Top 10 Saddest Game of Thrones Moments

Written by Liam Hillery When you play the game of thrones, you win, or you cry. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Saddest Game of Thrones moments. For this list, we’re taking a look at some of the most heartbreaking moments in this critically acclaimed fantasy series. Yes, this Emmy winning show is full of dragons, sword fights, and sex, but it’s also packed full of scenes that make you want to weep and sympathize with even the most hated characters. Since we’re covering the first six seasons, and sad moments are commonly pivotal, this is your SPOILER ALERT! You’ve been warned. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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Top 10 Saddest Game of Thrones Moments

When you play the game of thrones, you win, or you cry. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Saddest Game of Thrones moments.

For this list, we’re taking a look at some of the most heartbreaking moments in this critically acclaimed fantasy series. Yes, this Emmy winning show is full of dragons, sword fights, and sex, but it’s also packed full of scenes that make you want to weep and sympathize with even the most hated characters. Since we’re covering the first six seasons, and sad moments are commonly pivotal, this is your SPOILER ALERT! You’ve been warned.

#10: The Battle’s First Casualty
“Battle of the Bastards”

Gearing up for the Battle of the Bastards, most fans didn’t have much hope for Rickon. Considering the Boltons have a penchant for flaying men, many fans feared that the young Stark would meet the same fate. However, that wasn’t the case. Instead, Ramsay, channeling the same twisted tactics he’d used to torture Theon “Reek” Greyjoy, toys with Rickon and Jon. Manufacturing false hope, he sends Rickon running across the barren battlefield towards the safety of Jon’s army, shooting arrows as he races for his life. Ramsay, an expert marksman, deliberately misses several times before striking the gruesome deathblow right as Rickon reaches Jon. Watching his youngest brother fall, Jon is in pain before the battle even begins.

#9: Cry Direwolf
“The Kingsroad”

Although there are many beloved aspects of Game of Thrones, the direwolves seem to hold a special place in the hearts of fans. The direwolves are the loyal best friends and protectors of the Starks and the sigil of their House. Massive, vicious yet adorable, they terrify those who oppose their owners. They are not, however, invincible, as we sadly discovered in the show’s second episode, when Sansa’s Lady bites the dust. After Arya’s direwolf Nymeria attacks Joffrey and runs off into the woods, King Robert Baratheon orders Stark patriarch Ned to execute Lady for reparation. It was an unjust end for Lady, and the tears that flowed from Sansa likely fell from the eyes of fans as well.

#8: When the Sun Sets in the East
“Fire and Blood”

“Game of Thrones” can make you despise a character one episode, and force you to sympathize with them in another. Fans experienced this for the first time with Khal Drogo, a man who’s initially terrifying, but who becomes something of a heroic figure the more we learn about him and his love and loyalty for Daenerys. The fact that he’s a total badass doesn’t hurt either. It’s tragic when, cursed by Mirri Maz Duur, the great Khal Drogo is reduced to a catatonic state. In an act of love and respect, Daenerys puts Drogo out of his misery, smothering him to death. Worthy of a far greater death, the loss of the Dothraki behemoth is a tragedy for all.

#7: For the Watch
“Mother’s Mercy”

The weight of this scene was enough to break the Internet. After Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, had gone against tradition and joined forces with the wildlings, a faction of Brothers led by Alliser Thorne began to plot a mutiny. Tricked by his young ward Ollie, Jon is brought to the courtyard where, one by one, each traitorous Brother plunges a blade into his body, repeating the words “for the watch.” As he suffers in disbelief, he looks into Ollie’s eyes as the boy lands the final strike, leaving Jon to bleed out in the cold snow. It’s a cold-blooded betrayal that would later cost these traitors their lives.

#6: The Red Wedding
“The Rains of Castamere”

Arguably one of television’s biggest shockers, Roose Bolton and Walder Frey’s brutal betrayal of the Starks was gory and left jaws on the floor. But the Red Wedding is on this list for the tears it prompted, not its shock value, and you can be sure that the waterworks were flowing by the time this brutal scene came to a close. As Robb Stark sees his wife, Talisa, and their unborn child brutally murdered at the hands of the Freys, he stands petrified as Roose fatally stabs him. Then, having lost her whole family, Catelyn gives herself up to death as her throat is slit. In this moment, it seemed as though this was the end of the honorable House Stark.

#5: Up in Flames
“The Dance of Dragons”

Stannis had completely bought into the Lord of Light and the mysterious visions of Melisandre the Red Woman. He was willing to do anything asked of him, as long as it landed him on the Iron Throne. With his army out of supplies and suffering, he’s persuaded by the Red Woman to appease the Lord of Light by offering King’s Blood in the form of the sacrifice of his own daughter, Shireen. At the stake, she piercingly yells for help from her mother and father, while they stare on in silence. The moment when Davos discovers the truth behind Shireen’s fate is also tragic, but it was her brutal death at the hands of her father that broke our hearts.

#4: Shae’s Betrayal
“The Children”

Tyrion - the man who drinks and knows things - is a cunning player in the Game of Thrones and a master manipulator. However, he’s not prone to violence, finding it brutish and inhumane. Still, he succumbs to brutish behavior when he finally reaches his breaking point. Already betrayed by his family and sentenced to death, Tyrion, on his way to escape, discovers his love Shae in his father’s bed. She too had betrayed him in the courtroom, but sleeping with his father added insult to injury. We see Tyrion have his vengeance on both Shae and his father, but it offered little recompense.

#3: Ned’s Beheading
“Baelor”

The culmination of the first season of Game of Thrones proved just how brutal the show could and would be. Ned Stark, the one redeemable man in King’s Landing, was too naïve and trusting, which landed him on the chopping block. The scene left lumps in throats for many reasons. Sansa, tortured by Joffrey, is forced to watch with a front row seat. Arya, helplessly mixed in with the crowd, can do nothing to save her father. And of course there’s Ned, who, stunned and kneeling before the jeering crowd, slowly realizes the savagery of the game he was forced to play. Sadly, he couldn’t escape his fate.

#2: Ygritte’s Last Words
“The Watchers on the Wall”

When the wildlings attack the wall, star crossed lovers Ygritte and Jon find each other for an inevitable showdown. Jon, ready to die, refuses to fight, and, just as Ygritte reaches the same decision, she’s struck by an arrow from Ollie. Jon rushes to her side, holding her in disbelief. Just before she dies in his arms, Ygritte tells Jon what she’s always known about him: that he knows nothing. The forbidden love between these two resulted in a number of tragic moments, including when Jon confessed his love for Ygritte as he left her to return to the wall. But it’s her final words and his devastating loss that brought tears to the eyes of fans everywhere.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Syrio’s Last Stand
“The Pointy End”

- Jorah’s Second Banishment
“The Door”

- Brienne & Renly
“High Sparrow”

- Maester Aemon’s Death
“The Gift”

#1: Hold the Door
“The Door”

Hodor’s origin had been the subject of countless fan theories, but no one could have imagined the tragic reality. While under attack from the white walkers and their zombies known as Wights, Bran is helpless as he looks into the past. On the run in the present, Hodor blocks the exit, holding back the Wights and sacrificing himself for Bran and Meera. Bran hears Meera scream, “hold the door” and makes contact with young Hodor, a boy named Wylis. Bran’s intervention sends Wylis into a spasm, repeatedly screaming, “hold the door.” His screams slowly morph into “Hodor,” as the protector earns his name, painting a tragic portrait of a hero destined for one moment. Never forget to hold the door.
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