Live Poll: All-Time Greatest "Game of Thrones" Episode

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Which of these select "Game of Thrones" episodes should the series be best remembered for, so far?

Source: 9.0+ rated episodes * Short plot summaries have been provided as refreshers for poll takers. Episodes listed chronologically.

SPOILER ALERT: Intended for viewers current through the 2017 season as poll reveals IMDb basic plot summaries of Game of Thrones episodes through Summer 2017.

See the partial list of greatest "Game of Thrones" episodes ever here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls060939354/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/fKebrjHTXIg/
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1st episode.
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I agree it is in the mix, and it makes independent Top 10 lists elsewhere.  A bit under-rated episode on IMDb relative to other episodes. I don't think it had the advantage other episodes had, once the show got some momentum.
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I had to raise the bar for inclusion from 9.0 rated to 9.2 rated. But, I consider the first episode, despite its 9.0 rating, to be under-rated. It is universally considered one of the best gOt EPISODES. Also, I think their has some degree of ratings creep that benefited some later episodes that disadvantaged this early episode. I have decided to make a singular exception for Winter Is Coming among these half-dozen 9.0+ rated honorable mention episodes.

Winter Is Coming 9.0 (28,862)
Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, is dead. King Robert Baratheon plans to ask his oldest friend, Eddard Stark, to take Jon's place. Across the sea, Viserys Targaryen plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms 2019 | TV Episode 9.1 (5,030)
Mother's Mercy 2015 | TV Episode 9.1 (30,711)
The Gift 2015 | TV Episode 9.1 (20,302)
Two Swords 2014 | TV Episode 9.1 (24,137)
Second Sons 2013 | TV Episode 9.1 (17,853)
The Old Gods and the New 2012 | TV Episode 9.1 (18,537)
The Wolf and the Lion 2011 | TV Episode 9.1 (20,832)
The Pointy End 2011 | TV Episode 9.1 (19,448)

I left open spots for the final six episodes, this would be a great postmortem poll, published the week after the final episode airs in 2019.
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Benu,

I can not decide...!!!

It will be one among the following:

Battle of the Bastards
Hardhome
The Winds of Winter
Beyond the Wall

It is great to see that you have already added - The Dragon and the Wolf.
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Yes, based on what I have heard, so far it will be one of the top rated episodes this season. Plus, all the other season finales made the cut on my select list. I suspect it will rate between a 10.0 and 9.6. So far, this season The Spoils of War 9.9 and Beyond the Wall 9.4, lead the ratings with 3 of the other 4 episodes being 9.0+ rated. It seems 3-4 episodes made the cut from every season, so far.

The series has to date 35 episodes rated 9.0 or higher with at least 20 deserving of some serious consideration for the top spot. I curious to see how it all shakes-out, as I suspect it will be a battle royale among the top 6 or so. I am surprised the 9.9 rated  The Rains of Castamere didn't make your group. I think a lot people are going to face the same dilemma of picking just one. My list of can't decides is even longer, adding The Lion and the Rose, The Door, The Mountain and the Viper
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Can't decide which one was best.
But if 1 choice to be made then I'll choose "HARDHOME" 5.8
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This is seriously the hardest choice ever. I can at least narrow it down to about ten. :)
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I feel the same, I can get it down to about ten. I like them all for different reasons, each of these episodes were so big and so perfect. It is almost impossible to make a case for one over the other.
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Episode:Game of Thrones (2011) Episode 8.2: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2019)

Final preparations are made at Winterfell for the coming battle against the Night king's army of the undead. Jaime is confronted with the consequences of the past on many fronts. Sansa and Daenerys have an heart-to heart conversation. Jon shares a secret with Dany.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner

Early voting shows this episode on the fence for inclusion @ 9.1 IMDb rating (1st  5,030 votes)

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These people here on the graph must fight up front against the first wave of White Walkers next week. LOL

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Season eight has been a ratings monster with all-time viewership hitting new peaks. While, I didn't expect the more story driven episodes to be in same range as the more action packed episodes, or the episodes with a big reveal, I did expect better IMDb ratings for each episode. I think they will be better regarded with a little distance, as well as, may be being judged with expectations from fans that are almost unattainable. Also, vote totals for each episode which were incredibly high before have doubled.

8.2 (75,086) S8. E4 Winterfell
8.5 (70,534) S8.E2 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
8.1 (143,692) S8.E3 The Long Night
6.2 (88,122) S8.E4 The Last Of The Starks
6.9 (79,978) S8.E5 The Bells
X.X (000,000) S8.E6

I am thinking of allotting five spots to sub 9.0 episodes that are more story driven and less action packed. I think it would balance out the types of great "Game of Thrones"episodes. My fear is the vox populi will drive the list to be all one type of  episode based on the amount action or bloodshed.Those on the bottom of such a group have no chance against a Hardhome or Battle of the Bastards anyways, but a story-driven episode may carve out a block of votes based on a under served niche of voters.  Also, episodes that got 'Game of Thrones' fans initially fuming may be seen more favorably with a little distance for their WTF moments.
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urbane,
you post a lot of GOT poll suggs, so I assume you're a fan.  :)
Anyway, I thought you might like this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpC_RRo903g
It starts by playing Bach or something, then evolves into GOT theme.  They're a wonderful duo and all their stuff is cool.  Enjoy!
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i am not a music aficionado, but i found the rendition excellent. i also have been equally impressed with how the music and lyrics have been woven into the story line of both the books and the series. I kinda wish the show runners had even more music in the show. It seems like this could be poll onto itself entitled, Music of Game of Thrones. Regardless, my top three musical pieces would be: the Main Theme, Jenny's Song and Rains of Castamere.





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Yes, the main theme is excellent!  Not a huge fan of the series myself, but the soundtrack is amazing!  :D
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Urb, is this poll ready to go?
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Thanks. Yes , I am comfortable with this configuration of poll choices and minimally spoiler-ish summaries.
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The description says "Source: Top rated GoT episodes", but they're really not?
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All the episodes were rated 9.2 or higher until this most recent season. I have removed the Source: 9.0+ rated episodes tag.

Why did IMDb disable the episode rate feature anyways? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/eprate?ref_=tt_ql_tv_3/
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I don't necessarily agree with the mob mentality toward the ratings this past season. I don't understand how you can post record viewership, spend more on production, and raise the bar across the bar the board and in viewers eyes cut the quality in half. It seems like an over-reaction and not based in reality to viewers not getting a feel good ending. Plus, it seem contradictory to applaud a show for the unexpected and doing unconscionable things to be disappointed when it ends that very same way. Like, most season I think 3-4 episodes stand out. Seven out eight season that has been reflected in the ratings. I have included a couple episodes from the past season which meet that standard.
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The laws of gods and men
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