Written by: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
No matter how you feel about the last season, there's no denying Game of Thrones featured some of the best episodes in television history over the course of its run. None were better than "The Winds of Winter" (although preceding episode "Battle of the Bastards" comes close).
This Season 6 finale is full of huge plot moments — from Cersei blowing up the Great Sept and all the subsequent deaths, to Arya's revenge on the Freys, to Daenerys finally setting sail for Westeros, to the flashback of Jon Snow's birth to Lyanna Stark juxtaposed with the adult Jon being crowned King in the North. It's a lot of story to pack in, but it's balanced well and exquisitely directed by Miguel Sapochnik. The opening sequence, featuring the preparations for Cersei's trial set to Ramin Djawadi's "Light of the Seven," is enough to place it on this list alone.