Barely an episode of this fantasy series goes by without a moment that causes jaw-dropping shock from its viewers.
Warning: *contains spoilers*
From The Walk of Shame to Ramsay getting eaten by dogs; but which of the Game of Thrones plot twists has been the most shocking so far?
1. Tyrion’s Revenge
Towards the end of season four Tyrion Lannister had eventually had his fill of being treated like the family embarrassment. Broken out of his prison cell by his brother Jamie, just hours before he was due to be wrongly executed for the murder of King Joffrey, Tyrion took a quick detour through the castle on his way to freedom. In his father’s room he found his former lover, Shae asleep in Tywin’s bed. This was one betrayal too far. When she lunged for a knife he throttled her then shot his father with a crossbow while he sat on the ‘privy’, denying Tywin the dignity that he had held back from Tyrion for so long.
2. The Walk of shame
Cersei Lannister was one of the few female characters to successfully keep her clothes on throughout the series – which made it all the more shocking when she was made to walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing for her sins. Granted, Lena Headey used a body double for the scene (who can blame her?), but the sight of such a strong woman, her long hair shorn, forced into such a vulnerable position, surrounded by a baying mob hurling food and stones, made it all the more shocking.
3. Daenerys eats a horse heart
This one is a particularly stomach-churning scene. In order to give birth to a strong son, Daenerys Targaryen must eat a whole raw stallion heart without vomiting. Being able to watch it without retching can also be considered an achievement.
4. The execution of Ned Stark
We really should have seen it coming (well, those who had read the books already did); any character played by Sean Bean is destined to die. But lovely, (almost) entirely honourable Ned Stark seemed an integral part of the plot. Surely they wouldn’t allow his head to be chopped off by a former Dr Feelgood guitarist? Well, they did exactly that as Ilyn Payne (Wilko Johnson) performed the deed and thus taught us early on that no one is safe.
5. Bran Stark is pushed through a window
Game of Thrones has never held back when it comes to shock value. Even in the very first episode we saw something that made our hearts plunge. When the second-youngest Stark boy caught Jaime and Cersei Lannister in an incestuous rendezvous when he climbed the castle walls to the tower window, ruthless Jaime quickly solved the problem by casually shoving Bran to his apparent death. “The things I do for love,” Jaime sighed.
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