Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Death, Ranked From Least to Most Tragic | 22 Words

Spoiler alert: As you can probably glean from the title, this post is all about the characters who die in Game of Thrones. I'm talking about characters from the first episode of the first season all the way through the fifth episode of season eight (since the very last episode of the series hasn't aired yet). If you don't want to know who has kicked the bucket in this show, I would pick another 22 Words post to read.

That being said, we have witnessed so many deaths in Game of Thrones, and we have felt all sorts of different emotions for each one. Sometimes, a nice person like Ned Stark dies, and we are sad and it feels tragic. Other times, the evilest person in the world dies (ahem, Ramsay Bolton), and we all jump out of our chairs and do a little jig because we are so happy he finally got what was coming to him. With that intense range of emotion in mind, here are 50 Game of Thrones deaths ranked from least to most tragic.

Ramsay Bolton

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As I said, Ramsay Bolton was pretty much the evilest character in TV history. I think we can all agree that the psychopath got what he deserved when Sansa left him to be ripped apart by his own hounds in the "Battle of the Bastards" episode.

Joffrey Baratheon

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Ugh, Joffrey. What a little POS. Both men who treated Sansa the worst ultimately met their demise in truly poetic ways. Joffrey's poisoning at his wedding to Margaery Tyrell remains one of the best moments in the show's history.

The Night King

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The Night King was built up so much as this icy nugget of pure destruction. He was silent all the time, which made him all the more annoying. And that whole "ability to raise the dead into an army that would do his bidding" thing was a little over the top. I'm super glad Arya leaped out of nowhere and stuck him with dragon glass during the Battle of Winterfell.

Walder Frey

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I can't help but say Walder Frey's name the way Arya does when reciting her kill list. This guy, who many will know as filch from the Harry Potter series, was a truly bad dude! Just like, super gross, killed a bunch of Starks at the Red Wedding, and totally deserved to die at the hands of Arya.

The Mountain (sorta)

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Gregor Clegane was just sort of a monster of a person, so I wasn't upset when he was stabbed with a poisonous spear during his face-off with Oberyn Martell. The only annoying thing is that he then came back as a giant, undead zombie bodyguard for Cersei, so we didn't really get rid of him until the Hound finally got his revenge at the end of the last season. We're just getting started...

Pyat Pree

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Ew, remember this moldy Q-tip of a warlock who stole Dany's dragons? Good thing he died because I did not want to look at him for one more second.

Alliser Thorne

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I'll be honest; there have been a lot of episodes of Game of Thrones. Over a lot of years. When I first heard Alliser Thorne's name, I was sort of like, "Who's that guy?" But then I saw his picture, and I was like, "Oh yeah, f**k that dude!" He was the worst! He was the master-of-arms at Castle Black, and he was basically like Jon Snow's middle school bully. He was even the one who instigated Jon's murder! Man, that guy deserved to die.

Ser Meryn Trent

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He was a knight of the Kingsguard, loyal to the Lannisters, and just a really unpleasant person. Arya gauged his eyes out and stabbed him a bunch to get revenge for her mentor, Syrio.

Myranda

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Remember Myranda? She was Ramsay Bolton's love interest, which says a whole lot about her. She was just as evil and messed up as Ramsay, and so it was really satisfying when Theon threw her off a ledge before escaping Bolton's clutches with Sansa.

Euron Greyjoy

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I don't think anyone liked Euron. Fellow characters hated him. Audience members loathed him. The guy was just awful, and I'm just glad we got to see him die before the series ended. I personally couldn't care less that it was Jaime to be the one to kill him. I'm just glad he didn't survive. Now it's getting a little more interesting...

Locke

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I mean, look at him. He is like the Disney definition of a bad guy. Locke was the man-at-arms for the Boltons. Oh yeah, and he also cut off Jamie Lannister's hand. And left Brienne in a pit with a bear. He was really terrible in almost every sense of the word, so I'm glad Bran killed him while he was warging into Hodor.

The Waif

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The waif wasn't so much evil as just frickin' annoying. We meet her during that super weird period where Arya hanging out with the Faceless Man. She hates Arya, which is enough for us to hate her, and so she dies toward the end of the sixth season.

Roose Bolton

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With a last name like Bolton, you can't be too good. He betrayed the Starks and killed Robb at the Red Wedding, which was enough to put him on the naughty list, but then he went and arranged for Ramsay and Sansa to marry, which was also no bueno. Good thing Ramsay finally did the deed when Roose threatened to make his unborn son the successor.

Qyburn

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What a smug, low-talking Frankenstein. This guy was such a creep. Between his unethical human experiments and his loyalty to Cersei, he was just full to brim with bad ideas. It was pretty awesome when the Mountain picked him up by the head and smashed him on the rocks in the penultimate episode.

