling Tommen a fairy tale as she prepares to {{Mercy Kill}} him and herself.
** Cersei throughout the episode fell into this, as she's presenting InVinoVeritas and revealing herself as a spiteful, jaded woman whose only love is reserved for her brother and children.
* Loras [[spoiler:leading the cavalry charge disguised as the "''ghost''" of his recently deceased lover. In doing so, he keeps his promise to Renly ("''I've never fought in a war before, but I'd fight for you''"). While House Tyrell agreed to ally with the Lannisters out of a desire to gain more political power, Loras himself only wanted to avenge his beloved's murder. The Knight of Flowers knows that Stannis is responsible for Renly's assassination, and Loras partially achieves his goal by helping to defeat Stannis' forces]].
* Surprisingly enough, when a Lannister soldier reports Cersei's urging Joffrey to the Red Keep, he doesn't immediately flee for safety and of all things actually turns to ask Tyrion -- Tyrion, of all people!! -- what he should do. When Tyrion tells him to make his stand, he does seem to ''actually'' mull it over before deciding to depart, though delegating two Kingsguards to fly the flag in his place... and thereby passing on one of the biggest chances he had to redeem himself in fans' eyes as worth ''something'', whereas even novel Joffrey got to express a desire to at least continue to command the crossbowmen.

[[AC:10 -- Valar Morghulis]]
* Dany's vision of Drogo and a living, healthy baby Rhaego in the House of the Undying. Its not made clear if this is just a vision or actually happening, but the emotion in that scene was intense, especially the sight of infant Rhaego and her face when she realizes (or decides) it's not real and she has to walk away from the husband and son she's still deeply grieving and missing. What's worse is ''Drogo's face''. Once she decides she's not going to stay it just... goes blank. That same dead expression Drogo had after he was "saved" by Mirri.
* Tyrion's whole exchange with Shae, in particular Tyrion breaking down and sobbing when Shae makes it clear that she isn't going to leave his side. When she begs the convalescing Tyrion to leave the capital with her, he's literally torn apart, [[BecauseImGoodAtIt but he can't quit the game because he likes it]]. His desire to stay in that nest of vipers speaks volumes about his underappreciated life.
-->'''Tyrion:''' I can't. I belong here. All these bad people are what I'm good at -- out-talking them, out-thinking them, it's what I am. And I like it. I like it more than anything I've ever done.
* Stannis's agonised admission of his guilt: "[[spoiler:I murdered my brother!]]" All he did and he thinks it was all for nothing.
** What's sadder is his fury toward Melisandre for "leading his men to the gates of the seventh hell," enraged at losing the majority of his army for nothing. It isn't stated outright, but it's very likely that Stannis is especially mad that his best friend Davos and Davos's son both (apparently) died in the Wildfire inferno too. Then Stannis truly loses control of his emotions and starts strangling Melisandre, his voice quivering as he demands to know where her god is.
** Likewise, her answer is particularly sad and tragic given the situation and [[BlackAndWhiteMorality the kind of man]] [[PrinciplesZealot Stannis]] [[AmbitionIsEvil has shown himself to be]]: "Inside you."
* [[JerkassWoobie Theon]] and Luwin's scene. Theon furiously swearing, voice hoarse and cracking, to "the Drowned God, the old gods, the new gods, to every fucking god in every fucking heaven" that he will kill the hornblower really drives home how desperate and ''scared'' he is. Theon's voice when he talks about how everyone telling him how lucky he was of how well the Starks have treated him as he was their captive. It really shows how broken Theon has gotten and how he has been of two minds for a very long time.
* The hanged women Brienne and Jaime come across. Their only crime was trying to survive in a war torn Westeros, and the Northern army butchered them for cooperating with the Lannisters. Even worse, one of the men who did it heavily implies that they did worse to at least one of the women before they were hanged...
** To make things even more disturbing, either intentionally or not, the man is played by an actor with a slight resemblance to Ned. Jaime is quick to remind Brienne that he was a Stark man...
* [[spoiler:Luwin's death]]. After all he's done to help [[spoiler:the Starks and even Theon]], he is unceremoniously stabbed by [[spoiler:Dagmer]], and left to die. The look on his face as he lies dying at the base of the weirwood shows that he is just so happy, despite all, to see [[spoiler:the Stark boys alive and safe]].
* Hodor's very quiet "Hodor" to Rickon when [[spoiler:they leave the dying Maester Luwin.]] It's clear that despite him being a simpleton who can only say that one word, he knows what's going on and is emotionally affected by it.
* When Loras has to bend the knee to Joffrey (whom he described as a monster in Season 1), his body language is practically ''screaming'' that he finds the act abhorrent. Loras' desire to crown Renly as king was partially motivated by his hatred of that little shithead, and the Knight of Flowers is now paying a heavy price for gaining some form of revenge on Stannis.
** Also, Loras's subtle but [[HeartbrokenBadass revealing]] FreudianSlip when he explains why Margaery is still a virgin: "My sister Margaery, her husband was taken from us before..." "Us" and not "her."

[[folder:Season 3]]
[[AC:1 -- Valar Dohaeris]]
* The entirety of Tyrion's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3MSxZagr_s meeting with his father]]. The guy spent the entire last season making a better place out of King's Landing and nearly lost his life for the capital... and his {{jerk ass}} of a father denies him even the slightest bit of gratitude. And then goes off on a completely uncalled for rant about how Tyrion is not deserving of his rightful claim to Casterly Rock. For the second time, a family member heartlessly and childishly blames Tyrion for the death of his mother... you know, because your mother dying from giving birth to you is ''your'' fault.
** He doesn't just tell Tyrion that he's undeserving of Casterly Rock. He outright tells him that the only reason he wears Lannister colours is because ''he cannot prove that he's not his son.'' And all Tyrion can do is sit there and take the abuse until he's cruelly dismissed.
** Listen closely to Tyrion's words. Gratitude for keeping Stannis' army away is just his secondary wish. What he truly wanted was for his father to come and see him while he was wounded, to ''acknowledge'' him just once. The poor man looked like he wanted to cry when he left his father' office.
** Worse yet, study Tyrion's actions before he leaves the room. When his father says "One more thing", Tyrion turns around and the very second that Tywin utters the word "whore", Tyrion nods quickly and storms out of the room just as his father says the next one he finds he will hang. Poor Tyrion clearly has had enough of his father using that word to the point he has to excuse himself from losing his shit.
* Davos's despair about the death of his son. Even Salladhor Saan is subdued.
--> '''Salladhor Saan:''' But, Davos, you were a good father.
--> '''Davos:''' If I were a good father he'd still be here.
* The aftermath of Harrenhal. Rickard Karstark's solemn and heavy "200 Northernmen... slaughtered like sheep" really rams it in.
** Qyburn's response when he's told he's lucky to be alive, is to reply "''[[FateWorseThanDeath Lucky?]]''" with a ThousandYardStare.
* A very very very very very ''minor'' one but when Joffrey sees Margaery's talking and hugging and kissing all the orphans, all he does is stare in utter bewilderment. Like the concept of [[EvilCannotComprehendGood being nice and generous is a completely alien concept]]. And then you realise, no one was there to teach him human kindness and he believes people like those orphans are his to do as he pleases and fear is the best way to rule. So concepts like charity and generosity really are foreign concepts to him.
* In the opening credits, Winterfell is now a smoking ruin similar to Harrenhal.
** Somehow even more so when you see the clockwork godswood [[HopeSpot bloom]].

[[AC:2 -- Dark Wings, Dark Words]]
* Sansa finally getting to spill her guts about the hell she's been suffering through, while still terrified that this may reach Joffrey's ears.
** Just watch how much she has to struggle to say ''anything''! She blurts out how Joffrey killed her father in front of her and made her stare at the dismembered head. Then, she quickly starts backpedaling in the only way she can think of -- denouncing her father, her brothers, and herself as traitorous and thus that she shouldn't be listened to. It takes Margaery and her grandmother several minutes of coaxing and promising that it's safe to talk freely before Sansa can open up, and finally all she can get out is "He's a monster!" Then she begs them not to call the wedding off, no doubt picturing what Joffrey would do to her if he found out she drove his fiance away.
* Robb finally finds out what happened in Winterfell: the burning of the city... and that his two little brothers weren't found. He and Catelyn's reactions are just heartbreaking: he tries to hold onto hope, that maybe they got away or that Theon took them as hostages to the Iron Islands. Catelyn just looks... ''broken'', and asks in a haunted voice why Theon hasn't sent word if he truly has her two youngest sons.
** Keep in mind that Robb had to deliver this devastating news to her on the heels of her finding out that [[spoiler: her father died.]]
* Catelyn Stark saying she thinks everything is her fault because she once swore to the gods she would love Jon Snow like her own son, and quickly broke this oath.
** Oh, it's much worse than that. The reason that Catelyn made such a vow was because she'd prayed to the gods that Jon -- her husband's bastard child that she's hated just for that fact -- would die and leave her in peace. Then he got the pox. She stayed with him ''all through the night'' and prayed for forgiveness. For Jon to live, to even have his father's name and be made one of them officially... and to love him in the way his own mother couldn't. So she thinks that everything that has happened to their family -- Bran's fall, Ned's death, her daughters being held hostages and her two little boys possibly dead in Winterfell -- ''is all her fault.''
** If you go back and watch the second episode of Season 1, in the scene where Catelyn is sitting with a comatose Bran and Jon goes to say his goodbyes... The look on Catelyn's face as she is watching Jon speak to her son... You see her anger and resentment in a new light: She's sitting there remembering how she once sat next to Jon watching over him the same way she is now doing for Bran, but the anger and resentment is at herself. She's remembering the promise she broke, and she can't bear to look at Jon anymore and roughly tells him to leave.
** And remember: [[spoiler: she died believing that Jon Snow was the last Stark son left alive -- and that The Gods have an utterly awful sense of Humor.]]
** It puts her "It should have been you" to Jon in a whole new light.
* Sam lying down to die, convinced no one cares about him and the current situation is all his fault.
* Theon desperately crying out his reasons for sacking Winterfell. What he did was terrible, but the torture looks so painful you can't help feel sorry for him.
** When that young boy tells him that he'll rescue him at nightfall, and Theon just brokenly sobbing and [[PleaseDontLeaveMe begging him not to leave him alone.]]
** [[spoiler: [[HarsherInHindsight A particularly brutal example]] once we find out who that boy really is...]]
* Bran reliving his first scene in the series in his dream, complete with Ned's voice.

[[AC:3 -- Walk of Punishment]]
* Hot Pie deciding to stay at the Inn that Thoros and the Brotherhood stopped after taking him, Arya, and Gendry over for some food after the cook was impressed with some bread he baked and he felt he has no place in the war alongside two brave souls like Arya and Gendry. Both Arya and Gendry look quite saddened he won't be joining them and the sentimental music kicks in as Arya and Gendry both say their farewells to him as he walks back in the inn.
** In the same scene, Hot Pie bakes Arya a bread in the shape of a wolf. The form is pretty poor, but neither Arya nor Gendry have the soul to say otherwise and nod in agreement. As she leaves, Arya calls back to Hot Pie saying "it's really good". Farewell hopefully for now, Hot Pie.
** Listen to Arya's voice as she calls back to Hot Pie about the bread. It sounds like she's on the brink of tears.
* Catelyn recalling how she would wait for her father by a certain window, and wonders if Bran and Rickon had been doing the same. Then she breaks down, and it's clear that unlike Robb, she has no hope that they're still alive.
* Brienne screaming as she's dragged off to be raped by Bolton men. Luckily Jaime intervenes.
* When going down the Walk of Punishment, Dany stops and offers a drink of water to a dying slave on a cross. He refuses and asks her to let him die. When she asks Missandei about this later, the other girl sadly replies "There are no masters in the grave."
* [[spoiler: Jaime losing his hand. He just stares at it for a few seconds, before he starts screaming...]]
* Poor Gilly's terrified and heartbroken face when she realizes that her newborn baby is a boy. Bad enough that she's married to her own father. Now she has to lose her baby to those... ''things'' that Craster sacrifices his sons to.
** It could arguably be worse if she'd given birth to a girl. What's worse: having a boy and knowing that he'll be sacrificed to unholy monsters before he's a week old? Or having a girl and raising her, knowing that once she's reached a certain age, your husband and father will do to her what he did to you?

[[AC:4 -- And Now His Watch Is Ended]]
* Theon admitting that he truly does consider Ned Stark his true father, even after he's destroyed any chance of being considered family by the other Starks.
-->'''Theon:''' My real father lost his head at King's Landing.
** Really, Theon's sheer [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horror and guilt]] over all he had done, starting off trying to justify what he did, but breaking down when he realises just how thoroughly he has both betrayed those he truly loves and crossed the MoralEventHorizon in murdering the two orphans to try and keep hold of Winterfell and make his father proud, despite the fact he really loved the Starks more than his "real" family more than anything. Despite all he has done, its impossible not to feel for him as he bares his soul to "the boy".
--> '''Theon:''' I could never be a Stark. Robb Stark always reminded me of that.\\
'''"The Boy":''' He lorded it over you?\\
'''Theon:''' Didn't have to. All he had to do was...be. Be who he was ''born'' to be. His life fit him better than his clothes.\\
[The two of them reach a gate and "the boy" goes to work unlocking it as Theon continues]\\
'''Theon:''' How could someone like that be a brother to me? He's the King In The North. And me? My father gave me a choice, and I made it. I could never be a Stark. Ironborn. It's what I was born to be! [Sounding less sure of himself as he goes on] Paid the iron price for Winterfell...''murdered'' those boys...\\
'''"The Boy":''' The Stark boys?\\
'''Theon:''' Never found them. Just some poor orphans living with a farmer. I let Dagmer slit their throats...and I let ''him'' burn the bodies. So ''I'' could keep Winterfell...and make my father proud...\\
'''"The Boy":''' [[HopeSpot Maybe it's not too late.]]\\
'''Theon:''' It is. [wipes away tears] My real father lost his head at King's Landing. I made a choice...and I chose ''wrong''. Now I've burned everything down!
** And then his one source of solace and comfort left in the world is nightmarishly shattered as he seemingly arrives at his sister's fort and calls desperately for his sister, only for [[spoiler: "the boy" to light up a torch and reveal he is right back at the Bolton torture rack in the Dreadfort, and that the boy is really one of his tormentors and has simply been playing a sick and sadistic game with Theon.]]
** The worst is that [[spoiler: "the boy" is heavily implied to actually be Ramsay Snow, who's actually their ''leader''. In other words, he planned the escape attempt, killed his own men and then betrayed Theon, simply to ''fuck'' with his head. And now, after Theon has bared his soul and his deepest insecurities, he has even ''more'' ammunition with which to torture him.]]
* Brienne looking on helplessly as the Bolton men mercilessly beat the crap out of Jaime.
** Just how broken and hopeless Jaime now is contrasted to his usual arrogant and snarky persona.
** There's a brief minute when Jaime is knocked to the ground and he reaches for his sword. He immediately and instinctively tries with his right arm.
* When Margaery suggests that Sansa marry her brother Loras in order to move to Highgarden, the look her face is heartbreaking -- poor, much-abused Sansa is about to cry at the prospect of getting away from her captors, and at Margaery's seemingly genuine affection. Sadder, of course, because the viewers know that, however Margaery may feel about Sansa, it's an act done out of political calculation.
** It works both ways. It's clear that Sansa wants to trust Margaery and be friends with her but months living in the Capital has jaded her against well-meaning strangers.
** More depressing is the fact that while Sansa sees a fantastic life in Highgarden with Loras, the truth of it is that [[IncompatibleOrientation he's not only gay, but in mourning]] and will never love the girl, which is what she desperately wants from a marriage.

