'Game of Thrones': Season 6's 25 Most Brutal Deaths

10:15 AM 6/22/2016

by Josh Wigler

Between the slaughter in Dorne, the holding of the door, the Battle of the Bastards and beyond, these 25 deaths in season six will echo throughout 'Thrones' history.

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    Prince Doran Martell

    Killed in "The Red Woman"

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    Season six began with a huge shock for book readers: Prince Doran and his closest advisors, murdered and betrayed by the Sand Snakes. Seeing as he's a big player in George R.R. Martin's series, Doran's death was not noteworthy in its goriness, but unforgettable in its brutality to book-first fans.

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    Trystane Martell

    Killed in "The Red Woman"

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    Less shocking because of book knowledge, and more so because of the sudden appearance of a spear sticking out of his face. It was a page out of the Indiana Jones playbook (why bring a sword to a gunfight?), punctuated with harsh words from Nymeria to her fellow Sand Snake: "You're such a greedy bitch!"

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    Roose Bolton

    Killed in "Home"

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    The Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North died quietly, stabbed through the heart by his own flesh and blood. Ramsay betraying Roose wasn't the bloodiest affair in Thrones history, not by a long shot. But it's nevertheless poetic in its connection to Roose's most infamous and heinous act: stabbing Robb Stark through the heart at the Red Wedding.

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    Walda Frey

    Killed in "Home"

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    While Game of Thrones shies away from showing the action visually, it's the sound of Walda and her infant's deaths that still provide nightmare fuel several episodes later. The buildup to House Bolton's hounds being set loose on Ramsay's innocent victims, paired with the noises of them being ripped to shreds, will haunt fans for years.

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    Balon Greyjoy

    Killed in "Home"

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    Few characters have entered Game of Thrones with greater style than Euron Greyjoy. The mischievous pirate and aspiring Lord of the Iron Islands makes his first bid for the Salt Throne by killing the man currently occupying the seat: Balon, his own brother. The whipping wind of the scene makes this one of the most memorable murders of the whole show, let alone season six.

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    The Night's Watch Mutineers

    Killed in "Oathbreaker"

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    Alliser Thorne, Olly and the others who betrayed and stabbed Jon Snow were in for a rude awakening upon the Lord Commander's return from the dead — and unfortunately for them, they didn't share their murder victim's unique ability to walk back into the land of the living. Their hanging corpses were a monument to a changed Jon Snow, a man who could no longer serve on the Night's Watch.

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    Osha

    Killed in "Book of the Stranger"

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    Add another body to Ramsay Bolton's growing tally, this time in the form of season one veteran Osha the wildling. Her traditional tactic of disarming her enemy through seduction didn't exactly work on Ramsay, all too aware of her maneuvers thanks to years of torturing Theon Greyjoy.

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    Khal Moro

    Killed in "Book of the Stranger"

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    Daenerys Targaryen can't go more than a season or two without utterly blindsiding her enemies with a shocking display of firepower. Season six was no exception, as she burned her way out of Khal Moro's oppressive grasp, cementing her own status as the new leader of the Dothraki people.

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    The Three-Eyed Raven's Companions

    Killed in "The Door"

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    There's no surer sign that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones than the end of Summer, Bran Stark's trusty dire wolf. He's far from the only murder victim of the White Walker invasion on the Three-Eyed Raven's lair, resulting in the death of the sage himself, as well as the remaining Children of the Forest.

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    Hodor

    Killed in "The Door"

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    Although he dies in the same sequence as Summer and the Raven, the guardian formerly known as Wylis requires special mention due to its emotionally crippling nature. In a combination of bravery and time-travel terror, Hodor vows to "hold the door" for his entire life, sacrificing himself so that his companions Bran and Meera can safely escape the White Walkers. It's not just the most devastating death of season six, but absolutely in the conversation for most devastating deaths of the whole show — Ned Stark and Red Wedding victims included.

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    Brother Ray

    Killed in "The Broken Man"

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    Straight out of Deadwood and into Westeros, the erstwhile Al Swearengen traded in his guns and booze (but not his vulgarity) for a life of peace and love. And what did he get when all was said and done? The death of his entire pious flock and a noose around his own neck. No one is safe on Game of Thrones, not even noted HBO veterans.

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    Lemoncloak and his Posse

    Killed in "No One"

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    Brother Ray's body wasn't cold for more than an episode before Sandor Clegane sought vengeance against his killers, hacking and slashing them apart with nothing more than an axe and a grudge. He begrudgingly hanged the final two killers, though he would have much preferred gutting the men; but the times have changed since viewers last saw the Hound, if only a little bit.

