Some of the best shows are the ones where nobody is safe. Take Lost and The Walking Dead for example. Both shows are remembered not only for the quality of the show, but for the death of beloved characters.
Game of Thrones is simply an amazing show. In fact it is one of the best television shows I've ever had the pleasure of watching. The writing, the characters, the lore, and the flawless acting all make Game of Thrones a must-see for any fans of the fantasy genre in general.
While the show has some truly unforgettable characters, many of them have met unfortunate fates. Many have been shot, stabbed, or even beheaded, but there are some poor souls who received much more brutal treatments in Westeros.
Warning: This post discusses spoilers from Seasons 1 to 5 of 'Game of Thrones.' If you aren't caught up yet, I advise caution.
5. Karl Tanner
Like I said, many men in Westeros have been stabbed, but few quite like Tanner. As a mutinous Brother of the Night's Watch, he set up camp at Craster's Keep after he and a few other rogues killed Jeor Mormont.
In response to the mutiny, Jon Snow organized an attack party of loyal Brothers in order to assault the Keep. The assault ended in a single combat between Jon and Tanner, which resulted in Jon shoving Longclaw through the back of Tanner's head. Tanner definitely wasn't the first an to be impaled, but Longclaw's tip shooting through his open mouth was especially brutal.
4. Meryn Trant
When it comes to the subject of stabbing, I know many friends who are terrified of the very idea. Just the notion of a knife or sword entering your body and the expectation of intense pain was enough to make them cringe. Now imagine being stabbed in your face, several times, by a little girl.
When Arya Stark was training to become a servant of the Many-Faced God, she happened upon Meryn Trant, an old enemy who (supposedly) killed Syrio Forel, her sword teacher. When she got close to him, she pounced, stabbing both of his eyes before repeatedly stabbing his chest. Does that have you cringing yet?
3. Viserys Targaryen
Viserys is a character who was hated since the very first episode of the show, so luckily, he didn't last very long. The arrogant would-be-king had a habit of disrespecting everyone around him, from his sister Daenerys to the powerful Khal Drogo. Eventually they'd had enough.
When Viserys burst into a feast, waving around a sword and demanding a crown, Khal Drogo obliged. Drogo melted down his own golden belt and poured it over Viserys's head, calling it "a crown for a king." Fans of the show didn't know whether to be happy that Viserys was dead or horrified as his head melted from the molten gold.
2. Shireen Baratheon
In one of the most controversial episodes of the show, Lady Melisandre finally convinces Stannis that he will win the upcoming battle if he sacrifices his only daughter. He was adamantly against the notion at first, but he eventually gave in.
In true red priestess fashion, Melisandre had Stannis tie his young daughter Shireen to a stake and burn her alive. She wasn't the first person to be burned at the stake (ask Mance, for example), but the fact that she was just a helpless young girl ranks this death high on the list.
1. Oberyn Martell
Everybody loves Tyrion. Everyone loves Dany and Jon Snow and Arya. But Oberyn Martell had been one of my favorite characters since his first appearance in Season 4. He was smart, thoughtful, and straight-forward. His drive for revenge made his character arc that much more exciting. Unfortunately, his story did not have a happy ending.
Acting as Tyrion's champion in a trial by combat, Oberyn had to take on the Mountain, who just happened to be the man Oberyn came to King's Landing to kill. When Oberyn was trying to get the Mountain to admit to killing Elia Martell, the Mountain caught him by surprise and turned the battle around. Using only his bare hands, the Mountain gouged Oberyn's eyes out and crushed his skull in an explosion of blood.
You can watch the full scene here (Warning- NSFW):
Honorable Mention: Joffrey Baratheon
Sure, everybody hated the spoiled brat, but his death was certainly gruesome. Poison seems like a simple enough way to kill a man, but the time and suffering it took for Joffrey to die made it worth mentioning.
We sure have had our fair share of memorable deaths in Game of Thrones, but the show isn't over yet! Make sure to tune in to HBO on April 24, 2016 for the premiere of Season 6!