Game of Thrones has always been full of gory and gruesome (and often unexpected) deaths, but season six really stepped it up a notch.
A lot of people died, and none of them from natural causes…
Obviously, big, big spoilers ahead. If you haven’t finished the season, then turn back now..
Princes Doran and Trystane
In the very first episode, Prince Doran Martell and his son Trystane were murdered by the Sand Snakes, who were still annoyed about Doran’s refusal to take revenge over Oberyn’s death.
Just moments after learning that his wife Walda had given birth to a baby boy, Roose reassured his bastard son Ramsay that he would always consider him as his true heir. Clearly, Ramsay didn’t believe him, as he immediately stabbed his father to death.
Walda Frey and Her Son
With Roose dead, we didn’t have a whole lot of hope for Fat Walda orher newborn son, and we were right not to. Luringthem to Winterfell, and into his kennels, Ramsay fed them alive to his hounds.
Theon and Yara’s dad, King Balon Greyjoy was murdered by his brother Euron, who had arrived on the Iron Islands to overthrow him. While Yara tried to succeed her father, and become Queen, most of the Ironborn then got behind Euron instead.
For their part in the mutiny against Jon Snow, Ser Alliser Thorne and young Olly were both hung.
Brought as a prisoner to Winterfell, along with Rickon Stark (and the head of Shaggydog – another of this season’s casualties), Osha made an attempt to assassinate Ramsay Bolton by seducing him. Unfortunately, he figured out what she was doing, and killed her.
Khal Moro etc.
Daenerys Targaryen, when brought to the temple inVaes Dothrak, informed the Khals gathered there that she was going to be in charge from that point on. Then, she set fire to the straw-filled, wooden temple, and burned them all to death.
The Three Eyed Raven
After taking Bran on a tour of his family’s past – to the Tower of Joy, and to the Winterfell of his father’s youth – the Three Eyed Raven was eventually killed by the Night King, who had invaded the cave with an army of Wights.
Summer, Bran’s direwolf, also died, as did Leaf – one of the Children of the Forest.
One of the most heart-wrenching deaths in the whole history of Game of Thrones, Hodor died to give Bran and Meera enough time to escape the White Walkers and Wights.
While we were pretty sure that Arya wasn’t about to die, we were still slightly worried when the intent-on-murder Waif (who had already stabbed her once) found her hideout. Arya, however, used Needle to cut a candle, plunging the room into darkness, and giving herself (who learned to fight while blind) the upper hand. Goodbye Waif.
Sansa Stark correctly predicted that Ramsay wasn’t going to let Rickon get out alive, but we’ll admit it: we felt a glimmer of hope when Jon was galloping towards him. Unfortunately, that hope was futile, and Ramsay’s well-aimed arrow got Rickon straight through the shoulder.
While it was Petyr’s Knights of the Vale that really bailed out Jon, he probably wouldn’t have been able to take back Winterfell if it wasn’t for Wun Wun, who battered the door down. Unfortunately, there was a lot of archers on the other side of the door and, already with about one hundred arrows sticking out of him, Wun Wun eventually succumbed.
Probably one of the most satisfying deaths that we’ve seen in a while, Ramsay Bolton was beaten to a pulp by Jon Snow, before being fed alive to his dogs by Sansa. Not a nice way to go, but then not a nice guy..
Grand Maester Pycelle
One of the first casualties of a particularly death-filled season finale,Grand Maester Pycelle was murdered by a group of “little birds” (child spies), presumably at the request of Cersei.
If Lancel Lannister hadn’t told the High Sparrow about hisincestuous relationshipwith Cersei (his cousin),then she would never have been arrested, and would never have had to do that walk of shame. For that reason, he was always going to go, and go he did. LikePycelle, he was stabbed by a “little bird”, but Lancel managed to stay alive long enough to witness the wildfire explosion.
Margaeryrealised that Cersei had outplayed the naive High Sparrow, but she realised it a second too late. The Queen tried to get out of theSept of Baelor, but she was killed in the Wildfire explosion.
Margaery’s brother Loras pleaded guilty at his trial, and agreed to (among other things) never marry, and father no children as punishment.Ironically enough, he was killed in the wildfire explosion a couple of minutes later, meaning that he would never do either of those things anyway. Poor Loras. He’s with Renly now.
The High Sparrow
Another victim of the wildfire, the High Sparrow seemed to think that Cersei would “go quietly”, as they say, and undergo her trial. He was badly wrong, and he paid for his mistake (as did a lot of other people…).
Cersei might have killed the majority of her enemies, but in doing so, she lost her last surviving son. Watching the Sept of Baleor burning, Tommen threw himself out of the window.
The man responsible for the infamous Red Wedding, Walder Frey finally got his comeuppance at the hands of Arya Stark. Recently returned from Braavos, she killed two of Walder’s sons, baked them into a pie, fed him the pie, and then cut his throat.
That’s one more name crossed off her list..
Tell us which characters you were sad/happy to see go in the comments!