29 Devastating Game of Thrones Moments That Decimated Your Soul
Heaven forbid anyone start watching Game of Thrones thinking it's a fun, lighthearted show. Sure, there are a handful of happy times, but the majority of memorable moments are seared into our brains because of how much they emotionally ruined us. At this point, we're used to shocking moments, but these make even the most stone-hearted fan tear up to this day. Here are our picks for the most devastating moments, listed in order of level of destruction upon our souls.
When Theon Betrays the Starks
This was just the worst! Granted, Theon was only a ward of the Starks because King Robert shutdown the Greyjoys' rebellion and he was actually a prisoner, but they thought of him as part of the family! To see him succumb to his family's ego and betray the only family he's really ever known, is so hard.
When Jamie Breaks Down in the Bathtub With Brienne
He's so strong for so long, but at that moment, he just lets Brienne hold him as he cries.
When The Hound Kills the Butcher's Boy, Mycah
Ah, Mycah. We haven't knew ye! The untimely killing of the butcher's boy is what leads to The Hound's spot on Arya's infamous list.
When Cersei Has to Walk Through the Town Naked
The only reason this humiliating, demoralizing moment isn't up higher on this list is because Cersei is a wretched human being. But still, no one deserves to be dragged through town on a walk of shame.
When The Mountain Slays Oberyn
Man, you really think Oberyn is going to win that fight for a while. It's only in the final moments when he is utterly defeated by The Mountain and Elleria screams bloody murder (because a literal bloody murder has occurred) that you break down.
When Daenerys Has to Kill Khal Drogo to Spare Him a Long, Slow Death
Dany and Drogo have your typical love story: boy meets girl, girl is forced to marry boy, boy sustains life-threatening injury, girl uses magic to heal him, he and their baby die anyway. I take it back; their story is horrendous.
When Ned Has to Kill Lady at Cersei's Command
Don't even get me started on Ned having to kill Sansa's direwolf. I can't.
When the Hound Is Dying and Arya Just Walks Away Without Mercy Killing Him
Arya and the Hound seem like they come a long way during their journey together. You might even think their relationship has developed to the point at which she would put him out of his misery while dying of multiple wounds. Nope.
When Jaime Rapes Cersei
Once you get past the incest aspect of their romance, you see that Jamie and Cersei seem to have a love and respect for each other that not many Game of Thrones relationships have — until he rapes her next to their son's dead body and everything is garbage.
When Daenerys Orders Jorah to Leave After Discovering His Betrayal
Dany will never love Jorah the way he loves her, and when she learns that his relationship with her had begun under false pretenses and sends him away . . . damn, it's harsh as hell.
When the Night King Takes Down Viserion
This one hurt on multiple levels. Yes, the dragons are bloodthirsty creatures who would eat anyone up if they were given the means to, but that doesn't make them bad! They didn't ask to be born and used to burn hundreds of people in their mother's quest for the throne. And they definitely didn't ask to be taken beyond the Wall to fight the Night King. Poor Viserion was just following his brothers and being a good dragon for his mom when he meets his end at the hands of the Night King. He didn't deserve to go out like that! And now he's the Night King's undead ice slave. It isn't right!
When Jon Sends Ghost Off With Tormund
After Jon is revived in season six, Ghost's appearances drastically declines. But the albino direworlf makes a comeback in season eight, where he's right in the thick of it all during the Battle of Winterfell. Ghost survives — and loses half of his ear in the process — but he doesn't stay in Winterfell for long. Jon asks Tormund to take the direwolf with him when the Free Folk head back to their home further North. The former King in the North leaves his long-time companion behind without so much of a "good boy." Poor doggo.
When Jaime Leaves Brienne to Go to King's Landing
WE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU. WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!!!
The fact that Jaime leaves fresh from Brienne's bed to go back to Cersei in King's Landing and dies in her arm is just the worst.
When Olly Shoots Ygritte
Just when you think there is a shred of hope that Ygritte and Jon might actually make it, she is killed in the battle at the Wall. It's the worst. And then Jon has to burn her body! Obviously he doesn't want her to become a wight, but come on — this is traumatizing.
When Tyrion Strangles Shae to Death
He loves her so much, and she just has to go and let him down . . . with his own father, no less.
When Ramsay Shoots Rickon
WHY DIDN'T HE JUST ZIG-ZAG?!
When the Hound Saves Arya and Conquers His Fears
The Hound tackles two of his biggest fears, fire and his older brother, in the penultimate episode of season eight. He kills the zombiefied Mountain by tackling him into the burning rubble that King's Landing is rapidly becoming, the both of them likely dying on impact. But that's only after he manages to convince Arya to let go of her revenge mission to kill Cersei and save herself. A true friend till the end.
When Rhaegal Gets Shot Right Out of the Sky
Poor Rhaegal! He was just following his mother's instructions and flying to Dragonstone when Euron's fleet shoots him out of the sky. While his brother Drogon is able to dodge the incoming spears, Rhaegal is completely taken by surprise and crashes into the ocean below.
When Myrcella Dies in Jaime's Arms Moments After Embracing Him as Her Father
SHE DOESN'T EVEN CARE ABOUT THE INCEST.
When Arya and Sansa Have to Watch the Beheading of Their Own Father
Lest you forget about how devastating this moment is — it's truly horrible.
When Hodor Is Torn Apart By White Walkers
He just wanted to save Bran, the very person responsible for his speech impediment. Hodor, you loyal giant. We'll miss you.
When Jon Snow Is Killed by His Own Friends
I'm not doing this today.
When Everyone Is Massacred at the Red Wedding
Robb, pregnant Talisa, Catelyn . . . all gone.
When Tommen Dies by Suicide After the Destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor
Poor, sweet Tommen. He and his sister were the only truly good Lannisters and they were wrecked by the misdeeds of their family. He lost his beloved Queen and a Sept-load of his people in one rush of wildfire, all thanks to his own mother. He was probably the last pure soul in all of the Seven Kingdoms. The visible heartbreak on his face is so painful, it's hard to believe that anything can top this. And yet . . .
When Stannis Orders Shireen to Be Burned at the Stake
SHE'S JUST AN INNOCENT CHILD WHO SPENDS HER WHOLE LIFE TRAPPED IN A CASTLE. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
When Ramsay Rapes Sansa
Ugh, why did this have to happen!? Sansa has already been through so much in her young life before Petyr sells her to a recently legitimized Ramsey Bolton as a bride. All she wants is to get her childhood home back, but instead she's brutalized. And because he really is the worst, Ramsey makes Theon/Reek watch.
When Lyanna Mormont Goes Out Like a Boss
The true Lady Bear of Bear Island literally goes down swinging and there's no better way for her to meet her maker. (Aside from peacefully, well into old age.) When the wights invade Winterfell, Lyanna is one of the soldiers leading the charge and takes out a literal giant. She gets crushed in the process, but at least she took him with her. A true legend!
When Jorah Dies During After the Battle of Winterfell
This is TOO fresh! After everything the former Northman has been through — being exiled from his home, hopelessly falling in love with a woman who will never feel the same, and getting greyscale — you think he'd get a happy ending. The swordsman bravely protects his Khaleesi from hordes of wights until he succumbs to his wounds, dying in her arms. RIP, to a real one.
In conclusion: why do we even put ourselves through this?!