[[AC:5 -- Kissed by Fire]]
* Jaime revealing how he became the Kingslayer. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau gives the performance of his life as he reveals how noble the act really was, and yet he knew Ned Stark would never believe him even if he'd revealed that.
** Also when he nearly faints and Brienne calls for aid, saying the "Kingslayer" needs help, he mutters, desperate and near delirious, "Jaime... My name's... Jaime..." Damn right, performance of a lifetime!
** He somehow manages to ''sound'' like a lion, even while sounding like he's about to be torn apart as each word comes out. "Stark. You think the Honorable Ned Stark wanted to hear my side? He judged me...guilty,... the moment he set eyes on me. By what right does the Wolf judge the Lion?"
* Tyrion once again on the end of abuse from his father and his cruel bitch of sister as they [[spoiler: force him to wed Sansa]]. He is utterly disgusted and there is a noticable amount of strain when he shouts to his father's face [[spoiler: she is a '''child'''.]]
** And again at the end of this meaningless abuse, Tyrion is left with a look of a combination of uncontainable fury and heart brokeness. He may be a Lannister [[spoiler: but even he doesn't wish any further misery on Sansa whom he truly seems to care about]].
** When Tywin tells Tyrion that it's past time he was wed, Tyrion furiously snarls "I ''was'' wed. Or don't you remember?"
** Even Cersei can get some viewer sympathy in this scene when [[spoiler: Tywin basically orders her to marry Loras Tyrell.]] She sounds like she's about to cry as she begs him not to force her into another loveless arranged marriage. Harsher even because it's [[spoiler: ''another'' marriage that will be entirely loveless and haunted by a dead significant other from the past. Poor Cersei]].
** "My children. You've disgraced the Lannister name for far too long." [[AbusiveParents They are only what you made them, Tywin.]]
* Ladies and gentlemen, meet Shireen Baratheon, possibly the saddest and loneliest little girl in all of Westeros.
** Not only does the poor kid have a disease that has left half her face disfigured, but it's implied she's basically shut up in her room by her mother and that Davos is her only friend. Her father does seem to love her, but only rarely comes to see her. To top it all off, when Stannis ''does'' want to see her, her own mother tries to dissuade him and calls her a 'distraction'.
** Her conversation with Stannis is rather sad. At first she's happy to hear Davos has come back safely from the battle, only to be bluntly told by her father that her only friend is rotting in the dungeon. The crestfallen look on her face is heartbreaking.
** Really the entire scene was a massive one for Stannis, and a good hint as to why he has become so embittered and unhappy. He has a wife who is utterly insane and with whom he is barely able to even speak to despite clearly wanting to do right by her, and a daughter he clearly loves (even if he is a bit awkward around her) yet whom he is forced to keep confined to her dark little cell for her own protection because of her affliction (and thus the utter hatred, fear, and contempt shown to those like her by most people in Westeros). These are among the very few people he has genuine affection for and they both suffer horrifying illnesses, mental in the case of his wife, and physical in the case of his daughter.
** We knew Stannis was BrutallyHonest already, but now we discover that he can hardly even bring himself to tell white lies to spare his own daughter's feelings. She asks him if he won his big battle, to which he bluntly tells her he didn't. He gives in a little by telling her that Davos fought bravely at The Battle of the Blackwater (which he really didn't have a chance to do), but when Shireen tells him about how much she likes her friend, The Onion Knight, Stannis feels bound to tell her that Davos is a traitor and is locked in the dungeon for his crime. His reaction to her sad frown and his hasty departure makes it clear that Stannis knows he screwed up this father-daughter moment just by being himself.
* In a way, [[spoiler: the Hound]] surviving his trial by combat against [[spoiler: Beric Dondarrion]], especially [[KickTheDog what he says to Arya afterwards]]: "Looks like the god likes me more than [[spoiler: your butcher's boy]]." It just drives the point even further home to the poor girl that there really is ''no'' justice in the world, and even the Lord of Light doesn't give two shits about the death of [[spoiler: a butcher's boy]]. The manner of the duel makes it worse; had it been an ordinary trial by combat, [[spoiler: the Hound]] might have won simply because he's a superb fighter, but the fact that there are clear and undeniable supernatural powers at work confirms that it really is a divine judgement that her friend goes unavenged.
** Making it worse is Arya [[spoiler: grabbing a knife and trying to kill the Hound and having to be dragged back kicking and screaming by Gendry.]] Her anguish is clear.
--->'''Arya''': '''''BURN IN HELL!'''''
* The murders of [[spoiler: Martyn and Willem Lannister. Poor kids never stood a chance.]]
** Especially Robb and Talisa looking at them for a moment before they bring in [[spoiler:the men who killed them.]] As if they're trying desperately to compose themselves.
* Gendry saying he intends to stay on with the Brotherhood instead of going to Riverrun with Arya, saying the Brotherhood could be like a family he never had. The look on Arya's face is just heartwrenching; it doesn't looks like she lost some friend, it looks like she just lost someone she truly loves.
--> '''Arya:''' ''I'' could be your family.
--> '''Gendry:''' You wouldn't be my family. You'd be mi'lady.
** Creator/MaisieWilliams' performance in this scene is so good, it just really sells the sadness Arya's feeling.
** Maisie said in an [[http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/game-of-thrones-q-a-maisie-williams-on-arya-starks-trial-by-fire-20130501 interview]] that they did several takes of this scene, and used the one that sounds most like Arya is making a [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove declaration of love]].
** The look on Gendry's face after. As one Youtube commenter pointed out: "It's how he swallows; after she leaves. It's how he looks away when she goes. It seems to hurt him, this decision, losing her."
* While talking with Arya, Beric and Thoros of Myr talk about Beric's many deaths and how often he has been brought back to life. All throughout Arya is silent. And then...
-->'''Arya:''' Could you bring back a man without a head? Not six times. Just once.
-->'''Thoros:''' I don't think it works that way, child.
-->'''Beric:''' Your father was a good man... I wouldn't wish my life on him.
-->'''Arya:''' I would.
** And:
-->'''Thoros:''' It's not getting any easier.
-->'''Beric:''' I know.
* Shireen offers to teach Davos, who is locked up, to read. This is a Tear Jerker/Heartwarming moment all on its own, as she's been told he's a traitor -- by her own father, whom she loves dearly, no less -- and yet still decides to visit him, simply because he is one of the few people that has been consistently kind to her. What makes it an out-and-out heartbreaker, though, is her response to Davos telling her that she can't because they'll both get into serious trouble. She points out that they are both already beyond practically all punishment.
--> '''Shireen:''' What are they going to do, lock us up?

[[AC:6 -- The Climb]]
* Sansa breaking down after [[spoiler:Tyrion informs her they are going to be married, after she'd turned down Littlefinger's offer to get her out of King's Landing in the hopes of being able to marry Loras. Her first true attempt to play the game, and she lost hard.]]
** Also, the look in Tyrion's eye when he realizes he will be forced to [[spoiler: tell Sansa this in front of Shae, who he truly does love and whom he knows will be hurt by this.]]
* Thoros of Myr no longer believed in the Lord of Light, but the first time Beric was killed he said a prayer over his body. "Because he was my friend, and he was dead. And they were the only words I had."
* The Brotherhood [[spoiler:selling Gendry to Melisandre while Arya berates and shames them for it, half-hysterical. None of them seem pleased with the turn of events.]]
** Worse still is that it shows just how poor Gendry can never catch a break. [[spoiler: He spent his whole life wanting a real family, and just when he thought he had found one, and one where he can make a difference and stop being a disposable pawn of higher powers (i.e. his old master, the Night's Watch, and the Lannisters), they sell him out for a quick buck to someone (who is ironically enough taking him to his actual blood family) with a fairly blatant desire to hurt/imprison him. All while his one real friend left screams impotently for them to stop.]]
** And Arya says [[spoiler:"you're going to hurt him."]] She doesn't ask, she just knows. Her bitterness is incredibly heartbreaking.
* Ros [[spoiler:becoming live target practice for Joffrey. Sure she wasn't well liked, but did they really have to give her such a brutal death?]]
* Tyrion and Cersei's moment in "The Climb". Despite still clearly hating each other, they are each-other's sole confidantes in the subject of [[spoiler: their forced marriages]] and even try in their own way to make each other feel better (i.e. Tyrion reminding Cersei that Jaime is coming back and will not let it happen, and Cersei trying to assuage his fear over being assassinated while telling him point blank he saved the city while Hand and thus saved her and the family, something he had been wishing to hear since episode 1 of the season) and share clear empathy over their shared ordeal while discussing what they will do next. Just brings home just how fucked up they and their lives have been because of Tywin, and how the two might have been as close as Jaime and Tyrion are had Cersei not been imbued with her father's hatred for her little brother.
* Loras agreeing with Sansa that King's Landing is "the most terrible place there is."
* Loras' description of imagining his bride in a "gown of gold and green brocade" initially sounds like it's meant to be humorous; a stereotypical gay man gushing over pretty clothes rather than the bride. It becomes much sadder when you realize that the cloak Renly wore while watching Loras joust was made of green brocade. Green is one of the colours of House Tyrell, and Renly (who was dressed only in House Baratheon black throughout Season 1) obviously brought the cape to the tourney to show his love and support for Loras.

[[AC:7 -- The Bear and the Maiden Fair]]
* Osha revealing what led her to join the Wildlings going "as far south as south goes." The man she loved was turned into a Wight, and she had to burn her house down to kill him again.
* Tyrion [[spoiler: losing Shae's favor because of his arranged marriage to Sansa. He tries to explain that he loves her and only her, but she remains convinced that he only sees her as a whore.]]
** Shae's furious response to Tyrion telling her that he would always provide for her and any children they'd have:
-->'''Shae''': ''Children?'' You think I want children who can never see their father? Who would be killed in their sleep if their grandfather found out about them?
-->'''Tyrion''': Listen to me, my lady...
-->'''Shae''': I'm not your lady.
-->'''Tyrion''': You ''are''. You will always be my lady.
-->'''Shae''': I'm your whore. And when you are tired of fucking me I will be nothing.
* Jon explaining to Ygritte that there is no way the Wildlings can defeat the Night's Watch, because they have never succeeded before. Ygritte eventually accepts that they may as well be on a suicide mission.
** Particularly as you can see her slow realisation that Jon's completely ''right''. The Northmen know the lay of the land and are ridiculously well versed on every single Wildling invasion they've ever crushed, while she can't seem to name ''any''. Ygritte looks like she's suddenly just realised that despite their claim that this is "their land", [[IronicEcho she knows nothing]] about how things work South of the Wall...
* Brienne accepting her fate and telling Jaime to go, using her last words to him to remember his oath to return the Stark girls, and for once calling him "Ser Jaime".
** Hell, Brienne's situation in general. She's imprisoned, forced to wear a dress and knows she's going to be left at the mercy of Locke.
* Arya sitting away from the Brotherhood and sounding like a little girl for the first time in almost two seasons, tearfully saying "I don't talk to traitors."
* Theon [[spoiler:getting castrated. Especially when he starts screaming hysterically for mercy as The Boy's men reach out for a dagger. If there was anyone else who was still cheering for Theon getting tortured, they would have definitely stopped by this point]]... then again.

[[AC:8 -- Second Sons]]
* Depending on your point of view, Tyrion's behavior on his own wedding can be a CrowningMomentOfFunny, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]] or this. He's really quite broken, tired of his father, Joffrey and the noblemen's hypocrisy about it all, as well as very sad and pissed off about both his and Sansa's humiliation over this. Still, [[StepfordSmiler he keeps a festive and joking demeanor up]], [[DrowningMySorrows getting shitfaced to get through it all]], until the point Joffrey declares [[DroitDuSeigneur he'll use the lord's right to rape Sansa]], [[BerserkButton at which moment he shows how really angry he is]] [[BadassBoast and threatens to]] [[GroinAttack cut off Joffrey's manhood]]. The look on his face can be both nightmarish and tear-jerking.
** During the actual service Joffrey casually takes away Tyrion's step, forcing him to make Sansa kneel so that Tyrion can place the bridal cloak around her, causing nearly the entire congregation to quietly laugh at him.
** Then there's his exchange with Sansa, which is both this and heartwarming. He refuses to bed her just because of his father's command, and will only share a bed with her when she wishes to. When she asks what if she never wants him to, Tyrion's expression shows some disappointment, obviously aware that she doesn't look forward to losing her virginity to a dwarf. He then gives a broken smile, toasts her with his cup and declares as a final joke.
-->'''Tyrion''': [[spoiler:[[IronicEcho And so, my watch begins]].]]
** There's also the bit during the exchange where Tyrion stops Sansa from taking off her clothes, saying he can't do this to her...and then immediately corrects himself to assure her that he ''can'' -- that is, he's capable, ''very'' capable really -- he just doesn't want to.
* Consider Sansa's dream wedding (or, really, anybody's normal conception of their wedding) versus her actual wedding: being married to somebody she doesn't want, into the family that killed her father and is waging war on her family, with the guy who ordered her father's death grotesquely acting in his place (and then threatening to rape her afterward), with at most one friendly face in the crowd (Margaery).
* When Sam and Gilly discuss a name for her baby, and she suggests, what else, [[ParentalIncest Craster]], Sam is disturbed but only half-heartedly objects. When she suggests ''his'' father's name, he pleads against it. That's right, his own father bears worse connotations for him than a vile, debased brute of a wildling. That's just sad.
** When Gilly asks Sam if Randyll Tarly was cruel like Craster, Sam is clearly terrified just ''talking'' about his brute of a father and can only weakly chuckle that Randyll is a "Different kind of cruel."
* Tyrion raising his glass in pity to Loras; his facial expression reads, "You're next to get married." Loras, who is already quite irritated, sighs and turns his head away.

