A Bloody Roundup Of Every Character Who Has Died On Game Of Thrones

Over the past six seasons of Game of Thrones, you've probably lost track of how many people have died. Deaths blur together in an endless string of battle scenes, fights on the streets outside of King's Landing, public executions, and ridiculously creative murders.
At this point, we've lost so many characters — from minor players to major game-changers — the violence might seem utterly gratuitous and unnecessary. While compiling this bloody, murderous, mutinous list, I had to ask myself: Why do I watch this torturous show?
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And yet, as I realized while reviewing the seasons, each death actually holds tremendous importance in keeping the wheels of the plot turning. Every death matters. So, while this may be little comfort for those of us still mourning Khal Drogo, at least we can respect the old gods and new for creating a show that fits together with such precision.
Before season 7 begins, here's your best bet for catching up on past action — and opening up old wounds.
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Character: Randall Tarly & Dickon Tarly

Episode: Season 7, Episode 5: "Eastwatch"

Cause of Death: After being defeated in battle, the Tarlys refuse to bend the knee to Daenerys, the Targaryen conquerer, and her Dothraki army. Despite Tyrion's look of embarrassment, Daenerys calls the "traitors" to stand before Drogon. They are both roasted alive, despite being unarmed, and having already surrendered. This execution mirrors her father, King Aerys', execution of Ned Stark's father and brother.
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Character: Lady Olenna Tyrell

Episode: Season 7, Episode 3: "x"

Cause of Death: Olenna downs the poisoned glass of wine Jaime gives her. Before she dies, she happily confesses murdering Jaime and Cersei's son, Joffrey.
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Character: Ellaria Sand

Episode: Season 7, Episode 3: "The Queen's Justice"

Cause of Death: Ellaria's punishment is gruesome. She's forced to watch her daughter slowly die, and then watch the body decay. While Ellaria hasn't died yet, she won't be seen again on the show.
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Character: Tyene

Episode: Season 7, Episode 3: "The Queen's Justice"

Cause of Death: Cersei murders Ellaria Sand's daughter the same way Ellaria murdered Myrcella Baratheon: with a fatal dose of the kissing poison.
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Characters: Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Nymeria (Jessica Henwick)

Episode: Season 7, Episode 2: "Stormborn"

Cause of Death: On their way to conquer King's Landing, the Sand Snake sisters's ship is attacked by Euron Greyjoy and Company. They're brutally murdered by Euron.
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Character: All of Walder Frey's henchmen

Episode: Season 7, Episode 1: "Dragonstone"

Cause of Death: Disguised as Walder Frey, Arya Stark serves the people who murdered her family during the Red Wedding poisoned wine. Time and time again, Arya shows us that revenge is a dish best served ruthless.
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Character: Walder Frey

Episode: Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter"

Cause of Death: Arya avenges the Red Wedding by killing Walder in the same manner in which her mother, Catelyn Stark, died. Before slitting Walder's throat, she delivers her Inigo Montoya speech: "My name is Arya Stark. I want you to know that. The last thing that you’re going to see, is a Stark smiling down at you as you die.”
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Character: Tommen Baratheon

Episode: Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter"

Cause of Death: Tommen, Westeros's young king, also witnesses the explosion. Overwhelmed with grief, Tommen puts down his crows and swiftly falls from the window. Guess who's on the throne now?
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Characters: Ser Kevan Lannister, Loras Tyrell, Margaery Tyrell, Mace Tyrell, & The High Sparrow

Episode: Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter"

Cause of Death: Revenge is a dish best served with Wildfire. Instead of attending her trial, Cersei orchestrates a massive explosion in the Sept of Baelor. With the explosion, Cersei eliminates some very important figures in King's Landing: the Sparrows who highjacked the government, Margaery Tyrell, the reigning queen, and her brother Loras, who was also on trial. Of course, Cersei watches the massacre with a wry smile.
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Characters: Lothar Frey & Black Walder Rivers

Episode: Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter"

Cause of Death: While Lord Frey is served dinner by a young woman, he asks where his sons — Lothar and Black Walder — are. She replies that his sons are present in the hall. In fact, they're inside the pie he is eating.
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Character: Grand Maester Pycelle

Episode: Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter"

Cause of Death: Qyburn lures the cowardly, sycophantic Grand Maester to his lair, and then sets his Little Birds loose. The pack of knife-wielding youth stabs Pycelle to death.
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Character: Brother Lancel Lannister

Episode: Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter"

Cause of Death: Lancel is sent to retrieve his cousin, Cersei, for her Sept trial. On his way, Lancel sees a Little Bird running into a tunnel. Lancel follows the child, who then stabs him at the base of the spine. Paralyzed on the floor, Lancel crawls towards mysterious green liquid shining on the ground. Then, a candle falls, setting off the massive Wildfire blast.
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Character: Ramsay Bolton

