When Season 7 of Game of Thrones (premiering Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Canada) finally, finally returns, the biggest question will be, ‘What’s going to happen this season?’ The second biggest question will be, ‘Wait, can you remind me again who is dead and who’s alive?’
Having short seasons doesn’t mean the show is short on action. Quite the opposite. With all of the houses, alliances, and theories about who is related to whom, remembering every single character can be daunting. But no worries, we’re here to give you a refresher on who died and survived Season 6 of Game of Thrones.
ALLISER THORNE AND OLLY – DEAD
The leader of the Night’s Watch refused to bow to Jon Snow and recognize him as the new leader, even going as far as orchestrating Jon’s murder. Too bad for Thorne that when Jon came back to life, he had a bit more rage in him than before, leading to Thorne’s hanging. Little Olly also died, which bothered us as much as it bothered Jon.
WALDER FREY – DEAD
Arya’s training was put to good use when she avenged her murdered family from the Red Wedding. She also saved many more girls from being sexually assaulted by the disgusting leader of House Frey.
TRYSTANE MARTELL – DEAD
Trystane and Myrcella’s love story was cut short thanks to Ellaria Sand, who sent her daughters Obara and Nymeria to kill their cousin on board a ship.
DORAN MARTELL – DEAD
The leader of House Martell was killed by his sister-in-law Ellaria Sand. She had a busy week.
TYRION LANNISTER – ALIVE
You can’t keep Tyrion down and that’s just how we like it! The Lannister may have been ousted by his brother and sister, but he’s found a new family, and a new role as Hand to the Queen for Daenerys Targaryen.
BALON GREYJOY – DEAD
Yara and Theon’s father wasn’t exactly the warm and fuzzy type, but the siblings definitely preferred being ruled by him over his brother Euron, who shoved Balon off a bridge and assumed rule over the Iron Born.
MARGAERY, LORAS AND MACE TYRELL – DEAD
The Tyrell family were one of the few noble families in Westeros who had yet to do anything truly disgusting. Margaery’s grandmother saved her from a life with Joffrey, only for Margaery to eventually die trying to protect her brother Loras and her new husband Tommen. We don’t know who is going to eventually sit on the Iron Throne, but we would be pretty stoked to see Lady Olenna Tyrell there.
CERSEI LANNISTER – ALIVE
It was a tough year for Cersei. She started Season 6 ecstatic that her brother/lover Jaime had returned, only to immediately be thrown into despair upon learning he was carrying the dead body of their daughter Myrcella. Cersei later avoided death by the High Sparrow by setting the city ablaze with wildfire, only to lose her son Tommen to suicide after he learned his wife Margaery was dead. Prophecies are real in GoT.
TOMMEN BARATHEON – DEAD
You could say Tommen died of a broken heart, which was sped up by throwing himself out a window. The youngest Baratheon/Lannister was too kind for the world of Westeros, but we still would’ve liked to have seen the kind of ruler he would turn into. Would he have been more of a Jon Snow or eventually succumbed to evil like his brother Joffrey? We’ll never know.
HIGH SPARROW – DEAD
The High Sparrow was one of the most devious characters to ever step barefooted into Westeros, which is saying a lot. The peasant turned ruler quickly gained control from the noble family and arrested anyone who didn’t succumb to his strict religious rule of law, including Cersei, Margaery and Loras. His fate was sealed the moment he imprisoned Cersei and while we were sad to see the Tyrell family die in the wildfire, we didn’t shed any tears over the High Sparrow.
LANCEL LANNISTER – DEAD
A good lesson for everyone. If a religion requires you to tattoo your forehead, don’t join it. You’ll end up dead from Wildfire, or something like that.
Grand Maester Pycelle – DEAD
They may be called ‘little birds,’ but the children of Westeros should probably be called ‘little killers.’ They took out Grand Maester Pycelle on Cersei’s orders and seemed to enjoy doing it.
