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In Memoriam: Those we have lost playing the Game of Thrones in season five

Updated on June 14, 2015

When you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. Mostly die. Ever since Ned Stark was beheaded by his own sword in front of his daughters, we knew nobody was safe, anyone could die, and for four seasons many beloved characters have met their makers. Those of us who have read George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire book series were well aware of who was going to die and when. We knew the Red Wedding was coming and watched in glee as the uninitiated reacted in horror as characters whom we have come to love were butchered.


Things are different now, the show has now caught up to the books, and the next book, The Winds of Winter has not been released as of this writing and has no announced date for publication. Therefore the show runners have moved on, with Martin's input, and are now showing scenes that have not appeared in the book series. Now the book readers are on the same page as the television watchers, for after this season, unless Martin publishes, everyone will be in the dark about what happens. So far there have been a few characters that have died on the show that have yet to die in the books.

Here are those who we have lost this season on Game of Thrones.


Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds)

He didn't start the fire
He didn't start the fire

Stannis wanted Mance to bend the knee. Mance said no, so Stannis sentenced him to death in the worst way possible: burning at the stake. Jon Snow puts him out if his misery with an arrow to the chest.

The book is different. In the book, Mance has traded places with Rattleshirt with help of a glamour by Melissandre and is still alive and leading a mission to rescue "Arya Stark" (really Jeyne Poole) from Winterfell.

Mossador (Reece Noi)

When a Son of the Harpy was arrested for murdering an Unsullied, Mossador took it upon himself to murder him. For that, he met the business end of Daario's sword.

In the book, he is an Unsullied who is killed by falling rocks thrown by Sons of the Harpy.

 Janos Slynt (Dominic Carter) 

Some men go to their death with grace and dignity. Janos Slynt was not that man.

In King's Landing, he betrayed Ned Stark and killed a bay before Tyrion sent him to the wall. When the Wildings attacked he hid in a closet. When he refused a direct order from Jon Snow, Jon Snow cut his head off, but not before he cried like a little girl.


Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney)

Selmy was a badass. It is known. He went out swinging against a horde of the Harpies before finally succumbing to injuries.

In the books, Selmy is still alive and preparing to lead the forces still loyal to Dany against the combined armies and navy of those who would see her removed from Meereen.

Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan)

He was the son, brother and uncle to kings. He was the blood of the dragon. He was stern, but warm.

He died of natural causes. Someone had to.

In the book, Aemon dies on the way to Old Town with Sam. Jon sends him in order to keep him safe from Melissandre, who believes that blood magic requires the sacrifice of royal blood.

Lord of Bones (Ross O'Hennessy)

Now here's a guy who knows how to accessorize. Seriously, that is some major cosplay skills.

Jon and Tormond head to Hardhome to bring the wildlings to safety, and the Lord of Bones disagreed. So Tormond beat him to death, proving that bones suck as armor.

Karsi (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen)

The spice must flow
The spice must flow

In one of the most thilling scenes of the entire show, the White Walkers attack the Wilding camp. The Wildings hold their own, and one of their leaders was Karsi, a bad ass fighter who fought bravely until she was confronted by the creepy children of the undead. Sadly, we're going to see her and her Dune-like eyes of blue again, but as an undead soldier.

Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram)

This one hurt. Stannis's daughter, scared by greyscale, taught Ser Davos to read, became friends with Gilly and was all around adorable. The signs were hard to miss, royal blood can work magic, so when Stannis's army was stuck in the snow, he decided to do the unthinkable. Shireen died burning to a stake, like Mance before her, screaming for her father.

At this point in the books, Shireen is alive and at Castle Black, but the show runner have stated that the burning of Shireen came from Martin himself, meaning it will happen in the books as well.


Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry) 

It was never clear whose side Hizdahr was on. Dany agreed to marry him, and he persuaded her to open the pits. He was kind of a jerk, constantly arguing for a return to the status quo. Any idea that he was allied with the Sons of the Harpy died along with him, when he was stabbed during the assassination attempt on Dany.

In the books, Hizdahr is still alive, but a prisoner of Selmy, who believe that Hizdahr is in league with the Sons of the Harpy and behind the assassination attempt on Dany.

Selyse Baratheon (Tara Fitzgerald)

Distraught over the death of her daughter, Selyse hung herself in the woods outside the camp.

Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)

Following his total defeat at the hands of Roose and Ramsey Bolton, the would be king was executed by Brianne of Tarth for his role in the murder of Renly Baratheon

Myranda (Charlotte Hope)

While threatening Sansa Stark with a bow and arrow, Charlotte was tossed a wall by Theon Greyjoy

Meryn Trant (Ian Beattie)

While molesting underage prostitutes, the King's Guard was brutally murdered by Ayra Stark in revenge for killing Syrio Forell

Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free)

After learning the Jamie is her father, Myrcella succumbed to poison from a kiss by Elliaria Sand

Jon Snow (?) (Kit Harrington)

The Lord Commander of the Night's Watch was murdered by Allister Thorne and members of the Night's Watch. But is he really dead? Well, we have to wait until next season...

Which unexpected death shocked you the most?

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    • Mike Nolan profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael Nolan 

      3 years ago from Sarasota, FL

      The show took pains to get Melissandre back to Castle Black, which is where she is at this point in the books. My prediction is that she is going to bring Jon back in the same way that Thoros brought back Beric. They set that up way back in season three by having them meet. Jon is too important to the story.

    • lyoness913 profile image

      Summer LeBlanc 

      3 years ago from H-Town

      I am still in shock about Jon Snow. I mean, I read the book and I knew it was supposed to happen- but I thought they'd change it in the show. I have been in mourning for four hours. LOL

      Great hub- I miss so many characters!

      -Wendi

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