Game of Thrones: which is the most brutal episode 9?

Over the years, the HBO series has become notorious for the death and destruction in its penultimate episodes - but which stands out among the rest?

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Game of Thrones is never for the faint of heart, but some episodes are more difficult to choke down than others. The ones where your favourite characters meet a grisly end, for instance.

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Over the years, it’s become a series trend for the ninth episode of each season to be particularly brutal – containing either a surprising death of main character (or characters), or a big climatic battle. But which season has the best – er, worst? – ninth episode? Which penultimate peril stands out?

Refresh your memory with the list below the poll, and then get voting.

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Stannis Baratheon’s attack on King’s Landing was a stand-out episode, with the tension gradually building as the action reached its incredible and explosive conclusion.


S3E9: The Rains of Castamere

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs6r00uSjqo?list=PLdyYtz46NolZCtOwtQA3B8ftUu3b81rvA

While attending a wedding at the Twins, Catelyn, Robb and his pregnant wife Talisa were betrayed and brutally murdered at a banquet, in perhaps the series’ most shocking scenes to date.


S4E9: The Watchers on the Wall 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3W7DYnZJUc?list=PLdyYtz46Nolb1ovYhSOnbIYFktNHfZUkR

The wildlings march on the Wall, sparking a battle with the Night’s Watch that topped almost every action sequence that Game of Thrones had done before.


S5E9: The Dance of Dragons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cca_Ox93PiY

To change his poor fortune in battles, Stannis allows red priestess Melisandre to burn his young daughter at the stake in a heart-wrenching death that outraged show watchers worldwide.


S6E9: Battle of the Bastards

Ramsay and Jon finally faced off, but it was Sansa who took her final revenge in this year’s enormous epic battle episode.

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Feeling sufficiently traumatised? Then head back to the poll and vote for your favourite now!

Game of Thrones continues on Sky Atlantic next Monday at 2am and 9.00pm