[[AC:9 -- The Rains of Castamere]]
* The Rains of Castamere. Sweet R'hllor The Rains of Castamere... When [[spoiler:'''The Red Wedding''']] finally came on screen, it became without a doubt one of the single biggest, most heartrending and horrifying tearjerkers in the '''entire''' series. Take a long look at the entries listed above (and most likely all of those listed below in the next few seasons), and you will find few entries that can even hold a candle to this scene. In the space of about ten minutes there are no less than four moments near guaranteed to draw inelegant sobbing from the viewers.
** [[spoiler:Catelyn's increasing terror as she realizes the Freys and the Boltons are planning to murder her son and the bannermen, and her distraught face as she watches first her daughter-in-law (and unborn grandchild) brutally stabbed to death by the Freys, her friends and bannermen butchered like dogs around her, and her son shot with multiple crossbow bolts before he can even react, while Catelyn herself is hit with crossbow bolts and slowly bleeding to death. Worse than this however is her insanely desperate begging of Walder Frey to let her son go, and her cry of anguish after she sees Robb get stabbed in the heart by Roose - her expression is that of a corpse from that point on, even before her own throat is slit.]]
** [[spoiler:Robb watches his wife and unborn child horrifyingly murdered right next to him, right after his wife tells him she wants the child to be named after Ned so Robb can "teach Ned Stark how to ride a horse", and even after he is shot with crossbow bolts he still tries to painfully crawl to his wife, only for her to die in his arms. At which point, and for the first time in the series, we see Robb Stark, one of the proudest, most passionate, and heroic characters in the series, break down like a child in stunned shock unable to react to anything, and the last thing he says is a quiet and resigned ''"mother..."''' as he looks at Catelyn, before Roose Bolton finishes him off with a dagger.]]
** [[spoiler:Talisa watches one of the Freys viciously stab her in her pregnant stomach again... and again... and again... and again... and again... dying a horrible and painful death and watching her unborn child die before her eyes, all after happily talking with Robb about their future as a family.]]
** [[spoiler:Arya witnesses the Frey's treachery and attack on the Stark men and Grey Wind's death and realizes at once she has lost her mother and brother after everything she had been through. For the first time in the series since her Father's death she goes into utter shock as she wanders around the carnage outside the keep, and is saved only by Sandor Clegane knocking her out and carrying her to safety. Just moments before, when she snuck into the castle and realized she was just a few steps from reuniting with her family, she had the sweetest smile and was looking happy for the first time since Ned died. We won't be seeing that smile for a very, very long time.]]
--> "It's too late".
-->--[[spoiler:'''Sandor Clegane [[[CruelToBeKind as he knocks out Arya]].]''' ]]
** Moreover, there is a far wider tearjerker in this scene. [[spoiler: '''[[TheBadGuyWins The bad guys have won]]'''. The one faction in Westeros who had a good(ish) claim to being "the Heroes", the characters pretty much everyone was rooting for in the War of the Five Kings for three seasons, have utterly failed and were butchered by their own allies; all they have fought and sacrificed for over three seasons was in vain, all they fought to protect was lost, and despite their best efforts Ned Stark remains completely unavenged, and scumbags like Joffrey, Walder Frey, Roose Bolton, and Tywin Lannister have effectively won the War and now control everything the Tullys and the Starks once held.]]
* While the [[spoiler:Red Wedding]] was easily the biggest block of tearjerkers of the episode (and the entire season, as well as possibly the whole series), there were other tearjerker moments scattered through the episode.
** Bran and Rickon [[spoiler:parting ways, with Rickon tearfully telling his brother he wants to protect him, and Osha telling the Reeds that Bran means everything to her.]]
** The look on Jorah's face when [[spoiler:Dany asks about Daario. He's just lost all hope his queen will return his feelings for her.]]
** Ygritte when [[spoiler:Jon is forced to abandon her after his cover is blown.]]
*** Tormund and Ygritte both urge Jon to [[spoiler:kill the horse breeder, while Orell just gloats that he's a crow. They WANT him to be on their side, which makes his betrayal even worse for them and the audience.]]
* [[spoiler:Finding out Talisa suggests to name her and Robb's child Eddard is both this and a crowning moment of heartwarming, doubled by the warm smile Catelyn, who resented their marriage up until about now, gives the couple... [[OhCrap and then the Frey men close the doors]], the music tunes in [[MusicalSpoiler Rains of Castamere]] and the whole thing goes so horribly, horribly bad [[PunctuatedForEmphasis in every. Imaginable. Way.]]]]
* Rains of Castamere is just a [[spoiler:DownerEnding to Catelyn Stark's character as a whole. Pretty much all three seasons so far were piling up one disaster after another for her to cope with. First, she lost her beloved husband, believed both her daughters were taken hostage by the enemy. She witnessed how her eldest son's alliances slowly crumble. Then she is told her two youngest boys were brutally murdered when her home was sacked by someone who grew up with them. And then comes the Red Wedding, where she has to watch her daughter-in-law stabbed to death in the worst possible way (for a mother, anyway), her bannermen slaughtered like sheep, her only remaining child (in her knowledge) having first his heart broken and then pierced with a dagger, as she is powerless to help. No wonder she just stood there in the end.]]
** Let's face it: [[spoiler: once Robb died, Cat was already dead. The dagger to the throat just made it official.]]
** Another one comes if one recalls her conversation from the beginning of Season 3. [[spoiler: In a moment of bitterness and anger, she prayed for Jon's death, an action she thinks the Gods have been punishing her for ever since. And she dies believing that he's the only son of Winterfell to survive.]]
* Though it's overshadowed by all the other tearjerkers taking place [[spoiler: Cat's murder of Walder Frey's young wife could count. Walder clearly doesn't give a shit about her when Cat has a knife to her throat, dismissively saying he'll find another wife. The poor girl was likely an innocent pawn who had nothing to do with the massacre and was clearly terrified up until her death. Not to mention that she couldn't have been more than sixteen years old when she died.]]
** Even worse, [[spoiler: the look in the girl's eyes clearly says she doesn't expect Walder to try to save her, and Catelyn is more surprised than she is by Walder offhandedly sentencing her to death]]. [[FridgeHorror This says quite a lot about how she must have been treated by Walder]].
** ''Even worse'', [[spoiler: who says she wasn't pregnant as well? And who says, Lord Frey wasn't perfectly aware of that possibility?]]
* The last exchange between [[spoiler: Robb and Catelyn]] deserves its own bullet point. [[spoiler: Robb has just watched his wife and unborn child murdered in front of him, and his cause is literally collapsing around him. Catelyn is begging him to get up and save his own life, but it's obvious that at this point he ''doesn't want to''. His last word to his mother is delivered in a tone of desolate acceptance -- the King in the North has simply given up. He knows there is no way out of this and almost seems to be asking his mother to stop since there is nothing more that can be done. And, once he is killed, Cat gives up too.]]
* Catelyn spends much of seasons two and three missing her other children, and [[spoiler: dies without ever getting closure on them. Bad enough she watched Robb get murdered right in front of her, but she died without ever knowing Arya, Bran, or Rickon's true whereabouts, and knowing that Sansa is a hostage of her sworn enemies.]]
* The whole episode was such a TearJerker that, according to most of the 2013 Comic-Con panel, everybody was in tears at the end of the shoot, including [[MeanCharacterNiceActor the people responsible for most of the]] [[spoiler:Red Wedding]].

[[AC:10 -- Mhysa]]
* The utterly ''broken'' look on Arya's face as [[spoiler:she sees Grey Wind's head sewn onto Robb's body. Worse is that it recalls the scene in Season 1 where Yoren specifically hid the sight of her father being killed from her. Here she gets no such thing.]]
** Indeed, the only consolation for Ned as he died was that Arya didn't have to see it happen. Two seasons on, and [[spoiler: she sees something much worse front and centre.]]
** Similarly, consider this for a moment. [[spoiler: Ned's head was placed on a pike for a time, before being returned along with the rest of his bones to Cat in Series 2. Even the ''Lannisters'', who've made it their mission to crush the Starks, still chose to afford their enemy the right to be buried with dignity. But the Frey's chose to profane Robb's corpse in the most despicable manner possible!]]
** Arya clinging desperately to the Hound and burying her head in his chest while he takes her away. It says a lot about [[DespairEventHorizon how]] [[HeroicBSOD broken]] the little girl is when the only remaining person she can find some comfort in is the man she hates for killing her friend.
** And then, a few scenes later, [[spoiler: she ends up stabbing one of the Freys to death in revenge.]] Listen to her voice as she does this: it sounds as though she's ''crying.'' This is the first time Arya gets to vent her grief at everything that's happened, and it's accomplished [[spoiler: through knifing a man in the throat]]; and afterwards, she just stands there, deathly still and barely even reacting when the Hound starts asking questions. She just... ''[[ThousandYardStare stares.]]''
*** Even worse when you think that Arya had no idea of how she'd get out of that fight alive. There were several Freys sitting around that campfire, and if the Hound hadn't interfered she'd be dead.
* News of the [[spoiler:Red Wedding has reached King's Landing]], and Tyrion enters Sansa's chambers to tell her [[spoiler:that her brother and mother are dead]]. When he calls out her name, the pain on her face tells him that she already heard the news. No other words are spoken. Just silence as Tyrion turns around and walks out to leave Sansa [[spoiler:to her mourning. This is made all the more bitter by the fact that a few scenes earlier showed they were forming a genuine friendship and bond which has now been utterly dashed.]]
** There's also some FridgeHorror there; Tyrion was obviously going to break the news to her as gently as possible, but since Sansa already knew, and it seemed that the Small Council were the only ones privy to the information at that point, ''who'' told her? Given how much [[KickTheDog Joffrey enjoys tormenting Sansa]], [[FromBadToWorse it might well have been him,]] especially since Tywin and Tyrion had all-but forbade him from enacting his original plan to [[spoiler: literally serve her brother's head to her at the Royal Wedding feast]].
* Jon Snow tearfully telling Ygritte he loves her and she loves him, [[spoiler:right before she fires three arrows into him and he's forced to escape.]]
-->'''Jon:''' I have to go home now. I know you won't hurt me.
-->'''Ygritte:''' *whispers* [[ArcWords You know nothing, Jon Snow.]]
-->'''Jon:''' [[TearfulSmile *tearful smile*]] I do know some things. I know I love you.
-->'''Ygritte:''' *sobs*
-->'''Jon:''' I know you love me. *tearfully* I have to go home now.
* Tyrion confronts his father about the ease with which he makes decisions to commit dreadful acts for the sake of the family. He asks if Tywin ever did something against his will and solely for the family's benefit. The answer? Not drowning Tyrion in the sea the day he was born. The scene is obviously painful for father and son both.
* [[spoiler: Theon's]] new name. After his unspeakably horrific torture, mutilation and finally [[spoiler: castration]] at the hands of [[spoiler: Ramsay Bolton, Theon has been reduced to a weeping, sobbing wreck who can only beg Ramsay to kill him. Ramsay, being the nice guy that he is instead decides to give Theon a new name, as "Theon Greyjoy" is far too noble. He chooses the name "Reek" since he sees Theon as nothing but a reeking slab of meat. Theon desperately tries to cling to what little dignity he has by refusing to call himself this despite Ramsay beating him when he calls himself Theon, but after Ramsay savagely beats him again and again, he finally relents and starts to call himself Reek.]]
* Cersei's reaction to [[spoiler: Jaime's return. First her face lights up with Joy at seeing him again... but then she notices his lack of swordhand and realizes he will not be able to save her from her marriage the way Tyrion said he would.]]
** A bit earlier, Jaime is rudely talked down to by a peasant. Brienne shares a look with him of "Yes, this is what people who aren't you deal with all the time."
* "I'm going to find my little brother and I'm going to ''bring him home''."
* Tyrion and Cersei voice a question and a sad answer that surely many fans have asked themselves.
-->'''Tyrion:''' How long does it go on? \\
'''Cersei:''' Until we've dealt with all our enemies. \\
'''Tyrion:''' Every time we deal with an enemy, we create two more. \\
'''Cersei:''' Then I suppose it will go on for quite a long time.
** Immediately before this is Cersei's sad recollections to Tyrion of a baby Joffrey and how much happiness he brought her, and how these memories are almost all she has to keep herself from suicide.
* Davos relates to Gendry he didn't want to be a lord and only accepted it because it meant a better life for his son. Sadly, serving Stannis eventually lead to his son's death.

[[folder:Season 4]]
* In several of the trailers we see and hear the reactions of Jon and Sansa to [[spoiler: The Red Wedding and the death of Robb and Catelyn.]] Sansa at least has Tyrion to confide in but Jon, who was out of contact with events in the south since Season 1 is seemingly numb from shock at how his entire world (outside the Nights Watch) has been taken from him.
** This is made even worse when one remembers Aemon's speech to him in Season 1 in which Aemon revealed how this exact same thing happened to him and how he has been forced to live with the choice not to forsake his vows and save his family ever since, of which the only comfort was the fact he was already blind and frail with age and thus he did not really have a choice. Jon however, has no such comfort.
[[AC:1 -- Two Swords]]
* Jon's reaction to the [[spoiler: death of Robb Stark.]]
--> "Last time I saw him, he was in the courtyard at Winterfell. He said, [[CallBack 'Next time I see you, you'll be all in black.']] I was jealous of Robb my whole life. The way my father looked at him, I wanted that. He was better than me at everything-- fighting and hunting and riding and girls. Gods, the girls loved him. I wanted to hate him, but I never could."
* Jaime viewing his paltry entry in the official history of the Kingsguard, which isn't likely to get much more distinguished now that he's middle-aged and missing his sword hand.
** Jaime's life back in Kings Landing, in general. He went through hell, lost his hand, and above all changed as a person. Now that he's back, Cersei doesn't want him because he "took too long to get back to her", Tywin has practically disowned him, and Joffrey (his own son, though Joffrey may or may not believe that) takes a few jabs at his aforementioned lack of a future. No one is simply happy that he's alive (except for Tyrion, probably), and it is definitely wearing on him.
* Tywin claiming his prize from the defeated Starks by melting down Ned Stark's sword Ice to be reforged into two new Lannister swords and burning the scabbard as a final insult, with a rendition of Rains of Castamere playing solemnly in the background, as the audience is reminded once again that the Starks have utterly and completely lost.
** This is made only worse by the brief montage of clips of Ned using the sword and his own execution with it. The destruction of Ice not only symbolises the fall of the Starks, but the obliteration of the last physical remnant of Ned Stark.
** One of these reforged Lannister swords is given to Joffery, ''the very person who ordered Ned Stark's execution'', which is an even bigger insult to his memory.
* Oberyn's monologue to Tyrion about what happened to the Martells during Robert's Rebellion, how his sister was humiliated by the noble Rhaegar who ran away with Lyanna Stark despite the fact she was a good woman who truly loved her husband and personally tended to her royal children, only to suffer one of the most horrific fates in the series at the hands of Gregor Clegane on Tywin Lannister's orders after her own children were butchered. While describing this his DashingHispanic mask cracks for the first time with a mixture of utter sadness and utter rage at what the Lannisters did to his family, to the point where he seems dangerously close to either bursting into tears or physically attacking Tyrion, showing that for all his sexual prowess and badassery, he is at heart a heartbroken brother yearning to avenge his beloved sister.
** Tyrion's reaction to this is telling as well, with him averting Oberyn's eyes and the sheer shame and horror of what happened being evident in his voice and body language as he can only numbly protest that "he was not there". Made even worse by the fact this is twice in a single day that he has been confronted with a reminder of his father's despicable actions for which he can do nothing to atone.
* One hundred and sixty-three miles. One hundred and sixty-three murdered children.
* Sansa is in deep depression after hearing about the Red Wedding massacre and refuses to eat and meet people. The cold, unfeeling way that she retells how Robb's body was mutilated and her mother was thrown into the river is heartbreaking. The real sadness is when she goes to the godswood and Tyrion hopes that she finds some consolation in religion, but Sansa disabuses that thoroughly by telling she goes there to be alone not to pray, in a way that suggest she's lost her faith.
** Tyrion's reactions are itself telling: he doesn't have any comeback or snarky way to make it right. He's torn by the pain felt by Sansa and Oberyn who suffered losses at his father's commands, and despite his TokenGoodTeammate status and not having anything to do with it, he accepts that he is complicit by association and the guilt eats at him.
*** There's also a look of helplessness as well when she tells him that she's going to the godswood to be alone. It's hinted that Tyrion respects Sansa for [[SilkHidingSteel being able to survive in the treacherous world that is King's Landing]]... and seeing her completely break down has clearly hurt him.
* Poor Shae is starting to believe that Tyrion's pushing her out. [[spoiler: She's much nicer than her book counterpart, but it seems like she's just taking a different path to the same end. Giant of Lannister, indeed.]]
* Dontos Hollard talking about his once-great family, a powerful house with a bright future, brought low because of the blunders of its members.
-->'''Dontos:''' I don't have anything else left. That's all. Take it. Wear it. Let my name have one more moment in the sun before it disappears from the world.
* Bizarre as it may sound, it's hard not to feel bad for Tywin. Unlike his daughter or grandson he seemed genuinely glad to see Jaime back, he didn't think any worse of him because of the loss of his hand, didn't chastise him for his failures during the war. Quite the opposite, he presents him with an invaluable Valyrian-steel sword and names him his heir and Lord of their family estate, only for Jaime to throw it back in his face, basically denying Tywin his dream of the great Lannister dynasty, and restricting himself to what Tywin, not without grounds, considers a dead end job of being Joffrey's (Joffrey's!) bodyguard. Of course, Tywin remains a hard-ass about it, but you can feel that the man is deeply shaken, as he watches his legacy crumbling before his eyes, and his favorite son being hell-bent on becoming another dissappointment.