Episode: Season 6, Episode 9: "Battle of the Bastards"

Cause of Death: Revenge never felt so good. After Jon's army is victorious, Ramsay is held captive in Winterfell. There, Sansa lets Ramsay's pack of starving dogs into his cell, where they get their fill, alright.
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Character: Rickon Stark

Episode: Season 6, Episode 9: "Battle of the Bastards"

Cause of Death: Oh, goodness. This one's no fun to remember. Before the Battle of the Bastards begins, Ramsay Bolton decides to play his favorite sadistic game with Rickon. He lets Rickon loose from his bounds, and instructs him to run to Jon Snow. Then, Ramsay begins to shoot arrows at him. Just as Rickon is about to reach Jon, he's killed instantly by an arrow through the chest.
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Character: The Waif

Episode: Season 6, Episode 8: "No One"

Cause of Death: After an epic chase through the streets of Braavos, Arya leads the Waif to her hideout. There, Arya shuts off the lights. After months fighting while blind, total darkness gives Arya an advantage over the Waif. Her bloody face ends up in the Hall of Faces.
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Character: Lady Crane

Episode: Season 6, Episode 8: "No One"

Cause of Death: Arya takes pity on Lady Crane, the talented actress whom she's instructed to kill. The Waif stabs Arya for her disobedience, and Lady Crane tends to Arya's wounds. Then, the Waif reappears to finish the job herself. She impales Lady Crane on a chair.
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Character: Brother Ray & His Entire Village

Episode: Season 6, Episode 7: "The Broken Man"

Cause of Death: Hidden amongst Brother Ray's peaceful commune, the Hound tries taking up nonviolent living for a change. One day, riders from the Brotherhood Without Banners invade, and are frustrated that the sept has no food they can take. The riders kill everyone, including Ray. In retaliation, the Hound picks up an axe and sets off to find the killers.
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Character: Hodor

Episode: Season 6, Episode 5: "The Door"

Cause of Death: In this devastating, timey-wimey twist, we find out the truth behind Hodor's name. On the run from White Walkers, Hodor carries Bran, who's stuck in the past. Meera instructs Hodor to "hold the door," and block them from incoming White Walkers. The message is somehow heard by young Hodor, whose mind melts and is consigned to repeat "Hodor," a blur of the sentence "hold the door," over and over.
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Character: Leaf

Episode: Season 6, Episode 5: "The Door"

Cause of Death: Ta-ta to Bran's magical, tree-dwelling buddy, who's killed by incoming White Walkers.
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Character: Osha

Episode: Season 6, Episode 4: "Book of the Stranger"

Cause of Death: After two seasons absent, Osha returns ever so briefly before meeting her demise in Ramsay Bolton's den. First, she tries seducing Ramsay, since that tactic had worked with Theon. When Ramsay turns violent, she runs for a knife. Ramsay's quicker: He stabs her in the neck.
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Character: Summer

Episode: Season 6, Episode 5: "The Door"

Cause of Death: We're tired of watching Direwolves die. Summer is killed by White Walkers while defending his master, Bran.
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Characters: Olly, Bowen Marsh, Othell Yarwick & Alliser Thorne

Episode: Season 6, Episode 3: "Oathbreaker"

Cause of Death: The treacherous group that killed Jon Snow gets payback once Jon's resurrected. Jon cuts the ropes with which they'll be hanged. Bye-bye, mutineers.
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Character: Shaggydog

Episode: Season 6, Episode 2: "Home"

Cause of Death: Another direwolf bites the dust. Rickon's identity is proven to his captor, Ramsay, through his direwolf's decapitated head. In a letter to Jon Snow, Ramsay purports to use the dog's fur as interior decor.
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Character: Roose Bolton, Walda Frey & Frey-Bolton Baby

Episode: Season 6, Episode 2: "Home"

Cause of Death: We already knew Ramsay was the worst person in Westeros, but this death was devastatingly cruel. An angry Ramsay stabs his father Roose, and sets his dogs upon Walda and his infant half-brother.
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Character: Trystane Martell

Episode: Season 6, Episode 1: "The Red Woman"

Cause of Death: Obara and Nymeria give their cousin, Trystane, a terrible choice: Which of them will he fight to the death? As he gets ready to fight Nymeria, Obara stabs him through the back of the head.
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Characters: Doran Martell, Areo Hotah & Caleotte

Episode: Season 6, Episode 1: "The Red Woman"

Cause of Death: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The Sand Snake — Ellaria and her skillful daughters — take down the royal family in power. Maester Calleote brings news that Myrcella has died, but before he can finish he message, the women kill everyone.
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Character: Jon Snow

Episode: Season 5, Episode 10: "Mother's Mercy"

