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- 1 - Winter Is Coming: Yes, the first episode. Bran Stark is thrown off a tower for witnessing Jaime and Cersei's incestual coupling, proving that the Lannisters Would Hurt a Child. Bran is left permanently crippled as a result.
- 6 - A Golden Crown: Joffrey isn't Robert's son but Jaime's. Aside from that, Viserys gets death by molten gold, leaving Daenerys as the last Targaryen heir.
- 7 - You Win Or You Die: King Robert dies and names Ned Stark regent, until his "rightful heir" (as Ned writes in the will) comes of age. When Ned shows Robert's will to Cersei, she rips it up and Ned is arrested due to Littlefinger's treachery.
- 9 - Baelor: The big one of the season: Robb Stark crosses the Twins with a marriage vow and captures Jaime Lannister at the Battle of the Whispering Wood. Ned Stark confesses to treason to save his daughters and prevent war, but Joffrey capriciously has him executed anyway. The stage is set for the saga of Westeros to come.
- 10 - Fire And Blood: Drogo dies, for the final time. Robb Stark is declared King in the North by his bannermen, and The War of Five Kings, the focal point of the next few seasons, begins. Sansa is imprisoned and still betrothed to Joffrey in King's Landing, and Arya escapes as an unknown runaway with a contingent bound for the Wall. In the final scene of the season, Daenerys burns Mirri Maaz Duur alive on her husband's funeral pyre and walks into it, hatching her three dragon eggs.
- 5 - The Ghost Of Harrenhal: Renly Baratheon is killed by a shadow-baby, and the War of Five Kings becomes the War of Four.
- 9 - Blackwater: Stannis's fleets and army faces off with the Lannisters at King's Landing. Wildfire wrecks the Baratheon ships, Tyrion is severely wounded (and scarred) by one of the Kingsguard, and a surprise cavalry rout by Tywin and Loras defeats Stannis.
- 10 - Valar Morghulis: Winterfell is burned down, forcing Bran, Rickon, Osha, Hodor, and the wolves to leave a dying Maester Luwin behind and venture north. Theon is betrayed by his own men and captured. Jon infiltrates the wildling army as a double agent when Qhorin Halfhand allows Snow to dispatch him in a mock-fight. Daenerys frees her dragons from the House of the Undying, burns Pyat Pree, and imprisons Xaro Xoan Daxos and Doreah inside Xaro's vault forever. Jaqen H'ghar changes his face in front of an astonished Arya. And to close the season, we get an army of wights led by mounted White Walker generals bearing down upon the Night's Watch at the Fist of the First Men.
- 4 - And Now His Watch Is Ended: Daenerys sacks Astapor, gaining the Unsullied army, and Lord Commander Jeor Mormont is killed in a Night's Watch mutiny at Craster's Keep.
- 9 - The Rains of Castamere: Bran learns how to warg into Summer, saving Jon from the wildlings, who turn on him. He leaves Ygritte behind. Daenerys concocts a successful plan to take Yunkai, which involves one of the biggest fight sequences of this season. And if that wasn't enough, Edmure Tully marries Roslin Frey at the Twins. But the truly shocking moment occurs during the last ten minutes, which many fans call "The Red Wedding": Talisa dies. Grey Wind dies. Robb Stark dies. Catelyn dies. The entire Northern army dies... yeah, it's a big episode. Big enough that there's actual news articles on fan reactions.
- 2 - The Lion and the Rose: The lethal marriage receptions continue, with King Joffrey choking to death at his wedding feast and Tyrion being immediately arrested as the unjustly accused prime suspect.
- 4 - Oathkeeper: Joffrey's killer is revealed, and it's Lady Olenna! With Petyr Baelish's help, of course. Dany takes Meereen through subterfuge. Bran, Hodor, Meera and Jojen are captured by the Watch mutineers at Craster's Keep and the audience (including book readers) gets their first look at the possible Big Bad of the entire series, The Night's King.
- 5 - First of His Name: Tommen is crowned as King. Dany decides that she's going to stay in Meereen and learn how to rule after hearing that her opponents are undoing her hard work. We also find out the real reason why the War of the Five Kings started — Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish had Lysa Arryn poison her husband Jon Arryn and made Catelyn believe that the Lannisters did it, thus directly sowing the seeds for everyone to be screwed over in the resulting feud.
