All the Game of Thrones deaths in order of how upset we were about them

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  • Because let's be honest, some of these Game of Thrones characters really had it coming...

    Any character still standing after the last six seasons of Game of Thrones deserves a bloody medal. For George R.R. Martin loves nothing if not a shock blood bath. Though Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) has hinted that the death toll is set to slow in Season 7, we expect there are still a few key casualties in store.

    Here’s all the Game of Thrones character deaths* so far, in order of how upset we were about them.

    Also, check out August cover star Sophie Turner’s attempt (above) to name as many character losses as possible, without Season 7 spoilers, in 30 seconds. Easy peasy, right?!

    * Characters known as ‘Stablehand 2’ or ‘House of Bolton Archer’ not included

    NOT REMOTELY SAD ABOUT IT

    Ramsay Bolton
    Lord Bolton’s bastard son
    Cause of death:
    eaten by his own dogs (never has anyone in the history of the world deserved to be eaten by his own dogs more. He made Joffrey look like a nice guy)

    Joffrey Baratheon
    Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
    Cause of death: Poisoned at the Purple Wedding by Olenna Tyrell and Littlefinger

    Walder Frey
    Lord of the Crossing and head of House Frey
    Cause of death:
    Stabbed to death by a serving girl who turns out to be Arya in disguise. (This was after eating a pie filled with his own ‘moron sons’ – don’t feel bad, remember what he did at the Red Wedding…).

    Gregor Clegane

    Knight and Head of House Clegane, loyal to House Lannister
    Cause of death: Poisoned by the spear of Oberyn Martell in a trial by combat
    (Technically he’s now been brought back to life, but we’re not sure how ‘back to life’ he actually is so he’s staying on this list)

    Viserys Targaryen

    Exiled head of House Targaryen and brother to Daenerys Targaryen
    Cause of death: Khal Drogo pours molten gold on his head at Daenerys’ command
 – ouch
    (Strong contender for worst brother of all time)

    Viserys Targaryen
 and Khal Drogo Game of thrones death

    A flamboyant way to go…

    Alliser Thorne
    Brother of the Night’s Watch
    Cause of death: hanging ordered by Jon Snow
    (He betrayed Jon Snow. The most underhand move of them all)

    Alliser Thorne Jon Snow Game of thrones death

    Say goodbye, Alliser

    Janos Slynt

    Former commander of the City Watch in King’s Landing, exiled to Night’s Watch by Tyrion Lannister
    Cause of death: Beheaded for insubordination by Jon Snow
    (Probably the most high stakes game of ‘call my bluff’ ever)

    Pyat Pree

    Warlock from Qarth, Member of the Thirteen
    Cause of death: Burned alive by Daenerys’s dragons

    Meryn Trant and Ayra Stark Game of thrones death

    Meryn Trant

    Knight in the Kingsguard
    Cause of death: Blinded and stabbed before having his throat slit by Arya Stark
    (He was awful)

    Craster

    A Wildling who lived with his daughter-wives beyond the Wall
    Cause of death: Killed by Karl Tanner, a Night’s Watchman
    (Incest etc)

    Kraznys

    Slave trader in Slaver’s Bay and one of the Good Masters
    Cause of death: Burned alive by Drogon after he tries to trade the Unsullied for the dragon and insults Daenerys

    Polliver

    Man-at-arms for House Lannister
    Cause of death: Stabbed in the throat by Arya stark

    Myranda


    Servant of House Bolton and Ramsay Snow’s lover
    Cause of death: Pushed off a ledge by Theon Grejoy

    Stannis Baratheon Game of thrones death

    Mulling over his complete heartlessness

    Stannis Baratheon
    Lord of Dragonstone, brother of Robert and Renly Baratheon, claimant to the Iron Throne
    Cause of death: Executed by Brienne of Tarth
    (Ordering your own daughter to be burned at the stake doesn’t win you many friends)

    Selyse Baratheon
    Wife of Stannis Baratheon
    Cause of death: Hangs herself following death of her daughter
    (See above)

    Roose Bolton Game of thrones death

    OK, bye then

    Roose Bolton
    Lord of the Dreadfort and head of House Bolton
    Cause of death: stabbed by his own son

    MEH. THESE GUYS HAD IT COMING

    Lysa Arryn Game of thrones death

    Not a patch on her sister

    Lysa Arryn
    Lady Regent of the Vale, sister to Catelyn Stark, briefly the wife of Littlefinger
    Cause of death: Pushed out of the Moon Door by Littlefinger

    Balon Greyjoy
    Ruler of House Greyjoy and Lord Reaper of Pyke
    Cause of death: Killed by his younger brother Euron (is there any place less LOLZ in the Seven Kingdoms than Pyke?)

