Game of Thrones Episode Guide

Here is the episode guide for Game of Thrones. Each episode has the title, writer, director, and a description listed. The descriptions are sourced from locations such as Wikipedia and official press releases

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10 - The Winds of Winter

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Miguel Sapochnik
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Before her trial, Cersei destroys the Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing the High Sparrow, Margaery, Mace and Loras Tyrell, and Lancel and Kevan Lannister, along with hundreds of Kings Landing nobles and the Faith Militant. Horrified, Tommen throws himself off a balcony to his death. In Dorne, Varys meets with Olenna Tyrell and Ellaria Martell, seeking to form an alliance between Daenerys and the two houses against the Lannisters. Davos confronts Melisandre over the death of Shireen Baratheon; Jon banishes her from Winterfell. Following their victory, the Wildlings, the Knights of the Vale and the surviving Houses of the North pledge loyalty to Jon Snow as the new King in the North. Sansa learns of Littlefinger's plans for her as the new Lady of Winterfell. Following a banquet with Jaime, Walder Frey is murdered by Arya. Sam and Gilly reach the Citadel in Oldtown. Bran sees a vision from inside the Tower of Joy: Ned finds his dying sister Lyanna, and takes her newborn son as his bastard. Jaime returns to King's Landing to find the Sept in ruins and Cersei crowning herself the new Queen of Westeros. Daenerys sets sail to Westeros with her companions, armies and dragons.

09 - Battle of Bastards

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Miguel Sapochnik
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 7.66
Daenerys meets with the slave masters to negotiate terms of surrender, but they refuse it. She then rides Drogon, as Rhaegal and Viserion assist them in burning the slaver's fleet. Grey Worm kills two of the masters, leaving one to tell of what he had witnessed. After the battle, Theon and Yara meet with Daenerys and Tyrion and agree to an alliance. Near Winterfell, the Stark and Bolton armies meet on the field. Ramsay frees Rickon, but kills him with an arrow before Jon can save him. In the battle, the Stark forces are pinned by Bolton soldiers, but they are rescued by the Knights of the Vale. Ramsay flees inside Winterfell, but Wun Wun, having taken numerous arrows to his body, manages to break the door down before succumbing to his wounds. Jon brutally beats Ramsay and takes him prisoner. Sansa later visits Ramsay's cell in the kennels and watches as his starving hounds devour him.

08 - No One

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Mark Mylod
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 7.60
While Jaime weighs his options, Cersei answers a request. Tyrion’s plans bear fruit. Arya faces a new test.

07 - The Broken Man

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Mark Mylod
Rating: 4.0 Audience: 7.80
The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded.

06 - Blood of My Blood

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Jack Bender
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 6.71
An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly meets Sam’s family. Arya faces a difficult choice. Jaime faces off against the High Sparrow

05 - The Door

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Jack Bender
Rating: 4.0 Audience: 7.89
Tyrion seeks a strange ally. Bran learns a great deal. Brienne goes on a mission. Arya is given a chance to prove herself.

04 - Book of the Stranger

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Dan Sackheim
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 7.82
Tyrion strikes a deal. Jorah and Daario undertake a difficult task. Jaime and Cersei try to improve their situation.

03 - Oathbreaker

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Dan Sackheim
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 7.28
Daenerys meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow. Arya trains to be No One. Varys finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift.

02 - Home

Written By: Dave Hill Directed By: Jeremy Podeswa
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 7.29
Bran trains with the Three-Eyed Raven. In King’s Landing, Jaime advises Tommen. Tyrion demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne. Ramsay Bolton proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy entertains other proposals.

01 - The Red Woman

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Jeremy Podeswa
Rating: 4.0 Audience: 7.94
Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south.
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10 - Mother’s Mercy

Written By: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Directed By: David Nutter
Rating: 4.1 Audience: 8.11
Stannis marches. Dany is surrounded by strangers. Cersei seeks forgiveness. Jon is challenged.

09 - The Dance Of Dragons

Written By: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Directed By: David Nutter
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 7.14
Stannis confronts a troubling decision. Jon returns to The Wall. Mace visits the Iron Bank. Arya encounters someone from her past. Dany reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism.

08 - Hardhome

Written By: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Directed By: Miguel Sapochnik
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 7.01
Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts an old friend. Cersei struggles. Jon travels.

07 - The Gift

Written By: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Directed By: Miguel Sapochnik
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 5.40
Jon prepares for conflict. Sansa tries to talk to Theon. Brienne waits for a sign. Stannis remains stubborn. Jaime attempts to reconnect with family.

06 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Jeremy Podeswa
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 6.24
Arya trains. Jorah and Tyrion run into slavers. Trystane and Myrcella make plans. Jaime and Bronn reach their destination. The Sand Snakes attack.

