Universally renowned for its shocking twists, ruthless killing of main characters and sparking worldwide debates and fan theories, the excitement for Game of Thrones’ highly anticipated return on April 15 is gearing up.
Game of Thrones seasons 1-7 are available now on Foxtel Now on Telstra TV. Season 8 will be available from April 15, with episodes dropping each week.
While you may not have time to catch up on all seven seasons before the beginning of the jaw-dropping final season, here’s six unforgettable GoT moments to get you prepared for the epic end of a truly ground-breaking series. As always, big spoilers ahead.
The Red Wedding
Quite possibly one of the most commonly discussed plot twists in the show’s dramatic history, this horrific episode more than likely left your jaw on the floor when you first watched it. Setting the scene as a seemingly friendly olive-branch invitation from to Lord Walter Frey to Robb Stark and his family, the celebrations quickly descended into chaos. Shortly after Frey walked his daughter down the aisle to marry her husband and encouraged them to leave for the bedroom, the hall’s doors were sealed shut as both the Starks and the viewers at home received the dark realisation of what was about to unfold. In just minutes, Frey’s men brutally sleigh Robb, his pregnant wife and his horrified mother who was watching on. Traumatic, but highly memorable, is the only way to describe this shocking scene.
When Wildfire engulfed the Great Sept of Baelor
We already had a taste of the power of wildfire as it was used to take down much of Stannis Baratheon’s crew at the Battle of the Blackwater. But a lethal weapon becomes even more deadly when placed in the hands of a malicious, conspiring villain (ahem, Cersei Lannister). Furiously vengeful following her admittedly awful treatment when held captive by the Faith of the Seven, Cersei sought revenge on the High Sparrow and all his followers. But, she wouldn’t waste such a massive attack without destroying some of her other enemies. Trapping her son’s difficult partner Margaery in the sept, Cersei watched on smugly as wildfire exploded and instantly wiped out much of the city. Her son, also witnessing the mass destruction, proceeded to swiftly end his life in a matter of minutes. Occurring in the final moments of the season six finale, the entire episode was beautifully accompanied by a chilling orchestral score that added brilliant emotion to an already jaw-dropping chain of events.
The murder of King Joffrey
As we grew increasingly more furious with Joffrey Baratheon’s appalling treatment of everyone around him, including lovely albeit naïve Sansa, there was a disconcerting sense of justice felt all over the world as Joffrey’s life came to a very public end at his own wedding reception. With a conceited smirk inherited from his mother, Joffrey addressed his guests with a short speech following his new partnership with Margaery Tyrell, before requesting his uncle Tyrion pour him a drink. After sipping from the cup, Joffrey began to cough violently and vomit before falling to the ground, his face turning purple as he gestures accusingly towards Tyrion. Graphic and painful, the young king’s death triggered a spiral of fall-outs as his parents sought to avenge him.
Ned Stark’s execution
Quickly becoming a favourite character of many GAME OF THRONES fans in season 1, the execution of loving father and devoted Hand of the King Ned Stark was the first glimpse into how ruthless the Lannisters, and their supporters, were prepared to be in order to maintain their position atop the Iron Throne. After arranging the murder of her husband, Robert Baratheon, Cersei remains by her son Joffrey’s side as he claims the throne for himself. But with Ned threatening to reveal the truth that Cersei’s children are born of incest with her twin brother, Jamie, Cersei bribes Slynt and Baelish to murder Ned’s men and have him incorrectly imprisoned for treason – resulting in his public beheading as his children and wife watch on.
Ramsey Bolton is fed to his dogs
Over the series, we encountered some pretty awful characters – but not many as disturbing as Ramsay Bolton. From physically and mentally assaulting Sansa, his unhappily married wife, to murdering his own father, he is often most remembered for his disgusting imprisonment and ongoing torture of Theon Greyjoy. Physically mutilating Theon’s hands and genitals, Ramsey grinds Theon down to a shell of a man who adopts the personality of ‘Reek’. But after his power in Winterfell is brought to an end when Jon Snow invades to reclaim his home city, Sansa uses his own weapons against him as she leaves Ramsey trapped with his exceedingly hungry hunting dogs. Walking away with a slight smile, vengeance is truly served as Ramsey’s shrieks fade into the distance.
When White Walkers claimed a dragon
As if the birth and rapid increase in strength of Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons wasn’t impressive enough, the sheer power of their flight and flames was emphasised when the undead army killed and resurrected one as a White Walker. Doubling as her beloved children and almost unbeatable weapons, Daenerys had utilised her dragons in an attempt to defend The Great Wall against the nearing threat. But the Night King was waiting with a carefully placed ice spear, and struck down Viserion, one of the beloved beasts, sending him crashing towards a frozen lake where he was turned into an undead monster ruled by the White Walkers. How will it end? We’ll have to watch season 8 to find out.
Try something fun on your Telstra TV
Using your voice-enabled remote, try saying a few signature Game of Thrones phrases to launch the series on your TV at home:
- “Winter Is Coming”
- “You know nothing, Jon Snow”
- “Hold The Door”
- “Iron Throne”
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