    The High Sparrow (and all his little sparrows)
    Leader of the ‘Sparrows’ and the High Septon
    Cause of death: Cersei and her wildfire. In the biggest cull of major characters since the Red Wedding, the lot of them were incinerated by a load of wildfire that Cersei had hidden under the Great Sept. The High Sparrow was really annoying.

    Karl Tanner

    Brother of the Night’s Watch, leader of the mutiny at Craster’s Keep
    Cause of death: Impaled by Jon Snow during raid on Craster’s Keep

    Rast
    Ranger in the Night’s Watch

    Cause of death:
    Ripped apart by Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost, during raid on Craster’s Keep

    Locke


    Master-at-arms for House Bolton
    Cause of death: Neck snapped by Bran Stark

    Shae Tyrion Game of thrones death

    You break Tyrion’s heart, we break you

    Shae
    Prostitute and girlfriend of Tyrion Lannister
    Cause of death: strangled to death by Tyrion Lannister

    Tywin Lannister Game of thrones death

    Tywin Lannister
    Head of House Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock. Father of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion Lannister
    Cause of death: Shot on the toilet by Tyrion with a crossbow

    Mirri Maz Duur
    Enslaved godswife
    Cause of death: Burned alive on a funeral pyre by Daenerys Targaryen

    Doreah Game of thrones death

    ‘Hey, remember me from Hollyoaks?’

    Doreah

    Handmaiden to Daenarys

    Cause of death:
    Locked with Xaro Xhoan Daxos inside a Valyrian stone vault by Jorah Mormont at the order of Daenerys

    Xaro Xhoan Daxos

    Merchant in Qarth

    Cause of death:
    (see above)

    Hizdahr zo Loraq Game of Thrones death

    ‘OK, who’s next?’

    Hizdahr zo Loraq
    Scion of the House Loraq, former slave trader, husband of Daenerys
    Cause of death: Stabbed to death by the Sons of the Harpy
    (Had this not happened he probably would have tried to double-cross Daenerys at some point)

    Yoren
    Recruiter for the Night’s Watch
    Cause of death: Killed by Ser Amory Lorch, loyal to House Lannister, in a fight

    Ros

    Prostiture in Littlefinger’s brothel and spy for Varys
    Cause of death: Shot by Joffrey Baratheon with a crossbow

    The Hound

    Member of House Clegane, brother of the Mountain, former bodyguard of Joffrey Baratheon, kidnaps Arya Stark

    Cause of death:
    Critically wounded by Brienne of Tarth, left to die by Arya Stark

    SURE THEY WERE OK BUT WE DIDN’T REALLY KNOW THEM

    Jon Arryn

    Hand to the Kind before Ned Stark
    Cause of death: Poisoned by Lysa Arryn and Littlefinger

    Loras Tyrell
    A Knight of House Tyrell and the third son of Lord Mace Tyrell
    Cause of death: Blown up by Cersei and her wildfire. TBH, we hadn’t seen much of Tyrell in a while, so we’re not that bothered.

    Will
    Ranger of the Night’s Watch
    Cause of death: Beheaded for desertion by Ned Stark

    Walda Bolton
    Wife of Roose Bolton (originally a Frey)
    Cause of death: Killed by Ramsay Bolton (along with her new born son)

    Hoster Tully

    Lord of Riverrun, Father of Edmure Tully, Catelyn Stark and Lysa Arryn
    Cause of death: Illness

    ACTUALLY A LITTLE BIT SAD ABOUT IT

    Irri Game of Thrones death

    Irri

    Dothraki handmaiden to Daenerys Targaryen
    Cause of death: Murdered during Xaro Xhoan Daxos’ theft of the dragons at Qarth

