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All men must die, but these deaths were particularly rough

Courtney Ennis
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Viserys Targaryen

Daenerys' older brother Viserys was finally given the golden crown he craved when Khal Drogo poured molten gold over his head.

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Ned Stark

The first truly shocking death in the series, Ned Stark was beheaded under Joffrey Baratheon's orders while his daughter Sansa was forced to watch.

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Khal Drogo

The Dothraki warrior was not killed in battle, but taken down by a festering wound that left him in a vegetative state. His wife Daenerys ended his suffering by smothering him and burning his body.

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Renly Baratheon

Renly was an unorthodox king, so it's befitting that he had an unorthodox death: assassinated by a shadow conjured by his brother Stannis and his Red Priestess, Melisandre.

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Robb Stark

Robb was forced to watch his pregnant wife, Talisa, die in his arms before the eldest Stark was stabbed to death by Roose Bolton.

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Catelyn Stark

After losing her son, Robb, and unborn grandchild, Catelyn Stark took her revenge by slitting a Frey woman's throat before Black Walder slit hers.

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Joffrey Baratheon

It was the death everyone was waiting for: At Joffrey's wedding to Sansa, the psychopathic prince finally got his comeuppance when he was poisoned by Olenna Tyrell and Littlefinger.

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Lysa Arryn

Littlefinger had already lost his love, Catelyn Stark, and he had no intention of losing Cat's daughter too. So when his wife Lysa attempted to kill her niece, Petyr didn't hesitate to shove Lysa out the moon door to her death.

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Oberyn Martell

Watching the Mountain gauge out Oberyn's eyes was so painful to watch that seeing his head get crushed was almost a relief.

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Ygritte

Before Olly stabbed Jon Snow to death, he killed Ygritte, the Wildling warrior and Jon's lover, when the Free Folk attacked Castle Black.

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Jojen Reed

Jojen's long journey came to an end when he was killed by wights shortly before reaching the Three-Eyed Raven.

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Shae

Tyrion felt so betrayed upon discovering Shae was sleeping with his father Tywin, the then-Hand of the King strangled Shae with the necklace he'd gifted her.

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Tywin Lannister

For all of Tywin's pomp and circumstance, his death was wonderfully undignified. The lion was killed by his son Tyrion for sleeping with his lover Shae.

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Shireen Baratheon

Easily the hardest death to stomach, poor Shireen was burned alive by Stannis as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. Her mother, Selyse, was so heartbroken afterwards, she hanged herself in the woods.

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Stannis Baratheon

Stannis' decision to sacrifice his daughter Shireen was all for nothing. He lost the battle with the Boltons and was killed by Brienne of Tarth to avenge his brother Renly.

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Myrcella Baratheon

One of the few people who might have deserved the throne, Myrcella was killed by a poisonous kiss from Ellaria Sand as revenge for the death of Oberyn Martell.

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Jon Snow

After Jon allowed the Wildlings south of the Wall, the Night's Watch turned on their Lord Commander, brutally stabbing him to death. (Spoiler alert: He came back.)

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Walda Frey and her newborn son

There was something so unnecessary about the way Ramsay Bolton killed his stepmom, Walda Frey, and her newborn son. The show had already made it abundantly clear that Ramsay was a horrible human being, and having just seen him stab his father Roose Bolton to death we knew murder was on his mind. But despite being a Frey, it never seemed as though Walda had a bad bone in her body. She was just a simple woman who got married to the wrong man at the wrong time. There was no need for us to watch her and her baby get eaten alive by hounds.

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Hodor

We finally learned Hodor's tragic backstory when Bran used his powers to watch him as a young stable boy named Wylis. However, when Bran inadvertently linked the minds of present-day Hodor and his past self, Wylis suffered a seizure, during which he experienced his future death by White Walkers and permanently damaged his mind. It's because of that experience that Hodor can only say "Hodor," since he died while holding the door to allow Bran and Meera to escape the Night's King.

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Ramsay Bolton

Even after Ramsay lost the Battle of the Bastards, he remained quite cocky. That is, until Sansa unleashed Ramsay's starving hounds upon him and the newly crowned Lord Bolton was eaten alive.

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Margaery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell and the High Sparrow

Instead of showing up to her trial, Cersei set off a wildfire explosion in the Sept that instantly killed Margaery, Loras, the High Sparrow and everyone else inside.

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Tommen Baratheon

When Tommen realized what Cersei had done, he promptly threw himself from his tower window.

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Walder Frey

Arya's first act of business upon returning to Westeros was killing Walder Frey. But before she slit his throat, Arya, wearing the face of a serving girl, went so far as to feed the Lord of the Crossing his own sons in the form of a pie.

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Olenna Tyrell

The Queen of Thorns' reign came to an end when Jaime's army took Highgarden by force. Out of respect for the elder Tyrell, Jaime had somehow managed to convince Cersei to allow her death to be quick and painless via poison, but Olenna managed to deliver one last devastating blow before the effects of the elixir took their toll, telling Jaime that it wasn't Tyrion, but herself who poisoned Joffrey.

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Viserion

Up until the frozen lake battle north of the Wall, it was easy to think Daenerys' dragons were indestructible. But then poor Viserion was fatally struck down by one of the Night King's ice spears while his mother looked on. The grim icing on the terrifying cake? The Night King then resurrected him as an ice dragon.

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Littlefinger

If you didn't give three cheers when Littlefinger finally bit it, you have been rooting for the losing team. Littlefinger's ladder of chaos came tumbling down in the Season 7 finale, when his attempts to turn Sansa against her sister Arya ended up coming back to bite him. Sansa accused Littlefinger of treason and murder and all the other wicked things he'd done to plunge Westeros into an endless war, and when he was on his knees begging for his life, she gave the final order. Arya stepped in (wielding the dagger Littlefinger had given to Bran's would-be assassin in Season 1) and sliced his throat in front of everyone.

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The Night King

During the Battle of Winterfell in the Season 8 episode "The Long Night," Arya Stark attacks the Night King from behind. The leader of the White Walkers turns around and catches Arya by the throat. She drops the Valyrian steel dagger but catches it with her other hand to stab and kill the Night King. This moment was a jaw-dropping conclusion to the Great War.