- The final season of “Game of Thrones” premieres on April 14, wrapping up the popular series by George R.R. Martin that first aired in 2011.
- In preparation for the end, we had fans of the show discuss some of the most memorable moments from the first seven seasons.
- From “the red wedding” to “the purple wedding,” here are 14 scenes that viewers couldn’t stop talking about.
Following is a transcript of the video.
Kim Renfro: No!
Ian Phillips: Hold the door!
Chris Snyder: I can’t really look.
A.C. Fowler: Ugh… That’s a great way to start it.
Narrator: The first seven seasons of “Game of Thrones” were filled with lots of death, drama, deception, and, of course, dragons. Ahead of the final season, we’re going to count down some of the most memorable moments from the show.
Warning: Spoilers are coming.
Chris: One of Dany’s defining moments is when she kills the slave masters at Astapor.
Meredith Geaghan-Breiner: Basically Daenerys trades Drogon, her dragon, to him in return for freeing all of the Unsullied.
Kim: Dany’s just constantly underestimated and especially by men.
Meredith: There’s this great reveal when she shows that she actually has been understanding him the whole time.
Kim: I also like the detail. She’s wearing the same cape that all the slave masters do, but she has one shoulder overturned, which is the sign that she’s about to flip everything on its head.
Meredith: And the dragon burns the head slave master guy.
A.C.: She’s so regal, so in charge, so powerful.
Kim: This is a quintessential moment of the way that Dany approaches justice and the way that she’s going to rule moving forward.
Septa Unella: Shame. Shame.
Ian: Cersei’s been a villain throughout the entire show, and this is the first moment where you really feel a lot of sympathy for her.
Matt Stuart: So she’s being held captive by the Faith of the Seven for a little while.
Kim: The High Sparrow forces her to do this “walk of atonement.” So he strips her naked, cuts off all of her hair and has her walk from the Sept of Baelor back to the Red Keep.
Chris: She’s been pretty ruthless up until this point, so you don’t feel that bad for her, but you do.
Matt: And they ring this bell, and everybody was going “Shame, shame, shame.”
A.C.: “Shame, shame, shame.”
Meredith: “Shame, shame, shame.”
Kim: It’s just so gross and dehumanising.
Meredith: Inside she’s plotting the things that she’s going to do to avenge this whole thing.
Ian: In an epic cliffhanger, Jon Snow was murdered.
Chris: In “Game of Thrones,” anyone can die, but they can also come back to life.
Kim: Jon Snow’s resurrection had so much buildup to it.
Ian: You could say it was shocking, but I feel like everyone knew this was coming.
Kim: Ghost wakes up and notices that he’s about to come to life.
A.C.: That’s like such an iconic moment.
Kim: Seeing Kit Harington open his eyes and gasp was just like, “Agh! Finally!”
Chris: And everyone could all breathe a sigh of relief that Jon Snow was alive.
Tyrion Lannister: I wish I was the monster you think I am.
A.C.: Tyrion is on trial for killing Joffrey.
Kim: And we, the audience, all know that he didn’t have anything to do with it.
Meredith: He, like, goes off on his whole family, which is really satisfying to watch.
Matt: This was amazing. It was just this passionate speech, and this is when he demands the trial by combat.
Meredith: Bearded Tyrion is my favourite Tyrion. This is when he starts going through his, like, dark phase.
Ian: It’s just Peter Dinklage showing why he’s won multiple Emmys for this show, and it’s also one of the best written moments in the show. It’s an amazing monologue.
Tyrion: I did not kill Joffrey, but I wish that I had! A.C.: Peter Dinklage deserves every Emmy he got.
Kim: Nobody’s dying. There’s no big war. It’s just a camera focused on a masterful actor.
Kim: The Purple Wedding is the antidote to the Red Wedding.
Ian: This is when Joffrey is getting married to Margaery Tyrell. Meredith: Joffrey is tormenting Tyrion, as he loves to do.
Matt: And he winds up being poisoned and dying, and it’s supposed to be a mystery as to who actually poisoned him.
Chris: Weddings never turn out to be happy occasions.
Matt: If you’re getting married in Westeros, maybe reconsider. A.C.: To watch him choke, literally, is one of the most satisfying moments in this entire series because he sucks.
Meredith: For a poison death, it’s like a really gruesome death scene.
Kim: His eyes are bleeding. Chris: He was such a little brat. He definitely deserved to die.
A.C.: I love Olenna ’cause she’s like, “Help the poor boy, somebody!”