Cause of Death: Jon Snow is murdered by members of the Night's Watch who are angry that Jon's allied himself with the wildlings. In season 6, Jon Snow shoots back to life with some deep breaths, but we don't know how conscious he actually is. What is dead may never die?
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Character: Myrcella Baratheon

Episode: Season 5, Episode 10: "Mother's Mercy"

Cause of Death: Westeros is no place for young love. Myrcella Baratheon is engaged to Trystane Martell. After the Lannisters are involved in the death of Oberon Martell, Myrcella's life is in danger in Sunspear. Ellaria Sands, Oberon's lover, takes mercy and sends Myrcella back to King's Landing with her uncle (aka father), Jaime. But on the ship, Myrcella begins to convulse, and dies of poison. It turns out Ellaria's goodbye kiss was laced with poison.
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Character: Myranda

Episode: Season 5, Episode 10: "Mother's Mercy"

Cause of Death: Ramsay's sadistic girlfriend threatens Sansa with a crossbow as she attempts to escape Winterfell. That awakens Theon Greyjoy from his Reek slumber. Theon throws Myranda off a Winterfell ledge.
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Character: Meryn Trent

Episode: Season 5, Episode 10: "Mother's Mercy"

Cause of Death: While apprenticing at the House of Black and White, Arya's been following Ser Meryn, a knight in the Kingsguard and a sadist who tortures prostitutes. She poses as one of three young girls he's picked up for the evening. After beating the other two girls, he approaches Arya, disguised with Ghita's face. Arya stabs him in the eyes and slits his throat to avenge Syrio Forel's death. For this transgression, the Many-Faced God punishes Arya by blinding her.
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Character: Selyse Baratheon

Episode: Season 5, Episode 10: "Mother's Mercy"

Cause of Death: After watching her husband kill their daughter, Selyse hangs herself. Stannis comes across her lifeless body while walking to the battle of Winterfell.
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Character: Stannis Baratheon

Episode: Season 5, Episode 10: "Mother's Mercy"

Cause of Death: Things are not going as Stannis had planned. His leg is wounded in the Baratheon-Bolton battle. Brienne, Renly's former protector, appears, and asks about the spirit that had killed Renly seasons ago. Since Stannis can't deny his involvement in blood magic, Brienne decapitates him.

With that, Gendry is the last Baratheon standing.
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Character: Shireen Baratheon

Episode: Season 5, Episode 9: "The Dance of Dragons"

Cause of Death: In a plot that resembles Agamemnon sacrificing his daughter Iphigenia to fight the Trojans, Melisandre encourages Stannis to sacrifice his young daughter to ensure victory. Shireen is burned at the stake. It's devastating.
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Character: The Lord of Bones

Episode: Season 5, Episode 8: "Hardhorne"

Cause of Death: Jon Snow and Tormund are trying to recruit Free Folk to help fight the undead. On their rounds, Lord of Bones makes a lewd comment about Tormund's relationship with Jon. Mid-insult, Tormund beats the Lord of Bones to death in front of his army.
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Character: Maester Aemon

Episode: Season 5, Episode 6: "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken"

Cause of Death: At 104 years old, Maester Aemon dies of old age. He is the second person on this list to die of natural causes, and the first natural death shown on screen.
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Character: Barristan Selmy

Episode: Season 5, Episode 4: "The Sons of the Harpy"

Cause of Death: Ser Barristan, the former Commander of the Knightsguard and Daenerys' even-keeled advisor, was killed by Sons of the Harpy in a huge battle in Meereen. In the books, Barristan is alive and well, bringing order to Dany's cities.
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Character: Janos Slynt

Episode: Season 5, Episode 3: "High Sparrow"

Cause of Death: The ever-deplorable Janos Slynt outright refuses one of Jon's directives mid-speech. Jon calmly asks Janos to be taken outside. Jon beheads Janos with Longclaw, and enacts small revenge for Ned Stark, whose death Janos helped enact in season 1.
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Characters: Medger Cerwyn, Lady Cerwyn & Medger's brother,

Episode: Season 5, Episode 3: "High Sparrow"

Cause of Death: Roose sends Ramsay to collect taxes from their new vassal houses in the North. Lord Medger, still loyal to the Starks, won't submit. Ramsay has Medger, his wife, and brother flayed alive, and makes Medger's son watch.
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Characters: Mossador, a Son of the Harpy

Episode: Season 5, Episode 2: "The House of Black and White"

Cause of Death: After White Rat is killed by the Sons of the Harpy, Daenerys captures a Harpy's Son. Though Daenerys wants to give the prisoner a fair trial, Mossador, a former slave, goes ahead and kills the Son of the Harpy without permission. Due to this perversion of justice, Daenerys has Daario behead Mossador publicly. This unforgiving act, unsurprisingly, incites a riot.
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Character: White Rat

