WiCnet Awards Season Three: Best Episode
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WiCnet Awards Season Three

The WiCnet Awards are back! We’ve held these awards each season and they’ve proven to be quite popular. Basically, we let the fans vote on a number of different categories, some of them legitimate like best actor or best episode and other more fun ones like best death scene. The nominees for each category are chosen by your friendly WiCnet staff but the final votes are all you guys. Once all of the voting is done, we will announce the winners in some sort of live event.

We are going to kick things off with a big one: best episode. Go ahead and vote below and check back next week around this same time for the next category!


 

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164 Comments

  1. ACatLover
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Episodes 24, 25, and 29 were all among the best of the show so far. It’s very difficult to choose one between them (especially between Dany’s scene in 24 and Jaime/Brienne’s in 25)… but I went with 24 in the end. So epic.

  2. Ollie
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I have so much love for Kissed by Fire, but you just can’t look past Rains of Castamere this year, can you?

  3. Davy
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I went for episode 24. Mormont’s dead was not fun back in the book and I think they did it well for the show. I also decided to avoid the cliche 9th episode because it always has the “biggest” event and I think episodes that can live up to that with a smaller event are always better. So 24 is my choice.

  4. Alex
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Episode 29, the Rains, there’s simply no contest, its part of TV history now.

  5. Pepi
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Rains would be the obvious one, but I chose Kissed by fire. For the Dragonstone scenes.

  6. Grijnwaald
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Episode 25: Kissed by fire got my vote

  7. Seven Hells Bells
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    There were many more amazing episodes this season (Season 2 only really had Blackwater).

    My favourite three were Rains (RW and Queenscrown stuff), Second Sons (TV Daario, Sansa Wedding) and And Now His Watched Is Ended (Crasters and Dracarys).

    My two favourite scenes were the RW and the Dondarrion/Clegane duel. The former exceeded expectations across two episodes and the latter I never expected to be adapted so well. Incredible performances in both.

    Who cares about Emmys? The WiC Awards are top class!

  8. KG
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I went with The Bear and the Maiden Fair. Great episode and bonus Jaime Butt. What more can a woman of discerning tastes want?

  9. Jentario
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    4, 5 & 9 are in the contest. I loved 8 & 6 too, but the other three are just amazing. I’ll go with 5, if only because it sustained awesomeness throughout the whole episode whereas episode 4 only picked up at the end.

  10. We do not Hodor
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I think episode 9, 4, 8, 5, or 10 would all be ok by me. I’m going to ultimately vote for episode 9, The Rains of Castamere, just because of how well they pulled the RW off. The mutiny at Craster’s and Dracarys put up a good fight, though.

  11. Awful Awful Knight
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I think ‘Rains’ will probably be the obvious choice for most, but for myself I chose ‘The Climb’. Between amazing effects, that sweet, sweet ending with Jon & Ygritte snogging atop the wall and Littlefinger’s “chaos is a ladder!” speech, this one just stood out for me.

  12. Caravaggio
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Voting for Episode 5, “Kissed by Fire,” because until now, I find Jamie’s confession to be the season’s most mesmerizing and well-acted scene. Longest monologue yet, but my friends and I were riveted by Nikolaj’s haunted expression. Plus it opened right away with the damn duel between Beric and The Hound!

  13. Omar Brown
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    RAINS …..DUH DOY!

  14. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Very difficult choice, but in the end settled on episode 9. Even though I couldn’t experience the same level of shock as in the book it still had a powerful effect on me.

    Episode 4 was also incredible and well above my expectations. In fact, the episode was more consistently great than 9 (but with lesser impact). Episode 5 also blew away my expectations, particularly Jaime’s scene. And rounding things off, episode 8 was a fantastic treatment of Tyrion and Sansa’s wedding – even better than the books!

  15. Karl
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Of course episode 9 is going to win, but 5 and 4 were definitely the best

  16. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    It was pretty much a three way tie between 4, 5, and 9. I went with And now his watch is ended because it had 2 big events and dracarys was just perfectly done.

  17. G_Lee
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never been hit as hard by anything on my TV than epsiode 29 so I gotta vote for that. Had me crying like a baby.

  18. Yago
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Kissed By Fire for me.

  19. Clob
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t have to think about it or reluctantly choose. I immediately chose 4. There are scenes in all of them that raise consideration, such as the J&B bath and certainly the red wedding. However, for my taste, “And Now His Watch Is Ended” as an entire episode was the best.

  20. Lord of Castamere
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    ” THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE ” will win for sure !

    My Vote went to ” THE BEAR AND THE MAIDEN FAIR ” , just because I loved the Bear Pit Scene !

    I can ‘ t wait for the next Category !!!

  21. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I went with ‘Kissed By Fire’ over ‘And Now His Watch Is Ended’ and ‘The Rains Of Castamere’. To me it was the best episode from start to finish and had the difficulty of following the epic ‘Dracarys’ scene from the previous episode. ‘The Rains Of Castamere’ will most likely win, but I really think that episode outside of the final 15 minutes, was not that great. Granted, the final 15 minutes or so will go down in TV history, but I am looking to reward an entire episode, not just one scene.

    My S3 Episodes Rankings:

    1. ‘Kissed By Fire’
    2. ‘And Now His Watch Is Ended’
    3. ‘The Rains Of Castamere’
    4. ‘Second Sons’
    5. ‘Walk Of Punishment’
    6. ‘Mhysa’
    7. ‘The Climb’
    8. ‘Valar Dohaeris’
    9. ‘The Bear And The Maiden Fair’
    10. ‘Dark Wings, Dark Words’

  22. Clob
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Awful Awful Knight: I think ‘Rains’ will probably be the obvious choice for most, but for myself I chose ‘The Climb’. Between amazing effects, that sweet, sweet ending with Jon & Ygritte snogging atop the wall and Littlefinger’s “chaos is a ladder!” speech, this one just stood out for me.

    That’s interesting as it’s the lowest rated of the season and third lowest of the series above “The Night Lands” and “The Prince of Winterfell” on the Tower of the Hand site. I’m not saying your choice is poor or that the episode was, just mainly pointing out that even episodes many people don’t think are very strong are still liked by others. /cool

  23. Cosca
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    So tough, unlike last year. I love Kissed by Fire, it had great flow. But And So His Watch Is Ended had so many standout scenes, even if it was less focused (more Varys always helps too!). And Rains is a great episode, (ok, maybe excluding the Dany scenes which really should have been in another episode), and it has that scene. In the end though, I’m giving my vote to Second Sons, which I think benefited greatly from tight focus, great FX (the ww attack) and brilliant acting, particularly during Sansa’s wedding.

  24. Frost Nocturne
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    A close call between 5 and 9 for me, the hardest season to choose from yet, though no other episodes comes close. I went with 5 for it’s consistent excellence, having the best fight scene of the season (Beric/Sandor), the best monologue and arguably individual scene (Jaime’s revelation), the best Stannis material, and my favorite Tywin scene in his biggest season to end the episode, while having really no notable flaws (unlike Rains, which had more impact with QC and the RW but was marred by the Daenerys parts).

  25. mariamb18
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Clob:
    I didn’t have to think about it or reluctantly choose.I immediately chose 4.There are scenes in all of them that raise consideration, such as the J&B bath and certainly the red wedding.However, for my taste, “And Now His Watch Is Ended” as an entire episode was the best.

    Agree with this statement. “Rains” was excellent but too devasting to get my vote. “Kissed” had many amazing moments. However, my favorite for this season is, without a doubt, is Episode 4.

  26. René
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Episode 28 because of the leeches-scene!

  27. Holbac
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Episode 25 without hesitation.

    29 was shocking of course but 25 was strong from the beginning to the end. One hour of excellent TV !

  28. Dragons125
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Rains for me… I came into Game of Thrones late, and all i heard about was “red wedding, red wedding”… how i managed to stay away from spoilers, i’ll never know.. I assumed it had to do with that @$#%$% Joffrey’s wedding, lol. Boy was i surprised ;) But Kissed by Fire is a close second for me, i love Jamie and Brienne. If there is an award for character that I used to despise, but now love, that would be Jamie.

  29. Spidey-Dan
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    The thing that people forget about Rains of Castamere is that much more happened in it than the Red Wedding. It also contained the skirmish at the windmill/Queenscrown, Jon abandoning Ygritte (which was a wonderfully subtle bit of acting that Rose Leslie continued in ep10), the invasion of Yunkai, Bran and Rickon’s heartbreaking parting…

    There was so much packed into that episode already that it would have been as solid an episode as any other in the season even without the final scenes. The Red Wedding just pushed everything so far over the top that it leaves no contest in my mind.

