7 Most Heartbreaking Moments in Game of Thrones so Far
by Pearl Bacasmas, April 15, 2019 3:20pm
Going into the Game of Thrones fandom, we know it can be a lot of things—from the fascinating books to the movie-like production level of the TV show. But aside from the intertwining stories and its stellar cast, what makes Game of Thrones one of the best TV shows fans are dedicated to is the courage of the author George R. R. Martin and the showrunners, D. B. Weiss and David Benioff to break GoT fans’ hearts not once, but oh so many times.
The show’s impending end will for sure leave a trail of broken hearts. Who will die next? We can’t handle another dragon-death; will character reunions give us happy tears? Or will the show’s inevitable end will leave our hearts aching for more?
Before we cry over Season 8, let’s give a run-down of the most gut-wrenching, heartbreaking moments the show morbidly gave its fans:
Arya chasing Nymeria away (Season 1, Episode 2: King Road)
Nymeria is one of the living Stark direwolves left in the game (Ghost is MIA since Season 6). Arya chased her away because she attacked Joffrey (he deserved it), the then spoiled prince. This is one of the shows earlier, milder heartbreaks. Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, suffered the consequences which caused the rift among the Starks on their way to King’s Landing.
Ned Stark’s death (Season 1, Episode 9: Sept of Baelor)
It was easy to fall in love and root for Ned Stark, the warden the North and the noblest character in the story. But apparently, the author and showrunners also made it look so easy to have him savagely beheaded in front of his daughters (we are still not over it, TBH). It left us all in awe on what direction the show will go without its lead protagonist.
Daenerys euthanizing Khal Drogo (Season 1, Episode 10: Fire and Blood)
We weren’t rooting for the two on the first few episodes, but we learned to love them as they loved each other. Imagine the heartbreak of Daenerys when she had to euthanize her Sun and Stars after a failed healing ritual.
The Red Wedding (Season 3, Episode 9: Rains of Castemere)
The "Red Wedding," aptly named as it’s the bloodiest episode where two major characters died. It’s still traumatizing to this day. Roose Bolton and the Freys betrayed the Starks for the Lannisters, ending the War of the Five Kings. Technically, it was all Robb’s fault, but he didn’t (and his unborn baby) deserve a horrific death. We knew no one’s safe in the GoT playing field most especially the Starks.
Shae’s Treachery (Season 4, Episode 6: The Laws of God’s and Men)
Following the satisfying death of Joffrey, Tyrion was accused of the murder and was put on trial by his father and sister. So, to pressure him to confess, they used Shae (Tyrion’s lover at the time) to testify against him. What’s heartbreaking in this episode is how Tyrion believed Shae truly loved him; his speech at the end of the episode left us in a standing ovation and made us root for the character even more.
Burning of Shireen Baratheon (Season 5, Episode 9: Dance of Dragons)
We all thought Stannis Baratheon was our unsung hero of Season 5 (he helped Jon Snow with the wildling invasion), though his blinded move to sacrifice his sweet, innocent, cinnamon roll of a daughter for the Lord of Light is far beyond forgivable.
Hold the door (Season 6, Episode 5: The Door)
Why do the creators have a knack of killing off innocent characters? In this episode, not only is there a direwolf death (RIP Summer), but the beloved servant of House Stark Hodor bid his goodbye too. In this heartbreaking episode, we learn about how Hodor got his name. He was not always simple-minded as we knew, and we knew his name was Wylis before he became “Hodor”. Here we discovered Bran’s warging abilities can affect timelines and events, which leaves us with a lot of theories. What if Bran damaged all the timelines?
Death of Viserion (Season 7, Episode 6: Beyond the Wall)
We thought the dragons were untouchables; they couldn’t be defeated, we thought they will save the day. But nope, there’s no escaping the wrath of the showrunners. Viserion’s death is another game changer in the storyline; another ace for the Night King to take over Westeros.
Season 8 is upon us, and we’d like to believe there is more blood to spill, odds are we’ll cry over every hour-long episode. After the final episode, who do you think will survive? More importantly, what will our lives be?
What’s your favorite heartbreaking moment in Game of Thrones? Share in the comments below!