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37 'Game Of Thrones' Deaths, Ranked By Shock Value

Heads will roll.

"Valar morghulis." Those words echo throughout "Game of Thrones," and they're lived up to week in and week out. It doesn't matter if you're a poor little butcher's boy or the leading man of the entire series — if you play the game of thrones and you don't win, then you die. No middle ground.

Behold, our bloody walk down memory lane of all the great "Game of Thrones" deaths, ranked by shock value. Mind the guts and gore.

Robert Baratheon

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From the moment we laid eyes on King Robert, we knew he wasn't going to make it very far. What good is a game of thrones with the same king wearing the crown the whole time?

Kraznys Mo Nakloz

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"Dracarys." And with that, Daenerys pulled the trigger on the double-cross everyone hoped and expected to see. If she HADN'T commanded Drogon to roast the Astapor slaver alive, we all would have rioted.

Karl

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Sword through the back of the head and out the mouth was one of the show's gnarliest deaths, but of course this guy was going down.

Locke

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Likewise, neck-break at the hands of Bran-by-Hodor was a shocking move, but Locke himself was destined to die the moment he chopped off Jaime Lannister's hand.

Craster

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Yet another man with a ticking clock over his head from the minute we met him. The Night's Watch wanted to do this for years.

Jeor Mormont

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The bigger shock than his actual death, was his skull being used as Karl's new goblet. Gross.

Yoren

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Arya's Night's Watch pal was being set up to be a new Ned Stark of sorts. So much for that.

Lysa Arryn

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Catelyn Stark's sister sailing through the Moon Door is probably something "Thrones" fans were waiting for as soon as both the character and concept were introduced.

Jory Cassel

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Jaime, man. What an a--hole.

Rodrik Cassel

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THEON, man. What an a--hole!

Maester Luwin

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Another Theon casualty, if an indirect one. Kind of like killing Yoda in season two.

Septa Mordane

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Her severed head on a pike in King's Landing, not pictured here, is one of the most unsettling images of the series.

Tywin Lannister

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Given everything he unleashed in his life and on "Game of Thrones," Tywin's time was coming. Tywin going out while taking a dump? THAT was a legitimate shock.

Shae

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Tyrion killing his own lover with his own two hands was a very unexpected look for our favorite Lannister.

Ygritte

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Olly. How could you.

Renly Baratheon

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Lord of Light, kill Renly in the night, Shadow Stannis…

Viserys Targaryen

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Another twerp who you just knew wasn't going to make it out of this thing alive, but death by melted metal face? Certainly original.

Khal Drogo

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The biggest shock about Drogo's death was that he died in his sleep. A fairly dull affair for one of the greatest warriors in the "Game."

Rickard Karstark

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He who passes the sentence…

Janos Slynt

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…swings the sword.

Lommy Greenhands

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"Something wrong with your leg, boy?"

Polliver

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"I'll have to carry you."

The Butcher's Boy

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"He ran. Not very fast."

Sandor Clegane

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Just a hunch, but pretty sure that not ALL dogs go to heaven.

Syrio Forel

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Yes, today. :(

Grenn

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But… Grenn doesn't die in the books…

Pyp

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Wait, Pyp doesn't, either…

Jojen Reed

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Hey, "Game of Thrones," what are you doing?

Barristan the Bold

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"Game of Thrones," stahp!

Ros

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After being one of the most prominent show-only characters for so many episodes, Ros gets an off-screen death? Not that she's the most beloved figure in the series, but it's a huge surprise that the show wrote her off so casually.

King Joffrey Baratheon

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Sometimes, we get nice things.

Talisa Stark

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More often than not, though…

Robb Stark

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…we get horrible things.

Catelyn Stark

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Horrible, unspeakable things.

Grey Wind

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Not the dog, too!

The Red Viper

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Maybe not as emotionally shocking as the Red Wedding, but definitely much, much, MUCH grosser. Grossest thing in the show's history, full stop, no arguments.

Ned Stark

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The first game-changing shock cannot be topped.

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