Game of Thrones Finale: What Was the Best Moment?
updated 06/04/2012 AT 05:15 PM EDT
•originally published 06/04/2012 AT 04:00 PM EDT
If you haven't yet watched the action-packed season ender and don't want it spoiled, stop reading. Otherwise, here are the biggest moments from a show full of big moments – tell us which one was your favorite.
Tyrion in Trouble
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) wakes up after last episode's fierce battle for King's Landing. He's bloodied, bandaged – and banished to a dungeon-like room where he's informed that he's no longer Hand of the King. His father is now in that powerful position and Tyrion's future is darkly uncertain.
Joffrey's New Queen
Cowardly King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) sits atop the Iron Throne as if he's the one who won the battle for King's Landing. He declares his grandfather Tywin Lannister, who rode in to win the battle last episode, the savior of the city. Joffrey then grants Ser Loras Tyrell, who helped with the battle, any request. Tyrell asks Joffrey to marry his sister, Margaery, who declares her love for the King. After a bit of back-and-forth about having already been sworn to Eddard Stark's daughter Sansa, Joffrey casts Sansa aside and says he will indeed marry Margaery. This makes Sansa smile.
Robb Stark's Union
At the end of the previous episode, Robb Stark (Richard Madden) – who has sworn to marry another woman – succumbs to his attraction to Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin). In the season finale, despite a warning from his mother not to go any further with his relationship with Talisa because he will be breaking his oath, Robb decides to marry her – and the couple say their vows of matrimony in an intimate ceremony.
Fierce and fearless Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) enters the House of the Undying alone, following the cries of a baby (or a baby dragons?) in search of her three dragons that were stolen from her. Inside, she sees her dead husband Drogo and unborn child, who is now a beautiful, fat little baby, but turns away from them to find her dragons. When she locates them, the dragons – and soon Daenerys herself – are chained up by the magical warlock. But not for long: she proves her magic is stronger than iron by commanding her baby dragons to spit fire. They burn the warlock to death and handily disintegrate their own chains and Daenerys's chains, too. She ends the season getting ready to leave Qarth, still hoping to sail to Westeros and take the Iron Throne.
Jon Snow's pals, pudgy Sam and some others from the Night's Watch, are collecting dung and other debris to make a fire when they hear a horn blow. The code of the Night's Watch is that one horn blow means another ranger is returning, two blows means enemies are coming and three blows means White Walkers are coming. When they hear three blows, the two night rangers flee, leaving poor Sam cowering behind a rock. Soon, an army of wights and White Walkers appear out of the mist and are walking toward the Wall.
Tell us which of these big moments was your favorite in our poll below. Or comment and tell us what else – Brienne besting three soldiers while holding Jaime Lannister captive, Theon Greyjoy getting hit on the head by his own men, Stannis Baratheon seeing his future, Arya's interaction with Jaqen H'ghar or Jon Snow's sword fight with Qhorin Halfhand – you loved about the season 2 finale of Game of Thrones.