05 - Kill the Boy

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Jeremy Podeswa
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 6.56
Dany makes a difficult decision in Meereen. Jon recruits the help of an unexpected ally. Brienne searches for Sansa. Theon remains under Ramsay’s control.

04 - The Sons Of The Harpy

Written By: Dave Hill Directed By: Mark Mylod
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 6.82
The Faith Militant grow increasingly aggressive. Jaime and Bronn head south. Ellaria (Indira Varma) and the Sand Snakes vow vengeance.

03 - High Sparrow

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Michael Slovis
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 6.71
In King’s Landing, Queen Margaery enjoys her new husband. Tyrion and Varys walk the Long Bridge of Volantis.

02 - The House of Black and White

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Michael Slovis
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 6.81
Arya arrives in Braavos. Pod and Brienne run into trouble on the road. Cersei fears for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis tempts Jon. An advisor tempts Daenerys.

01 - The Wars to Come

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Michael Slovis
Rating: 4.2 Audience: 8.00
Cersei and Jaime adjust to a world without Tywin. Varys reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion. Daenerys faces a new threat to her rule. Jon is caught between two kings
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10 - The Children

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alex Graves
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 7.09
Circumstances change after an unexpected arrival from north of the Wall; Dany must face harsh realities; Bran learns more about his destiny; Tyrion sees the truth about his situation. 

09 - The Watchers on the Wall

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Neil Marshall
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 6.95
Jon Snow and the Night's Watch face a big challenge

08 - The Mountain and the Viper

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alex Graves
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 7.17
Unexpected visitors arrive in Mole's Town; Littlefinger's motives are questioned; Ramsay tries to prove himself to his father; Tyrion's fate is decided. 

07 - Mockingbird

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alik Sakharov
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 7.20
Tyrion enlists an unlikely ally. Daario entreats Dany to allow him to do what he does best. Jon’s warnings about the Wall’s vulnerability fall on deaf ears. Brienne follows a new lead on the road with Pod

06 - The Laws of Gods and Men

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Alik Sakharov
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 6.40
Stannis and Davos set sail with a new strategy. Dany meets with supplicants. Tyrion faces down his father in the throne room.

05 - First of His Name

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 7.16
Cersei and Tywin plot the Crown’s next move. Dany discusses future plans. Jon embarks on a new mission.

04 - Oathkeeper

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 6.95
Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen, Meera and Hodor stumble on shelter.

03 - Breaker of Chains

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alex Graves
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 6.59
Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin extends an olive branch. Sam realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.

02 - The Lion and the Rose

Written By: George R.R. Martin Directed By: Alex Graves
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 6.31
Tyrion lends Jaime a hand. Joffrey and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) host a breakfast. At Dragonstone, Stannis loses patience with Davos. Ramsay finds a purpose for his pet. North of the Wall, Bran sees where they must go.

01 - Two Swords

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: D. B. Weiss
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 6.64
Tyrion welcomes a guest to King’s Landing. At Castle Black, Jon Snow finds himself unwelcome. Dany is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. Arya runs into an old friend.
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10 - Mhysa

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: David Nutter
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 5.39
Joffrey challenges Tywin. Bran tells a ghost story. In Dragonstone, mercy comes from strange quarters. Dany waits to see if she is a conqueror or a liberator

09 - The Rains of Castamere

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: David Nutter
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 5.22
Robb presents himself to Walder Frey, and Edmure meets his bride. Jon faces his harshest test yet. Bran discovers a new gift. Daario and Jorah debate how to take Yunkai. House Frey joins with House Tully

08 - Second Sons

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 5.13
King’s Landing hosts a wedding, and Tyrion and Sansa spend the night together. Dany meets the Titan’s Bastard. Davos demands proof from Melisandre. Sam and Gilly meet an older gentleman

07 - The Bear and the Maiden Fair

Written By: George R. R. Martin Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 4.84
Dany exchanges gifts with a slave lord outside of Yunkai. As Sansa frets about her prospects, Shae chafes at Tyrion’s new situation. Tywin counsels the king, and Melisandre reveals a secret to Gendry. Brienne faces a formidable foe in Harrenhal

06 - The Climb

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alik Sakharov
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 5.50
Tywin plans strategic unions for the Lannisters. Melisandre pays a visit to the Riverlands. Robb weighs a compromise to repair his alliance with House Frey. Roose Bolton decides what to do with Jaime Lannister. Jon, Ygritte and the Wildlings face a daunting climb

05 - Kissed by Fire

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Alex Graves
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 5.35
The Hound is judged by the gods; Jaime is judged; Jon proves himself; Robb is betrayed; Tyrion learns the cost of weddings.

