This might have been the one oversight in Cersei's master plan (or maybe not).
The tragic end to one of the show's few good souls, Tommen Baratheon shocked fans by plummeting to his death from the red keep after witnessing the explosion of
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.
File this one under "couldn't have happened fast enough".
Ramsey Bolton met an end fit for a bastard. After his army was defeated in the Battle of the Bastards, Sansa Stark made sure Ramsey's hungry dogs got the meal they deserved.
Just as Wun Wun was fast becoming a fan favourite on the show, the wildling giant showed just how far he was willing to follow Jon Snow into battle.
Unfortunately he didn't get to see their triumphant victory.
If anyone thought that Rickon would make it out of season seven alive, especially after the warning Seaworth gave Jon Snow prior to the Battle of the Bastards, you thought wrong.
Hodor's sacrifice at the end of "The Door" hit close to home, REAL CLOSE.
Bran's guardian, who we'd grown to love even more as Wylis, sacrifices his life to save Bran and Meera in an emotionally crippling scene of bravery and time-travel terror.
One of the most devastating deaths of season six, fans find out why Hodor's vocabulary is limited to one word as he courageously vows to "hold the door" for the rest of his life.
Jon Snow Gets Iced
"THIS CANNOT BE HAPPENING...CAN IT?!"
The most shocking death on the show so far, Jon Snow was betrayed by his Night's Watchmen at the end of season five, but he can't really be dead can he?
Fast forward through A FULL YEAR of speculation, many MANY lies from Kit Harrington (which we haven't fully forgiven him for) and fans were relieved to find out that the Lord Commander got another chance at life (thanks to the Red Woman).
Tywin On The Throne
After killing Shae, Tyrion discovered his father in the privy, answering nature's call. When Tywin saw the crossbow Tyrion aimed at him, he returned to his usual tactic of taunting his son. Bad move; Tyrion let an arrow fly right into Tyrion's chest, killing his own father and ending a lifetime of paternal abuse.
Insult Leads To Injury
Escaping from the dungeon before his execution (with some help from Jamie and Varys), Tyrion sneaks into his father's bedchamber, only to discover his beloved prostitute Shae in his old man's bed. This, added to her earlier courtroom betrayal, proved to be too much for the Imp to bear, and he strangled Shae to death with the chain around her neck.
Icy Fingers Of Death
Jojen Reed was accompanying his sister Meera, Hodor and Bran Stark on a journey in the frozen north when White Walkers burst from the snow all around them. Jojen winds up being stabbed repeatedly by one of the undead ghouls until Meera mercifully ends his life by cutting his throat.
Dog Day Afternoon
An encounter with Brienne of Tarth leaves the Hound the worse for wear and he lies dying, begging Arya Stark to finish him off. Instead of taking the merciful path, Arya instead decides to leave him there. Wait a minute, though; we never ACTUALLY saw him die, did we? Hmm...
Shot Through The Heart
As the Wildlings attacked Castle Black, a young member of the Night's Watch spied Jon Snow's embittered former love Ygritte notch an arrow and aim it squarely at the Bastard of Winterfell. Before she could shoot, the kid shot her first. When Jon saw what happened, he ran over and held Ygritte as she died in his arms. Her final words: "You know nothing, Jon Snow."
Oberyn Climbs The Mountain
Tyrion needs a champion to defend himself in a "trial by combat" while he stands trial for murdering Joffrey. Oberyn Martell seeks vengeance on Ser Gregor Clegane (a.k.a. the Mountain) for raping and murdering his sister all those years ago. It seemed like a win-win when Oberyn agreed to be Tyrion's champion, especially when "The Red Viper" poisons his blade to assure his foe's certain death. Things didn't work out that way, though, when The Mountain crushed Oberyn's eyeballs like a pair of grisly grapes as BOTH men died (although the Mountain may not be "dead dead," if you catch the drift).
Up In The Air
Crafty Littlefinger cozies up to wacko Lysa Arryn, and convinces her to marry him, effectively making him Lord of the Vale and new owner of the Eyrie. This is bad news for lovestruck Lysa when Littlefinger casually pushes her out the Moon Door, causing her to plunge to her death.
Needle Of Revenge
By sheer happenstance, Arya and the Hound wander into a grungy inn and encounter a band of hooligans — one of them being Polliver, the murderous weasel who killed Arya's pal Lommy and stole her precious sword, Needle. With a little help from the Hound, Arya reclaims Needle and then slowly pushes the blade into Polliver's neck, leaving her one less name to recite in her litany of revenge.
Joffrey's wedding day was capped off by the death of the groom, who choked to death after his windpipe closed up and caused him to suffocate in full view of the elite of Westeros. Her son apparently poisoned, Cersei rushes to judgement and accuses brother Tyrion of the homicide, thus setting in motion a chain of events that will result in several more shocking deaths.
