Harry Potter Rankings

My Official Harry Potter Rankings

One of my favorite lines from the Harry Potter series was bellowed by none other than Rubeus Hagrid himself. “I am what I am an’ I’m not ashamed.” I love this quote because it encourages us to be who we truly are at all times, and I’m proud to admit that I am a huge stan of this series and have been since I was in the second grade. My introduction to J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece was a strange one as my mother started me on the third book. I was eight or nine at the time and this was my first “big” book that I can remember reading. I was always reading way above my grade level (humble brag, I know) but hadn’t ventured too far into novels at that age. The Prisoner of Azkaban changed the game for me though, and that was when I knew I would love every book that ever came out in this series. With that being said, not all of the books are equals, so I had to sit down and make my Harry Potter rankings for all of my fellow Potter heads.

#7 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Just because The Sorcerer’s Stone ranks in at the bottom of this list does not mean I didn’t like it. That actually couldn’t be any further from the truth as it is the beginning of my second favorite novel series of all time. I mean, what’s not to love about J.K. Rowling’s first installment within the wizarding world? We have three of the greatest main characters and friends ever introduced, a mysterious villain that will grow to be one of the most hated (but in a good sense) wizards we’ve ever met, and countless moments where we found ourselves smiling ear to ear from the story J.K. told. The only reason this book isn’t ranked higher for me is solely due to the exponential leaps and bounds that occurred among the plots of the books as Rowling delved deeper into her world.

#6 – The Chamber of Secrets

For Similar reasons as #7, The Chamber of Secrets falls low on this list for me. It was slightly better than Sorcerer’s Stone in the fact that we learn a little more about Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hogwarts, and the wizarding world in general, but still doesn’t topple the details we get later on in the series. Plus, we are introduced to Dobby in J.K.’s second book and he has to be one of the top five greatest HP characters of all time, am I right? On top of that we get the beginnings of a new language, parseltongue, and the origination of Harry and Ginny’s love story. Even though that last bit doesn’t really come back into play any time soon, it’s very intriguing to think how differently I may have perceived those two’s interactions if I would have known that a little sooner. All in all, an excellent second book, but still we haven’t even come close to the pinnacle of the series.

#5 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

Finally deviating from the series order, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes in at #5 on my rankings list. This was the first book I ever stayed up to go buy at midnight way back when it released in 2007. I tore through this book and consumed the entirety of it in 72 hours. I couldn’t believe the twists and turns J.K took within this novel. I even had to re-read the chapter where Sirius’ died because I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me! She also tugged on my heartstrings with everything that mean ol’ Dolores Umbridge did to Harry. We also finally learn how important Voldemort actually is when Dumbledore give Harry more detail on the prophecy between the two of them. One will die at the hands of the other, and that was a perfect segue into the penultimate book of the series.

#4 – The Half Blood Prince

Ranking The Half Blood Prince at #4 is very hard for me because it was more than just an incredible book. We were finally taken into the mind of young Tom Riddle and his obsession with horcruxes after Harry retrieves the memory from Slughorn. And then we get our own little off campus adventure with Dumbledore and Harry, which was one part scary, one part exciting, and one part holy crap what did I just read. The loss of Dumbledore was also one of the biggest shocks in the series and just as I did when Sirius died, I re-read this chapter a number of times until I finally came to the conclusion J.K. actually killed off one of the most important characters of all time. The Half Blood Prince was also, in my opinion, the darkest book of the series, which I absolutely loved.

#3 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

As the second longest book in the series, this book’s immense amount of detail did not disappoint. J.K. Rowling started this book very different in comparison to its predecessors and it was easily my favorite beginning out of the entire series. This is also the first book we get Death Eaters attacking civilians and no longer remaining hidden within the shadows. Plus, how could I forget that we finally get Voldemort back in a body! Granted, its an absolutely, hideously, grotesque body, but it’s still nice to no longer have him simply being a voice within someones head or a strange looking baby creature. The Triwizard tournament was also fantastic to read through and this book brought us so many great characters: Cedric Diggory (RIP, still too soon), Fleur Delacour, and Mad-Eye Moody just to name a few. This book had just the right amount of fear, intrigue, and pure joy that helped it land at the bronze tier of my rankings list.