04 - And Now His Watch is Ended

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alex Graves
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 4.87
The Night's Watch takes stock; Varys meets his better; Arya is taken to the commander of the Brotherhood; Daenerys makes an exchange

03 - Walk of Punishment

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 4.72
Tyrion gains new responsibilities; Jon is taken to the Fist of the First Men; Daenerys meets with the slavers; Jaime strikes a deal with his captors.

02 - Dark Wings, Dark Words

Written By: Vanessa Taylor Directed By: Daniel Minahan
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 4.27
Sansa says too much; Shae asks Tyrion for a favor; Jaime finds a way to pass the time; Arya encounters the Brotherhood Without Banners.

01 - Valar Dohaeris

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Daniel Minahan
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 4.37
Jon is brought before Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, while the Night’s Watch survivors retreat south. In King’s Landing, Tyrion asks for his reward, Littlefinger offers Sansa a way out, and Cersei hosts a dinner for the royal family. Arya runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners. Dany sails into Slaver's Bay.
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10 - Valar Morghulis

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alan Taylor
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 4.20
The aftermath of the Battle of the Blackwater sees the winner reward his followers while Tyrion finds himself in a strange situation. In Winterfell, Maester Luwin has some final advice for Theon. In the Riverlands, Jaqen H'ghar gives Arya a gift, and Dany visits a wondrous place in Qarth. Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow pleases Qhorin with his actions.

09 - Blackwater

Written By: George R. R. Martin Directed By: Neil Marshall
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 3.38
Stannis finally begins his assault on King's Landing and Tyrion and the Lannisters must fight for their lives on the Blackwater Rush.

08 - The Prince of Winterfell

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alan Taylor
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 3.86
Theon receives a guest while Arya asks Jaqen to pay his debt to her. Stannis and Davos are getting closer to their goal while betrayal befalls Robb.

07 - A Man Without Honor

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: David Nutter
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 3.90
Jaime has some surprising company in his prison. Theon goes hunting near Winterfell while Dany is given an invitation to a special place. Sansa wakes to a horror and gets guidance from a surprising source, and Jon Snow has his vows questioned in the wild.

06 - The Old Gods and the New

Written By: Vanessa Taylor Directed By: David Nutter
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 3.88
Arya gets a surprise visit while Dany makes some vows. Joffrey encounters his subjects, and Jon is given a chance to prove his worth.

05 - The Ghost of Harrenhal

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: David Petrarca
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 3.90
Cat has to flee and Littlefinger act quickly after the Baratheon brothers' enmity comes to an end. At the capital, Tyrion finds out about Joffrey's defensive plans as well as about some secret weapon that could be used to defend the city against attack. Theon starts his quest to prove to his father that he is Ironborn and not a Stark lackey. In Harrenhal, Arya finds help from a surprising source while north of the Wall, the Night's Watch make a stand against the wildlings at an ancient fortress, the Fist of the First Men.

04 - Garden Of Bones

Written By: Vanessa Taylor Directed By: David Petrarca
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 3.65
Joffrey is far from happy with Robb's success on the field and takes it out on Sansa, while Tyrion and Bronn try to find ways to counter his cruelty. Cat tries to get Stannis and Renly to unite against the Lannisters while Dany finally finds a way out of the desert and arrives at the gates of a great city. Tyrion finds help among the queen's servants while Arya and Gendry find themselves in Harrenhal with Ser Gregor, the Mountain That Rides, in charge of the place. Davos, being an ex-smuggler, has to use his old skills to help Melisandre reach a special place.

03 - What Is Dead May Never Die

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Alik Sakharov
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 3.77
Tyrion tries to find allies with the promises of marriage. Cat, as Robb's envoy, tries to forge an alliance with King Renly, who has his own plans. Bran has strange dreams that Maester Luwin tries to help him understand.

02 - The Night Lands

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alan Taylor
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 3.76
Arya reveals her identity to Gendry on the road north while Gold Cloaks pursue the party. Tyrion is far from happy with Cersei after the recent bloody actions in the capital. One of Dany's scouts returns with bad news. Theon Greyjoy finally returns home to his his father Balon after years as a Stark ward and hostage. Stannis' right hand man, Davos, enlists a pirate with a fleet of ships to join Stannis' cause.

