5 – Rick in The Walking Dead
The, “We let go of all of it,” speech.
In the midseason finale of Season 4, Rick pours his heart out and tells his audience at the fence of the prison that we can forget the past. If everyone will put down their weapons, they can all live together as one. It’s an unprecedented moment showing the character growth of Rick Grimes. A leader stands alone in front of his enemy directly in harm’s way asking for a new beginning separate from all the bloodshed.
4 – Jax in Sons of Anarchy
The, “There’s only one face I see,” speech.
Jax somehow goes from telling Tara that he’s slept with hundreds of women to confessing that she is the only person he’s ever cared for and it actually comes off as heartfelt. He tells her he married Wendy because he was lonely and that he has only ever seen Tara’s face when with other women. The moment is a genuine mix of real emotions and the SAMCRO lifestyle. Hard to pull that one off, but he does so, ending it with a kiss and a dramatic exit.
3 – Walter White in Breaking Bad
The, “Say my name,” speech.
Walt, Jesse, and Mike meet a rival distributor in the desert. Unsure of who he is at first, the rival distributor calls B.S. on Walt’s bravado and claims. To this, Walt answers that he is THE cook and that HE is responsible for what happened to Gus Fring. Observing the man’s realization that Walt is who he claims to be, he tells him, “That’s right. Now. Say, my, name.” Despite the fact that Walt is clearly a self-obsessed empire building madman at this point, the moment is undoubtedly epic.
2 – Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
The, “I demand a trial by combat,” speech.
Tyrion stands accused of killing the king and has to sit through a mockery of a trial and just take it. He gets his epic moment though at the end of the trial when he says he would like to confess. He says he is guilty, not of killing King Joffrey, but of being a dwarf. “I’ve been on trial for that my entire life,” he claims. “I did not kill Joffrey, but I wish I had.” Backed into a corner by his accusers, Tyrion shouts that he will not give up his life for Joffrey’s murder and would rather let the gods decide. He concludes with the epic, “I demand a trial by combat.”
1 – Jack in LOST
The, “Live together, die alone,” speech.
Jack rallies the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 on the beach. He tells everyone that they have to stop waiting for rescue and need to figure out how to survive on the island. “Everyman for himself is not going to work,” he proclaims. Everyone must find a way to contribute. Jack – clearly a leader just one week after the crash. He concludes the speech declaring that, “If we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.”
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