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(Contains some violence and scenes of a sexual nature)
S1 e1 – Bran is thrown from a tower
Brazenly signaling to its audience that this show was something different, Game of Thrones’ first ever episode included a scene of incest between brother and sister that led to the attempted murder of a child. And so the march towards war began…
S1 e3 – Arya gets a lesson
Arya met Syrio Forel and began her journey to being a total badass in this sweet if ominous scenes.
S1 e5 – Ned Stark battles Jaime Lannister
It was the Wolf vs the Lion in this brief but epic battle scene.
S1 e6 – Tyrion and Bronn win a trial by combat
Tyrion did his best speeches and Bronn did his best dirty fighting to secure the Lannister Lord’s release from Lysa Arryn’s clutches.
S1 e6 – Viserys gets crowned
A suitably ironic and grisly death saw the wannabe King of the Seven Kingdoms “crowned” by Khal Drogo with melted metal.
S1 e7 – “When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die”
Ned Stark and Cersei Lannister laid it all out on the table in this tense and well-scripted scene.
S1 e8 – Barristan Selmy resigns
After being dismissed from the Kingsguard, legendary Knight Ser Barristan the Bold had one of the most legendary exit interviews imaginable.
S1 e9 – Ned Stark is executed
The shocking moment that in many ways still defines Game of Thrones saw apparent series protagonist Ned Stark cruelly executed by King Joffrey to the horror of viewers worldwide.
S1 e10 – Robb Stark is declared King in the North
The Northern Lords’ decision to break away from the crown with their own kingdom is an uplifting scene that becomes sadder in hindsight, knowing the fate of all the characters within it.
S1 e10 – Daenerys hatches her dragons
Her husband dead and her forces scattered, Daenerys seems to be at her lowest ebb – until she walks into the flames of Khal Drogo’s pyre to emerge from the ashes with three newborn dragons and her future power assured.