Winter is on its way. Or, if you’ve been following the teaser trailer for the upcoming season, winter has arrived.

You don’t need to watch “Game of Thrones” for very long to realize that it’s risky to become close to almost any character, especially if their surname is Stark. No one is immune from this epic storm of swords, from the kings of the North to the rulers of King’s Landing.



In anticipation of the long-awaited seventh season, we took a look back at the history of characters that met some of the most unfortunate demises in this popular television show. From your chances of dying to the routes you could take, we analyze the possibility of entering and escaping Westeros with your life. Curious about the probabilities for the remaining characters. Continue reading to learn more.


Valar Morghulis

Not every character we encounter in “Game of Thrones” is given a name. In the HBO version of George R.R. Martin’s epic narrative, even those who survive don’t exactly have a better chance.



Almost 72% of every identified character that has been on-screen in the previous six seasons has perished before learning who would sit on the Iron Throne. Whether you’re keeping track, that’s nearly three-quarters of the characters in whom we’ve ventured to become emotionally attached or pondered if they may be “the one.”


Even while it doesn’t help Catelyn Stark or Jon Snow’s wildling lover Ygritte, women have a better chance in the “Thrones” universe than males. Over the course of the show’s existence, about 65% of female characters have met a magnificent end, but over 76% of male characters have suffered comparable, terrible ends.


In “Game of Thrones,” you don’t even have to be human to capture our hearts and leave us unhappy, furious, and bewildered. Numerous animals featured on the show have passed away, typically with their owners. Four of the six direwolf pups introduced in the first hour of the first season of “Game of Thrones” have perished in ways that make us question whether things could possibly get any worse. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Ghost and Nymeria will survive.


Our Blades Are Sharp

Each season of “Game of Thrones” continues to shock us with its inventive character deaths. Just when you thought you’d seen it all in season 4 – when “The Mountain” (spoiler alert) crushed the skull of fan favorite Oberyn Martell with his bare hands – season 5 revealed how Melisandre convinced the would-be King of Westeros, Stannis Baratheon, to burn his daughter at the stake… a futile effort.



Despite all of these bizarre and gruesome methods of death, stabbings remain the most common manner for Old and New Gods to meet their end in “Game of Thrones.” More than one-third of deceased characters were stabbed in some form. From the Red Wedding deaths of Talisa, Robb, and Catelyn Stark through Arya’s season 6 murderer Walder Frey, the likelihood of death by blade or knife is rather high.


Arrows (such as the ones Tyrion used to murder Tywin Lannister in season 4) and explosions (as seen in the most recent season finale at the Great Sept of Baelor) account for roughly 7% of all deaths in “Game of Thrones” over the series’ run.


Shadow demons and direwolves accounted for fewer than one percent of the deaths of recognized characters in this insane planet.


Vacation Spots to Avoid in Westeros

King’s Landing may be the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, but it is also the location of more than one out of every five fatalities on the program. Last season, Cersei increased the stakes by using wildfire to make her point with the Tyrells and the High Sparrow. However, it seems likely that much more blood will be spilled in King’s Landing before the series concludes.



Obviously, the saddest catastrophes in “Game of Thrones” frequently included visitors to a Stark. At the previous six seasons, about 14% of identified characters have died in the Stark family residence in Winterfell. Winterfell, like the enormous Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun and everyone’s favorite psychopath Ramsay Bolton, has been a popular place for raising the likelihood of death in Westeros.


Each of Braavos, the Vale, and the Eyrie has been the site of less than 3% of all fatalities in “Game of Thrones”; hence, these locations may be considered by those seeking to escape danger.


Their Watch Has Now Ended

The Starks may be the first family that springs to mind when thinking of “Game of Thrones” characters who have perished thus far, but the Night’s Watch surpasses them. Since the first season, more than 88 percent of the brothers in black had died. They are the Watchers on the Wall, and in the Battle of Ice and Fire, they are also the most aware of what is likely to occur next.



As with the Night’s Watch, there are more deceased Starks, Lannisters, Tyrells, Martells, and Baratheons than living ones. Some houses may be irretrievably lost for families like the Boltons and Freys, when every identified member of the line has been murdered.


Only the live Targaryens and Greyjoys currently outweigh those who have perished during the past six seasons. Obviously, as we’ve learned, anything might happen in the seventh season.


Avoid Playing the Odds

The prospects of survival in “Game of Thrones” are bleak no matter how you slice it. Even if everyone believes you to be the primary character of the program, you might still lose your mind before the first season is out. As we have seen, male characters are more likely to meet their end than female characters; yet, not even direwolves are protected.

We studied the publicly accessible records on and to determine which Game of Thrones characters died, lived, and were resurrected.


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