What are the most memorable Game of Thrones deaths?

HBO's critically-acclaimed television series Game of Thrones has finally come to an end. From its pilot episode in 2011 up until its series finale in 2019, the audience witnessed some of the show's crazy plot twists and unforgettable moments where most involved characters' deaths -- even fan-favorites. Let's all take a look back on the most memorable deaths from the entire eight-season run of Game of Thrones! Vote now for what you think is the most noteworthy passing and tell us what you think through the comment section below!

  1. #1

    Daenerys killed by her lover

    Growing up, Daenerys heard the stories about how her family lost control of the kingdom. She endured hardships in pursuit of her goal to take back what was theirs. From being a meek girl, Daenerys became a Khaleesi, a mother to three dragons, breaker of chains... you know the rest. She never backed down from anything and anyone who's on her path to reclaim the Iron Throne, until she found out that her lover Jon Snow was Aegon Targaryen, the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne. After their confrontation in the throne room, they kissed for the last time and Jon stabbed her in the chest. Daenerys Targaryen took her last breath at the foot of the Iron Throne before she died.

    • Rachel ChapmanWritten on October 14, 2019
      "Damn this page! I haven't watched the last season yet but now I am spoiled. Thanks guys! You made my heart cry. 😢"
  2. #2

    Jorah dying in Dany's arms

    The first time that the two met, Daenerys was still a young girl forced to be wed with Khal Drogo. Soon enough, the exiled Westerosi fell in love with the princess. Although Dany never returned Jorah's love, he became one of her trustworthy advisors, protectors, and friends. Through ups and downs, Jorah's love for her never changed. His love knows no boundaries, even death. In the Battle of Winterfell, Dany was separated from her dragons and fought the hordes of the undead alone. In her imminent death, Jorah came to protect her using his Valyrian steel sword even as he was wounded. After the battle, Jorah passes away in the arms of Daenerys.

    • Ajay JaiteleyWritten on October 14, 2019
      "I am a huge fan of Jorah Mormont because of his loyalty to the mother of dragons. I admire his love for her that he even risked his life just to save Daenerys."
  3. #3

    Olenna Tyrell going out peacefully

    Matriarch Olenna Tyrell herself already outlived her entire family, until Cersei sends Lannister forces to confront her at the Highgarden. The troops' commandant, the Kingslayer himself Jaime Lannister, gave The Queen of Thorns an option of a peaceful death by poison. Without any further ado, she calmly took the poison in a single gulp. But before breathing her last breath, Olenna seized the opportunity for one last dig at the Lannisters confessing to King Joffrey's murder. Lady Olenna specifically asked Ser Jaime to tell Cersei about what she did.

    • Joan CoxWritten on October 14, 2019
      "Olenna Tyrell is a very noble and respectable woman. If only she lived in our time and our world, then I think that more women would feel empowered because of her being inspirational."
  1. #4

    The Tyrells burning to ashes

    The show's sixth season saw Cersei Lannister struggling against the Tyrell family, with Margaery Tyrell at the helm. Margaery's deceitful acts give Cersei a run for her money and now, the Tyrells are confident to become the ruler of the seven kingdoms. However, both Cersei and Margaery underestimated the High Sparrow's powers, as well as his sect. Because of the trial at the Sept of Baelor, The Tyrell family arrived to witness Cersei receive her punishment. Cersei, however, still got the last laugh. She didn't show up. Instead, she watched from The Red Keep as her agents ignite the wildfire beneath the Sept. The explosion quickly erased The High Sparrow, Margaery, Loras, and Lord Mace Tyrell in one blow.

    • Amber SchultzWritten on October 14, 2019
      "OH SH*T MAN! When I saw the explosions, all I think about was "WTF!" I was really amazed by how Cersei exact her revenge on the Tyrells and the High Sparrow."
  2. #5

    Ramsay Bolton ripped by his own dogs

    For sure, many fans hate Ramsay Bolton for his sadistic acts of cruelty and torture against Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy. He was indeed a psychopath, with one his hobbies is hunting humans in the forests around Winterfell with his pet hounds. After falling in the Battle of the Bastards against Jon Snow, he was imprisoned in Winterfell's kennel. Sansa eventually got the revenge she seeks after seeing Ramsay being ripped into pieces by his own starving hounds.

