Most TV shows have their fair share of fights, deaths and murders. What’s a drama without a few punches thrown in? Only a few, though, take it as a thumbs-up for creating stomach-churning, eye-covering, sheer cringe-worthy scenes of violence. Shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Dexter and Sons of Anarchy have bloodshed spilled into almost every episode of every season that the writers have come up with. And their dedicated fans can justify every bashed-in skull, cut throat, bullet-riddled body and severed head as very essential to the plot.

Plot lines can be savagely twisted by bumping off main – and loved – characters. Their brutal deaths are subtly hinted at (usually not at all), sneaking up on the unsuspecting loyal watcher and shocking the speech out of them by either cutting their favourite person’s head off, putting a bullet through their heart or poisoning their drink.

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Taking the very popular Game of Thrones as an example of exactly that, we’ve compiled a list of the most gruesome deaths in the series, and here it is –

Viserys Targaryen  

Viserys was the older brother of Daenerys (a.k.a. Dany, Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, etc.) of House Targaryen. He demanded his army, his gold, his throne – everything he seemed to consider his birthright. And (the very gorgeous) Khal Drogo gave it to him, by melting a ton of gold objects and pouring the liquid over the older Targaryen’s head. His silence was definitely golden.

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The Lord of Astapor

Khaleesi owned the Season 3 episode by successfully commanding her Unsullied army and simultaneously showing the masters of Astapor who’s the boss. While the Lord was busy trying to control his newly acquired dragon, Daenerys shot off instructions in her native Valerian and ordered Drogon the dragon to breathe fire and burn the Lord to death.

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Ros

Hers was one of the saddest deaths in the series. Ros was beautiful, smart and a favourite among those who frequented Little Finger’s brothel. As a punishment for her betrayal, her employer allowed King Joffrey to brutally kill her with a crossbow, a weapon that most seemed to catch the fancy of, in Tyrion Lannister’s words, the vicious and stupid king.

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The deaths in the Red Wedding

The Red Wedding, as the murders are called, is one of the most gruesome deaths catastrophe on the show. Robb Stark had arrows and swords cutting through him, his wife Talisa was stabbed in her pregnant belly and Catelyn Stark’s throat was cut. As one of the most unexpected twists, the Red Wedding left everyone stunned, with hands covering gaping mouths.

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Tywin Lannister

Diplomat, the Hand of the King, father to the vastly weird Lannister siblings – Tywin Lannister was one of the smartest characters in the series. But, what a way to die. Shot to death on a chamber pot (nice word for toilet!) with a crossbow, by his hated dwarf son.

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Oberyn Martell

Oberyn Martell was the smart, sexy Prince of Dorne. He attended King Joffrey’s wedding as a representative of his family, and after the king’s death, stayed on as a member of the Small Council and as a judge of Tyrion Lannister’s trial. Once a trial by combat was established, Oberyn offered himself as a champion of Tyrion for a chance to fight Sir Gregor Clegane (a.k.a. The Mountain). The Prince beat him and wore him down with a poisoned spearhead, shouting over and over again how the gigantic warrior had raped sister Elia Martell and slaughtered her children. Sure of his victory and thus caught off-guard when the wounded Mountain rose, poor sexy Oberyn had his teeth punched out, eyes gouged out, and skull and brain splattered across the ground while the final victor admitted to his crimes.

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Meryn Trant

Meryn Trant was the first name on Arya Stark’s list, for killing her teacher Syrio Forel, in King’s Landing back in Season 1. She tracks him down to a brothel, four seasons later, and becomes one of the young girls brought to him. She bears the pain of his cane, and ends up stabbing him in the eyes and torso. And because of the boss that the young Stark is, she tells him her name and her reason for killing him, before slashing his throat slowly.

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Lysa Tully

Lysa Tully was the sister of Catelyn Stark, aunt to Sansa Stark and hopelessly in love with Lord Baelish. When Sansa and Little Finger came for refuge to the Vale, she immediately got herself married to him, and nurtured and comforted her niece. Jealousy, unfortunately, got the better of her when she saw Baelish kissing Sansa in the gardens. A temper tantrum saw her threatening Sansa with the prospect of death, and flinging herself at Baelish who, proclaiming his undying love for her sister Caitlyn, pushed Lysa out through the Moon Door and down far, far below.

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Shireen Baratheon

Shireen was the only daughter of Lord Stannis Baratheon, and a favourite of Lord Davos. Afflicted with Greyscale as a child (the disease that turns skin into a rock-like mess), she was shut away with her mother and brought out only when it was time to go to war. Lady Melisandre, advisor to Lord Stannis and child of the Lord of Light, claimed that the sacrifice of Shireen would please her Lord and help Stannis win the war. And that’s exactly what he did, in the presence of his wife and his army – he burned his own daughter alive at a stake.

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Ramsay Bolton

Ah, the infamous torturer, most hated after King Joffrey. He captured and terrorized Theon Greyjoy, married and abused Sansa Stark, and killed his stepmother and newly-born stepbrother by setting his hounds on them. The cocky bastard of Lord Bolton was beaten up and captured after losing Winterfell to Jon Snow in an epic battle, and the older Stark daughter set his own starved hounds on him, ending in his brutal death.

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The Tyrells and the Sparrow

In the season 6 finale of the show, Cersei Lannister gave fans another reason to hate her for her guts. Supposed to stand trials for her crimes in the Sept of Baelor, she can be seen instead drinking wine and staring out of the window from the Keep, at the Sept in the distance. She watches coolly as wildfire destroys the entire façade and kills everyone inside, including Queen Margaery, her father Mace Tyrell and brother Loras, and all of the Sparrows. The suicide of King Tommen, Cersei’s last living child, can be counted as a part of this shocking twist too.

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And yet, we can’t wait for Season 7 to be released! Such is the world of moving pictures, their stories and their fans. Ah!

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