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The Best Episodes of Defiance

Every episode of Defiance ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Defiance!

In the near future, planet Earth is permanently altered following the sudden—and tumultuous—arrival of seven unique alien races. In the boom-town of Defiance, the newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.

Genres:DramaSci-Fi & Fantasy

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The best episode of "Defiance" is "My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You", rated 8.8/10 from 453 user votes. It was directed by Mairzee Almas and written by Kevin Murphy. "My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You" aired on 7/24/2015 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Upon the March We Fittest Die".

  • My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You
    8.8/10 453 votes

    #1 - My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-07-24

    Defiance is under siege. As Nolan, Amanda, Irisa and the militia defend the town against the Votanis Collective, Datak recalls his father's chilling lessons and makes a pivotal decision, while Stahma takes an unexpected trip.

    Director: Mairzee Almas

    Writer: Kevin Murphy

  • Upon the March We Fittest Die
    8.5/10 430 votes

    #2 - Upon the March We Fittest Die

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2015-08-28

    Omec hunts Defiance citizens; Nolan, Amanda, and the others undertake a potential suicide mission to end the threat once and for all.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Kevin Murphy

  • I Almost Prayed
    8.1/10 418 votes

    #3 - I Almost Prayed

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-08-28

    The fate of Defiance hangs in the balance; Nolan must fight against the republic and old friends to stop Irisa.

    Director: Kevin Murphy

    Writer: Michael Nankin

  • Doll Parts
    7.9/10 362 votes

    #4 - Doll Parts

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-08-21

    With Nolan searching for Irisa, Amanda is forced to take on the badge as Deputy when the shocking murder of one of their own rocks Defiance.

    Director: Andy Wolk

    Writer: Phoef Sutton

  • All Things Must Pass
    7.9/10 360 votes

    #5 - All Things Must Pass

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-08-28

    Nolan races to save Tommy’s life and stop Irisa before her growing forces can put their devastating plan into motion. Meanwhile back in town, Amanda learns the heart-breaking truth about her sister’s murder leading to a daring showdown between Amanda and Stahma.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer

  • The World We Seize
    7.9/10 439 votes

    #6 - The World We Seize

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-06-12

    Nolan and Irisa are mysteriously rescued from their underground confinement just in time to discover that enemy forces are marching on the town of Defiance, which has fallen on hard times following the collapse of the gulanite mines. Meanwhile, Datak, Stahma and Rafe run into deadly complications on their quest to reunite their family; and Alak comes to realize just how unstable her mother-in-law is during their journey through the woods.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Kevin Murphy

  • Where the Apples Fell
    7.9/10 319 votes

    #7 - Where the Apples Fell

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-07-10

    Nolan and Berlin pursue the Tarrs after their connection to the Votanis Collective is exposed; at the same time, Alak comes to grips with his future as a father.

    Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá

    Writer: Paula Yoo

  • The Cord and the Ax
    7.8/10 380 votes

    #8 - The Cord and the Ax

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-07-03

    Irisa's terrifying black-outs escalate, driving a wedge of secrecy between her and a worried Nolan. Meanwhile, the Tarr family business thrives under Stahma's self-appointed direction while an increasingly suspicious Datak remains in jail.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Allison Miller

  • Beasts of Burden
    7.8/10 361 votes

    #9 - Beasts of Burden

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2014-07-10

    After his caravan is viscously attacked in the badlands, a badly shaken Pottinger orders Nolan to hunt down and destroy those responsible. Nolan’s manhunt implicates one of Rafe’s miners causing tensions to explode.

    Director: Allan Kroeker

    Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer

  • If You Could See Her Through My Eyes
    7.8/10 362 votes

    #10 - If You Could See Her Through My Eyes

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-07-31

    Datak is framed for a bizarre murder and turns to an unlikely ally for help; Irisa discovers more about her destiny after encountering a mysterious stranger.

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Brusta Brown, John Mitchell Todd

  • The Last Unicorns
    7.8/10 383 votes

    #11 - The Last Unicorns

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-06-12

    T'evgin comes to Defiance seeking his daughter, who Nolan and Amanda offer to release in exchange for some gulanite; at the same time, Alak and Pilar head off alone to protect the baby; and Datak and Stahma are threatened into helping Gen. Tak's assault.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Kari Drake

  • The Awakening
    7.8/10 293 votes

    #12 - The Awakening

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-08-21

    Nolan, Amanda and Irisa search for a way to stop Kindzi from transporting more Omec to Earth; Datak tries to escape from an Omec compound; Stahma asks for forgiveness.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer

  • Past Is Prologue
    7.7/10 451 votes

    #13 - Past Is Prologue

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-07-01

    Amanda’s mayoral campaign is threatened when Nolan is involved in an accident on the eve of the election, prompting the town to question Amanda’s decision to appoint him as Lawkeeper.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Michael Taylor

  • Painted From Memory
    7.7/10 331 votes

    #14 - Painted From Memory

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-08-14

    Kenya’s earth-shattering return continues sending shock waves through Defiance as Stahma tries to reconcile Kenya’s reappearance, while Doc Yewll works to keep her own dark secret hidden.

