Top 10 Game Of Thrones Deaths
Top 10 Game Of Thrones Deaths

Top 10 Game Of Thrones Deaths

VOICE OVER: Dan Paradis
Script Written by Matthew Thomas.

Just when the characters of this TV adaptation of George. R. R. Martin fantasy novels win our hearts, it becomes time for their grisly demise. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 Game of Thrones character deaths.

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Top 10 Game of Thrones Character Deaths

If you like someone on this show, it's best probably not to get attached. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Game of Thrones character deaths.

For this list, we’re looking at “Game of Thrones” deaths that have found their way onto our small screens only. Therefore, deaths from the books or ones we did not see like the devastating end of The Hound do not qualify. It should be painfully obvious, but SPOILER ALERT. Please also be advised that this video contains mature and graphic content.

#10: Lysa Arryn

The unstable sister of Stark matriarch Catelyn Stark, Lysa’s life and death was a study in absurdity and poor self-esteem. Whether it was breast-feeding her son at a far older age than usual or her incredible jealousy of the relationship her husband has with her niece, she is a woman of extremes. Sure, she had good reason to suspect her husband’s loyalties may not be with her as is evidenced by the fact that he seemed to relish pushing her to her death through the Moon door, but she never should have come between Littlefinger and his goals.

#9: Jojen Reed

The character that was going to give us answers to the puzzle that is Bran’s warg abilities, Jojen may not have quite fulfilled that early promise but he certainly helped Bran begin the journey to his fate. The boy’s loyalty to his role as the shepherd of his ally is what ultimately led to his death though, as Jojen’s only concern was aiding Bran. Stabbed multiple times by a wight, Jojen then is mercy killed by his sister and his corpse is destroyed so he does not become a wight himself. Rough.

#8: Ygritte

A fierce warrior who was as quick with a retort as she was skilled with a bow, Ygritte was a deadly force who shouldn’t have been underestimated. Her only weakness was her love for Jon that made her unable to kill him with an arrow - not once but twice. Unfortunately, the second time, she was too focused on Jon and didn’t see the child archer that would ultimately prove her undoing.

#7: Shae

A former prostitute who won the heart of Tyrion Lannister, her fate was sealed the moment that his father discovered their relationship, despite the fact that Tyrion marries Sansa. When Tywin threatens her life, Tyrion has no choice but to send her away. Since he can’t bear the thought of her death, he lies and tells her he doesn’t care about her. So she leaves. We can’t be sure of what back alley dealing went on, but it’s not surprising that her return to testify against her former lover as well as the fact that Tyrion finds Shae in his father’s bed, ultimately led to her suffocation.

#6: Viserys Targaryen

A real prick with delusions of grandeur, Viserys gave his sister’s hand in marriage to a man who should never be trifled with: Khal Drogo. However, Viserys soon began to feel like he was on the outside looking in and made a very rash decision. By threatening to kill Daenerys, who Drogo had grown to truly love, Viserys finally got the crown he desired when molten gold was poured over his head, and he was killed in agony.

#5: Joffrey Baratheon

Arguably one of the most hated teens in all of television, Joffrey was a horrible brat whose every whim was granted due to the seemingly royal blood in his veins. Taking great delight in something as simple as lording his authority over his subjects, or as horrific as showing his fiancée Sansa the decapitated head of her father, Joffrey’s greatest skills were in torture and death. That is why audiences everywhere cheered in delight as this sniveling little jerk began to cough and then writhe in horrible pain, finally succumbing to poison.

#4: Tywin Lannister

It takes a man of incredible authority to send a king to his room - and the only man in Westeros who could pull off such a feat is the one-time Hand of the King and the insanely rich Tywin Lannister. Concerned first and foremost with the legacy of his family’s name, we can only assume that he spent his dying moments reflecting on the fact that it was his own son, Tyrion who killed him. Maybe he should have been a little less concerned with perception if he wanted to live longer than he did.

#3: Eddard Stark

Perhaps the most just man in the entirety of the series, Ned’s turn as the Hand of the King should have had a stabilizing effect on the Seven Kingdoms – that is, if Joffrey hadn’t taken the throne. Instead, Eddard finds himself arrested in thrown in a dungeon where he is forced to confess to crimes he did not commit. Despite giving in, he is beheaded in front of his two daughters anyway – and from then on, every viewer instantly knew that no character on the show was safe from death.

#2: Oberyn Martell

He may not have lasted an entire season, but the appalling way he was utterly annihilated earned him the runner up position on this list. A renowned and feared fighter who we never got to see in his true glory, Prince Oberyn spends his final days in search of vengeance for his dead sister and her children. Given the opportunity to battle The Mountain, the man actually responsible for the death of his family members, Oberyn’s grand standing resulted in his wounding Gregor Clegane, but his foe ultimately and literally squeezed the House Martell member’s head until it popped.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Renly Baratheon

Jeor Mormont


Rodrik Cassel

#1: Catelyn, Robb & Talisa Stark

Oaky, so this isn’t just one character, but we can’t even imagine any argument that would make sense for other deaths to top this list. The unexpected killing of Robb Stark, his wife Talisa and his mother Catelyn nearly took everyone who had not read the books by surprise. The fact that they went so far as to show the stabbing of an unborn fetus, gruesomely slit women’s throats and kill direwolves was the icing on the cake.

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