The BEST episodes written by David Benioff

The Spoils of War
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8.76
19527 votes

#1 - The Spoils of War

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 4

The Lannisters pay their debts. Daenerys weighs her options. Arya comes home.

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The Dragon and the Wolf
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8.72
18414 votes

#2 - The Dragon and the Wolf

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 7

Tyrion tries to save Westeros from itself. Sansa questions loyalties.

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Hardhome
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8.62
14581 votes

#3 - Hardhome

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 8

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

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Beyond the Wall
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8.62
17831 votes

#4 - Beyond the Wall

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 6

Jon and the Brotherhood hunt the dead. Arya confronts Sansa. Tyrion thinks about the future.

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The Long Night
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8.50
12623 votes

#5 - The Long Night

Game of Thrones - Season 8 - Episode 3

Arya looks to prove her worth as a fighter.

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The Rains of Castamere
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8.49
18630 votes

#6 - The Rains of Castamere

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 9

House Frey joins forces with House Tully. Jon faces his most difficult test yet.

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The Children
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8.49
15875 votes

#7 - The Children

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 10

Dany faces some harsh realities; Tyrion sees the truth of his situation.

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Fire and Blood
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8.47
23283 votes

#8 - Fire and Blood

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 10

A new king rises in the North; a Khaleesi finds new hope.

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The Door
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8.46
18931 votes

#9 - The Door

Game of Thrones - Season 6 - Episode 5

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

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And Now His Watch Is Ended
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8.43
18825 votes

#10 - And Now His Watch Is Ended

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 4

The Night's Watch takes stock. Varys meets his better. Arya is taken to the commander of the Brotherhood. Dany exchanges a chain for a whip.

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The Mountain and the Viper
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8.43
15687 votes

#11 - The Mountain and the Viper

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 8

Mole's Town receives some unexpected visitors. Littlefinger's motives are questioned. Tyrion's fate is decided.

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The Dance of Dragons
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8.39
13821 votes

#12 - The Dance of Dragons

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 9

Stannis confronts a troubling decision. Jon returns to The Wall. Mace visits the Iron Bank. Arya encounters someone from her past.

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Valar Morghulis
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8.37
19105 votes

#13 - Valar Morghulis

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 10

Tyrion wakes up in a new world; Dany goes to a strange place; Jon proves himself.

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Mother's Mercy
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8.33
13815 votes

#14 - Mother's Mercy

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 10

Stannis marches. Dany is surrounded by strangers. Cersei seeks forgiveness. Jon is challenged.

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Book of the Stranger
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8.33
17952 votes

#15 - Book of the Stranger

Game of Thrones - Season 6 - Episode 4

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

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The Queen's Justice
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8.32
18405 votes

#16 - The Queen's Justice

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 3

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

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The Watchers on the Wall
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8.32
16116 votes

#17 - The Watchers on the Wall

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 9

Jon Snow and the rest of the Night's Watch face the biggest challenge to the Wall yet.

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Baelor
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8.27
23396 votes

#18 - Baelor

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 9

Ned makes a fateful decision; Robb takes a prized prisoner; Dany finds her reign imperiled.

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Flowers for Charlie
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8.26
1484 votes

#19 - Flowers for Charlie

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 9 - Episode 8

When an experiment successfully multiplies Charlie's intellect and takes him away from the bar, the rest of the gang find themselves struggling to complete the menial "Charlie Work" that has kept the bar running for so long.

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Dragonstone
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8.24
19254 votes

#20 - Dragonstone

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 1

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

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A Golden Crown
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8.24
23992 votes

#21 - A Golden Crown

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 6

Ned makes a controversial decree; Tyrion confesses to his 'crimes'; Viserys receives final payment for Daenerys.

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Two Swords
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8.22
16682 votes

#22 - Two Swords

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 1

King's Landing prepares for a royal wedding; Dany finds the way to Meereen; the Night's Watch braces for a new threat.

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Mockingbird
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8.21
15345 votes

#23 - Mockingbird

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 7

Tyrion enlists an unlikely ally. Daario entreats Dany to allow him to do what he does best. Jon's warnings fall on deaf ears.

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Mhysa
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8.21
16498 votes

#24 - Mhysa

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 10

Joffrey challenges Tywin. Dany waits to see if she is a conqueror or a liberator.

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Breaker of Chains
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8.17
15604 votes

#25 - Breaker of Chains

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 3

Tyrion ponders his options; Tywin extends an olive branch; Jon proposes a bold plan; The Hound teaches Arya the way things are.

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You Win or You Die
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8.16
24596 votes

#26 - You Win or You Die

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 7

Ned confronts Cersei about her secrets; Jon takes his Night's Watch vows; Drogo promises to lead the Dothraki to King's Landing.