Episode: Season 5, Episode 1: "The Wars to Come"

Cause of Death: This Unsullied soldier in Daenerys' army has his throat slit by the masked Sons of the Harpy while in bed with Vala, a Meereenese prostitute.
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Character: Mance Rayder

Episode: Season 5, Episode 1: "The Wars to Come"

Cause of Death: Stannis Baratheon wants to enlist the Free Folk army to help liberate the North from Roose Bolton. Mance won't bow down to Stannis, since "taking the knee" would be an act of weakness, and would cause him to lose legitimacy as a leader. As a result, Stannis burns him at the stake. After he begins to scream, Jon Snow shoots him with an arrow to end his suffering.
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Character: Tywin Lannister

Episode: Season 4, Episode 10: "The Children"

Cause of Death: Tywin's always been an incredibly cruel father, but after sentencing Tyrion to death and sleeping with the love of his life, Tyrion's pushed to his limits. He murders Tywin with a crossbow while he's sitting on the toilet. Appropriately, this episode aired on Father's Day.
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Character: Shae

Episode: Season 4, Episode 10: "The Children"

Cause of Death: Tyrion and Shae, a prostitute, formed quite an intimate bond, even after he's forced to marry Sansa (yep — remember that?). Tyrion sends her away to protect her from Cersei, but Shae feels hurt. As a result, she gives false testimony against Tyrion — and then sleeps with his father. The betrayal's too much. Tyrion strangles Shae to death.
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Character: Jojen Reed

Episode: Season 4, Episode 10: "The Children"

Cause of Death: At last, the roving group of kids arrives at the heart tree from Bran's vision. Suddenly, they're ambushed by wights, corpses reanimated by the White Walkers. After a wight stabs Jojen, his sister, Meera, cuts his throat out of mercy. Leaf, a child of the forest, destroys Jojen's body so that he isn't resurrected as a wight.
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Character: Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg

Episode: Season 4, Episode 9: "The Watchers on the Wall"

Cause of Death: So many people died at the battle at Castle Black, but we were especially saddened by the loss of "Mag the Mighty," the giant in Mance's Army. Mag is killed by members of the Night's Watch in a tunnel beneath the Wall. Since Mag was the last of the giants, his death is rendered even more tragic.

Neil Fingleton, the actor who played Mag the Mighty, died in February 2017 at age 36.
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Character: Ygritte

Episode: Season 4, Episode 9: "The Watchers on the Wall"

Cause of Death: Recall the moment went Olly's hatred for wildlings was solidified. During the battle at Castle Black, Jon Snow's wildling paramour, Ygritte, is nailed in the back by one of Olly's arrows.
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Characters: Ralf Kenning & Adrack Humble

Episode: Season 4, Episode 8: "The Mountain and the Viper"

Cause of Death: Roose Snow can only become a legitimate Bolton after he takes Moat Cailin from the ironborn. So, he sends Theon Greyjoy to Moat Cailin to discuss terms of surrender with his fellow ironborns. Commander Ralf Kenning refuses to surrender. Kenning is subsequently killed by Adrack Humble, another ironborn, who would rather surrender and live. Of course, since it's Ramsay we're talking about, he flays Adrack and all his men alive anyway.

Pictured: Adrack Humble
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Character: Oberyn Martell

Episode: Season 4, Episode 8: "The Mountain and the Viper"

Cause of Death: Do we really have to remind you of this gruesome end? The devilishly charming, sword-wielding Oberyn acts as Tyrion's champion in the Trial by Combat against the Mountain. With his swift skills, Oberon places the Mountain at the brink of death — but instead of finishing Gregor Clegane off, he demands an apology for his sister's death. The Mountain takes the upper hand, puts his fingers in Oberyn's eyes, and makes his head explode.
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Character: Lysa Arryn

Episode: Season 4, Episode 7: "Mockingbird"

Cause of Death: Blinded by love and insanity, Lysa Arryn makes the mistake of trusting Littlefinger. Petyr has a talk with Lysa, in which he confesses he only ever loved one woman: Lysa's sister, Catelyn Stark. Then, he pushes her to her death, leaving him master of the Vale.
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Character: Locke

Episode: Season 4, Episode 5: "First of His Name"

Cause of Death: Ack! To think, Jon and Bran could've reunited, had Locke not been terrible. Locke is sent to find the traitors at Craster's Keep (aka Karl and his cronies). Instead, he finds the shelter where Bran, Jojen, Meera, and Hodor are held captive by Karl. Upon his return, he tells Jon the hut is being used to keep hounds, not his brother. During the chaos of the mutiny, Locke returns to the hut in an attempt to kidnap Bran himself. Bran wargs into Hodor and uses Hodor's might to kill Locke. Sadly, Jojen forces the gang to leave before Bran can make contact with Jon.
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Character: Karl Tanner

