Long live the king: Game of Thrones’ best moments

By Noah Abbott |

The end is near, as season eight of Game of Thrones airs in the UK on Monday 15th April, at 2AM on Sky Atlantic. The world of Westeros will once again be brought to life on our screens. Fans have waited the ‘long night’ for this season, so in anticipation I’m sharing my top eight moments from the show.

Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Brandon ‘Bran’ Stark), from left to right. At the HBO Emmy’s After Party in 2018 | Shutterstock

8. “Any Man Who Must Say ‘I Am the King’ Is No True King (Season 3, Episode 10).”

While Lord Tywin may not have endeared himself to many fans, I admired his stern rigidness. Especially, when it came to facing the ‘monster’ Joffrey Baratheon. On several occasions, Tywin managed Joffrey in the most fierce and shrewd manor. This famous quote made the Tyrion Lannister smile and reply “You just sent the most powerful man in Westeros to bed without his supper.” For once, Joffrey, a character nobody could like, didn’t get his way. The Lion gave Joffrey such a consternation he never recovered. The torturous boy died two episodes later.

7. “For the Watch (Season 5, Episode 10).”

Season five’s finale left every GoT fan distraught and probably a bit angry. Jon Snow ended the season laying in the snow, blood flowing from six knife wounds. No season has ended with such a sight. How could anyone kill Jon Snow? Well, fortunately for every fan, he didn’t stay dead for long. It didn’t change the fact a fan-favorite was butchered by his own brothers. “No George, Dan and David we don’t forgive you.”

Daenerys and Jon Snow | Flickr

6. Daenerys Finally Acquires An Army (Season 3, Episode 4).

This is perhaps one of the most important moments in the third season of the award winning show, possibly even in its entirety. The moment Daenerys spoke Valyrian for the first time was the moment she became the incredibly powerful woman the fans knew she was. When all the Unsullied, after she pledged them their freedom, pounded their spears to the ground in a unified call of loyalty, her destiny was finally revealed. This was, in essence, where Daenerys showed she valued freedom and put her on a path, a new chapter, which would lead her to become a loved, respected, and strong female character. One of few in the world of TV today.

5. “By What Right Does the Wolf Judge the Lion (Season 3 Episode 5)”.

This is one of my personal favorites from the show. We hadn’t really understood much about Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, up until this point. He was mouthy, arrogant, foolish, and subject of ridicule by the most honorable and esteemed members of society, like Eddard Stark, Robert Baratheon, even Brynden, the Blackfish, and Edmure Tully. I certainly didn’t care for him, but then he showed a side of himself the viewers hadn’t seen yet. I appreciated his story and believed perhaps the honorable members of Westeros were too hard on him. Despite his vulnerabilities, he opened himself up to Brienne of Tarth and a strong friendship began.

Writers D.B. Weiss (left) and David Benioff (right)| Shutterstock.

4. Cersei Blows Up the Sept of Baelor (Season 6, Episode 10).

The opening act of the season seven’s finale was one of the most destructive in relation to lost characters— I counted nine characters that the writers decided were surplus to requirements for the rest of the show. Cersei became the number one villain with this act of pure unremorseful selfishness, smiling as innocents were melted completely by wildfire. In her desperation, she decided to blow up a holy place with several royal persons, amongst them were her own uncle and sister-in-law. The outcome also killed her meak son, Tommen. The viewers have yet to see her shed a tear for her lost son, who committed suicide after he witnessed the Sept, along with his wife, blown to pieces.

3. “It Was Me (Season 7, Episode 3).”

The unfortunate demise of Lady Olenna Tyrell of Highgarden was also one of the most gangsta moments in the record-breaking show. Seeing her gulp down the poisoned wine, look Jaime Lannister in the eyes, and slam him with the above quote was nothing short of iconic. “Tell Cersei, I want her to know it was me.” Actress Diana Rigg’s delivery has always been spot on for Game of Thrones, but in this case it was spectacular and piercing. The scene is an old helpless woman striking fear into an armored man, sword on hip. The look of control turned to fear on Jaime’s face was priceless.

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), left to right | Shutterstock.

Before I go into my top two moments, I thought it would be worth stating the ‘honourable mentions’: Ned Stark’s beheading (Season 1, Episode 9), Hardhome (Season 5, Episode 9) and the death of Lord Tywin Lannister (Season 4, Episode 10).

2. “You’re Going To Die Tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep Well (Season 6, Episode 9).”

In the build up to Battle of the Bastards, Sansa Stark, ice-cold and unflinching, met her serial-killer and rapist husband for the first time since her escape from a long nightmare. Sansa’s time away from Winterfell was fraught with horrible moments, and it got worse living with the Boltons. Within it all, she summoned immense determination and courage to face Ramsey Bolton and deliver his death sentence. In the end, Ramsey Bolton was eaten alive by his own dogs as Sansa watched. As gruesome and gory as it was, every GoT fan applauded.

Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), at the 2015 Emmy Awards|Shutterstock.

1. The Wall Collapses (Season 7, Episode 7).

The season seven conclusion came sooner than anyone would have ever wanted. It certainly did for me. However, it ended with one of the most important moments in the show. The Night King, atop the awakened Viserion, burning down the wall with blue flames. Nothing could be so terrifying in the show than hearing the wicked screech, reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings’ Nazgul. The show has had many moments where the Night King displays horrifying powers, Hardhome and the Fist of the First Men, but none so fear instilling as this. Finally, the Night King has crossed the wall and marches south.

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These are my favourite moments from the award-winning show, Game of Thrones. Watch every episode on Now TV today — there’s still time for a binge watch. And don’t forget ‘the night is dark and full of terrors’.