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Second Sons
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8.08
17215 votes

#27 - Second Sons

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 8

Dany meets the Titan's Bastard; King's Landing hosts a royal wedding.

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Valar Dohaeris
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8.04
19490 votes

#28 - Valar Dohaeris

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 1

Jon is tested by the wildling king; Tyrion asks for his reward; Dany sails to Slaver's Bay.

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The Wolf and the Lion
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8.04
24585 votes

#29 - The Wolf and the Lion

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ned refuses an order from the King; Tyrion escapes one perilous encounter, only to find himself in another.

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No One
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8.03
17602 votes

#30 - No One

Game of Thrones - Season 6 - Episode 8

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

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Oathbreaker
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8.03
17652 votes

#31 - Oathbreaker

Game of Thrones - Season 6 - Episode 3

Daenerys meets her future. Arya trains to be No One.

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The Gift
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8.01
13060 votes

#32 - The Gift

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 7

Jon prepares for conflict. Sansa tries to talk to Theon. Brienne waits for a sign. Stannis remains stubborn.

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The North Remembers
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7.99
21668 votes

#33 - The North Remembers

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 1

Tyrion arrives to save Joffrey's crown from threats old and new; Daenerys searches for allies and water in the Red Waste.

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The Red Woman
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7.99
18430 votes

#34 - The Red Woman

Game of Thrones - Season 6 - Episode 1

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

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A Man Without Honor
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7.98
19958 votes

#35 - A Man Without Honor

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 7

Jaime meets a distant relative; Dany receives an invitation; Theon leads a search party; Jon loses his way in the wilderness.

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The Kingsroad
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7.98
28059 votes

#36 - The Kingsroad

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 2

The Lannisters plot to ensure Bran's silence; Jon and Tyrion head to the Wall; Ned faces a family crisis en route to King's Landing.

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Winter Is Coming
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7.98
32971 votes

#37 - Winter Is Coming

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 1

Lord Ned Stark is troubled by disturbing reports form a Night's Watch deserter; King Robert arrives at Winterfell.

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Walk of Punishment
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7.98
18538 votes

#38 - Walk of Punishment

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 3

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

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The Wars To Come
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7.96
14826 votes

#39 - The Wars To Come

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 1

Tyrion learns of a conspiracy and Jon is caught between two kings.

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The Prince of Winterfell
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7.96
19465 votes

#40 - The Prince of Winterfell

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 8

Theon holds down the fort; Arya calls in her debt with Jaqen; Robb is betrayed; Stannis and Davros approach their destination.

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The Night Lands
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7.95
20867 votes

#41 - The Night Lands

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 2

Arya shares a secret with a familiar recruit; a scout returns to Dany with disturbing news; Theon comes home to the Iron Islands.

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Lord Snow
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7.95
25778 votes

#42 - Lord Snow

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 3

Jon impresses Tyrion at Castle Black; Ned confronts his past and future at King's Landing; Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.

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The Climb
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7.95
17249 votes

#43 - The Climb

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 6

Four Houses consider make-or-break alliances. Jon and the Wildlings face a daunting climb.

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First of His Name
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7.93
15636 votes

#44 - First of His Name

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 5

Cersei and Tywin plot the Crown's next move. Dany discusses future plans. Jon Snow embarks on a new mission.

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The Ghost of Harrenhal
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7.92
20078 votes

#45 - The Ghost of Harrenhal

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 5

The Baratheon rivalry ends; Tyrion learns of Cersei's secret weapon; Dany suffers a loss; Arya collects a debt she didn't know was owed.

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The House of Black and White
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7.91
14037 votes

#46 - The House of Black and White

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 2

Arya arrives in Braavos. Pod and Brienne find trouble. Cersei fears for her daughter's safety. Stannis tempts Jon. An adviser tempts Dany.

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Kill the Boy
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7.90
12757 votes

#47 - Kill the Boy

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 5

Dany makes a difficult decision in Meereen. Jon recruits the help of an unexpected ally. Brienne searches for Sansa.

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High Sparrow
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7.87
13803 votes

#48 - High Sparrow

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 3

Cersei does justice; Arya see the Many-Faced God; Tyrion walks the Long Bridge of Volantis.

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The Last of the Starks
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7.67
10708 votes

#49 - The Last of the Starks

Game of Thrones - Season 8 - Episode 4

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

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The Bells
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7.59
10337 votes

#50 - The Bells

Game of Thrones - Season 8 - Episode 5

Daenerys and Cersei weigh their options as an epic conflict looms at King's Landing.

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