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  • Best Game of Thrones episodes

    Based on George R.R. Martin's book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones” has brought the saga of Westeros to a larger mainstream audience. Ever since the show premiered in April 2011, it has thrilled audiences with dazzling fantastical action sequences, while consistently shocking viewers with unexpected character deaths.

    The HBO series is reaching its eighth and final broadcast season, with fans questioning who will eventually sit on the Iron Throne. The television show has since surpassed the book series in terms of source material, meaning that these final six episodes will be unpredictable. Fan favorite characters like Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister will have to band together in an unlikely alliance in order to defeat the threat of the undead White Walkers.

    Prior to this war between the living and the dead, "Game of Thrones" presented 67 episodes over seven broadcast seasons. Not all fans agree on which of these episodes were the best, so Stacker turned to the hard data. Using information from IMDb, Stacker has compiled a ranking of the best “Game of Thrones” episodes, from worst to best. These episodes are ranked by the user ratings of each episode, with ties being broken by the number of votes. The data was pulled from IMDb as recently as April 5, 2019.

    Each entry of this list will have a brief summary of that episode, along with any significance it may have held to fans and interesting pieces of trivia. With the final season of “Game of Thrones” now upon us, fans are undoubtedly refreshing their memories through binge-watching. Which “Game of Thrones” episode was your favorite?

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  • #67. Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - IMDb votes: 20,229
    - Air date: May 17, 2015
    - Season 5, episode 6

    Perhaps one of the most controversial episodes in the show's run was “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” which is named after the House Martell motto. The Sand Snake sisters from House Martell ambush Jaime Lannister and Bronn in a fight scene criticized for its choreography and editing. Most significant was the wedding between Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton, who later rapes Sansa in a scene that was widely viewed as exploitative and unnecessary.

  • #66. Blood of My Blood

    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - IMDb votes: 23,613
    - Air date: May 29, 2016
    - Season 6, episode 6

    Old characters returned in this season six episode, with the infamous Walder Frey (David Bradley) reappearing three years after the so-called “Red Wedding.” But more significant was the return of Benjen Stark, as Benjen had been missing since season one of the series.

  • #65. No One

    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - IMDb votes: 26,437
    - Air date: June 12, 2016
    - Season 6, episode 8

    After failing at numerous tasks in her training to become an assassin, Arya Stark finds herself on the run from a rival. Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen returns to Meereen with new forces, only to find the city under attack from slavers. Some critics found Arya's plotline to be anticlimactic, while viewers were disappointed in the off-screen death of the character known as the Blackfish.

  • #64. High Sparrow

    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - IMDb votes: 17,022
    - Air date: April 26, 2015
    - Season 5, episode 3

    Named after the character played by Jonathan Pryce, “High Sparrow” fleshes out this pious figure. He is named the High Septon by Queen Cersei Lannister over the course of this episode. "High Sparrow" also features a significant crossover between two characters, as Tyrion Lannister is kidnapped by Jorah Mormont, who intends to take him to Daenerys as a gift.

  • #63. The House of Black and White

    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - IMDb votes: 17,716
    - Air date: April 19, 2015
    - Season 5, episode 2

    “The House of Black and White” refers to the headquarters of the Faceless Men, the organization of disguised assassins that Arya Stark hopes to join. As she waits outside the titular location, her brother Jon Snow faces a new challenge at The Wall. In a close election, Jon is elected the new lord commander of the Night's Watch.

  • #62. The Night Lands

    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - IMDb votes: 17,954
    - Air date: April 8, 2012
    - Season 2, episode 2

    This early season two episode contains some important setup, though many critics dismissed it as a “placeholder episode.” "The Night Lands" introduces some of Theon Greyjoy's family, including his father Balon Greyjoy and his sister Yara. Stannis Baratheon continues to plan his campaign for King's Landing and is seduced by his Red Priestess Melisandre, who promises a son.

  • #61. The Wars to Come

    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - IMDb votes: 20,754
    - Air date: April 12, 2015
    - Season 5, episode 1

    This season five premiere was the rare “Game of Thrones” episode to feature a flashback, beginning with a young Cersei Lannister learning her future from a fortune teller. At the Wall, Stannis Baratheon sentences the “King Beyond the Wall” Mance Rayder to death for not swearing loyalty after his defeat, with Jon Snow shooting Mance in the heart to spare him from being burnt at the stake. Overall, critics described “The Wars to Come” as a solid, if uneventful, premiere.

  • #60. The Red Woman

    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - IMDb votes: 29,566
    - Air date: April 24, 2016
    - Season 6, episode 1

    At this point in “Game of Thrones,” the HBO series had surpassed the book series in plot progression, with season six delving into new story territory. Jon Snow's allies begin to lose hope after he was killed by mutineers within the Night's Watch; meanwhile, Arya Stark struggles in Braavos, having been blinded after a previous failure. While the season six premiere was generally liked, many critics took issue with the Dorne plotline, especially as it diverged further from the books.

  • #59. Dark Wings, Dark Words

    - IMDb user rating: 8.7
    - IMDb votes: 17,251
    - Air date: April 7, 2013
    - Season 3, episode 2

    A relatively slow episode in the third season, “Dark Wings, Dark Words” introduced some important new characters. Dame Diana Rigg made her first appearance as Lady Olenna Tyrell, nicknamed the “Queen of Thorns,” while Bran Stark's allies Jojen and Meera also debuted. Most prominent was actor Iwan Rheon, whose character would later be revealed as Ramsay Snow.

  • #58. Kill the Boy

    - IMDb user rating: 8.7
    - IMDb votes: 17,849
    - Air date: May 10, 2015
    - Season 5, episode 5

    In the middle of season five, Jorah Mormont continues his trek with Tyrion Lannister as his prisoner. After the duo is attacked by men heavily infected with greyscale, Jorah unexpectedly falls ills with the same disease. At the Wall, Jon Snow seeks advice from Maester Aemon, who advises to “kill the boy and let the man be born."

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