Ranking The 10 Most Brutal Deaths On ‘Game Of Thrones’

These were tough to watch.

Bryan Brunatiby Bryan Brunati

The sixth season of the hugely popular HBO show “Game of Thrones” premieres on April 24, and that means tons of brutal, gory deaths are sure to follow. But before we get to more, let’s take a stroll down bloody memory lane and rank the most brutal deaths that have occurred on the show so far.

We decided to rank these deaths not only by how tough they were to watch, but also by the shock, chaos and drama of it all. See if you agree with our list. And if you don’t, please don’t wish upon us that we get turned into dust by dragons.

Two quick notes: there are tons of spoilers here, so if you’re not all caught up it’s probably best you steer clear of this. Also, you can click on the hyperlinks to see clips of all these death scenes.

Ranking The 10 Most Brutal Deaths On ‘Game Of Thrones’

10. Tywin Lannister Dies On The Toilet (Season 4)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
Tywin Lannister deserved to die; the dude was an asshole. And while he got a quick death by crossbow at the hands of Tyrion Lannister, what makes this so brutal is that the man was sitting on the toilet. That’s just humiliating. No man deserves that. What a shitty way to go.

9. Styr Gets A Hammer To The Head (Season 4)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
Having a quick death on a toilet is one thing, but being bludgeoned by a hammer, well, that’s just rough. Jon Snow proved to be very handy as he took out Styr with one swift swing to the head during the Battle of Castle Rock. The celebration was short-lived for Jon Snow, though, as his lover Ygritte quickly died soon after by taking an arrow through the chest thanks to that jerk Olly.

8. Kraznys Burned Alive By Dragons (Season 3)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
Being burned alive by a mythical creature isn’t high on the list of “ways I could go,” but unfortunately for Kraznys, it was. Kraznys quickly learned what happens when you insult a woman: You get disintegrated, which is what occurred when Kraznys thought it would be a good idea to insult Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). And boy did he pay the price, as he was introduced to Drogon the damn dragon.

7. Shireen Baratheon Burned Alive By Dad (Season 5)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
Being burned alive by a dragon sucks, but being burned alive at the order of your own father is just completely tough to comprehend. Stannis Baratheon decided to take his name out of “Father of the Year” running by ordering that his own daughter be burned alive as a sacrifice to Lord of Light by Melisandre. Shireen pleads and yells for help as she slowly dies. Now that’s brutal.

6. King Joffrey Swallows Poison (Season 4)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
That little prick Joffrey probably deserved worse than what he got. But seeing him slowly suffocate as poison destroyed his throat and insides was probably good enough for us. So shout-out to Olenna Tyrell and Littlefinger for taking down the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. Although, this is pretty much the same reaction I once had when I accidentally took a sip of peach iced tea.

5. Meryn Trant Loses His Eyes, Then His Life (Season 5)

And yet, not the most brutal way to lose your eyes (more on this later). Meryn Trant enjoyed using and beating young girls, but he met a bloody conclusion at the hands of Arya Stark who not only blinds him, but stabs him numerous times, gags him and then finally cuts his throat. All in a day’s work for Arya it seems.

4. Viserys Targaryen Gets Molten Gold Poured On His Head (Season 1)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
Sometimes your brother annoys you so much you have to order molten gold be poured on his head. You know, typical family stuff. Daenerys tells her man Khal Drago to do the dirty work, as Viserys gets a bucket full of hot molten gold, and dies pretty instantly.

3. All Those Damn Red Wedding Deaths (Season 3)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
In a scene that caused millions of horrified reactions, “The Red Wedding” was exactly that: full of blood. From pregnant Talisa Stark getting stabbed in the stomach, to her husband Robb Stark getting shot through the heart, to his mother Catelyn Stark yelling out in agony before having her own throat slit open, this one was extremely tough to watch, and remains one of the most traumatizing moments in TV history.

2. Jon Snow Gets Stabbed A Bunch Of Times. Like, A Lot. (Season 5)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
Poor Jon Snow was labeled a traitor, and for that he took multiple stab wounds by all his former friends, including that awful, awful Olly who I wish was on this list. The man walked into a trap and was left with a bunch of wounds in his body. Though perhaps Jon Snow shouldn’t be on this list, as he has been rumored to still be alive, and we can expect him to show up on the new season of “Game Of Thrones.”

1. Obertyn Martell’s Head Explodes (Season 4)
Ranking The Most Brutal Deaths On Game Of Thrones
And now we get to this one. I mean, the gif above says it all. Oberyn Martell, the Prince of the House Martell, goes one on one with Gregor Clegane in a trial by combat to determine the fate of Tyrion Lannister. And well, the confident Oberyn quickly learns this isn’t his day, as he gets his eyes destroyed by Gregor, with his head quickly exploding soon after. Yes, folks. The guy’s head explodes. This is by far the most brutal death on “Game of Thrones” so far. But I’m sure George R.R. Martin has something else up his sleeve.

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