[[AC:2 -- The Lion and the Rose]]
* The play performed at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding is a huge slap in the face to Robb Stark and Renly Baratheon. Sansa, Tyrion, Varys, Oberyn and the Tyrells are clearly not amused.
** When the "Robb" actor "dies" and the subsequent thousand yard stare from Sansa.
** When the "Renly" actor is "killed", Loras storms off from the party, and Margaery begins to grimace at this point.
* Tyrion telling Shae to leave, [[CruelToBeKind and he does not do it nicely.]] Tyrion's main motivation was to keep Shae safe from his father, but since up until this point Shae refused to leave Tyrion was forced to shun her in the worst way possible. What hurts the most is that Shae's reaction isn't anger like their previous arguments, but instead she [[CryCute breaks down in tears]] for the first time in the series.
** The way Tyrion smacks his goblet in disgust after the fact.
** Tyrion's face and body language during the entire rant is heartbreaking. You can tell that it visibly pains him to say these things to Shae, but feels he has to in order to protect her. It's a sad mix of pain and disgust as he insults the woman he loves in order to protect her.
* ''Theon''. Or rather, Reek.
--> "Now that [[BloodBrothers Robb Stark]] is gone- Oh, that's right, Reek. Robb Stark is dead. Sorry. I know he was like a brother to you, but my father put a knife through his heart."
** Ramsay has Theon hold a razor to his throat, then ''taunts him with Robb's death'' after deceiving him the previous season into confessing that he considered the Starks his family. And he does it all so that Theon will be even more aware of how broken he is that he can't slit the Bastard's throat.
** There's also Theon's grimace when he gives Jon Snow's name to The Boltons, suggesting that he's painfully aware that he can't even stop himself from selling out the only "brothers" he has left in the world to his captors.
** Theon's expression while being forced to watch Ramsay's hunt.
*** The hunt itself -- this poor, innocent girl is being chased around the forest like an animal, shot with an arrow, and eaten by dogs; the whole time she's sobbing and begging for her life.
*** The fact that Theon isn't even kept in chains or under guard when he is outside. He is so utterly broken that Ramsay doesn't even expect him to try run away and has him tag along with him and his girlfriend on the hunt, hobbling behind them and trying to keep up as if he were some strange Igor character. Which he is now. It's a tragic far-cry from the cool yet arrogant young man we met in the beginning.
** Two pieces of serious fridge tearjerker in these moments as well.
*** Firstly, despite begging for death at the end of last season and being given the perfect opportunity to kill Ramsay (or even himself) Theon is too broken and terrified to even try, meaning Ramsay has utterly broken his mind as well as his will.
*** Secondly, given how he knew a furious Robb would be coming for him to avenge his crimes from Season 2 as soon as he was able to return to the north, his heartbreak at hearing about his death may very well have been due to the fact his last desperate hope of Robb Stark coming to save him by way of a swift and relatively dignified execution has now been shattered. Or even that he was now unable to at least atone for his betrayal with his death.
* [[spoiler:As much as [[KickTheSonOfABitch many viewers were looking forward to it]], Joffrey's death is [[AlasPoorVillain horrifying and traumatizing]] rather than fully emotionally satisfying. No-one would disagree that Joffrey had it coming, but Cersei and Jaime's reactions as he slowly and painfully dies are absolutely heartbreaking.]]
** [[spoiler:The sight of Jaime sprinting forwards and holding his secret son for the first and last time was a painful one. Especially since he calls him "Joffrey" ó not "my king," not "your grace," just "Joffrey."]]
** [[spoiler:Cersei's horror and disbelief as she realizes she's unable to save Joffrey and can't do anything but watch him die.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Cersei]]''': ''(sobbing as she cradles [[spoiler:Joffrey's]] body)'' My ''son...!''
** It was both strangely heartwarming and deeply saddening to see [[spoiler:Cersei and Jaime holding their son together as he died, for once acting as concerned parents -- when it was already ''far too late'' and their child had gone off the deep end and ended up assassinated for it.]]
** Meanwhile, in the background, [[spoiler: Tywin's immediate reaction once he realizes that Joffrey is about to die is to rush to Tommen's side and shield him from watching it. It's small, but moving considering the character and the circumstances.]]
* It's tragic that everytime Tyrion gets out a small mess, like his father finding out about Shae, an even bigger mess occurs, like [[spoiler:being accused by his sister for regicide is waiting around the corner.]] The sad part is that Tyrion was actually on his best behaviour during the wedding, he was keeping his cool, and trying very hard not to snark back at Joffrey. Tyrion only uttered a single, elegant, witty quip about Joffrey's conduct during the Battle of Blackwater while he undergoes humiliation and indignity like nothing else in his life. He's even the first one to note that something is wrong with Joffrey's health when he starts coughing, and you can tell he's piecing together how it was happening, and then Cersei crashes everything down, just because [[spoiler:Joffrey]] clearly extends a hand to Tyrion or the wine glass, more likely, given how weak his senses were.
** Sadly, this makes Tyrion's use of InsultBackfire even worse for his position -- Joffrey named Tyrion his cupbearer as an insult, forcing his Uncle to wait on him. However, as Tyrion points out, the position is actually considered one of the highest honors that can be bestowed, as it means the Royals trust the person enough to handle the cups without fear of poison.
** Equally tearjerking was the fact that Cersei didn't even ''consider'' that Joffrey, in his delirious and dying state, might have been pointing at the glass itself instead of Tyrion. Cersei has hated Tyrion since his birth. She had no problem whatsoever believing that her own brother had murdered her own son. For as much as the Lannister family name seems to matter to the family itself, the sheer level of ''dysfunction'' that occurs between its members is just awful to watch.
* It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but Loras does sigh as the septon is speaking during the wedding ceremony. Loras is ''not'' at all happy that his sister is marrying a PsychopathicManChild, and is probably thinking how this union is so much worse than Margaery's marriage to Renly.

[[AC:3 -- Breaker of Chains]]
* [[spoiler: "He was our ''son''. Our baby boy."]]
** Before that, we have Cersei barely keeping it together as she stares down at [[spoiler: Joffrey's body in the Sept]]. Then to add insult to injury, Tywin comes in and chooses that moment to start counseling Tommen by pointing out how [[spoiler: Joffrey was not a good king in the slightest, and if he had been, he would still be alive.]] In other words, Tywin basically says that [[spoiler: Joffrey got what he deserved, ''while his mother is standing there.'']] And the scene ends with Tywin gently leading Tommen away, and the way it's played, it's more than obvious that he's leading Tommen away from Cersei before [[spoiler: she 'corrupts' him like she did Joffrey.]]
* A rather minor example occours when Tywin tells about the unfortunate fate of kings Baelor and Orys. Two among the most honourable rulers destroyed along as the hopes for a better kingdom, because they couldn't play the game of thrones.
* Stannis chewing Davos out for [[spoiler: letting Gendry go, for Joffrey died not long after he burned Gendry's blood and Stannis is certain he would've won by now if he still had him.]] It gets even worse as Stannis is still in very bad shape from his defeat at Blackwater, and he spends the entire scene reminding Davos of that. Poor Davos has been doing everything he can to make the situation better, and while he did manage to win the loyalty of a few minor houses, Stannis still doesn't have the men he needs, or the gold needed to hire mercenaries. It really, REALLY sucks to be good in ''Game of Thrones''.
** Stannis' own sense of desperation is also poignant. He's a man of justice and firm resolve and despite his high competence and authentic claim to the throne, he's opposed by illegitimate and incompetent claims and he has to rely on black magic and mercenaries to form his army. The fact that the black magic produced tangible results (seemingly) and Ser Davos, for logical reasons, argued for a practical approach that hasn't borne fruit adds to the sense of frustration both of them feel.
--> ''"I'm running out of time and that means you are, too."''
* Speaking of BeingGoodSucks, Dontos is killed by Littlefinger's men after getting Sansa out of King's Landing. No reason for doing so, Littlefinger just decided to be a worm as usually. Just when it looked like things were looking up for Sansa and she had a friend as well.
** Littlefinger proved that Ser Dontos was his stooge, retelling Sansa that cover story about the family heirloom and then proving that the necklace he had was fake. Ser Dontos in the boat, even tells Littlefinger that he wants to go back to King's Landing, which means he doesn't want to see if Sansa is safe and looks up when Littlefinger tells him he's getting paid. Despite that the way he died is still sad, being dispensed like garbage and dying pathetically in the middle of the sea.
*** Specially considering that Dontos' talk about House Hollard is entirely true according to the books: Dontos ''is'' the last member of a great House that was once in the rise, but now that has crumbled to dust under its own weight. Dontos' death means the definitive downfall of House Hollard, that will now fade away and become a footnote in Westerosi history.
** For Sansa, the fact that her rescuer was a fraud only adds to her disillusionment and helplessness, leave alone that she was rescued by Littlefinger who she feels ambivalent about at best.
* Gilly's reaction to Sam's plan to move her to Mole's Town.
--> ''"Are you bored of me?"''
** Doubly sad because it shows that Gilly's still traumatized by growing up under Craster; she can't fathom a man doing something solely for her benefit and not his own.
* Podrick and Tyrion's final farewell. Despite proving himself to be the epitome of UndyingLoyalty to Tyrion and being willing to stand by his side even when implicitly threatened with torture and/or death, Tyrion is forced to make Pod leave the city after realizing the danger Pod is in due to his association with him. Unlike Shae where he put up a JerkassFacade to make her leave, Tyrion is completely honest in describing how Pod will almost certainly suffer and die for his loyalty, and that he refuses to let him die on his behalf. Despite this Pod still wants to stay, citing how Tyrion has been good to him until Tyrion is forced to directly order him to flee, but not before declaring to the now tearful Pod that he is the finest squire who ever lived.
* The Hound's KickTheDog moment is sad for the farmer and his daughter. Two simple decent people in the middle of nowhere provide genuine kindness to perfect strangers solely out of loyalty to the fallen Tullys. Arya who was almost becoming friends with the Hound is disgusted and disappointed with how he acted.
** And on some level, you know that his blunt analysis that the farmer and his daughter won't survive the winter has sound logic to it.
** It's pure, Grade A Sandor Clegane: cynical, brutally violent, oddly honest, and with a point. And, he also doesn't ''like'' it much, either, but just does what works as "the thing you do to survive". What's a little sadder about the whole scene is the unspoken nod towards Arya: he's telling her all this because he doesn't seem to think she's all that weak, and can learn to survive (but, forget "thriving": not an permanent option in the world as he knows it). If she applies herself to the lessons he's giving, that is. It's as bleak as anything, as it underscores that for him, "social mores", "honour" and "law" only can mean "target" when the basic rules boil down to "whatever helps me keep what I can take".
* The Wildlings' raid on a tiny village. It comes out of nowhere, and by the time it ends, only one survivor is left: a little boy who watched both his parents die and was told that they would be ''cannibalized'' before he's sent to warn the Night's Watch.
* While Tommen and Cersei are [[spoiler: silently mourning for Joffrey]], Tywin comes in and asks Tommen what he thinks it means to be a good king. Tommen is visibly scared at having to answer that question, and Tywin has to gently tell him that he isn't trying to trick him. It shows how dysfunctional the Lannisters' family dynamics are that Tywin has to assure his grandson that this conversation isn't going to take a dark turn. Which means you have to wonder what other conversations Tywin and Tommen have engaged in, that Tywin has to say "I'm not trying to trick you" as an opener.
** This is probably the first conversation between Tommen and Tywin. EVER. Tywin stayed in Casterly Rock most of time, and Tommen grew up with Cersei and Robert in King's Landing, and both Robert and Cersei are the insensitive types who most likely told "their" young kids about their grandfather being a cold, ruthless men who once annihilated two noble houses entirely and sacked King's Landing. Tywin's notoriety and iron behavior have made him TheDreaded to everyone... even his grandkids. Now he has to try show he is Tommen's grandfather trying to help, not some old, cold-hearted man.
** It is not made clear whether Tommen has, in the past, been tricked by Tywin or someone else in his family. Given the fact that this may be his first serious conversation with his grandfather, and the contemptuous attitude Joffrey demonstrates for him in Season 2, it's more possible that Tommen's big brother was the one verbally abusing him.
*** That's when it hits that Cersei has basically [[spoiler: lost all her children at this point, in some form or the other. Myrcella is a glorified hostage in Dorne, Joffrey has died, and now Tommen is being led away from her care by Tywin.]]
** What happens afterward is a cross between this and NightmareFuel. There's no two ways about it; Jaime ''[[spoiler: rapes her]]''. The one person in the world she always knew she could trust, even if she was angry and afraid and lashed out at him; the one person she ever wanted, her second half, the only human being besides her children she ever ''loved''. [[spoiler: And he wrestles her to the floor beside the body of her son and forces himself on her while she's crying and telling him to stop]]. It was uncomfortable in the books; in the show it's ten times worse. A [[{{Pun}} stark]] reminder that this really is the same man who shoved Bran out a window.
** In the books, it's certainly not [[spoiler: rape and is effectively consensual]]; gross and wrong as it is. Here, there's no question it's [[spoiler: rape]]. Nearly everyone can agree that this is one part of the books that the show has genuinely mishandled.
* It's very subtle but [[DeadpanSnarker Olenna Tyrell]] has a moment where she's talking to Margaery about the death of Luthor. Despite poking fun at him for years, it's very clear that she misses her husband and that his sudden death shocked her.

[[AC:4 -- Oathkeeper]]
* When Hodor is [[spoiler: captured and cruelly tortured by the Night's Watch mutineers for kicks]] you suddenly remember that he is not just some lovable GentleGiant, but a terrified, mentally disabled man-child far from home, too benign and good natured to even defend himself.
* Those poor babies that Craster -- and now Karl -- give to The White Walkers. [[spoiler: Taken and ''turned into them'' by The possible BigBad Night King.]] You realize that Sam (the baby) almost suffered the same fate.
** [[spoiler: When the baby starts crying it's heartbreaking; he's cold, confused and scared, and there's ''nothing'' that can save him from being turned into a monster. And the worst part is that he sort of smiles at the Night King, just before he's transformed.]]
** Not to mention what The Mutineers are doing to Craster's daughters. The fact that Karl is eager to kill the baby himself before they implore him to "give to the gods" well, say what you want about the White Walkers, at least they don't kill kids.
** Craster's daughters madly chanting for their last brother/child to be sacrificed; even with the rotten bastard long dead, Craster's hold on them is still too strong for any of them to even ''think'' of disobeying.
** The fate of Jeor Mormont is the worst desecration of a corpse since Robb Stark and Grey Wind became an effigy. [[labelnote: from the books]] This is doubly appalling to readers of ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'' since the Old Bear received a relatively peaceful death in Samwell Tarly's arms rather than having his Skull become a Tankard, even asking Sam to deliver a message to Jorah if possible.[[/labelnote]]
* Missandei and Grey Worm talking to each other about how they became slaves. All Missandei remembers of her home is the day she was taken away, and Grey Worm doesn't even remember that. All he remembers is being Unsullied, and when Missandei asks if he wants to go home, he doesn't even want that. What does he want? "Kill the Masters."
* Ser Barristan tries to talk Dany out of her brutal (and pretty well deserved) revenge on the Great Masters of Meereen, saying that sometimes injustice is better put paid with mercy. While his suggestion can be argued as naive, remember that the old knight has seen firsthand how big a conflict born from a CycleOfRevenge can be and now he wants to prevent it from happening. His counsel is ignored because Daenerys is too caught up with protective rage.
* Sansa's scene with Littlefinger just emphasizes how thoroughly powerless she has become. At King's Landing, she was a pawn to the Lannisters and the Tyrells. Now after Joffrey's death, she has to go on the run and has a large bounty on her head, with Cersei offering a knighthood to anyone who brings to her Sansa's head. The only person she can rely on is [[spoiler:the man who created this predicament knowingly to make her dependent on him. The fact that she only now realizes that Littlefinger is a schemer with no scruples and who seems to enjoy leering at her only makes it worse, as she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to.]]