  30. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    For completion’s sake, my ranking:

    Rains of Castamere
    And Now his Watch is Ended
    Kissed by Fire
    Second Sons
    The Climb
    Walk of Punishment
    Valar Dohaeris
    Dark Wings, Dark Words
    The Bear And The Maiden Fair
    Mhysa

  31. Jon Blackfyre
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Episode 5. Kissed by fire by far was the best episode. I thought 4 was kind of slow and wasnt as good until the final scene with the dragons and the unsullied. Same with Rains. the ending was awesome and the build up at the towers. the plot stayed at the towers the whole time them went across the narrow see for some stupid reason. It shoulda stayed with the red wedding the whole episode. Episode 5 had everything and really great exposition. and the way it was directed was great. You have littlefinger uncovering highgardens plot to mary sansa, Tyrion getting smacked down by the queen of thorns, awsome ending of Tywin telling Tyrion hes marying Sansa and Cersie is marying Loras. You have the crazy scene were you see the beaker babies, Stannis Shereen, Shereen Davos. Then in the riverlands the Hound Dondarian fight, Gendry telling Arya hes staying, Thoros telling Arya about Berrics resurections. Jon and Ygritte have a great love scene(Lords Kiss). You get back story with Jorah and Baristan, and we meet Greyworm. Karstark kills the young boys and Robb beheads him, then the best scene yet, the bath scene.

    So many good parts. Jon and Ygritte, When Arya told Berric she worships death and wishes it was him and not her father that died. Robbs beheading Karstark, Greyworms speech about his name, Selmy and Jorah clashing after that awesome story. Jamies speech. I dont think there was a bad scene in this episode.

  32. gabal
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I actually didn’t like the Rains of Castamere – in my opinion they didn’t do a good job translating the red wedding from the books to the screen.

    My choice is episode 4 – that ending was AMAZING!

  33. MhysaMhysa
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I, too, chose Kissed by Fire. Curse me or kiss me or call me a Cogman fangirl. I don’t care. It had everything: Superb acting, most notably NCW, Maisie, and Dillane; the Beric and the Hound duel; the Karstark execution; the bath scene; Arya and Gendry’s tender moment; and Tywin bending his sniveling children to his will.

  34. ebevan91
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    5 > 4 > 8 > 9 >everything else

  35. boze
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Ep23.

    It had everything and it flowed very well.. I was skeptical when I first read that D&D were directing an episode, but now I’m really looking forward to what they’ll bring for the S4 premiere.

  36. NomadicDirewolf
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    ah! so difficult, for me its between And Now his Watch is Ended, and The Rains of Castamere, Kissed by Fire is definitely in there but i’d say it was only slightly behind those two
    went for and now his watch is ended in the end, simply because the stuff in there shapes up a little better against the book material, Rains was epic, but the RW, despite being one of the best scenes in show history wasnt as good as the book version in my mind, plus the Dany plotline wasnt at its best that episode

  37. Selmy
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I loved Kissed by Fire and And Now His Watch has Ended but it has to be The Rains of Castamere. Television history right there.

  38. Lyanna_Targaryen
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    If I could vote for NCW’s monologue alone, I would.

    Episode 9, baby. No contest.

  39. The Dragon Demands
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    “The Rains of Castamere” was pleasant, but could never live up to my mental image of the Red Wedding from the books (not that it was bad) – but overall the reason I’m not voting for Rains is because by its very nature, it wasn’t balanced between different storylines, but focused exclusively on the Starks.

    I think the strongest were “And Now His Watch is Ended” and “Kissed by Fire”. Watch had Dany taking the Unsullied (Dracarys!) of course, as well as Jeor Mormont’s death and the chaos of the Mutiny at Craster’s Keep.

    Still, I went with “Kissed by Fire” because of the sheer number of plotlines it juggled; not just “keeping pace and checking in” but advancing each of them.

    We see book-Robb make a comeback with Robb vs Rickard Karstark, taking us away from the romance crap back to the main point; like his father, Robb is too honorable for his own good.

    We get Jon and Ygritte’s cave scene, which takes their relationship up a whole level.

    ***We get Jaime and Brienne at Harrenhal! Including the standout scene of the season at the bathhouse (also enjoy how he sells how much physical pain Jaime is in when talking to Qyburn). I am openly stunned that they didn’t include Nikolai on their submissions for Best Supporting Actor Emmy – for god’s sake guys, Tyrion wasn’t in this season that much, because his actions in book 3 were weighted towards the end of the book – which are now Season 4. (yes, Tyrion had some good spots here and there, and particularly his wedding sequence; it’s still not what he was doing in Season 2, due to simple screentime).

    Beric Dondarrion vs the Hound and the WTF? moment of Beric coming back to life were also nice – you realize how hard it is for the stunt coordinators to do a fight with a flaming sword in a tight space. Even some Gendry screentime which actually addresses his character: unlike most of the main cast he is *not* a highborn and he doesn’t really have a stake in Robb or Joffrey and how the War is going; starting to see the bigger theme that the smallfolk are suffering and it doesn’t matter who started it for them.

    Also, ***it was the first episode with Selyse and Shireen Baratheon! (the only one for Selyse, and Shireen showed up again briefly but its still her biggest episode). Showing hidden depths/doubts in Stannis, Davos being the “good” angel on his shoulder telling him to do the right thing, etc.

    The Margaery/Loras/Sansa scenes were also good, nice to see Sansa in a dynamic other than “tormented deer in headlines”, but confidently taking pride in the scheme she’s entered into with Margaery. Also good that they worked in some Loras there, and tried to even out the fanservice for the ladies – even so I do wish we had those deleted scenes Cogman mentions he did write, making it clear that Loras *is* deeply mourning Renly, and he’s just trying to drown his sorrows with some flippant casual sex (and it doesn’t work; he still feels miserable).

    ***Huge Tywin/Cersei/Tyrion scene!!! Tyrion’s not in a playful mood and bringing up that he WAS married once! Cersei’s abrupt “what?” reaction when she’ll have to marry the heir of Highgarden — actually seeing House Lannister internal dynamics.

    Also it had some nice Daenerys scenes, nothing big but moved into this episode from another due to screentime, needed to get reshuffled into this one. Nice introduction of Grey Worm (and a fun winking explanation of why Barristan wasn’t at the Small Council in Season One).

    So in short: the Starks had a lot to do, the Lannisters had a lot to do (both Jaime’s storyline and the main family in King’s Landing), the Baratheons on Dragonstone had a lot to do, Jon Snow had a lot to do, Arya, Gendry, and the Brotherhood Without Banners had good things, the Tyrells had good things, Daenerys had some good things.

    The only things really missing were that Varys, Pycelle, and Joffrey himself are not in the episode (though they’re mentioned). Similarly, the storylines of Bran Stark, Theon Greyjoy, and House Greyjoy don’t appear, but realistically they are not a main focus in Season 3 overall anyway (they become important later on).

    Thus I voted for “Kissed By Fire” because it was the best *overall* episode juggling multiple storylines and giving many members of the enormous cast good scenes.

  40. Seven Hells Bells
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    My ranking would be

    Rains of Castamere
    And Now His Watched Is Ended
    Second Sons
    Kissed By Fire
    Mysha
    Valar Dohearis
    Walk of Punishment
    The Climb
    The Bear and the Maiden Fair
    Dark Wings, Dark Words

  41. Delta1212
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    For future seasons, we might want to have a “best episode that wasn’t 9″ category in addition to this one, just for the sake of variety.

  42. John-Michael
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Rains of Castamere is going to BLOW AWAY the competition, if you can call it that.

  43. The Dragon Demands
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    From what I’ve seen in this comments thread, I think the general or overall feeling is that “Rains of Castamere”, “Kissed By Fire”, and “And Now his Watch is Ended” were the strongest episodes of the season (some others such as Second Sons followed closely though).

    I voted “Kissed by Fire” because it was the best *overall* episode, balancing many different plotlines, each of which had great moments in its own right (though Jaime’s monologue retroactively explaining why he really killed King Aerys Targaryen was the high point).

    “Rains of Castamere”, as many have noted, gets points for the Red Wedding…but the counter-argument is that this was just one 15 minute scene, not the entire episode as a whole.

    Similarly, “And Now His Watch Is Ended” had the stunning “Daenerys takes the Unsullied” 10-15 minute sequence, which alone gets many voting for it. It also had the great Mutiny at Craster’s Keep and death of Jeor Mormont, while in the Seven Kingdoms themselves we had a LOT of Varys scenes, all excellent, as well as Olenna (I agree with GRRM that Conlith Hill’s performance is one of the best on the show). And it had some GREAT Theon scenes, really amazing acting there. And we got the first private scene between Cersei and Tywin; understated but amazing stuff.

