From its stunning cast to its gorgeous locations, Game of Thrones is more often than not a smorgasbord of aesthetically pleasing visuals. But in its time on HBO, it’s served up plenty of awful visuals, too. The ever-present threat of death, dismemberment, and bloody battles is enough to make most fans shield their eyes from time to time. And even if those gory scenes don’t turn your stomach, there have been many other truly gruesome storylines.
Here are the most disturbing Game of Thrones moments, ranked from least to most horrifying.
7. Joffrey’s wedding
By the time Joffrey Baratheon finally bit the dust, it’s safe to say that no one — except maybe Cersei — was sad to see him go. That doesn’t mean that the manner of his death was any less excruciating to watch. While attending his own wedding to Margaery Tyrell, Joffrey began choking. Within minutes, he was convulsing on the ground, vomiting, gasping, and bleeding from his eyes and nose. And then, he was gone.
Yes, Joffrey was a monster. But there’s still something relatively disturbing about watching anyone, let alone a child, take his last tortured, dying breath in his mother’s arms.