Episode: Season 4, Episode 5: "First of His Name"

Cause of Death: Karl, the disgruntled Night's Watch member who started the mutiny at Craster's Keep, is killed by Jon Snow and his band of loyal brothers.
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Characters: 163 Great Masters

Episode: Season 4, Episode 4: "Oathkeeper"

Cause of Death: Aware that Daenerys Stormborn was on a conquerer's path to Meereen, the Great Masters of Meereen crucified 163 slave children on the road to the city. Undeterred, Dany arrives to Meereen and incites a slave revolt. After taking control of the city, her first act is one of retribution. 163 Great Masters are crucified along the streets in the same fashion that the children were killed. With that decisive victory, she gains control of the three cities on the eastern shores of Slaver's Bay.
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Characters: Olly's mother and father

Episode: Season 4, Episode 3: "Breaker of Chains"

Cause of Death: Olly's father is killed when wildlings storm their village. Styr, a wildling, snuffs out his mother. This tragic event fuels the young boy's unquenchable hatred for wildlings, which will have major repercussions in the seasons to come.
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Character: Dontos Hollard

Episode: Season 4, Episode 3: "Breaker of Chains"

Cause of Death: Earlier, Sansa had spared the knight Dontos from Joffrey's wrath by convincing him to let Dontos become a court jester. After Joffrey is killed, Dontos whisks Sansa away to Petyr Baelish's boat. On the boat, Littlefinger reveals that Dontos had only saved Sansa because he was getting paid. And, of course, Littlefinger pays him back in typical Littlefinger fashion: having him shot by a crossbow.
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Character: Joffrey Baratheon

Episode: Season 4, Episode 2: "The Lion and the Rose"

Cause of Death: Ding dong, the wicked king is dead. At his wedding to Margaery, Joffrey's poisoned by Olenna Tyrella and Littlefinger. Only Cersei mourns him.
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Character: Polliver

Episode: Season 4, Episode 1: "Two Swords"

Cause of Death: Polliver is the first victim off Arya's hit list. In season 1, Polliver killed Arya's friend, Lommy, with her sword Needle. When Arya encounters Polliver in a tavern, she retrieves Needle and stabs him in the exact manner he had killed Lommy.
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Character: Catelyn Stark, Rob Stark, Talisa Starkm & Grey Wind the Direwolf

Episode: Season 3, Episode 9: "The Rains of Castemere"

Cause of Death: Robb Stark was promised to marry Walder Frey's daughter, as part of a marriage pact. When Robb decides to marry Talisa instead, Walder gets revenge by luring Robb, his wife, and his mother to his daughter's wedding. After the ceremony, Frey's men brutally murder everyone.

In reality, the Red Wedding was a deliberate move borne from the strategic mind of Tywin Lannister. He conspired with Frey and Roose Bolton to betray the Northern army in return for clemency. The marriage pact was just a simple cover-up for the massacre.
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Character: Orell

Episode: Season 3, Episode 9: "The Rains of Castemere"

Cause of Death: Orell, a wildling and warg in Mance Rayder's troop, is suspicious of Jon Snow's loyalties from the start. When the army captures a farmer, he orders Jon to kill him. Jon balks, revealing that wildling loyalty doesn't reign supreme. This sets off a massive fight. Jon eventually stabs Orell with a sword.
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Characters: Mero & Prendahl na Ghezn

Episode: Season 3, Episode 8: "Second Sons"

Cause of Death: Mero, Prendahl na Ghezen, and Daario Naharis refuse to join Daenerys' party. Daario is ordered to assassinate Dany by way of coin flip. Instead of following orders, he kills Prendahl and Mero, presents their heads to Dany, and pledges the Second Sons' loyalty to Danaerys.
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Characters: Ros

Episode: Season 3, Episode 6: "The Climb"

Cause of Death: Oof, we hate to relive this one. The clever, popular Ros is a well-known prostitute amongst the men of Kings Landing. But then, Littlefinger catches her spying on him for Varys. For revenge, he sends her to King Joffrey's quarters. Joffrey's not interested in sex. Instead, he uses her as target practice for his new crossbow.
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Characters: Rickard Karstark

Episode: Season 3, Episode 5: "Kissed By Fire"

Cause of Death: Robb executes him. Dude shouldn't have killed two young boys.
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Characters: Martyn & Willem Lannister

Episode: Season 3, Episode 5: "Kissed By Fire"

Cause of Death: The young Lannister boys are captured by House Tully after the Battle of Stone mill, and are held in Riverrun. The boys are murdered by Lord Rickard Karstark as revenge for his son, Torrhen Karstark, the Winterfell prison guard Jaime killed. Robb condemns Karstark's actions.

