Getting killed off of a normal show really sucks. Like, it's the worst to get written off and subsequently killed off a show that had previously been your livelihood. That show may have been putting food on the table for your family, or just supplying you with a healthy check that kept you afloat.
Getting killed off of [Game of Thrones](movie:817617), on the other hand, is almost a rite of passage for most cast members. Sean Bean seemed like one of the main characters from the first season. He was. And he's a big time actor. He was killed off ASAP, though. It really comes with the territory. And this next season is going to deviate from the books, so it could really get crazy.
Anyway, check out these cast members who were killed off and what they're up to now!
Eddard Stark (played by Sean Bean)
We mentioned him before. Sean Bean gets killed a lot, and his death in the first season of Game of Thrones was one of the most iconic. Hilariously enough, part of the marketing strategy for Bean's role on TNT's [Legends](series:1159722) was "don't kill Sean Bean". Nice.
Robb Stark (played by Richard Madden)
Richard Madden's death was so sad and unexpected. In fact, all of the Red Wedding deaths were just overall incredibly brutal and just straight up unfair. Things were going so well for the Stark family at the time and they had to all die at once? George R.R. Martin, eff you man! Anyway, don't worry about Madden. He recently played Prince Charming in Disney's [Cinderella](movie:373064), so he's fine.
Catelyn Stark (played by Michelle Fairley)
Robb's mom also got killed fairly brutally. I won't rehash that topic - The Red Wedding still haunts my dreams. But, Lady Stark was one of the strongest female characters the show had to offer, and was a great person. Her death was a crushing blow to us all. Michelle Fairley has done well though, appearing in [24: Live Another Day](series:951373) and also appeared in ABC's [Resurrection](series:1028631) as Margaret Langston.
Talisa Maegyr (played by Oona Chaplin)
Another Red Wedding casualty (well her AND her unborn child), Maegyr had a really sad death as well. She was in an episode of [Black Mirror](movie:1427485), alongside Jon Hamm (the picture above) and she's also appeared in The Crimson Field and Dates.
Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal)
You raped her! You murdered her! This was one of the coolest scenes (and easily the coolest death) from the entire show. Getting way too cocky, Oberyn has his eyes gorged out by The Mountain. Truly a painful way to go out. He went on to play Agent Marcus Pike in CBS' [The Mentalist](series:722481). He will also appear in Netflix's upcoming drug drama [Narcos](series:1312371), which will focus on drug mogul Pablo Escobar.
Joffrey (played by Jack Gleeson)
His was a death we were all waiting and hoping for, so I wouldn't even venture to say that anybody should feel bad. However, Jack Gleeson essentially retired from acting (at least for the time being) to focus on his studies at Trinity College in Dublin. He gave a speech months before his on-screen death at Oxford explaining why he wanted to retire from acting. It was a great speech. He's also great at playing that unlikable character. I miss him, to be honest.
Ygritte (played by Rose Leslie)
Ygritte was and will always be my main crush from the show. Her accent was sexy, she was amazingly nice to Jon Snow even though he kind of blew it with her, and she is a red-head, which is cool. Lucky for me, Leslie can still be seen on TV, starring in the BBC historical miniseries The Great Fire in 2014. She's also set to appear in [Luther](series:205901) with Idris Elba.
Tywin Lannister (played by Charles Dance)
Funniest death goes to Tywin, who of course was killed while taking a dump by his dwarf son who he pretty much hated. He bounced back fairly quickly, appearing in Oscar-winning [The Imitation Game](movie:267965) as Commander Denniston.
So, it appears, getting killed off of Game of Thrones is really not all that bad. They all managed to have solid careers after. I'm glad, because I pretty much love any and everyone who is involved with this show. Game of Thrones is life.
(Via: The Hollywood Reporter)