Ian: Oh, brutal. A.C.: I do not care about Cersei’s tears. Ugh!
Matt: Loot Train Attack is one of the best scenes in the entire show.
A.C.: Daenerys like really becomes part of what’s happening in Westeros.
Chris: Bronn and Jaime are just sitting there looking on like, “What is happening?”
Meredith: And you hear the hooves of the Dothraki’s horses as they’re approaching. Then they come over the hill, and then all h— breaks loose.
A.C.: They are just not prepared for this dragon at all, and I love it.
Matt: They just come flying in, burn the soldiers, burn the wagons.
Kim: And it makes you feel kind of terrible about the Lannister soldiers being burned alive and just completely decimated.
Chris: That dragon is huge now.
Kim: The face everybody makes when they see a dragon for the first time in the show is always so good.
Ian: There were real stunt men on fire in this scene, too. It’s like watching a scene straight out of Hell.
Matt: It just shows how powerful Daenerys and her army really are.
Ian: So this is Hardhome. This is one of the most famous battles from the entire show.
Kim: It was this moment when both book readers and show watchers were able to experience something fresh together for the first time, and it was amazing.
Matt: So at Hardhome, Jon Snow is with the Wildlings and the Night’s Watch, and the Night King and his army show up.
Chris: This was sort of the Night King’s coming out party.
Kim: This is also the first time that we prominently see the Night King in action. We’d only really gotten a glimpse of him at the end of an episode before.
Meredith: Basically the Night King and Jon Snow have this really intense face-off.
A.C.: The way they look at each other is just like…
Ian: The most famous moment from this is we just see the Night King standing there and lift his arms up.
Meredith: And you just get, like, goosebumps down your spine.
A.C.: I didn’t realise how slow this movement was. He’s taking his sweet time.
Kim: And also, we learned that Valyrian steel kills White Walkers. That was so cool.
Kim: Battle of Blackwater was really the first time that the show was able to flex their budgetary muscles.
A.C.: Stannis’ troops are coming up against King’s Landing, but Tyrion, smart as ever, has a plan.
Matt: It just shows how great Tyrion is that he thought of this.
Kim: It’s like watching a nuclear bomb go off the way that everybody reacts to it.
Matt: And it’s just green flames everywhere.
Meredith: You’re not, like, rooting for a particular side necessarily, like, you care about people on both sides.
Matt: Yeah, Stannis had no idea what he was up against.
Meredith: Bronn is invincible. He’s never gonna die.
Chris: The Battle of the Bastards is one of the best battle scenes in “Game of Thrones.”
Kim: It was just one of the most beautifully shot and directed sequences that was so visceral.
Ian: Jon Snow leads an entire army to retake Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton.
A.C.: He is just disgusting and sick and psychotic.
Matt: You also have this amazing moment where Jon Snow takes off his belt, holds up his sword, and Ramsay’s entire army is charging at him, and he just like, “Bring it.”
Ian: It has an epic and cinematic quality to it.
Meredith: It’s probably my favourite scene in the whole show.
Chris: He’s about to take out all the horses with one swoop.
Meredith: Kit Harington was, like, actually there with all those horses charging right at him.
Ian: This is the moment where your feel like Jon could truly be king.
Kim: Iconic, absolutely iconic.
A.C.: Oh, my gosh! This is like one of the best things I’ve ever seen on television.
Kim: And Ramsay is finally toast. I mean it’s sad because of Rickon and everything, but he should have zigzagged, so it’s really his fault.
Oberyn Martell: Say it!
Ian: Tyrion has been accused of murdering Joffrey, and he calls for a trial by combat.
Kim: Oberyn Martell versus Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.
Chris: You saw Oberyn, he was winning, he was beating The Mountain, and then all of a sudden things take a turn.
Kim: He punches out his teeth, which is so gnarly, and then just squeezes his head until it explodes.
Matt: And you honestly thought Oberyn was going to win that fight until the very end.
Ian: It is a shocking, horrifying moment. Even for a show that is full of horrifying moments, this might be the worst.
Matt: Everybody looks away or looks down after it happens except Cersei.
Chris: Honestly, I can’t watch it still to this day. If I see it, I have to turn away. It’s pretty gross. Kim: Yeah, that. That’s everyone’s face.
Chris: I can’t really look.
A.C.: Oh, my gosh! Ian: I remember I couldn’t sleep for that entire night. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Meredith: It was just the worst way I’ve ever seen someone die on screen.
