There’s two types of Game of Thrones (the show) fans: those who have read the books and those who haven’t. I happen to fall into the latter category. The problem (or is it advantage?) of not reading the books is that one is not prepared for some of the things that happen in Westeros. While those who have read them sit back and chuckle to themselves knowing full well what’s about to happen, for the rest of us certain things truly leave us stunned. Herewith then, are the Ten Most Shocking Scenes From Game of Thrones (If you haven’t read the books):
10.) The Death of Khal Drogo
Let me clarify something right off. I wasn’t shocked that Khal Drogo died. I fully expected him to. It was the way he died that got to me. Khal Drogo was a powerful warlord and feared warrior, leader of the savage Dothraki army. So it stands to reason that he would’ve been killed in the heart of battle or in some epic, bloody duel. But no, after suffering a wound in a fight with one of his own men (a fight which saw Drogo rip the guy’s tongue out through his throat), Drogo allows a slave, Mirri Maz Duur, to treat the wound. The wound soon festers, leaving Drogo weak as a kitten and on the verge of death. Drogo’s wife, Daenerys, orders Duur to use her magic to save him, and Duur agrees, but leaves him in a vegetative state as revenge for the plundering of her village. So Daenerys smothers the once mighty Khal Drogo with a pillow, and the menacing warrior goes out like a punk.[divider]
9.) Jaime Lannister Pushes Bran Stark Out the Window
In the very first episode, we are introduced to Bran Stark, 10-year old son of Eddard Stark. He’s just like any boy – feisty, mischievous, with dreams of being a knight. He also likes to climb walls. Unfortunately for Bran, one wall in particular becomes the last wall he’d ever climb. He catches Jaime Lannister and his sister Cersei having sex (as if that wasn’t enough of a shock), and in order to insure Bran’s silence, Jaime pushes him out the window. Bran survived, but the fall left him paralyzed.[divider]
8.) Viserys Targaryen Gets Crowned
Viserys Targaryen was a despicable human being – he arranged a marriage between his sister Daenerys and Khal Drogo, fondled his own sister before her bath, threatened her unborn child, and was just an overall dick. Khal Drogo, as part of the bargain for marrying Daenerys, promised Viserys that he would help him reclaim the Iron Throne. But after suffering much humiliation and embarrassment, Viserys finally goes one step too far, threatening Drogo and demanding that he receive the golden crown of the Seven Kingdoms, like now. Drogo promises him a “golden crown that men will tremble to behold.” He then melts several gold medallions in a pot and pours the molten gold onto Viserys’ head as the promised “crown for a king.” We knew Viserys was a hot head, but wow.[divider]
7.) Theon Greyjoy Turns to the Dark Side
Theon Greyjoy was taken in to House Stark after his father, Lord Balon’s failed uprising against King Robert Baratheon. Growing up, Theon became a close friend to Robb Stark, who eventually considered him a brother. During the war against the Iron Throne, Robb sent Theon as an emissary to Balon, as a means to seek an alliance. But Balon refuses the alliance, insults his son and questions his loyalty to his family. It is at that point when Theon begins his descent into bad moves and piss poor decisions. He leads an army and takes over Winterfell, installs himself as Prince of Winterfell, executes Ser Rodrik Cassel (a painfully poor execution that sees Theon repeatedly hack at the old man’s neck before finally kicking his head off), and has two innocent farmer boys butchered, burned, and hung on Winterfell’s walls, passing them off for Bran and Rickon. And Darth Greyjoy is born….[divider]
6.) Joffrey Forces Roz to Beat Another Prostitute
Of all the heinous people on Game of Thrones, perhaps none are more hated than King Joffery, the spoiled, arrogant little douche brat who currently sits on the Iron Throne. And this little scene only fuels the hatred. Lord Tyrion had sent a pair of prostitutes to Joffrey’s lair to do, well what prostitutes do. Joffrey, either because he’s an impotent little shit or a sadistic asshole (or both) instead had Roz hit the other girl. At first Roz playfully slaps her counterpart on the butt, but Joffery orders her to do it harder, even giving her a belt. When that fails to appease him, he forces Roz to beat her with a wooden club, while Joffery aims a crossbow at her. That same crossbow he would later use to fill Roz with a couple of arrows.[divider]
5.) It’s Just a Flesh Wound!
