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An illustrated guide
to all 5,862 deaths in
‘Game of Thrones’

Deaths by season

After weeks of frame-by-frame analysis, here it is: every on-screen death from “Game of Thrones,” including who, how, why and where. But be warned, these numbers will undoubtedly rise. After all, “Valar Morghulis” (all men must die).

Stay tuned for more on Season 8. We’ll be updating this page again soon after the series finale.

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Season 1

59

deaths

The season that started it all. When Ned Stark, the main hero and character supposedly least at risk, was beheaded, viewers everywhere realized that no one was safe.

Characters are organized according to level of importance: Major, secondary major, minor and background extra. Higher levels of importance get larger illustrations.

 = Method of Death. Hover over each icon for details.

To see more information on how a character was killed, click on the illustration or the “more info” button to the bottom

Khal Drogo

Ned Stark

Robert Baratheon

Viserys Targaryen

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Jory Cassel

Lady

Mirri Maz Duur

Mycah

Septa Mordane

Syrio Forel

The deadliest locations

Winterfell

3709

deaths

Beyond the Wall

993

deaths

King’s Landing

334

deaths

Meereen

154

deaths

Goldroad

116

deaths

Season 2

130

deaths

Season 2 may have the fewest major characters killed, but it also gave viewers the show's first big battle scene: the Battle of the Blackwater.

Here's a fun fact: Next time you watch a battle scene, pay close attention to the battle sounds vs. the actual action. You'll notice that death noises are often inserted into scenes in which no one is actually dying. The illusion of a higher body count, perhaps?

Renly Baratheon

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Doreah

Irri

Maester Luwin

Matthos Seaworth

Pyat Pree

Qhorin Halfhand

Rakharo

Rodrik Cassel

The Spice King

Xaro Xhoan Daxos

Yoren

Season 3

87

deaths

The infamous Red Wedding claimed the lives of four major characters in one fell swoop. The fallout also led to Arya Stark's vicious killing of a Frey soldier who bragged about sewing Grey Wind's head to Robb Stark's body. Lesson learned: Don't get on that girl's bad side.

Catelyn Stark

Grey Wind

Jeor Mormont

Robb Stark

Talisa Stark

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Beric Dondarrion

Craster

Kraznys mo Nakloz

Orell

Rickard Karstark

Ros

Season 4

181

deaths

Whether it was Joffrey's poisoning, Oberyn's “mind-blowing” end, or Tywin's unglamorous death in the bathroom, “Game of Thrones” proved it could still shock viewers four seasons in.

Prior to Season 5, season 4 had boasted the highest body count: a whopping 181 deaths. The Battle of Castle Black was responsible for 86. (Despite its name, the battle in fact spanned across Castle Black, The Wall and Beyond the Wall.) In comparison, 58 characters died in Season 1.

Joffrey Baratheon

Jojen Reed

Oberyn Martell

Shae

Tywin Lannister

Ygritte

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Dontos Hollard

Grenn

Karl Tanner

Locke

Lysa Arryn

Polliver

Pypar

Rast

Styr

Season 5

246

deaths

Though Season 5 had fewer deaths in between major battles, the Massacre at Hardhome and the two revolts by the Sons of the Harpy were enough to catapult Season 5 to a body count of 246. The Massacre at Hardhome alone had 98, surpassing even the Battle of Castle Black's 86 deaths.

Here's a question though: If everyone who died at the Massacre at Hardhome is revived as a wight, has anyone truly died? And if Jon Snow is revived in Season 6 (which is looking likely), has he technically died? Is he on his second life? Who knew this show could cause such existential angst?

Jon Snow

Mance Rayder

Stannis Baratheon

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Barristan Selmy

Faceless man

Hizdahr zo Loraq

Janos Slynt

Karsi

Maester Aemon Targaryen

Magnar Loboda

Meryn Trant

Mossador

Myranda

Myrcella Baratheon

Selyse Baratheon

Shireen Baratheon

Season 6

540

deaths

Season 6’s massive body count comes as no surprise thanks to the deadly Battle of the Bastards and its whopping 168 on-screen deaths. With 540 deaths, Season 6 has a higher body count than Seasons 1-4 combined. Three major houses also got wiped out almost completely: Houses Baratheon, Bolton and Tyrell no longer have any heirs.

However, you might be surprised to learn that Cersei’s use of wildfire at the Great Sept of Baelor easily surpassed the Battle of the Bastards. The explosion killed 198 people in one fell swoop. The killer move put Cersei on top of not only the Iron Throne but also our list of deadliest killers.

High Sparrow

Hodor

Loras Tyrell

Margaery Tyrell

Ramsay Bolton

Rickon Stark

Roose Bolton

Tommen Baratheon

Walder Frey

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Alliser Thorne

Areo Hotah

Balon Greyjoy

Brynden “the Blackfish” Tully

Doran Martell

Grand Maester Pycelle

Kevan Lannister

Lady Crane

Lancel Lannister

Leaf

Mace Tyrell

Olly

Osha

Summer

The Waif

Three-Eyed Raven

Trystane Martell

Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun

Season 7

1,096

deaths

With just a handful of the original main characters left, Season 7 actually has the lowest total count of deaths for named characters. (After all, you can whittle only so far.) Just 13 out of 1,096 deaths weren’t background extras or nameless one-and-dones.

Viserion’s death, however, was a game changer. His untimely end and subsequent resurrection as a wight single-handedly gave the army of the dead a way past The Wall, setting up the epic human-vs.-wight war the show has been foreshadowing for years.

Olenna Tyrell

Petyr Baelish

Viserion

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Benjen Stark

Dickon Tarly

Nymeria Sand

Obara Sand

Randyll Tarly

Thoros of Myr

Tyene Sand

Season 8

3,523

deaths

Winter is finally here, and the Night King comes with it. Halfway through the season, the living met the dead in the climactic Battle of Winterfell. Thousands died (including this reporter’s sanity), but Arya Stark came in as the MVP at the last minute and slew the Night King. After all, what do we say to the God of Death? Not today.

Jorah Mormont

Melisandre “the Red Woman” of Asshai

Night King

Theon Greyjoy

Viserion (Wight)

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Beric Dondarrion

Eddison Tollett

Lyanna Mormont