Right from the first season, the epic fantasy TV series set the one rule it has been following for over seven years now. The rule is pretty simple, and undoubtedly one of the most iconic quotes from the fictional world of Westeros; When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Without a hint of surprise, this quote was said by none other than the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Cersei Lannister. Now in its seventh season, Game of Thrones has managed to create a cultural phenomenon with its realistic story based in a fictional world and the lack of plot armor for its major characters. Quite a lot of characters have met their ends in the most unceremonious way imaginable, usually leaving the viewers in shock for days. Right from the death of the honorable Ned Stark to The Red Wedding, here, we have handpicked the 8 top betrayals in Game of Thrones that left the viewers in tears.
8. King Tommen joins The High Sparrow
For all the sins committed by House Lannister, this was one of the most defining moments of karma coming back in full circle. The combined armies of House Lannister and House Tyrell were dumbstruck when The King himself declared peace between The Crown and The Faith after the infamous Walk of Shame of Cersei Lannister.
7. Jon Snow betrays the Wildlings
After the successful infiltration of Jon Snow in Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, a wild romance bloomed between Jon and Yggrite. But it seemed that their passion was not enough to deny duty calls for both the lovers. After the surprise attack on The Warg and the rest of the Wildlings, Jon and Ygrrite had arguably the worst breakup in television history. Nothing hurts like love itself.
6. The Mutiny at Craster’s Keep
Arguably one of the worst deaths ever imaginable for a character like Jeor Mormont. One of the few men in the Seven Kingdoms, who kept his honor and faith in the men he led, and the very reason which led to his brutal death. The sweet revenge taken by Jon Snow and Co. in the lands of winter, was indeed, a soothing moment after the betrayal.
5. Theon betrays Robb Stark
To keen watchers, it was not really a huge surprise. Ironborns are known for their pride and that’s exactly what Theon wanted to prove. The decapitation of Ser Rodrick Cassel hurt more than the betraying Robb Stark himself. Karma did come for Theon, and it definitely went for an overkill.
4. Shae betrays Tyrion Lannister
One of the most defining moments in the entire series in terms of plot, script, and acting. After spending most of his adulthood in brothels, it was definitely unwise of Tyrion to put complete faith in a wh*re. But unfortunately, love makes us do stupid things. As Jaime said back in Season 1, “The things we do for love.”
3. The Red Wedding
Definitely the moment which left the viewers in tears and denial for months to come. After refusing the proposal by Walder Frey, The Starks and The Tullys met their ends in the most gruesome fashion imaginable to the human mind. Killed in a wedding! The Lannisters sent their regards in a jaw-dropping style.
2. The Night’s Watch betrays Jon Snow
When you thought nothing could ever replace The Red Wedding, Game of Thrones decided to teach the viewers another lesson in life. The fierce disagreement over the inclusion of Wildlings in the North led to a cliffhanger which kept viewers invested in the show till the next season.
1. Littlefinger betrays Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark
THE defining moment in television history which marked the arrival of Game of Thrones as a major contender for the all time great shows. This particular moment instilled stark terror (sorry for the pun) in the viewers who have a habit of rooting for their favorite characters. No one is safe in Westeros. Anyone can die.