    So OVERALL, Rains of Castamere was a good episode but mostly just one big scene at the end.

    “Kissed By Fire” was amazingly balanced and juggled numerous plotlines.

    “And Now His Watch is Ended” is somewhere between the two, with several standout scenes (Daenerys and the Unsullied, Mutiny at Craster’s Keep), though the rest of the episode wasn’t slack at all – lots of Varys, Olenna, Margaery-Sansa, some Cersei-Tywin, some Jaime-Brienne (not as much as in “Kissed”), and Theon’s breakdown (Alfie’s best acting ever). But on the other hand, “Watch” doesn’t have any scenes about the main Stark camp with Robb and Catelyn, Tyrion is only briefly in it, and Jon Snow isn’t in it either.

    I hate choosing between the two, because they were the highpoint of the season, and while the show doesn’t have “two parters” I felt like Watch and Kissed complimented each other like two halves of a single movie — particularly given that the characters who weren’t in Watch that much – Robb, Catelyn, Tyrion, Jon Snow, etc. then show up prominently in “Kissed by Fire”, while characters who had a lot to do in “Watch” (Varys, Daenerys, Sam, Theon, etc.) subsequently didn’t do much in Kissed. They’re two halves of a greater whole.

    I did enjoy Second Sons a lot and would probably rank it as number four. The other episodes early in the season aren’t actually “bad” – the first three episodes are very good and I’d change little. But they’re exposition and setup — NECESSARY exposition and setup which could not be avoided.

    Overall I think the *weakest* episode was “The Climb” – but really, there wasn’t a single scene I’d actually take out because it was redundant. Seeing the entire season as an organic whole, after the awesome climaxes in episodes 4 and 5 they needed to put in more setup and exposition to move the plot along for the rest of the season.

    “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” wasn’t as good as I’d expect from GRRM. The Jaime/Brienne scenes were of course great, but not originally part of this episode (they got moved in from somewhere else) – and like Ran and Linda, I also sympathize that there is only so much we can expect from a live acting bear (it was a choice between a very mobile but fake-looking CGI bear, and a live actor bear who they can’t interact with well. I support their choice and realize the limitations of filming a live bear). The Daenerys scenes were *stunning*, it felt like she was becoming a queen in her own right, not a lost girl but now her own political faction on the world stage (and the Dragon CGI was great, good to see all three), as was the amazing Tywin/Joffrey scene in the throneroom. Otherwise there were many bits and pieces moving the plotlines forward with all of the other characters but they weren’t complete standouts.

    Nothing was outright *wrong* this season, nothing I can easily think of changing.

    The only minor complaint I’d make is that we kind of needed those deleted scenes from Kissed by Fire to establish that Loras is mourning Renly; they treat him as the punchline of too many jokes, i.e. in The Climb when they make more comments about his sexuality.

  44. I am no Ser
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I had to go with “Kissed by Fire’. Mainly because, as others have mentioned, it was the best overall episode for me, start to finish. The writing, pacing, character development and plot advancement in that episode was prob my fave of the whole show so far. ‘Rains’ and ‘And Now His Watch Is Ended’ were both stellar, and I was on the edge of my seat for the main events from those eps even though I knew what was going to happen. But I think the overall balance throughout ‘Kissed by Fire’ is superior. The acting and directing in ‘Second Sons’ was also top notch, though!

    Times like this make me really happy that the show is doing such a great job that there are several exceptional episodes this season that could rightfully be claimed as the best:)

  45. Victor
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    And Now His Watch Is Ended

  46. Udi
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    I think you said it all.
    I feel the same. Episode 4 ending was E-P-I-C ! Jaime and Brienne bath scene was fantastic. Overall I felt this season was not as good as S1 and S2 (sorry). But the RW is arguably the most shocking event in television history. It IS television history! Michelle Fairley’s performance was simply outstanding. Have to vote for ep.9. Can’t wait for S4 – I believe it will be the best in the entire series.

  47. Doloures Edd
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    I personally went for Episode 5: Kissed by Fire. Mr Cogman complete out did everyone in my opinion. It was by far the most faithful to the books. The Clegane/Dondarrion provided an electric (cheeky pun intended) start to the episode and the pace never let up.

    I can see why so many people are obviously backing Rains, and it was truly a piece of television history.

    The best moment of the Third Season has to go to Arya and the Hound exiting the Twins and seeing the Freys parade Robb’s body.

    However, the most rounded episode has to go to number 5!

  48. glenn
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I know some people will not want to vote for the obvious but rains was clearly the best episode of this and any other season. No other episode out there has caused as much shock/uproar/disbelief!!

  49. Lady Mychelle
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Rains but man my favorite scene i think (so many to choose) was Dany’s DRACARYS scene. love love love

  50. Gatehouse Ami
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    No brainer for me. “Kissed by Fire.” So rich (and balanced) with content… seems like it’s over in a blink and I hold my breath the whole time.

  51. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    “Most shocking” does not really mean “best.” That is why I will not vote for Rains of Castamere. Kissed by fire had the most sequences I liked, for me. Beric/Hound, Jon and Ygritte finally get down, Grey Worm’s name choice, Jaime’s story, Karstark ‘s “kill me and be cursed; you are no king of mine,” Arya’s plea for a man without a head to be brought back to life, Shireen starts teaching Davos to read, Cersei and Tyrion’s marriage news with Tywin wiping Cersei’s smug smile off of her face…YES all of that happened in the same episode. Great moments. More great moments and more great acting/directing than Rains of Castamere, imo.

  52. Monza
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know how I could call Rains of Castamere my favourite ,but obviously was the best . Is no doubt . Just is really painful , but I appreciate his magnificence and uniqueness . This is really special part for all of us.

  53. Bryon
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I vote Rains, 29. But like many you can’t over look 24 and 25.

  54. Gramusel
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    5 > 8/9/4 > 3/6 > 10/2/1 > 7

    Some thoughts:

    Ep. 5 is nearly flawless in my opinion

    Ep. 8 is my closest runner-up because of the Sansa/Tyrion wedding and the episode structure

  55. Maxwell James
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    My selection won’t win, but there were plenty of good ones to choose from. My ranking:

    – Second Sons
    – Kissed By Fire
    – And Now His Watch Is Ended
    – Walk of Punishment
    – The Rains of Castamere
    – The Climb
    – Valar Dohaeris
    – The Bear & the Maiden Fair
    – Dark Wings, Dark Words
    – Myhsa

  56. Monza
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    haltwhogoesthere,

    haltwhogoesthere:
    “Most shocking” does not really mean “best.” That is why I will not vote for Rains of Castamere.Kissed by fire had the most sequences I liked, for me. Beric/Hound,Jon and Ygritte finally get down,Grey Worm’s name choice,Jaime’s story, Karstark ‘s “kill me and be cursed; you are no king of mine,” Arya’s plea for a man without a head to be brought back to life, Shireen starts teaching Davos to read, Cersei and Tyrion’s marriage news with Tywin wiping Cersei’s smug smile off of her face…YES all of that happened in the same episode. Great moments. More great moments and more great acting/directing than Rains of Castamere, imo.

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    haltwhogoesthere,

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    Exactly , Kissed by fire was really impressed , I thing the same , that most shocking not always means the best . I voted for RoC but I glad someone appreciate my favourite episode first halt season 3 . Really valuable and it was making a impressive .

  57. LordStarkington
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    My top 3 (no surprises in which ones, really)

    1. Kissed by Fire
    2. Rains of Castamere
    3. And Now His Watch Is Ended

    I think Kissed by Fire is the best by a small marging, the other two are pretty much tied. I have a nagging feeling that I’d say Ep. 4 was actually a better overall episode than 9 if I rewatched them, though.

  58. Sam
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Episode 24 was epic!

  59. charles
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    kissed by fire gets my vote

  60. Bran The Builder
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Red Wedding does not need any polls to prove its worth.

  61. gswelcome
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Kissed by Fire. Want to see something besides Rains, it is part of tv history now with its shocking end but I think Ep 5 was overall a stronger ep.

  62. Jason
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    “He judged me guilty the moment he saw me. By what right does the wolf judge the lion”… Voted for ep 5. definitely the strongest overall episode IMO.

  63. Clob
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Judging just from comments made so far it kinda seems like ep. 9 may not be a runaway winner like the first two seasons.