[[AC:5 -- First of His Name]]
* After Tommen is crowned, the only two people in the crowd (besides the on-duty gold cloaks) who don't immediately applaud are Cersei and Loras. Cersei is still in deep pain after [[spoiler:Joffrey's death]], and is in no mood to celebrate. Loras begins clapping after a few seconds to maintain decorum, but he's obviously distracted by his own emotional turmoil. His expression is fairly severe when we get a close-up of the Tyrells, especially in comparison to his smiling sister and his exhilarated father. (Most likely, Loras is still furious over the way Joffrey had dishonoured him and Renly's memory at the wedding banquet.) And of course, both the Queen Regent and the Knight of Flowers are ''dreading'' their upcoming wedding.
* Cersei confiding in Margaery of all people about how much Joffrey horrified her no matter how much she loved him. Sure, Cersei may well have been trying to trick the younger woman, but given what she said to Tyrion and Sansa in seasons past about how much Joffrey scared and disgusted her, she is certainly being honest about that, at least.
* Later, Cersei and Oberyn have a moment of empathy when they discuss how despite all their power and prestige, they failed to protect those they loved.
** She then nearly breaks down as the topic changes to her daughter as she begs Oberyn to tell Myrcella how much she loves her.
* Jorah informs Dany that despite her efforts last season, Yunkai and Astapor have been retaken by slavers and fallen into chaos respectively, thus making everything she did to save so many people all for nothing.
* The revelation that [[spoiler:under influence from Littlefinger, Lysa was responsible for setting off the events of the series all the way back in episode 1 by framing the Lannisters for her husband's murder]] is this in hindsight; it means EVERYTHING Ned Stark, Catelyn, and the Starks in general went through were all [[spoiler:based on lies and a betrayal from Catelyn's own ''sister.'']]
** Sansa realizing that [[spoiler: her aunt and "uncle" might be as bad as the Lannisters. She finally escaped King's Landing, was taken to one of the safest places in Westeros, and was reunited with some of her last living relatives -- [[HopeSpot only to learn that her aunt is secretly cruel and terrifyingly unstable]]. And the audience knows that [[AxCrazy Lysa]] and [[CreepyUncle Petyr]] don't have her best interests in mind, but she has no one else to turn to. Not only that, ''they are the reason she's so broken and vulnerable in the first place''.]]
** Sansa bursting into tears as [[spoiler: Lysa hurts her, telling her that Baelish calls her a stupid little girl with stupid little dreams. It's clear that that's also what she's telling herself at this point. 'You stupid girl, why did you expect things to get better when you should know by now they always get worse?']]
*** For extra FridgeHorror and tear-jerking, those words are the same as Sansa used when [[spoiler: Joffrey would become verbally abusive to her -- "I'm a stupid little girl". She's gone from being abused at Kings Landing by Joffrey to being abused at The Eyrie by Lysa and Littlefinger.]]
* Hodor's utter horror at [[spoiler:being forced to break Locke's neck by a warging Bran.]]
** Moreover, this is easily the darkest thing [[spoiler:Bran has ever done. Of course, it was justified given the circumstances, but forcing the gentlest and most benign character in the series to snap a man's neck against his own will is just horrifyingly nasty, and a pretty fundamental betrayal and abuse of Hodor.]] Poor guy just cant catch a break in Season 4.
* Bran finally seeing Jon again with his own eyes, but being unable to shout to him due to how he needs to go north, and [[BigBrotherInstinct Jon would do everything he could to keep him from doing so.]]
** Before that, there's Bran desperately calling for Jon's help when Locke shows up to kidnap him.
* Cersei, watching Tommen be crowned, states her belief that he's the first king in fifty years to actually deserve the throne. Considering the three kings who came before him, as well as what the War of Five Kings has done to Westeros... yeah, pity that poor continent, and its unfortunate residents.
* Arya has added Beric and Thoros to her kill list, showing just how deeply their betrayal cut her.
** Even sadder, we know Beric and Thoros are actually nowhere near as bad as the other people on her list (even Melisandre is a wild card on that account) and they genuinely intended to bring Arya back to Robb and Catelyn. Plus, they are among the rare people on the series who sincerely give a crap about the smallfolk -- the group that has suffered the most from the War of the Five Kings -- and the two men try to save and help them.
** Even SADDER, Arya is now to point where she wants to kill anyone she feels has wronged her, even if they don't really ''deserve'' to die like Tywin and The Mountain do.

[[AC:6 -- The Laws of Gods and Men]]
* After Yara sees "Reek" and is forced to flee after Ramsay kills half her men and then sets the dogs on her, she says the following.
-->"''My brother's dead.''"
** Yara and "Reek's" interaction when they initially find him. "Reek" thought Yara was just someone who had come to trick him, calling back to Season 3 with the trick Ramsay played on him to earn his trust initially, to the point he ends up attacking her and trying to get back into the cage they had tried to break him out of until Yara is forced to just give up on him.
* We learn that Ramsay wasn't lying about keeping Theon in the kennel with his bitches. We finally see Theon sleeping in a cage alongside the other dogs when Yara comes to rescue him. Judging by how the dogs react to everyone else by barking, snarling and biting the bars of their cages, it seems that they now see no difference between themselves and "Reek."
* Theon's utter terror when [[DepravedBisexual Ramsay]] makes him undress and bathe in front of him. That, and the scars that cover Theon's body. It's easy to imagine how the Bastard of Bolton has been spending his free time with him.
* [[spoiler:Shae betraying Tyrion. Near the end of his trial, Shae arrives as the star witness to inflict the nastiest and most heartwrenching betrayal Tyrion has ever suffered, lying about all their moments together and claiming that he forced her to be his sex slave before claiming he told her of his plans to kill Joffrey]]. Just... wow.
** Tyrion's reaction (see the CMOA page for the actual speech) is both tearjerking and utterly terrifying. As she starts to speak, Tyrion smiles as if he hopes she'll speak on his behalf, but as she betrays him he visibly wilts, and when she starts turning their most intimate moments against him, he quietly begs her to stop. In the words of the James Hibberd from Entertainment Weekly...
--> When he tells Shae, "Please, don't," you know he's not doing that to try and save his head. He's saying that only to prevent his heart from being broken before heís executed.
** ... Only to rise almost roaring with rage at the court that he should have let Stannis kill them all when he had the chance, and from there he explodes in rage and bitterness at his father for despising him despite all he did, just because he is a dwarf. He then turns to Cersei and tells her how much pleasure he got from watching Joffrey die in her arms, and declares it a greater pleasure than a thousand lying whores (as he glances furiously at [[spoiler:Shae]]), before turning to his audience again and [[ThenLetMeBeEvil roaring that he wishes he was the monster they thought him to be so he could watch them all die.]] While his rage is perfectly understandable and entirely justified, seeing one of the few (and getting fewer by the season) truly heroic and moral characters in the series get so broken that he has nothing left but hatred and revenge is just heartrending.
*** Worse yet, his raging about how he wants to kill them all sounds disturbingly like Joffrey for just a moment. Tyrion has been hurt so bad that he is starting to sound like the monster responsible for so much of his suffering and humiliation.
** [[spoiler:Given Tyrion did break her heart several episodes earlier, Shae has a somewhat understandable reason to be upset, but her intentional twisting of the knife by warping Tyrion's most treasured memories of their romance into details to humiliate and hurt Tyrion is just repulsive. Also her condemnation of Sansa was completely unwarranted. Shae had no reason whatsoever to distrust Sansa, and even declared her love for Sansa. As much as she was hurt by Tyrion's ShooTheDog, going this extra mile to hurt him and Sansa out of spite is just horrible.]]
** Jaime's face as he witnesses all this is heartbreaking, too. He was willing to resign from the Kingsguard, a role he had spent his entire life striving for and which was his single greatest source of pride and honour that he held more dearly than any land, titles, or wealth that Tywin offered, simply so that he could ensure Tyrion would not die. As the above plays out, he sees this final desperate sacrifice crumble before his eyes, and at the end of the episode he is on the verge of tears, both from seeing how much his brother has been hurt and from knowing his last desperate plan to save him has utterly failed.
*** And a little bit of FridgeHorror kicks in when you realize he is watching his brother go mad with rage and start ranting about how he so desperately wants to kill everybody in the room... the exact same room he watched the Mad King say such chillingly similar words 20 years ago.
*** Also tearjerking for Jaime was when he [[spoiler:offers to resume his position as Tywin's heir in exchange for Tyrion's life]], in what is clearly a very painful sacrifice for him, Tywin's immediate and calm acceptance of it makes it clear that Tywin had deliberately manipulated him. Watching Jaime realise that his father, who may have been harsh, but was always honest with him, has played him for a fool is tragic.
*** When Jaime tells Tyrion of their plan, Tyrion wants to decline, because he is offered a place in the Night Watch, just like Ned Stark was- not to mention him and Jaime both know it wouldn't be a real mercy.
*** Not to mention that pretty much every Awesome moment Tyrion had prior to this season is now being used as evidence against him in the murder trial.
** At the very start of the trial where Tommen recuses himself from the proceedings with a standardized sounding speech, the moment he says the line "If he be found guilty, may the gods punish the accused," he looks Tyrion in the eye and his voice quavers in what could either be sadness or anger. The poor kid has enough on his plate with being a PuppetKing, but the fact he now suspects his beloved uncle of murdering his brother (and whatever other lies Cersei has been filling his head with about him) is just tragic considering how close they were at the start of the series.
** Varys' reaction to Tyrion's question. [[spoiler:After incriminating Tyrion as a witness, he's asked by him whether or not he has forgotten that Tyrion saved King's Landing and the promise he would never forget. Varys responds he never forgets a thing. His facial expression sells it; he feels guilty for selling out Tyrion, but knows he has no choice as he has everything to lose from defending Tyrion]].
* Dany's confrontation with the son of one of the Meereenese slave masters who she had crucified. He hits her with a [[WhatTheHellHero devastating, emotional rebuke]] of her policy of "[[PayEvilUntoEvil answering injustice with justice]]". While she initially stands firmly by her decision, Daenerys looks and sounds utterly sickened with herself by the end, with the loss of composure in her voice plain to hear as she orders her next audience.
* It's subtle, but Margaery and Loras are extremely conflicted during the trial. They obviously hate how unfairly Tyrion is being treated, but they can't come to his defense because [[spoiler:their grandmother is guilty of regicide]].
* More of a tear jerker to Cersei and Tyrion than to the audience, but Mace finds it mind-boggling that Tyrion would want to turn his sister's "joy into ashes." Mace is leaning forwards in his chair, and he asks Cersei, "Your own brother said this to you?" Mace is from a close-knit family, so he can't fathom any of the Tyrells threatening each other, and the Lannisters' dysfunction astonishes him.

[[AC:7 -- Mockingbird]]
* Oberyn's story revealed that Cersei never loved Tyrion, blamed him for her mother's death, and has wished him dead since he was born. Even Tyrion, who ''knows'' Cersei hates him, looks dejected.
** When Oberyn recounted how disappointed he was that Tyrion wasn't the clawed, tailed monster that had been described to him, and what he said to Cersei to voice his disappointment: "That is not a monster. That is just a baby." Because ''that's what Tyrion's been trying to tell '''everyone''' his '''entire life'''.''
*** And the tragic irony that a complete stranger saw clearly and immediately what people who have known Tyrion for years ''still'' refuse to see.
* Robin tearing down Sansa's snow castle.
** And her reaction to him accidentally knocking down the first tower. She's so desperate for home that she's violently protective of a ''replica made out of snow.''
* Bronn's polite, in-person refusal of Tyrion's request to champion him. It's clear Bronn likes and cares for Tyrion, and regrets that he's unwilling to face the Mountain on his behalf. Both men part ways with as much respect and fondness as is possible under the circumstances, with Bronn clasping Tyrion's arm as a friend and wishing Tyrion well. Tyrion also darkly jokes about killing the Mountain himself, and Bronn quietly says he'd like to hear the song they'd make about that.
-->'''Bronn:''' We had some good times, didn't we?
** When they clasp hands, Tyrion grasps tightly, keeping Bronn from pulling away. He's desperate to not have his last true friend leave him and it shows. In the end, the last of Tyrion's three pillars puts another hand over him as a sign of sympathy, respect, and affection.
* The Hound noting that Arya's brother gave her Needle, then remarking that his own brother shoved his face into a fire. Sandor tells Arya the whole story of how he was only playing with one of Gregor's toys when it happened, and how his father defended Gregor and covered the whole incident up by blaming it on bedsheets catching on fire. This is probably the first time he's ever opened up and showed vulnerability to anyone because as he says, he is truly alone in the world, unlike Arya who still has living family members who love her.
* [[spoiler: Oberyn volunteering to be Tyrion's champion in order to take vengeance against Gregor Clegane for the murder of his sister. The look of thankfulness on Tyrion's face is heartrending.]]
* Before he becomes creepy to Sansa, Petyr, just like in the book, is quite charming and endearing to Sansa, reassuring her that there might be a way for her to get home again. When asked why he killed Joffrey, Petyr's mask drops and he reveals his grief at losing Catelyn and insisting that he [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove loved her all his life]] to Sansa and that in a world where his youthful romanticism could have defeated Brandon Stark's strength, he could have had the life he wanted. It's sad and disturbing that something like innocent, misguided romance can make someone that dark and bitter.
*** Also, while his kissing Sansa AFTER declaring she could have been his daughter spawned jokes on Petyr's confused paternal and incestuous feelings, it is followed by his declaring "but we're not on that world" (i.e. the happy world where he might have won Brandon, gained Catelyn's love, and been Sansa's father). This isn't an EvilGloating. Petyr is declaring to himself, as much as to Sansa, that [[ShootTheShaggyDogStory his/her/all dreams and hopes of youth were never possible]], and that all she/he/everyone has is [[CrapsackWorld this world]]. You get reminded, in a very subtle and heartbreaking way, that Littlefinger is truly a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, someone who was MADE cruel and evil rather than born, and that Cat's death was very likely his ultimate DespairEventHorizon. Kind of makes him disturbingly similar to [[StarWars Darth Vader]], in that in the quest for power to obtain the love he coveted, he ultimately destroyed and lost it, as well as destroying the lives of thousands, and has to live with his choices and suffering for the rest of his days. It makes his "Chaos Is a Ladder" speech in the previous season less of a BadassBoast and more of a cynical, personal SurvivalMantra.
* Lysa Arryn may be crazy, jealous, and generally unpleasant, but it's still really sad to see her cry when she realizes that Littlefinger, the man she had loved her whole life, was only using her. Despite everything she did for him, he still pines for Catelyn and by extension, Sansa. The look of over-eager happiness when Littlefinger tries to assure her that he only loved one woman is betrayed with two simple words: "Your sister." She gets one last look of heartbreak before being shoved through the Moon Door.

