All the 'Game of Thrones' Deaths in Order of How Upset We Were About Them

From Ramsay to Ned Stark...

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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 (above)

  • Lord of the Seven Kingdoms

  • Cause of death: Poisoned at the Purple Wedding by Olenna Tyrell and Littlefinger

  • (It really was better that he went)

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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)

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)

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Alliser Thorne (above)

  • Brother of the Night's Watch
  • Cause of death: hanging ordered by Jon Snow
  • (He did try to kill Jon Snow - even though this turned out to be unsuccessful)

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

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Meryn Trant

  • Knight in the Kingsguard

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


  • A Wildling who lived with his daughter-wives beyond the Wall

  • Cause of death: Killed by Karl Tanner, a Night's Watchman
  • (Incest etc)


  • 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


  • Man-at-arms for House Lannister

  • Cause of death: Stabbed in the throat by Arya stark


  • Servant of House Bolton and Ramsay Snow's lover

  • Cause of death: Pushed off a ledge by Theon Grejoy

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Stannis Baratheon (above)

  • 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)

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Roose Bolton (above)

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


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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

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


  • Ranger in the Night's Watch

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


  • Master-at-arms for House Bolton

  • Cause of death: Neck snapped by Bran Stark

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  • Prostitute and girlfriend of Tyrion Lannister

  • Cause of death: strangled to death by Tyrion Lannister

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Tywin Lannister (above)

  • 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

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  • 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)

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Hizdahr zo Loraq (above)

  • 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)


  • Recruiter for the Night's Watch

  • Cause of death: Killed by Ser Amory Lorch, loyal to House Lannister, in a fight


  • 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
  • (Though we did find out this season that he was saved by a nomadic tribe.)


Jon Arryn

  • Hand to the Kind before Ned Stark

  • Cause of death: Poisoned by Lysa Arryn and Littlefinger


  • Ranger of the Night's Watch

  • Cause of death: Beheaded for desertion by Ned Stark

Hoster Tully

  • Lord of Riverrun, Father of Edmure Tully, Catelyn Stark and Lysa Arryn

  • Cause of death: Illness


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  • Dothraki handmaiden to Daenerys Targaryen

  • Cause of death: Murdered during Xaro Xhoan Daxos' theft of the dragons at Qarth

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)

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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)


  • 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)


  • Dothraki bodyguard to Daenerys Targaryen

  • Cause of death: Killed and decapitated by a rival khalasar while scouting the Red Waste

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Leaf (above)

  • 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)


  • 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)


  • Brother of the Night's Watch

  • Cause of death: Shot through neck by Ygritte's arrow in Battle of Castle Black

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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

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  • 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


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

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Khal Drogo (above)

  • 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


  • 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)

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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

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Talisa Stark (above)

  • 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"

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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... particularly about the whole Jon Snow & Dany theory)

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Myrcella Baratheon (above)

  • 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)


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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)

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  • 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
  • ("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 air time as the other Starks, but we like all Starks by default and he was just way too young to die)


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Hodor (above)

  • Loyal servant of House Stark
  • Cause of death: Holding the door for Bran and Meera *sobs for three hours*
  • (We can't really talk about this yet, it's too soon)

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Eddard 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)

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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

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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

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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')

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

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