Viserys Targaryen

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Viserys was like, the definition of toxic masculinity in Westeros, and that's saying something. Dany's brother was ruthless and probably sociopathic, and so it was pretty awesome when Khal Drogo gave him that "golden crown" and killed him with molten metal. The next one is going to get you good...

Littlefinger

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Frickin' Petyr Baelish, everybody. He was probably one of the most frustrating characters in all of Game of Thrones because he was a master manipulator. So he was pretty fun to watch, but he was also a straight-up douche. I'm glad Arya and Sansa were able to conspire to do the deed.

Karl Tanner

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What the eff, Karl?! This weirdo betrayed the Night's Watch and killed Joer Mormont, so it was pretty great to see Jon Snow stab him in the back of the head. Ugh, Karl.

The High Sparrow

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Pretell, has there ever been a more annoying character in the history of television? The High Sparrow was a weirdly religious cult leader (right? kind of?), but like, not in a very interesting way. He could have been so much better at being creepy and awful. Good thing Cersei eventually blew him to smithereens.

Xaro Xhoan Daxos

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This guy wanted to marry Dany, but luckily Jorah was there to be like, "No way, girl." Turns out Jorah was correct because the dude tried to steal Dany's dragons. Dudes are always trying to steal Dany's dragons. He got locked in a Valyrian stone vault, and oops, Jorah lost the key.

Mirri Maz Duur

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Remember this hot mess? She was the witch who was responsible for the deaths of Khal Drogo and Dany's unborn child. She was kind of justified because the Dothraki did rape and pillage her people, but in the end, she burned at the stake. A very witchy death. Ugh, the next one is so frustrating...

Tywin Lannister

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Daddy Lannister was a tough nut and a pretty bad father, especially to Tyrion! He was a good character — a ruthless, old-school villain — and it felt good when his son shot him with a crossbow while he was on the toilet. An undignified end for a "dignified" tyrant.

Nymeria Sand

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Oberyn Martell's daughters, the Sand Snakes, all met their demise in different ways. It sucked because they were billed as strong women, but they were just kind of lame in the end. Nymeria was strangled by Euron, and her body was hung from his ship.

Obara Sand

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Euron also killed Obara, another Sand sister, and hung her body on the front of his ship. This poor family really went through the wringer on this show.

Doreah

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This death was mostly sad because honestly, Dany didn't have many female friends during the course of the show. She could have used a handmaiden, but then Doreah went and helped steal Dany's dragons. That's not what a good bestie does. So she got locked in the vault too.

Dickon Tarly and Randyll Tarly

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Listen, the only reason we were even slightly sad when Dany's dragon burned Dickon and Randyll Tarly to death is that they were Sam's family. They treated him terribly, but they were still his family. Otherwise, they sucked. Aw, the next one makes me kind of sad...

Khal Drogo

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I will never quite forgive the show for making Khal Drogo — the rapist — a love interest for Dany, but it's kind of hard to deny that the career-making performance by Jason Momoa was anything but legendary. He had to die, though, because ultimately, Dany had bigger fish to fry.

Robert Baratheon

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Robert Baratheon was bad at being a king, a husband, and a father, but he was kind of funny, so it was sort of a shame to lose him so soon. He wasn't cutthroat enough to make it in Westeros, though.

Hizdahr zo Loraq

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OK, this guy was weirdly obsessed with reopening those fighting pits. But he seemed loyal to Dany and invested in her success, so it was a little sad when he got stabbed by the Sons of the Harpy.

Stannis Baratheon

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Stannis was a complicated character. He was, if possible, even a little too ruthless for Westeros if that's even a thing. He had no problem murdering his brother and killing his only daughter to get closer to the Iron Throneand honestly, that was just too much for viewers of the show. When Brienne killed him in battle, it felt justified.

Lysa Arryn

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Oh, Lysa. She was Catelyn Stark's sister, but she was definitely the black sheep of that family. Remember her weirdly close relationship with her son? So creepy. Not to mention, she also killed her husband Jon Arryn, which pretty much set the whole series in motion. Littlefinger pushed her out of the Mood Door, and that may have been the nicest thing he's ever done for anybody. The next one might be a surprise...

Shae

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Tyrion was in love with Shae, but she betrayed him, slept with his father, and testified against Tyrion at his trial. I don't know if she thought she'd get away with that, but needless to say, she didn't. We witnessed even the normally level-headed Tyrion kill the woman he loved in order to save himself.

Benjen Stark

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Uncle Benjen was Ned Stark's brother and the First Ranger of the Night's Watch. He also just like, had a kind face. It was sad when he disappeared north of the Wall in season one, and it was a little mysterious when he reappeared in season six, sort of wight-like but acting fully human. The dude sacrificed himself to white walkers in order to let Jon Snow escape in a season seven episode. He seemed like such a good guy. I wish we'd gotten to know him better.

