It's no surprise that Game of Thrones produced some of the most talked about moments of the past ten years on television. From baby dragons and sudden beheadings to face-swapping and the walking dead, here are some of the most paused moments in Game of Thrones history.
From the opening moments of Game of Thrones' first episode, audiences are immediately drawn to Ned Stark, the tragically noble patriarch of the Stark clan, and his strong sense of honor and duty. Along with his wife, Catelyn, Ned is the proud parent of five children: Robb, Sansa, Bran, Arya, and Rickon. He's also the father of Jon Snow, a bastard Ned produced while he was off fighting a rebellion with King Robert Baratheon, or so he says. Throughout the first season, viewers follow Ned as he leaves the Stark family home of Winterfell to serve as Hand of the King, which starts him down the path that leads inevitably to his death.
Over the course of the season, Ned discovers that Robert's eldest son, Joffrey, isn't Robert's son at all. He's actually the product of a relationship between Robert's queen, Cersei Lannister, and her twin brother, Jaime. When Ned reveals the truth after Robert's death, he finds himself put on trial for high treason. He pleads guilty, but it turns out that Joffrey has a bit of a sadistic streak, to put it mildly.
In one of his first acts as the new king, Joffrey has Ned beheaded in a public execution in front of his family. With that, the sword stroke heard 'round Westeros simultaneously closed out the first season of Game of Thrones and taught viewers that nobody, not even Ned Stark, was safe.
When audiences first meet Daenerys Targaryen, she's a far cry from the queen she will eventually become. As an exiled political pawn whose vicious, ruthless brother Viserys marries her off to Khal Drogo to cement an alliance, Daenerys doesn't seem particularly imposing. However, as she assimilates into Khal Drogo's Dothraki tribe, she finds herself far more powerful than her fallen family, and it soon seems like the eastern continent's number one power couple will soon conquer the world. Keep watching the video to see the most paused Game of Thrones moments.
Ned loses his head | 0:00
Mother of dragons | 1:40
Daenerys vs. Astapor | 2:37
The Red Wedding | 3:52
The Purple Wedding | 5:15
The horrors of Hardhome | 6:29
Jon Snow returns | 7:38
The Battle of the Bastards | 8:37
Cersei's explosive revenge | 9:45
The Night King is vanquished | 10:44
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