During a battle with Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Beric Dondarrion is nearly cleaved in two. As Clegane boasts about his victory, he is surprised by Beric, who has been revived and healed by Thoros of Mhyr using the Lord of Light’s power. Seems Beric can’t be killed, but he does not perfectly recover from each injury. Instead he carries severe scars from each wound and loses large pieces of his memory each time he’s brought back. Still, seems the Hound was no match for the Cat.[divider]
4.) It’s a…Weird Shadow Baby?
One of the biggest WTF moments on Game of Thrones was this season two scene which saw Melisandre, Stannis Baratheon’s Red Priestess of R’hllor, the Lord of Light, give birth to a shadow baby thing. At the request of Stannis, Lord Davos smuggles Melisandre to a secret cave. Once there, Melisandre removes her robe, revealing herself to be quite pregnant. She lies down and, as a horrified Ser Davos looks on, proceeds to push the little bugger out. Her stomach stretches, and something moves beneath her skin. With one final push, black smoke and goo oozes from between her legs and shadowy hands grab her legs, pulling itself free. Melisandre watches in amazement as the shadow figure stands before her while the rest of us are wondering what the hell we just watched.[divider]
3.) The Kingslayer Loses A Hand
Jaime Lannister, known as the Kingslayer for having murdered the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, is famous for his good looks, arrogant demeanor, and skill with a sword. He even claims that there are only three men in the seven kingdoms who may have a chance at beating him in a fair duel. I imagine he won’t be making that boast anymore. As a captive of House Bolton and a man named Locke, Jaime tries to smooth talk his way out, promising Locke extravagant riches from his father if they let him go. Knowing that the elder Lannister would never deal with the likes of him, Locke taunts Jaime before hacking off his hand. Jaime sits stunned for a moment before screaming in horror.[divider]
2.) Ned Loses His Head
There’s sort of this unwritten law, or at least an understanding, that the main character on a genre TV show won’t die, permanently. Out of everyone on Lost, we were pretty sure Jack Shephard wouldn’t be eliminated from the Island. Buffy the Vampire Slayer would rise from the grave (more than once) and Rick Grimes won’t become a zombie. So it was with that logic, when Eddard “Ned” Stark was captured by the new King Joffery’s men and sentenced to death, we were reasonably assured the cavalry would come and rescue him. Oh, but this is Game of Thrones, the rules don’t apply here. With his daughter Sansa helplessly looking on, good ol’ Ned is beheaded with his own sword. Of course, it really shouldn’t have come as much of a shock: Eddard Stark was played by Sean Bean. Dude dies in everything![divider]
1.) The Red Wedding
It’s somewhat known that Harrison Ford once asked George Lucas to kill off his character Han Solo in Star Wars and George refused, fearful of traumatizing his audience. George RR Martin has no such qualms, as audiences discovered in the ninth episode of Game of Thrones’ third season. At the wedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, Rob Stark, his pregnant wife Talisa, mother Catelyn and the majority of his bannermen sat happily celebrating. Things immediately soured as the house band started playing “The Rains of Castamere,” theme song of the Lannisters. Doors were barred, men were positioned and Talisa was stabbed in the belly. I think everyone knew Talisa was bound to die eventually, but viewers were not prepared for what followed next.
Arranged by Lord Walder Frey as revenge against Robb for breaking the marriage pact between their two houses, the band dropped their instruments and picked up crossbows, raining arrows down upon Robb and his bannermen. In a desperate attempt to save Rob’s life, Catelyn held a knife to one of Walder Frey’s wives, threatening to kill her if Robb was not allowed to leave. Walder flippantly declared “I’ll find another” and with that, Roose Bolton, who was thought to have been an ally of Robb’s, stabbed him in the chest. Catelyn slit her captive’s throat and let out an anguished scream before her own throat was slit. The episode ended in silence, because as at least one internet post said, “the sound of your sobbing and sniffling is the music.”
Do we really have to wait until next year for season four???