6. Tongue Ripped Out by Angry Barbarian
Gory details: Mago calls Daenerys a “foreign whore," which not surprisingly causes her husband, Khal Drogo to become…let's say slightly agitated. The two men square off, and the mano-a-mano ends with Drago ripping Mago's tongue out of his face. Khalessi's reputation is saved, but for a price: In the process, the Khal sustains a small knife wound to the chest that festers. Daenerys eventually suffocates her spouse with a pillow to put him out of his misery.
Narrative importance: Mago's insult precipitates Drago's death, but also Daenerys' liberation: On what must double as one of the worst and best days of her life, she places her dragon eggs inside Drogo's funeral pyre, walks into the flames, and hangs out in the fire all night. In the morning, the eggs have hatched into baby monsters, and the Mother of Dragons is ready for her close up.
Degree of difficulty: Advanced. Have you ever tried to rip someone tongue out of his or her face? Trust us, it's not easy.
Creative scale: 4