#2 – The Deathly Hallows

If i’m being completely honest, this book probably should be #1. But, since The Prisoner of Azkaban holds such a near and dear spot in my heart, the seventh and final installment of this series falls in at #2 on my list. This book had legitimately everything I could have ever wanted and needed within. We finally got to enjoy the horcrux hunting that we knew was in store for Harry. Voldemort was finally vulnerable again and we were able to witness the demise, and death, he deserved. All of our favorite characters romances finally played out, even though they may have not ell ended up with who wanted them to end up with. We also got to read about so many characters confronting their fears, which in turn helped us as readers confront and tackle some of our fears as well (or at least it did for ninth grade me). J.K. worked magic with this final piece to her series and I will forever owe her a debt for the magnificence that was The Deathly Hallows.

#1 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This book will always hold a special place in my heart. If you have read any of my previous HP articles, or remember me mentioning this above, you know that this was the first book I read in the series. To this day I am still not sure why, but that’s just how my mom bought them for me. This was also the first book that I ever truly loved and could very well be the sole reason behind my general love for reading. This book had literally everything that younger me wanted. I wished that I would one day be able to sit atop a hippogryph as I flew over the enchanted forest. I hoped that Professor Lupin would teach me how to cast my own patronus (which would be a sick leopardess LOL). The Prisoner of Azkaban will probably go down as my favorite single literary work of all time and I am so happy that J.K Rowling had these crazy ideas all those years ago.

Whether flying to Hogwarts in that beaten down Weasely jalopy, delving into the catacombs of the castle to fight off basilisks and possessed teachers, or scouring the countryside for Voldemort’s horcruxes, the memories I’ve created and lessons I’ve learned from reading Harry Potter will always remain atop the others.


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My Weekly Recommendation (#11)

My Weekly Recommendation (#11) – The Boys

Welcome back! On this weekly recommendation I will be discussing Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys, which was a show my dad literally got me into yesterday. Just as a warning, this show is very graphic. I’ll also do my best to give no spoilers but read at your own risk!

So for starters, the story of the show so far is extremely intriguing. It’s basically a modern day superhero show shown from a few different perspectives: 1) A normal guy who recently underwent a tragedy and makes friends with some deadly people, 2) a sup (pronounced “soup, what people with powers are called in the show) who is finally living her dream in the big leagues if you will, and 3) Other sup’s/people working with sup’s views on everything going on in the world.

They also don’t use ANY of the typical hero’s you would expect to see in the superhero genre. A lot of the characters may be knockoffs in certain ways, but it’s refreshing to see a new take on someone with say, the ability to talk to fish underwater. This show also does an incredible job showing the human nature side of things for the sup’s and that is what leads to a bunch of drama within what I have watched so far.

Along with the story’s freshness and the comedic relief that comes along with a few of the characters comes some very dark and disturbing things. I almost feel like a terrible person at times while i’m watching because something absolutely heinous will happen and I find myself getting drawn in even more because of it. And as I mentioned earlier, it is unimaginably graphic. Whether it be the sex, death, or blood, this show is one you will need to watch once the kids are asleep.

I’ve only made it about halfway through the first season so far, but I would rate this show a nine out of ten every day of the week. I strongly recommend giving it a shot even if you aren’t into shows like this typically, but for those of you who are I would guarantee you will find yourself just as sucked into the show as I am.

P.S. Keep an eye out on Summary.org for my review of season one and anticipation guide for season two! It will be released as soon as I finish the show over the next few days.

The End of It All – Game of Thrones Tribute

The End of It All – A Game of Thrones Tribute

It’s official, Game of Thrones is over. After staying positive the entire season, I finally cracked last night during the finale. The episode as a whole was underwhelming in my eyes. With that being said, there were some parts that I thought were executed flawlessly… but most of the episode was dull and what wasn’t dull was just plain bad.

