HBO hit the jackpot with George R.R Martin‘s best-selling book series Game of Thrones. Ever since the world of Westeros found its way onto our TV screens in 2011, the word has spread like wildfire. Game of Thrones has become one of the most watched shows in television history, breaking viewing records with the release of every season. Its in-depth character development and masterfully written story line has captured the hearts of millions over its four year reign, and it’s still growing.
This high fantasy, however, is not for the faint of heart; it’s notorious for its brutal deaths and jaw-dropping twists of fate. Fans of the series know better than to get too attached to the characters, for they will most likely die a horrible, unexpected death. Martin has proven a happy ending isn’t always needed to reel in the fans: he seems to prefer siding with the antagonists in his story. This doesn’t necessarily mean the protagonists won’t get their chance to prevail.
Sure, Game of Thrones has left us screaming and crying countless times, with the deaths of some of our favorite characters in the series. But what about those times we found ourselves cheering and raising our arms in joy after watching some of our most hated characters in the show meet their demise?
Martin has a way of stretching out those desired outcomes, which directors David Benioff and D.B Weiss have been able to capture marvellously. When discussing Game of Thrones, it’s hard not to get caught up in the darker side of its unforgiving manner, but there are many times when the show has given justice to those who deserve it most. Below you will find a list reminding you of all those times Game of Thrones came through for the good guy.
10. Bronn vs Ser Vardis
Considering Ser Vardis has but two lines during his short stay on Game of Thrones, it’s hard to judge his character as being hated. But the fact that his death meant life for one of the shows most beloved characters, Tyrion Lannister, it’s safe to assume that most people were rooting against him in this scene.
Following Tyrion’s imprisonment in the Eyrie, he is quickly sentenced to death by Lady Regent Lysa Arryn and is to be thrown through the “Moon Door”. After a vulgar yet humorous speech by Tyrion, he manages to plea for a trial by combat, which in turn ends up winning him his life and freedom.
This nail biting sword fight between Bronn, a common mercenary, and Ser Vardis, a Knight of the Vale, is as entertaining as it is rewarding, being that it also spawns the favorable friendship between Tyrion and Bronn.
9. Lysa Arryn, Meet Tully Falls
This death takes on quite the turn of events compared to the last. Shortly after Little Finger aka Petyr Baelish arrives to the Eyrie in season four, he proceeds to manipulate Lysa further, gaining her trust in every way possible.
In the end, her blind love for the forked tonged conspirator ends in her own demise. During a brief conversation between the two, Petyr slyly calms Lysa down, only to throw her through the Moon Door where she plummets to her death unexpectedly. Watching this backstabbing traitor fall to her death was satisfying in every way, even if it was by the hand of the king manipulator himself.
8. Sam vs a White Walker
Everyone’s favorite gentle soul Samwell Tully finds himself face to face with a White Walker in season three of Game of Thrones. As Sam leads Gilly, one of Craster’s inbred daughters, back to Castle Black, they take refuge in an abandoned cabin for the night. Little do they know a White Walker has been following them.
Sam quickly realizes something is wrong when a murder of crows fills the tree outside their cabin and begin to squawk. When Sam bravely steps outside to survey the surrounding area, he is confronted by a White Walker, who shatters his sword and tosses him aside. The frigid monster then approaches Gilly in an attempt to steal her new born child. Surprisingly, Sam rushes the White Walker, stabbing him with a Dragonglass dagger he found at the Fist of the First Men. The White Walker explodes, bursting into a thousand shards, leaving Sam and Gilly safe once again.
7. Podrick Saves Tyrion
Many died during the iconic Battle of Blackwater Bay, in episode nine of season two, with the most memorable death being that of Mandon Moore. During the siege on King’s Landing, Stannis Baratheon’s men continue to push forth, inching their way to victory.
