13 Most Heartbreaking Moments On Game Of Thrones

Warning: The following contains major spoilers for one of the best shows on television. For those who haven’t seen the series or are not up-to-date, the punishment is a beheading. That probably seems harsh, but that’s how things work in the Seven Kingdoms.

Game of Thrones is a fantasy TV series that airs on HBO. The series is based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, A Song of Fire and Ice, and quickly became a critically and commercially acclaimed show. Critics and fans have praised the series for its incredible writing, amazing directing, phenomenal cast and breathtaking cinematography. The series follows the lives of several different characters: some in a battle for power and the Iron Throne, some seeking revenge and others preparing for the threat of a great mythical force from beyond the wall.

The series is known for having some of the most gut-wrenching and heartbreaking moments in TV history. These moments are so devastating that they’ve made grown adults cry and weep in the fetal position. Some of these moments could even make the coldest, most heartless person break down and sob. Here is a look at 13 of the Most Heartbreaking Moments in Game of Thrones.

13 Bran Stark Paralyzed - “Winter Is Coming” Season 1, Episode 1


12 Death of Myrcelle Baratheon - “Mother’s Mercy” Season 5, Episode 10


11 Jamie Lannister Loses His Hand – “Walk of Punishment” Season 3, Episode 3

10 The Death of the Direwolves


9 “Death” of Jon Snow – “Mother’s Mercy” Season 5, Episode 10

8 Death of Ygritte – “Watchers On The Wall” Season 4, Episode 9

7 Daenerys Targaryen Banishes Jorah Mormont – “The Mountain and the Viper” Season 4, Episode 8

6 Shae Betrays Tyrion Lannister – “The Laws of Gods and Men” Season 4, Episode 6

5 The Burning of Shireen Baratheon – “The Dance of Dragons” Season 5, Episode 9

4 Sansa and Ramsay’s Wedding Night – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” Season 5, Episode 6


3 The Red Wedding – “The Rains of Castamere” Season 3, Episode 9

2 Ned Stark’s Beheading - “Baelor” Season 1, Episode 9

1 The Death of Hodor – “The Door” Season 6, Episode 5


After Bran (Isaac Hemstead) became paralyzed, Hodor (Kristian Nairn) became his main form of transportation. He was physically imposing, but simple minded and only ever said, “Hodor.” Bran has the magical ability of Greensight, which shows his visions and allows him to see events of the past. He is also a Warg, which allows him to enter the conscious of an animal and even Hodor. Bran even sees a young Hodor who is well spoken and can communicate when witnessing past events. Once discovered by The White Walkers, Bran, Hodor and Meera, escape with Bran both in the past and in Hodor’s conscious. Meera (Ellie Kendrick) pulls Bran to safety as Hodor prevents The White Walkers from opening a door. He holds it shut with all his might as Meera yells: “Hold The Door!”. Sadly, The White Walkers get their hands on Hodor, tearing him apart, but he does not budge. In the past, young Hodor seems to notice Bran and hear the shrieks of Meera’s cries for him to hold the door. Due to the constant telepathy, Hodor’s younger self has a seizure and yells repeatedly, “Hold the Door”, which slowly turns into “Hodor.” Never have three words caused so much heartache. Fans and critics praise the episode for its emotional death and heartbreaking revelation.


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