    • Trisha KhanWritten on October 14, 2019
      "Ramsay being eating wholely by his own dogs was one of the most satesfying scenes in the entirety of the series. I really hate the character. 😒"
  3. #6

    Hodor held the door

    Hodor's passing is considered by many as one of the saddest deaths of the entire series. Only capable of saying only Hodor, the gentle giant made it until the sixth season as the companion and protector of Bran Stark, before fulfilling his destiny. Bran, after gaining his powers as the Three-Eyed Raven, goes back in time to send a message to Hodor: "Hold the door." When Bran, Hodor, and the others were being chased by hordes of undead, Hodor does exactly what Bran told. He bought Bran time to escape by holding a door shut while repeatedly saying "Hodor" as the wights tear him apart.

    • Carol HenryWritten on October 14, 2019
      "Hodor's death is surely one of the most memorable Game of Thrones deaths out of all the deaths on this list. Hodor will definitely be missed. 😞"
  4. #7

    Stannis Baratheon's execution

    The older brother of Robert Baratheon, Stannis, is known for his iron will, grammatical prowess, pride, and his interpretation of justice. After the passing of King Robert, Stannis goes to battle other factions making claim to the Iron Throne. By the time Stannis meets his end, he has lost almost everything. And after recklessly marching his forces into the battle against the Bolton army, he was found severely wounded by Brienne of Tarth in the aftermath. Brienne, being the former Kingsguard for Renly, accuses Stannis of Renly's murder. Stannis confessed to the deed and willingly accepted Brienne's execution.

    • James MurrayWritten on October 14, 2019
      "Stannis Baratheon is a very respectable man, I actually assumed that he would be seated in the Iron Throne by the end of the series. Unfortunately, his life was ended by Brienne of Tarth. "
  5. #8

    Ser Barristan's honorable exit

    Ser Barristan Selmy was once a celebrated member of the venerated Kingsguard. Despite all that, he was shamed and excommunicated in front of the court and the public by Joffrey and Cersei. Ser Barristan then finds Dany and offers an apology for failing to protect her father and family. In hopes of making things right, he offers his sword to the princess. Since then, Ser Barristan then became one of Daenerys' most loyal protectors, dying because of that. He met his end in battle with Meereen's Sons of the Harpy. He took down a number of fighters first before succumbing down to his own injuries and wounds.

    • Ao ZouWritten on October 14, 2019
      "I haven't actually followed Sir Barristan's story because I thought that he was just a minor character in the story. What an ill-fated man."
  6. #9

    King Joffrey choked to death

    The all-around hated Joffrey Baratheon's just punishment was a long time coming. After abusing Sansa and keeping her in the court as a hostage, the little Baratheon sets her aside in favor of a fixed marriage to Margaery Tyrell. Unknown to Joffrey, Margaery has no intention of being his wife. At their wedding feast, the elderly Tyrell matriarch Olenna Tyrell slips a vial of poison into Joffrey's wine. The poison caused Joffrey to choke to death, his face turns into purple, and blood pouring from his nose and eyes.

    • Heather CarterWritten on October 14, 2019
  7. #10

    Viserys Targaryen's crown of gold

    Viserys Targaryen is the cruel older brother of Daenerys Targaryen who abuses her in exchange for claiming the throne for himself. A part of his plan was the arranged marriage of Dany to Khal Drogo. Unfortunately for him, Khal ended up liking Daenerys so much. Due to frustration and rage, Viserys storms into threatening Daenerys at swordpoint. She sentenced her older brother to death. Khal Drogo dumps a pot of molten gold onto the head of a screaming Viserys, giving him the crown that he always wanted.

