The Worst Episodes of Game of Thrones

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2019

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.

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

#1 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Season 5 - Episode 6

Arya trains. Jorah and Tyrion run into slavers. Trystane and Myrcella make plans. Jaime and Bronn reach their destination. The Sand Snakes attack.

star 7.69
10,056 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Bryan Cogman
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High Sparrow

#2 - High Sparrow

Season 5 - Episode 3

In Braavos, Arya sees the Many-Faced God; In King's Landing, Queen Margaery enjoys her new husband; Tyrion and Varys walk the Long Bridge of Volantis.

star 7.87
10,787 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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Kill the Boy

#3 - Kill the Boy

Season 5 - Episode 5

Daenerys makes a difficult decision in Meereen; Jon recruits the help of an unexpected ally; Brienne searches for Sansa; Theon remains under Ramsay’s control.

star 7.90
9,819 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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The House of Black and White

#4 - The House of Black and White

Season 5 - Episode 2

Arya arrives in Braavos; Podrick and Brienne run into trouble on the road; Cersei fears for her daughter's safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand seeks revenge for Oberyn's death. Stannis tempts Jon; an adviser tempts Daenerys.

star 7.92
11,087 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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Sons of the Harpy

#5 - Sons of the Harpy

Season 5 - Episode 4

The Faith Militant grow increasingly aggressive. Jaime and Bronn head south. Ellaria and the Sand Snakes vow vengeance.

star 7.95
10,836 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Dave Hill
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The Broken Man

#6 - The Broken Man

Season 6 - Episode 7

The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded.

star 7.97
17,345 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Bryan Cogman
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The Wars to Come

#7 - The Wars to Come

Season 5 - Episode 1

Cersei and Jaime adjust to a world without Tywin; Varys reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion; Daenerys faces a new threat to her rule; Jon is caught between two kings.

star 8.01
12,016 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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The Gift

#8 - The Gift

Season 5 - Episode 7

Jon prepares for conflict. Sansa tries to talk to Theon. Brienne waits for a sign. Stannis remains stubborn. Jaime attempts to reconnect with family.

star 8.01
10,308 votes
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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The Red Woman

#9 - The Red Woman

Season 6 - Episode 1

Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again.

star 8.02
18,050 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
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Lord Snow

#10 - Lord Snow

Season 1 - Episode 3

Arriving at King’s Landing, Ned is shocked to learn of the Crown’s profligacy from his new advisors. At Castle Black, Jon Snow impresses Tyrion at the expense of greener recruits. Suspecting the Lannisters had a hand in Bran’s fall, Catelyn covertly follows her husband to King’s Landing, where she is intercepted by Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. “Littlefinger,” a shrewd longtime ally and brothel owner. Cersei and Jaime ponder the implications of Bran’s recovery; Arya studies swordsmanship. On the road to Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.

star 8.02
11,154 votes
Directors: Brian Kirk
Writers: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
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Dark Wings, Dark Words

#11 - Dark Wings, Dark Words

Season 3 - Episode 2

Sansa says too much. Shae asks Tyrion for a favor. Jaime finds a way to pass the time, while Arya encounters the Brotherhood Without Banners.

star 8.04
9,875 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Vanessa Taylor
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First of His Name

#12 - First of His Name

Season 4 - Episode 5

Jon starts a new mission. Cersei and Tywin consider the next move for the Crown. Daenerys makes plans for the future after hearing the latest news from King's Landing. Lord Baelish and Sansa reach their destination.

star 8.04
10,496 votes
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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The Night Lands

#13 - The Night Lands

Season 2 - Episode 2

In the wake of a bloody purge in the capital, Tyrion chastens Cersei for alienating the king’s subjects. On the road north, Arya shares a secret with Gendry, a Night’s Watch recruit. With supplies dwindling, one of Dany’s scouts returns with news of their position. After nine years as a Stark ward, Theon Greyjoy reunites with his father Balon, who wants to restore the ancient Kingdom of the Iron Islands. Davos enlists Salladhor Saan, a pirate, to join forces with Stannis and Melisandre for a naval invasion of King’s Landing.

star 8.06
9,453 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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The Prince of Winterfell

#14 - The Prince of Winterfell

Season 2 - Episode 8

Theon receives a visitor. Arya asks her third and last death from Jaqen. While Stannis' army is reaching its destination, Davos is offered a reward. Betrayal befalls Robb.

star 8.06
8,672 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

#15 - Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Season 1 - Episode 4

Ned looks for clues to the death of his predecessor, and uncovers one of King Robert’s bastards. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Sam from further abuse at Castle Black; a frustrated Viserys clashes with Daenerys in Vaes Dothrak; Sansa imagines her future as a queen, while Arya envisions a far different future. Catelyn rallies her husband’s allies to make a point, while Tyrion finds himself caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

star 8.06
10,619 votes
Directors: Brian Kirk
Writers: Bryan Cogman
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Blood of My Blood