Fun fact: If Martyn looks familiar, it's because the actor went on to play Tommen Baratheon.
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Characters: Jeor Mormont

Episode: Season 3, Episode 4: "And Now His Watch Is Ended"

Cause of Death: The demise of the 997th commander of the Night's Watch comes in the inglorious setting of Craster's house. Jeor is upset by Karl's rude demands for food, and threatens to have him executed. Things escalate, and a mutiny arises which results in the upright citizen Jeor's death. Karl proceeds to use his skull as a cup. Yuck!
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Characters: Kraznys mo Nakloz

Episode: Season 3, Episode 4: "And Now His Watch Is Ended"

Cause of Death: Dany needs an army, so she heads over to Astapor, the home of the Unsullied warriors. Kraznys is the rude slave trader who insults Dany frequently, unaware that she speaks Valyrian, too. Once Dany gets control of the Unsullied, her first order is that they kill their former masters. Drogon proceeds to torch Kraznys.
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Characters: Craster

Episode: Season 3, Episode 4: "And Now His Watch Is Ended"

Cause of Death: No one will miss Craster, the wildling man who had children with his daughters and delivered all infant boys to the White Walkers. He's killed by Karl of the Night's Watch, sparking a mutiny.
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Characters: The Master Torturer

Episode: Season 3, Episode 3: "Walk of Punishment"

Cause of Death: The Master Torturer is the leader of the brutal men holding Theon captive following the Sack of Winterfell. Ramsay Snow, Westeros' resident sadist, helps Theon escape. The Master Torturer and men run after him. But Ramsay staged the whole event, and is hot on the Master Torturer's trails. He kills all the guards, and then takes Theon captive himself.
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Characters: Hoster Tully

Episode: Season 3, Episode 2: "Dark Wings, Dark Words"

Cause of Death: The Lord of Riverrun dies of old age, a rare feat in Westeros.
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Characters: Doreah

Episode: Season 2, Episode 10: "Valar Morghilis"

Cause of Death: This handmaiden was brought from Lysene to teach Dany the ways of the "womanly arts." But she pulls a major no-no when she sleeps with Xaro Xhoan Daxos. She's sentenced to die with Xaro in his vault.
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Characters: Xaro Xhoan Daxos

Episode: Season 2, Episode 10: "Valar Morghilis"

Cause of Death: Xaro Xhoan Daxos has his eye on becoming the King of Qarth — unfortunately for him, Dany's in the way. Pyat Pree and Xaro team up to steal Dany's dragons. After killing Pyat, Dany finds Xaro in bed with her handmaiden, Doreah. She sentences them to die in his vault of riches.
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Characters: Qhorin Halfhand

Episode: Season 2, Episode 10: "Valar Morghilis"

Cause of Death: Still north of the wall, Qhorin and Jon are the last men standing in the wildling den. Jon has already infiltrated the den, and Qhorin realizes he'll have to sacrifice himself so Jon can appear to be loyal to the wildlings. They stage a duel, with the expected outcome that Jon will kill Qhorin and prove his loyalty. In his last breath, Qhorin says, "We are watchers on the Wall," letting Jon know he did the right thing.
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Characters: Pyatt Pree

Episode: Season 2, Episode 10: "Valar Morghilis"

Cause of Death: In an attempt to harness their power for his magic, this Qarth-based warlock chained up Daenerys and her dragons. Naturally, the dragons incinerate this Voldemort-esque creature who had insulted their mama.
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Characters: Luwin

Episode: Season 2, Episode 10: "Valar Morghilis"

Cause of Death: As Maester, Luwin's loyalties are to Winterfell, not to any one family. So, he has to serve Theon, albeit reluctantly. But Theon's men betray Luwin, and one soldier mortally wounds him. Eventually, the dying maester asks Osha to kill him and end his suffering.
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Characters: Mandon Moore

Episode: Season 2, Episode 9: "Blackwater"

Cause of Death: After this member of the Knightsguard tries to kill Tyrion, Podrick intervenes and kills him.
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Characters: Matthos Seaworth

Episode: Season 2, Episode 6: "Blackwater"

Cause of Death: Ser Davos's beloved son is killed at the battle of Blackwater Bay, in the show's first (but not last) instance of Wildfire.
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Characters: Borba, Harker, and Stonesnake

Episode: Season 2, Episode 8: "The Prince of Winterfell"

Cause of Death: These rangers are killed by wildlings on a trip to the Skirling Pass. Qhorin, the leader of the expedition, accuses Jon Snow as responsible for their deaths, since he let one wilding (Ygritte) go free. Qhorin does this to set up Jon Snow as an infiltrator within wilding ranks.
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Character: The Thirteen

Episode: Season 2, Episode 7: "A Man Without Honor"

Cause of Death: The Thirteen are the elite key-holders to the closed-off city of Qarth. In his attempt to become King of Qarth, one member, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, assassinates his fellow council members.
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Character: Torrhen Karstark