  64. Carne
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Went with episode 24.

  65. Clob
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Can we submit nominations for the other categories? :) There are always some that get forgotten for Best Line and Best One-Liner.

    I believe I can vote in advance for Best Comedic Scene. The Small Council with Tyrion’s chair slide has to be an odds-on favorite, doesn’t it?

  66. Ragman's Harbor
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I never vote on episode 9 because everyone agrees its the best. The second to best, ah… that’s more interesting. And it was Second Sonds for me. More focused, great wedding, Dany is awesome (as her naked body), we saw Mel’s boobs AND Sam the Slayer. Epic.

  67. Veltigar
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I picked “Kissed by fire”. Rains is overrated IMO (It wasn’t as good as in the books and I never did get the whole fuzz about the RW amongst bookfans in the first place).
    Kissed by Fire was the episode I liked best, it had some lows (the Loras Tyrell character assasination) but the highs (flaming swords, cave, Stannis and Shireen and of course the best scene of the entire series Jaime and Brienne take a bath) were stellar.
    The absolute worst episode was 6. That was an epic pile of dogshit.

  68. Nancy
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    For me it was a toss up between Kissed by Fire and Rains of Castamere (which I think I just spelled wrong). Rains got my vote. I felt thematically it was the best episode (though Dany could have sat that one out) as we follow the adventures of Catelyn, Robb and Company-obviously, the sweet and sad departure between Bran, Rickon and Osha, Arya and the Hound and the almost reunion between Jon and his brothers.
    Kissed by Fire had two of the best sequences behind Rains this season for me: Robb’s camp with the fallout of the murder of the Lannister boys and Karstark’s beheading and of course, the bath scene with Jaime and Brienne. Both sequences were excellent in pacing and acting.

  69. John W
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Had to go with 24. The RW was great but that scene with Danny cinches it for me.

  70. thisone
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    As a complete episode, ep. 9 without a doubt.

  71. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Veltigar,

    What was so bad about episode 6? I thought the Littlefinger-Varys scene elevated that episode massively and Jon Snow’s stuff was good fun. ‘Ha! Just seeing if you can take a hit lad’

    Personally, I love any episode with Varys in. I think ‘magician in a box’ may have been my favorite scene from episode 4, as it was one of those rare scenes that took me completely by surprise. As a book reader, it’s nice to be surprised.

  72. Siobhan
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Second Sons. Sansa’s wedding was perfect(ly awful). The episode really benefitted from the tight focus. But it’s a close call between this and several others. Very strong season.

  73. Kyrenna
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Feck, do I really have to choose? :)

    First episode I thought of was not Rains of Castamere, actually. That one just made me hurt all over, badly, for all them poor Starks. Which you could use as a criterium to decide, I mean, I’ve never had a gut-punch like that from any tv show…but meh. The episode that came to mind first was Second sons. Had drama and something to laugh, sometimes at the very same moment; also had a narrative structure I appreciated. Next one was And now his watch has ended. Because Mormont died well, and Dracarys was just awesome, and I’m definitely forgetting other moments I loved. The one after, too, stuck with me as a good episode but I can’t seem to remember exactly why. And then there was The Climb, with ‘the ladder’. And poor Ros dying. And loads of ice. Falling ice. Very real looking falling ice.

    That’s half the episodes…meh. I should re-watch the season :)

  74. GeekFurious
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    The best episode was 3.09. It is also one of the best episodes of television, ever.

    Followed by 3.04 and 3.05, respectively.

  75. House Snow
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    You guys are nuts. Its raines.

  76. Omar
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Episode 25 was imo the best “episode”.

    Episode 24 might have the best scene, and episode 29 might have the biggest shock, but in terms of quality of writing, plot holes etc episode 25 was fantastic and had no flaws.

    24 was mainly good in the start (Jaime) and the end (Dany). The middle stuff was meh, including a somewhat disappointing Crastor scene.

    29 had the RW, but the episode had major problems regarding Blackfish, the 3 vs 3000 skirmish in Yunkai, and the bad directing of the Queenscrown scene which showed Jon Snow running away from a fight he could have surely won (Him + direwolves + maybe Ygritte vs Tormund + maybe Ygritte).

    My vote would be on 25 since it didn’t have any table flipping in the episode but was still super good.

  77. Ashara D
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Guess I love the drama of the “ladda” and the Wall kiss…I went with 6.

  78. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    House Snow,

    No, it’s Rains of Castamere if you’re talking about emotional impact or shock value. If you’re looking at it technically (writing, directing, acting), it only barely makes top three (for me).

  79. Faux Facts
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Voted for episode 4 but I can’t believe how much some people underrate The Climb and Walk of Punishment, especially the former. I thought both of them were amazing episodes, not as epic as some of the favorites of the season but there were some great dialogs and character development there, including the wall climb and Jaime’s hand chopping scene. Such an amazing season overall.

  80. Faux Facts
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Ashara D,
    You’re right to go to that episode, it was thoroughly lovely.

  81. argilac's antler
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Voted KbF too.

    Jaime’s bathtub confessions, Stannis & family, Hound’s trial by combat. By far my fav of the season.

  82. Ser Tahu
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    For me it was a close competition between 24 and 29. However, I ended up going for 24 mainly because of that final Daenerys scene, there are few other scenes in the series that have the magic of that scene. And yes, I am saying the Red Wedding didn’t have the magic of that scene. All throughout the Red Wedding there was something just a little bit off about how they handled it, so for me it falls short of the perfection that was the show version of the sacking of Astapor.

    Also mutiny.

  83. cantuse
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Enough with the ASOIAF hipsters voting for something for other than Rains on the ‘I liked the RW before it went mainstream’ bandwagon. :D

    Obviously, my choice is Rains.

  84. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I went with “Kissed by Fire,” and it seems like a lot of people are going that way.

    So far in the run of Game of Thrones, it’s the episode with the most devastating ending that does not involve an act of horrific violence. Just the harsh father ordering his children into marriages they don’t want, and the pathology of the Lannisters is laid bare for all to see right there. It just leaves you wrecked, and that’s after so much great stuff:

    –The bathtub monologue, the best of the series so far
    –The single best fight scene, the great rousing Beric Dondarrion/Hound match
    –More anguishing emotional stuff, this time on Dragonstone, with the Selyse and Shireen introductions, and another example of awesome “Let’s put these 2 in a room and see what happens” stuff with Kerry Ingram and Liam Cunningham.
    –The awesomeness that is Roose Bolton: “Your sister…how do I put this…your sister is alive and well.” (Shudder.)
    –Jon Snow learning the true meaning of “Kissed by Fire.” YUM.
    –Also, Jon Snow learning to be a badass: ““What happens to your eagle after I kill you? Does he drift away like a kite with his strings cut, or does he just flop dead to the ground?”
    –More amazing anguish – Robb beheading Rickard Karstark
    –Gendry and Arya’s conversation
    –Thoros/Arya/Beric

    Boy, it’s just jam-packed.

    From there, in order:

    The Rains of Castamere — It’s awesome.
    And Now His Watch is Ended
    Second Sons
    Myhsa
    The Climb – I don’t get the hating on this one at all. “Chaos is a ladda…”
    Valar Dohaeris
    Walk of Punishment
    Dark Wings, Dark Words
    The Bear and the Maiden Fair

  85. Ser Tahu
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Off-topic:
    Here are some random facts comparing the different seasons:

    Average imdb episode rating:
    1) Season 3 – 8.82
    2) Season 1 – 8.76
    3) Season 2 – 8.73

    Highest and lowest rated episodes:
    1) Season 3 episode 9: The Rains of Castamere – 9.8
    =2) Season 2 episode 9: Blackwater – 9.4
    =2) Season 3 episode 4: And Now His Watch Is Ended – 9.4
    4) Season 1 episode 9: Baelor – 9.2
    =5) Season 1 episode 10: Fire and Blood – 9.1
    =5) Season 2 episode 10: Valar Morghulis – 9.1
    ……
    =5) Season 1 episode 4: Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things – 8.5
    =5) Season 3 episode 6: The Climb – 8.5
    =2) Season 1 episode 3: Lord Snow – 8.4
    =2) Season 3 episode 2: Dark Wings, Dark Words – 8.4
    =2) Season 3 episode 7: The Bear and the Maiden Fair – 8.4
    1) Season 2 episode 2: The Night Lands – 8.3 (I agree, this is the worst episode of the series thus far)

    I think it really speaks to the quality of the series that even it’s worst episodes are scoring above an 8. And just for the record, the only other show I have ever seen score a 9.8 for an episode is the Breaking Bad episode ‘Face Off’.

