Season 2, Episode 9: Blackwater
Do I even need to explain this one?
When Blackwater aired, it was one of the most rousing hours of television that year, if only because we got to see Tyrion be both a genius battlefield trickster, as well as a genuine leader for the soldiers while Joffrey ran off to his room to hide from the big boy stuff. Despite his tiny stature, Tyrion was larger than life as he led the troops of King’s Landing against the intimidating forces of Stannis Baratheon, and it was a sight to see.
First of all, Tyrion’s trick with the wildfire was a further testament to his strategic prowess. Most military leaders would follow a familiar playbook of archers, flanking, or whatever the hell else you do in a war, and respond to the opposition’s archers and flanking accordingly. Instead, Tyrion employs more of a Trojan Horse tactic by sending a lone, unmanned ship into the middle of the Baratheon fleet, before signaling to Bronn to launch one flamed arrow to ignite the lone ship…. And all of the wildfire that it brought along for the ride. The ensuing massive green explosion would eviscerate a great number of Stannis’ ships, and thousands of Game of Thrones fans would leap up from their couches with turkey legs in their bare hands and start furiously chest-bumping each other.
After this, Joffrey would go hide from the war because he’s a spineless, lily-livered bag of wimpy crybaby tears, and Tyrion would be left to give the requisite inspiring speech that should have been the King’s job. Standing on top of a stone staircase Tyrion rallies the outnumbered troops with a speech about taking back their city. These Baratheon soldiers were trying to come into their house, steal their gold, and rape their women. This was not for the King or the Queen or riches. This was for them, and with that, Tyrion commands, “Let’s go kill them!”
Tyrion may have been struck down and disfigured minutes later, but while the people of King’s Landing may forget about Tyrion’s contribution to their victory, it would not be forgotten by us.