SEPTA UNELLA – DEAD
If you’re going to spend months torturing Cersei Lannister, you’d better kill her when you’re done. This was a lesson learned by Septa Unella, whom we last saw being tortured by The Mountain. We don’t know for sure that she’s dead yet, but we’re pretty confident that she wouldn’t make it very long. Shame!
JAIME LANNISTER – ALIVE
Jaime had a tough Season 6, from losing the remaining two of his illegitimate children to heading the Lannister army. Still, he’s managed to survive intact. Well, he was already missing that hand.
THE WAIF – DEAD
Arya’s trainer turned assassin learned the hard way that if you teach a Stark how to kill someone, they will kill you when attacked. We’re sure the Waif was a nice person at some point, but in her current state we weren’t sad to see her go.
ARYA STARK – ALIVE
Most of Season 6 was spent with Arya cheating death while surrounded by dead people. Her training at the House of Black and White had left her blind and forced to fight the Waif. Once her training was complete and her eyesight restored, Arya was ordered to kill an actor named Lady Crane, but Arya can’t bring herself to kill the kind woman. Now marked for death, the Waif hunted down Arya, who was obviously paying attention during her training. You can’t kill a Stark.
RICKON STARK – DEAD
Scratch that, you can definitely kill a Stark. Actually, about half of them are dead. This season we said goodbye to the youngest member of the Stark family thanks to Ramsay Bolton exacting his revenge on Sansa by shooting her little brother with an arrow. RIP Rickon.
RAMSAY BOLTON – DEAD
Of course, this takes us to Ramsay Bolton, who we think would have been great friends with Joffrey Lannister. The sadistic bastard son of House Bolton was finally made legitimate by his father, but that wasn’t enough to stop Ramsay from being one of the most terrifying villains in the history of TV. After he killed his father Roose for refusing to declare war on Jon Snow and the North, Ramsay kidnaps Rickon Stark and uses the boy to goad Jon into the greatest battle we’ve seen in GoT history. While Jon and Sansa, with the help of hundreds of men, took down Ramsay’s army, it was Sansa who had the honour of killing her husband in the same ghastly manner he preferred for people like his step-mother and half-brother.
ROOSE BOLTON AND WALDA FREY – DEAD
In case you started to feel bad for Ramsay (as if), let’s not forget he killed his father, step-mother and baby brother, the latter in his trademark gruesome fashion, which included hungry hounds.
OSHA – DEAD
Ramsay also slit Osha’s throat. Damn you, Ramsay.
LITTLE FINGER – ALIVE
How has no one killed Little Finger yet? How? How? Seriously, how?
JORAH MORMONT – ALIVE
Well, he’s alive for now. We don’t know how long it will take for the greyscale to kill him, but if love is enough to keep Jorah alive, we have a feeling he’ll be sticking around to see his queen once more.
DAENERYS TARGARYEN – ALIVE
The Mother of Dragons has survived a sadistic brother, a warrior husband, being set on fire, imprisonment, and a few dragon rides. We don’t know whether the Khaleesi will end up on the Iron Throne, but she has definitely proven she’s tough enough to rule any kingdom.
BROTHER RAY – DEAD
The Hound finally found a friend in Brother Ray, but the inspirational leader and his people were brutally murdered by Lemoncloak and his men.
THREE- EYE RAVEN – DEAD
The wise man in the tree met his fate when he was killed in Bran’s memory by the Night’s King.
KHAL RHALKO, BROZHO, QORROR, FROZHO AND MORO – DEAD
The Khals are sticklers for tradition, which means the widow of a Khal, in this case Daenerys, must spend her remaining days imprisoned. This didn’t fly with the Mother of Dragons, who set the council room on fire, killing the Khals and emerging unscathed to become the Queen of the Dothraki.
HODOR – DEAD
It’s been more than a year since the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale and we still can’t talk about Hodor’s death. Hold the door! Hold the door! RIP Wylis.
JON SNOW – DEAD AND ALIVE
Jon Snow famously began Season 6 dead as a doorknob, then came back to life thanks to the power of Melisandre and her naked chanting. Actually, she wasn’t naked in this scene, but Jon probably would have come back to life much sooner if she had been. The dude loves gingers.