20 Best 'Game of Thrones' Episodes

From Blackwater to the Red Wedding, we count down the HBO fantasy epic's greatest hours


18. "Second Sons" (Season 3, Episode 8)

Sex and sorcery drive this Season Three highlight. This being Game of Thrones, there's some venn-diagram overlap between the two categories, courtesy of the fiery priestess Melisandre's leech-based sex magick ritual with the hunky young blacksmith Gendry. Elsewhere, nerdy Night's Watchman Samwell Tarly slays a fearsome White Walker, and Daenerys slithers out of her bathtub in the buff, "When Doves Cry"–style, to impress a macho mercenary. But it's what doesn't happen — Tyrion Lannister refuses to force himself on his miserable child bride Sansa Stark — that elevates the episode.

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