'Game of Thrones': Before Season 8 slays you with the biggest battle sequence on TV, here are the top 5 battle scenes from the show
Every single battle was fought under some dire consequences, and the sheer ingenuity behind their choreography is what made them unique.
'Game of Thrones' is nothing without its epic battle sequences, and we are already looking forward to Season 8 that contains the longest battle scene ever filmed on screen. The scene is apparently so meticulously petrifying, and at the same time so very long, that all the actors whose characters are best known on the show for their battle skills expressed gladness when it was over.
Every actor in his/her interview have stated at least once how the end battle has both physically and mentally draining. Coming from creators David Benioff and DB Weiss -- who adapted George RR Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire', the first in the 'A Game of Thrones' fantasy novel series, Season 8's battle scene will be like a cutain call upon all the battles we have seen so far on the show.
As the finale season returns on HBO on April 14, let's take a moment and recall the top five battle sequences that took 'Game of Thrones' to a whole new level:
1. 'Beyond the Wall' (Season 7)
This battle easily wins the trophy for making us cry and uncomfortably smile at the same time. The penultimate episode of Season 7 held immense significance since this was one battle where for the first time Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) watched helplessly as Viserion gets killed by the Night King (Vladimír Furdík).
More of a brawl than a battle, this war took place between the Night King and his army of White Walkers against Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the men who accompanied him on the other side of the Wall.
This wasn't a battle that any of the men would have won, had it not been for the Mother of Dragons and her children, one of whom had to sacrifice its life to save the rest. However, Viserion's sacrifice is a clear indication of the epic battle that lies ahead, which will see him fight against his mother, Daenerys, and his two brothers, Rhaegal and Drogon.
2. 'Battle of the Bastards' (Season 6)
Once again a battle in the penultimate episode of the season, the Battle of the Bastards was perhaps one of those few battles were viewers kept their eyes shut for the most part. The battle, as the title suggests, took place in between the two bastards, Jon and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), both of whom were not ready to give up on Sansa (Sophie Turner). This was that one time when Sansa actually tried to speak some sense into her brother, who was going to war with an army that was barely one-third of Ramsay's entire battalion. The battle went on for a long time, and just when we thought that this was the end of our beloved Jon Snow, Sansa rode in with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), leading the Knights of the Vale who at once captured Ramsay.
3. 'The Dance of Dragons' (Season 5)
Let's just say Daenerys and her dragons have raged a lot more wars than they had promised, but then that is also something that we love about them. The dragons' sheer loyalty towards Daenerys found its utmost prominence in the penultimate episode of Season 5, when Drogon swooped in to make a toast out of his mother's enemies. This battle might not be epic in proportion, but is significant on the grounds that it has impeccably demonstarted Drogon's loyalty to Daenerys. At the same time, it also displays just how much the Unsullied, Ser Jorah ( Iain Glen), and Dario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) actually consider her their Queen since everyone had put their lives on the line for her.
4. 'The Watchers on the Wall' (Season 4)
Perhaps the most well choreographed battle sequence in the entire series, the battle of the Night's Watch against the Wildlings left us awestruck. As Season 4 culminated with this sequence, it saw counterparts coming together. The Brothers of the Night's Watch and their counterparts, the Wildlings, who had for long been at odds with each other finally had the chance to rage a war against each other, but it came at a huge cost for both.
However, Jon perhaps faced the worst loss since it was in this battle that his star-crossed lover, Ygritte (Rose Leslie), lost her life, and Jon knew that he would not be able to do anything about it.
5. 'The Battle of Blackwaters' (Season 2)
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) might not be a warmongering sadist like his sister and her son, but that does not mean he doesn't know how to win a battle. The Battle of Blackwaters was one of the very first battles of the show, and it set the standards pretty high for the rest of the battles to follow. This battle not only showcased the immense loss of life at war, but the reluctance of those who did not want to fight or were compelled to shed blood for the greedy needs of the rich. Due to its philosophical take on the collateral damages of war, the Battle of Blackwaters, will continue to be one of the best remembered battle scenes in TV history.
'Game of Thrones' Season 8 returns on HBO on April 14, and this is going to be one heck of an epic ride.