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    Lady Crane

    Killed in "No One"

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    No good deed goes unpunished on Game of Thrones, and for the greatest thespian in Izembaro's traveling theater group, the punishment for nursing Arya Stark back to health was nothing short of death itself — a literally twisted end, as she was last seen turned into a veritable human pretzel thanks to the Waif.

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    The Waif

    Killed in "No One"

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    The Waif's killing spree was short lived, as Arya Stark lured her into an unlit corner of the Braavosi underground, slaying her in the darkness. How exactly did Arya beat her? Who knows, and frankly, who cares? The Waif's severed and bloodied face hanging up inside the House of Black and White is all the visual information we need.

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    The Slaver Army

    Killed in "Battle of the Bastards"

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    These men picked the wrong ship, the wrong day, and the wrong cause. Ambushing Meereen with the goal of enslaving the city's citizens might have seemed like a strong idea on paper, but that's only if the dragons aren't around — and unfortunately for the denizens of this particular ship, there most definitely be dragons.

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    The Masters

    Killed in "Battle of the Bastards"

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    "It always does seem abstract, other people dying." Tyrion Lannister knows how to twist the knife, but not quite as well as Grey Worm, who slits the throats of two of the three main Masters with one deft move. Yezzan zo Qaggaz walks away as the lone survivor, scared beyond belief, as Tyrion warns him to report back to his cohorts and "remind them what happened when Daenerys Stormborn and her dragons came to Meereen."

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    Rickon Stark

    Killed in "Battle of the Bastards"

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    Eddard and Catelyn Stark's youngest son is dead, adding to the growing pile of Stark corpses throughout Thrones' run. Really, he stood very little chance from the moment he became Ramsay Bolton's captive, with even Sansa remarking that Rickon's time was limited at best. But who would have predicted Rickon would die by becoming target practice?

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    The Northerners

    Killed in "Battle of the Bastards"

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    Rickon's death paves the way for one of the single most expansive and unsettling battles in the show's history, covering so many men in blood, guts, grime and gore. The sheer scale and scope of the battlefield's many corpses is only more pronounced when Jon Snow emerges from an ocean of bodies, gasping for air.

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    Wun Wun the Giant

    Killed in "Battle of the Bastards"

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    As if losing one beloved giant in Hodor wasn't enough, season six killed off its other hulking hero: Wun Wun, riddled with spears and arrows thanks to his colossal efforts in reclaiming Winterfell for Jon Snow. He didn't even get to say goodbye before sustaining an arrow to the eye. Though Wun Wun is done done, his legacy will live on through the surviving members of House Stark and the Free Folk.

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    Ramsay Bolton

    Killed in "Battle of the Bastards"

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    It's a cold day in Dorne when the bad guys actually lose on Game of Thrones, but ring those bells: the Bastard of Bolton is truly dead and gone, ripped to ribbons by his own hungry dogs. It's an uproarious moment for Sansa Stark as she claims her first victim in the form of her greatest abuser, and a massive victory for fans as well. Never has the phrase "good dog" been more appropriate.

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    The Wildfire Victims

    Killed in "The Winds of Winter"

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    So long, Margaery Tyrell. Farewell, Loras. Hardly knew you, Kevan Lannister. All these people and more were incinerated in a brutal blast of wildfire, an act of terrorism initiated by Cersei Lannister and her allies, utterly decimating the King's Landing storyline in one fiery fell swoop.

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    The High Sparrow

    Killed in "The Winds of Winter"

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    The Faith Militant's barefooted commander earns special mention as the brightest ember in the wildfire disaster, covered in neon green goo that looks just as much like Peter Venkman after encountering Slimer than it does a veritable nuclear explosion. The High Sparrow always assumed he would end his life covered in light… and how right he was.

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    King Tommen

    Killed in "The Winds of Winter"

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    Cersei's plan goes off without a hitch, save for one, and it's massive: Tommen Baratheon, first of his name, giving new meaning to King's Landing as he tosses himself out of the Red Keep and plummets to his death. It's a terribly tragic ending for one of the few good souls in Game of Thrones, albeit one who was routinely manipulated by minds greater than his.

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    Walder Frey

    Killed in "The Winds of Winter"

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    "They're here, my lord." Welcome back to Westeros, Arya Stark. There's no better way to celebrate than by killing off Walder Frey's evil offspring, turning them into a minced meat pie, feeding them to Walder himself, then slitting the man's throat. Consider the Red Wedding officially avenged.

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    Lyanna Stark

    Killed in "The Winds of Winter"

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    Though she's been dead for years, Game of Thrones viewers only witnessed Lyanna Stark's final moments in the season six finale — and while the moment was filled with horror, it also came alongside a major jaw-dropping reveal: She's Jon Snow's actual mother, and Jon's actual father is Rhaegar Targaryen... which makes Daenerys' Jon's aunt. Confused? Wait for season seven, and everything will clear right up.

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