Episode: Season 2, Episode 7: "A Man Without Honor"

Cause of Death: This is the guard who enters the cell to check on the ailing Alton. Jaime strangles him and takes his keys.
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Character: Alton Lannister

Episode: Season 2, Episode 7: "A Man Without Honor"

Cause of Death: Alton Lannister and his cousin, Jaime, are trapped in a Winterfell prison. Alton asks Jaime whether he a plan of escape. Jaime, nodding yes, leans closer and whispers that all his plan will take is Alton's death. Jaime headbutts Alton and beats him until he's thrashing on the floor. When a guard comes in to check on the ailing knight, Jaime strangles the guard.
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Character: Irri

Episode: Season 2, Episode 6: "The Olds Gods and the New"

Cause of Death: Irri is Daenerys' handmaiden and good friend. When dragon-hungry residents of Qarth set out to steal Dany's dragons, they kill some guards and Irri in the process.
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Character: Amory Lorch

Episode: Season 2, Episode 6: "The Olds Gods and the New"

Cause of Death: The Lannister knight finds Arya with the letter she stole from Tywin. Arya cashes in her second kill with Jaqen to prevent him from delivering the letter. Tywin mistakes Amory's death as an assassination attempt gone awry.
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Character: The High Septon

Episode: Season 2, Episode 6: "The Olds Gods and the New"

Cause of Death: Rule of thumb: Avoid riots in the Red Keep. The High Septon was torn to pieces by an angry mob. We're left to assume that the starving masses consumed his body.
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Character: Ser Rodrik Cassel

Episode: Season 2, Episode 6: "The Olds Gods and the New"

Cause of Death: Rodrik Cassel has the unfortunate fate of being at Winterfell when Ramsay Snow (yuck!) storms the gates. He's killed in battle.
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Character: The Tickler

Episode: Season 2, Episode 5: "The Ghost of Harrenhal"

Cause of Death: Here, Arya cashes in one of the "three deaths" Jaqen H'ghar owes her. Jaquen offs the Tickler, the Lannister's sadistic interrogator who had tortured Gendry. Jaqen H'ghar throws him off a cliff, then holds up one finger to Arya. One down, two to go.
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Character: Emmon Cuy & Robar Royce

Episode: Season 2, Episode 5: "The Ghost of Harrenhal"

Cause of Death: After Renly dies, Brienne kneels over his body. These two knights assume Brienne's responsible, and continue to threaten her life even after Catelyn intervenes. Brienne kills them both.
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Character: Renly Baratheon

Episode: Season 2, Episode 5: "The Ghost of Harrenhal"

Cause of Death: It's a tale as old as time: boy knocks up girl, girl gives birth to shadow assassin, shadow stabs boy's brother. In this case, Stannis Baratheon wants to be king, so he uses magic to steal the throne from his brother.
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Character: Yoren

Episode: Season 2, Episode 3: "What is Dead May Never Die"

Cause of Death: Yoren, a recruiter for the Night's Watch, leaves the wall to gather new brothers. On his way back, he encounters Lannister bannermen who want to kill Gendry, a Night's Watch recruit — and a bastard son of Robert Baratheon. Since it's GoT, a bloody fight ensues. Yoren's killed.
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Character: Barra

Episode: Season 2, Episode 1: "The North Remembers"

Cause of Death: As part of Cersei's reign of terror, Gold Cloaks slaughter all of Robert's bastards, including this prostitute's infant son.
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Character: Maester Cressen

Episode: Season 2, Episode 1: "The North Remembers"

Cause of Death: Maester Cressen dies trying to trick Melisandre into drinking poison. In a classic amateur assassin mistake, Maester Cressen drinks from the poison cup.
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Character: Rakharo

Episode: Season 2, Episode 2: "The Night Lands"

Cause of Death: Dany sends Rakharo, a Dorthraki warrior, out to find food or civilization. Unfortunately, the young bloodrider's horse returns with Rakharo's decapitated head stuffed in a pouch.
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Character: Mirri Maz Duur

Episode: Season 1, Episode 10: "Fire and Blood"

Cause of Death: After the resident witch implicated in the deaths of Daenerys' husband and son, Daenarys burns Mirri Maz Duur on Drogo's funeral pyre.
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Characters: Khal Rhalko, Khal Brozkho, Khal Qorro, Khal Forzho & Khal Moro

Episode: Season 6, Episode 4: "Book of the Stranger"

Cause of Death: Daenerys has found herself back with the Dothraki, and declares that she's going to reinstate her position as Khaleesi. The group of Khals threatens to rape and kill her. Unfazed, Dany sets the hut on fire — and she's the only one to emerge unharmed.

