As Game of Thrones is poised to begin its fourth season, anticipation is running high among fans to see which of their favorite characters will be on the chopping block (sometimes literally) in the next ten episodes. Writer George R.R. Martin hasn’t been shy about using decapitation, poison, and deadly jousting accidents to claim the lives of our favorite characters, and here we’ll recap the gruesome fates of every speaking figure so far.
Without further adue,
Episode 1, “Winter is Coming”
“Are you frightened of the dead?”
A young ranger leading a Night’s Watch expedition beyond the Wall, he was killed by an Other.
“Our orders were to track the wildlings. We tracked them. They won’t trouble us no more.”
A grizzled veteran of the Night’s Watch, he was decapitated by an Other somewhere beyond the Wall.
“I saw what I saw. I saw the White Walkers. People need to know.”
The sole survivor of Royce’s expedition, he was executed by Eddard Stark after deserting from the Night’s Watch.
Episode 2, “The Kingsroad”
The Catspaw Assassin
“You weren’t supposed to be here.”
A mysterious assassin interrupted in an attempt on Bran, he was torn to pieces by the direwolf Summer.
“It’s not a sword, my prince. It’s only a stick.”
A butcher’s boy travelling south with Ned Stard, he was run down by the Hound after a confrontation with Joffrey.
Episode 3, “Lord Snow”
Episode 4, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”
“As you can see, I’m busy.”
A knight of the Vale and Jon Arryn’s former squire, he was fatally wounded in a jousting ‘accident’ by Ser Gregor Clegane.
Episode 5, “The Wolf and the Lion”
“You shouldn’t be out here, my Lord. There’s no telling who has eyes where.”
The captain of Ned’s household guard, he was killed in a street fight by Jaime Lannister.
Episode 6, “A Golden Crown”
“Cut his little cock off and stuff it in his mouth.”
A wildling fleeing south out of fear of the White Walkers, he was slain by Robb after attempting to abduct Bran.
“We’re going as far south as south goes!”
A Night’s Watch deserter, he traveled south with two Wildlings to escape the Others. He was shot through the heart by Theon.
Ser Vardis Egen
“I would gladly fight the Imp’s champion for you.”
A knight of the Vale, he was killed in a judicial duel by Bronn.
“I would let his whole tribe fuck you, all forty thousand men and horses too, if that’s what it took.”
The beggar Targaryen king-in-exile, he was “crowned” by his brother-in-law Khal Drogo in Vaes Dothrak.
Episode 7, “You Win Or You Die”
The Wine Merchant Assassin,
“A taste for the Khaleesi?”
Sent by King Robert to finish off Daenerys and her child, he was discovered in the attempt and dragged to death behind a horse by Khal Drogo.
King Robert Baratheon
“There’s a war coming, Ned. I don’t when, I don’t know who we’ll be fighting, but it’s coming.”
The monarch of the Seven Kingdoms, “murdered by a pig” – with a bit of help from Lancel Lannister’s fortified wine.
Episode 8, “The Pointy End”
“I come from a very small village in-”
Sansa’s chaperone and tutor, she was murdered by Lannister guardsmen.
“The first sword of Braavos does not run.”
A Braavosi swordsman, he was killed defending Arya from Meryn Trant. Yes, we’re pretty sure he’s actually dead.
“Got you now, wolf-girl…”
A young boy who attempted to turn Arya over to the queen, he was skewered by her Needle.
“A Khal who takes orders from a foreign whore is no Khal.”
One of the Khal’s bloodriders, he challenged Drogo’s and was brutally “disciplined”.
Episode 9, “Baelor”
“This must not be.”
Another of the Khal’s bloodriders, he was killed by Ser Jorah Mormont after attempting to halt Drogo’s “healing”.
Lord Eddard Stark
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”
The Warden of the North and head of the Stark family, he was executed by Ser Ilyn Payne on King Joffrey’s orders.
“I will take my khalasar west to where the world ends and ride wooden horses across the black salt sea as no khal has done before.”
The leader of the greatest Dothraki khalasar, he was smothered by Daenerys after being rendered catatonic by “healing” magic.
Mirri Maz Duur
“The dead will dance here tonight.”
A healer from a village destroyed by Drogo’s khalasar. After deliberately worsening Drogo’s wound and turning him into a vegetable, she was burned in his pyre by Daenerys.
And that’s all for season 1! With exactly twenty dead speaking characters, Game of Throne’s first season averaged a bloody two deaths per episode. Khal Drogo is the biggest killer this season with three named fatalities, making his death from an infected chicken scratch / medical malpractice particularly ironic.
We’ll be back on Monday with part 2!
Editor’s note: Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!