    Trystane Martell  
    Heir to Prince Doran Martell
    Cause of death: Killed by Ellaria Sand (He seemed like a good guy)

    Doran Martell
    Ruler of Dorne
    Cause of death: Killed by Ellaria Sand (A bit passive but a nice enough person)

    Greatjon Umber
    Ruler of House Umber (The Last Hearth)
    Cause of death: War of The Five Kings (admittedly gets more airtime in the books, but we like how loyal he is to the Starks)

    Tommen Baratheon
    Younger brother of King Joffrey and Princess Myrcella
    Cause of death: Tommen jumped to his death after learning that his wife, his mates, and everything that he believed in had been burnt to a crisp. And it was his own mother who made this happen. (He may have been a bit of a wet lettuce, but we’re sad it ended like this.)

    Brynden Tully
    Lord of House Tully
    Cause of death: Killed by Jaime Lannister

    Margaery Tyrell

    Mace Tyrell’s only daughter and Queen Consort to King Joffrey Baratheon and King Tommen Baratheon
    Cause of death: Went up in flames thanks (again) to Cersei and her wildfire (frustrated she couldn’t scheme her way out of this one.)

    Renly Baratheon


    Master of Laws, Claimant to the Iron Throne, brother of Robert and Stannis Baratheon
    Cause of death: Killed by a shadow with Stannis Baratheon’s face that was birthed by Melisandre
    (For as long as we knew the guy, we liked him)

    Mag the Mighty Game of Thrones death

    Mag: went down fighting

    Mag the Mighty

    Giant fighting in Mance Rayder’s army
    Cause of death: Killed by Grenn and five other members of the Night’s Watch in the Battle of Castle Black
    (He was an endangered species)

    Olly
    Junior member of the Night’s Watch
    Cause of death: hung by Jon Snow after stabbing him
    (We know he was a traitor, but he was also a very young traitor)

    Rakharo
    Dothraki bodyguard to Daenerys Targaryen
    Cause of death: Killed and decapitated by a rival khalasar while scouting the Red Waste

    Leaf Game of Thrones death

    Leaf
    Child of the forest (even though she’s actually very old)
    Cause of death: sacrifices herself to save Bran and Meera from a band of white walkers
    (She did invent white walkers, but she also represented a highly persecuted indigenous group and gave her life for Bran)

    Grenn
    Ranger in the Night’s Watch
    Cause of death: Killed fighting the giant Mag the Mighty in the Battle of Castle Black
    (Any friend of Jon Snow’s is a friend of ours – see also Pyp, below)

    Pyp

    Brother of the Night’s Watch
    Cause of death: Shot through neck by Ygritte’s arrow in Battle of Castle Black

    Mance Rayder Game of Thrones death

    We’re still a bit sad about Mance

    Mance Rayder

    Leader of the Free Folk
    Cause of death: Shot with a mercy arrow by Jon Snow before he’s burned alive
    (We actually quite liked Mance)

    Jeor Mormont


    Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch
    Cause of death: Stabbed to death by Night’s Watchman Rast during a mutiny

    Qhorin
 Game of Thrones death

    Not your average pub fight

    Qhorin

    Night’s Watch ranger
    Cause of death: Killed by Jon Snow (at Qhorin’s own behest) in order to trick the Wildlings into thinking Jon has left the Night’s Watch

    Tansy

    Servant of House Bolton
    
Cause of death: Hunted down by Ramsay Snow and eaten by his dogs
    (Ramsay Snow = monster)

    Khal Drogo Game of Thrones death

    Come back to us, Khal

    Khal Drogo
    Chieftain of the Dothraki people and husband of Daenerys Targaryen
    Cause of death: Smothered by Daenerys Targaryen in a mercy killing after a spell by Mirri Maz Duur leaves him in a catatonic state

    Osha
    Member of the Free Folk who becomes a servant of the Starks and (latterly) a protector of Rickon
    Cause of death: stabbed in the neck by Ramsay Bolton

    Syrio Forel

    Master sword fighter and Arya Stark’s instructor in combat
    Cause of death: Presumably killed by Ser Meryn in a sword fight (he only had a wooden training sword)

    Jory Cassel game of Thrones death

    Jory Cassel

    Captain of the Guards from House Stark
    Cause of death: Stabbed by Jaime Lannister through the eye

