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S2 e4 – Joffrey tortures Sansa
The unfortunate Sansa Stark faced the full cruelty of King Joffrey and Ser Meryn Trant in these uncomfortable scenes.
S2 e4 – Melisandre gives birth
We’d seen magic in Game of Thrones before, but not like this, with The Red Woman’s “birth” of a Stannis smoke-monster remaining one of the series’ creepiest moments.
S2 e6 – Theon kills Ser Rodrik
Theon Greyjoy’s descent into darkness catalyzed in these grim and uncompromising scenes, which saw him forced to execute childhood mentor Ser Rodrik to maintain his position.
S2 e6 – King’s Landing riots
A masterclass in escalating tension, this well-choreographed riot conveyed both real danger AND a bit where Tyrion slapped Joffrey (see above). Everybody wins!
S2 e7 – Ygritte torments Jon Snow
One of the series’ most tragic love stories began with this unusual meet-cute.
S2 e7 – Arya talks to Tywin
The surprise friendship (of sorts) between Arya and Lannister head honcho Tywin was a new idea not seen in the Game of Thrones source material, but their conversations were a highlight of season 2, especially this tense chat.
S2 e9 – Spreading like wildfire
Tyrion’s grand plan was revealed as he burned Stannis’ fleet in brilliantly-realised scenes.
S2 e9 – Tyrion makes a speech
As inspiring speeches go, this one was a little unusual – telling soldiers they’ll get no money or glory doesn’t normally work SUPER well – but Tyrion managed to sell it in the hectic Battle of Blackwater episode.
S2 e10 – Theon’s speech and knockout
Theon’s own attempt at rallying his men through words was a little less successful, even if it did have a great comedy pay-off.
S2 e10 – The White Walkers attack
Our first proper look at the terrifying White Walkers in action saw them massacre the Night’s Watch with an army of the undead.