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An illustrated guide to all 2,339 deaths in ‘Game of Thrones’

Deaths by season

After weeks of frame-by-frame analysis, here it is: every on-screen death from the first seven seasons of “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 Season 8. We’ll be updating this page soon after both the mid-season and finale episodes.

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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

Beyond the Wall

993

deaths

King’s Landing

326

deaths

Winterfell

196

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

The deadliest killers

Cersei Lannister

199

kills

Deadliest weapon: Wildfire

Most on-screen kills:
Explosion at the Great Sept of BaelorS6, E10 (198 kills)

Notable kill:
I mean, killing everybody at the Great Sept of Baelor is pretty notableS6, E10

Rhaegal

171

kills

Deadliest weapon: Dragonfire

Most on-screen kills:
Battle on the frozen lake during the “Wight Hunt”S7, E6 (170 kills)

Notable kill:
Burning massive hordes of wights to help Jon Snow and his “wight hunting” party. S7, E6

Drogon

135

kills

Deadliest weapon: Dragonfire

Most on-screen kills:
Battle of the GoldroadS7, E4 (71 kills)

Notable kill:
Setting Kraznys mo Nakloz ablaze in one of the first notable uses of “dracarys”S3, E4

Jon Snow

86

kills

Deadliest weapon: Sword (Longclaw)

Most on-screen kills:
Battle on the frozen lake during the “Wight Hunt”S7, E6 (42 kills)

Notable kill:
Shooting an arrow in Mance Rayder’s heart to spare him from burning aliveS6, E3

Arya Stark

64

kills

Deadliest weapon: Poison

Most on-screen kills:
Assassinations at the TwinsS7, E1 (48 kills)

Notable kill:
Baking Walder Frey’s sons into a pie and serving it to him before killing him.S6, E10

Methodology

A death is counted only if:

  1. The character is killed on-screen.

  2. The character dies off-screen, but the death is confirmed or assumed due to imminent death while on screen.

  3. Only prominent off-screen deaths are listed. (Prominence is determined mainly by importance to the plot.)


Other notes:

  • The importance level of a character is determined by his/her/its significance to the plot. This is why Lady has a less important rank than Grey Wind, even though they are both Stark direwolves.

  • For cases in which the character’s appearance isn’t known before his/her death (e.g. if disfigured upon death or unborn), the illustration takes artistic liberties with his/her depiction.

  • If a character orders the death of another, the character who does the direct killing receives credit, not the one who orders the kill. But for cases in which where the direct killer is unidentifiable, as when Cersei Lannister uses the caches of wildfire to blow up the Great Sept of Baelor, the order-giver receives credit.

  • In cases of overlapping weapon types (e.g. magic fireball vs. fire vs. magic), the weapon category is assigned based on the origin. For example, dragonfire is considered an “animal” death and magic fireball is considered a “magic” death.

  • If a character is mercy-killed, the mercy kill is used to categorize the death, not the injuries leading up to the moment.

  • 2016 update: In cases like the Massacre at Hardhome, normal human standards are applied to wights to simplify the process. In other words, an arrow through the skull or a sword through the spine counts as a death, even though officially speaking, a wight is never killed unless burned or stabbed with dragonglass.

  • 2017 update: If a character dies but is brought back to life (e.g. Jon Snow), the death count stands and the revival is counted as a “second life.” Temporary deaths like Euron Greyjoy’s drowning ceremony are not counted. Beric Dondarrion has been added to the death count as a result of this rule. Gregor Clegane has not been added because it is unclear whether he died off-screen and was then reanimated, or was “altered” while still alive.

  • 2017 update: For the Battle of the Bastards, it is often unclear which side a dying soldier belongs to. Educated guesses are made based on the shape of the helmets (Bolton soldiers had pointier helmets) and sigils that can be seen on armor.

Shelly Tan

Shelly Tan is a graphics reporter and illustrator specializing in pop culture. She designs and develops interactive graphics.

About this story

“Deadliest locations” illustrations and map by Alberto Cuadra. Data compiled by Shelly Tan/The Washington Post. Episode information from “Game of Thrones” HBO television show.

Originally published April 6, 2015.

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