The fifth season of Game of Thrones has finally premiered, and for almost every Sunday in April to June, we prepare ourselves for the possibility of seeing yet another one of our favorite characters get killed off the show right before our eyes. It goes without saying that Game of Thrones is no stranger to death, yet now that it is in its fifth season, let us take a look at five significant characters who could have played major roles in the TV series, but were killed off before anyone had the chance to say Valar Morghulis. Here is my countdown for the top 5 Game of Thrones characters who died way too soon.
Lady was a sweet, obedient and an incredibly adorable direwolf, basically the perfect match for Sansa Stark. In spite of her outward appearance, direwolves are not your average pet, so who knows what a full grown Lady might have been capable of, especially if Sansa's welfare was being threatened. Sadly, we will never know, since Lady took Nymeria's place in being put down, after Arya's own pet bit Prince Joffrey and was chased away in the second episode of Season 1.
This is, of course speculative, but just maybe our little dove would have been spared some of the suffering she endured for the past four seasons if her loyal direwolf Lady was still at her side.
4. Renly Baratheon
The youngest brother of Robert Baratheon wasn't the strongest man to ever live on the televised equivalent to George RR Martin's, The Song of Ice and Fire. However, what he was lacking in brawn, he more than made up for in charisma. It seemed like much of the realm was truly fond of Renly and wouldn't have necessarily been that upset had he managed to claim the Iron Throne. Whether or not he would have been a good King, however, we will never know. This would-be ruler was quite literally stabbed in the back by his own brother's shadow baby halfway through Season 2, and the vast army he had amassed disintegrated as rapidly as it had formed. Had he lived, the War of the Five Kings may well have had a very different outcome.
3. Oberyn Martell
This bonafide bisexual badass made his first appearance in the first episode of Season 4, journeying to King's Landing in order to avenge the death of his beloved sister who was savagely killed by the colossal Gregor Clegane almost twenty years earlier. Much to our chagrin, his quick wit, temper, sexual appetite and skills with daggers and lances were not enough to save him when he, after seemingly defeating the Mountain, had his skull crushed by his opponent in the eighth episode of Season 4.
His survival wouldn't only have meant we get to no longer see this Dornish legend on our TV (or computer) screens, but Tyrion would have been declared innocent at his trial by combat. Tyrion's innocence would have given us the strong possibility that Tywin Lannister wouldn't have been killed by his own son, and this would further mean that the brains behind the Lannister operations at King's Landing would still be in (almost complete) full control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
2. Khal Drogo
Half man, half beast, words cannot do justice in describing just how incredibly epic Khal Drogo truly was. This barbaric conqueror has never known the meaning of defeat. Ever. In Season 1, we all expected him to cross the narrow sea on ships with his Dothraki horde in order to win back the Iron Throne for Daenerys Targaryen. The destruction he would have brought to Westeros might arguably be even greater than the turmoil that currently reigns in the Seven Kingdoms. As such, perhaps it was a good thing that he died...from a scratch. Alright, perhaps it was more than a scratch, but how saddening is it to know that such a god of a man wasn't killed in any epic battle or fight, but from a disease. Khal Drogo was so missed they even brought him back for a moment in one of Dany's visions in the House of the Undying in Season 2. The fact that we were never able to witness Drogo's full potential in combat is reason enough to earn him a spot on this list.
1. Eddard Stark
Who else deserves the number one spot on this list but good old Ned Stark? Back when Season 1 was on TV, we all enjoyed following the adventures of Ned as he solved riddles, mysteries and plots to overthrow his pal, King Robert Baratheon. So many of us were convinced he was the immortal hero and protagonist of the show... until we were proven wrong in episode 9 of the first season. Not only was his execution the event that started those 'OMG' moments [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) is so known for, but the loss of Eddard Stark was pretty much the catalyst that set off the devastation that has devoured Westeros following the end of Season 1. Who knows what kind of tranquil and peace-loving paradise the Seven Kingdoms could have been if Ned were still alive?
All kidding aside, perhaps the one thing we have all learned from Ned's execution, is that being a generally good person will not help you survive or win in the Game of Thrones.
That was my list for the top five Game of Thrones characters who died way too soon! Do you agree? Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!