Matt: Sept of Baelor explosion was how Cersei killed a lot of her enemies.
Kim: I think from the very beginning you knew that something different was happening. And it had to do with the score because Ramin Djawadi, who does all the music for “Game of Thrones,” he had intentionally never used piano before in any of the scenes.
Ian: This is really one of the best scenes in the entire show, like the music is chilling. Cersei blows up the church using a whole lot of wildfire.
A.C.: The only thing that made me mad about this is that Margaery was in the Sept. I love Margaery Tyrell!
Meredith: RIP, Margaery. She was great.
Kim: Margaery was right. Always listen to women. Ian: We’ll never have a better “Game of Thrones” scene than this.
Kim: The pacing and the buildup of that was just so masterful.
Matt: The High Sparrow, she got Margaery Tyrell, she got Loras Tyrell.
Kim: That’s so…she just murdered so many people. That person didn’t do anything.
A.C.: Yes, Cersei, look on. She does not give a “F.” Ian: That is the most GIF-able moment of the entire show, just absolutely iconic.
Meredith: This is Cersei’s version of self care.
Meera: Hold the door! Chris: Hodor, hold the door. Hodor, hold the door.
Kim: It’s so hard to explain.
Meredith: Bran and Meera are trying to escape. They’re leaving Hodor behind, and he’s trying to hold the door against all of the White Walkers.
A.C.: It was, like, really confusing ’cause it’s like we’re seeing two Hodors at once. We’re, like, learning a lot about Hodor, and then he dies.
Matt: Bran kind of goes into Hodor’s head.
Kim: Bran accidentally warged him into his child self, and he witnessed his own death during which Meera Reed was yelling at him to, “Hold the doors.”
Matt: It’s almost like he’s having a seizure in the past.
Ian: I remember when I first watched this, my mouth was agape.
Kim: So messed up.
Ian: Oh. When you hear, “Hold the door,” this gives me chills.
Kim: He had one job, and he did it so well. Meredith: To his credit, he does hold that door for a really long time.
Matt: Hodor. Hodor!
A.C.: Hold the door!
Meredith: This was a character I really didn’t want to see go.
Ian: He really got a good send-off and a really deserving send-off, and he got to die with honour.
Matt: You know that a lot of people in this show are going to die. You just have to accept that going into it.
Kim: Leading up to the first season, everybody thought that Ned Stark was the protagonist of this series, that he was gonna be the person that we were following across this big epic fantasy tale.
Chris: So George R.R. Martin kills off the main character in the first season of the show.
A.C.: I could not believe that they killed him off so early.
Matt: It sets up the war. It sets up everything.
Kim: Ned was really that very first moment that people realised, “Oh, this is not the show I thought I was watching. It’s actually way cooler.”
Chris: Basically, everyone’s on the chopping block, literally.
A.C.: I think this I like the first time we really see how ruthless Joffrey is.
Kim: And then, “Sir Ilyn, bring me his head.” Just upends everything. Ian: So we think here that maybe Ned Stark is about to be spared some mercy from Joffrey, but instead Joffrey decides to go, “Off with his head.”
Matt: That is a giant sword. Wow, Arya looks so young.
Ian: They really, like, show his head coming off.
Kim: Poor dead Ned is no more.
A.C.: Also, the crowd, could you just hush a bit. Come on.
Kim: Ugh. The Red Wedding.
Matt: I had read the books, so I knew it was coming.
Chris: The Red Wedding is one of those moments in the show that everyone knows, even if you don’t watch the show.
Meredith: The Red Wedding happened as an attempt to repair the relationship between the Starks and the Freys. At first it seems like it’s going surprisingly well.
Kim: When it started, it was just like your stomach just drops. As soon at Catelyn hears “The Rains of Castamere” play, and the entire tone just shifted.
A.C.: It is like the bloodiest thing ever. It’s really shocking. It’s so gory.
Matt: Killed Catelyn Stark, killed Robb Stark, killed his direwolf.
Ian: Oh, this is the worst. Matt: And killing, killing. Oh my God. They are just getting massacred.
Meredith: They don’t call it the Red Wedding for no reason.
A.C.: They should have seen it coming. Walder Frey is crazy.
Ian: This was supposed to be a big, happy, joyous event.
Kim: It was brutal. There’s no other word for it. Just brutal.
A.C.: I would just like to say that from season one, the people in King’s Landing totally suck. All they do is ask for blood, beg for blood. I’m like, “Could you all calm down and be civilized?”
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