‘Game of Thrones’ death matrix: Connecting the 36 most shocking demises (so far)

May 11, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
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Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann) meet some unexpected travelers. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Meera (Ellie Kendrick), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) on their way to the sacred tree. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Rose Leslie as Ygritte and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) in battle. (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) speaks harshly to her once-trusted adviser Jorah (Iain Glen) while Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) looks on. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) rewards his bastard son Ramsay (Iwan Rheon). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) sits on the Iron Throne as judge at Tyrion's trial. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises his brother (Peter Dinklage). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) is crowned king by the High Septon (Paul Bentley). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Arya (Maisie Williams) shows the Hound (Rory McCann) her sword-fighting moves. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The lead mutineer (Burn Gorman) threatens Bran's friends (Ellie Kendrick and Thomas Brodie-Sangster). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The Lannisters pay their respects to the fallen King Joffrey. With Lena Headey, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to the supposed rescue of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gives Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) a lesson on his power. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin.

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Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

Cersei Lannister said it best: “When you play the Game of Thrones, you win, or you die.”

Since HBO’s massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, arrived in 2011, numerous characters have been dispatched in all manner of gruesome ways, and the body count seems only to climb higher with every passing episode.

Even the tagline for the current fourth-season is a translation of “Valar morghulis,” the High Valyrian phrase meaning “All men must die.”

With that in mind, we’ve created a detailed look at how so many deaths on “Game of Thrones” spiraled out from the off-camera passing of Jon Arryn, the former hand to the former king, Robert Baratheon, whose widow Cersei (Lena Headey) spoke those prophetic words to none other than the ill-fated Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in the show’s first season.

Click on the photos in the graphic below for more information about the characters, their passings and how their fate affected or was affected by another death on the show inspired by Martin’s novels. (And click through the images above for a more detailed look at Season 4.)

But for those who are not current with the most recent episodes, scroll carefully — spoilers are below.

– Noelene Clark, Margaret Wappler, Javier Zarracina, Thomas Suh Lauder

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11 Responses to ‘Game of Thrones’ death matrix: Connecting the 36 most shocking demises (so far)

  1. Sheldon Stolowich says:

    Actually, all the deaths can be connected to the as yet unexplained death of Ned Stark's sister (seen in flashback in the first episode of GOT) seventeen years before.

    • Bruno Matos says:

      How so?

      • Aaron says:

        if you're really interested, just google the story of rhegar targaryean and lyanna stark…. there will be spoilers, but it's so fascinating and worth it!

      • Sara says:

        Lyanna's kidnapping and death pretty much cause the war where Robert took the throne, and started the whole mess.

  2. Shank says:

    Winterstown? Cool graphic well researched but just Wow on the error it is Winterfell not Winterstown as it says on Billy and Jack's bio/

    • Gina McIntyre says:

      Thanks so much for reading, but afraid we might have a difference of opinion. Winterfell is the castle, and Winterstown is an outlying area — that's where Billy and Jack are from. Bran can be heard referring to Winterstown (actually in regard to Billy and Jack, the two orphans) in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uM1z9voCZA

  3. ABC says:

    You forgot Jory the Stark's bannermen who was killed by Jaime Lanister in Season One. And the Stark's master of swords guy with the horrible beard ponytail who was beheaded by Theon in Season Three. Why do I know that?! Sheesh.

  4. Sara says:

    Your intro should warn that there's spoilers for episodes that haven't aired yet! There hasn't been any resolution to the mess at Craster's aired yet. Your infopic on Karl and Locke is a huge spoiler, and not cool to post.

    • blakehennon says:

      Hi, Sara. I helped copy-edit this one. The info on Karl and Locke was seen on screen in "First of His Name," which aired May 4, a week before this post went live. There's nothing in here I know of from episodes that hadn't aired before May 11. And the intro ends with a spoiler warning: "But for those who are not current with the most recent episodes, scroll carefully — spoilers are below." Or are you maybe outside the U.S., where episodes might air later? If so, please let me know and that's an issue we'll keep in mind going forward.

      • Sara says:

        Oh, my apologies! I hadn't realized that I missed an entire episode. Thank you for pointing that out…now I'm off to watch it, lol

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