Seven long years have passed since HBO’s Game of Thrones first aired the silver screen, and in all of that time many satisfying moments occurred. Whether it be a deceased character being avenged or a character coming out on top after having endured hardships, the moment has happened. We have composed a list of 15 of the most satisfying moments that we all know we enjoyed watching.
The Reunion Of Jon Snow & Sansa Stark
7 long years had passed since the cousins, believed to be half siblings – Jon Snow and Sansa Stark – had last seen each other before he rode north to join the brothers of the Nights Watch and she rode south to Kings Landing to further her courtship with Joffrey Baratheon.
Sansa – having escaped her abusive husband Ramsay Bolton in the last episode of season 5 – ventured to Castle Black in season 6, where Jon was believed to still have been the Lord Commander of the Nights Watch.
Weary and tired, the believed to be last member of House Stark, Sansa rode into the courtyard of Castle Black and dismounted nervously as the brothers of the Nights Watch and wildings stared at her with curiosity.
She looked around until she caught sight of Jon Snow standing on the ramparts. Without taking his eyes off of her, he made his way down the stairs and onto the courtyard. They stared at each other bewilderedly before fiercely embracing as the House Stark theme swelled in the background.
Daenerys Takes The Khalasar
Having been captured by the Khalasar in the last episode of season 5, Daenerys Targaryen was taken back to Vaes Dothrak where her fate was to be decided by the many Khal’s who had gathered there.
When she was brought before the Khal’s, they began to discuss what to do with her including taking turns raping her or giving her to the Masters of Yunkai. She, talking in fluent Dothraki, told them about the promises Khal Drogo made her the last time she was there.
They mocked her but she told them they were small men who were not fit to lead the Dothraki people but she was. They told her they would definitely rape her as well as let their bloodriders do so as well but she merely smiled and placed her hands on the fit pits.
She told them they would not serve her, they would die, before pushing all of the pits over which caused the temple to be engulfed in flames. As she stepped out of the burning temple unharmed, the Dothraki bowed to their new leader.
Daario Naharis Joins Daenerys’ Cause
While Daenerys was bathing, Daario Naharis, Ed Skrein version, snuck in her tent and held Missandei at knife point. It seemed as though he was going to kill her but he released her and revealed himself. He – under Daenerys command – let her go.
They discuss why he is there and he reveals that he killed his captains, who wanted him to kill Daenerys. He explains why she should trust him and as he does, she steps out of the bath and is dressed by Missandei.
He withdraws his sword and bows before her, pledging his sword, lie and heart to her and her cause.
Jon Is Named King In The North
In the Great Hall of Winterfell, the northern lords discussed what to do for the coming winter and the White Walkers that come with it. They appear to dismiss Jon Snow’s warnings and say that they wish to return to their own castles.
There is tension in the room but Lyanna Mormont, the lady of Bear Island, stands up and dresses several of the lords who were directly affected by the Bolton’s – whom Jon defeated and liberated the north from. She states that she and House Mormont have always remained loyal, and that the only person they will address as king, is a Stark – whom, despite not having the name, Jon is.
The other lords apologise for not committing to his cause at first and begin to pledge their loyalty. The entire hall, even the Wildlings and Knights of the Vale, raise their swords and declare him the King in the North.
The Death Of Viserys Targaryen
Spiteful and cruel, the Beggar King – Viserys Targaryen – violently abused his younger sister – Daenerys Targaryen – and threatened her if she should not comply with him in episode 1 of season 1.
His cruelty became even more apparent when he sold her as a bride to a frightening Dothraki warlord in exchange for an army, especially when she begged him not to and he told her that to claim his throne – he would let the Khalasar of 40 thousand men and their horses rape her.
When his sister began to break free of his control, he tried to beat her – whilst she was pregnant although he did not know at that time – but she hit him round the head with a golden belt, which in hindsight acted as foreshadowing for his satisfying death.
After having drunk excessively, he stumbled into Khal Drogo’s hut and shouted about wanting his crown. When he was told his place is back with the common Dothraki people, he threatened the lives of Daenerys and her unborn child.
Khal Drogo had him restrained and his arms broken while he melted his golden belt. Daenerys looked on as her husband poured molten gold over her abusive brother’s head and watched emotionlessly as he fell to ground with a chilling clank.
Tyrion Escaping & Killing Tywin
In season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister, having been accused of the murder of King Joffrey I Baratheon and having lost his trial by combat – waited in the dungeons of the Red Kept for his impending execution. His elder brother, Jaime Lannister, however freed him after and emotional goodbye.
Instead of meeting Varys, whom was going to take Tyrion across the Narrow Sea to Essos, Tyrion took a crossbow and went to his father’s chambers – where he found Shae, his former lover who spoke out against him at his trial.
He killed her by choking her to death, though it pained him greatly, before finding his father using the toilet. He fired several shots are being goaded by Tywin and watched his father slump against the wall behind him.
The Hound Joins The Brotherhood Without Banners
Having seen the corpses of the people who took him in and cared for him, Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane picks up an Axe and goes to hunt them down. He finds the murderers ready to be hung by the Brotherhood without Banners.
They discuss their reasons for both wanting to kill the murderers. Beric Dondarrion tells the Hound that he can kill one of them but the Hound claims that he wants to kill two of them. He then kills the two he was given permission to kill.
He then sits around a fire with the Brotherhood and eats. As he does so, Beric tells him that he should join them. Thoros of Myr explains that the Brotherhood have a purpose that the Lord of Light has given them. Beric tells him is not to late to begin helping and he agrees to join them.
Arya Stark Killing Walder Frey & Wiping Out House Frey
Having betrayed Robb Stark – the elder brother of Arya Stark – and orchestrated the Red Wedding – in which the murder of Robb, Talisa – Robb’s pregnant wife – and Catelyn Stark – the widow of Ned Stark and mother of Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon Stark – in season 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Walder Frey had his name put on Arya’s list of names.
After serving Walder Frey a pie made from his sons in the last episode of season 6, Arya cut off his face and posed as him in the first episode of season 7. She poisoned the wine that she served to the member of House Frey and reminded them of the atrocity they committed during the Red Wedding.
Before she walked out of the hall nonchalantly, she removed the face of Walder Frey and revealed herself as Arya Stark – the girl who avenged the Red Wedding.
The Death Of Ramsay Bolton
Manipulative and psychotic, the former bastard, Ramsay Bolton, made his onscreen debut while posing as the man sent to rescue Theon Greyjoy. Playing one of his many sick games, he freed Theon and then had him caught and brought back to Winterfell.
He tortured him in many ways but the cruellest was when he cut off Theon’s genitals and sent them to his father – Balon Greyjoy. He took everything away from Theon and forced him to go by the moniker ‘Reek’ and made him sleep in the kennels.
After being legitimised, he was betrothed and married to Sansa Stark to secure the north but he turned abusive the night of their wedding when he forced Theon to watch him rape her. He beat and raped Sansa until her eventual escape in the last episode of season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
After losing the Battle of the Bastards, he was chained up in the kennels. Sansa gained her revenge when she allowed his hounds to eat him alive.
Jon Snow Executes Janos Slynt
Having betrayed Ned Stark and being generally crooked to begin with, Janos Slynt was sent to the Wall by acting hand Tyrion Lannister. Once at the wall, it didn’t take long for Janos to grow hatred and resentment towards Jon Snow, siding with Alliser Thorne against Ned Stark’s “Bastard”.
Slynt showed his true colors during the Battle of Castle Black, where he cowered away with Gilly and her baby, while the rest of the Nights Watch was fighting the Wildling attacks on both sides of the wall.
Jon Snow being (rightfully) elected as the new Lord Commander of the Nights Watch only added insults to Janos’ injuries. When ordered by the new Lord Commander to take men and re-build Greyguard, an old Nights Watch castle now in ruins, the former Commander of the City Watch decided to confront the Lord Commander and contest his orders.
