Game of Thrones deaths in order: Every major character who died throughout the seasons

Which main characters from Game of Thrones died? Which season did it happen? Find out right here.

Game of Thrones - Cersei Lannister
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Game of Thrones kept people guessing for 8 seasons. For better or worse, viewers continued to tune in to see what would happen next.

A good part of that came from the deaths. It seemed like someone died every episode. Not just faceless people. The main characters were killed when you least expected it. Because people want to know which lead heroes and villains perished, Bam Smack Pow is telling you what season they died and in what order.

Season 1: Winter is Coming

The first season of Game of Thrones is among the most important. It sets the stage for future events, the big villain (the Night King and his White Walkers), and the kind of people the main characters are. For example, the season 1 finale concludes with King Joffrey Baratheon having Eddard Stark killed. This shows that no character is safe from the axe. Or, in this case, the sword. 

Main character fatalities in order

  • Robert Baratheon
  • Syrio Forel
  • Eddard Stark
  • Viserys Targaryen
  • Drogo
  • Rhaego
  • Mirri Maz Duur

Season 2: White Walkers (finally)

This is where the war for the Iron Throne starts to kick into gear. In terms of rulers, King Joffrey continues to prove he’s an awful person and king, and Renly Baratheon is killed. More important than that, fans finally see White Walkers. Sure, they were seen in season 1, but it wasn’t clear if this was an actual sighting or the rambling of a crazy person. 

Main character fatalities in order

  • Rakharo
  • Yoren
  • Renly Baratheon
  • Rodrik Cassel
  • Irri
  • Maester Luwin
  • Qhorin
  • Pyat Pree
  • Doreah and Xaro Xhoan Daxos

Season 3: The Red Wedding

Jamie Lannister shows that he has a heart after saving Brienne of Tarth. People learn (again) that Daenerys is more than willing to kill people. It’s also discovered what's needed to kill a White Walker. Nevertheless, The Red Wedding overshadows all of that. It’s among the most infamous moments in TV history.

Main character fatalities in order

  • Hoster Tully
  • Jeor Mormont
  • Kraznys
  • Beric Dondarrion
  • Ros
  • Talisa Stark
  • Robb Stark
  • Catelyn Stark

Season 4: The moment we've all been waiting for

Since his debut in season 1, viewers have wanted Joffrey Baratheon to die. He's been insufferable in every scene. When you think he can’t get worse, he does. Despite the joy of his death, fan-favorite Tyrion Lannister is framed for his death. Luckily, Oberyn Martell stands in to fight for him. After Oberyn delivers his death blow to The Mountain, The Mountain uses his last bit of energy to kill his murderer.

More importantly, this season, Bran gains an ability that helps save everyone from the Night King.

Main character fatalities in order

  • Polliver
  • Joffrey Baratheon
  • Karl Tanner
  • Locke
  • Rast
  • Lysa Arrynn
  • Oberyn Martell
  • The Mountain
  • Grenn
  • Mag the Mighty
  • Pyp
  • Styr
  • Ygritte
  • Jojen Reed
  • Shae
  • Tywin Lannister

Season 5: The Jon Snow death season

Jon Snow's death reminds viewers of Game of Thrones that no one is safe. What’s funny is that may not be the most memorable part of this season. That dishonor is given to Cersei Lannister. She’s forced to walk naked through the city while shame is repeated throughout her walk. This leads to Cersei officially having enough.

Main character fatalities in order

  • Mance Rayder
  • Janos Slynt
  • Barristan Selmy
  • Maester Aemon
  • Karsi
  • Hizdahr zo Loraq
  • Selyse Baratheon
  • Stannis Baratheon
  • Myranda
  • Meryn Trant
  • Myrcella Baratheon
  • Jon Snow

Season 6: Ramsay Bolton and green flames

As hated as Joffrey was, he’s nowhere near as bad as Ramsay. Bolton could be the most despicable villain in TV history. Death by wild dogs was too good for him.

Cersei set things in motion to have everyone who wronged her killed. It also put her on the Iron Throne. Hundreds of people died in the process, but Cersei was now Queen. You can hate her all you want, but she proved her greatness. 

Jon Snow coming back being a side note says a lot about this season.

Main character fatalities in order

  • Areo Hotah
  • Doran Martell
  • Trystane Martell
  • Roose Bolton
  • Walda Bolton
  • Balon Greyjoy
  • Alliser Thorne
  • Olly
  • Osha
  • Khal Moro
  • Three-Eyed Raven
  • Leaf
  • Hodor (heartbreak of the series)
  • Brother Ray
  • Lem
  • Brynden Tully
  • Lady Crane
  • The Waif
  • Razdal mo Eraz
  • Rickon Stark
  • Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun
  • Ramsay Bolton
  • Grand Maester Pycelle
  • Lancel
  • The High Sparrow
  • Loras Tyrell
  • Mace Tyrell
  • Kevan Lannister
  • Margaery Tyrell
  • Tommen Baratheon
  • Walder Rivers
  • Lothar Frey
  • Walder Frey

Season 7: The beginning of the end

Jon Snow is the MVP important part of this season. Cersei didn't believe White Walkers existed. That forced Jon to bring her proof. Without him, the kingdoms wouldn't have been ready for the Night King and his army of the undead.

Main character fatalities in order

  • Nymeria Sand
  • Obara Sand
  • Tyene Sand
  • Olenna Tyrell
  • Randyll Tarly
  • Dickon Tarly
  • Thoros of Myr
  • Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

Season 8: Dragon fire and disappointment

Fans didn't like most of the battle with the White Walkers. The war against the White Walkers was too dark to see and Arya Stark getting the final blow on the Night King was underwhelming viewers.

Coming together to kill the White Walkers should have united the kingdoms. Instead, Daenerys Targaryen used the opportunity to burn it all down. The series ends with the death of a lot of main characters and a plethora of upset fans.

Main character fatalities in order

  • Lyanna Mormont
  • Jorah Mormont Captain
  • Eddison Tollett
  • Beric Dondarrion
  • Jorah Mormont
  • Theon Greyjoy
  • The Night King
  • Melisandre
  • Missandei
  • Varys
  • Harry Strickland
  • Euron Greyjoy
  • Qyburn
  • Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane
  • Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane (Again)
  • Cersei Lannister
  • Jaime Lannister
  • Ellaria Sand
  • Unella
  • Daenerys Targaryen

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