The BEST Episodes of Game of Thrones

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

Network: HBO

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and the icy horrors beyond.

Battle of the Bastards

#1 - Battle of the Bastards

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 19, 2016

Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton battle for Winterfell. In Mereen Daenerys deals with old foes and new alliances.

star 8.88
23,619 votes
Writers:
The Winds of Winter

#2 - The Winds of Winter

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 26, 2016

Cercei and Loras are about to face their trial. In Winterfell Davos confronts Melisandre. Bran has another glimpse into the past. Daenerys makes a decision before leaving Mereen. Winter has come.

star 8.83
23,667 votes
Writers:
The Spoils of War

#3 - The Spoils of War

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 6, 2017

The Lannisters pay their debts. Daenerys weighs her options.

star 8.75
21,805 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Dragon and the Wolf

#4 - The Dragon and the Wolf

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 27, 2017

House Lannister, Stark and Targaryen meet at the Dragonpit and negotiate the future of Westeros ...

star 8.73
20,358 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Beyond the Wall

#5 - Beyond the Wall

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 20, 2017

Jon's mission continues north of the wall, but the odds against his ragged band of misfits may be greater than he imagined.

star 8.63
19,712 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Hardhome

#6 - Hardhome

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired May 31, 2015

Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts an old friend. Cersei struggles. Jon travels.

star 8.61
15,487 votes
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Lion and the Rose

#7 - The Lion and the Rose

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 13, 2014

A who’s who of honored guests turns out for Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding in King’s Landing, but the king’s taste in entertainment rubs many of them the wrong way. Meanwhile, Bronn gives a lesson to an unlikely pupil; Bran’s vision helps map out his journey; Stannis loses patience with Davos; and Ramsay takes a perverse delight in his new pet.

star 8.56
17,911 votes
Directors: Alex Graves
Writers: George R. R. Martin
The Long Night

#8 - The Long Night

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 28, 2019

Arya looks to prove her worth as a fighter.

star 8.55
11,850 votes
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Rains of Castamere

#9 - The Rains of Castamere

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 2, 2013

Robb presents himself to Walder Frey, and Edmure meets his bride. Jon faces his harshest test yet. Bran discovers a new gift. Daario and Jorah debate how to take Yunkai. House Frey joins with House Tully.

star 8.50
19,607 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Children

#10 - The Children

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 15, 2014

Circumstances change after an unexpected arrival from north of the Wall. Daenerys must face harsh realities. Bran learns more about his destiny. Tyrion sees the truth about his situation.

star 8.49
16,980 votes
Directors: Alex Graves
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Fire and Blood

#11 - Fire and Blood

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 19, 2011

As tragic news spreads across the Seven Kingdoms, Bran and Rickon share a prophetic dream, Catelyn interrogates Jamie about her son's fall, and Robb's destiny is forever changed. After a surprising decision by his father, Tyrion heads south. Arya assumes a new identity in an attempt to escape King's Landing, and Sansa is terrorized by Joffrey. At the Wall, Jon is forced to choose between the Night's Watch and the family he left behind. Across the sea, Dany pays a terrible price for her love, but finds new hope.

star 8.47
24,000 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Door

#12 - The Door

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired May 22, 2016

Tyrion seeks a strange ally. Bran learns a great deal. Brienne goes on a mission. Arya is given a chance to prove herself.

star 8.46
21,279 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Mountain and the Viper

#13 - The Mountain and the Viper

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 1, 2014

Unexpected visitors arrive in Mole's Town. Sam questions his decision regarding Gilly. Littlefinger's motives are questioned. Sansa is interrogated by Lord Royce. Arya and The Hound arrive at the Bloody Gate. Ramsay tries to prove himself to his father. Tyrion's fate is decided.

star 8.44
16,705 votes
Directors: Alex Graves
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
And Now His Watch Is Ended

#14 - And Now His Watch Is Ended

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 21, 2013

Trouble brews among the Night's Watch at Craster's. Margaery takes Joffrey out of his comfort zone. Arya meets the leader of the Brotherhood. Varys plots revenge on an old foe. Theon mournfully recalls his missteps. Daenerys deftly orchestrates her exit from Astapor.

star 8.44
19,720 votes
Directors: Alex Graves
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Dance of Dragons

#15 - The Dance of Dragons

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 7, 2015

Stannis confronts a troubling decision. Jon returns to The Wall. Mace visits the Iron Bank. Arya encounters someone from her past. Daenerys reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism.

star 8.39
14,681 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Blackwater

#16 - Blackwater

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 27, 2012

Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis’ fleet assaults King’s Landing.

star 8.38
21,025 votes
Directors: Neil Marshall
Writers: George R. R. Martin
Valar Morghulis

#17 - Valar Morghulis

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 3, 2012

Tyrion awakens to a changed situation. King Joffrey doles out rewards to his subjects. As Theon stirs his men to action, Luwin offers some final advice. Brienne silences Jaime. Arya receives a gift from Jaqen. Dany goes to a strange place. Jon proves himself to Qhorin.

star 8.37
19,748 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Laws of Gods and Men

#18 - The Laws of Gods and Men

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 11, 2014

Tyrion faces his father in the throne room. Stannis and Davos put their faith in a new strategy. Daenerys' sphere of influence expands.

star 8.34
17,102 votes
Directors: Alik Sakharov
Writers: Bryan Cogman
The Queen's Justice

#19 - The Queen's Justice

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 30, 2017

Daenerys holds court. Cersei returns a gift. Jaime learns from his mistakes.

star 8.34
20,509 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Book of the Stranger

#20 - Book of the Stranger

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired May 15, 2016

Tyrion strikes a deal. Jorah and Daario undertake a difficult task. Jaime and Cersei try to improve their situation.

star 8.33
20,175 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Mother's Mercy

#21 - Mother's Mercy

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 14, 2015

Stannis marches on Winterfell. With Daenerys missing, Meereen has to find a new custodian. Cersei seeks forgiveness for her sins. Jon deals with life back behind the wall.

star 8.32
14,770 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Watchers on the Wall

#22 - The Watchers on the Wall

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 8, 2014

The Night's Watch attempts to defend Castle Black against Mance Rayder's massive wildling army, who plan to siege the fortress from the north, while a secret garrison of wildlings, including Ygritte, are poised to launch a surprise attack from the south.

star 8.31
17,142 votes
Directors: Neil Marshall
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Home

#23 - Home

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired May 1, 2016

Bran trains with the Three-Eyed Raven. In King’s Landing, Jaime advises Tommen. Tyrion demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne. Ramsay Bolton proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy entertains other proposals.

star 8.29
20,575 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Dave Hill
Dragonstone

#24 - Dragonstone

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 16, 2017

Jon organizes the defense of the North while Cersei tries to even the odds and Daenerys comes home.

star 8.26
21,600 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Baelor

#25 - Baelor

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 12, 2011

With Sansa's life in danger, Ned makes a fateful decision. Catelyn brokers an unsavory deal with the slippery Walder Frey. Tyrion acquires a mistress and is forced by his father to fight on the front lines. Robb wins his first major victory and captures a prized prisoner. Jon is rewarded for his valor and discovers a dark secret about Maester Aemon. As Drogo's wound festers, Dany defies her bloodrider Qotho and puts her trust in the enslaved witch Mirri Maz Duur.

star 8.26
24,138 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff