Who died on Game of Thrones? It's a question that would take quite a bit of time to answer. As we get deeper and deeper into the show's eighth and final season, more and more carnage takes place and each new episode has us sitting at the edge of our seats, praying that our favorite characters will make it out alive.
Sadly, that can't always be the case, especially with the stakes raised so high in the game. The show's always been merciless when it comes to the fate of its main characters.
Episode 3 of Season 8, "The Long Night," was no different. And while Episode 4 only saw one long-time character in the show perish, it set up a ton of main character deaths for Episode 5.
Who's died in Season 8 so far?
Obviously, there are MAJOR spoilers in this post that'll pretty much ruin the entire series up until the most recent episode, but here's a count of some main character demises, in chronological order of episodes 1-5:
But like I said, fans of the series aren't going to be surprised by a little death or two, especially in a hugely climactic battle that resulted in the series' ultimate baddie demise (I still think the jury's out on who the actual ultimate baddie is) because if there's one thing the show proves, it's that men love, love, love engaging in treachery and betrayal.
And this show's got a lot of it.
Listing all of the intricate web of betrayals that resulted in the deaths of the show's characters would take forever and is kind of boring, so the folks over at Venngage have put together a wonderful infographic using their Mind Map Maker, which is a pretty handy tool in case you wanted to try it out for yourself.
They've listed all of the betrayals from seasons 1-7 that resulted in death, and who's responsible for which.
Unsurprisingly, Cersei's at the center of a lot of them, as are Petyr Baelish and Varys. A Red "x" indicates whether or not the person's been killed, and we'll have a final infographic once Season 8's finished for you to print out and hang up on your wall.
They also created another graph that indicates who was more culpable or active in setting up betrayals, and who was ultimately more the victim of one. Note: this list includes characters who are no longer alive, but still played a part in a betrayal, one way or another.
Interestingly enough, Jaime Lannister is 100 percent clear (though one could argue his pre-series Kingslaying was a betrayal), and his son, Tommen, died unblemished. Joffrey, for all his scumbaggery, was the huge victim of a betrayal, and Sansa Stark has become quite the plotter herself. If making something like this tickles your fancy, click here.
The motivations behind Game of Thrones betrayals are really interesting, because there are so many different characters who are driven to do things at different times in the series for different reasons. Take a logical character like Petyr Baelish for example: for all his cunning and wit and practicality, the man allowed his obsession with a woman in his past drive him to do unspeakable things.
That same obsession ultimately became his undoing. Other characters, like Cersei, are driven by a lust for power and pride. Jon Snow, a sense of duty. All of the motivations broken down this style of chart below:
If graphs aren't your thing, don't worry, I've still got you covered. Here's a list of all the major deaths that have taken place in show, season by season.
There's only a few more episodes left but I'm sure that this list is going to get a heck of a lot longer before the show is through.
Although all of the different families and houses were able to band together to defeat the Night King and his wights, I'm pretty sure that it'll be back to petty infighting for humanity. Maybe we're just better off being plunged in darkness, at least then we'd all be on the same team.