This Is Exactly How Many People Died In Godless

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Spoiler Alert: The following post contains spoilers about the plot of the Netflix show Godless.
Godless is a proper shoot-em-up western, which means there's a fair amount of shooting. Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) is terrorizing the midwest after his pseudo-son Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell) deserts him. The show begins in Creed, Colorado, a town that's been torn to shreds by Frank and his men. Point is, a lot of people kick the bucket on this show. Most of them are victims of Frank's. The bodies pile up at the bottom of the screen as you watch — by the time you're at the finale, you feel downright exhausted at all the death and destruction you've seen. (That must be what it's like to live in the wild west, right?)
Some of the deaths feel important to the plot. The death of Marshall John Cook (Sam Waterston) feels important because it allows Sheriff Bill McNue (Scoot McNairy) to take the reins on the search for Frank Griffin. The death of Whitey Winn (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), in contrast, feels unnecessary. Yes, he's the most confident man in town, which means his hubris should have consequences, but did it have to be Whitey?
We are not here to discuss the merits of deaths, however. We are here merely to count the bodies that lay on the floor when the dust of the final battle settles. Ahead, the full body count of everyone who died in Godless, episode by episode.
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Episode One: The Incident At Creede

The show begins with a massacre in Creede, Colorado — after attempting a payroll robbery at the Tomboy mine, Frank decides to blast the town to smithereens. That includes the entire town of Creede, a town that actually still exists today. The population today rests at about 290, which is a smaller number than in the 1880s, when the show takes place. When Frank attacked the town, there would have been roughly 600 people in the town.

Body Count: 200
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Episode Two: The Ladies Of La Belle

The second episode is largely more setup for later, more violent situations. Frank does more intimidating than anything else. He threatens A.T. Grigg (Jeremy Bobb), the editor of a salacious newspaper called The Santa Fe Daily Review. And, he cozies up to a family of immigrants crossing the terrain in a covered wagon. He recounts for them another massacre, the one that made him into Frank Griffin. We won't count that massacre, as it occurred before the events of the show. But know that that the series of attacks Frank described actually happened, and the body count is estimated to be 120.

Body Count: 0
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Episode Three: Wisdom Of The Horse

And so, Sam Waterston took his leave of Godless. The veteran actor played Marshall John Cook. John's folly was that he dared to chase after Frank Griffin. Frank shot him in a saloon after striking a match to announced his arrival. Saloons at night are scary that way. John Cook aside, there are no deaths in this episode. (Aside from my heart, which cries whenever Sam Waterston leaves my screen.)

Body Count: 1
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Episode Four: Fathers & Sons

Yet again, Frank Griffin murders a group of defenseless people. This time, though, it's almost merciful — he kills a house full of smallpox victims. At first, he takes care of the people in the sick house, washing clothes and saying prayers. By the end of the episode, he's killed them all, as evidenced by the 24 graves Bill McNue finds at the sick house. Bill runs into Frank in this episode, but Frank spares him. He explains that Bill is already lost, so he's not worth killing. (Frank Griffin is weird!)

Body Count: 24, plus an unfortunate deer that becomes Alice Fletcher's dinner
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Episode Five: Shot The Head Off A Snake

This episode does a lot of explaining via flashback. Ergo, not a lot of action in the current timeline. Roy Goode finishes his job training Alice Fletcher's horses, Truckee learns that strangers tend to be foul, and Whitey Winn gets very drunk. It's a sweet episode — the lack of killings is an added bonus.

Body Count: 0
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Episode Six: Dear Roy...

In this episode, we learn the origin story of the terrible Devlin twins (played by Matthew and Russell Dennis Lewis). The Devlin twins killed their entire family, driven crazy by cabin fever, presumably. These deaths don't count, as they happen in a flashback, but they're still gruesome. This episode also shows us the day the mining accident happened. We get a glimpse of La Belle, pre-accident. It's flourishing. But also, there are a lot of men around.

Body Count: 0
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Episode Seven: Homecoming

Ah, the final battle. How many people died in that battle? Let me spell it out for you: We lost Whitey Winn, we lost the entire community of Blackdom, and we lost a generous chunk of La Belle's population. And then, finally, we lost Frank Griffin and his 30 men. The death count in the finale doesn't match the death count in the pilot, but the deaths have more magnitude. Whitey Winn, may you rest in peace.

Body Count: 64

Overall series body count: 378
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