This bloody battle takes a turn for the worst when leader and mastermind Tyrion Lannister is attacked by one of his own men, Mandon Moore, one of the King’s Guard. But just before the traitor manages to land his killing blow, Tyrion’s squire Podrick thrusts a spear through Mandon’s head. This quick yet lifesaving kill brought great relief to all those who were holding their breath at the thought of losing their favorite character.
6. John Snow vs a White Walker
The bastard of the north and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch shocked everyone when he defeated a White Walker at the Wildling outpost Hardhome. Shortly after his arrival, John and his men find themselves being ambushed by an army of Wights. This frantic battle breaks out within a matter of seconds, following the arrival of a blizzard.
As the Wildlings attempted to fend of the frozen undead, John encounters a White Walker. The battle between them is one of the show’s most spine-tingling fights yet. Even though Jon is one of the most skilled sword fighters in the realm, he seems to have met his match with this one. Jon blocks the White Walker’s attack with his sword Longclaw, revealing that it is made of Valyrian steel, which is capable of killing White Walkers. Jon answers back with a life shattering swing, killing the White Walker and leaving us fans in total amazement.
5. Kraznys mo Nakloz Meets A Fiery End
For all those who don’t know him by name, Kraznys mo Nakloz is the slave-trader from Astapor, who provides Daenerys with her army of Unsullied. This heartless bastard disrespects Daenerys during her entire stay in Astapor and proves his cruelty countless times.
During the trade-off between the Khaleesi and Kraznys mo Nakloz, Dany turns the tables when she commands her dragon, Drogon, to set the crooked slave trader on fire, killing him along with all his masters. This shocking seen escalates to a fiery blaze of madness, proving the true strength one has with the ownership of three dragons.
4. Death On The Privy
This so called “Lion” ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog once his days are numbered on the royal chamber pot. Tywin Lannister is confronted by his son, Tyrion, after he learns his father has been sleeping with his love interest Shea.
The intensity of this scene escalates when Tyrion points a loaded crossbow at his father. During the heated conversation, Tywin refers to Shea as a whore, to which Tyrion replies “Say that word again”. Unconvinced his son has the cajones to kill him, Tywin says “whore” once again, which results in a bolt to his chest. Tyrion then loads the crossbow with another bolt and fires it, killing his father, the Hand of the King.
3. Aria Slays Meryn Trant
Eddard Stark’s youngest daughter, Aria, has proven to be one of the most badass characters in the series. With her fearless demeanor and brave-hearted personality, she’s the last person you would want on your bad side.
Aria proves she is not to be taken lightly in the last episode of season five when she mutilates the pedophile Meryn Trant. With knowledge of his preference of young girls, Aria impersonates one of the young prostitutes Meryn is to choose from. However. this time his choice ends in a bloody bath of his own blood, as Aria stabs out his eyes before she cuts his throat, marking off another name on her infamous list.
2. A Crown For A King
No one can forget Dany’s vile older brother Viserys Targaryen from Game of Thrones season one. This power hungry Targaryen sells his younger sister to the powerful warlord Khal Drogo, in hopes to use his army to win back the Iron Throne of Westeros.
After the heart-eating ceremony in which Dany takes part in to secure her marriage to Khal Drogo, Viserys demands the crown he has been promised, even if it means killing his sister. Drogo agrees, saying “Yes, you shall have a golden crown, that men shall tremble to behold.” In response, Drogo has two of his men hold Viserys down while he pours a cauldron of molten gold upon his head, killing him in an agonizing death. This scene surely had all fans rising to their feet in joy, as they watched the so called “Dragon” collapse to his death.
1. The Purple Wedding
The long-awaited death of this character resulted in a joyous celebration among all Game of Thrones fans everywhere. During the boy king’s wedding, Joffrey’s cup of wine was poisoned right under his nose. This act of treason was much deserved, considering the countless malicious acts he had followed through with during his time as king.
Watching the black-hearted son of Cersie Lannister choke on his last breaths of air, purple-faced and bleeding from his eyes, was the most satisfying death in the series by a landslide. It would be hard for Martin to top this death, for Joffrey was one of the most hated characters in the history of all fantasy writings.