Jaime and Brienne’s Buddy Comedy
We’re cheating already, because this isn’t a specific scene, but some of our favorite parts of A Storm of Swords involved Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth wandering around sniping at each other, getting into scuffles, but ultimately having one another’s backs. We doubt the show will be able to give this odd couple the attention they deserve, but we still look forward to seeing what they do with it.
Jaime Loses a Hand
That Jaime Lannister, we’ve been thinking for the past couple thousand pages, someone needs to take him down a peg or two. Finally, someone does, although it’s someone even more distasteful than the Kingslayer. It’s a major “oh, snap!” moment.
Lady Lysa Takes a Trip Through the Moon Door
Usually George R.R. Martin makes us wait forever to see people we hate get killed, but Lady Lysa’s just too crazy to last. We’ve seen the Moon Door before, back in the show’s first season, but we’re excited to have it back in all its shiny HBO glory, stalked by a silver-tongued Littlefinger with an itchy pushing-hand.
Stannis Saves the Day
No matter what, we’d say that we’re usually rooting for the Night’s Watch, so we got a little thrill of joy when Stannis bailed them out of battle. It’s a scene we all know well — everything’s looking black until someone you totally didn’t even expect jumps out of the bushes to save the day. But then, it’s a classic for a reason.
The Hound vs. Beric / The Mountain vs. Oberyn
We must admit, neither of the book’s twin trials-by-combat have the outcome we’d like, and we particularly rue the death of the witty Oberyn, who definitely should have gotten to see Gregor Clegane die, and who might have vindicated Tyrion, long our favorite schemer. But there’s nothing more tense than a loaded one-on-one fight, and we love the symmetry — in one brother’s fight, both combatants die; in the other’s, both combatants live (of a fashion) — so we’re psyched to see it all go down.
Hot Times with Ygritte and Jon Snow in a Cave
Jon Snow loses his virginity! It’s about time.
Don’t Even Talk to Daenerys About Slavery
We cannot wait to see Daenerys turn her newly purchased slave army against their former masters and then set them free. We also cannot wait for the dragon-based brutality that will ensue. If this scene isn’t incredibly bad-ass, we’re not sure what the point of the show is.
The Unseemly Demise of Tywin Lannister
We think George R.R. Martin knew fans were going to be upset about a certain wedding ceremony, which is probably why he gives us the glorious image of Tywin Lannister sitting on the toilet, his bowels skewered by a crossbow bolt. Okay, so we can’t say we’re exactly looking forward to watching that scene in HD, but we are looking forward to it happening, the jerk.
The Unseemly Demise of Joffrey Baratheon
Now this, this is what we’ve been waiting for since Joffrey didn’t want to pay his respects to the Starks after his father pushed their child out of a window: the pathetic, inglorious end of one of the most evil characters ever created. But now the question is, who are we going to unequivocally hate for the rest of the series?
The Red Wedding
Look, it’s not like we’re actually excited to watch this bloodbath go down, but we are excited about looking at our (less well-read) friends’ faces as the Freys kill everybody. We also admit to a little morbid curiosity at what Robb’s body looks like with his dead direwolf’s head nailed onto it. Wrapped into this scene and also on our can’t wait list? Lady Catelyn coming back to life with a sore throat and a vengeance.
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