The Story: Jon Snow faces off against the Night King.
Why It’s On This List: Jon Snow tries to seek an alliance, building bridges between those north and south of the wall because he knows the threat the Night King poses.
We get a taste of that threat with “Hardhome” as a seemingly endless army of wights reign terror down on the men and women who refuse to join forces with the Night’s Watch. The action and special effects are awe-inducing, but nothing on this show has felt more ominous than watching the Night King revive the dead while staring down a defeated, understandably terrified Jon Snow before the screen fades to black. It’s the first time fans realized the “good guys” or at least the living one, might not win this war.