Game of Thrones writer creates Best Episodes lists for 19 characters

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Happy Iron Anniversary! That’s the name HBO has bestowed upon the 10-year anniversary of Game of Thrones, which premiered in April of 2011. HBO is doing all kinds of stuff to mark the occasion, including new merch, charity efforts and more. It’s also dreamt up several “paths” to take through the series to encourage rewatching. The “Ice Walk” is dedicated to the White Walkers, the “Path of Fire & Blood” to Daenerys Targaryen, and so on:

Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman, the guy behind excellent episodes like “Kissed by Fire” and “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is also getting in on the fun, creating his own lists to supplement what he calls HBO’s “interesting” selections. He admitted that it’s “silly” and something of “an absurd exercise,” but it’s fun!

Bryan Cogman makes new Game of Thrones episodes lists for HBO’s Iron Anniversary

Let’s start with Cogman’s list of her personal top 25 episodes of Game of Thrones, so epic it’s spread across three tweets:

Naturally, several of Cogman’s own episodes show up, including “What Is Dead My Never Die” and “The Laws of Gods and Men.” Cogman didn’t write as many episodes of the series as showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, but he was consistent: you could pretty much rest assured that you were gonna get a good hour of TV when his name came up in the opening credits.

Next, Cogman turned to individual characters. Here’s his list of favorite episodes featuring Jon Snow:

Next up, his favorite Daenerys Targaryen episodes:

Tyrion Lannister gets the list treatment:

I’m okay with including “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms” on pretty much any list of show’s best episodes, for any reason.

What are Bryan Cogman’s favorite Sansa Stark episodes?

And what of her sister Arya Stark?

Back to the Lannisters, here are Cersei Lannister’s greatest hits:

And if we’re talking about Cersei, obviously we’re going to talk about Jaime Lannister:

And if we’re talking about Jaime, we’re going to be talking about Brienne of Tarth:

Next up, Theon Greyjoy:

These lists are reminding me what an embarrassment of rich characters this show had. I mean, it’s just one after another. What of Varys?

Littlefinger is next:

We can’t forget about Tywin Lannister:

Jorah Mormont is apparently a tricky character to tackle:

Bring on the Hound’s list:

I’m starting to think Cogman had the day off work. Anyway, Here’s Sam Tarly’s list:

Davos Seaworth and Melisandre deliver a one-two punch:

Next up: Missandei of Naath:

Let’s follow that up with Grey Worm:

And here’s someone Grey Worm never had the good fortune to meet, Margaery Tyrell:

Next up, let’s talk Stannis Baratheon:

Back to the Starks, here are the highlights Catelyn Stark:

And for her son Robb Stark:

Bronn and Tormund Giantsbane get the list treatment:

We’re in the home stretch. Here are the lists for Joffrey Baratheon and Podrick Payne:

He wraps with Lady Olenna Tyrell, as he should:

Anyone else feel like watching the series again after this?

What do you make of Cogman’s lists? Agree? Disagree? What episodes would you include on your own?

Bryan Cogman was originally working on one of the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, but when HBO shelves some of them, he signed a new deal with Amazon. As of now, he’s working with Entertainment One on a series based on Arika Kurosawa’s classic samurai movie Yojimbo.

That sounds interesting enough, but Bryan, if you ever get a chance to come back to Westeros, I think fans would welcome you, just FYI.

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