20 Best 'Game of Thrones' Episodes

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

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8. "Two Swords" (Season 4, Episode 1)

The Season Four premiere revealed Game of Thrones to be a show transformed. Remember when the Lannisters were the antagonists? Now they're the main characters, with the surviving Starks pushed to the side. It's a hugely audacious shift, as if Katniss had died in the second Hunger Games movie and suddenly the series was about President Snow. The Hound-and-cub team-up between Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark that closes the episode further illustrates the show's narrative perversity: Raise your hand if you cheered when a little girl murdered a guy in cold blood!

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