Melisandre

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Ah the Red Woman... She was a witch! She was magic! She was a super old lady whose necklace was keeping her young. Once she fulfilled her purpose, she took off her necklace and collapsed and died on the battlefield after the Battle of Winterfell.

Beric Dondarrion

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Beric was the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Though we didn't know him too well, he sacrificed himself to save Arya and The Hound during the Battle of Winterfell, so he was pretty cool.

Leaf

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Leaf was a member of the Children of the Forest, that ancient race that was responsible for white walkers. She seemed to make up for that, though, when she was killed by wights while protecting Bran, Meera, and Hodor. They only get more tragic from here...

Kevan Lannister

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There's Cersei, there's Daenerys, there's Hodor...then there's Kevan. Kevan was, as his name suggests, pretty much the most regular of the Lannisters. He was Tywin's brother, but he was no fan of Cersei, which meant he had to die in her wildfire explosion. That was kind of sad, especially since he reminds me of Leo from The West Wing.

Lancel Lannister

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Lancel and Cersei were cousins, but that didn't stop them from doing the nasty! He helped kill Robert Baratheon, but then he chopped off all his hair, joined the Faith Militant, and betrayed his cousin/lover. What a typical guy.

Olly

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I feel bad for Olly because he was just a kid trying to make it in Westeros, but he just made some really poor decisions. Two of them being to shoot Ygritte with an arrow and stab Jon Snow. He died for those decisions.

Matthos Seaworth

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We didn't get to know Matthos too well, but his death at the Battle of Blackwater was super sad because he was the son of Davos, the Mr. Feeny of Westeros (even though he's not the best reader, he's like a surrogate father figure to everyone he meets).

Viserion

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Viserion was the first of Dany's dragons to go down, and it was quite a shock. If you have pets, you understand the loss. But then he came back as an ice dragon and that was dope. We're getting there...

Osha

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Osha was a wildling, but she was loyal to the Starks and helped Bran and Rickon escape Winterfell. That makes her good people. Unfortunately, she was stabbed by Ramsay Bolton. That guy was the literal worst.

Jojen Reed

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Jojen Reed swore to help Bran find the Three-Eyed Raven, and he did just that, along with his sister Meera, until he died at the hands of the wights. Even in a show full of unexpected deaths, Jojen's was still kind of a shock.

Wun Wun

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Wun Wun, the wildling giant, was loyal to Jon Snow and a huge part of the Battle of the Bastards. It was really sad when he went down in that battle, full of arrows.

Maester Aemon

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Maester Aemon of Castle Black was a Targaryen, but one who bucked tradition and joined the Night's Watch to remove himself from all the politics of Westeros. He was just like, a nice, old grandpa figure to Jon and Sam, and it was sad when he died...one of the few people in Westeros to die of old age.

Syrio Forel

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While we're not entirely positive he's dead, Arya's mentor was probably done in my Meryn Trant. Arya probably wouldn't be who she is today if it weren't for Syrio Forel. We just felt bad for her that she had to lose him. The next one is pretty sad...

Grenn

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Grenn was in Jon Snow's grade in the Night's Watch (so to speak. They joined at the same time). He was just like, a good buddy to Jon and Sam, and he died, sadly, at the Battle of Castle Black.

Varys

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People have different feelings about how this last season is playing out, but I don't think anyone was surprised when Dany killed Varys for betraying her. The eunuch starts to understand that Dany is losing her marbles, approaches Jon about a coup, and needless to say, it does not work out!

Jon Snow (sorta)

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Remember when Jon Snow died?! That was crazy! We didn't think Game of Thrones would kill off a main character like that. And of course, they didn't. Jon Snow is back and hotter I mean better than ever!

Tommen Baratheon

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Tommen was a sweet boy and a young king who unfortunately just never stood a chance against his mother. Cersei drove him to suicide. When he jumped out of a window in the Red Keep, I admit I gasped. Poor Tommen.

Jaime Lannister

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Guys, what happened to Jaime Lannister? He was terrible. Then, he spent several seasons gradually becoming less terrible. Then, in the end, he threw it all, reverted to his old self, and went back to Cersei, where he died under a pile of rubble in the Red Keep. Fitting, I guess, for an incest-driven one-handed king slayer.

Cersei Lannister

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Cersei was one of the coolest, meanest, most driven characters in the show. And then, in the second-to-last episode, she turned into a paralyzed, blubbering mess. She barely said or did anything for the entire episode, until she found herself in the arms of Jaime, waiting for their imminent death. I'll say it; Cersei deserved better. And she didn't deserve a lot! But she deserved a better ending than that. We're about to get to the Red Wedding, y'all...

Oberyn Martell

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Oberyn's death ranks so high because it was the most memorable death in the show. Our lives can be split into two periods: pre seeing the Mountain squish his thumbs into Oberyn's eye sockets and crushing his skull with his bare hands, and post seeing the Mountain squish his thumbs into Oberyn's eye sockets and crushing his skull with his bare hands.