Pictured: Khal Moro
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Character: Ned "Eddard" Stark

Episode: Season 1, Episode 9: "Baelor"

Cause of Death: This execution marks the precise moment we knew that Game of Thrones would break our hearts. Ned was beheaded on account of treason, since he revealed that Joffrey was Cersei and Jaime's son and had no claim to the Iron Throne. Though Joffrey promised Sansa he'd spare her father, he goes back on his promise, since he's the absolute nastiest.
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Character: Khal Drogo

Episode: Season 1, Episode 10: "Fire and Blood"

Cause of Death: Khal Drogo was left wounded after a fight. Mirri Maz Duur treats his injury, but the wound is past treatment with conventional methods. Mirri Maz Duur convinces Dany to give up her son's life in exchange for saving Drogo. Though Dany relents, Drogo is left in a twilight state, not quite alive. Unwilling to see Drogo live this half-life, Dany suffocates him with a pillow.
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Character: Rhaego

Episode: Season 1, Episode 10: "Fire and Blood"

Cause of Death: Daenarys gives birth to a boy, named Rhaego after her deceased brother Rhaegar. Unfortunately, Rhaego is stillborn due to a blood magic ritual performed by Mirri Maz Duur.
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Character: Septa Mordane

Episode: Season 1, Episode 8: "The Pointy End"

Cause of Death: The Septa accompanied the Starks to Kings Landing to tutor Arya and Sana. When the Gold Cloaks go after Sansa, she sacrifices herself.
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Character: Syrio Forel

Episode: Season 1, Episode 8: "The Pointy End"

Cause of Death: Arya's sword-fighting mentor sacrifices himself to give Arya time to flee from the Gold Cloaks. His death is never shown on screen, leading to suspicion that he may have survived the attack. After all, he was once the first sword of Braavos.
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Character: Robert Baratheon

Episode: Season 1, Episode 7: "You Win or You Die"

Cause of Death: King Robert returns home from his hunting trip with a fatal wound from a wild boar. While it appears to be an accident, Baratheon's injury was actually staged by his wife, Cersei, who was scared Ned Stark would tell Robert about her long-lasting affair with Jaime.
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Character: Lommy

Episode: Season 2, Episode 3: "What is Dead May Never Die"

Cause of Death: This young Night's Watch recruit is traveling north with Hot Pie, Arya, and Gendry, when he's killed by a Gold Cloak searching for Gendry. Arya convinces the Gold Cloaks that Lommy was, in fact, Gendry, sparing Gendry the same fate.
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Character: Viserys Targaryen

Episode: Season 1, Episode 6: "A Golden Crown"

Cause of Death: Dany's brother is getting impatient for the golden crown Khal Drogo had promised him. After threatening to kill Drogo and Dany's child if the Khal doesn't hurry up, Drogo gives him the crown in the form of molten gold, poured over his head.
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Character: Vardis Egen

Episode: Season 1, Episode 6: "A Golden Crown"

Cause of Death: Tyrion's held captive in Lysa Arryn's Eyrie house, and demands a trial by combat. Bronn, acting as Tyrion's champion, kills Vardis, who's acting as Lysa's. He falls through the Moon Door.
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Character: Jory Cassel

Episode: Season 1, Episode 5: "The Wolf and the Lion"

Cause of Death: By this point, Catelyn Stark has captured Tyrion. Jamie's sent to retrieve his brother, and in the process kills the leader of the Stark House Guard, Jory Cassel.
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Character: Ser Hugh of the Vale

Episode: Season 1, Episode 4: "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things"

Cause of Death: This newly-minted knight is killed in a jousting "accident" with Sir Gregor Clegane during a tournament.
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Character: Lady

Episode: Season 1, Episode 2: "The Kingsroad"

Cause of Death: Joffrey's still raging over his injury, and wants to execute Nymeria. But since Nymeria ran away, only Lady, Sansa's direwolf, is around for sacrifice. Though Ilyn Payne was set to execute the pup, Ned Stark does it himself, because "she deserves better than the butcher."
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Character: Mycah

Episode: Season 1, Episode 2: "The Kingsroad"

Cause of Death: Arya was stick fighting with her friend, Mycah, when Sansa and Joffrey came along. Joffrey is bitten by Arya's direwolf, and in a fit of rage, orders the Hound to kill Mycah.
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Character: Will

Episode: Season 1, Episode 1: "Winter Is Coming"

Cause of Death: Will is a deserter of the Night's Watch, who flees to Winterfell after seeing White Walkers. Since desertion is punishable by death, Ned is forced to execute Will.
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Character: Jon Arryn

Episode: Season 1, Episode 1: "Winter Is Coming"

Cause of Death: Catelyn Stark receives a letter with the news that her sister Lysa's husband has died. While House Lannister was accused of the murder, it's revealed later on that Lysa had murdered her husband so she could be with Petyr Baelish.
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