    Average episode length:
    1) Season 1 – 56.7
    2) Season 3 – 56.3 (so much for all of the episodes being 59 minutes, D&D)
    3) Season 2 – 54.9

    % Rise in number of initial viewers between season premiere and finale:
    1) Season 1 – +37%
    2) Season 3 – +24%
    3) Season 2 – +9%

    Numeric rise in number of initial viewers between season premiere and finale:
    1) Season 3 – +1.02 million (NOTE: 3×06 was +1.13 million from the premiere)
    2) Season 1 – +0.82 million
    3) Season 2 – +0.34 million

  86. John-Michael
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    err, so I got to vote twice lol.

  87. sunspear
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Episode 9, obviously. This episode hardly needed the biggest shock of the season to be great, between Fairley, Williams, Bradley, and McElhatton acting their butts off.

    Ser Tahu: isodes are scoring above an 8. And just for the record, the only other show I have ever seen score a 9.8 for an episode is the Breaking Bad episode ‘Face Off’.

    The ‘Spartacus’ finale had a 9.8 for a while until people came to their senses.

  88. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    cantuse,

    Calling us hipsters doesn’t change that episode nine was inferior to four and five on a technical level. What was so great about that episode? It was shocking and Catelyn’s yell was fantastic. That’s about it. I found a lot of that episode awkward and clunky. The moment the Hound knocked out Arya is one part I remember laughing at, off of the top of my head. Seeing through Summer’s eyes also felt kind of gimmicky, and as though they felt the audience would be too dumb to get that Bran was controlling Summer. The Daenerys plot really didn’t need to be in that episode. It was an afterthought. That bird that scratched Jon’s face? Please. Looked like a Star Wars puppet. And the above are not even complaints of it being “too different from the books.” They’re problems with the episode all on its own.

    It’s not just an immature compulsion to be counter-cultural and seem cool and different. There are many valid reasons why Rains of Castamere is an inferior episode next to episodes 4 and 5. I’m sure I could find more if I watched the episode again, but the fact that I would even need to watch it again to remember it is another reason it’s not that great. Apart from Talisa’s murder and Catelyn’s yell, none of the specifics really stick with you. That last point might not be true for others, but those are my reasons and I’d like it if you didn’t dismiss them as the ramblings of a person just trying to be different. Unless it was a joke, then whatever.

  89. David The Grey
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Fun times are back! :-) I went with #24. I loved it because the director somehow managed to make it feel personal and epic all at once. It also made me a fan of Alex Graves (which #25 cemented). I can’t wait for more in S4.

  90. GeekFurious
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    haltwhogoesthere:
    cantuse,

    Calling us hipsters doesn’t change that episode nine was inferior to four and five on a technical level.

    LOL!

    I get so much enjoyment from people who act as if their counterpoint to popularity is an actual opinion derived from some innate understanding of quality.

  91. cantuse
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Um, it was half in jest. Okay, mostly in jest. People are obviously allowed to choose any episode they want and I will respect that opinion.

    But, lets face it, almost all of us book readers are indeed hipsters that liked the RW before it went mainstream. That why we savored the schadenfreude from all of those RW reaction videos. There’s nothing wrong with being a hipster every once in a while.

  92. Martell Fan
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious: LOL!

    I get so much enjoyment from people who act as if their counterpoint to popularity is an actual opinion derived from some innate understanding of quality.

    But man… he gives valid reasons for not liking the episodes. He gets when the CGI is bad, he understands the IQ of the audience, and he doesn’t even have the books in mind when talking about the episode.

    ‘Daenerys’ plot doesn’t belong in this episode. Instead, it belongs in episode number 8.’ – said the average viewer when watching Dany’s plotline

    On topic: I voted for episode 4, since episode 9 is too traumatic for me. As simple as that.

  93. Hexonx
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    haltwhogoesthere: episode nine was inferior to four and five on a technical level.

    Not that I don’t agree with you but I think most people interpret “best” as their favorite and not necessarily the technically best done.

  94. patchface
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Dracarys.

  95. John
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    @WiC
    Will there be an Unsullied-Award?
    Like “which scene has you surprised the most”? :)

  96. Jentario
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    John:
    @WiC
    Will there be an Unsullied-Award?
    Like “which scene has you surprised the most”? :)

    No surprises there.

  97. Macharius
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    25, for Jaime’s monologue.

  98. Hodor Targaryon
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    I’ve been reading comments here sort of dismissing the Red Wedding as merely shocking, and the only reason why Episode 29 was picked was because of shock value as opposed to quality. Putting aside the fact that how surprising or unexpected something is can add to quality (I can’t imagine people saying that the shock value of Ned’s death didn’t add to that episode), it:s not just that the Red Wedding was surprising. It emotionally resonated with quite a few people. An episode that makes someone feel so much for fictional characters…quite a feat. One that perhaps elevates it a bit above some of the episodes flaws, such as a lame Jon Snow/Orell fight, or a misplaced Dany storyline. Since I wasn’t a huge fan of Robb, and I was mentally preparing myself for bloody devastation for a couple of weeks, the admirable job they did on the Red Wedding doesn’t quite propel it over the more consistent eps 24 or 25, but I am not dismissive at all of those who think the shocking AND emotionally devastating Episode 29 deserves a higher rank.

    Side note: Not that ranking episodes isn’t fun, but it always seems stacked. Of course episodes with major evwnts like 24 or 29 are more likely to be picked than, say, the first couple episodes of a season. I usually lije to compare across seasons, deciding which season had the best first episode, which had the best second, third, and so forth. I find comparing the three episode 9s more fun than comparing Castamere to Dark Wings, Dark Words

  99. Winterdark
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    I chose The Rains of Castamere. It was one of the show’s defining episodes where it could become an even better show or just fall to pieces entirely. Luckilly it want the way of the former. In my opinion the best episode of the show so far.

    Third season episodes in order of preference:

    1. The Rains of Castamere
    2. Walk of Punishment
    3. And Now His Watch is Ended
    4. Kissed by Fire
    5. Second Sons
    6. Dark Wings, Dark Words
    7. Mhysa
    8. Valar Dohaeris
    9. The Bear and the Maiden Fair
    10. The Climb

  100. Frost Nocturne
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    My ranking for the season:

    1. Kissed by Fire
    2. The Rains of Castamere
    3. And Now His Watch Is Ended
    4. Dark Wings, Dark Words
    5. Mhysa
    6. Second Sons
    ———————— << Huge Drop
    7. Walk of Punishment
    8. The Bear and the Maiden Fair
    9. The Climb
    10. Valar Dohaeris

    Thoughts on individual episodes:

    Kissed by Fire: So rich in each storyline, and had a brilliant flow, being one of the few episodes where thought is put into transitions to link different storylines (e.g. Shireen telling Davos about the Dragons as we go to Dany overseeing her unsulllied).

    And Now His Watch Is Ended felt weirdly paced to me. Very slow, politically focused first 3/4, then 2 (3 counting Beric's introduction) unrelated shocking set piece moments that ended the episode that had huge ramifications for those storylines…despite not appearing at all earlier in the episode. Meanwhile, the KL plots that began the ep were not resolved until Kissed By Fire. It was almost all very quality material, and Varys electrifies any scene he appears in, but the episode as a whole didn't feel as focused in the way that Rains was on the Stark family and their tragedy, or have the smooth, consistently excellent flow of Kissed By Fire. I actually thought Craster's Keep was done even better than Dracarys.

    Dark Wings, Dark Words: This felt more like a proper premiere in many ways than Valar Dohaeris did. Arya and Bran's storylines for the season began with great promise, and we got two deservedly fan-favorite scenes that were done quite well, in the form of Sansa's lunch with the QoT and Jaime and Brienne's duel. This episode also gave us one of the best invented scenes of the show in Margaery's masterful manipulation of Joffrey and his crossbow, which had some brilliant dialogue and remains Margaery's best scene yet. I’m honestly surprised how low this seems to be on many people's rankings.

    Mhysa: I have a feeling that if a certain character was shown opening their eyes as the final scene of the season this episode would be a lot closer to the top for quite a few people. It seems as though many are still sour about the Daenerys ending (which was unquestionably weak for what it needed to do) and judging the entire episode with that mood in mind. On my rewatch in particular, I realized how consistently high quality Mhysa was, both on it's own and as a finale for the first half of SoS. It was far, far better than the train wreck that was Valar Morghulis. Just because the final scene was undeserving of it's position doesn't take away Arya's shock and pain at seeing Robb's body, or her cool deception and first kill as she begins her path of vengeance while clutching Jaqen's coin with bloodied hands. We also got a brilliant Walder / Roose conversation, the best small council scene of the season and possibly best Joffrey scene as he finally goes up against Tywin.