[[AC:8 -- The Mountain and the Viper]]
* Jorah's banishment. After years of faithfully, if not fanatically serving and protecting the woman he loves, Ser Barristan receives the pardon from Robert Baratheon from all the way back in Season 1 which was made to reward Jorah for his work when he was still Varys' spy. To give Barristan credit he does inform Jorah about this and the fact he will have to tell the queen about this, but this just allows the audience time to see Jorah's entire world crumble before his eyes as he desperately tries to think of how he can explain this to Dany. When she summons him to answer for this, he is on the verge of tears as he reveals he had been giving information to Robert Baratheon, a man she still despises for murdering her brother and attempting to exterminate her family, and asks her forgiveness, only for Dany to furiously rebuke him and exile him from Meereen on pain of death, even when he begs her on his knees for forgiveness. Sure you can see her point of view but... damn.
** It's hardly pleasant for Dany as well, as she is not only visibly furious, but very evidently distraught at this ultimate betrayal of her trust from her oldest and most faithful companion, and after she exiles him, she looks utterly heartbroken.
** That's an understatement. When she was introduced, she was a terrified little girl, constantly on the run from the assassins of Robert Baratheon, with only [[JerkAss Viserys]] to [[BigBrotherBully protect her]]. When she was [[HappilyArrangedMarriage sold to Drogo in exchange for an army]], Jorah was her first friend in her new life, someone she could trust and ask for advice. One can only imagine how she felt when she learned that from the very begining he was a spy for the man who murdered her entire family and his information nearly caused her death and the death of her unborn child. Betrayed doesn't begin to cover it.
** Adding in a bit of FridgeBrilliance, that assassination attempt was what prompted Khal Drogo to go on the warpath to raise funds (via slaving) for an invasion of Westeros. Without it, the sheep village might not have been raided (as it would take a while for Danaerys to convince Drogo to go to Westeros), meaning that she may, rightly or wrongly, be blaming Jorah for the deaths of her husband and unborn son.
* While [[spoiler: Oberyn's]] death is mostly pure nightmare fuel due to how... unimaginably brutal it was, the scream of horror from [[spoiler: Ellaria]] as she watches [[spoiler: Gregor literally explode his damn skull with his bare hands]] reminds you that he was not just a dashing, snarky badass, but also a loving partner and father. Worse yet, he had gone to such lengths and taken such risks to [[spoiler: avenge his sister and her children]], and it was still foiled in the last moment by his own arrogance, which is a whole new layer of tragic.
** [[spoiler: Oberyn and Ellaria's last exchange preceded by them kissing passionately]]:
-->[[spoiler: '''Ellaria:''' Please don't leave me alone in this world.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Oberyn:''' Never.]]
** [[spoiler: Oberyn's]] screams are telling too -- this man was a {{badass}} and to die like that...
*** Not to mention Tyrion's face as his last shot at living is literally crushed before his eyes. [[spoiler: Oberyn]] is dead, but Tyrion knows he is a dead man walking.
*** Jaime's reaction as well, at first horrified at Oberyn's manner of death, then turning to despair over Tyrion being sentenced to death.
** The events immediately before this, when Oberyn is circling the Mountain demanding he tell the world that Tywin ordered Elia's murder. Oberyn has been mostly in control of his emotions all season, but here you can ''hear'' his rage against the people who took his sister from him. He's fantasized about this moment for twenty years, but it's not enough just to kill the Mountain, he NEEDS to hear him confess -- which leads to his downfall.
* Sam's guilt at believing he sent Gilly and Little Sam to their deaths in Mole's Town.
* Arya's insane laughter when she and the Hound reach the Vale and find out that her aunt is dead is funny, but HarsherInHindsight -- this girl has nearly run out of family members and she knows it. It's only a matter of time before she reaches her breaking point.
** Before that, the Hound claims that Arya is never happy, and Arya protests that she was happy when she killed Polliver, and expresses disappointment and unhappiness with Joffrey's death only in that she wasn't there to watch the life fade from his eyes. This little girl really is on her way to becoming a remorseless killer just like Sandor.
** It is even more tragiс when you take into account how close Arya was to reuniting with her family, what's left of it, anyways. Her sister was right there, a mere several dozen feet away, all it would've taken her was to look out of the window and, well, it wouldn't have been the best of the reunions, but there's no doubt the Stark girls would've been immensely glad for even each other's company, and Arya's story would've still ended more or less happily. Alas, she doesn't know Sansa is there, and the gate guardian doesn't know she's Sansa, hence no happy ending.
* Theon selling out his own countrymen to horrible deaths, complete with a cut straight from one soldier's hopeful look to his butchered body.
** Not butchered. Butchery implies it was clean. The man was flayed.
** Just before that, when he is outside the gates, the Ironborn [[LossOfIdentity ask who he is and he just stares ahead blankly]]. Eventually, he claims to be who he is, but he clearly doesn't believe it. It's small, but it reinforces how completely lost Theon -- I'm sorry, ''Reek'' -- is.
*** There's also the way he looks like he's about to burst into tears when the leader of the Ironborn starts shouting at him, and he starts twitching and muttering, "Reek" under his breath. Oh, ''Theon''...
* The triumphant reveal of Winterfell... now owned by the Boltons as Roose, Ramsay, Reek, and columns of Bolton soldiers march towards their new home, and the Stark theme plays just to twist the knife further.
* A less obvious example than the above is Sansa's subtle yet clear shift to BastardUnderstudy. Despite the Lords of the Vale being very evident sympathisers to her plight once she tells them of her identity, she decides of her own volition to manipulate them in order to better Littlefinger's position simply due to the fact that after everything she has been through, she can't afford to trust anyone, and at least she knows Littlefinger has plans to keep her safe. Worse yet, she now becomes party to his plans for her younger cousin Robin, whatever they may be, and even has an EvilCostumeSwitch to signify the fact she's now a willing player in his game. To see the single most innocent and naïve character in the series finally be corrupted is just tragic.
* Tyrion's monologue about his cousin Orson, who was dropped on his head by a wet nurse and rendered simple. He would spend all day in the courtyard crushing beetles with a rock, which over time fascinated Tyrion and made him wonder what was the point of it all. He eventually had nightmares about the poor beetles and tried to stop Orson once, but failed since Orson was twice his size, and he continued to do it until he was killed by an angry mule. It's clear, years later, Tyrion was trying to find out why bad things happen in the world, and he never got an answer.

[[AC:9 -- The Watchers on the Wall]]
* [[spoiler:Grenn's DeathByAdaptation.]] Jon Snow tells him to hold the gate and both of them know full well that he won't be coming back. When he and five others go down there to face a giant, one starts to panic and [[spoiler:Grenn]] forces him to stay. Together, they begin chanting the Night's Watch oath as they raise their swords at the storming giant.
** And they win in a both a DyingMomentOfAwesome and an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome.
* [[spoiler: Pyp]] gets an arrow in the throat from Ygritte and dies in Sam's arms. But like [[spoiler: Grenn]], he has a DyingMomentOfAwesome; he might not have killed hundreds, but he still killed a wildling before he died, and thus played his part in the defence of Castle Black.
* [[spoiler:Ygritte's [[DiedInYourArmsTonight death]], while arguably karmic considering she was shot by the boy whose father she killed, is still an absolutely crushing downer. It's mostly driven home by her final exchange with Jon.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Ygritte:''' Jon Snow...]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Jon:''' Hush - don't talk.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Ygritte:''' D'you remember that cave?... We should've stayed in that cave...]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Jon:''' [[PleaseDontLeaveMe We'll go back there.]]]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Ygritte:''' ''([[GoOutWithASmile smiles, barely perceptibly]])'' You know nothing... Jon... Snow...]]
-->[[spoiler:''(Exhaling softly, she goes still in Jon's arms.)'']]
** Although she had a [[spoiler: KarmicDeath, it's kind of sad to see that the little boy Jon took a liking to kill his lover in front of him, all the while blissfully unaware Jon loved her.]]
** [[spoiler:After she dies,]] they have Tormund Giantsbane cornered. Jon orders him thrown into the cells for interrogation.
-->'''Tormund:''' I should have thrown you from the top of the Wall, boy!
-->'''Jon:''' *quietly* Aye. You should have.
* Aemon's story about the woman he loved before he joined the Night's Watch. He can still see her.
* At the end of the Episode they have beaten The Wildings first attack but Jon knows they can't win if they attack again. Standing at the Gate he gives Longclaw to Sam who can only look on and ask what he is doing as Jon plans on going out there to try and kill Mance and stop the army. As Jon prepares to leave Sam tells him to come back and Jon faintly smiles at his friend before turning and going out into The Cold in an desperate attempt to save The Night's Watch.

[[AC:10 --The Children]]
* Dany's entire scene. [[spoiler:A man who cannot take care of himself asks permission to return to slavery so he has a place to live and someone to feed him. Then a farmer comes to present her with the charred skeleton of his three-year old daughter that Drogon ate, which is heart-wrenching in no small part due to the acting -- he's so devastated that he can barely speak through his broken sobs; he sounds like he wants to die. Finally, she takes Viserion and Rhaegal into the catacombs and chains them up while they're busy eating; then as she walks out they notice and cry out for her, straining at their collars whilst doing so.]]
** That last part becomes worse when you stop and consider that [[spoiler: Drogon is the only one we've seen rampaging. His brothers still seem to be perfectly in Dany's control, and now they're getting locked up because of his actions while he still roams free.]]
*** And worse again when you consider the bitter irony of the situation. The self-proclaimed Mother of Dragons and the Breaker of Chains [[spoiler:''is putting her children in chains''.]]
*** And then there's the look on her face as she turns back to look at them through the closing door, finally beginning to break down in tears.
* [[spoiler: Jojen's DeathByAdaptation]]. The most unexpected death (to book readers at least) so far is made all the worse by how [[spoiler: Meera is forced to not just leave him behind as they are swarmed by wights, but have to {{mercy kill}} him too]].
* Tyrion [[spoiler:killing Shae. But even before that as he sees her lying in Tywin's bed and uttering his name. And then he cries and barely chokes out "I'm sorry... I'm sorry" after he strangles her.]]
** To add some salt on the wound, [[spoiler:even after her betrayal, Tyrion said that he loved her. He shoots Tywin because he calls her a whore twice.]]
*** Even worse? [[spoiler: Before she sees who it is, Shae says, "My lion?", except it's meant for ''Tywin''. Ouch.]]
* The Hound telling Brienne straightforward that there's little she can do for Arya because there's no safe place for her; [[spoiler:all of her known family are dead aside from Jon who has forsaken his family ties and Sansa who is missing, Winterfell is burned to the ground. Not hard to understand why shortly after Arya heads to Braavos; there's nothing left in Westeros for her.]]
* Jon Snow's NotSoStoic moment in the woods, where he quickly and quietly breaks down after burning Ygritte's body.
* The Hound pleading with Arya to [[spoiler: MercyKill him so he doesn't have to suffer a long death]] even bringing up him killing Mycah all the way back in the second episode of the first season to try to goad her into [[spoiler: killing him]] Arya however remembering all he did before and those he hurt wants him to suffer in agony and [[spoiler: leaves him to die slowly.]]
** The scene is heartbreaking because you can tell that The Hound has been a DeathSeeker since before this. "At least I would have one happy memory".
*** The way he tries to goad Arya by mentioning Sansa, "Your sister- the pretty one. I should have taken her. I should have fucked her bloody." comes off as kind of sad that he's trying to use Sansa to get to Arya, despite the fact Sandor did everything he could in King's Landing to protect her.
** Worst of all, the entire reason Sandor ended up in that position was his refusal to hand Arya over to what appeared to be a Lannister soldier, despite no longer having any financial interest in keeping her around and her presence proving to be a very dangerous burden to him several times. He makes it clear that he cares about her, fights valiantly to protect her and is rewarded with betrayal.
* Sandor and Brienne's duel. A pointless battle between two would-be-protectors of Arya Stark, due entirely to suspicion and Sandor's deep cynicism.
* An uncharacteristically somber Tormund telling Jon: "She belongs in the north. The ''real'' north. You understand?" He was holding back [[ManlyTears tears]] as he demanded to know if Jon ever really loved Ygritte.
* Tyrion and Jaime's farewell, knowing that they will never see each other again. They part ways on good terms, as opposed to the novels, but this makes it a mix of heartwarming and tearjerker, as you see these two brothers who love each other dearly forced to part ways.
-->'''Tyrion:''' I suppose this is goodbye, then.\\
(''Jaime kneels and hugs Tyrion'')\\
'''Jaime:''' Farewell, little brother.
** Also, the look on Varys' face when the bells start ringing. He knows that he'll be a suspect in Tyrion's escape because he knows every inch of the castle and so he [[YouCantGoHomeAgain boards the ship with Tyrion.]]
* Mance watching in horror as his people are slaughtered around him by Stannis's soldiers and him immediately surrendering in order to protect them. He may have been a major threat since Season One but in the end his sole wish was to protect his people from the nightmare unfolding beyond the wall, and his numb reaction to seeing his last desperate hope for salvation crumble around him is telling.
* Tywin tells Tyrion that's he developed a respect for his least favorite son's ability to survive despite his efforts, and that when he comes down to it he'll never let his son be killed. It's exactly the grudging acknowledgement [[WellDoneSonGuy Tyrion wanted at the start of Season Three]], and he knows Tywin is just saying it so he can get out of the privy and back to his chamber with the weapons on the wall and the guards just outside the door.
* [[spoiler:Tywin's death. For all the bad he's done, it's hard to deny that he has done some good as well as his genuine desire to work for his family's glory. His rather sad and ignominious death on his privy signals the end of that dream.]]
** [[spoiler:Tywin's death is just the cap to a series of events that left a massive power upheaval in Westeros, fracturing the seven kingdoms even further. With Tywin and Prince Oberyn dead, along with Tyrion and Varys gone, the government of King's Landing is essentially in the hands of a sadist (Cersei) and a child (Tommen). King Tommen, in his first year as ruler, will now have to contend with the following: (1) backlash from Dorne due to Prince Oberyn's death by the Mountain, (2) the Vale in the hands of Littlefinger, (3) Stannis Baratheon back to full strength to resume his claim to the throne, (4) the Night's Watch crippled, (5) the North in the tentative hands of the evil Boltons, (6) the Riverlands in the tentative hands of the equally evil Freys, (7) his mother clashing with the Tyrell's unopposed, and (8) the massive debt to the Iron Bank--all without his grandfather's influence and money.]]

[[folder:Season 5]]

[[AC:1 -- The Wars to Come]]
* The updated opening. Winterfell is restored, the black smoke is gone... then you notice the Bolton emblem on the central spire instead of the wolf's head.
* Despite the absolute hypocrisy in ''Cersei'' of all people lecturing someone on rightful thought and consideration before committing to an action; it's hard not to feel sorry for Jaime when she claims that Tywin loved him "more than anyone in this world."
* One of the Unsullied, White Rat, goes to a prostitute and pays her to sing him a lullaby, since he can't have sex with her. [[spoiler: Then she betrays him to the Sons of the Harpy and he gets his throat slashed.]]
* [[spoiler: Mance Rayder's]] death. He [[FaceDeathWithDignity accepts his fate bravely]], but he admits outright that he doesn't want to die, and his fear is palpable as he approaches the place of his impending death. Then the fire is lit, and as he struggles against his bonds, his terror starts giving way to excruciating pain, all horribly visible on his face even as he fights to stay strong to the very end. And ''then'', as the flames begin to consume him, he starts crying out... [[spoiler: Only to be cut short by Jon's desperately-needed MercyKill. He can only stare in shock at the arrow in his chest as the life fades from him.]]
** The situation is tragic on several levels; Stannis doesn't really want to kill him, [[spoiler:Mance]] does not want to die and Jon tries his best to find a compromise, but fails and the man burns all the same.
** His nostalgic, resignated line "this was my home for many years" is specially sad.
** The frequent cuts to Tormund as he [[spoiler:watches Mance die]] become even worse when you remember that the last thing they said to each other on screen was [[HarsherInHindsight "We'll meet again, old friend."]]
* Brienne giving up on her quest and snapping at Podrick when he tries to encourage her, just as [[MissedHimByThatMuch a carriage bearing Sansa drives by]].

[[AC:2 -- The House of Black and White]]
* To secure the loyalty of the North, Stannis offers to legitimise Jon as Eddard Stark's heir; making him Jon Stark, Lord of Winterfell. It's the very thing Jon has dreamed of for all his life, his deepest desire, and he has to turn it down for the oath he has already sworn to the Night's Watch. The look of longing on Jon's face as Stannis makes the offer, coupled with the Winterfell theme playing in the background, really makes the scene heart wrenching.
* The way Selyse treats Shireen. There's nothing there even resembling the love a parent should have towards a child; in fact, she tells Shireen not to speak to Gilly anymore, one of her only friends on the Wall (or anywhere.)
** What makes this even worse is Selyse's absolute hypocrisy when Shireen asserts that Gilly would never harm her. ''"You have no idea what people will do. All your books and you still don't know."'' Uh, yeah... and whose fault is that? Perhaps it could have something to do with you keeping your only daughter locked away her whole life because you can't bear the shame of her deformity?
* When Daenerys executes Mossador, all of the slaves present at the execution hiss at her, as they feel that their 'Mhysa' has betrayed them. The shocked and confused expression from Daenerys indicates that she's realized too late her actions have backfired horribly.
** Also, Mossador's literally childlike faith in Daenerys is gut-wrenching as he asks plaintively for her to forgive him as if he is about to receive an early bedtime and not capital punishment. It is exacerbated by the calm acceptance he shows in the face of his imminent decapitation. His whispered prayers proving that he truly believes she is in the right even when he is ''about to die.'' His loyalty and love for her is ''that'' strong.
* Jaime's expression as Cersei viciously tears into him how he was never a father to their children -- especially when he points out if he acted like one, they would have likely been killed.

