Game of Thrones: All the Characters Who Died at the Battle of Winterfell, Ranked from Least to Most Shocking
Fans are excited to see more than just the political intrigue House of the Dragon this game of thrones delivered to the fans, but also impressive action. It’s unlikely that the show will produce something as epic as the Battle of Winterfell, but even without that scale, the show could still kill off more than seven main/supporting characters, which is how many die in “The Long Night “.
Some of these deaths were mostly emotional and really affecting for the fans, brilliantly executed in that regard, and others were anticlimactic. Most of them, however, had some kind of impact game of thrones and the future of Ponent.
It was hard to feel sympathy for Melisandre in her death. Only his role in Shireen’s heartbreaking death led to his past being redeemable in the eyes of many, no matter what he does. However, he played his part in the Battle of Winterfell and accepted death when his time finally came.
His death technically came after the Battle of Winterfell was over, but it wasn’t really that impactful of what would happen in the episode. Her death also didn’t have massive implications for the rest of the series, other than leaving one less ally for Jon/Daenerys in the final episodes. His life was more impactful than his death by a good margin.
6 Eddison Tollett ‘Edd’
Edd was one of the first casualties during the Battle of Winterfell, falling to a Wight during the opening phase of the battle after the undead army wiped out the Dothraki. It’s a pretty emotional death, as Edd was a popular character and died while joking around with Samwell Tarly, who in all honesty had no right to survive as long as he did.
Edd’s death, while somewhat emotionally impactful given how much time fans had spent enjoying his time at the Wall as Jon and Sam’s friend, didn’t have much of an impact going forward. He’s forgotten relatively quickly, doesn’t respawn after burning his body, and it’s not like Edd has too much of an impact on the fight for the Iron Throne. His death does affect the Night’s Watch, however, leaving it completely without a Lord Commander, something fans aren’t getting any closure on the show.
5 Lyanna Mormont
Lyanna Mormont established herself as an absolute icon game of thrones with her fearlessness near the end of the show, willing to put her short life on the line for her people and the people of Westeros. Her death embodied the unrest and fire fanatics who had become accustomed to the young Lady of Bear Island.
Lyanna Mormont went forth as a warrior, taking a giant wight with her, a giant that would have undoubtedly killed more people in the courtyard of Winterfell, which she valiantly protected. This is definitely one of the top three deaths from the Battle of Winterfell in terms of emotional impact; Lyanna was loved by the fans and admired by the characters. Unfortunately, his death had little effect on the rest of the series. But, it affected the future of the beloved House Mormont, which became extinct after her and Jorah’s death.
4 Theon Greyjoy
Theon Greyjoy has arguably one of the best complete character arcs game of thrones, is rarely let down by the writing like so many others, especially at the end. His death was emotional and poetic as well as shocking.
Again, his death meant a minimum for the upcoming struggle for the Iron Throne, and Yara would have ruled the Iron Islands either way. Theon’s death directly affected the Battle of Winterfell, however, as he died to save Bran’s life. The few seconds the Night King spent busy killing Theon could have given Arya the precious time she needed to arrive and destroy the Night King. In a more real sense, he has perhaps the most emotionally impactful death of the battle, next to Ser Jorah Mormont. Deaths like this helped make the Battle of Winterfell one of the show’s best battles.
3 Beric Dondarrion
Beric Dondarrion was no stranger to death, and fans were used to seeing him kill and come back to life. This did not remove his final death at the Battle of Winterfell, which was a very important sacrifice.
As Melisandre points out, Dondarrion served his purpose to the Lord of Light by sacrificing himself so that Arya could go defeat the Night King. Without Dondarrion’s death, the Night King would never have been defeated, making his sacrifice one of the most important in the entire series.
2 Ser Jorah Mormont
Ser Jorah Mormont’s death could easily be considered the saddest and most emotional death in ‘The Long Night’, along with Theon’s, but it’s not just sad; is a crucial death for the future of game of thrones and Speaker
Jorah died as he lived his whole life game of thrones, protecting Daenerys and showing his undying loyalty to the Mother of Dragons. Without his unwavering will to protect her and fight for her cause, Daenerys would likely have died at the hands of swarms of Wights, changing the entire course of Westeros’ history and the final episodes of the series.
1 the king of the night
The death of the Night King is seen by many as a massively anticlimactic moment, seeing the years of build-up as a waste. Even if we think of it as a death in the universe, there is no doubt that it has an impact, preserving the safety of the world.
If the Night King had survived, his vague motivations would have come true, Bran would have died and probably wiped out all of Westeros. With his death at the hands of the incomparable Arya Stark, all that death is averted and the army of the dead falls. That’s the extent to which this death has impact, it has no emotional impact and does little to change the course of the fight for the Iron Throne outside of Daenerys’s draining of forces. However, killing Arya affects the fate of civilization, and that is enough.
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