  101. Arkash
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Kissed by Fire.

    Because of the fookin’ bath scene !

  102. Pau
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    cantuse:
    Um, it was half in jest. Okay, mostly in jest. People are obviously allowed to choose any episode they want and I will respect that opinion.

    But, lets face it, almost all of us book readers are indeed hipsters that liked the RW before it went mainstream. That why we savored the schadenfreude from all of those RW reaction videos. There’s nothing wrong with being a hipster every once in a while.

    I think the word you’re looking for is nerd not hipster :P

    I voted for 24 btw

  103. Ollie:)
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I went for the Bear and the Maiden Fair, loved the Jamie character (my Fav character) growth. and also liked the other story line in this one thought they were perfectly interconnected.

  104. tweedie
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I remember thinking after watching kissed by fire that they (the producers) had NAILED this whole game of thrones shebang because it was the culmination of three fantastic episodes in succession. Kissed by fire was a perfect episode. That said I vote for Raines because it had so much to live up to but succeeded in every respect. It’s not easy to produce something that shocks and resonates so much as Rains. For season one I loved A Golden Crown but voted for Baelor; for season two I loved What is Dead May Never Die but voted for Blackwater. Baelor, Blackwater and Rains are episodes that resonate like no other.

  105. Veltigar
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor:
    Veltigar,
    What was so bad about episode 6? I thought the Littlefinger-Varys scene elevated that episode massively and Jon Snow’s stuff was good fun. ‘Ha! Just seeing if you can take a hit lad’

    The speech was the only good thing in the entire episode, but even that was cheapened with the death of Ros. Such a cowardly way to get rid of that character, as if we needed more reasons to hate Joffrey And the death was also completely pointless. I thought Tywin would have found out about Joffrey’s escapade and as a punishment take his crossbow away (which could then be used in a certain scene next season if you know what I’m talking about. I think it was a copout of massif proportions.
    I also hated the Tywin/QoT exchange. Not a big Tyrell fan in general (especially not of the QoT) but I liked her exchanges with Varys and Tyrion. So I had my hopes up for her inevitable encounter with Tywin (massive Charles Dance fan). Sadly, it turned out that their respective awesomeness cancelled each other out. I thought the dialogue was stale and – which probably is my main concern with this episode in general- it just didn’t feel like something from GoT.
    The other scenes in KL weren’t particularly great either but all in all they were better than the scenes mentioned above.

    Then there was Theon’s torture. It was sad and boring and part of a storyline that was dragged out way to long (such a shame because the scene in which Theon says that his real father died in KL was one of the strongest scenes of the season but the travesty that came afterwards makes the scene less powerfull). It also annoyed the shit out of me that they made Theon believe that Ramsay was a Karstark, it was just sloppy.

    The pissing match between Meera and Osha was also spectacularly uninteresting. Two very boring and frankly unimportant character arguing over… absolutely nothing. The whole distrusting rivalry between the two of them was so fucking contrived.

    I also hated the scene with Arya, the BwB and Mel. I agree that the decision to have Gendry fall in for Edric was a wise one but why on earth did they have to have the BwB sell Gendry? That was so lame and it negates everything the BwB (at that moment in the story) stands for. Beric and his band became the victim of profound character assassination. They could have done that differently. On top of that Mel’s apparent jet pack and the fact that she was able to travel through the hostile riverlands without so much as a single scratch and was able to track an elusive gang of outlaws also annoyed the crap out of me. And the whole Mel/Arya stand-off was just dumb and badly executed.

    But the scenes I hated the most were the Jon scenes. They were a complete and utter failure on every level. When I was watching his scenes it was like watching one of those badly acted/scripted/directed fairytale adaptations that Hollywood tries to shove down our throats. It was nothing like GoT, it lacked the necessary gravitas and the restrained beauty that makes this show so great (I felt sick after watching that final shot of them on top of the wall, not GoT at all). Instead it went all out sentimental and the scenes just tried too hard to be stunningly beautiful.
    I also hated the dialogue scene in the beginning. Ygritte’s whole I-know-your-still-NW-but-we-must-stick-together-bla-bla-bla-speech came straight out the worst-clichéd-speeches-in-the-industry book. It was bad in a non-hilarious way.
    With the actual Climb no effort was spared in coming up with the dumbest climb sequence possible (they succeeded). I’m not an ice climbing or physics nerd but even I knew that Ice does not crack in the way it did in the episode. But if that was the only mistake I could have let it go. What really broke my suspension of disbelief were the ropes. For starters you have Orell sawing into his rope to cut Ygritte and Jon lose. That just took forever, in real life that rope would have been gone in a matter of seconds. Just one little cut would have snapped that rope with the enormous tensions involved. What particularly annoyed me was that they could have easily fixed that problem. Instead of Orell cutting into that rope they should have shown Orell struggling to reach his blade or something like that. That would have made it realistic Another thing that annoyed the shit out of me was that they were even able to stay on that Wall in the first place. Both Tormund and Jon should have been thrown of that wall from the shear impact of the other climbers falling. I can accept that Tormund and his member are able to withstand the pressure, but Jon Snow (especially series Jon) should have gone down screaming like a little girl.
    And to top it all off there was the kissing scene. Normally I don’t compare the show with the books. That only leads to whining and nitpicking and in many ways I think that D&D have done a great job with their adaptations and invented scenes. But not here. I didn’t like book Ygritte (I found her annoying)and I prefer show Ygriite but in the books Ygritte had one scene where she did not make me cringe and where I actually felt the character and that was when she reached the wall and started crying (you know the wall was trying to kill me and all that). On the show they just completely wasted that scene and instead of making show Ygritte an even more layered character they just made her into even more of a stereotypical “tough chick love interest” with that kissing scene.
    Samwell and Gilly was an okay scene. Not spectacularly interesting, but not bad either and it fitted with the feel of the character and storyline.
    The same is true for Robb negotiating with the Freys. Not a particularly good scene, but not bad either.
    Jaime/Bolton and Brienne. It was both the weakest Jaime and the weakest Bolton scene of the season. Boltons trolling was less epic than in the other episodes and the jokes were lame. Although to be fair, their other scenes of this season were so good that this one mostly suffers by comparison.

  106. Lord of Castamere
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Delta1212,

    I totally agree with You !

  107. Drama
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    most shocking episode doesn’t mean best episode. i went with Episodes 24 as well

  108. William
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    patchface,

    same here, And Now His Watch Is Ended was EPIC!!!

  109. Tixmix
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Episode 30 (Mysha). I really loved this

    Although I don’t like fact that they chose Dany to end the season, she gets a bit to much attention in my opinion. But I loved the rest of the episode.

    But my favorite part of the season was seeing all the reactions to the Red Wedding :D

  110. nomisum
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    i am boring: rains!

  111. Lord Davos
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    The Rains of Castamere, cause now the rains weep over his hall with not a soul to hear. LANNISTAS OWNS THA NOOBS!

  112. Sean C.
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands: I am openly stunned that they didn’t include Nikolai on their submissions for Best Supporting Actor Emmy – for god’s sake guys, Tyrion wasn’t in this season that much, because his actions in book 3 were weighted towards the end of the book – which are now Season 4.(yes, Tyrion had some good spots here and there, and particularly his wedding sequence; it’s still not what he was doing in Season 2, due to simple screentime).

    I’m not really sure what you mean here. Tyrion had the most screentime of any character this season.

  113. loco73
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I went with “The Rains Of Castamere”, in large part because of the amazing and heartbreaking performances from Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden. There is no ignoring those scenes from the Red Wedding. That is television at its best! Of course I’d be remiss not to acknowledge the awesomeness of “And Now His Watch Is Ended” a truly epic episode.
    While I like individual episodes, I tend to look at the season as a whole and not as just the end sum of said individual episodes. I thought the entire season was outstanding, further enhancing and solidifying the show’s standing and reputation if you will.

  114. GoT
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    1º – 3×09
    2º – 3×04
    3º – 3×05
    4º – 3×08
    5º – 3×03
    6º – 3×10
    7º – 3×07
    8º – 3×06
    9º – 3×02
    10º – 3×01

  115. Anne
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    For me it is Ep 25, Kissed By Fire.

  116. Sean C.
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    “Valar Dohaeris” – okay premiere. The handling of the Fist of the First Men is a huge cop-out, and is impossible to square with how last season ended. Davos’ material is the highlight, and Barristan’s appearance.

    “Dark Wings, Dark Words” – feels more like a real season premiere, with an effective rendition of Sansa’s meeting the Tyrells, Bran’s only meaningful appearance before the last two episodes, the cool introduction of the Brotherhood, and Jaime and Brienne’s awesome fight.

    “Walk of Punishment” – the Jaime/Brienne stuff and the fun chairs bit are the main high points here.

    “And Now His Watch Has Ended” – Extremely well-done mini-climax to the season, featuring one of the show’s best character introductions (Dondarrion), and a strong depiction of the sack of Astapor.

    “Kissed By Fire” – All around a well-done episode.

    “The Climb” – A mixed episode. The real bungling of Sansa’s remaining material this season begins here, between the insulting scenes aiming to get the audience to laugh at her, and the point where the writers’ obsession with keeping Tyrion squeaky clean begins to impinge on her narrative.

    “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” – ugh, that Sansa/Margaery scene. This episode is generally rather dull, apart from Jaime and Brienne’s story.

    “Second Sons” – Sansa’s only good appearance in the second half of the season, even if the writers strip out all her defiance of the Lannisters. The other plots are extremely well-handled as well, including the appearance of the far-less-annoying-than-feared Daario.

    “The Rains of Castamere” – Robb and Catelyn’s woefully mishandled plot finally gets put out of its misery! Bran does something!

    “Mhysa” – more stupid Sansa material. Davos gets his finest material of the season, though Stannis gets assassinated some more. Arya finally starts catching up to her book arc. A significant number of the plots really get nothing more than placeholder scenes (Jaime/Brienne, especially).

  117. Lady of Highgarden
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Sean C.,

    My thoughts exactly! 100%!

  118. Al Swearengen
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I went for ep 4 cause the scene with Dany gave me goosebumps, Emilia and the crew really nailed that epic moment.

    Rains was great but I still can’t help but feel D & D used Talisa for a cheap shock trick. I also think Robb’s marriage to Jeyne Westerling in the book was far more tragic and a better angle. Plus the lack of Great Jon and Mormont hurt the scene for me.

  119. Veltigar
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen:
    I went for ep 4 cause the scene with Dany gave me goosebumps, Emilia and the crew really nailed that epic moment.

    Rains was great but I still can’t help but feel D & D used Talisa for a cheap shock trick. I also think Robb’s marriage to Jeyne Westerling in the book was far more tragic and a better angle. Plus the lack of Great Jon and Mormont hurt the scene for me.

    I wouldn’t say that it was more tragic in the books but it was definetley more Original. Young prince throwing away everything for love (show version) is way more cliche than throwing away your Kingdom by sticking to a false understanding of your deceased fathers value’s

  120. Al Swearengen
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Veltigar,

    That and the fact Robb never impregnated Jeyne despite trying his best.

  121. Nick
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Any and all with Daario Naharis (my favorites: 8-10)

    Voted for 8 – Second Sons (should be Storm Crows)

  122. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Sean C.,

    Agree mostly, except for this insane opinion that some fans have about Stannis’ “character assassination”. I’m a big Stannis fan from the books. He’s easily in my top 5 characters. I truly think people simply misread his character. Have they 100 percent nailed the portrayal? No. But I don’t see any “character assassination”. He was banging Melisandre in the books too. He burned people alive as sacrifices even when he was away from her. Yes, I wished Stannis would have been the one to decide to head North and not Melisandre, but it’s likely he consulted with her even in the books, but we don’t see that as the chapter ends when Davos pulls out the letter. Show Stannis is no different at this point in the story than he was in the books. Most people, including myself, didn’t truly begin to like him until he arrived at the Wall and saved Jon and the NW. And that material is yet to come in the series, as well as him offering to name Jon Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North. And of course, he is out to crush the Boltons. Show Stannis is just fine.

  123. Turncloak
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I have to apologize to Bryan Cogman. I criticized the portrayal of Stannis because of a line they left out “I tried to save the kingdoms by winning the throne when I should have been trying to save the kingdoms to win the throne”. On my re-read, I found out that Stannis doesn’t say that until AFTER he reaches the wall! Woops. My bad :). Anyways looking forward to season 4!

  124. Zag
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Kissed by fire for the boobs

  125. Specialk
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Had to vote for Rain of Castamere… The twins! Walder Frey! Bran warging, Jon’s “you were right the whole time”, Daario’s “best whistler” LOL…. RED WEDDING! Amazing!

  126. Rygar
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Whichever one had Jaime in the bath. That was the best scene in the season.

  127. Pepi
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 3:43 am | Permalink
  128. Juego de Tronos
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I’ve voted for “The rains of Castamere”, but i love so much the episode 24 too ^^

  129. Jentario
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Rygar:
    Whichever one had Jaime in the bath.That was the best scene in the season.

    5

  130. Jentario
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 6:04 am | Permalink
  131. Esme
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    voted for Episode 24 And Now His Watch Is Ended because everything was perfect in this episode. Rains of Castamere is shocking of course, but not the best episode.

  132. Tar Kidho
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Ser Tahu,

    Thanks Ser, that was a very interesting post!

    On topic: the fact that there are episodes that can rival this year’s (always dreaded) ninth episode speaks for the quality of the show! It’s still the favorite to win, but Kissed by Fire might get close, and to help the underdog that’s the one I voted for, as otherwise choosing would have been impossible.

  133. Joshua Atreides
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Josh “Atreides” Taylor’s Season 3 Episode Rankings:

    1. Kissed by Fire
    2. The Rains of Castamere
    3. And Now His Watch Has Ended
    4. Myhsa
    5. Second Sons
    6. Walk of Punishment
    7. The Climb
    8. Valar Dohaeris
    9. Dark Wings, Dark Words
    10. The Bear and the Maiden Fair

  134. Zack
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Second Sons gets my vote, but Kissed By Fire is right up there too. This season had 5 really stellar episodes, with 23, 24, 25, 28 and 29. Best season yet.

  135. Lord Eddard
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I’d have to go with rains it was brilliantly done & there was just one good scene after another. I thought D&D did a great job offing characters while progressing others to show there’s still hope for some payback for the RW.

  136. TOIVA
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    ‘And Now His Watch Is Ended’ and ‘Kissed by Fire’ were the two episodes that really amazed me. I wasn’t expecting anything that good so soon in the season.

    And even in retrospect, they still feel like the most coherent episodes. Of course there were scenes like Littlefinger’s monologue or the shocking Red Wedding later on, but these were the two episodes that kept offering one scene after another, each better and better.

    I finally decided for ‘Kissed by Fire’ because of Rickard Karstark, Davos and shocked Cersei.

  137. Lann the Clever
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    ‘Kissed by Fire’ was the best episode of this season, not only because of Beric and Hound fight, but also the best writing, direction and respect for the original material. One of the best scenes of this season was the last of this episode, where Tywin arranges marriages for Tyrion and Cersei. Go, Cogman!

    ‘Rains’ and ‘And now his…’ shall win by the explosive scenes, the Red Wedding, Astapor and the mutinity, poorly exploited due lack of time and distribution amid the respective episodes. The six minutes used in the taken of Astapor in 24 episode were used for a Theon scene in a episode I don’t remember the number (maybe if the scene were better). That’s a subject I hope they improve next season, give these events their deserved atention!

  138. Jentario
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Lann the Clever,

    There is a budget issue, you know. If they could make every episode a Blackwater I’m sure they would. I think Astapor was handled perfectly, the Red Wedding greatly and the mutiny… Well, the only thing missing from it was a proper death scene for the Old Bear with some fitting last words (like in the book, where he tells Sam about Jorah) and more recognition of his death in general. It seemed like it happened, and then was forgotten for the rest of the season. But aside from that, the mutiny was really great. The acting was fantastic- Burn Gorman nailed it completely.

  139. WildSeed
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands,

    You have many well reasoned point here. I agree with the overall season analysis,
    as well as the assessment of the vote for best episode from responses here. While
    you gave thoughtful / thorough insights for your perspective, I must be honest and
    admit I’m a bit lazy at the moment to debate any minor differences, although
    minuscule. I just wanted to appreciate your rationale, as it appeared quite valid.

    Overall I enjoyed this season, as a whole, with disappointments not impacting
    my appreciation for the adaptation of ASOIAF. If I had to choose an episode
    favourite, I’d have to acknowledge Dan Hildebrand’s awesome performance
    in ” Kissed by Fire “, along with Danerys’s ” Heisenberg -like stance. There
    were great moments throughout, as you’d mentioned, however Michelle Fairley
    rose above the script once again to portray Catelyn Stark’s heart wrenching
    scene at the Tully -Frey blood soaked Wedding ( Raines of Castemere ).