[[AC:3 -- High Sparrow]]
* Arya throws all her possessions into the canal, but can't bring herself to throw away Needle, the sword her brother gave her all the way back in Season 1. She's almost in tears holding it over the water. Instead, she hides Needle so the Faceless Men won't get rid of it. The Stark Theme playing during the scene is the icing on the cake.
* The shot of Sansa walking past Theon. He ducks his head hoping she doesn't see him; either because he's afraid of what she'll do to the man she thinks killed her little brothers, or because he feels too guilty/unworthy to look her in the eye, or both.
** Before that, her complete meltdown at the thought of returning to Winterfell, or marrying into the family that killed her mother and brother.
*** Hell, the fact Sansa is going to marry ''Ramsay''. Hasn't [[TheWoobie the poor girl]] suffered enough?
* Arguably the death of [[spoiler:Janos Slynt]]. He had been nothing but a unrepentant bastard and coward for the entire show, betrayed Ned Stark, and had absolutely nobody to blame but himself for his death at Jon's hands. Even so, when he breaks down and admits that he's always been scared and begs for mercy, it's enough to elicit some sympathy, even if just for a second. This is probably mostly due to his actor [[spoiler:Dominic Carter]]'s performance.
* Brienne explaining why she's so devoted to Renly, even though she knew he could never love her the way she loved him, and her determination to avenge him because she couldn't protect him.
* The sorry state we find Jorah in and the fact that it is ''heavily'' hinted he's most likely slept with the knock-off copycat of Daenerys in his pain and deeply regrets it; since he has now tarnished the memory and high-ideal of his queen as much as their platonic relationship had been previously shredded.
* Tyrion charming a whore- only to find he cannot bring himself to sleep with her, presumably because of her passing resemblance to Shae.
** It could be that [[spoiler: Shae's betrayal]] has left him hesitant to sleep with other whores in fear of history repeating itself.

[[AC:4 -- The Sons of the Harpy]]
* When Bronn tells Jaime to give Tyrion his regards if he ever sees him again, Jaime has this to say:
-->'''Jaime:''' He murdered my father. If I ever see him again, I'll split him in two, and then I'll give him your regards.
* Melisandre, after [[spoiler: Jon Snow refuses to be seduced by her, saying he's bound by his vow and his feelings are for Ygritte]], utters the one line guaranteed to twist the knife deeper:
-->'''Melisandre:''' [[spoiler: You know nothing, Jon Snow.]]
* The heroic death of [[spoiler: Ser Barristan the Bold]]. He faces up against impossible odds, [[spoiler: even for a master swordsman like himself,]] all for the sake of saving his comrade's life. [[spoiler: Ser Barristan, in the end, died as he lived: the truest knight in Westeros, valiant and damned well not retired.]]
* Shireen asks Stannis if he is ashamed of her, like her mother is, and says that her mother had explicitly told her she didn't want to bring her along to the Wall with them; assuming Stannis feels the same.
* Sansa mentions that her father could never talk about his sister, Lady Lyanna, but would come down the crypts to light a candle in her honor. [[DeadLittleSister He must have really loved her]].
* Littlefinger telling Sansa about the Tourney at Harrenhal. How Rhaegar Targaryen silenced everyone's cheers when he won and crowned Lyanna Stark with blue winter roses over his own wife, Elia Martell. This is the event that eventually leads to Robert's Rebellion. Even LF notes that such carnage could have been avoided had Rhaegar stayed with his wife and denied his love for Lyanna.
** While it is implied that Littlefinger is drawing a parallel with his own actions in causing The War of the Five Kings over star-crossed love, Sansa's words lends a more tragic perspective to such actions.
-->'''Littlefinger:''' How many tens of thousands had to die because Rhaegar chose your aunt?
-->'''Sansa:''' Yes, he chose her. And then he kidnapped and raped her.
* Tommen standing in front of Baelor's Sept, listening to the common folk call him a bastard and abomination. He ''is'' an illegitimate child born of incest, but that's hardly his fault. He just wants to get his brother-in-law free. When he fails to do so, Margaery gives him the cold shoulder.

[[AC:5 -- Kill the Boy]]
* Daenerys's sorrowful fury over The Sons of the Harpy's last insurrection, particularly [[spoiler: Ser Barristan's]] death.
-->'''Daenerys:''' [[spoiler: Barristan the Bold, they called him.]] He crossed a continent to serve me. He was a loyal friend. And he died in an ''alley'', butchered by cowards who hide behind masks.
* We learn why Maester Aemon was sick previously: he's dying.
* Dolorous Edd speaking out against Jon's decision to make peace with the wildlings. It's hard to argue you with him when he reminds you that they killed Grenn and Pyp and fifty more brothers last season.
* After Jon announces his polarizing plan to align with the wildlings, he has a one-on-one talk in his chambers with Olly. It's tough watching Jon try to explain to this boy, who saw everyone he ever knew or loved get slaughtered by wildlings and who looks up to Jon as a hero, why they must join forces with the people he hates. Part of you wants to believe that some of the forgiveness Jon showed Olly after he killed the woman he loved has rubbed off on the kid, but no. It's clear from this point that the men of the Night's Watch who hate the wildlings now won't grow to love them any time soon, no matter the circumstances.
* The moment where Gilly apologizes to Sam that she doesn't know more about the world on his side of The Wall. It's a deeply sad reminder of the miserable life she was born into.
* Stannis' aside remarks about Robert being defeated at the Battle of Ashford because Bob ignored Stannis' words of caution may come across as self-centered complaining, but that defeat led directly to the Siege of Storm's End, which brought much misery, slights and zero glory to Stannis. His embitterment is quite justified.
* Brienne meets an old man in the town on the outskirts of Winterfell. Something about this man's bitterness and disillusionment over the loss of The Starks as his liege lords and the fact that he and the rest of his people now have to live under the Boltons' tyrannical rule is quite depressing. Similar to the victimized individuals Arya and The Hound encountered in the Riverlands last season, it's a revealing insight into how the common people are enduring this CrapsackWorld.
* The shot of Sansa gazing up at the tower that Bran "fell" from in the first episode of the series, an event which served as one of the motives for the war between the Starks and Lannisters.
* Sansa and Theon's reunion in the kennel. It starts out as pure NightmareFuel with TheDarkChick Myranda and the aggressively barking hounds, but when the two see each other it's just heartbreaking on multiple levels.
** When Sansa says his name his only response is to shake his head repeatedly. Either because he's been brainwashed to only respond to the name "Reek" or because he doesn't want her to recognize and judge him. Maybe both.
** The look on Sansa's face. It's a combination of barely-concealed anger that he's still alive after all he did and disbelieving shock at what's become of him. Sophie Turner captures all the grief, rage and horror at seeing this face from her past who dealt perhaps the worst betrayal of her family.
** Theon/Reek actually recoils from her when he sees how angry she is, as if fearing she's going to attack him. This is perhaps the first time Sansa has ever struck fear into anyone, and it's still so sad.
* Ramsay forcing Theon/Reek to apologize to Sansa for "murdering her brothers." They both know it's not true, but Theon isn't even capable of denying his master. The forced nature of the apology makes it a very hollow gesture. And, of course, a cruel gesture on Ramsay's part.
** What makes it worse is that Bran and Rickon are alive, as Roose, Ramsay and Theon are well aware, yet while Theon/Reek is forced to apologise for something he didn't do, Roose, the man who personally put a dagger through Robb's heart, gets to just watch while Ramsay twists the knife in.
** And in a very cruel twist, Ramsay points out that with the rest of her family dead, missing, or in the Night's Watch, the closest thing to a living relative Sansa has left is Theon. Ramsay then manages to twist the knife even further by suggesting that Theon, the man who betrayed Sansa's family and is (allegedly) responsible for the death of her younger brothers, should give her away at the wedding.
* Grey Worm's reaction to [[spoiler: the death of Ser Barristan.]]
-->'''Grey Worm:''' I failed him. I failed my men. I failed my queen.
* Tyrion and Jorah reciting the song about the Doom of Valyria as they pass through the ruins is quite tragic and melancholy, especially the poignant way Peter Dinklage and Iain Glen deliver it.
* [[spoiler:The look on Jorah's face when he realizes that he's infected with greyscale.]]
* Spare a thought for the stone men. Remember how Stannis pulled strings and called all the maesters and healers to save his daughter from the horrible end that awaited her? Now imagine if unlike Shireen, you weren't daughter of the lord of Dragonstone and the king's own niece. If you are poor and infected with greyscale, being sent to Valyria and other fantasy-leper colonies will be your fate. You are left without treatment, alone save for your fellow outcasts in a desolate river valley, filled with waters burning with volcanic ash, no civilization anywhere around you. It's you're doomed to turn into a feral monster that attacks anything that moves.

[[AC:6 -- Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken]]
* The conversation between Jorah and Tyrion is filled with this for both sides.
** Tyrion tells Jorah why he was in a brothel in Volantis.
-->'''Tyrion:''' I killed my father. He tried to have me executed for a crime I didn't commit... and he was fucking the woman I loved.
** Though wordless, Jorah's reaction seems to be one of silent empathy and understanding. Which makes sense, as Jorah knows very well what it's like when another man fucks the woman you love.
** Jorah finding out from Tyrion that his father, Jeor Mormont, died in a Nights Watch mutiny. The shocked look on his face is rather saddening, and you can see it quickly replaced by TranquilFury. Despite the differences Jorah and Jeor had, Jorah clearly still loved his father.
* [[MercyKill Arya giving the sickly little girl the gift of mercy.]] Even sadder than the girl's death or her father's grief, is the fact that it signifies Arya drifting even further away from the girl she once was.
** Arya telling the girl that her father loved her just as much as the girl's. It's clear she still misses [[BigGood Ned]] very much.
** From the same plotline, Arya listening to the Waif's story with a growing smile on her face, clearly happy to have found some commonality with the girl at least - even after all the abuse the Waif heaped on her. It's sad enough that Arya's so desperate for companionship that she's looking for friends among people who've treated her with nothing but scorn, but then the Waif reveals that the whole thing was a lie - and the look of crushed hope on Arya's face is nothing short of heartbreaking.
* Myrcella's rather splendrous romantic fantasy is quickly shattered when Bronn knocks out Trystane and she is left cowering next to his unconscious body while Jaime and Bronn fight the Sand Snakes, both of whom are attempting to abduct her.
* During the trial, the obvious pain and anger in Loras' face when he's force to deny the existence of his relationship with Renly is heart-wrenching.
* The normally unflappable Olenna Tyrell is visibly distressed when Cersei manipulates the High Sparrow into imprisoning both of her grandchildren.
** Margaery shouting for Tommen to do something as she's dragged away is quite upsetting, especially since Tommen just sits there looking bewildered and impotent, wordlessly begging his mother for a counsel that never comes, since Cersei is the one who orchestrated everything. He may be a NiceGuy, but he's no ruler.
*** Oh, it's even worse. The immediate reaction of the guards to their queen being taken was to draw their swords, but Tommen actually made a motion with his hand that could be interpreted as ordering them to stand down. Obviously, he didn't want her taken, but he either didn't realise what he'd done or consciously placed his usually admirable pacifistic convictions over the safety and well-being of his wife.
* Sansa's wedding. Every moment of it.
** The simple fact that Sansa is being forced to marry into the family that killed her family, and is being given away by the man who she believes killed her younger brothers.
** Theon asks for Sansa's arm to escort her to the godswood for her marriage, but Sansa refuses. Theon replies that Ramsay ordered him to take her arm, and he will be punished if he doesn't obey; Sansa doesn't care.
** Ramsay asks who is giving Sansa away for the marriage, and Theon pauses for a moment, clearly terrified that this is a trick question. He then stumbles over his response, uncertain how to refer to his relationship with Ned.
** The crowner of it all: [[spoiler:Ramsay consummates his marriage with Sansa, ripping her wedding dress to get at her, and she submissively bends over the bed and cries as he takes her. And the whole time, Theon is watching and crying himself, because Ramsay ordered him to.]]
*** [[spoiler:Even if you detest Theon for what he did to the Starks, the look on his face is heartbreaking.]]

[[AC:7 -- The Gift]]
* As mentioned in the Heartwarming moments, Jon hugging Sam before he leaves Castle Black is eerily similar to the scene in Season One where he last saw his brother, Robb. The "Goodbye Brother" theme even plays as Jon leaves.
* Maester Aemon's death.
-->'''Aemon:''' Egg? I dreamed I was old.
* Sam's eulogy for Maester Aemon is also pretty damn sad.
-->'''Sam:''' He was the blood of the dragon, but now his fire has gone out. And now his watch is ended.
** And, of course, Alliser Thorne makes the moment even more depressing by telling Sam, "You're losing all your friends, Tarly."
*** Hell, even ''Thorne'' seemed upset by Maester Aemon's death -- if you look closely at him, he seems to have tears in his eyes as the fire burns.
* Winterfell:
** Ramsay's depravity has already left its mark on a bruised Sansa, physically and psychologically. She's being abused daily and tries to enlist Theon and outside help. Theon/Reek runs into Ramsay and confesses. Ramsay flays the lady who was helping Sansa and then [[HopeCrusher shows Sansa the body]].
** Sansa and Theon are by now two broken characters who endure ASharedSuffering. Sansa still hates Theon for betraying her family, but begs him for help.
--->'''Theon:''' Do what he says. Do what he says or he'll hurt you.\\
'''Sansa:''' He already hurts me every night. All day I'm locked in this room and every night he comes... It can't be any worse.\\
'''Theon:''' It can. It can ''always'' be [[FromBadToWorse worse]].
** Or this:
--->'''Sansa:''' You betrayed my family!\\
'''Theon:''' I'm sorry! I'M SORRY!
* An understated, ''villainous'' example, but Littlefinger quietly observing the ruins of his infamous brothel is a small moment of loss for our resident MagnificentBastard. In a way, it's a loss to the viewers as well, considering what a staple of King's Landing it has been for the past five Seasons. He takes it well, but doesn't hesitate to wax poetic about its... charming history to Olenna Tyrell.
* The scene between Tommen and Cersei. It really illustrates how powerless and out of his depth poor Tommen is as he angsts over his inability to help the woman he loves.
** Cersei's telling Tommen how much she loves him in their last scene together before [[spoiler: she goes and gets herself imprisoned by the Faith Militant.]] It actually does leave her in tears.
* Myrcella telling Jaime, "You don't know me." What's really sad is that Jaime can't say anything, [[DisappearedDad because he really doesn't.]]
* After impressing her by taking down all of Yezzan's pit fighters non-fatally, Jorah removes his helm to reveal himself to Daenerys. How does she react?
-->'''Daenerys:''' ({{Beat}}) Get him out of my sight.
** She tries to sound stern but her face and tone betrays equal parts of rage and sadness, she sounds weary, revealing how much his betrayal still hurts her and perhaps how much she misses his friendship.
* For the first time in the series, Margaery loses her composure completely, shouting and cursing at Cersei. [[DespairEventHorizon And she knows it.]]

