Warning: This post contains spoilers for all six seasons of Game of Thrones.
Plenty of people have lost their lives on Game of Thrones, and most have met a violent end. While this list doesn’t record every named soldier who’s had his throat slit, it is a comprehensive account (in chronological order) of now deceased characters who had some major impact on the plot. You’ll be surprised how many you’ve already forgotten.
Inspired by Jon Snow’s resurrection, we’ve also tried to determine the likelihood of these characters returning to the show. Of course, any unburned body could turn into a White Walker, but we assume those in the Seven Kingdoms will quickly learn to dispose of their corpses.
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Role: First Ranger of the Night’s Watch, Brother of Ned Stark
Time of death: Season 1, Episode 7
Means of execution: Killed by White Walkers
Likelihood of return: 10% (Benjen was attacked by White Walkers and left for dead, but the Children of the Forest prevented him from becoming a wight. He lived on until he saved Jon Snow beyond the Wall, at which point he was attacked by White Walkers again and presumably killed.)
Role: Master sword fighter and Arya Stark’s instructor in combat
Time of death: Season 1, Episode 8
Means of execution: Presumably killed by Ser Meryn in a sword fight (he was only armed with a training sword)
Likelihood of return: 30% (We never actually see him die. He was a master swordsman, after all.)
Role: Chieftain of the Dothraki people and husband of Daenerys Targaryen
Time of death: Season 1, Episode 10
Means of execution: Smothered by Daenerys Targaryen in a mercy killing after a spell by Mirri Maz Duur leaves him in a catatonic state
Likelihood of return: 0% (Unless it’s in another vision like Daenerys had in season 2)
Mirri Maz Duur
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Mag the Mighty
Role: Warg, brother of Meera Reed, traveling companion of Bran Stark
Time of death: Season 4, Episode 10
Means of execution: Mercy killed by Meera after being stabbed multiple times by a wight; burned by a fireball thrown by “the Children”
Likelihood of return: 30% (Could Jojen have warged into someone or something before he died?)
Hizdahr zo Loraq
Role: Commander of the Night’s Watch, bastard son of Eddard Stark (or maybe not)
Time of death: Season 5, Episode 10
Means of execution: Stabbed by Night’s Watch mutineers, including Alliser Thorne and Olly
Likelihood of return: 100% (Resurrected by Melisandre)