    • Ralph OliverWritten on October 14, 2019
      "Selfishness won't get you any further. As we can all see, Viserys was punished by Khal Drogo for his greediness by dumping his head to molten gold. Now he dead."
  8. #11

    Lord Tywin Lannister's ironic end

    After losing his trial by combat, Tyrion was sentenced to die by Lord Tywin Lannister, his father. Fortunately, Jaime, his brother, freed him so he can flee King's Landing. But before doing so, Tyrion took a detour to exact his revenge on his father. In Tywin's chambers, he saw Shae, his former lover, in his father's bed. Enraged, he strangled her before proceeding on to hunt his father down. And as Tywin tries to talk him down, Tyrion shoots Tywin through the chest twice with a crossbow.

    • Abhinav TataWritten on October 14, 2019
      "You are so rough to your youngest child, Tywin. That's what you get, you old man!"
  9. #12

    Oberyn Martell's brutal defeat

    Imprisoned for being a suspect of King Joffrey's murder, Tyrion Lannister invokes his right to trial by combat. He enlists Prince Oberyn Martell as his champion, versus the fearsome Ser Gregor Clegane, also known as The Mountain. Prince Oberyn, being a skilled warrior, dances circles around his opponent. His victory was imminent after landing a few brutal blows against The Mountain. He then took an opportunity to gloat, demanding Ser Gregor to confess to the murder of his sister. The wounded Clegane also seized the opportunity to send him to the ground, knocking most of Oberyn's teeth out. The Mountain then drives his thumbs through the Prince's eye sockets before crushing his skull with his enormous hands.

    • Diana GreenWritten on October 14, 2019
      "I saw The Mountain's fight against Prince Oberyn Martell. All I can say is that the prince was defeated brutally, and gruesomely. 👀🖐"
  10. #13

    Lysa Arryn's fall

    After Petyr Baelish, also known as Littlefinger, and Sansa fled King's Landing, they took refuge with Lysa at The Eyrie, her mountaintop castle. Lysa Arryn is Lady Catelyn Stark's sister, therefore Sansa's sister. Sansa's presence makes Lysa more unstable, thinking that Sansa and Littlefinger are lovers. Eventually, Lysa attempts to murder her niece in a fit of rage. However, Baelish betrays Lysa, pushing her through the castle's Moon Door. Littlefinger and Sansa watch as Lysa falls to her death on the rocks below.

    • Samantha GonzalezWritten on October 14, 2019
      "Lysa is such an extra. She didn't have to do Sansa like that. Now, look at the result of your deeds."
  11. #14

    The Red Wedding

    After Ned Stark's death, Robb Stark takes up arms sparks a rebellion against the Lannisters. Along with the northern lords on his side, Robb conquers essentially every battle he's in. It seems like nobody can stop him until he commits one brutal mistake. He renounced his fixed marriage to Walder Frey's daughter to marry Talisa. The cruel Lord Frey conspired with Robb's ally Lord Roose Bolton and the Lannisters to betray and slaughter Robb's forces in a surprise attack during the feast. Everyone from Robb Stark's group died in the bloodbath.

    • Rishika GavdeWritten on October 14, 2019
      "This should be the most memorable Game of Thrones deaths out of all. It was a pure massacre! It was not only Robb who died but also Catelyn who did nothing too bad in the series (except for being rought to Jon)"
  12. #15

    Ned Stark's beheading

    Ned Stark was one of the first characters to die on the series. After finding out that Joffrey was the child of Jaime and Cersei out of incest, Ned and his group stom into the Throne Room to confront the Lannisters. Unfortunately, Petyr Baelish betrayed him and his forces have been slaughtered. Ned was condemned to death, publicly beheaded for treason on the orders of King Joffrey Baratheon.

    • Justin GuzmanWritten on October 14, 2019
      "After this moment, I knew that this show is going to have multiple deaths throughout the course of the series."

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1Daenerys killed by her loverOther 20 Paid
2Jorah dying in Dany's armsOther 14 Paid
3Olenna Tyrell going out peacefullyOther 9 Paid
4The Tyrells burning to ashesOther 4 Paid
5Ramsay Bolton ripped by his own dogsOther 4 Paid
6Hodor held the doorOther 3 Paid
7Stannis Baratheon's executionOther 3 Paid
8Ser Barristan's honorable exitOther 3 Paid
9King Joffrey choked to deathOther 2 Paid
10Viserys Targaryen's crown of goldOther 2 Paid

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