Game of Thrones is known for shocking viewers. It was shocking when Ned Stark was beheaded. It was cringe-worthy when Jamie raped his twin sister Cersei beside their son’s dead body. It was crushing when Ygritte died. But these were not the hardest scenes for me to watch in Game of Thrones.
With just two days before the Season 7 premiere, I wanted to revisit some of the most disturbing, gut-wrenching scenes. You know, to get myself mentally ready…
5 of the Hardest Scenes to Watch in Game of Thrones
5. Shae’s Betrayal. I am huge Tyrion fan and I was really, really rooting for he and Shae. The pain of Tyrion finding her in his father’s bed had me in tears. But in true GoT fashion, the next scene – where Tyrion kills his father on the commode – had me on my feet, fist in the air.
4. The Red Wedding. No!!! It was shocking enough to see the pregnant Talisa gutted, but then… Robb!!! And everyone else!!! It all happened so fast and so brutally that I felt like I had been punched in the gut with a battering ram.
3. Shame! Shame! Cersei’s walk of shame. Ugh. It was difficult to watch a woman of power and nobility literally stripped of every shred of dignity, even if you think she deserved it. I have conflicting feelings about Cersei. She is horrible, but I’m sympathetic to her desire to protect her children. She makes feeble attempts to reign in Joffrey’s monstrous behavior, and tries – in her own nasty way – to protect Tommen from Margaery. And now, with all her children lost, I feel for her. A little.
2. The Purple Wedding. He had it comin’. So it’s not Joffrey’s death that made this scene hard to watch. It was the young king’s horrific, sadistic treatment of Tyrion and Sansa in front of everyone at the reception that had me cringing and curling up in a ball.
1. Everything Ramsay Does. Never have I ever hated a TV character so much. From his torture of Theon to his abuse of Sansa, this cockroach of a human deserved an even worse death than he received. I hate Ramsay so much that it even transfers over to the actor who plays him. Very few characters have this effect on me (the only other one being Outlander’s “Black Jack” Randall – who, incidentally, had a minor role in GoT and I HATED IT), but I don’t think I’d be able to watch him in anything. Ever again.
Links to More GoT Greatness
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- Refresher to get you ready for Game of Thrones Season 8!
- Hosting a Game of Thrones party? Here’s a bunch of party planning tips!
- Fancy a trip to Ireland? Here’s a travel guide to exploring GoT filming locations!
- Does Game of Thrones get your heart rate up? Here’s a fitness challenge that will help!
- 5 Daenerys Targaryen scenes that prove she’s a badass. I love her so much.
- If people ask you, “How can you watch Game of Thrones with all that violence?” Tell them it’s just that good.