‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Death Watch: Who Died and How Bloody Was It?

Here’s who fell during the HBO series’ final episode

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the series finale of “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Iron Throne.”)

One week after “Game of Thrones” fans endured the bloodshed during “The Last War” between the two queens fighting for the Iron Throne — Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen — the series finale offered up even more in the way of big deaths.

The 1-hour, 20-minute final episode of the HBO series’ eighth and final season claimed the life of Daenerys in a very poetic way, just before she sat on the Iron Throne.

In case you forgot the lives that were lost over the show’s final six-episode run, see below for our list of every “Game of Thrones” character who died on Season 8.

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Ned Umber
How they died: Poor little Ned Umber. This guy was the first notable death of the final season and technically died twice because he was a) turned into a wight by the Night King and left at the center of a ritualistic arrangement of body parts inside the Umbers’ ancestral home, The Last Hearth, and b) killed by Beric and his trusty fire sword once the Eastwatch-Castle Black team found the boy’s reanimated corpse. The son of the late Smalljon Umber and grandson of the late Greatjon Umber, Ned is the tyke who Jon Snow entrusted with the Umbers’ property, after the Northern clan betrayed the Starks and Jon fought for Ramsay Bolton at the Battle of the Bastards. Jon was willing to forgive the family and not hold Ned accountable for their actions, letting him retain control of his home when he agreed to bend the knee.

See below for how Ned died (the second time):

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Random men who were guarding Yara on Euron Greyjoy’s ship (played by Rob McElhenney and Martin Starr)
How they died: Arrows to the head, courtesy of Theon and his crew, who came to rescue Yara in the Season 8 premiere. Honestly, they were very, very minor deaths we only care about ’cause these were just awesome cameos.

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Dolorous Edd
How they died: The first major casualty of the Battle of Winterfell, Edd was killed by a wight while protecting Sam.

Lady Lyanna Mormont
How they died: Squeezed to death by a giant wight, though it was a sacrifice play — the badass little lady managed to stab him through the eye with some dragonglass and took him out with her.

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A bunch of Dothraki
How they died: As the frontline of Daenerys and Jon Snow’s forces at the Battle of Winterfell, the Dothraki went storming into the dark night with fiery blades — and didn’t come back. The horde was killed by the wights who came ripping through them to attack the other living troops. This might actually be the end of the Dothraki nation, if the post-episode featurette is telling us the truth.

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Theon Greyjoy
How they died: Stabbed by the Night King, he gave his life to try and protect Bran Stark in the Godswood during the Battle of Winterfell.

The Night King
How they died: Arya stabbed him with the late Littlefinger’s Valyrian steel blade in the closing moments of Episode 803, taking out him and his entire army of White Walkers and wights in the process (including the undead Viserion!). Yes, Arya killed the Night King and ended the Battle of Winterfell.

Jorah Mormont
How they died: Jorah died by his Khaleesi’s side, succumbing to the injuries he sustained protecting her during the Battle of Winterfell.

Beric Dondarrion
How they died: Died after being mauled by wights in the halls of Winterfell during the great battle, but not before he managed to successfully protect Arya so she could fulfill her destiny (see above) even if he cannot be brought back by the Lord of Light this time.

How they died: After returning to Westeros to help everyone survive the Battle of Winterfell, Melisandre took off her necklace and wandered into the dawn to die as her true, much-older self.

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How they died: Beheaded by The Mountain after being kidnapped by Euron Greyjoy, at Cersei Lannister’s request. She was executed because Daenerys would not surrender to Cersei.

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How they died: Shot with multiple arrows by Euron Greyjoy in an ambush at Dragonstone.

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How they died: Executed for treason by Daenerys (via Drogon) after she discovered he supported Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen’s claim to the throne over hers.

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Most of the Golden Company 
How they died: Many were killed by Daenerys Targareyn via Drogon’s fiery breath when she laid siege to King’s Landing and others were killed by her army on the ground.

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How they died: Ser Gregor Clegane a.k.a. The Mountain smashed his head into a wall in the Red Keep after Qyburn demanded Gregor escort his queen, Cersei, to safety instead of fight his brother, Sandor Clegane a.k.a. The Hound, to the death.

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Sandor Clegane a.k.a. “The Hound”
How they died: Pushed his brother, The Mountain, over the Red Keep wall during their fight to the death (Cleganebowl!) and went tumbling down with him.

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Gregor Clegane a.k.a. The Mountain
How they died: Pushed over the wall of the Red Keep by his brother, Sander Clegane a.k.a. “The Hound,” though they both fell to their death.

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Jaime Lannister
How they died: Crushed by the rubble of the collapsing Red Keep while down in the dungeons, trying to escape with Cersei during the battle in King’s Landing.

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Cersei Lannister
How they died: Crushed by the rubble of the collapsing Red Keep while down in the dungeons, trying to escape with Jaime.

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Euron Grejoy
How they died: Stabbed in the chest by Jaime Lannister when the two were brawling over Cersei during the war in King’s Landing. We didn’t see Euron die on screen, but we’re very confident he did not survive that mortal wound.

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A Bunch of Lannister Soldiers
How they died: These poor bastards were summarily executed — personally — by Grey Worm after they had the misfortune of surrendering at the start of the series finale, right after Dany destroyed the living hell out of Kings Landing.


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Daenerys Targaryen
How they died: Stabbed by Jon Snow on the series finale, after she burned thousands in King’s Landing so she could take the Iron Throne. Then she was carried off by Drogon.