Around 44 minutes in is where my initial issue was. After Jon kills Dany, Drogon grabs her lifeless body with his back talons and flies away with her. I was not a fan of this at all, but I can also see why they did it at least. Once Dany was dead, the only options for Drogon were to 1) fly away, 2) be killed, or 3) be fine with the fact that his mother was just murdered and bow down to the murderer. Number 2 seemed incredibly unlikely figuring that all of the scorpions had just been destroyed. I thought maybe Bronn would come back into the story here but wasn’t quite sure how he would take Drogon down without some sort of massive weapon. Number 3 just didn’t make sense, and Drogon was too connected to Dany to ever allow Jon to mount him after he kills her. That leaves us number 1, which makes sense, I merely didn’t enjoy the fact that he scooped our Khaleesi up and took her with him.

This brings me to my subsequent issue with the episode, which was the absolute nonsense Jon Snow was put through for the remainder of the episode. First off, the fact that the Unsullied and Dothraki did not kill Jon after he stabbed their queen makes zero sense. Plus, knowing Jon, he for sure went out and did the “honorable” thing and just told them. And since we’re talking about Jon, I also hated that they sent him back to the Night’s Watch as punishment. I get that he couldn’t stay in King’s Landing and that Grey Worm probably wanted him dead. But the fact that you dispatched a man who already DIED for the Night’s Watch back to Castle Black blows my mind. Plus like, didn’t all of the crows die? We know the Lord Commander died protecting Sam in the battle of Winterfell. And We know the wall by Eastwatch is absolute rubble. Not to mention the wildlings are no longer enemies AND the White Walkers are all dead, so why send John to the wall? I did love the fact that he just peaced out once he got there. And maybe he and Ghost were just meant to be north of the wall. I’m just saying though, why couldn’t he go back to the Winterfell and help Sansa rule or head west of Westeros with Arya? Overall just a tragic episode for one of my favorite characters.

Next up, the dragon pit scene, which seemed to take place quite some time after the battle judging by Tyrion’s dope beard he had grown. This group had gathered to decide his fate and decide who would rule the six kingdoms next. The thing that bugged me here (besides the water bottle) was that Bran was decided as the “best fit” to rule Westeros. Yet two episodes ago he desired nothing and could be nothing because he was the three-eyed raven. What changed Bran? And then the line where he basically says he knew and that why he was there… like wtf haha. There was also the unknown Dornish prince or whatever in attendance. I’ve been seeing many people say it has to be Quentyn Martell, but he died at the end of A Dance with Dragons so that makes no sense whatsoever. I think the thing that I am most salty about here is the fact that Bran ends up being our guy. And to touch on the water bottle, HOW in the absolute hell did they miss this?! This was not the first time this season, nor the last, that we would see something that didn’t belong in the show. I just can’t wrap my mind around it. How do we end up with three mishaps after so much money was dumped into the creation/review of this show? It’s utterly unacceptable for a series of this caliber.

All things considered, I probably would have rated this episode a 5/10. I did thoroughly enjoy the Tyrion scenes,and his dialogue was killer throughout the episode. Not to mention, they had so much loop back around to older episodes and quotes too. I also kind of enjoyed the fact that Bran selected him to be his Hand as well. And of course, how could I forget about the incredible shot of Dany when Drogon spread his wings and she looked like she transformed into a dragon herself. The cinematography this season was incredible, so shouts to everyone who worked in that area. If only we could have gotten some of that talent on the writing side of things… haha. But, no matter how upset I am with the finale, Game of Thrones will forever be one of my favorite shows of all time. The way this all ended may have pushed Breaking Bad up into the #1 spot for me in all honesty. But, I’m sure when I do my re-watch in a few years (or maybe a few months) I’ll remember just how special this show truly was. It sucks that it concluded the way it did, and the fact that it’s over is heartbreaking. At least we all got 8 good years out of it though, right? Thanks for all the memories Game of Thrones!