- 8 - The Mountain and the Viper: Ramsay and Theon take Moat Cailin and eject the Ironborn from the North, with Roose legitimizing his son as a reward. Daenerys exiles Jorah for spying on her for Varys in season 1. Gregor Clegane is mortally wounded by Oberyn during the trial by combat but turns around and horrifically kills Oberyn, allowing Tywin to sentence his own son, Tyrion, to death.
- 9 - The Watchers on the Wall: The Wildlings attack Castle Black on two sides, with giants and mammoths. Pyp and Grenn perish in the fighting and Jon battles with Styr, managing to kill him during their fight. Jon and Ygritte reunite but Olly shoots Ygritte and Ygritte dies in Jon's arms. Soon after, Jon sets out on a suicide mission to take out Mance Rayder—with no sword and no direwolf.
- 10 - The Children: Stannis Baratheon relieves the siege of the Wildlings at the Wall. Daenerys locks up her dragons after being confronted with the charred corpse of a child burnt by Drogon. Bran, Hodor, and Meera Reed meet the Three-Eyed Raven and discover that the Children of the Forest are not so mythical after all; Jojen Reed dies in an attack by wights. Jaime Lannister frees his brother Tyrion, who promptly pays his father a final visit where he finds his lover Shae in his bed. He kills her and then murders his father with a crossbow and flees King's Landing with Varys. Arya Stark and the Hound confront Brienne and Podrick. The Hound is badly wounded in the fight but Arya leaves him to die and walks away, finding safe passage on a ship to Braavos.
- 4 - The Sons Of The Harpy: The Sparrows and the Sons of the Harpy make their respective moves in force. Ser Loras is arrested for his homosexuality. Barristan the Bold is fatally injured in a battle with the Sons of the Harpy.
- 6 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken: Loras and Margarey are to stand trial, the former for his homosexuality and the latter for bearing false witness at a Faith inquest. Sansa is married to Ramsay Bolton, who then forcibly consummates their marriage, forcing Theon to helplessly watch it happen. Jaime and Bronn are captured in Dorne, and Ellaria is arrested as well.
- 7 - The Gift: Maester Aemon dies. Ramsay personally executes Sansa's ally after she tries to seek help from Theon. Samwell and Gilly make love. Tyrion and Daenerys meet through Jorah. Cersei is arrested by the High Sparrow when Lancel sells her out.
- 8 - Hardhome: Daenerys makes Tyrion her adviser and banishes Jorah once more, who willingly becomes a gladiator. Kevan Lannister is summoned as hand of the king while Cersei is mentally breaking. Ramsay plans to launch a surprise attack on Stannis with a small specialist team. Sansa learns that Bran and Rickon are still alive. In Hardhome, Tormund kills the Lord of Bones and Jon convinces plenty of wildlings to make an alliance, but the army of the dead attacks the camp and makes a massacre. Jon learns that Valyrian steel can withstand the ice weapons of the white walkers, and kills one of them with Longclaw. The Night's King appears leading the assault and stares at Jon as he flees to the ships, while the remaining wildlings are being killed, then, as a demonstration of power he resurrects the dead wildlings as wights before the survivors' eyes.
- 9 - The Dance Of Dragons: Stannis burns his daughter Shireen alive in order to win the Iron Throne. The Sons of the Harpy kill Hizdahr and attempt to kill Dany at Daznak's Pit. Dany escapes the city by riding on Drogon.
- 10 - Mother's Mercy: Following the death of her daughter, Selyse commits suicide by hanging. Stannis' sellswords desert him and join forces with the Boltons, who easily defeat his army. King Stannis himself is executed by Brienne of Tarth for the assassination of his brother Renly. Ellaria poisons Myrcella, who dies in Jaime's arms on the way to King's Landing after admitting she knows he's her father. Sansa and Theon escape from Winterfell after killing Myranda. Arya kills Ser Meryn Trant, and is blinded as punishment by the Faceless Man. Daenerys is captured by a Dothraki khalasar. Cersei is forced to march through King's Landing fully nude. The Night's Watch mutinies against a Lord Commander for the second time in the show, with a number of men lead by Ser Alliser Thorne murdering Jon Snow.
