5. Mother of Dragons
Season 1, Episode 10: "Fire and Blood"
Stop for a second and think about the out-there image that both Game of Thrones and its namesake novel ended with: A nude young woman emerging from the ashes of her husband's funeral pyre, her body crawling with freshly hatched dragons. This iconic visual marked a major turning point in the life of Daenerys Targaryen, her followers, their society –and for us as well. It was a mainline injection of capital-f Fantasy, fantastic beasts and all. The ruthlessly realistic world of Westeros and its neighbors just got way more magical. And the Mother of Dragons got her name.