The best Game of Thrones episodes

All Game of Thrones episodes ranked!

UPDATE: Added season 2 episodes. 10/6/2012.
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1.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Blackwater (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. Cersei plans for her and her children's future. (56 mins.)
“ 9.7/10

Best episode yet. Massive "bottle-episode" with a much awaited battle sequence. ” - Tomiqw
 
2.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Baelor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
Robb goes to war against the Lannisters. Jon finds himself struggling on deciding if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Drogo has fallen ill from a fresh battle wound. Daenerys is desperate to save him. (56 mins.)
“ 9.4/10

Best episode of the 1st season. Brilliant writing. A massive shocker in the end for non-book readers. ” - Tomiqw
 
3.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: A Golden Crown (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
While recovering from his battle with Jamie, Eddard is forced to run the kingdom while Robert goes hunting. Tyrion demands a trial by combat for his freedom. Viserys is losing his patience with Drogo. (56 mins.)
“ 9.3/10

Has one of the best endings in the series. Plus Jane Espenson penned the teleplay :) ” - Tomiqw
 
4.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: A Man Without Honor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Bran and Rickon have escaped Winterfell. Theon tries to hunt them down. Daenerys' dragons have been stolen. Jon travels through the wilderness with Ygritte as his prisoner. Sansa has bled and is now ready to have Joffrey's children. (56 mins.)
“ 9.1/10

Writing. Jaime's speech at the end is very well written. ” - Tomiqw
 
5.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Valar Morghulis (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Joffrey puts Sansa aside for Margaery Tyrell. Robb marries Talisa Maegyr. Jon prepares to meet Mance Rayder. Arya says farewell to Jaqen H'ghar. Daenerys tries to rescue her dragons. (56 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
6.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Winter Is Coming (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, is dead. King Robert Baratheon plans to ask his oldest friend, Eddard Stark, to take Jon's place. Across the sea, Viserys Targaryen plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army. (56 mins.)
“ 8.8/10

Great start to an epic series. Ends with a cliffhanger as well. ” - Tomiqw
 
7.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Kingsroad (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
While Bran recovers from his fall, Ned takes only his daughters to Kings Landing. Jon Snow goes with his uncle Benjen to The Wall. Tyrion joins them. (56 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
8.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Fire and Blood (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
With Ned dead, Robb vows to get revenge on the Lannisters. Jon must officially decide if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Daenerys says her final goodbye to Drogo. (56 mins.)
“ 8.9/10

I love the final shot of the episode. ” - Tomiqw
 
9.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Pointy End (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Eddard and his men are betrayed and captured by the Lannisters. When word reaches Robb, he plans to go to war to rescue them. The White Walkers attack The Wall. Tyrion returns to his father with some new friends. (56 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
10.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Wolf and the Lion (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Catelyn has captured Tyrion and plans to bring him to her sister, Lysa Arryn, at The Vale, to be tried for his, supposed, crimes against Bran. Robert plans to have Daenerys killed, but Eddard refuses to be a part of it and quits. (56 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
11.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Old Gods and the New (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Theon seizes control of Winterfell. Jon captures a wildling, named Ygritte. The people of King's Landing begin to turn against King Joffrey. Daenerys looks to buy ships to sail for the Seven Kingdoms. (56 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
12.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Tyrion tries to see who he can trust in the small council. Catelyn visits Renly to try and persuade him to join Robb in the war. Theon must decide if his loyalties lie with his own family or with Robb. (56 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
13.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Garden of Bones (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Lord Baelish arrives at Renly's camp just before he faces off against Stannis. Daenerys and her company are welcomed into the city of Qarth. Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie find themselves imprisoned at Harrenhal. (56 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
14.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Eddard investigates Jon Arryn's murder. Jon befriends Samwell Tarly, a coward who has come to join the Night's Watch. (56 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
15.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Lord Snow (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Lord Stark and his daughters arrive at King's Landing to discover the intrigues of the king's realm. (56 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
16.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: You Win or You Die (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Robert has been injured while hunting and is dying. Jon and the others finally take their vows to the Night's Watch. A man, sent by Robert, is captured for trying to poison Daenerys. Furious, Drogo vows to attack the Seven Kingdoms. (56 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
17.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The North Remembers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Tyrion arrives at Kings Landing to take his father's place as Hand of the King. Stannis Baratheon plans to take the Iron Throne for his own. Robb tries to decide his next move in the war. The Night's Watch arrive at the house of Craster. (56 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
18.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Night Lands (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Arya makes friends with Gendry. Tyrion tries to take control of the small council. Theon arrives at his home, Pyke, in order to persuade his father into helping Robb with the war. Jon tries to investigate Craster's secret. (56 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
19.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Prince of Winterfell (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Stannis is just days from King's Landing. Tyrion prepares for his arrival. Jon and Qhorin are taken prisoner by the wildlings. Catelyn is arrested for releasing Jamie. Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie plan to escape from Harrenhal. (56 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - Tomiqw
 
20.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Ghost of Harrenhal (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Tyrion investigates a secret weapon that King Joffrey plans to use against Stannis. Meanwhile, as a token for saving his life, Jaqen H'ghar offers to kill three people that Arya chooses. (56 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - Tomiqw