- 2 - Home: The Wildlings, with the help of Wun Wun, storm Castle Black and outnumber the Night's Watch; Thorne and his followers are put in the cells afterwards. Euron Greyjoy returns to Iron Islands, confronts Balon, and throws him off a bridge to his death. Lady Walda gives birth to a boy, prompting Ramsay to murder Roose Bolton, along with Walda and his baby brother. Ser Davos convinces Melisandre to try and bring Jon Snow back from the dead. She succeeds.
- 3 - Oathbreaker: Bran has a vision of the legendary battle at the Tower of Joy, and finds it doesn't quite match the stories his father Ned Stark told about it. Smalljon Umber turns a captured Rickon Stark and Osha, along with a severed Shaggydog's head, over to Ramsey Bolton. After executing Ser Alliser Thorne and the other traitors, Jon Snow hands command of the Night's Watch over to Dolorous Edd and abruptly quits and walks out.
- 4 - Book of the Stranger: Sansa Stark, Brienne, and Podrick make it to Castle Black right before Jon Snow can leave. Jon and Sansa reunite, making them the first of the Stark siblings to be able to do so since season 1. After killing Osha, Ramsay Bolton sends a letter to Castle Black informing them of Rickon's captivity and declaring war on Jon Snow, the Night's Watch, and the Wildlings, inspiring Jon to fight again. Daenerys kills all of the Khals in Vaes Dothrak with fire, making her the Khaleesi of the entire Dothraki race.
- 5 - The Door: Euron Greyjoy becomes King of the Iron Islands and announces his intent to ally with Daenerys Targaryen to conquer Westeros. Theon and Yara are forced to flee when Euron orders their execution. Daenerys officially pardons Jorah for his crimes, then sends him on a quest to find the cure for Greyscale. It is revealed that the Children of the Forest were the ones who created the White Walkers as a weapon against humanity during an ancient war, but lost control of them. The Night's King detects Bran Stark's presence and his forces invade the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven. Bran and Meera are the only ones who escape alive. Bran accidentally Wargs into Hodor's past self Wylis, causing him brain damage and turning him into Hodor in the first place in a Stable Time Loop. Hodor is short for "HOLD THE DOOR!", the final order Hodor received before his death.
- 6 - Blood Of My Blood: The High Sparrow successfully turns Tommen against the rest of the Small Council, creating a new alliance between the Crown and the Faith. Jaime is expelled from the Kingsguard and sent to retake Riverrun. Bran and Meera are cornered by Wights but saved by a mysterious rider who turns out to be a supernaturally empowered Benjen Stark. Arya rejects the chance to assassinate Lady Crane and "Jaqen" orders the Waif to execute her for her failure.
- 9 - Battle of the Bastards: Daenerys, with the help of her dragons and the Dothhraki, successfully saves Meereen from the Slave Masters. Yara and Theon reach Meereen before Euron and after some negotiations, Daenerys and Yara decide to support each other. Davos finds out about the circumstances of Shireen's death. Jon and Ramsay's armies confront each other, and Ramsay decides to let Rickon go solely so he can kill him from afar with an arrow. The titular battle commences afterwards and ends with Jon capturing Ramsay, Winterfell reclaimed by the Starks, and hundreds dead, Wun Wun and Smalljon Umber included. While in captivity, Ramsay is eaten alive by his own starved hounds after Sansa sets them free from their cages.
- 10 - The Winds of Winter: Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor with wildfire during the Green Trial, killing Kevan, Lancel, Loras, Mace, Margaery, and all the sparrows. Pycelle is assassinated as well, leaving Qyburn as the sole surviving member of the Small Council. Tommen kills himself, which ensures the extinction of House Baratheon — after which Cersei has herself crowned Queen. Olenna, who wasn't in King's Landing at the time, allies with the Sand Snakes — who have allied with Daenerys via Varys — for revenge on Cersei. Daenerys dumps Daario, names Tyrion her Hand, and finally sets sail for Westeros. Arya, having returned to Westeros, kills Walder Frey and his sons. Bran discovers through warg flashback vision that Jon is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen and the nephew of Ned Stark. Meanwhile, Jon is declared the King in the North by the Northern lords. And, on another note, Winter finally arrives.