14. The Death of Viserys Targaryen
Season 1, Episode 6: "A Golden Crown"
Khal Drogo, the musclebound ruler of a horde of Dothraki horselords, promised the older brother of his bride Daenerys that he'd get a golden crown as a result of their alliance. But when Viserys taunted and tormented his kid sister one too many times, her husband opted for a literal interpretation of their deal: He poured molten gold onto the would-be Dragon King's head, boiling him alive. An early jolt to the system that prefigured many shocking mortal-coil-shuffles to come, Targaryen's demise was notable for many things: his genuine sadness upon realizing Dany wants him dead; the Khaleesi's sneering — and prophetic — one-liner, "fire cannot kill a dragon"; that sickening "thunk" sound effect when his gilded noggin hits the ground; and giving the show its greatest death by pun to date.