In preparation for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, I broke down the key moments of each season for The AP Party.
Game of Thrones begins its sixth season this Sunday (April 24) and it will mark the first time that the show’s plotlines move past George R.R. Martin’s five novels. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have added, removed, and rearranged scenes from the novels, but now we will see scenes based only on the details Martin has passed to the duo. As the series has grown in popularity, every “big” moment has been analyzed, inspiring countless comments and think-pieces.
I recently rewatched the entire series in anticipation of the new season which, unsurprisingly, adds a new perspective to the early seasons because Game of Thrones is extremely dense with backstory, characters changing their allegiances and the ensuing betrayals that follow. Those moments still hold their original weight, but hindsight gives them more defined context. Over the course of the daunting 50+ hour experience, I found there are a handful of such developments in every season. Below are those moments that defined each of the five seasons thus far.