HBO’s Game of Thrones: Top 5 Moments of Episode 8~The Pointy End

The circumstances become dire in the George RR Martin penned 8th episode of Game of Thrones. Ned is arrested for treason, Robb goes to war, and Khal Drogo proves once and for all you don’t want to make him angry. Which scene tops the list?  Here are the…

Top 5 Moments of Episode 8~The Pointy End

5. Ned Talks to a Spider

Context: After an accusation of treason and the slaughter of all his men, Ned finds himself deep in the dungeons of the Red Keep.  Varys, the Spider, pays him an unexpected visit.

Varys Conleth Hill Ned Stark Sean Bean
This Spider isn't itsy-bitsy

 Varys: I trust you know you’re a dead man, Lord Eddard.

Reasoning: Varys asks one of the questions we were all dying to know the answer of. Why on Earth would Ned tell Cersei he knew the truth?  Ned answers in a truly Ned way.  It was mercy and honour and all those things that make Ned, Ned.  But in Westeros, truth, justice, and honour doesn’t mean success, and seeing the great Lord Eddard defeated in a dungeon brings that to the forefront of the series.

4. Bran Talks to Trees

Context:   Robb heads south so Bran does the only thing he can do to help his big brother-pray. The wildling, Osha, joins him, as does an inexplicably naked Hodor

Osha Natalia Tena Hodor Kristian Nairn
I think we know what Osha was praying for...

Osha: Your brother will get no help from them where he’s going. The old Gods have no power in the South. The weirwoods there were all cut down a long time ago. How can they watch if they have no eyes.

Reasoning: This may be the weirdest instance of sex-position in Game of Thrones yet.  Osha and Bran discuss the finer points of Westerosi religion and Hodor shows up without pants. Natalia Tena (Osha) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran) work well off of each other and get a moment to shine.

3. John Snow, Zombie Hunter

Context: The Night’s Watch  bring two dead bodies back to Castle Black but something doesn’t smell right to Sam.

John Snow Kit Harrington Zombie
You probably should have listened to Sam.

Lord Commander Mormont: You may be a coward Tarly, but you’re not stupid.


Reasoning:
 Remember the ice zombies from the first episode? They’re back! Lassie (Ghost) senses something and Jon goes to Mormont’s chamber to investigate. The scene ups the horror factor and Kit Harrington shows off his sword fighting skills.

2. Robb Gets Some Character Development

Context: Instead of bending the knee to evil King Joffrey, Robb calls his father’s Banner-men to war. Some of them have reservations about following a green boy into battle but a few missing digits smooth things over.

Great Jon Umber
The North has a strange sense of humour…

Robb: My Lord Father taught me it was death to bear steel against your liege lord. Doubtless, the Great Jon only meant to cut my meat for me.

Reasoning: Robb Stark hasn’t had much to do all season but he’s quickly making up for it.  Richard Madden gives Robb strength and humanity in this episode. He’s not the cookie cutter ‘older brother’ anymore.  We see Robb take charge of his army and with a little help from his Direwolf (everything is better with direwolves) he proves his worth to his banners.  He’s a lord in the making. Now, will he follow in Ned’s footsteps?

1. Syrio Pulls an Obi-Wan

Context: The castle is in chaos but Arya continues her dancing lessons. When the Lannister guards come to take her away, Syrio shows them why he was the first sword of Braavos.

Syrio Forrel vs the Lannisters
Do or Do Not, There is No Try.

Arya: Come with me. Run.
Syrio: The First Sword of Braavos does not run. What do we say to the god of death?
Arya: Not today.

Reasoning: This fan-favourite moment from the book was brought to life perfectly on screen. Syrio defeats a room full of Lannisters (with a wooden sword!) before telling Ayra to run and save herself. Character exits seem to find their way onto our top 5s more often than not, and now we wave goodbye to Syrio.  It seems our lovable dancing master has been struck down. Whether he becomes more powerful than we can possibly imagine, is yet to be seen.

Honourable Mention: Drogo Continues to Be Badass

Context: The Dothraki raid a village and Dany refuses to let the men have their spoils of war. One warrior goes to Drogo for support. In a surprise twist, Drogo sides with his wife.

Yep, still badass

Reasoning: He rips out a guy’s tongue through his throat!  That’s something you don’t see everyday. Drogo seems to enjoy it when his attacker’s blade bites his skin. Plus, hearing the gruff warrior call Dany ‘Moon of my life’ is kind of adorable.

And One More: Tyrion Gets a Following

Context:Tyrion and Bronn get a visit from the Hill Tribes and decide to take them home to meet daddy.

I'm guessing he's either an enchanter or says Ni!

Don’t agree with this list?  What scenes did we miss?  Tell us in the comments.

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