15 Of the greatest ever 'Game of Thrones' scenes, ranked
Game of Thrones' final season has come and gone, and it's left a lot of people feeling a little lost. There are a lot of people who were thoroughly disappointed with those final few episodes (myself included), but no one can deny that the series has given us some incredible scenes over the years.
Here's some of the best the HBO had to offer in its eight season run, from great to absolute best.
15. Arya Stark survives King's Landing
Season Eight, Episode Five: 'The Bells'
Whatever you think of the final seasons, it definitely had its moments - including some incredible scenes of Arya fleeing Daenerys' attack on King's Landing.
14. Brienne is knighted
Season Eight Episode Two: 'A Knight of Seven Kingdoms'
Brienne was worthy of becoming a knight long before Jaime made her one, and all that wait made her smile even better.
13. The Dragon Attack on the Lannister Convoy
Season Seven Episode Four: 'The Spoils of War'
After years of building up to it, seeing Daenerys' dragons finally in action as they burned a convoy of supplies for the Lannister forces was beyond satisfying.
12. Ned's Execution
Season One Episode Nine: 'Baelor'
This list wasn't going to be all fun and games, was it? The death of Eddard Stark was tragic and shocking in many ways - and made sure everyone watching knew that Game of Thrones wasn't going to play by the rules.
11. Viserys' Death
Season One Episode Six: 'A Golden Crown'
There have been a lot of deaths in Game of Thrones since it started back in 2011, but this one might still be crowned as one of the most brutal and memorable of the bunch.
10. Little Finger's 'Chaos is a Ladder' speech
Season Three Episode Six: 'The Climb'
Peter Baelish was the a master of manipulation during his time in Westeros, and his view on the world was never better expressed than in this episode-closing speech.
9. The Hound vs. Brienne
Season Four Episode 10: 'The Children'
This was the one-on-one match-up very few of us was expecting, but once it happened it was all we could talk about.
8. Cersei destroys the Sept
Season Six Episode 10: 'The Winds of Winter'
Cersei had her fair share of tough times to go through in the sixth season ("shame! shame!") but when she eventually pulled off her scheme to rid herself of all her enemies, it was brutal... and just a little bit satisfying.
7. The Battle of Hardhome
Season Five, Episode Eight: 'Hardhome'
The first time Jon laid eyes on The Night King was at the end of a brutal battle with the dead that left him and his fellow living fighters barely standing. The enemy bringing all their fallen comrades back to life was a cruel twist of fate for a haunting scene.
6. The Red Wedding
Season Three Episode Nine: 'The Rains of Castamere'
What's it with Game of Thrones and having its most tragic scenes happen in the ninth episode? Even five seasons on, this one ranks among the most cruel and heartbreaking. "The Lannisters send their regards."
5. Hold the door
Season Six Episode Five - 'The Door'
Everyone loves Hodor, but few expected him to have such a shocking and sad ending in the sixth season of the show. We didn't need to know why he could only say 'Hodor', but finding out that it was all the fault of Bran's warg meddling was a real twist of the knife.
4. Oberyn fights The Mountain
Season Four Episode Eight: 'The Mountain and the Viper'
The fight scene is incredible - and no one saw that ending coming. One of the most gut-wrenching scenes in the show and a tragic end to a fantastic character.
3. Jaime's confession to Brienne
Season Three Episode Five: 'Kissed By Fire'
Top notch acting from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau here turned Jaime from a love-to-hate villain into one of the show's best characters, as he confessed to Brienne exactly what he did to earn the title 'Kingslayer'.
2. Daenerys frees the Unsullied
Season Three Episode Four: 'And Now His Watch Is Ended'
Few scenes are quite as satisfying as this one, in which Daenerys not only frees the Unsullied warriors from slavery, but takes quick revenge on the masters who ruled over them.
1. Tyrion's courtroom speech
Season Four Episode Six: 'The Laws of Gods and Men'
My number one pick for the series isn't a big battle, but a powerful speech. Tyrion cemented himself as one of our favourite characters when he delivered this monologue in court, ending in a demand to for a trial by combat.
Even with this many in the list, there are plenty great ones left out. Why not check out some of the show's most satisfying death scenes while you're here?