#16 - Blood of My Blood

Season 6 - Episode 6

An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly meets Sam’s family. Arya faces a difficult choice. Jaime faces off against the High Sparrow.

star 8.07
17,350 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Bryan Cogman
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Oathbreaker

#17 - Oathbreaker

Season 6 - Episode 3

Daenerys meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow. Arya trains to be No One. Varys finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift.

star 8.07
17,103 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
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Garden of Bones

#18 - Garden of Bones

Season 2 - Episode 4

Joffrey punishes Sansa for Robb’s victories, and Tyrion scrambles to temper the king’s cruelty. Catelyn entreats Stannis and Renly to unite against the Lannisters. Dany and her khalasar arrive at the prosperous city of Qarth. Tyrion coerces a relative into being his eyes and ears. Arya and Gendry are taken to Harrenhal, where their lives are in the hands of Ser Gregor Clegane. Stannis orders Davos to smuggle Melisandre into a secret cove.

star 8.08
9,129 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Vanessa Taylor
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No One

#19 - No One

Season 6 - Episode 8

While Jaime weighs his options, Cersei answers a request. Tyrion’s plans bear fruit. Arya faces a new test.

star 8.08
17,327 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
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The Ghost of Harrenhal

#20 - The Ghost of Harrenhal

Season 2 - Episode 5

The Baratheon rivalry ends, driving Catelyn to flee and Littlefinger to act. At King’s Landing, Tyrion’s source alerts him to Joffrey’s defense plan - and a mysterious secret weapon. Theon sails to the Stony Shore to prove he’s worthy to be called Ironborn. At Harrenhal, Arya receives a promise from Jaqen H’ghar, one of the prisoners she saved from the Gold Cloaks. The Night’s Watch arrive at the Fist of the First Men, an ancient ringfort where they hope to stem the wildings' advance.

star 8.08
8,994 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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The Climb

#21 - The Climb

Season 3 - Episode 6

Tywin plans strategic unions for the Lannisters. Melisandre pays a visit to the Riverlands. Robb weighs a compromise to repair his alliance with House Frey. Roose Bolton decides what to do with Jaime Lannister. Jon, Ygritte, and the Wildlings face a daunting climb.

star 8.08
9,506 votes
Directors: Alik Sakharov
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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What is Dead May Never Die

#22 - What is Dead May Never Die

Season 2 - Episode 3

At the Red Keep, Tyrion plots three alliances through the promise of marriage. Catelyn arrives in the Stormlands to forge an alliance of her own, but King Renly, his new wife Margaery, and her brother Loras Tyrell have other plans. At Winterfell, Luwin tries to decipher Bran’s dreams.

star 8.08
9,079 votes
Directors: Alik Sakharov
Writers: Bryan Cogman
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Winter Is Coming

#23 - Winter Is Coming

Season 1 - Episode 1

Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell learns that his mentor, Jon Arryn, has died and that King Robert is on his way north to offer Ned Arryn’s position as the King’s Hand. Across the Narrow Sea in Pentos, Viserys Targaryen plans to wed his sister Daenerys to the nomadic Dothraki warrior leader, Khal Drogo to forge an alliance to take the throne.

star 8.09
15,474 votes
Directors: Tim Van Patten
Writers: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
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The Wolf and the Lion

#24 - The Wolf and the Lion

Season 1 - Episode 5

Incensed over news of Daenerys’ alliance with the Dothrakis, Robert orders a preemptive strike on the Targaryens that drives a wedge in his relationship with Ned. A captive Tyrion helps Catelyn, but receives a cold reception at the Eyrie from her sister, Jon Arryn’s widow Lysa. Sansa is charmed by the dashing Ser Loras Tyrell, a.k.a. the Knight of Flowers. Arya overhears a plot against her father.

star 8.09
10,292 votes
Directors: Brian Kirk
Writers: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
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The Kingsroad

#25 - The Kingsroad

Season 1 - Episode 2

Having agreed to become the King’s Hand, Ned leaves Winterfell with daughters Sansa and Arya, while Catelyn stays behind in Winterfell. Jon Snow heads north to join the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch. Tyrion decides to forego the trip south with his family, instead joining Jon in the entourage heading to the Wall. Viserys bides his time in hopes of winning back the throne, while Daenerys focuses her attention on learning how to please her new husband, Drogo.

star 8.09
12,146 votes
Directors: Tim Van Patten
Writers: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
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