ByTom Burton, writer at
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Now that Game of Thrones season 5 has finished. I am here to give my list 'most shocking' moment of the list!

Now you have been warned, lets get started:

10 - Tywins Death! - S4 Ep10

To Start this list off, Tywin Lannisters death was not expected to non-book readers before the episode started, but thanks to Tyrions crossbow skills, his revenge is complete, and our shocks continued to pour out!

9 - Bran Stark Pushed through the window! - S1 Ep1

The second-youngest Stark boy caught Jaime and Cersei Lannister in an incestuous moment when he climbed the castle walls to the tower window. Ruthless Jaime quickly solved the problem by casually shoving Bran to his apparent death. GIven that this was the first episode in the entire series, it certainly sets the stage for what is to come.

8 - Sansas Wedding Night. - S5 Ep6

It was hardly a surprise that Ramsay Bolton's wedding night would be an unpleasant one for the woman who was unlucky enough to marry him. What was shocking was that it was Sansa who was the victim. Sansa has suffered horribly throughout Game of Thrones but nothing like this!

Her horrific rape was unsurprisingly the cause of much upset on social media – how could the writers derail her rise so horribly? Had she not suffered enough? Were they really using rape for clichéd character development again? For many Game of Thrones fans, this was a wholly different manner of shock. This was repulsion.

7 - Shireens Sacrifice - S5 Ep9

Another shocking scene from season 5. Midway the episode, Stannis Baratheon, his military campaign failing as his troops froze in the snow, sacrificed his daughter Shireen in a last-ditch effort to change his fate. At the urging of his mistress, Stannis ordered the young teen burned alive.

Shireen’s walk to the funeral pyre, her dawning realization of what was occurring, and her mother’s too-late change of heart, was devastating for fans, who earlier this season swooned over a scene where the typically stoic Stannis reassured his daughter of his love, which made this scene all the more shocking!

6 - Jaime Lannister’s hand is cut off! S3 Ep3

We finally got to see a bit of kindness in the eldest Lannister sibling, as he tactically talked Locke out of allowing his men to rape Brienne of Tarth. But moments later his arrogance got the better of him and Locke grew tired of Jaime’s persistent attempts to bribe him.

Suddenly the Kingslayer and master swordsman was no longer in possession of his sword hand. To add insult to injury, the next day Locke forced him to wear the severed hand on a string around his neck.

5 - The Purple Wedding! S4 Ep2

The only one on the list that shocked us in a good way!

Out of everything that happens in Game of Thrones, this is one f the happier moments. We all got frustrated when Joffrey was on screen, torturing certain people. And to see him choke slowly with blood pouring out of his nose, gave fans some gladness for the series.

Despite this, we still got frustrated as some people wanted more from the scene.

4 - The Viper Vs The Mountain! S4 Ep8

In one corner, the handsome, charming, righteous Prince Oberyn, there to avenge his sister’s death. In the other, Gregor Clegane, the embodiment of brutality and hate known at The Mountain. Decades of cinema and television convention had conditioned us to believe there could only be one outcome in this dance between good and evil. Even by this show’s standards, the reversal of that expectation was both stunning and sickening.

There were a dozen tiny moments of magic along the way, from Jamie’s joy – derived half from relief, half from awe at the fighting on display – to the look of pride Oberyn gives to Ellaria, his final, fatal act of hubris, to the look on Tyrion’s face as his luck finally runs out.

YouTube compilations of people reacting to the sight of Oberyn’s head exploding went viral. Twitter melted as millions of people struggled to find the words to express what they had just seen. Which is what makes Game of Thrones great!

3 - Ned Stark Death! S1 Ep9

When audiences first sat down to watch the ninth episode of Game Of Thrones, those of us who hadn’t read the books remained unaware of just how sick George RR Martin actually is. In close-ups throughout the scene Sean Bean gives and acting masterclass, his facial twitches displaying first humility in confessing, then concern for his daughter Arya watching from the statue of Baelor, to shock and finally acceptance as his sentence is passed.

Ned’s execution threw all of the rules out of the window and scattered the Stark children to the far corners of Westeros. It was the catalyst for Robb to declare himself “King in the North” and eventually led to The Red Wedding. It also showed for the first time that no one, no matter how big, is safe in Game of Thrones.

2 - Jon Snow Death! S5 Ep10

Once again, to those who had not read the books, this came as an unexpected shock that has emotionally drained us. After making the riskiest decisions to help the nights watch in the long run. The men turn on Jon Snow and stab him multiple times in the stomach. This scene was uncomfortably long for the audience, and the camera lingering on Jon Snow whilst seeing blood drip away from his body made it all the more shocking.

This scene has certain reminded us all that no one is safe!

1 - The Red Wedding! S3 Ep9

One of the most heartbreaking, brutal and disturbing moments in television history, eventually known as The Red Wedding.When Catelyn notices her bannerman Roose Bolton is wearing chainmail, and the doors to the castle are firmly shut, she clicks and she panics. But it's too late. Robb's pregnant wife Talisa is knifed repeatedly in her stomach. Robb is shot by a crossbow from behind.

Not only was the Red Wedding exceptionally shot, zeroing in on every scream, wail and splatter, but thematically the Starks acted as the moral compass of the show. They built an army following Ned's death. They were the only good guys in a world full of sharks.

The episode's agonising closing moments sees Catelyn's throat slashed, spilling blood all over the floor. You want it to end, but it lingers for several more seconds. There's nothing but the sound of blood gushing. And then she – and we – collapses to the floor.

So that is my list, if you are wondering about certain moments and why they are not in the top 10, then comment what your top 10 is below, and remember, everyone is different!


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