10 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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 26, 2023.

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Defiance - S2E7

#15 - If You Could See Her Through My Eyes (Season 2 - Episode 7)

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.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 935 votes.

Defiance - S1E7

#14 - Goodbye Blue Sky (Season 1 - Episode 7)


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.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 1043 votes.

Defiance - S1E8

#13 - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Following the big storm, Nolan and Tommy find an American astronaut who has been in an induced sleep for the past several decades.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 1032 votes.

Defiance - S2E6

#12 - This Woman's Work (Season 2 - Episode 6)


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.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 928 votes.

Defiance - S1E9

#11 - If I Ever Leave This World Alive (Season 1 - Episode 9)

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

The episode was rated 7.90 from 996 votes.

Defiance - S2E4

#10 - Beasts of Burden (Season 2 - Episode 4)


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.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 978 votes.

Defiance - S2E3

#9 - The Cord and the Ax (Season 2 - Episode 3)

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.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 990 votes.

Defiance - S2E11

#8 - Doll Parts (Season 2 - Episode 11)


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.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 891 votes.

Defiance - S1E10

#7 - The Bride Wore Black (Season 1 - Episode 10)

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.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 976 votes.

Defiance - S2E12

#6 - All Things Must Pass (Season 2 - Episode 12)


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.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 890 votes.

Defiance - S1E11

#5 - Past is Prologue (Season 1 - Episode 11)

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.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 1006 votes.

Defiance - S2E13

#4 - I Almost Prayed (Season 2 - Episode 13)


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

The episode was rated 8.05 from 641 votes.

Defiance - S1E12

#3 - Everything is Broken (Season 1 - Episode 12)

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.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 1006 votes.

Defiance - S3E8

#2 - My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You (Season 3 - Episode 8)


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.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 958 votes.

Defiance - S3E13

#1 - Upon the March We Fittest Die (Season 3 - Episode 13)

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

The episode was rated 8.18 from 1003 votes.

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