House of the Dragon: 5 Most memorable moments from Game of Thrones

House of the Dragon Episode 3 will drop on HBO Max Sunday, 4th September at approximately 9 pm (ET) / 6 pm (PT). After record numbers from episodes 1 and 2, HBO’s fiery Game of Thrones prequel is expected to continue its starring success, where it set a record as the biggest series opener in HBO history.

House of the Dragon portrays the beginning of the end of House Targaryen and the following events from the Targaryen war of succession to the Iron Throne. The Targaryen family tree of Dragonstone is a noble family of Valyrian descent who once ruled the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

Not surprisingly, the series has already been renewed for a second season.

As the iron anniversary of its 11-year series debut, we look at all the times we were hooked by Game of Thrones, from the first shocking fight to a major meltdown of its main character.

Over eight seasons, Game of Thrones stunned us, delivering plenty of incredible moments that helped make it one of the most popular series of all time. 

Here are some of the five most iconic moments from this iconic series.

Ned Stark loses his head

When: Season 1, Episode 9 (Baelor)

It was the turning point that shocked everyone: The moment of Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) death. Elevated to the ruler, the sadistic Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) decides to show how fearsome he can be by having Ned lose his head in front of a crowd that includes his daughters Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams). To this day, it’s still one of the most significant moments of the series.

We learn how to fly a dragon

Watch: Season 2, Episode 10 (Valar Morghulis)

After Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is taken captive by Pyat Pree (Ian Hanmore) at the House of the Undying, he chains her up, wanting to keep her and her pets as prisoners, and we get our first glimpse of what Daenerys’s ‘babies’ can do. With the simple command “dracarys!” She gets her young dragons to breathe fire, and her opponent doesn’t stand a chance.

Joffrey takes a sip

Watch: Season 4, Episode 2 (The Lion and the Rose)

Joffrey, the young king, chokes to death on his celebratory wine, discovering much too late that it’s poisoned. 

Bye, bye, Jon Snow

Watch: Season 5, Episode 10 (Mother’s Mercy)

This became the most talked-about assassination ever seen in Game of Thrones. Unhappy with Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) mission beyond the Wall, which resulted in the death of some of his dear Night’s Watch colleagues, the final blow coming from young Olly (Brenock O’Connor) against one of the most beloved characters. That’s right, folks. Jon Snow is dead. 

The. Long. Night.

Watch: Season 8, Episode 3 (The Long Night)

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season was the tensest series episode, as the living and the dead finally had it out in one epic after-dark battle. The Night King’s battalion confrontation had us on the edge of our seats the entire time.

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