P.S. GRRM, release the sixth book, pretty please with a cherry on top. I need more information on this incredible world you’ve built ASAP!

A Tribute to Game of thrones (5/13/19)

[Originally published on 5/13/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

A Tribute to Game of Thrones

Warning: this post will contain spoilers for HBO’s tv series Game of Thrones. Proceed at your own risk!

I’ve been a massive fan of the fiction/fantasy genre for as long as I can remember. Whether it be video games, books, movies, tv shows, I’ve just always been drawn to it. I’m not sure if it’s the countless hours spent with my dad watching these types of movies as a child or if it’s actually just in my genetics, but I can’t say enough how much I love all the different realms, lands, worlds, and universes that we can lose ourselves in every day. Of all these options though, I’d have to say that Game of Thrones is, hands down, the pinnacle of the fantasy genre. Whether it be the detailed descriptions found within GRRM’s novels or the spectacular cinematography found in HBO’s show, this story never ceases to amaze me.

I still remember the day I started Game of Thrones almost 6 years ago. All of my roommates had moved home for the summer, but I decided to stay and take the six-week physics course so I didn’t have to suffer through twelve weeks of it when Fall semester began. I had just finished binging the first few seasons of Breaking Bad and was in dire need of something to watch in between all of my studying. After doing some research, I noticed that there had been a lot of buzz around Game of Thrones. This was June 2013 after all and The Red Wedding had just aired. Thankfully I avoided the spoilers, but after seeing the drama that season caused I knew I had to get into this show. So later that night I put the first episode on, and I kid you not, I was up until almost 4 A.M… I couldn’t stop watching no matter how tired I got! Over the next week or two, I watched the hell out of Game of Thrones and was completely caught up. When my roommates moved back up in early August, I made them watch. They got hooked as well, and it was all history from there. Since then, I’ve probably watched every episode prior to season eight at least five times, have done more research on theories than I could ever keep track of, started listening to a podcast that breaks down every aspect of each episode (big shouts to Ross and Barrett on Oysters, Clams, and Cockles), and read all five of the books cover to cover. I think it’s safe to say that I’m a bit of a super fan of this series haha. It was even a huge part of the inspiration behind starting my own book, Brightblood. If you’ve read my blog post A Blog About Writing, you know that I was joking with my girlfriend about how sad I would be when GoT ends, and I told her I was going to create a fantasy world to make up for the lack I would be facing starting on May 20th. Two months later I’m four chapters deep, have a website and a blog, and loving every second of this new venture I am on. However, that also means that five of the last GoT episodes have already passed, and it is about time I paid tribute to this amazing show.

For the rest of this article, I would like to briefly touch on my top three seasons, episodes, and scenes, and then I’ll end with what I’ve liked/disliked about season 8 so far and my prediction for how the season ends. So jumping right into it, here are my favorite seasons.

  1. My third favorite season of Game of Thrones is season five. There were so many incredible moments in this season, whether we were watching John battle the wights/White Walkers at Hardhome, Cersei’s walk of shame after “atoning” for her sins, or Drogon and Dany’s first flight together after the mayhem breaks out within the Fighting Pits. A few of my favorite episodes of all time fell into this season, so there was no doubt in my mind that I had to rank it number three.
  2. In Second place, we have season eight. This may catch some flack, but I honestly do not care one bit. I went into this season with an open mind, knowing that it was the last season and that I would probably not get to see everything I wanted and that a lot of things may not have the time they truly needed to develop. With that being said, I think this season has been almost perfect and a true work of art. I think HBO has absolutely crushed it out of the park, but I’ll dive a little deeper into this later on in my post.
  3. Finally, coming in at number one, we have season three. I’m not sure if anyone could ever argue that this isn’t the greatest season of television history. Not to mention the buzz around the penultimate episode was what got me into this show in the first place. If season five had a lot of incredible moments, this season, in general, was one amazing, incredible moment. We had all of those fantastic Jon/Ygritte scenes, we had Dany persuading The Second Sons to fight for her and not the Yunkishmen, and we had the beginning of the end for the Night’s watch once Joer Mormont was slain. In all honesty, there hasn’t been a season I’ve disliked in this entire series, but these three definitely stand out in my eyes as the defining areas of Game of Thrones.

