22. The Battle for the Wall
Season 4, Episode 9: "The Watchers on the Wall"
Honestly, it's hard to single out any one moment from this episode-length set-piece struggle between the Night's Watch and the wildling army overseen by King-beyond-the-Wall Mance Rayder and red-bearded Tormund Giantsbane. Do you go with the giants and mammoth storming the gate? The gigantic ice scythe that sweeps attackers away like gnats? The jaw-dropping single-take shot of the fighting across the courtyard of Castle Black? The death of warrior woman Ygritte in the arms of Lord Snow, the man she hates and loves more than anyone else? Under director Neil Marshall, the whole affair feels like one continuous heart-stopping stand-out sequence.