[Spoiler Alert] So I’ve finished season 4 and what a cracker it has been. Initially for about 6/7 episodes there has been very much a feeling of setting the scene and pulling viewers around giving them a bit of update on the various branching storylines. Episode 8,9 and 10 finish with some nasties and serious shockers. SPOILER ALERT – If you aren’t up to date you will be upset if you carry on reading!
So why is Game of Thrones, that damn good? Well here is why in a quick nutshell roundabout way of summarising:
- Main characters are allowed to be killed regardless of their presumed worth by the audience.
- Decent kills. Just awesome epic kills.
- Game of Thrones leaves you shocked, open-mouthed in awe of what you’ve watched.
So in the spirit of this article I’ll write down my top shocking character deaths.
Number one has to be Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, being the Warden of the North and Robert Baratheon’s hand of the king you would expect Ned to be a main feature in the Game of Thrones world. Ned is but only for the first season, thereafter he is only referenced to. This is because Ned Stark is ruthlessly beheaded by the little evil King Joffre (who everyone wants to see with their head atop a long spike) whom labelled Stark a traitor and enemy of the crown. So Ned Stark the most honorable, noble character to grace the series is game over before the end of season one. In fairness we should have seen it coming as Sean Bean plays him…
***WARNING CONTAINS VIOLENT SCENES***
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My second most shocking main character death was Robb Stark, not only in the nature of his death, but the fact the entire series contained him or details about his epic battles (and he was winning) against the Lannister’s and King Joffre. I think this death symbolises that in Game of Thrones even if your cause is a noble one, a significant amount of gold will ensure you receive a dagger in your heart with the added guarantee your entire family and unborn child is sliced and diced up along with you. The Red Wedding is by far one of the most shocking scenes in Game of Thrones.
***WARNING CONTAINS SOME HORRENDOUS REACTIONS***
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Keeping in with the theme of a noble cause and seemingly unfortunate death let’s talk Lord Commander Jeor Mormont. He is a main character in the second and third seasons. He also appeared as a recurring character in the first season. Jeor Mormont is the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He leads a group of Knight Watch recruits north of the Wall to investigate rumours of the wildlings amassing and investigating rumours of the White Walkers being sighted. His death comes prematurely when he is at Craster’s Keep. He dies at the hands of his own men after they rebel against the him for not standing up to Craster. (Who in my opinion deserves to die) he is unfortunately stabbed in the back and not in the literary sense.
Prince Oberyn Martell honestly season 4 is worth watching for his hideous grotesquely satisfying death (yes I’ve seen it about ten times) however I have to admit even if the bookworms knew this was coming I imagine it was still horrific for them to watch. Just don’t ask the Red Viper to pose for any photo’s anytime soon.
These are my favourite main character deaths. Do you have any to share? Feel free to post in the comments!