It’s back! Game of Thrones recently made its eagerly anticipated return. While we wait for the next episode to hit our screens, we decided to reflect on the most shocking moments over the past six series. So, let’s take a look at what made the cut…
The Red Wedding – There is only one place to begin, and this is with the horrific and terrifying Red Wedding. When Robb Stark broke his promise to marry one of Walder Frey’s daughters, everyone knew that something wasn’t quite right when Walder seemed so relaxed about it. But, now we all know why! It was all a trap, as Walder had teamed up with the Lannisters to kill the Starks. We all know that anyone can die at any moment, but we weren’t expecting it to be the end of Catelyn, Robb, and Talisa.
The sacrifice of Shireen – Perhaps the most disturbing and unpleasant scene on Game of Thrones so far! Whether you watched this episode on TV with your partner or you streamed it on your laptop from ExtraTorrent, you can probably remember where you were when this diabolical and sickening sacrifice took place. After being taken in by Melisandre, Stannis sacrificed his daughter to the Lord of Light, believing it would result in him winning his military campaign. The opposite happened. His men abandoned him, and the horrible image of Shireen strapped to a stake and set on fire is something Game of Thrones fans will never forget.
Hold the door – If there is one Game of Thrones moment that brought a tear to your eye, this has to be it. For years, we all wondered why Hodor could only say his name, and then it all became clear when he sacrificed himself to protect for Bran. A clever and beautiful use of flashbacks revealed young Hodor being told to ‘hold the door’ as he saw and felt his own death.
The mutiny of the Night’s Watch – Of course, we could not put this article together without mentioning the murder of Jon Snow. We spent months wondering whether the fan favourite was really dead. Surely they couldn’t, could they? Well, they did, but thankfully they brought him back to life too!
The golden crown – Very early on in the series, we were treated to a murder we all celebrated – that of Viserys, Daenerys Targaryen’s disgusting, greedy brother. He had demanded a gold crown, and he got exactly what he wanted from Khal Drogo. Drogo poured molten gold over Viserys’ head in what was a taster of the shocking scenes to come throughout the subsequent series.
The white walkers attacking the wildlings – Last but not least, the story of the white walkers is far from over, but the battle against the wildlings set the scene of what was to come. The sight of newly transformed white-walker children was enough to terrify anyone. Suddenly, we realised that the battle for the iron throne might not be the greatest battle of all!