Talisa Stark

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Poor Talisa Stark. Honestly, poor all the Starks. But Talisa was Robb's wife, and they had a sweet relationship, and it super sucked when she was pregnant and stabbed in the stomach at the Red Wedding. It was shocking and horrendous in all the ways Game of Thrones can be.

Brother Ray

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Honestly, I'm less sad that this character died than I am that Ian McShane was in the show for such a short period of time. He's so good in everything. Put him in your show and don't kill him off so fast!

Lady Crane

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Lady Crane was the actress who played Cersei in that play. She was also like, the one person in the entire world who was nice to Arya. Arya was supposed to kill her but couldn't, so that annoying waif stepped in and did the job. This is the home stretch, folks...

Maester Luwin

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Aw man, what a nice old guy. He was a father figure for the Stark boys after Ned was killed, and so it super sucked when he was killed when Ramsay Bolton' took over Winterfell.

Jorah Mormont

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Jorah was the most loyal advisor to Dany, and so it was only fitting that he would go down defending her during the Battle of Winterfell. His death was fairly predictable, but that doesn't mean it wasn't sad.

Olenna Tyrell

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Olenna Tyrell was the most badass character on the show. There, I said it. She was smart and sarcastic and after she knew she'd been poisoned, she poisoned Cersei with the knowledge that Jaime as the one who killed Joffrey. She went down memorably.

Margaery Tyrell

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Poor Margaery Tyrell. She was power-hungry but kind, manipulative like Cersei but with so much more kindness behind her moves. Unfortunately, she died when Cersei exploded the Sept of Baelor with wildfire in a badass but terrible move at the end of season six.

Lyanna Mormont

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The little spitfire that was Lyanna Mormont was truly a ferocious leader. She's the only 12-year-old I'd want leading my people. She went down in a spectacular way, taking down the wight giant before getting crushed. She was a true hero. The last ten... You might want to get the tissues ready...

Ygritte

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Ygritte was the wildling woman who taught Jon Snow everything he knew. While she died tragically in the show, shot with an arrow during the Battle at Castle Black, we can be comforted in knowing that actress Rose Leslie and Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, fell in love and got married in real life.

Rickon Stark

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Rickon Stark was so young and so cute, which made it all the more devastating when he was heartlessly killed by Ramsay Bolton as he pretended to hand him over to Jon Snow. As if the Starks hadn't been through enough already.

Missandei

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"Dracarys!" was Missandei's last word before she was beheaded by the Mountain on Cersei's order. Missandei's death was particularly hard on Grey Work, her love interest, and Dany, who didn't really have many other friends. At least she didn't live long enough to see her queen become a madwoman.

The Hound

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Sandor Clegane had a complicated relationship with many characters on the show, but his love-hate friendship with Arya made him one of the most lovably characters on the show. He went down the way he always knew he would: fighting his brother, the Mountain, to the death. His death wasn't shocking; in fact, it seemed like he pretty much got what he always wanted, so in a weird way, I'm kind of happy for him. Is that weird?

Theon Greyjoy

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Theon wasn't a saint. After growing up with the Starks as basically a surrogate sibling, he betrayed his friends. But seeing what he went through when he was captured by Ramsay Bolton made him completely sympathetic, and he spent the rest of the show making up for what he did, redeeming himself in the eyes of the Starks. He continued to redeem himself right up until he died at the hand of the Night King while defending Bran. Are you ready for the five most tragic deaths in Game of Thrones history?

Ned Stark

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The thing about Ned Stark's death is that it happened so early in the show, and we weren't yet aware of how ruthless this show would be. That's what made it so insane. He'd been positioned as a main character, but ultimately, he was just too kind and noble for the world of Westeros.

Robb Stark

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The Red Wedding was bonkers, people. We knew that Game of Thrones would kill its characters, but at this point, we didn't know that they'd kill that many huge characters all at once. Robb was a true Stark. Too good for this world, so killed off way too soon.

Catelyn Stark

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Even during the Red Wedding, it wasn't clear until the end that Catelyn was also going down. The Stark matriarch loved her family and her children more than anything, and it was insanely tragic to watch her see her family murdered and then get killed herself. Just brutal.

Shireen Baratheon

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I still don't understand why Stannis would sacrifice his adorable, smart, cute little daughter to the Lord of Light and burn her alive at the stake. This death was cruel for the sake of it and her sacrifice didn't lead anywhere. In a show full of deaths, this was maybe the most pointless one.

Hodor

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OK, I can't even think about Hodor's death scene without crying. We learn his origin story — and the fact that Bran's time travel was responsible for his mental disability — while he's protecting Bran from the wights. Poor Hodor deserved so much better. Share this with a true Game of Thrones fan and discuss!