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A Song of Ice and Fire likes to throw permanent changes at the audience whenever it can, usually bloodily, and the show based upon is no exception.

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    Season 1 
    Season 2 
  • 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.
    Season 3 
  • 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.
    Season 4 
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Season 5 
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Season 6 
  • 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 the 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.
  • 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, all the sparrows and most of the nobles in King's Landing. Pycelle is assassinated as well, leaving Qyburn as the sole surviving member of the Small Council. Tommen kills himself as the result of his mother's actions, 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 with her full army to invade Westeros next season. Arya, having returned to Westeros, kills Walder Frey and his sons in vengeance of the Red Wedding. 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 after 60 episodes, the ultimate Brick Joke finally gets a punchline; Winter has come.
    Season 7 
  • 3 - The Queen's Justice: Cersei poisons Tyene, in front of Ellaria, in a cruel Ironic Echo of how they poisoned Myrcella, with Ellaria Forced to Watch. Jon and Daenerys finally meet after six seasons worth of wait, with Daenerys' immediate demand being that Jon bend the knee to her. Bran returns to Winterfell and is reunited with Sansa. The long awaited attack on Casterly Rock commences, with the Unsullied successfully taking the castle, only to discover that the Lannisters have abandoned the castle to launch an attack on Highgarden. Jaime executes Olenna by poison, rendering House Tyrell truly extinct, but not before Olenna reveals to Jaime that she was the one who killed Joffrey.
  • 6 - Beyond the Wall: Arya blackmails Sansa about a treasonous letter she had written back in Season 1 while under duress, and threatens to kill her. Thoros is killed by a wight bear. Jon's party captures a wight, but is surrounded by the wights and White Walkers. Thanks to Gendry's message, Daenerys rescues them with her dragons, but the Night King kills Viserion. Jon is separated from the others, but Benjen rescues him at the cost of his life. Daenerys is thoroughly convinced of the threat of the dead, and Jon bends the knee to her. The Night King raises Viserion as a wight.
  • 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf: Jon and Daenerys meet with Cersei and seemingly work out an agreement to fight the dead together. However, Cersei backstabs them, intending to let them weaken themselves against the White Walkers while she builds up her forces to deal with them afterwards. This disgusts Jaime so much that he abandons her and rides north to Winterfell to assist against the dead. Winter reaches King's Landing. In the North, Sansa seemingly gives into Littlefinger's manipulations and puts Arya on trial, only to reveal she's actually calling him out on his crimes, before having Arya execute him. Sam and Bran meet, and between the things they've individually learned, realize that Jon (birth name Aegon) is the hidden trueborn son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and thus heir to the Iron Throne; meanwhile, Jon and Daenerys consummate their feelings for each other. In the final scene, the Night King — riding the undead Viserion — brings down the Wall at Eastwatch, allowing the Army of the Dead to march into Westeros.
    Season 8 
  • 3 - The Long Night: The Night King's army arrives at Winterfell and attacks. Melisandre returns from her exile and gives the defenders support with her fire magic. In the battle, several characters like a majority of the Dothraki forces, Dolorous Edd, Lyanna Mormont, Beric Dondarrion, and Theon are killed. Just as the Night King is about to kill Bran, Arya sneak attacks and kills him. With the Night King's death, all the White Walkers and Wights are destroyed, meaning humanity has won the War for the Dawn. After the battle, Jorah succumbs to his injuries. Melisandre, believing she has fulfilled her purpose and to atone for her crimes, allows her true age to catch up to her and crumbles to dust.
  • 5 - The Bells: Daenerys executes Varys for plotting to replace her with Jon. Her army then attacks King's Landing, overwhelming the defenders, and even when they attempt to surrender, she decides to simply burn the city down, to Jon's shock and dismay. Sandor sneaks into the Red Keep with Arya, but sends her away to confront Gregor, who kills Qyburn before facing his brother in a duel that ends in both their deaths. Jaime kills Euron in a fight on his way into the Red Keep where he's reunited with Cersei; they die together as the building collapses on them.
  • 6 - The Iron Throne: Jon, realizing that Daenerys is too far gone, kills her to end her reign; in response, an enraged Drogon melts the Iron Throne before taking her body and flying away. Afterwards, an assemblage of Westerosi lords, at Tyrion's suggestion, choose Bran as their new king, with him appointing Tyrion as his Hand to atone for his past mistakes. Sansa, with Bran's blessing, declares that the North can no longer be part of Westeros, and it becomes an independent kingdom with Sansa as Queen. Arya leaves Westeros to explore what's west of the Sunset Sea. Jon, for killing Daenerys, is sent back to the Night's Watch, where he leaves to help guide the remaining Wildlings back to their lands beyond the Wall.

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