25. Dany Burns the Slave Masters
Season 3, Episode 4: "And Now His Watch Is Ended"
"Dacarys." In a single word – High Valyrian for "dragonfire" – Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, became the Breaker of Chains. The moment she traded one of her priceless beasts to the sleazy slave masters of Astapor in exchange for their unstoppable Unsullied infantry, she freed her freshly purchased troops and gave her flying reptilian weapons of mass destruction the signal to torch her enemies. The victory was short-lived, but it was a rare moment of Game of Thrones violence that felt genuinely cathartic and justified – as well as showing just what a game-changer dragons would be on the battlefield. When people hold up the Khaleesi as an icon of all things badass, this is the moment they're thinking of.