Ahead of its final season, Lauren reveals her top five most satisfying deaths from Game of Thrones so far…
The final season of Game of Thrones is mere months away. Fans have been awaiting the return of the show since season seven ended in 2017. The excitement has increased with the recent release of the season eight promo trailer. Expectations from fans are at an all-time high. All of our questions will be answered beginning April 14th. Until then, let us explore my top 5 most satisfying deaths in the show thus far.
If you haven’t seen the show, or are behind, be aware this post is dark and full of spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Let us start with number 5…
5. Walder Frey
From the first time meeting him in season one of Game of Thrones I immediately disdained Walder Frey. The man behind the deaths of Catelyn and Robb Stark, he betrayed them for land that he couldn’t even hold himself. He was an arrogant old man that believed he was shrewder than he was. His death finally came in season six and was long overdue in my opinion. It was poetic justice that Arya Stark was the one that killed him in the end. She slit his throat matching how he killed her mother Catelyn, thus ending Lord Walder Frey terrible rule over the Riverlands.
4. Tywin Lannister
The wealthiest man in all of Westeros, Tywin Lannister was as power hungry as anyone else in the Seven Kingdoms. I detested his character from the beginning. He treated his own children as pawns in a game. Only caring about how they could improve his status and the legacy of the Lannister name. He treated his youngest son Tyrion in particularly monstrous. He even tried to have him killed on more than one occasion. Only fitting that he died by the hand of one of his own children. When Tyrion took the crossbow and killed him while he was “indisposed”, it was honestly one of the most significant moments in the entire Game of Thrones series for me.
3. Joffrey Baratheon
The minute we were introduced to Joffrey Baratheon is the moment Game of Thrones fans hatred commenced. For four seasons he tortured and killed just because he wanted to. Even his own mother Cersi was afraid of his twisted behavior. Joffrey was the first character that all Game of Thrones fans awaited with bated breath for his death. That moment finally came in season four episode two The Lion and the Rose. While mistreating his uncle Tyrion, Joffrey began choking on what he was drinking. The visual pain and suffering he was going through was justice for all that he had done. For me, Joffrey’s death is one of the best scenes and arguably one of the best moments in all of the series.
2. Ramsay Bolton
Once Joffrey Baratheon died Ramsay Bolton took his place as the most hated character in Game of Thrones. The sadistic son of Lord Roose Bolton, Ramsay took pleasure in other’s pain. He mutilated and tortured Theon Greyjoy until he psychological broke him. He killed his own father so he could become Warden of the North and King of Winterfell. He married and tortured Sansa Stark because he felt like it. From season three through season six we witness his ruthlessness and savage behavior. His death came at the hand of Sansa in season six episode nine, Battle of the Bastards. He was chained to a chair and Sansa released his own hunting dogs against him. It was an imaginative and fitting end for this cruel character.
And the most satisfying death goes to…
1. Petyr Baelish
Since season one I’ve awaited Petyr Baelish’s death with considerable delight. He was the cause of many terrible acts in the show, some direct others were indirect. His betrayals and deceit knew no bounds. Did not matter who the person was or came from, Petyr did whatever he felt necessary to achieve his goal. He pinned family against family, friend against friend, all to prove he belonged amongst the elite. The Stark family got the brunt of his lies and deceptions. He was the reason that Sansa married the awful Ramsay Bolton, and she did not forget that. His end came during season seven episode seven The Dragon and the Wolf. When the time came to answer for all of his crimes it was Sansa that called for his death, and her sister Arya was the one that executed the sentence with one swift slice to his throat. It was a long time coming and I for one was ecstatic when the moment finally came. It was the most poetic death so far in Game of Thrones.
What do you think? Is your top five different from mine? Comment below and let’s discuss.
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