The Season 5 finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will air this Sunday. That means it is time to take a look back at all of the beloved– and not so beloved –characters fans had to say goodbye to this year. Will the list get longer in the finale?
Here are all of the major deaths to have occurred so far this season on “Game of Thrones”:
1. Mance Rayder
The King North of the Wall (Ciarán Hinds) was nothing if not principled. The Wildling leader took his promise never to kneel to a southern king so seriously that he chose to face death rather than pledge allegiance to Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). Stannis had Mance strung up to burn at the stake, but Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), who had developed a mutual respect and admiration for his former enemy, took mercy on Mance, putting an arrow in his chest to spare him the pain of burning alive.
2. Janos Flynt
Season 5 saw Jon Snow get elected the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. However, not everyone in the Night’s Watch was so happy about their new leader. Janos Flynt (Dominic Carter), the former commander of the King’s Landing City Watch, was one of the more vocal dissenters, often overtly disrespecting Snow’s order. When Flynt refused an assignment from Snow, the new Lord Commander was forced to cut off Flynt’s head.
3. Ser Barristan
Ser Barristan (Ian McElhinney), the former captain of the King’s Guard turned bodyguard to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was ambushed at the end of episode 4 by the Sons of the Harpy, Mereen’s gang of violent rebels. While fans got to see the veteran soldier in action during the deadly fray, Ser Barristan was wounded while rescuing Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and died from his injuries.
4. Maester Aemon
Aemon (Peter Vaughan), the elderly maester of Castle Black, had been a source of wisdom for five seasons and an ally to Sam (John Bradley-West) and Jon Snow, casting the deciding vote to make Snow Lord Commander. However, age got the best of the blind Targaryen and his watch ended in episode 7.
5. Shireen Baratheon
Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram), the soft-spoken, erudite princess, was sacrificed on orders from her father and burned at the stake in episode 9. Stannis had been advised to do so by Melisandre (Carice van Houten), who has a history of using the mysterious, magic power of royal blood to further her king’s agenda. In this case, the priestess believed sacrificing Shireen would guarantee victory in Stannis’ invasion of Winterfell.
6. Hizdahr zo Loraq
Daenerys fiancé (Joel Fry) was stabbed multiple times by members of the Sons of the Harpy during the attack at the fighting pits in episode 9. The attack seems to prove that the former slave master was, indeed, loyal to his new queen, but it does not look like Mereen will be getting that wedding after all.
Watch the promo for the Season 5 finale below:
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