01 - The North Remembers

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alan Taylor
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 3.86
Tyrion arrives in King's Landing to begin his job as Acting Hand of the King in his father's stead while Robb Stark continues his war efforts against the Lannisters. Dany has problems crossing a desert in Essos, and Bran has to act as lord of Winterfell in Robb's absence. Jon Snow and the Night's Watch arrive at a mysterious wildling's house beyond the Wall. The late King Robert's brother, Stannis Baratheon, plans an invasion from the isle of Dragonstone, the ancient home of the Targaryen family, to claim the Iron Throne he believes to be his by right of law with some very curious companions at his side.
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10 - Fire and Blood

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alan Taylor
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 3.04
Bran and Rickon have the same dream while news spreads across the Seven Kingdoms about Ned's fate. Cat questions Jaime about Bran's fall while a new king arises in the North. Tyrion is stunned with his father's sudden decision to accept him as a true son. Arya has to hide her identity to escape King's Landing while Joffrey shows his true colors to Sansa. At the Wall, Jon faces a decision between loyalty to his old family and loyalty to the Night's Watch. Across the sea, Dany finds a new hope after paying a terrible price.

09 - Baelor

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Alan Taylor
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 2.66
Ned has to make a fateful decision to save Sansa's life. Cat has to deal with Lord Walder Frey, her father's unruly bannerman, in order for Robb's forces to be able to cross a river. Tyrion gets a mistress and is forced to fight in the vanguard. Robb captures a valuable prisoner after winning his first battle. Jon's esteem rises in the Night's Watch after his heroics, and he also discovers Maester Aemon's secret. Dany trusts the captured witch Mirri Maz Duur to heal Drogo's festering wound against the other Dothraki's misgivings about the witch.

08 - The Pointy End

Written By: George R. R. Martin Directed By: Daniel Minahan
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 2.72
In the aftermath of Nedʼs capture, Lannister guards go after Stark people and Arya tries to flee while Cersei uses Sansa to further her own plans. Robb calls in his fatherʼs banners to start a war with the Lannisters. Tyrion reunites with his father after making his pact with the hill tribes. Jon attacks Ser Alliser and has to save the Lord Commander's life. Dany has problems accepting the Dothraki way of warfare after they raid a peaceful village on their way to the sea.

07 - You Win or You Die

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Daniel Minahan
Rating: 0.9 Audience: 2.40
Ned and Cersei have a meeting about Jon Arryn's death. Jon Snow takes his vows to become a man of the Night's Watch. Khal Drogo has an abrupt change of mind after an assassination attempt on Daenerys. King Robert is severely injured by a boar and must make decisions on the future of his kingdom.

06 - A Golden Crown

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Daniel Minahan
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 2.44
While King Robert goes hunting, Ned has to deal with new problems. At the Eyrie, Tyrion faces judgment for his crimes. At Winterfell, Bran goes riding for the first time since his fall. In Vaes Dothrak, Viserys finally gets his payment for giving his sister's hand in marriage to Khal Drogo.

05 - The Wolf and the Lion

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Brian Kirk
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 2.58
King Robert is enraged to hear of the fruit of the Targaryen alliance with the Dothraki and orders an assassination that does not please Ned. Catelyn takes her Lannister prisoner to the Eyrie to see her sister. Arya overhears a conversation that threatens her father's life.

04 - Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Written By: Bryan Cogman Directed By: Brian Kirk
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 2.45
Ned starts his covert inquiry into his predecessor's sudden death. A tournament is held in honor of the new King's Hand. Jon feels sympathy for a new recruit of the Night's Watch called Samwell Tarly. Tyrion, having left the Wall, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Viserys is growing frustrated in Vaes Dothrak. Catelyn stops at an inn on her way back to Winterfell.

03 - Lord Snow

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Brian Kirk
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 2.44
Ned arrives at King's Landing and finds a shock. At Castle Black, Jon Snow starts his training to become a man of the Night's Watch. Catelyn leaves in secret for King's Landing after being convinced she knows who tried to murder Bran. Arya starts her dancing lessons with Syrio Forel. While on the road to Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys has problems with her brother Viserys. Jaime and Cersei are troubled when they find out about Bran's fate.

02 - The Kingsroad

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Tim Van Patten
Rating: 1.0 Audience: 1.20
King Robert and his entourage head south with Ned Stark and his daughters Sansa and Arya. While on the road, Arya gets into trouble with prince Joffrey, which leaves Ned with a difficult decision to make. Meanwhile, Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister head off to the Wall in the north, the former to join the Night's Watch and the latter for curiosity. In Essos, Daenerys is learning what it means to be married to a Dothraki warlord. In Winterfell, Bran Stark is fighting for his life after his fall.

01 - Winter Is Coming

Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Directed By: Tim Van Patten
Rating: 0.9 Audience: 2.22
Beyond a gigantic protective wall of ice in the utmost north of Westeros something cold stirs. Robert Baratheon, the king of Westeros, arrives with his royal retinue at Winterfell south of the Wall to seek the help of his old friend Eddard Stark in ruling his kingdom. At the same time on a different continent, the last survivors of the previous Targaryen regime are seeking a new alliance to acquire an army to take back their kingdom from the "usurper" King Robert.
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