Game of Thrones is a show that rests on a foundation of shocking moments.
People may stay for the wonderfully written characters, the dense world, and the escalating plot that leaves you wondering just what will happen next, but it's the shocking moments that get people in. It's the water-cooler chatter, the "oh, did you see Thrones last night?", the scenes that break the internet - they transcend the show and permeate a wider culture.
Seeing Sansa's journey from Westeros' unluckiest maiden to a real political player, Jaime's search for redemption, and the flowing power struggles within King's Landing and beyond are some of the joys of the show, but if you don't watch it, then you won't know what's going on. Meanwhile, pretty much everyone has heard of the Red Wedding.
These are the moments that make you want to close your eyes, but find yourself unable to look away from. That you'll all want to talk about, but render you speechless.
Trying to whittle down Thrones' most shocking moments to just 10 is something of a fool's errand. So just call me Ser Dontos and let's get into it.
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A mix of wise-old man in a young man's body with a child-like wonder about him and a great otherworldly sensibility.