'Game of Thrones' season four: Five biggest moments

Tyion Lannister (L) and Prince Oberyn. (Courtesy)

Tyion Lannister (L) and Prince Oberyn. (Courtesy)

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:54 PM ET

As we say goodbye to Game of Thrones until Season 5 debuts next spring, here’s a look back at the five biggest moments from this year.

A tough death to swallow

Game of Thrones lost its all-time best villain when King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) was poisoned during his own wedding feast.

Seeing Joffrey choke, gasp and expire in his mother’s arms was simultaneously triumphant and disappointing, given what a great baddie he’s been. And poor Tyrion accused of the crime? There ain’t no justice.

Rock beats snake

Season 3’s infamous Red Wedding was a shocker to be sure, but in terms of gut-punches, it’s followed closely by this season’s duel between Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) and the Mountain (Hafthor Julius Bjornsson).

After a tense battle, it seemed like the Red Viper was going to emerge victorious… until the Mountain knocked him down and smashed his skull like a ripe watermelon. It was one of the most gruesome and emotionally jarring deaths yet, particularly because Oberyn was such a likeable character.

Lysa takes flight

When Petyr Baelish (Aiden Gillen) escorted Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to the Eyrie to keep her safe, he had to pretend to be in love with Sansa’s aunt, Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie.)

All was well until Lysa, in a jealous rage, threatened to send Sansa plummeting to her death through the Moon Door. Baelish intervened, told Lysa he’d never loved her and then shoved her through the Moon Door instead. Talk about a quickie divorce.

Fantasy menagerie

We saw more of Dany’s dragons this year than all the previous seasons combined, and we also got up close with the giants that joined the Free Folk, particularly when the large men and their woolly mammoths nearly breached the Wall.

If that wasn’t enough, we saw more of the White Walkers and their reanimated wights than ever before, including the finale’s amazing battle between zombie ice skeletons and Bran Stark’s crew. That scene alone must have blown half the season’s CGI effects budget.

Tyrion unchained

Tyrion Lannister has a breaking point, and it was revealed in the season finale when he found his ex-lover Shae – who had given false testimony against him – in Tywin Lannister’s bed. In a rage, he strangled Shae to death then confronted his dad on the toilet, killing the old man with two crossbow bolts.

Aside from the shocking loss of two regular characters at once, this is the kind of development that will haunt Tyrion’s conscience until the end of his days. Just as it will haunt Game of Thrones fans until the show comes back next year. Let the waiting game begin.

 


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