  140. WildSeed
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Sean C.: “The Rains of Castamere” – Robb and Catelyn’s woefully mishandled plot finally gets put out of its misery! Bran does something!

    My thought exactly. It was good to lay that 3 season rancid odor induced plot
    for due burial, despite saying goodbye to my favourite heroine from the books.
    Robb Stark, the entire Northmen brigade of men called to alms, were forever
    cheated of an TV adaption that made sense. I was just glad that Brynden
    Tully, present at the wedding in this adaption, decided to exit at a precipitous
    moment, to take a pee. The way the ” House Stark / Tully ” plot was panning
    out, I expected him to be murdered along with Talisa and Robb. I can’t even
    begin to complain further about the GreatJon Umber or other
    missed opportunities .
    The scene proved another highlight for Michelle Fairley’s portrayal of Catelyn,
    and Filch demonstrating his darker side. Very dramatic and effectual overall.
    Thousands of viewers, especially Unsullied, were deeply affected. Bought back
    some angst to those whom read those chapters long ago as well.

  141. Cosca
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    The Old Bear’s death in the books was kinda cheesy.
    Not to mention that it made little sense; Why the hell didn’t the mutineers finish him off? Or kill Sam, who they all resented?

  142. Larry S.
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Episode 5 from start to finish was the best.

    The opening sword fight was the best sword fight i’ve ever seen in any media. It was FANTASTIC. That and the bath tub scene. SO MUCH WIN.
    Caravaggio,

  143. Lann the Clever
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    I completely agree with you, they cannot gave to us 60 minutes of explosive events, neither overwrite the scenes of original books. But instead we get a lot of Theon’s filler scenes. OK that Alfie Allen deserves by his great work in season two, but I think non-readers and readers would’ve prefered more screen time to Arya (that have 13 chapters in the book), Jon, Mance, Robb, Catelyn, even the Brotherhood.

    And yeah, I hope Burn Gorman returns too!

  144. Joshua Atreides
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Something occurred to me: day in and day out we hear of assorted fandoms clamouring together to for some petition to save their soon to be cancelled (or already cancelled) series. Firefly, Jericho, Legend of the Seeker and other such series with Fringe being the one exception. What if a group of GoT fans signed a petition to HBO/D&D stating the following:

    To whom it may concern:
    We are capable of understanding subtlety.
    We do not need things dumbed down.
    We do not need gratuitous nudity.
    You CAN trust your audience. The ratings aren’t going to drop if you fail to satisfy the casual viewers confusion because they refuse to make an effort to invest themselves in the story.

    From my perspective, much of what I have mentioned above is pure hyperbole but I know many people on this site feel this way about the series. Who is willing to put up a similar petition?

  145. Astonished
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I would choose s03e01. This is because it was a good first episode and it set the mood proper for the entire season while aptly able to get the viewer up to speed. I am the type of viewer who only watches the eps once and I don’t actually remember the episodes based on the titles (WiC, on subsequent efforts, a one line ep summary may serve most non-hardcore ppl). This episode did not lie–the whole run was high quality, therefore it is my choice for best ep.

    Rains of Castamere was a well executed season climax. Most of the episodes in this season were good, and there is the obvious exception of the failed bear pit scene with Bryan/Jaymes which they somehow were barely able to integrate into the show anyway. Not sure why Bryan has to be a gay man in the show—I think she was perfect as an ugly woman ‘of size’ in the bible.

    Nevertheless I believe true season 3 is excellent and I wish the show luck with continuing at this present level of fancy.

  146. Cosca
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Atreides,

    Great Idea! I mean, half of the audience can’t tell what’s going on, but why not make the show more complicated for a few hardcore disgruntles and unreasonable book fans?

  147. GeekFurious
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Cosca:
    Joshua Atreides,

    Great Idea! I mean, half of the audience can’t tell what’s going on, but why not make the show more complicated for a few hardcore disgruntles and unreasonable book fans?

    LOL!

    *clap*

    It’s funny how consistently abrasive the same people are about the show. Why. Keep. Watching?

  148. Joshua Atreides
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Cosca,

    ;-)

  149. Joshua Atreides
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    Ever hear the term “hatewatch”?

    Much like EW’s “How to fix this character” columns, the most recent focusing on Dany, we should set up a post asking “How do we fix Game of Thrones?”. I think it would offer an interesting perspective.
    But there should be some ground rules:
    1. D and D remain exec producers.
    2. Keep in mind the budget of the series
    3. Consider from a filmmaking/adaptation perspective what can be condensed, merged, cut, expanded or reworked.

  150. Alvis
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Joshua Atreides,
    Some people would go nuts…

  151. Ser Tahu
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    My full rankings:
    24 – And Now His Watch Is Ended (and Daenerys sacking Astapor wins best scene of the season. Sorry bath tub fans :P)
    29 – The Rains of Castamere
    25 – Kissed By Fire
    28 – Second Sons
    23 – Walk of Punishment
    26 – The Climb
    27 – The Bear and the Maiden Fair
    21 – Valar Dohaeris
    30 – Mhysa (Because teleporting Ravens. I like the Stannis stuff, but I think it would have been better spread over the first few episodes of season 4. The only real standouts for me in this episode would be the Roose and Ramsay scenes)
    22 – Dark Wings, Dark Words

  152. Turncloak
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Cosca:
    Joshua Atreides,

    Great Idea! I mean, half of the audience can’t tell what’s going on, but why not make the show more complicated for a few hardcore disgruntles and unreasonable book fans?

    Well said

  153. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I hope there isn’t a best scene category, because it seems a lot of people don’t know the difference between best scene and best episode overall. Is there? I honestly think there’s no contest as far as best episode is concerned. Individual scenes is the one that’s debatable.

  154. Gobias of HouseBluth
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Veltigar: I wouldn’t say that it was more tragic in the books but it was definetley more Original. Young prince throwing away everything for love (show version) is way more cliche than throwing away your Kingdom by sticking to a false understanding of your deceased fathers value’s

    A lot of this hinged on the portrayed age of Robb. All of the Starks are skewed older in the show (in the case of Robb, much older, as he is barely sixteen in the books). The book version relied a bit on Robb’s naivety, which wouldn’t have made as much sense in the show.

    In the book there was a heavy sense that Robb did the things he did because he saw no other choice, rather than willingly choosing his path. Definitely made the RW more tragic in the book, IMO.

    That being said, loved them both.

  155. cantuse
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Atreides,

    I’ve just accepted that the show cannot capture all of the glory of the books.

    However, that portion of the glory it *does* capture is better than virtually anything else I watch on television or in theaters.

  156. Joshua Atreides
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    cantuse,

    Agree 100%.

  157. Jon Blackfyre
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    i will not be signing petition. For I like gratuitous nudity to much. sorry.

  158. Clob
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t we do these at a quicker pace for the first two seasons? I’m anxious to vote on the next category. ;)

  159. Narquaw
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Beric & Sandor
    Jaime & Roose & Brienne
    Stannis & Selyse & Davos & Shireen
    Tywin & Cersei & Tyrion

    It is, by far, Kissed by Fire for me.

  160. Monica
    Posted August 21, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    It has to be “Rains,” because of the RW. It made me wonder how much Shakespeare Michelle Fairley has played. She tore at my heart with one word, “Please!”

    However, I’ll never forget the look on NCW’s face when he lost his hand!

  161. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted August 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    This woman had trouble picking because there were 3 or 4 episodes that were truly captivating from beginning to end. There are many comments above that reflect these already, so this woman’s vote ended up for Rains, just edging out Kissed By Fire by a neck. Or two.

  162. Johan Sporre
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I had to rewatch the season to see if any episode could sneak in ahead of the favourite, but no, Rains of Castamere is just too good.
    And Now His Watch is Ended has my most-liked scene of the season (Daenerys buying slaves), but Rains is near-perfect throughout. It has splendid Jon, Bran and Arya scenes and then the Red Wedding to top it all off.

    I was a bit surprised at how much I liked Mhysa on this rewatch (the first one where I watched the season in one go). I even really liked the end scene with Daenerys.

  163. Amy
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Alex:
    Episode 29, the Rains, there’s simply no contest, its part of TV history now.

  164. robb stark fan
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    i choose RED WEDDING… i have cried with a lot of tv shows,movies,books…but i just droped one or two tears or the hardest one was when my face looed so pale and my eyes were red and i felt pain in my chest…… but u see forRW for the first time in my life of movies and all that i cried outloud and i couldnt stop crying and for almost two weeks i felt a whole in my chest even now its stil so thouching for me:(:|


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