[[AC:8 -- Hardhome]]
* Sansa confronting Theon about his betrayals of both her personally, and the Starks as a whole. She coldly tells him that if she could hurt him the way Ramsay did, she would, and then furiously condemns him for the murder of Bran and Rickon. Becomes a Heartwarming moment for Sansa when Theon confesses that the two boys he killed weren't her brothers, and that she might still have family alive.
** Theon, answering only to Reek, speaks about his former self in the third person. It's heartbreaking to hear him retell his horrific journey and describing to Sansa the hell that is [[AFateWorseThanDeath life with Ramsay.]]
-->'''Theon:''' I was helping you. You wanted to escape. There is no escape. Not ever. Theon Greyjoy tried to escape. The master knew. He knows everything. He hunted him. He caught him, strapped to a cross, cut away piece after piece until there was no Theon left.
* Tommen falling into a deep depression after the Faith imprison his wife and his mother. He refuses to eat and has locked himself in his chambers, not even letting his uncle Kevan see him. Qyburn relates this to Cersei in her cell, and she looks completely heartbroken for her son.
* Even though she had it coming and completely deserved it, it's hard to see the once proud Cersei slowly starving and reduced to licking water off a dirty floor to stave off her thirst, all the while being beaten and abused to get her to confess to her crimes.
* The last twenty minutes of the episode, in which the Others and the armies begin their invasion, starting with the utter destruction of Hardhome and most of the wildlings living there. What makes it worse is that these people know what the white walkers can do: with no-one to burn their bodies, they will be forcibly resurrected and made to fight their own clans and families. Which is ''exactly'' what happens at the end of the episode. All Jon and Tormund can do is watch.
** The wildling chieftainess, Karsi, who sends her daughters off on the boats before the invasion arrived. She fights off wights until she's confronted with turned children. Unable to bring herself to cut them down, she surrenders and lets them maul her to death.
*** The look on Jon's face as the boats sail away from what was Hardhome. You can tell he [[ChronicHeroSyndrome wants to go back and help so badly]], but he knows he can't.
*** Tormund Giantsbane is even more affected by what he sees. He's driven to ManlyTears.
* The meeting between Dany, Tyrion and Jorah is very bittersweet. Dany clearly ''wants'' to forgive Jorah, but as Tyrion reluctantly points out, eagerly welcoming back a traitor would be seen as a sign of weakness, which is something she can't afford to do. Thus, She has no choice but to banish Jorah once again, and Jorah willingly returns to the fighting pits to become a gladiator, clearly hoping that the battles will kill him before the greyscale does.
* The man who is trying to get money for his three children, only to be dragged away by the uncaring gambler.

[[AC:9 -- The Dance Of Dragons]]
* [[spoiler: Shireen being burned alive on Stannis's orders. Absolutely horrifying to watch, devastating for [[TheFundamentalist Selyse, who had advocated it so zealously earlier]], and one of those things nobody was expecting to happen.]]
** [[SoHappyTogether The build up to the scene]] is equally heartbreaking. [[spoiler: Shireen enthusiastically talks to Stannis about the book she's reading, and for the first time Stannis doesn't use his typical BrutalHonesty. She tells him she's eager to help him in any possible way, and even [[IronicEcho repeats what her father told her at Castle Black.]] When she hugs him, Stannis is quicker than usual to hug her back. It really shows that, despite everything, their father-daughter relationship is genuine... and then Stannis whispers ''[[WhamLine "Forgive me"]]''.]]
** The flawless acting only makes it more tragic. [[spoiler: Stannis talks (and by the end of the scene looks) as if he were dead inside, Shireen shifts from enthusiasm to terror when she sees the stake, and an already nervous Selyse breaks down as she tries to save her daughter; all this while Melisandre keeps her own DissonantSerenity intact.]]
** [[spoiler: It's not just the fact that Shireen suffered such a cruel and horrifying death. It's the fact that she first screamed for help from her father, then kept screaming for her father to stop, ''begging'' him not to do it until she could do nothing else ''but'' scream. Shireen died knowing that her own father sentenced her to death and did ''nothing'' to stop it.]]
** Even the soldiers look incredibly upset and disturbed from the moment they realize what is going to happen to this sweet little girl. Many of them can be seen turning away or outright leaving, [[EveryoneHasStandards some with tears in their eyes.]] It's likely that a large portion of these soldiers, even the sellswords, have daughters or little sisters of their own, and are rightly horrified that their king and general is capable of [[spoiler: burning his own child alive.]]
** Selyse's BigNo after [[spoiler: Shireen dies]] is pretty heart-wrenching.
* This is where we discover just how sad and flawed a character [[BrokenAce Stannis]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Baratheon]] truly is. Having lived his whole life believing he should fulfill his duties no matter what and being led to believe that he is not only a king, but TheChosenOne and that the fate of the world rests on his shoulders, his entire worldview has been shattered by conflicting values: [[TheFettered his own principles]] versus [[TheUnfettered the greater good.]] His stubborn, obsessive personality and desperation to succeed has led him down a path him that ultimately puts him in a situation where he feels he must [[spoiler: burn his only daughter and heir alive]] for TheNeedsOfTheMany. To hear him try to put his own predicament into words, you get the sense of how trapped this great warrior and so-called king really is.
-->'''Stannis:''' [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Sometimes a person has to choose. Sometimes the world forces his hand.]] If a man knows what he is and remains true to himself... the choice is no choice at all. [[BecauseDestinySaysSo He must fulfill his destiny.]] [[DarkMessiah And become who he is meant to be.]] [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne However much he may hate it.]]
** Of course, AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is still in full-effect here.
* In the scene where he orders Davos away to Castle Black, Stannis can barely even look his friend in the eye, let alone face him directly.
* [[HeroicBSOD Jon is not taking his loss at Hardhome well.]] He believes that the rescue was a complete disaster and that he failed everyone who died.
** To make matters worse, he is met with the contemptuous, accusing eyes of his Night's Watch brethren when he returns from his mission with five thousand wildlings. His brief smile upon seeing Olly dies when the boy turns his back on him.
* The poor little girl who ends up getting picked by Meryn Trant in the brothel -- he makes [[DirtyOldMan Walder Frey]] look decent by comparison -- at least Walder's wife had hit puberty! The girl looks bewildered and scared as he drags her off -- not least because her clothing and badly-applied make-up suggests that she ''isn[='=]t'' trained at all for this -- and the Madame clearly isn't happy about it either.
* The moment during the pit fighting scene where Jorah locks eyes with Daenerys as he's stabbing a man in the heart. It's a raw moment that shows how far this man has gone to prove his love and devotion: He's to the point where he's sold himself into slavery, fighting to the death and killing men, just to be close to her.
* [[spoiler: Hizdahr's death.]] Very quick during a high-action sequence, but thanks to AdaptationalHeroism being fully in play, it will be felt in future episodes.
* Drogon getting hit by the Harpies' spears repeatedly. He just shrugs them off, but Daenerys' reaction is just heartwrenching anyway.
-->'''Daenerys:''' ''DROGON!''
* When Dany watches the Games, she's visibly disgusted by it all, but she's the only one. Everyone else is cheering, both the nobility and commoners alike. Hizdar was right, the Games were the one thing that brought masters and slaves of Mereen together, which is rather depressing.
* When Jorah proves to be the winner of the gladiator combat, [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Dany has to mask her look of concern with one of cold disapproval]]. At least if Jorah had died it would have been over; now she has to go back to being TheHighQueen.

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


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

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

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

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

[[AC:5--The Door:]]
* The entire Battle of The Cave of the Three-Eyed Crow. [[spoiler: The Night's King intercepts one of Bran's visions and finds the location of The Crow's Cave by touching Bran. The Children of the Forest put up a valiant fight but do little to stop the advancement of the White Walkers. First most of the children die defending Bran and the Crow. Then Summer dies for the same. The Night's King kills the Three-Eyed Crow. Leaf performs a HeroicSacrifice against the wrights. And finally, Hodor is left behind to die holding back the door against the wright.]]
** [[spoiler: The worst part of it is, if Bran hadn't ventured into the green sea himself, ''none of this would happened.'' Imagine the guilt he must be feeling at not only causing so many deaths, but the fact that he's the reason Hodor is the way he is.]]
** [[spoiler: Hodor's HeroicSacrifice is sadder as this is right after you find out why he is the way he is, and what makes it sadder is the possibility that Hodor-in-present suddenly remembered the moment he broke down and learned the truth of his condition]]. Three words: [[spoiler: Hold. The. Door. For bonus points we get to hear the progression from those three words to hodthedoor and finally to Hodor.]]
** The circumstances surrounding his condition become even more bleak when further examined. [[spoiler: Consider that he was deprived of his intelligence or a normal life and reduced to a simpleton, whose whole point in existence was to sacrifice his life to buy enough time for his friends to flee. Unlike other characters whose downfalls were attributed by their own actions, Hodor wasn't ''even allowed to have that''. Even though he went down performing a HeroicSacrifice to save others, it wasn't because he ''chose'' to, it was because he was ''meant'' to do. His entire life was ruined by circumstances beyond his control, as well as the one responsible (Bran Stark) and ''there was nothing either could do anything about it''.]] This makes him hands down one of the most tragic character in the show, if not the '''one'''.
*** And yet in spite of all that, he wasn't under Bran's control at the end - as much as he has ever been free to make his own decisions since the event that turned him into a simpleton, he was free to choose not to sacrifice himself. ''And he still did it''.
* Arya watches a play about Robert's death and Ned's execution that followed, and to add insult to injury Ned is flanderized as a bumbling fool. Note also the fact that here, Arya can clearly see the act of his head being chopped off whereas in real life, she was thankfully spared the sight.
** There is also the fact that Arya finds out that unlike before, her target is not an AssholeVictim but a perfectly friendly pregnant woman.
** How the other characters in the play are represented. Tyrion goes from someone actually concerned with the fate of others and Sansa in particular to a selfish schemer who literally takes Littlefinger's place as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the traitor]]. Joffrey is made to appear completely innocent despite already being a cruel tyrant who needlessly exacerbated the conditions of Robb's rebellion. Cersei is not jealous and spiteful like in reality. Even Robert is humiliated despite being twice the king either of his immediate successor or predecessor were.
** Also sad when we realize from the perspective that Arya is watching from. Unlike the audience (us, not the play's audience) Arya has no idea how much was fabricated. For all she knows, her sister really was raped by Tyrion, and Tyrion was the one who plotted to have Ned killed.
* As a final play of manipulation, perhaps to cause future division, Littlefinger advises Sansa that she needs to forge an army loyal specifically to her since Jon is only her ''half''-brother. The fact that she keeps this meeting hidden from Jon leaves the implication that the seeds may have been planted.
* The moment during the war council when Davos states that even the bravest men "don't want to see their wives and children skinned for a lost cause..." and you clearly see Melisandre in the background, looking away in shame. Because this is exactly what she did to Stannis, who was one of the bravest men and certainly didn't ''want'' to sacrifice his own wife and child, yet did so because she convinced him to fight for a lost cause.
* Jorah's bittersweet reunion with Dany. She has finally forgiven him but his greyscale has progressed to a point where he can no longer be with her. And even though Dany had threatened to kill him twice before, the reality of his impending death makes her break down in tears.
* After finally gaining some brief respite from his ordeal under the Bolton's captivity, Theon along with Yara are forced to go into exile when Euron wins the Kingsmoot and orders their execution. Given the many enemies the Ironborn have made, it's unlikely they will find any safe refuge to turn to for the moment.
* Euron reveals Theon's castration to the entire Iron Isles and they laugh.

* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for the first season, Maisie Williams talks about how devastated she was when Margaret John died, before Maisie even got to meet her.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXi1otDbWWk The 2013 [=ComicCon=] video "In Memoriam"]] starts out pretty funny, making light of the constant deaths in the series by flashing them very quickly with humorous subtitles and SoundtrackDissonance. However, we eventually turn to characters like Maester Luwin and Septa Mordane, and then the music becomes somber, each dead character gets a proper tribute, and we end with Ned, Robb, and Catelyn. The final shot is just "The North Remembers" in the title font.
** First you're snickering as it seems to make light and fun of the constant deaths in the series showing them how they died. Then it pans to Rodrik about to be executed and as it goes to other characters such as Khal Drogo and Jeor Mormont you remember that some of the most popular and beloved characters have also died and you feel the twist in your gut. And now [[spoiler: Oberyn and Ygritte]] are a part of that list as well.
* Robb Stark's recollection of the Greyjoy Rebellion as one of the extras on the season two Blu-ray.
--> "Theon is [[spoiler: my murdered fatherís ward, I am my murdered fatherís son.]] Like my father, and Robert, bound in blood, if not by blood, we are brothers."
* Also from the History and Lore section, the feature on Valyrian Steel. Narrated by Jorah Mormont, it takes an especially saddening recollection on how he shamed his father by selling poachers into slavery, and how -- even after having already fallen so far as to break the law in his attempt to pay his debt -- he couldn't bring himself to shame himself further by selling Longclaw. Nor could he bring himself to take it with him when he fled Westeros, instead leaving it behind for a better heir to claim it.
--> Valyrian steel is a wonder of the world, sharper than wits, truer than men, rarer than virtue... but even its edge cannot cut so deeply as a son's failure, nor its value match that of redemption.
** The Harrenhal feature, specifically Catelyn Stark's remarks on the apparent curse wiping out the families that lived there, how the sense of desolation haunting the place grows so overpowering that its owners feel as though they're being consumed alive... and how, in later years, they're proved right when [[OutlivingOnesOffspring their sons and grandsons die ahead of them]], allowing them to witness the slow demise of their family. Already pretty depressing, but [[spoiler: in light of Catelyn witnessing the collapse and death of her own family, it becomes much HarsherInHindsight.]]
** Oberyn Martell narrates several History and Lore features in the Season 4 Blu-ray, and most of them are surprisingly light-hearted, even the ones discussing his knowledge of poison and the Targaryens' botched attempts to conquer Dorne... right up until he discusses Robert's Rebellion. It's already evident from the show that he cared very deeply for Elia, but the featurettes expand on how he loved Elia for her kindness and intelligence, how he often did his best to protect her by chasing off lesser men, how he honestly thought that Rhaegar would be a good husband to her... and how wrong he turned out to be. The depth of grief and hatred in his voice is truly something to behold.
** Jaime Lannister's feature on the Kingsguard, especially towards the end when he discusses all the heroes written in the White Book and all the magnificent feats they performed... and then mentions his own entry, followed by uninspiring entries such as Meryn Trant and Borous Blount, all embarrassments to the Kingsguard but nowhere near as shameful as him. Once again, half of the sadness is in the delivery -- specifically the tone of self-loathing and despair in Jaime's voice.
* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for the third season on Episode 9 [[WhamEpisode The Rains Of Castamere]], poor Michelle Fairley is very audibly (and understandably) sad by what awaits her in watching the episode (Richard Madden asks if this is the first time Michelle is watching episode after filming, which it was). The commentary goes on as normal with the two and the director all reminiscing of wonderful times during shooting, and then by the time the episode is over, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBIAzBwadCc Michelle is audibly stressed and crying from The Red Wedding]]. Considering what a wonderful job she did as Catelyn Stark (and the fact she didn't even get nominated for an Emmy; something many fans were quite upset about), you honestly wanna give the woman such a hug and make her feel better.
** Michelle and Richard congratulated each other on their performances and then said "I love you". Real life Stark bonding, hell, almost exactly like a mother and her son.
* As much as the fanbase celebrated his character's death, [[spoiler:Jack Gleeson]]'s departure from the show has been a somber one. One can't help but feel that the show will never be quite the same without such an absolutely magnificent talent. Also, he's announced he's going to give up acting, and one can't help wondering if it's because of the hate he got from the FanDumb.
** Along those lines, [[spoiler: Pedro Pascal's]] performance as [[spoiler: Oberyn Martell]] was fantastic, and it's a damn shame to lose him so soon after we got him.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Charles Dance]] was absolutely one of the best actors on the show, and with [[spoiler:Tywin's]] death, he's left a positively massive void to fill onscreen. Although his character won't be missed, he certainly will.
** Following that trend, we now have [[spoiler: Roose Bolton]] joining the ranks. Even if he definitely deserved his death, he was a great character to watch.
* After season 5 finale, the whole ordeal of [[FanNickname Team Dragonstone]] has become this. Despite the constant AdaptationalVillainy and limited screentime, show Stannis had managed to gain a huge popularity, and Season 5 included scenes that cast a better light on him... and then [[spoiler: the whole family got killed off]] in a way that many felt was rushed and badly written, not tragic-but-still-grandiose like [[spoiler:Catelyn and Robb Stark in the Red Wedding]]. Not to mention that, like the examples listed above, [[spoiler: Stephen Dillane (assuming that Stannis is actually dead) and Kerry Ingram's performances]] will surely be missed.