C'mon Baby, Light My Fire
When Daenerys makes a deal with Kraznys the slave master to buy his army of Unsullied - the mind-controlled eunuch warriors - he continually derides and mocks her in High Valyrian, a language so ancient that nobody knows how to speak it anymore...except Daenerys, who's understood every insult to come out of his mouth. Since she has no money, she reluctantly agrees to trade one of her three dragons for the slaves. As soon as he hands over the symbolic whip that grants her control of the Unsullied, she hands him the chain attached to one of her flying serpents - and then orders it to flame on and fry Kraznys to a crisp, taking his slaves and skipping out on the bill.
A Stabbing Sensation
The head honcho of the Night's Watch tried to keep a lid on things when his own men tried to stage a mutiny at Craster's Keep, arguing that creepy old Craster was keeping all the good food and wine for himself and his daughter-wives while they were eating scraps. Realizing the strategic importance of maintaining the alliance with Craster, Lord Commander Mormont (James Cosmo) tries to prevent the situation from escalating, and winds up being stabbed to death by a rogue member of the Night's Watch.
The Red Wedding
Easily the most infamous 'Game of Thrones' death scene (so far - wait until you see season four!), ancient Walder Frey (David Bradley) is none too thrilled that King in the North Robb Stark (Richard Madden) broke his agreement to marry one of Frey's numerous (and homely) daughters, instead marrying his true love Talisa (Oona Chaplin). Offering her brother as a groom instead of her son, Lady Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) thinks she's managed to smooth things over. Nope. Turns out the wedding feast was an elaborate ambush planned by Frey to avenge the slight against his honour, with Catelyn, Robb and pregnant Talisa brutally murdered in what is easily the least-fun wedding reception in TV history.
Faithful adviser to the Stark family, the wise and kindly Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter) tries to reason with Theon when he and his crew of Ironborne take over undefended Winterfell. When Theon is knocked out cold by one of his own men, Luwin asks the soldier what's going on. Instead of an answer, the maester gets a spear through the chest in one of the series' most unexpected and unnecessary deaths.
A Smoky Surprise
While wannabe king Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) rallied his forces and prepared to march on King's Landing, his older brother Stannis (Stephen Dillane) impregnates Red God-worshipping priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) with some kind of weird smoke-spirit monster that whisks itself to Renly and kills him. Even Stannis didn't see that one coming.
A Royal Pincushion
We first met ambitious young prostitute Ros (Esme Bianco) in Winterfell, where Theon (Alfie Allen) heartily samples her wares. In retrospect, she should have stayed there. Although her move to King's Landing brought her up in the world, working under the tutelage of Little Finger and his strong pimp hand, it also cost her life when sadistic psycho Joffrey hung her from the rafters and used her for target practice to test out his new crossbow.
Getting A Head
In a move that shocked viewers and set the show's anyone-can-die template, Ned Stark was to have been spared, branded a traitor but allowed to keep his life by joining the Night's Watch and being exiled to the Wall. A perfect plan, which would have ensured peace throughout the Seven Kingdoms, until bratty King Joffrey ordered Ned's execution - and, in effect, declared war on the Starks and their numerous allies. Meanwhile, viewers learned a valuable lesson about 'Game of Thrones': regardless of how important a character may seem to the storyline, don't be surprised if he or she is killed off.
Respect The Infection
Unfortunately, Khal Drogo didn't have a whole lot of time to gloat over his creative and fitting murder of Viserys after a nasty gash on his pec - inflicted during a fight that left his opponent dead - became infected, causing him to enter what seemed to be a coma. When Danerys (Emilia Clarke) enlists the services of a not-quite-truthful sorcercess, the witch is able to keep Drogo alive, but there's a catch: he'll be a drooling vegetable for the rest of his life. Ultimately, Drogo's death comes at the hands of his beloved Khaleesi, who smothers him with a pillow in order send him off to the Night Lands so he can ride with his ancestors for all eternity.
A Crown Of Gold
There's no getting around it - Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) may have been the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, but he was also a complete and utter d-bag. When he drunkenly accosts Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) - a guy who should never be accosted, drunk or otherwise - and demands his "crown of gold," Drogo decides to give him one. Plucking the golden discs off his belt, the Dothraki warlord melts down the metal in a white-hot fire and pours the molten goo over the petulant prince's head. The gold hardening by the time Viserys hits the ground, his head slams down with a death-knell clang.
Gored By A Boar — Because He Was Bored
Poor King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy). As a soldier, nobody could match him. As a king... not so much. Given all the intrigue and Machiavellian machinations going on in King's Landing, the king's long-term prospects didn't look good, but viewers were still stunned by HOW he went out: fatally gored by a wild boar during a drunken hunting expedition, accidentally killed (ironically enough) just because he felt like killing something. King Robert's death turned the key that set all the various players in motion to begin the game of thrones.