The 10 Best "Game of Thrones" Episodes of All Time According to IMDb Usersby IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 6 months ago
As we wait for Season 7 to potentially bring more top-rated episodes, let's review the current top 10 titles as ranked by IMDb users like yourself. — Gina Carbone
(Please be warned: This article contains spoilers for "Game of Thrones" Seasons 1 to 6.)
10. "The Children" – Rating 9.6
Season 4's finale had shock after shock, with surprising emotion and several cliffhangers to hold over until Season 5. Daenerys Targaryen had a heartbreaking scene with two of her dragons, the Hound had his most poignant moment, Jon Snow followed up the carnage of the previous episode "The Watchers on the Wall," and Tyrion Lannister? Tyrion owned this episode, taking charge of his life and setting him (and Varys) on an extreme new path. It's no surprise "The Children" was the highest rated of all season finales ... until Season 6.
9. "Blackwater" – Rating 9.7
"Blackwater" is still considered one of the strongest episodes of the series. So, it's a bit surprising to see it currently "only" ranks at No. 9. This was Season 2's Episode 9, and it upped the ante on the penultimate episode as a "big" one. "GoT" always has multiple stories to juggle but it excels when it zeroes in on one particular story, and "Blackwater" was entirely about Stannis Baratheon's attack on King's Landing, with the city's defense led by Tyrion Lannister. The action was awe-inspiring, but the brilliant script showed us all sides of the conflict and never made it easy for viewers to pick a side.
8. "The Laws of Gods and Men" – Rating 9.7
Season 4, Episode 6 focused on King's Landing's trial of the century. Tyrion Lannister, always good for quotes, was great for quotes this week. His anger was our anger. Even though Peter Dinklage's conflicted hero did not have the only storyline in this episode, there's no question fans rated this one for him.
7. "The Mountain and the Viper" – Rating 9.7
This show loves to subvert fans' expectations, sending us right when we expect to go left, and it happened again in the frustrating and heartbreaking Season 4, Episode 8. So many storylines ended on downers this episode, but it's still ranked as one of the highest because of the power of what happened — especially in King's Landing. Just when we expect justice, "GoT" reminds us that we've come to the wrong place.
6. "The Lion and the Rose" – Rating 9.7
Season 4, Episode 2 probably left you with a giant grin on your face, and many fans turned Twitter into a celebration party after it aired. "GoT" only rarely gives us justice. But, oh, how satisfying it was to see Joffrey get the Purple Wedding he deserved. A toast to the king!
5. "The Door" – Rating 9.7
This episode achieved "classic" status the moment "hold the door" transformed into "Hodor." But the last great act of our hero Wylis wasn't the only thing to happen in Episode 5. We also learned the origin of the White Walkers — lookin' at you, Children of the Forest — Euron Greyjoy hijacked the Iron Islands kingsmoot, and a red priestess of Meereen finally recognized that Daenerys Targaryen was probably the Lord of Light's chosen one (not Stannis, sorry, Melisandre). But it was the revelation of how Hodor became Hodor that resonated with fans, leading to its 9.7 rating from more than 43,000 users.
4. "The Rains of Castamere" – Rating 9.9
The reason "The Lion and the Rose" was so satisfying is because this episode was so heartbreaking. Season 3's Episode 9 — like Season 1's Episode 9, "Baelor" — marked a defining moment for the series. Book readers anticipated and dreaded the Red Wedding, and the show did it justice. Not that justice was truly done, but we felt everything we were supposed to feel, and we're still not over it. This will always be one of the top-rated episodes, even if others slip over time.
3. "Hardhome" – Rating 9.9
The face that launched a thousand "Come at Me, Crow" memes taunted Jon Snow at the end of this episode, which left viewers breathless. "Hardhome" is the only Season 5 episode to make the top 10, and it was No. 1 for the past year, until two new epic battles dethroned it.
This time, it was Episode 8 — not Episode 9 — that gave us a huge cinematic battle. But that wasn't even the only standout part of the hour, it also marked the first-ever conversation between "GoT" heavyweights Tyrion and Dany, and included storylines for Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, Theon Greyjoy, and Cersei Lannister.
Why is this episode ever-so-close to perfect to fans? Perhaps because it surprised even book readers, expounding on the source material in the very best way, using the medium to maximum effect.
2. "The Winds of Winter" – Rating 9.9
Winter is no longer coming, it's officially here as of the Season 6 finale. And it is awesome. Fans have gotten used to "GoT" finales being slightly less epic than the penultimate hours, but the Season 6 finale was like a full season wrapped into one supersized, highly satisfying 69-minute episode.
IMDb users had crowned the previous episode, "Battle of the Bastards," as a perfect 10, and they followed by initially doing the same for this one. As of now, just over 95,000 users have voted the Season 6 finale to a 9.9 — as opposed to more than 140,000 for "Battle of the Bastards" — and it's possible this rating will slip over time. But it's not likely to drop from the top 5 episodes anytime soon, even if the final seasons are packed with epic hours. This one is a keeper.
1. "Battle of the Bastards" – Rating 9.9
The title alone deserved a 10 out of 10 rating. Season 6 took its Episode 9 to 11, focusing on just two storylines — Winterfell and Meereen — and giving them both epic battle sequences. The June 19, 2016 episode had all three dragons in play; Jon Snow in full army charge; Sansa Stark finally getting revenge; and the most satisfying, fitting end for Ramsay Bolton. Both battles were striking, with director Miguel Sapochnik (who also directed "Hardhomme" and "The Winds of Winter") outdoing himself with the Winterfell visuals. Every shot was a painting.
Clearly, this episode was going to do well with IMDb users, but it immediately launched itself to No. 1 with a perfect 10 rating. However, as expected, it dropped to a respectable 9.9 after some time and more votes. Will anything in Season 7 manage to hold on to a 10 rating?