Top 10 Game of Thrones Cringe Moments That We Can't Explain

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Julia Adams

Julia Adams

Last updated:  2021-01-11 15:04:51

To millions of people, Game of Thrones is the most fantastic TV show ever made, with one of the most epic theme songs. Based on George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy novels, it's a political drama and a medieval representation of today's society. Game of Thrones resonated with the audience because it's a human story at the end of the day. We have seen characters getting betrayed and humiliated, fighting for power, revenge, love… We've all been through these situations before, and that's why we empathize. Today though, we will look back at some of the awkward moments that were plain weird or just out of place. Here's our list of top ten GOT cringe moments, but don't forget to check the best ones too!

10. The Night King Smiling

That was well, different

The Night King brings the cold, terror, and fear to GOT fanatics. Can you imagine seeing him smiling at Daenerys when she failed to kill him? It was a cinematic moment, for sure. Some fans liked it as they thought it represented that he has emotions too. Nonetheless, we're not convinced, to say the least.

With all due respect to the writers, but we don't want to see the almighty King of the Dead smirking like he is some villain from Marvel movies. It's just too generic and smells of fanservice. It would be nice if he remained the mysterious and emotionless character that we knew from the beginning. 

9. Drogon Staring at Jon Snow

Like scene from a Disney cartoon

A lot can be said about the final season of this series. Weird and confusing things happened from the beginning up until the end. The audience didn't have to wait long - the first cringe moment came soon. In the first episode of the show's finale, Jon Snow and Daenerys decide to go for some dragon-riding.

For Jon and Danny shippers, it was a dream come true. Well, if we forget about that shameful attempt to be funny. In the scene when the love birds are kissing, Drogon is staring at Jon, looking jealous. Sorry guys, but it was totally unnecessary and out of place. 

8. Theon Flirting with His Sister

Incest was always lurking in "Game of Thrones", but this was too much

Now, this was one of the most revolting things to watch on TV. In season two, we've witnessed a little incest of Theon and Yara Greyjoy. Theon goes back to the Iron Islands, meets his sister, and does a little more than flirting.

It was uncomfortable and weird to watch as he touches her intimate parts with her knowing who he is. It's just perverted, and we don't want to watch it again. 

7. Lysa Arryn Breastfeeding

An overprotective mom Lysa Arryn

Oh yes, this was a highly criticized and controversial scene. The critique itself was founded on questioning, is it right for a child actor to pretend to suck breasts. Shocking, right? At least to some viewers. This was supposed to be an improper act, as it served the purpose of shedding light on the relationship of Lysa Arryn and her son Robin.

She was stifling his development by being over-protective. The audience and the whole Westeros were appalled. That's how it was supposed to be. An important fact to mention here is that the breasts were prosthetics. 

6. Theon's Manhood

Nothing was hidden from our eyes

Well, this was a pretty infamous part of the series. Nothing was left for imagination. Ramsay castrates Theon and then teases him, complimenting his "package" and making him believe that the sausage he is eating is his private part. It's an act of pure sadism. Roose Bolton's bastard knew well what he was doing.

By taking Theon's manhood, he was one step closer to downgrading him to "Reek," as he called him. Goal accomplished, as the poor guy was left hurt and broken. No matter the hate for Ramsay Bolton, we consider him one of the most captivating characters in the whole series. 

5. Rape Scene

No one could understand why Jamie did this

Jamie raped Cersei next to their dead son's body. Was it a rape or a consensual sex act? The writers and the show producers denied it as they claimed it was wrongly interpreted by the audience. How could they perceive it otherwise at the moment when Cersei clearly and repeatedly told Jamie to stop? Either the runners of the show were totally naive, or they backtracked upon the backlash.

Even the author of "A Song of Ice and Fire" George R. R. Martin proclaimed he wasn't informed of the matter, as the characters had an agreed venture in his books. No matter the case, it was difficult to watch. It felt like they're destroying the story arc of Jamie's character, who was supposed to be on the road to redemption. 

4. Jamie dumps Brienne

Another Jamie's decision that makes no sense

Jamie Lannister ends season seven leaving Cersei for good, or so it seemed. Then writers decided that it would be a great idea to let him hook up with Brienne and abruptly leave her to go back to his Queen. Wait. What? How? Are we following the same story here? Talking about character development…

We are supposed to believe that Jamie, who looked more and more disillusioned as time went by, went back to Cersei because he's addicted to her? At this point, it's out of character for him. Throughout the show, we could see that he is a man of his word and doesn't change his opinion often. It feels like it's done for shock value and to add a surprise element, and we don't like it. 

3. Ed Sheeran

Luckily, Ed's appearance was very short

Yikes! We know a lot of Game of Thrones fans cringed to this one. It was strange, to say the least. The Grammy-winning musician appeared on the season seven finale and made us shrink in our chairs a little bit. Sheeran plays a Lannister soldier that Arya encounters on her way.

The problem with this one is that millions of people worldwide know very well who Ed Sheeran is. What we heard about this particular event was that he is a big GOT fan. Excellent, good for him! Still, it was just bizarre and out of place. Honestly, we felt disappointed as we didn't expect this show to have celebrity cameos. 

2. Teleporting Moments

It's better not to think hard about it

A lot of moments in fantasy series could fall into this category. The religious followers of the books often point it out as strange and inconsistent. We are talking about the fact of people getting from point A to point B in an insanely short amount of time.

As seasons went by, it appeared more and more, comparing it to earlier ones' realistic pace. The prime example was Varys being in Dorne in one scene and in the other one, standing next to Daenerys on a ship sailing to Westeros. How did he travel so quickly? It just gives the impression of rushing the show to meet a deadline. 

1. Arya Kills the Night King

Just because it was surprising, it doesn't mean it was good

We could write an essay about all of the reasons why we think this was the most cringe-worthy moment in Game of Thrones. Let's try to sum it up. Arya killing the Night King with a knife was done solely to serve her character's rising popularity with the audience. Yes, GOT is a show that startled us with astonishing details, but not at all costs.

It always had to have a meaning, purpose, and a logical explanation. The writers basically killed off an entire story arc of Jon Snow with this move. The King in the North is the one who should have done it. All we can say, it really left a bad taste in our mouths once everything was said and done. 

Game of Thrones will be remembered in history as one of the best shows ever. It was a grandiose and ambitious project, trying to translate the books to the small screen. Even with these awkward moments we covered, the series will continue to hold a special place in our hearts. 

Did you like our list? What are your most significant GoT cringe moments?

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