Next up are my favorite episodes.

  1. In third place falls the Mountain and the Viper. This episode was unbelieveable and extremely gut-wrenching, cough cough Oberyn’s eyes popping out of his head and the thought of losing Tyrion forever. Not to mention we also see the first attack on Castle Black, the initial spark of love between Grey Worm and Missandei (RIP), and our first glimpse into the new and improved Sansa.
  2. Next up in the number two spot is Hardhome. There were a lot of good things that happened in this episode, but in all honesty I just love it for the fight. Seeing Tormund kill the Lord of Bones and defend Jon’s honor by explaining why he killed Mance, he cemented himself as one of Jon’s trusted allies right before Hardhome was bombarded by wights. Then we get the epic fight between Jon and one of the White Walkers. The face the White Walker makes when Longclaw doesn’t break was priceless, and then Jon just absolutely manhandles him before shattering the White Walker into a million tiny pieces. Not to mention the chills from the Night King bringing everyone back to life after the battle… it was such a heartbreaking yet fantastic scene and I will never forget that moment the tides turned in favor of the dead.
  3. Finally coming in at number one is The Battle of the Bastards. This battle made every other battle we had seen so far look like child’s play. And even though we had Rickon not running zig zags and Jon falling victim to what was clearly a Ramsey trap, we got see Sansa come through with the Knights of the Vale to save the day. Her character arc over the seasons before led to this exact moment and it was so awesome to finally see her settling into her role as a badass. Plus, using Ramsey’s own hounds to kill him after he bragged about not feeding them was just a total savage move by Sansa.

Now I will dive into my favorite scenes.

  1. Rounding out the top three is the battle between The Mountain and Oberyn. This will forever be one of the most insane fights and deaths of this show. Oberyn was absolutely destroying Gregor, and then he started getting reckless. This was when I got that feeling that something terrible was about to happen, which of course it did, and Oberyn got his eyes crushed right out of his skull before exacting the revenge he was so close to getting.
  2. Sliding in right before this battle is Arya killing the Night King. I know that a lot of people did not like The Battle of Winterfell episode from season eight, but to me this scene was amazing. I actually have a lot of takes on this scene and episode three in general, but once again I’ll hold those until my review of the last season.
  3. My favorite scene of all time is The Red Wedding. This may sound crazy since this episode was such a tear-jerker, but that to me is what makes it so great. The fact that a show that killed its main character at the end of the first season could surprise its audience (or at least everyone who hadn’t read the books yet) by unexpectedly killing so many of its main characters was incredible. I can honestly say I had not even the slightest clue that this was going to happen, and once Catelyn noticed Roose clad in his chainmail my heart sunk.

