The WORST Episodes of Game of Thrones

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2022

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.

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The Iron Throne

#1 - The Iron Throne

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired May 19, 2019

In the aftermath of the devastating attack on King's Landing, Daenerys must face the survivors.

star 6.68
11,195 votes
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Bells

#2 - The Bells

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired May 12, 2019

Varys betrays his queen, and Daenerys brings her forces to King's Landing.

star 7.62
9,944 votes
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Last of the Starks

#3 - The Last of the Starks

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired May 5, 2019

In the wake of a costly victory, Jon and Daenerys look to the south as Tyrion eyes a compromise that could save countless lives.

star 7.70
10,405 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

#4 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired May 17, 2015

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

star 7.72
14,075 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Bryan Cogman
High Sparrow

#5 - High Sparrow

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 26, 2015

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
15,097 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Kill the Boy

#6 - Kill the Boy

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired May 10, 2015

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
13,862 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The House of Black and White

#7 - The House of Black and White

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 19, 2015

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 7.91
15,334 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Sons of the Harpy

#8 - Sons of the Harpy

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired May 3, 2015

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

star 7.91
15,260 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Dave Hill
The Ghost of Harrenhal

#9 - The Ghost of Harrenhal

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 29, 2012

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 7.93
21,136 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Dark Wings, Dark Words

#10 - Dark Wings, Dark Words

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 7, 2013

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 7.93
19,669 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Vanessa Taylor
First of His Name

#11 - First of His Name

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 4, 2014

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 7.93
16,963 votes
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Broken Man

#12 - The Broken Man

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 5, 2016

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

star 7.95
20,428 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Bryan Cogman
Lord Snow

#13 - Lord Snow

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 1, 2011

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 7.96
27,179 votes
Directors: Brian Kirk
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Climb

#14 - The Climb

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 5, 2013

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 7.96
18,434 votes
Directors: Alik Sakharov
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Wars to Come

#15 - The Wars to Come

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 12, 2015

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 7.97
16,332 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Night Lands

#16 - The Night Lands

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 8, 2012

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 7.97
22,016 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
The Prince of Winterfell

#17 - The Prince of Winterfell

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 20, 2012

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 7.97
20,439 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

#18 - Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 8, 2011

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 7.97
25,928 votes
Directors: Brian Kirk
Writers: Bryan Cogman
Garden of Bones

#19 - Garden of Bones

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 22, 2012

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 7.98
21,350 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Vanessa Taylor
Kissed by Fire

#20 - Kissed by Fire

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 28, 2013

The Hound is judged by the gods. Jaime is judged by men. Jon proves himself. Robb is betrayed. Tyrion learns the cost of weddings.

star 7.98
18,761 votes
Directors: Alex Graves
Writers: Bryan Cogman
Walk of Punishment

#21 - Walk of Punishment

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 14, 2013

Tyrion shoulders new responsibilities. Jon is taken to the Fist of the First Men. Daenerys meets with the slavers. Jaime strikes a deal with his captors.

star 7.98
19,723 votes
Directors: David Benioff
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
What is Dead May Never Die

#22 - What is Dead May Never Die

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 15, 2012

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 7.98
21,180 votes
Directors: Alik Sakharov
Writers: Bryan Cogman
The Kingsroad

#23 - The Kingsroad

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 24, 2011

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 7.99
29,590 votes
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
Winter Is Coming

#24 - Winter Is Coming

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 17, 2011

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 7.99
35,038 votes
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
A Man Without Honor

#25 - A Man Without Honor

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 13, 2012

Jamie meets a distant relative. Daenerys receives an invitation to the House of the Undying. Theon leads a search party. Jon loses his way in the wilderness. Cersei counsels Sansa.

star 7.99
20,938 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff