The Most Unexpected Deaths of “Game Of Thrones”

Liam Cunningham, Rory McCann, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Sophie Turner in Game of Thrones

Spoiler warning! If you haven’t watched all episodes up to and including Season 8, Episode 4 – we recommend you stop reading.

Game of Thrones is notorious for killing off the characters that fans love the most. The fact its so unpredictable makes each battle season all the more tense.

This list goes out to the character deaths that we really didn’t see coming.

Ned Stark

Ned Stark’s death was the first shock of the series. First time watchers expected him to come back someway or another, but he didn’t. After that moment we realized that no one we love on GoT is ever safe.

Rob and Catelyn Stark

Rob and Catelyn’s deaths were cruel and unjust. Lord Fray had them slaughtered along with Rob’s men at a wedding feast.


Hodor’s death scene was surprising from start to finish. It wasn’t so much the fact he died, but the fact that his entire life had been leading up to that moment. His name is Hodor because he was told to “hold the door” in his dying moments.

Jon Snow

Even though he came back, Jon Snow’s death scene was the biggest shockers of the series.

Joffrey Lannister

Of all the Lannister children’s deaths, Joffrey’s is the one we didn’t see coming. We knew he had to die at some point but we didn’t expect it to be so sudden and horrific.


Khaleesi’s dragon was already wounded from the Battle of Winterfell when he was shot down by Theon’s uncle. After surviving the White Walkers, being shot down by a Greyjoy is an unjust way to go.

Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo and Khaleesi’s love was passionate and true. We expected him to stick around for more than the first season.

Rickon Stark

Rickon’s death wasn’t totally unexpected because Ramsey Bolton had something to do with it. Nonetheless, we still hoped that he would make it to Jon’s side before Ramsey shot him dead.

Little Finger

Little Finger definitely had it coming but his death was still unexpected. Arya and Sansa conspired to finally give the devious conspirer what he deserved.

Stannis Baratheon’s Daughter

Stannis’ daughter is one of the few characters on the show who was pure and innocent. When the Red Woman said that she had to die, we didn’t think Stannis would actually go through with it.