Finally, I want to discuss season eight. As I mentioned earlier, I think HBO has absolutely nailed this season give or take a few things. In every show, there will be people who hate, especially when it comes down to the last few episodes. Yet it is astonishing to me how many people are completely furious with this season and picking apart every single improbable or unlikely scenario. Yes, we had the Starbucks blunder (which for $2.3B in revenue may just have been intentional), and the send off for Ghost may have been just a touch lazy (even though I don’t think we have seen the last of him or Tormund), and I would have really liked to see Cersei die differently (preferably by Arya, wearing Jaime’s face after Euron killed him and she stumbled across his body somewhere in the Red Keep), but all in all this season has been quite spectacular. The cinematography has been to die for and I am loving the extended episodes. For everyone who was upset with the lighting in episode three, adjust your screen or stop watching the greatest show of all time on trash tvs. I don’t own an expensive TV, and I had no problem seeing every single thing in this episode. For those of you complaining about Arya sneaking by all the White Walkers, SHE HAS BEEN TRAINING AS A SUPER STEALTHY, WATER DANCING, FACELESS MAN ASSASSIN FOR THE ENTIRE SHOW! It makes complete sense that she is dead silent and can sneak past some wights. In fact just 10 minutes earlier we had the scene where she did the exact same thing, and she was slightly concussed there it seemed. Arya has always been my favorite character, so I was ecstatic when she pulled that dope knife drop hand switch and ended the Night King. She also clearly was not one of the White Walkers, as they explode when they die and there would be no way for her to get a face to use. And last night’s episode… oh my god. I’ve firmly been on the “Dany will come to her senses and not end up going full Mad queen” train since the beginning of this season, but boy was I wrong. Apparently, everyone should have listened to Varys after all haha. Speaking of Varys, how sick was that scene with Drogon coming out of the shadows!?Then we have Clegane Bowl. I loved how The Hound’s story ended, and Qyburn may have had the craziest death of all time right before this battle even began. I’m also extremely grateful that Sandor convinced Arya to leave because I don’t know how I would’ve handled her death. With all of that being said however, I think GoT has been an extremely cyclical show and that we will somehow see one of the remaining characters become a night king or queen. There is no there was all of that hype over the White Walkers, and not to mention the prequel is going to be based on their origin, just for them to be 100% eliminated in the blink of an eye. Plus, they kept showing that symbol, which is definitely some sort of hint at repeating cycles or repeating history. Before this season, my prediction had always been that the last thing we would see would be bran waking up from his fall and starting everything all over again because he somehow three-eyed raven’d himself backward in time. Even though that now seems extremely improbable, I wouldn’t be surprised to have some sort of insane twist like that rip my heart out next week in the finale.One of the best lines this show has ever used came from one of the most, if not the most, evil characters; Ramsey Bolton. “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” I think that I will pay attention to Ramsey heading into this last episode and expect the worst since you know we truly have no idea what the showrunners are planning. No matter what happens on Sunday, I’m happy that I’ve had this show for the past six years. It will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I cannot thank GRRM enough for creating this magnificent world that we can all lose ourselves within.

Game of Thrones: A Tribute

A Tribute to Game of Thrones

Warning: this post will contain spoilers for HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones. Proceed at your own risk!

I’ve been a massive fan of the fiction/fantasy genre for as long as I can remember. Whether it be video games, books, movies, TV shows, I’ve just always been drawn to it. I’m not sure if it’s the countless hours spent with my dad watching these types of movies as a child or if it’s actually just in my genetics, but I can’t say enough how much I love all the different realms, lands, worlds, and universes that we can lose ourselves in every day. Of all these options though, I’d have to say that Game of Thrones is, hands down, the pinnacle of the fantasy genre. Whether it be the detailed descriptions found within GRRM’s novels or the spectacular cinematography found in HBO’s show, this story never ceases to amaze me.

I still remember the day I started Game of Thrones almost 6 years ago. All of my roommates had moved home for the summer, but I decided to stay and take the six-week physics course so I didn’t have to suffer through twelve weeks of it when Fall semester began. I had just finished binging the first few seasons of Breaking Bad and was in dire need of something to watch in between all of my studying. After doing some research, I noticed that there had been a lot of buzz around Game of Thrones. This was June 2013 after all and The Red Wedding had just aired. Thankfully I avoided the spoilers, but after seeing the drama that season caused I knew I had to get into this show. So later that night I put the first episode on, and I kid you not, I was up until almost 4 A.M… I couldn’t stop watching no matter how tired I got! Over the next week or two, I watched the hell out of Game of Thrones and was completely caught up. When my roommates moved back up in early August, I made them watch. They got hooked as well, and it was all history from there. Since then, I’ve probably watched every episode prior to season eight at least five times, have done more research on theories than I could ever keep track of, started listening to a podcast that breaks down every aspect of each episode (big shouts to Ross and Barrett on Oysters, Clams, and Cockles), and read all five of the books cover to cover. I think it’s safe to say that I’m a bit of a super fan of this series haha. It was even a huge part of the inspiration behind starting my own book, Brightblood. If you’ve read my blog post A Blog About Writing, you know that I was joking with my girlfriend about how sad I would be when GoT ends, and I told her I was going to create a fantasy world to make up for the lack I would be facing starting on May 20th. Two months later I’m four chapters deep, have a website and a blog, and loving every second of this new venture I am on. However, that also means that five of the last GoT episodes have already passed, and it is about time I paid tribute to this amazing show.