    Director: Larry Shaw

    Writer: Kevin Murphy

  • History Rhymes
    7.7/10 319 votes

    #15 - History Rhymes

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-07-03

    Amanda and Doc Yewll must enlist the Omec for help rescuing Nolan and Irisa, who have fallen into an unexpected and potentially fatal tour of their own past. Meanwhile, Datak and Stahma prepare a decisive move against Gen. Rahm Tak, leader of the Votanis Collective.

    Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá

    Writer: Anupam Nigam

  • When Twilight Dims the Sky Above
    7.7/10 300 votes

    #16 - When Twilight Dims the Sky Above

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-08-07

    Amanda decides to ignore Nolan's skepticism and welcome an encouraging Votanis Collective delegation to Defiance. Meanwhile, Stahma's loyalties are tested by an unexpected arrival; and T'evgin takes another step towards acclimating to life on Earth.

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Brian A. Alexander

  • Of a Demon in My View
    7.7/10 283 votes

    #17 - Of a Demon in My View

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-08-14

    Nolan is freed from custody; Amanda, Irisa and Berlin try to release Nolan from Kindzi's clutches; Datak regrets seeking help.

    Director: Thomas Burstyn

    Writer: Nick Mueller

  • Everything Is Broken
    7.6/10 438 votes

    #18 - Everything Is Broken

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2013-07-08

    The citizens of Defiance prepare to cast their votes for mayor; Nolan’s past violently rears its head; Irisa must decide whether or not to embrace her destiny.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Kevin Murphy

  • This Woman's Work
    7.6/10 346 votes

    #19 - This Woman's Work

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-07-24

    After an Arkfall crash, Pottinger recruits Nolan to lead their salvage mission but his secret agenda puts them in grave danger against an Alien race they’ve never encountered before.

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Brian A. Alexander

  • The Broken Bough
    7.6/10 337 votes

    #20 - The Broken Bough

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-06-19

    Amanda negotiates with the Omec, a new alien race, for the future of Defiance; and the Tarrs return to find much changed and their loyalties tested between the humans, the Omec, and the Votanis Collective. Meanwhile, Nolan and Irisa encounter a survivor of Votanis Collective atrocities that can aid their first strike against Gen. Rahm Tak's oncoming army.

    Director: Larry Shaw

    Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer

  • Dead Air
    7.6/10 322 votes

    #21 - Dead Air

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-06-26

    Nolan and Amanda are captured while excavating a buried weapons cache; Berlin investigates a Votanis Collective bombing in the heart of Defiance and sees an opportunity to get revenge on Irisa; Stahma's clandestine relationship with the mysterious Omec leader T'evgin takes a turn.

    Director: Larry Shaw

    Writer: Gregory Weidman, Geoffrey Tock

  • The Beauty of Our Weapons
    7.6/10 304 votes

    #22 - The Beauty of Our Weapons

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-07-17

    A visiting arms dealer divides Amanda, Nolan, and Berlin. Nolan recruits a militia, but the people need convincing. Datak and Alak have a reckoning. Stahma's presence causes strife.

    Director: Mairzee Almas

    Writer: Manuel Figueroa, Jordan Heimer

  • Goodbye Blue Sky
    7.5/10 535 votes

    #23 - Goodbye Blue Sky

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2013-06-03

    Interesting relationships develop when the residents of Defiance are forced to stay indoors as a threatening Razor Rain storm approaches. Meanwhile, visions lead Irisa to the Spirit Riders and Sukar, who has fallen under the influence of a strange and mysterious force.

    Director: Andy Wolk

    Writer: Anupam Nigam, Amanda Alpert Muscat

  • If I Ever Leave This World Alive
    7.5/10 483 votes

    #24 - If I Ever Leave This World Alive

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-06-17

    A deadly plague threatens the town; racial tensions rise when the Irathients, who are immune to the virus, are quarantined.

    Director: Allan Kroeker

    Writer: Bryan Gracia

  • The Bride Wore Black
    7.5/10 451 votes

    #25 - The Bride Wore Black

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-06-24

    The town of Defiance is shocked when the remains of a leading businessman who went missing almost six years ago, are discovered hidden in the walls of the NeedWant.

    Director: Todd Slavkin

    Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer