The Story: Jon Snow battles Ramsay Bolton for control of Winterfell.
Why It’s On This List: The “Battle of the Bastards” marked the first time the show gifted fans true medieval warfare.
The scale of the episode alone is mind-blowing — 25 days to shoot 500 extras with 600 crewmembers and 70 horses. It’s the kind of thing you’d see in a multi-million-dollar blockbuster, not on TV, and yet Weiss and Benioff managed to highlight the internal struggles of the characters involved — Jon’s reluctance to go to war, his grief at Rickon’s death, Davos and Tormund’s loyalty, and Sansa’s own need for revenge — so that the action never overwhelmed the plot. It’s a hard thing to do, so we’re giving credit where credit is due.