For the rest of this article, I would like to briefly touch on my top three seasons, episodes, and scenes, and then I’ll end with what I’ve liked/disliked about season 8 so far and my prediction for how the season ends.

So jumping right into it, here are my favorite seasons of Game of Thrones.

  1. My third favorite season of Game of Thrones is season five. There were so many incredible moments in this season, whether we were watching John battle the wights/White Walkers at Hardhome, Cersei’s walk of shame after “atoning” for her sins, or Drogon and Dany’s first flight together after the mayhem breaks out within the Fighting Pits. A few of my favorite episodes of all time fell into this season, so there was no doubt in my mind that I had to rank it number three.
  2. In Second place, we have season eight. This may catch some flack, but I honestly do not care one bit. I went into this season with an open mind, knowing that it was the last season and that I would probably not get to see everything I wanted and that a lot of things may not have the time they truly needed to develop. With that being said, I think this season has been almost perfect and a true work of art. I think HBO has absolutely crushed it out of the park, but I’ll dive a little deeper into this later on in my post.
  3. Finally, coming in at number one, we have season three. I’m not sure if anyone could ever argue that this isn’t the greatest season of television history. Not to mention the buzz around the penultimate episode was what got me into this show in the first place. If season five had a lot of incredible moments, this season, in general, was one amazing, incredible moment. We had all of those fantastic Jon/Ygritte scenes, we had Dany persuading The Second Sons to fight for her and not the Yunkishmen, and we had the beginning of the end for the Night’s watch once Joer Mormont was slain. In all honesty, there hasn’t been a season I’ve disliked in this entire series, but these three definitely stand out in my eyes as the defining areas of Game of Thrones.

Next up, my favorite episodes.

  1. In third place falls the Mountain and the Viper. This episode was unbelievable and extremely gut-wrenching, cough cough Oberyn’s eyes popping out of his head and the thought of losing Tyrion forever. Not to mention we also see the first attack on Castle Black, the initial spark of love between Grey Worm and Missandei (RIP), and our first glimpse into the new and improved Sansa.
  2. Next up in the number two spot is Hardhome. There were a lot of good things that happened in this episode, but in all honesty I just love it for the fight. Seeing Tormund kill the Lord of Bones and defend Jon’s honor by explaining why he killed Mance, he cemented himself as one of Jon’s trusted allies right before Hardhome was bombarded by wights. Then we get the epic fight between Jon and one of the White Walkers. The face the White Walker makes when Longclaw doesn’t break was priceless, and then Jon just absolutely manhandles him before shattering the White Walker into a million tiny pieces. Not to mention the chills from the Night King bringing everyone back to life after the battle… it was such a heartbreaking yet fantastic scene and I will never forget that moment the tides turned in favor of the dead.
  3. Finally coming in at number one is The Battle of the Bastards. This battle made every other battle we had seen so far look like child’s play. And even though we had Rickon not running zig zags and Jon falling victim to what was clearly a Ramsey trap, we got see Sansa come through with the Knights of the Vale to save the day. Her character arc over the seasons before led to this exact moment and it was so awesome to finally see her settling into her role as a bad ass. Plus, using Ramsey’s own hounds to kill him after he bragged about not feeding them was just a total savage move by Sansa.

Now I will dive into my favorite scenes.

