The BEST episodes written by David Benioff

The Spoils of War
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8.76
19633 votes

#1 - The Spoils of War

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 4

The Lannisters pay their debts. Daenerys weighs her options.

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The Dragon and the Wolf
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8.73
18475 votes

#2 - The Dragon and the Wolf

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 7

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

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Hardhome
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8.63
14497 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
17887 votes

#4 - Beyond the Wall

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 6

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

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The Long Night
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8.52
12256 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 Children
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8.49
15834 votes

#6 - The Children

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 10

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.

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The Rains of Castamere
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8.49
18503 votes

#7 - The Rains of Castamere

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 9

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.

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Fire and Blood
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8.47
23076 votes

#8 - Fire and Blood

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

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The Door
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8.46
19048 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
18722 votes

#10 - And Now His Watch Is Ended

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 4

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.

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The Mountain and the Viper
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8.43
15636 votes

#11 - The Mountain and the Viper

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 8

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.

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The Dance of Dragons
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8.40
13755 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. Daenerys reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism.

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Valar Morghulis
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8.37
18962 votes

#13 - Valar Morghulis

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 10

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.

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Mother's Mercy
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8.33
13747 votes

#14 - Mother's Mercy

Game of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 10

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.

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Book of the Stranger
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8.33
18076 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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8.33
18512 votes

#16 - The Queen's Justice

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 3

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

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The Watchers on the Wall
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8.32
16072 votes

#17 - The Watchers on the Wall

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 9

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.

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Flowers for Charlie
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8.28
1358 votes

#18 - 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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Baelor
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8.26
23215 votes

#19 - Baelor

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

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Dragonstone
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8.25
19395 votes

#20 - Dragonstone

Game of Thrones - Season 7 - Episode 1

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

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A Golden Crown
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8.24
23786 votes

#21 - A Golden Crown

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 6

Reinstated as the Hand, Ned sits for the King while Robert is on a hunt. Ned issues a decree that could have long-term consequences throughout the Seven Kingdoms. At the Eyrie, Tyrion confesses to his "crimes," and demands that Lysa give him a trial by combat. Joffrey apologizes to Sansa. Viserys receives his final payment for Daenerys from Drogo.

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Two Swords
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8.22
16643 votes

#22 - Two Swords

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 1

Tyrion welcomes a surprise guest to King’s Landing for the royal wedding, but fears he’s come to the Red Keep for something else. Meanwhile, Jon warns his skeptical Night’s Watch superiors about an impending attack. Jaime struggles to regain his status at home. Arya encounters a face from her past, and Daario Naharis discusses strategy with Daenerys on the journey to the slave city Meereen.

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Mockingbird
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8.22
15295 votes

#23 - Mockingbird

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 7

Tyrion gains an unlikely ally. Daario asks Daenerys to allow him to do what he does best. Jon's warnings about the vulnerability of the Wall are ignored. Brienne follows a new lead. Arya and The Hound come across Rorge. Sansa discovers Littlefinger's true intentions for The Eyrie.

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Mhysa
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8.21
16388 votes

#24 - Mhysa

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 10

Joffrey challenges Tywin. Bran tells a ghost story. In Dragonstone, mercy comes from strange quarters. Daenerys waits to see if she is a conqueror or a liberator.

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Breaker of Chains
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8.17
15550 votes

#25 - Breaker of Chains

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 3

In the frenzied aftermath of the royal wedding, Tyrion gets a visit from a loyal subject, but wonders if anyone in his family will help him out of his current predicament. Meanwhile, Tywin offers to work for the common good with a presumed enemy. Sam takes stock of the personnel at Castle Black. The Hound gives another life lesson to Arya, and Daenerys makes a decision outside the walls of Meereen.

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You Win or You Die
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8.16
24395 votes

#26 - You Win or You Die

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 7

Explaining that the future of the Lannisters is at stake, Tywin presses Jaime to “be the man you were meant to be” as they prepare for battle. Ned confronts Cersei about the secrets that killed Jon Arryn. With the fate of the missing Benjen very much on his mind, Jon takes his Night’s Watch vows, though not with the assignment he coveted. After Ser Jorah saves Daenerys from treachery, an enraged Drogo vows to lead the Dothraki where they’ve never gone before. An injured Robert takes pains to ensure an orderly transition at King’s Landing.

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Second Sons
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8.08
17109 votes

#27 - Second Sons

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 8

King’s Landing hosts a wedding, and Tyrion and Sansa spend the night together. Daenerys meets the Titan’s Bastard. Davos demands proof from Melisandre. Sam and Gilly meet an older gentleman.

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Valar Dohaeris
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8.05
19416 votes

#28 - Valar Dohaeris

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 1

Jon meets the King-Beyond-the-Wall while his Night Watch Brothers flee south. In King's Landing, Tyrion wants a reward, Margaery shows her charitable nature, Cersei arranges a dinner party, and Littlefinger offers to help Sansa. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys starts her journey west.

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The Wolf and the Lion
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8.04
24383 votes

#29 - The Wolf and the Lion

Game of Thrones - 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.

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No One
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8.04
17716 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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8.04
17761 votes

#31 - Oathbreaker

Game of Thrones - 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.

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The Gift
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8.02
12953 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. Jaime attempts to reconnect with family.

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The North Remembers
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8.00
21505 votes

#33 - The North Remembers

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 1

As Robb Stark and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters, Tyrion arrives in King’s Landing to counsel Joffrey and temper the young king’s excesses. On the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon plots an invasion to claim his late brother’s throne, allying himself with the fiery Melisandre, a strange priestess of a stranger god. Across the sea, Daenerys, her three young dragons, and the khalasar trek through the Red Waste in search of allies, or water. In the North, Bran presides over a threadbare Winterfell, while beyond the Wall, Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch must shelter with a devious wildling.

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The Red Woman
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7.99
18559 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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7.99
19812 votes

#35 - A Man Without Honor

Game of Thrones - Season 2 - Episode 7

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.

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The Kingsroad
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7.98
27864 votes

#36 - The Kingsroad

Game of Thrones - 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.

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Winter Is Coming
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7.98
32720 votes

#37 - Winter Is Coming

Game of Thrones - 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.

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Walk of Punishment
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7.98
18408 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 with his captors.

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The Wars to Come
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7.97
14797 votes

#39 - The Wars to Come

Game of Thrones - 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.

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The Prince of Winterfell
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7.97
19306 votes

#40 - The Prince of Winterfell

Game of Thrones - 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.

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The Night Lands
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7.96
20723 votes

#41 - The Night Lands

Game of Thrones - 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.

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The Climb
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7.95
17179 votes

#42 - The Climb

Game of Thrones - 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.

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Lord Snow
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7.95
25582 votes

#43 - Lord Snow

Game of Thrones - 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.

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First of His Name
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7.93
15562 votes

#44 - First of His Name

Game of Thrones - 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.

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The Ghost of Harrenhal
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7.92
19915 votes

#45 - The Ghost of Harrenhal

Game of Thrones - 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.

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The House of Black and White
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7.92
13985 votes

#46 - The House of Black and White

Game of Thrones - 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.

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Kill the Boy
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7.90
12663 votes

#47 - Kill the Boy

Game of Thrones - 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.

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High Sparrow
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7.88
13741 votes

#48 - High Sparrow

Game of Thrones - 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.

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The Last of the Starks
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7.69
10376 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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7.61
9964 votes

#50 - The Bells

Game of Thrones - Season 8 - Episode 5

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

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