Ten Game of Thrones Episodes to Re-Watch before the Season 5 Premiere


We’re a day away from the Game of Thrones season five premiere; and April 13 can’t get here fast enough.

As we eagerly wait to see kings and queens scheme and murder for the chance to sit on the infamous Iron Throne, let’s look back on the show’s previous four seasons and remember what Game of Throne is really about: death, ambition, dragons, nudity, and unlikely alliances.

Here are 10 episodes you should re-watch to get ready for the season 5 premiere.

Season 1, Episode 1 – Winter is Coming

The pilot is defining for every series out there. As far as Game of Throne is concerned, it did a great job at introducing the main characters and setting the scene for the bloodbath that would follow. Re-watching it now will likely leave you nostalgic and make you realize how just how far the show has come. A little bit of warning though – it might also make you a little depressed, as about half of the characters presented in the pilot aren’t around anymore. For those who still are though, it’s fun to see how they started. Remember when Daenerys wasn’t the Mother of Dragons? Yeah, us neither.

Season 1, Episode 9 – Baelor

If you’re not that familiar with the series, here’s a friendly tip: episode nine of each GoT season will make your jaw drop. This was clear ever since season one, when you get to find out just how brutal the Game of Thrones universe really is. No one is safe.

Season 1, Episode 10 – Fire and Blood

The last episode of season one mostly deals with the fallout following the unexpected twists and turns in episode nine. However, the final scene’s visual impact is hard to play down: seeing Daenerys walking into the fire of her husband’s funeral pyre and emerge, unharmed, as the Mother of Dragons, is mesmerizing. Both sexy and surreal, the scene marked the birth of a powerful character, whose strength and ambition were easy to overlook up to this point.

Season 2, Episode 6 – The Old Gods and the New

Tyrion was great as Hand of the King, and this episode features one of his more controversial decisions: to send Joffrey’s sister Myrcella to Dorne. Since season five will deal with what’s going on in that mysterious land, we will likely get to see Myrcella again and find out what she’s been up to. Elsewhere in the episode, King Joffrey’s arrogance leads to a riot and Winterfell gets bloody.

Season 2, Episode 9 – Blackwater

One of the show’s most powerful episodes, Blackwater features an epic battle that humanizes war in a way that shattered viewers everywhere. For every gore battle scene, we see a parent worrying for their child’s life, and for every heroic gesture, we get a glimpse of what’s going on beyond the battlefield. The episode was spectacular, and it aged gracefully. Even though we had another memorable battle episode in season four, this season two installment still takes the crown for best combat episode in GoT history.

Season 3, Episode 4 – And Now His Watch Is Ended

Seeing Daenerys unleash her dragons on the odious slave masters of Meereen was both cathartic and utterly violent, but it showed just how determined and merciless the Mother of Dragons can be when the situation calls for it. The episode also features the Night’s Watch mutiny and Theon and Jaimie’s struggles, highlighting once again how horrifying war is.

Season 3, Episode 9 – The Rains of Castamere

The Red Wedding was gut-wrenching and almost impossible to watch without shedding a tear or whispering a silent OMG while pressing your hand against your mouth. Even now, it remains one of the most shocking episodes ever to air on TV.  You will not only have to face the horror of losing three main characters in a matter of minutes, but also deal with how powerful and well-crafted that entire scene is. And the anticipation, that unshakeable feeling that something just ain’t right… that’s where the beauty of this episode truly lies in.

Season 4, Episode 6 – The Laws of Gods and Men

Season four was a masterpiece, there’s no doubt about it. In episode six, we get to witness Tyrion’s powerful monologue as he seems himself betrayed by everyone around. Fed up from a lifetime of mockery and framed for a death he’s not responsible for, Tyrion finally explodes, showing viewers that the smallest of the Lannisters is a force to be reckoned with. Peter Dinklage’s performance is one for the books.

Season 4, Episode 8 – The Mountain and The Viper

The fight between Oberyn Martell and The Mountain was highly anticipated and ultimately painful to watch. A trial by combat is suspenseful enough as it is, but seeing Prince Oberyn’s skull being crushed like a watermelon was more than many viewers could take. Add in the fact that he was a fan-favourite and it’s no surprise that his shocking death left us will scars that still haven’t completely healed yet, even a year later.  

Season 4 – Episode 10 – The Children

The Children was fascinating, thrilling, and downright overwhelming. It delivered climax after climax, leaving the audience at the edge of their seats, pinning for more. Tyrion killed Tywin, Stannis saved The Wall, Brienne beat the Hound, Daenerys locked up her babies, Bran met the Children of the Forest, Arya escaped Westeros… Looking back, it’s hard to comprehend how all these things happened during one single episode. And yet, GoT pulled it off gracefully.

Bonus episode: Season 4 – Episode 9 – The Watchers on the Wall

From a visual standpoint, this episode is wonderful. Mammoths, giants, perfectly choreographed fight scenes and tragic deaths ensured a surreal experience for Game of Thrones viewers everywhere. And although it doesn’t do much in terms of pushing the story forward, it’s still an hour of television well worth re-watching.

Winter may be gone, but the season five premiere is almost here. These ten episodes should be enough to cure your Game of Thrones withdrawal symptoms and help you prepare for the (surely) epic season that’s to come. One week is more than enough to get all caught up on what your favourite lords and ladies are plotting for a chance to warm the imposing Iron Throne. Let the binge-watching begin!

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