Slynt, again, showed his true colors once he realized Thorne wouldn’t have his back then, and he was sent to the executioner’s block, only for Jon Snow to chop his head, in the same way his “father” Ned had lost his due to Slynt’s treachery; A poetic moment that brought some sort of justice for Ned Stark’s Death.
Tyrion’s Confession At His Trial
Having been wrongly blamed for the murder of King Joffrey I Baratheon, his uncle – Tyrion Lannister – was made to stand trial for the crime.
Despite being given the opportunity to live and join the Nights Watch, Tyrion chose to make a confession after being prompted by Shae – his former love – who told the court he and Sansa Stark – his wife whom she grew jealous off – planned to murder Joffrey.
He stood at his podium and confessed that he was guilty, not for killing Joffrey but for being a dwarf – which he states he was on trial for all his life.
As Tywin tries to send him away for causing commotion amongst the people, he demanded trial by combat as the House Lannister theme swelled and he and Tywin stared at each other hatefully – ending the episode.
Arya Stark Butchers Meryn Trant
Having killed Syrio Forell, the former swordsmanship teacher of Arya Stark in season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the perverse Kingsguard – Meryn Trant – made his way onto her list of names.
While in Braavos, Meryn Trant visits a whorehouse and asks for young women. Arya posed as one and while the other two girls screamed in pain as he beat them, Arya made no sound. He sent the other girls away and continued to beat her until revealed herself and leaped at Meryn Trant.
She stabbed him in the face multiple times and stuff cloth into his mouth while she taunted him and told him about why she was going to kill him. While telling her was no one, and nothing, she slit his throat.
Daenerys Burns The Slaver, Spoke Valyrian All Along
While in Astapor, Daenerys negotiates with a slaver to buy an army of unsullied soldiers. He speaks in Valyrian and his serving girl – Missandei – translates what he says but leaves out the insults he throws at Daenerys, believing she cannot understand them
She, solemnly, trades Drogon to the slaver in exchange for the army. He continues to insult her while struggling to hold onto Drogon. She tests out the loyalty of her new army by speaking commands in Valyrian.
Shocked that she speaks Valyrian, the slaver struggles to hold Drogon who is fighting to break free. Daenerys tells the unsullied to kill all those who have enslaved people. They do as she says and the slaver commands people to kill her but she says Dracarys and Drogon burns the slaver alive.
Jon Snow Kills The Mutineers, Avenges Jeor Mormont
Having killed Jeor Mormont in a mutiny at Crasters Keep, Karl Tanner made himself an enemy of the Nights Watch and Jon Snow. To avenge their Lord Commander, Jon Snow and a small group of Nights Watch Brothers venture north beyond the Wall and attack the group.
Although Karl has the upper hand at first because of his dirty tactics and fighting styles, Jon eventually earns the upper hand when one of Crasters daughters – whom Karl and the other mutineers raped and abused – stabbed him in the back.
While he was distracted by her, Jon stabbed Karl through the scull with Longclaw, the Valyrian steel blade that Jeor Mormont had gifted Jon with for saving his life many years prior.
The Purple Wedding: The Death Of Joffrey Baratheon
Petulant and cruel, the False King – Joffrey Baratheon – found great pleasure in taunting and abusing people. His first act of true cruelty on screen was when he cut the butchers boy’s face until Arya Stark stopped him. He threatened her and shouted obscenities at her until her direwolf, Nymeria, attacked him.
His true nature, however, reared its ugly head when he was crowned King Joffrey I Baratheon. The power having gone to his head, he executed Ned Stark on false charges of treason despite promising Sansa to grant him mercy.
From then on, he continued to taunt and abuse Sansa Stark by forcing her to look at her fathers decapitated head, having his Kingsguard beat and humiliate her, and threatening to rape on her on her wedding night to his uncle – Tyrion Lannister.
During season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, on his wedding day, he taunted them both by having a company of dwarf actors act out the War of the Five Kings. He laughed as Sansa was close to tears as the dwarf mimicking her brother was ‘killed’.
When he began to spluttered and choke after drinking from the poison cup, his face purpled and blood poured from his nose as he died painfully.