    Rodrik Cassel


    Master-at-Arms at Winterfell, Servant of House Stark
    Cause of death: Decapitated by Theon Greyjoy
    (We liked both of those Cassels)

    Maester Luwin

    Role: Maester at Winterfell
    Cause of death: Osha ends his suffering after he is stabbed with a spear by an ironborn raider


    Talisa Stark
    Wife of Robb Stark
    Cause of death: stabbed in stomach while pregnant by Lothar Frey at the Red Wedding

    Oberyn Martell


    Prince of the House Martell
    Cause of death: Skull crushed by the Mountain in a trial by combat
    (We were really rooting for the guy)

    Jojen Reed


    Warg, brother of Meer Reed, travelling companion of Bran Stark
    Cause of death: Mercy killed by Meera after being stabbed multiple times by a wight; burned by a fireball thrown by “The Children”

    Maester Aemon Game of Thrones death

    Au naturel death – a very rare thing in Game of Thrones

    Maester Aemon

    Role: Maester at Castle Black
    Cause of death: old age
    (We know he was old and he’d had a really good innings, but we also feel like there was a lot of extra stuff he could have told us)

    Myrcella Baratheon Game of Thrones death

    This felt very unnecessary

    Myrcella Baratheon
    Daughter of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, sister to King Tommen Baratheon
    
Cause of death: poisoned with a kiss by Ellaria Sand with the help of the Sank Snakes
    (This felt really unnecessary)

    Robert Baratheon
    Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
    Cause of death: Mortally wounded by a wild boar after drinking wine 
given to him by Lancel Lannister at Cersei Lannister’s command
    (Mainly because him dying left the Lannisters in power)

    Barristan Selmy

    Fourth member of the Kingsguard, advisor of Daenerys
    Cause of death: Killed fighting the Sons of the Harpy in Meereen
    (A real old school hero)

    REALLY SAD ABOUT IT

    Shireen Baratheon Game of thrones death

    Monsters

    Shireen Baratheon

    Daughter of Stannis and Selyse Baratheon
    
Cause of death: burned alive as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light by Melisandre at the order of Stannis Baratheon
    (Killed by her own horrible father. Patchface’s only friend… pass the tissues please)

    Ygritte
 game of Thrones death

    ‘You know nothing’

    Ygritte

    Soldier in Mance Rayder’s army and Jon Snow’s lover
    Cause of death: Shot with an arrow by Olly in the Battle of Castle Black
    (Responsible for the best GOT soundbite: ‘You know nothing, Jon Snow’)

    Rickon Stark
    Youngest son of Ned Stark
    Cause of death: shot with an arrow by Ramsay Bolton (Rickon didn’t get as much screen time as the other Starks, but we like all Starks by default and he was just way too young to die)

    EMBARRASSING LEVELS OF DEVASTATION

    Hodor Game of Thrones death

    We are literally still weeping

    Hodor

    Loyal servant of House Stark
    Cause of death: Holding the door for Bran and Meera 
(‘Hold the door’ *weeps*)

    Sean Bean as Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark

    Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark

    Hand of the King and Lord of the North
    Cause of death: Beheaded by Ser Ilyn Payne at the order of Joffrey Baratheon
    (The first big shock death of the series, we’re still not quite over it)

    Robb stark Game of Thrones death

    AKA Prince Charming

    Robb Stark

    Role: King of the North, son of Lord Eddard Stark and Lady Catelyn of Winterfell
    Cause of death: Shot by Frey crossbowman and then stabbed through the heart by Roose Bolton at the Red Wedding

    Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones death

    What a loss

    Catelyn Stark

    Wife of Eddard Stark, Mother of Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon
    Cause of death: throat slit by Black Walder Rivers at the Red Wedding

    Jon Snow Game of Thrones death

    He’s aliiiiiive!

    Jon Snow
    Commander of the Night’s Watch, bastard son of Eddard Stark
    
Cause of death: Stabbed by Night’s Watch mutineers
    (We know, we know. But technically this was a still a ‘death’)

    (N.B Game of Thrones superfans: this list is based on the series rather than the original books. We appreciate there are some discrepancies)

    *Update of original article published on 30th April 2016

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