Death is killing it lately. (Sorry.) Mere days after the release of Avengers: Endgame, which required its own “who died” post, comes the Battle of Winterfell episode of Game of Thrones. There’s one death, in particular, that caused the internet to collectively freak out (for everyone who could see it, that), but consider this a memorial for everyone else who didn’t make it.
The brother of the Night’s Watch, who became Lord Commandeer when Jon Snow left (they fought together at Castle Black and Hardhome), was stabbed in the back by a wight after saving Samwell’s life. His real name: Eddison Tollett.
A fan favorite since she was introduced, the Lady of Bear Island suffered one of the most vicious deaths of the episode: she basically got crushed by a giant. Somewhere out there, George Costanza yelled, “That’s gotta hurt!” She, in turn, stabbed her oversized foe in the eye, but it was too late.
Dothraki and Unsullied soldiers
If you searched “how many times has Beric Dondarrion died” before this episode, the answer would have been “six.” Now it’s seven, and this time, he’s not coming back. The former-Brotherhood Without Banners leader (who was brought back to life by Red Priest Thoros of Myr) was a fierce warrior and with a toss of his flaming sword saved the Hound and Arya’s lives, but he, himself, couldn’t escape a pack of wights. “The Lord brought him back for a purpose,” Melisandre told Arya following Beric’s death. “That purpose has been served.”
Theon returned (Reekturned?) to Winterfell for one reason and one reason only: to fight for the Starks. His moment of redemption for the terrible things he’s done over the years came in the form of charging at the Night King to protect Bran. It, uh, did not work. If only Arya had gotten there earlier…
The Night King
We already covered this over here.
Rough episode for the Mormonts. And Daenerys. Her babies fought each other on the battlefield (kids, am I right?) and she lost her advisor, who sacrificed himself to save her. Jorah Mormont was a traitor but he proved over time to be one of the most loyal characters on Thrones. He (and his shirt) will be missed.
Melisandre was a stealth MVP in the Battle of Winterfell, lighting countless flames and giving a crucial pep talk to Arya. But remember what she told Varys the last time she was on the show: “I will return, dear Spider, one last time. I have to die in this strange country, just like you.” She was half-right: Melisandre took off her magical choker and collapsed in the snow. Her watch has ended.