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Throughout the past four seasons of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” fans have witnessed their fair share of brutal deaths. From Ned Stark’s shocking beheading to Oberyn Martell’s eye-popping demise, George R.R. Martin has proved to be the Grim Reaper of Westeros, killing off characters by the dozens. But what has become of the butchered cast members since their final “GoT” scenes? We’ve got the answers on what all your favorite characters are up to now.
Sean Bean (Eddard “Ned” Stark) – After getting decapitated by the little tyrant king in Season 1, Bean has found his head and a new role in the coming TNT drama “Legends.”
“He was excited to play a role he didn’t have to die in,” the show’s executive producer, Brad Turner, quipped during the 2014 ATX Television Festival earlier this month. Bean also met a bloody end as Boromir in "The Fellowship of the Ring."
Bean will take on the role of Martin Odum, a deep-cover operative who struggles with his identity – and a stutter – when a mysterious stranger suggests he’s not who he thinks he is. And according to a sneak peek at “Legends,” it looks like Bean will be facing enemies even scarier than Joffrey Baratheon -- if that's possible.
"Legends" will premiere on TNT Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. EDT.
Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) – Speaking of Joffrey … what is our favorite villain up to since he gulped down the poisoned wedding wine? Well, according to Gleeson, he’s hanging up his royal robe and taking a hiatus from acting.
“I’ve been acting since age 8. I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to," he revealed to Entertainment Weekly. "And now there’s the prospect of doing it for a living, whereas up until now it was always something I did for recreation with my friends, or in the summer for some fun. I enjoyed it. When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it; it’s just not what I want to do."
Gleeson added that he’s not sure when he’ll pick up another script.
“When I’m destitute in 10 years' time, I’ll accept any script,” he said. “No. As long as I’m in the not-ungrateful-but-perhaps-happy place where I can say no to whatever, I’m going to do that.”
Currently Gleeson has one year left in college and is considering a post-grad education “of some kind.”
“I don’t know in what,” he confessed. Maybe he’ll dabble in the History of the Westeros!
Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) – Fairley has been fairly busy since her throat was slit at the infamous Red Wedding. The actress has worked in both TV and film, appearing in “The Invisible Woman,” “Philomena,” “Suits,” “The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart,” “24: Live Another Day” and “Common.”
She is currently in production for “Montana,” where she’s taking on the role of Jones, and “Heart of the Sea,” where she’ll portray the character of Mrs. Nickerson. But regardless of what role Fairley plays, she’ll always be Cat to us.
Richard Madden (Robb Stark) – The last time we saw Robb Stark, his head was cut off and replaced with his Direwolf’s. Now the former King of the North is preparing for another royal role. That’s right, fans will get to see Richard Madden portray Prince Charming in the 2015 film “Cinderella.” It looks like Madden will finally get to have his on-screen “happily ever after” after all.
Oona Chapli (Talisa Stark) – Robb’s wife has been pretty busy since she had her stomach chopped like a Hale & Hearty salad. The actress has appeared in several productions, including “Powder Room,” “Aloft,” “Purgatorio,” “The Crimson Field” and “Hoke.” And she has a number of projects lined up, so keep an eye out for this damsel!
Rose Leslie (Ygritte) – Shot through the heart, and Jon’s to blame. She totally gave love a bad name. Too soon? Ygritte’s death is still pretty fresh for fans, but that hasn’t deterred us from wondering when we’ll get to see Leslie again. And it looks like we’re in luck! The redheaded beauty will appear in the coming films “Honeymoon” and “Sticky Notes.”
Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) – We still can’t get the memory of Oberyn’s gruesome death out of our head. It’s was absolutely mind-blowing. But fans of the Red Viper shouldn’t fret! You can see the sassy prince again when Pascal stars in the 2015 TV series “Narcos,” a crime drama based on the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn) – Dickie’s character was so creepy – and we kind of loved it, which is why her death broke the hearts of fans across the globe into a million little pieces as if it had been pushed out of the Moon Door itself. But never fear! Dickie will return to the screen – a bigger one, at that – when she appears in “A Northern Soul, “The Silent Storm” and “Take It Back and Start All Over.”
Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) – Where the heck did this dreamboat go? Apparently the Khal has been very busy since Daenerys smothered him. He’s appeared in the TV series “The Red Road” as Philip Kopus and the flick “Road to Paloma.” Momoa's upcoming projects include “Debug” and “Sugar Mountain."
Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) – Death by boar was hands-down one of the weirdest demises on “GoT.” And while we're curious about what really went down in the King’s Woods, we’re more interested in what Addy’s been up to since the strange bereavement.
As we suspected, the “Still Standing” star has been out and about, appearing in several productions, from the TV series “Trollied,” which ended in 2013, to the upcoming TV mini-series “Remember Me,” in which he plays Rob Fairholme.
Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen) – We loved to hate Viserys – and apparently so did Drogo. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t wondering where Lloyd has been since getting his eternal crown. The actor has had his share of roles, from appearing in “The Iron Lady” to the TV miniseries “The Fear.” Fans of the Dragon will get even more of him when Lloyd appears in “Theory of Everything,” “Nacropolis” and “Manhattan.”
Esmé Bianco (Ros) – Poor Ros. Watching her be used as Joffrey’s live target practice was truly terrible. But in all seriousness, Bianco really is in a better place now that she’s not tied to the king’s bed (and accesorized with arrows). Fans of the fiery actress will see Bianco when she returns in the productions of “The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power,” “Living Among Us” and “Mind Puppets.”
Zunni Turner (Lady Stark) – Fans have been curous about Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, after Cersei ordered her death.
“We knew Lady died and they wanted to re-home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her,” Sophie Turner told the Coventry Telegraph. Yeah, “Lady” is officially Turner’s pup. How cool is that?
“Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s direwolf, Lady, on set,” she added.
Sibel Kekilli (Shae) – Oh, Shae, we were on your team – truly we were! Then you had to go and cross Tyrion in the cruelest way possible. Dissing him in court, fabricating stories to help speed up his beheading and sleeping around with Tywin? No wonder Tyrion went rogue and choked you to death during the Season 4 finale.
But despite the duo’s tumultuous relationship, we have to admit – we’re still pretty fond of Kekilli. So, what’s next for the brunette beauty? Well, according to her IMDB, the sky’s the limit for this German actress.
Kekilli caught the eye of fans in 2004 when she starred in the film “Head-On.” She then went on to win two Lolas, the most prestigious German film award, for her performance in the Fatih Akın flick and “When We Leave.” So, yeah – it’s safe to say we can expect big things from Kekilli in the future.
Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) – If you thought Robert Baratheon’s death was one of the weirdest ways to go on “GoT” then you clearly have not seen the Season 4 finale of the hit HBO series. Tywin Lannister was murdered by Tyrion with a bow an arrow on the can. Sounds like an intense game of “GoT”-inspired clue, right? But just because Dance’s character is long and gone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t expect to see the face of Tywin floating about the big-screens.
Dance has an extensive amount of work set up for himself now that his Westeros gig is up. Fans of Dance can expect to see him in the TV mini-series “The Great Fire,” the short film “Retrospective,” “Despite the Falling Snow,” “The Imitation Game,” the 2015 flicks “Woman in Gold,” “Michiel de Ruyter” and “Deadline Gallipoli.” You’ll also get to hear his haunting voice in the video game “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.”
But for those who doubt they could ever picture Dance in another light besides the conniving Tywin Lannister, we think this might help:
Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane) – We’re going to miss The Hound and his sidesplitting one-liners. But we doubt that the Season 4 finale is the last time we’re going to see McCann.
Prior to getting his butt-kicked by Brienne of Tarth and left to die by Arya, McCann had performed in the 2002 TV comedy “The Book Group” where he played a disabled personal trainer. McCann’s performance earned him a Scottish BAFTA for best television performance. The actor went on to appear in the British comedy series “Shameless,” and made his first Hollywood debut in the 2004 film “Alexander.” In 2007 he appeared as Michael Armstrong in “Fuzz” and by 2008 he starred in “The Crew” and “Heroes and Villains.”
Fans of The Hound can expect to see his scarless-mug when the actor appears in the 2015 TV series “Banished.”
Are you surprised to learn where your favorite “Game of Thrones” characters are now? Sound off in the comments section below and don’t forget to tune in for the Season 4 finale of “GoT” on Sunday, June 15.