The HBO TV series Game of Thrones has no mercy when it comes to killing off your favorite characters, and season four has been the most brutal season yet! Whether you love them (like Nedd Stark) or just love to hate them (like King Joffrey), check out our handy infographic below explaining why each of these Game of Thrones characters "had to die."
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Preferring drinking and playing over sitting on the throne, the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms suffered a deadly wound while hunting wild boar.
Unlike his sister Daenerys, he was just a little too impatient and demanding to get ahead (although he did get his golden crown).
It all started with the honorable Nedd Stark, beheaded on the order of King Joffrey for challenging his birthright to the throne.
His brutal past as a warrior comes back to haunt him. Turns out witches don't want to heal you after you rape and pillage their village. You never know when the sun will rise in the East...
Poor Lady. Sansa Stark’s direwolf was put down in place of Nymeria, Arya's direwolf who attacked King Joffrey but could not be found.
He might have thought he was rightful heir to the throne, but the shadow born of his older brother Stannis and the Red Woman thought otherwise...
The First Sword of Braavos is presumed dead because of his allegiance to the Stark family. Could he have won the fight with a training sword?
Daenerys’ loyal handmaiden was strangled by Doreah when she interrupted a plot to steal the Khaleesi's dragons. Don't check on the dragons.
Spit in the face of Theon Greyjoy during the taking of Winterfell, who killed him only to maintain his already crumbling respect and authority.
This Qarth merchant lied to Daenerys about his great wealth and power (not to mention tried to steal her dragons).
Too clever for her own good, this plucky prostitute perished as Joffrey's plaything when she started spying on Littlefinger for Varys and he found out about it.
The slave trader from Astapor Kraznys didn’t know that Daenerys could speak Valyrian or that dragons stay loyal to their mother.
Tyrion strangled the love of his life Shae to death when he found her in his father's bed.
The Old Bear was killed by his own men during the Mutiny at Crasterly Keep for trying to please the gods by keeping the peace with Craster, his host.
Catelyn Stark’s eccentric sister Lysa Arryn fell in love with the wrong man, Littlefinger (Lord Baelish) who pushed her out of the Moon Door to take control of the Vale.
Sent by Bolton to kill Bran and Rickon, the remaining Stark boys, he was killed by Hodor (under Bran's warg control) when he encounters them.
After killing Mormont and Craster, the mutineer Night’s Watchman almost kills Jon Snow but is brought down by one of Craster's wives, frequent victims of Tanner's rape and abuse.
Why was King Joffrey
poisoned at his own wedding?
Too many reasons.
Avenging the rape and murder of his sister and her children, Prince Oberyn of Dorne puts up quite a fight against the Mountain. In one of the most shocking deaths in the series, his death can be attributed to cockiness and his insistence on hearing a spoken confession.
Catelyn, Robb Stark and his pregnant wife Talisa were all brutally murdered at the Red Wedding for breaking the vow Robb made to marry one of Walder Frey's daughters.
Tywin Lannister crossed his son Tyrion too many times and was shot with a crossbow while sitting on the toilet after hooking up with Shae.
She might have been the best Wildling with a bow and arrow, but she put her guard down for Jon Snow and got shot down by a child in the Battle at Castle Black.
Always fighting dirty and underestimating women, Arya's protector/captor suffered lethal wounds when he was pushed over a cliff by Brienne of Tarth. Arya did not mercy kill him.
Bran Stark’s protector was stabbed to death by an ambush of wights right at the end of his quest to bring Bran to the Three-Eyed Raven. His prophetic powers warned him of his death long beforehand.