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Every Game Of Thrones season ranked from worst to best

Games Of Thrones season seven will start on July 16 in the US and at 2am on July 17 in the UK.

Then it will be repeated at 9pm that evening – both times on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.

With only a few months until the wait is over, now’s the perfect time to take a look back at the glorious six seasons we’ve experienced so far and see how they stack up against one another.

Season 5

Every Game Of Thrones season ranked from worst to best
Cersei embarks on her walk of shame (Picture: HBO)

While the other five seasons were all difficult to separate, season 5 stands out as something of a let-down.

Events at the Wall were a highlight, with the evacuation of Hardhome and that downbeat mutinous ending both standing out.

Cersei’s walk of shame was also a memorable sequence but otherwise the season as whole was very slow and felt just like pieces being moved into place.

The Dorne storyline especially were hugely underwhelming.

Season 2

Every Game Of Thrones season ranked from worst to best
Tyrion (Picture: HBO)

Stannis, Davos and Melisandre arrived in season 2 and Stannis’ journey towards King’s Landing tied in neatly with Tyrion’s brilliant arc as he became Hand Of The King and readied the capital for the barnstorming Battle of the Blackwater.

Elsewhere there was some enjoyable stuff, such as Arya serving Tywin at Harrenhal, but Daenerys’ time in Qarth was particularly dull.

Not a terrible season by any means, but overall it feels inconsequential compared to later ones.

Season 1

Sean Bean (above) takes charge in Game Of Thrones;
Ned and Arya Stark (Picture: HBO)

Watching season 1 again now feels like checking in with old friends during simpler times.

It was goodies vs baddies, Starks vs Lannisters.

The unexpected death of Ned Stark hit hard and set the tone for what was to follow.

Elsewhere we also saw Daenerys rise to power and end the season with her three young dragons.

It’s a brilliantly entertaining foundation for the wider saga to build on and only doesn’t place higher due to a lack of truly game-changing events.

Season 6

Hodor Game Of Thrones
Hodor (Picture: HBO)

A huge return to form after the slog of season 5, season 6 was filled with shocking developments.

This was the season of Jon’s resurrection, the Battle Of The Bastards, Sansa’s revenge, Cersei using wildfire and the Bran storyline confirming a long-held fan theory and giving us Hodor’s unforgettable sacrifice.

The High Sparrow saga and Arya’s time in Braavos did drag a little but on the whole season 6 provided long-awaited payoffs and moved the broader story along dramatically.

Season 4

Game of Thrones Arya Stark and the Hound
Arya and The Hound (Picture: HBO)

Two fan favourites had brilliant storylines in season 4, with Arya and The Hound forming an unexpectedly excellent double act while Tyrion’s trial for murder included a blistering speech.

Elsewhere, Joffrey finally receives his comeuppance, the Wildlings attacked Castle Black and Oberyn Martell stole all our hearts before meeting that most grisly of ends.

Dany mooching around her pyramid in Meereen got a little tiresome but that was the only major low point.

This was also the season where the White Walkers turned a baby into one of their own in an unforgettable moment which saw the plot being advanced beyond the books in spectacular fashion.

Season 3

Every Game Of Thrones season ranked from worst to best
(Picture: Sky Atlantic)

A near-perfect season of TV.

The twisting War Of The Five Kings raged on right up until Robb Stark met his shocking demise at the unforgettable Red Wedding.

The Rains Of Castamere was a high watermark episode that changed the course of the whole show and drilled home that, in Game of Thrones, good guys rarely prosper.

On top of this we had one of Dany’s most enjoyable arcs as she gained her army of Unsullied, while Jaime and Brienne formed their brilliant partnership as the Kingslayer earned his redemption.

Ramsey’s ongoing torture of Theon got a little tiresome but otherwise it was the most complete season, filled with both breathtaking moments and crucial character development.

 

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