  1. Rounding out the top three is the battle between The Mountain and Oberyn. This will forever be one of the most insane fights and deaths of this show. Oberyn was absolutely destroying Gregor, and then he started getting reckless. This was when I got that feeling that something terrible was about to happen, which of course it did, and Oberyn got his eyes crushed right out of his skull before exacting the revenge he was so close to getting.
  2. Sliding in right before this battle is Arya killing the Night King. I know that a lot of people did not like The Battle of Winterfell episode from season eight, but to me this scene was amazing. I actually have a lot of takes on this scene and episode three in general, but once again I’ll hold those until my review of the last season.
  3. My favorite scene of all time is The Red Wedding. This may sound crazy since this episode was such a tear-jerker, but that to me is what makes it so great. The fact that a show that killed its main character at the end of the first season could surprise its audience (or at least everyone who hadn’t read the books yet) by unexpectedly killing so many of its main characters was incredible. I can honestly say I had not even the slightest clue that this was going to happen, and once Catelyn noticed Roose clad in his chainmail my heart sunk.

Finally, I want to discuss season eight of Game of Thrones.

As I mentioned earlier, I think HBO has absolutely nailed this season give or take a few things. In every show, there will be people who hate, especially when it comes down to the last few episodes. Yet it is astonishing to me how many people are completely furious with this season and picking apart every single improbable or unlikely scenario. Yes, we had the Starbucks blunder (which for $2.3B in revenue may just have been intentional), and the send off for Ghost may have been just a touch lazy (even though I don’t think we have seen the last of him or Tormund), and I would have really liked to see Cersei die differently (preferably by Arya, wearing Jaime’s face after Euron killed him and she stumbled across his body somewhere in the Red Keep), but all in all this season has been quite spectacular. The cinematography has been to die for and I am loving the extended episodes. For everyone who was upset with the lighting in episode three, adjust your screen or stop watching the greatest show of all time on such trash TV’s. I don’t own an expensive TV, and I had no problem seeing every single thing in this episode. For those of you complaining about Arya sneaking by all the White Walkers, SHE HAS BEEN TRAINING AS A SUPER STEALTHY, WATER DANCING, FACELESS MAN ASSASSIN FOR THE ENTIRE SHOW! It makes complete sense that she is dead silent and can sneak past some wights. In fact just 10 minutes earlier we had the scene where she did the exact same thing, and she was slightly concussed there it seemed. Arya has always been my favorite character, so I was ecstatic when she pulled that dope knife drop hand switch and ended the Night King. She also clearly was not one of the White Walkers, as they explode when they die and there would be no way for her to get a face to use. And last night’s episode… oh my god. I’ve firmly been on the “Dany will come to her senses and not end up going full Mad queen” train since the beginning of this season, but boy was I wrong. Apparently, everyone should have listened to Varys after all haha. Speaking of Varys, how sick was that scene with Drogon coming out of the shadows!?Then we have Clegane Bowl. I loved how The Hound’s story ended, and Qyburn may have had the craziest death of all time right before this battle even began. I’m also extremely grateful that Sandor convinced Arya to leave because I don’t know how I would’ve handled her death. With all of that being said however, I think Game of Thrones has been an extremely cyclical show and that we will somehow see one of the remaining characters become a night king or queen. There is no way we got all of that hype over the White Walkers, not to mention the prequel could be based on their origin, just for them to be 100% eliminated in the blink of an eye. Plus, they kept showing that symbol, which is definitely some sort of hint at repeating cycles or repeating history. Before this season, my prediction had always been that the last thing we would see would be bran waking up from his fall and starting everything all over again because he somehow three-eyed raven’d himself backward in time. Even though that now seems extremely improbable, I wouldn’t be surprised to have some sort of insane twist like that rip my heart out next week in the finale.

One of the best lines this show has ever used came from one of the most, if not the most, evil characters; Ramsey Bolton. “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” I think that I will pay attention to Ramsey heading into this last episode and expect the worst since you know we truly have no idea what the show runners are planning. No matter what happens on Sunday, I’m happy that I’ve had this show for the past six years. It will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I cannot thank GRRM enough for creating this magnificent world that we can all lose ourselves within.

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