No TV series kills off characters quite as tragically, or often, as HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” From minor characters to the show’s first main leading role Ned Stark, dozens of key actors have come and gone over the years. We’ve rounded up the major character deaths and checked in on the actors to see what they’re up to now.
1. Daenerys’ spiteful brother Viserys was played by Harry Lloyd.
Viserys was killed on the first season after he crossed a serious line and Dany’s then-husband Khal Drogo poured molten gold over his head.
Now Harry Lloyd stars in a new spy thriller series from Starz called “Counterpart,” and will have a role on the final season of FX’s “Legion.”
The “X-Men” series “Legion” will air its third and final season sometime in 2019, where Lloyd will join the cast as Professor X.
2. Mark Addy starred as the formidable Robert Baratheon.
King Robert Baratheon was a commanding presence on the first several episodes of “Game of Thrones” before his untimely death thanks to several skins of wine and a boar.
Mark Addy went on to appear on several UK television shows, including “Atlantis,” “New Blood,” and an experimental Amazon show called “Oasis.”
Addy also had a role on the 2018 season of “Doctor Who,” and voiced Clyde the Horse in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”
3. Jason Momoa was unforgettable as Daenerys’ husband Khal Drogo.
Khal Drogo met his death after a gnarly fight wound he sustained became infected and Daenerys mistakenly put her trust into a witch healer.
Now he’s playing DC’s Aquaman in a standalone movie as well as in “Justice League,” plus he stars on the Netflix original series “Frontier.”
Momoa’s “Aquaman” recently grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, becoming the first movie of 2019 to do so.
4. Nobody can forget Sean Bean as Ned Stark, whose death was one of the most shocking on the series.
Many who hadn’t yet read George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series would be forgiven for thinking Ned Stark was the end-game protagonist of the series.
Now he’s starring on a TV series called “The Oath” on Sony’s streaming platform Crackle.
He also starred in “Medici: Masters of Florence,” which is streaming now on Netflix.
5. Renly Baratheon — played by Gethin Anthony — was murdered with blood magic halfway through season two.
Stannis Baratheon had his younger brother Renly killed when he refused to bend the knee to the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
Gethin Anthony played Charles Manson in NBC’s 2015 drama “Aquarius.”
He also voiced a character in the “Mass Effect: Andromeda” video game.
6. Maester Luwin was left for dead after the sack of Winterfell on season two.
After Theon Greyjoy’s failed coup and the Bolton’s attack on the castle, Maester Luwin was mortally wounded and died in the godswood.
Actor Donald Sumpter can now be seen on HBO’s new miniseries “Chernobyl.”
The five-part drama begins airing on HBO this may. You can also watch Sumpter in his small role on “Peaky Blinders,” which is presently streaming on Netflix.
7. The bloodiest episode of the series was “The Rains of Castamere,” where Robb Stark’s wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin) was the first of many brutally killed.
Known as the Red Wedding, this massacre wiped out a whole family of storylines with one murderous feast.
Now Oona Chaplin stars opposite Tom Hardy on FX’s new racy historical drama series “Taboo.”
The second season of “Taboo” is still underway, but meanwhile Chaplin had a small part in the HBO movie “My Dinner with Hervé.” Chaplin will also have a role in the coming four “Avatar” sequels.
8. Robb Stark, played by Richard Madden, was killed on the same episode.
The Young Wolf’s death was brought about after he betrayed his promise to Walder Frey.
Now you can watch Madden in Netflix’s original movie “Ibiza: Love Drunk” and on BBC One’s show “Bodyguard.”
Madden won a 2019 Golden Globe for his performance on “Bodyguard,” which is streaming now on Netflix.
He is also co-starring in the coming movie biopic about Elton John, titled “Rocketman.”
9. Michelle Fairley played Robb’s mother, Catelyn, who was the final person killed at the Red Wedding.
Catelyn Stark did all she could for her children before she was murdered in one of the biggest shocks of the series.
Michelle Fairley stepped into a role as a different king’s mother on the Starz historical drama, “The White Princess.”
She is presently filming a new TV show called “The Feed,” which will air on Amazon Prime.
10. King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) didn’t live long after the Red Wedding.
His murder took place at the “Purple Wedding,” when Olenna and Littlefinger worked together to poison Margaery Tyrell’s brand new husband and the crowned king.
Gleeson took a break from acting for a while after exiting “Game of Thrones,” though he returned to the stage for a play called “Bears in Space” in 2016.
Gleeson told Vulture he was interested in doing some “Adult Swim-style” content one day, but so far his acting career has stayed on hold.
11. Lysa Arryn, played by Kate Dickie, was unceremoniously pushed to her death by Littlefinger on the fourth season.
Lysa revealed herself as the co-conspirator behind her husband Jon Arryn’s murder just before she was killed.
Dickie starred in 2015’s horror movie “The Witch,” and most recently had a small role in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Dickie was the First Order soldier who patched in the call from Poe Dameron to General Hux. She also had a role on the BBC’s 2018 miniseries called “The Cry.”
12. We’ll spare you the visual of Oberyn getting his head smashed in, but fans will never forget seeing Pedro Pascal’s final moments as the Red Viper.
Oberyn Martell died during his trial by combat fight against Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.
Pascal now stars on Netflix’s original series “Narcos,” and on the coming “Star Wars” TV series “The Mandalorian.”
Pascal is also slated to have a “key role” in the anticipated “Wonder Woman” sequel coming in 2020.
13. One of the most heartbreaking deaths came when Ygritte — played by Rose Leslie — died in Jon Snow’s arms.
Ygritte was one of many casualties in the battle at Castle Black towards the end of the fourth season.
Leslie is now starring on CBS’s lawyer drama “The Good Fight.”
“The Good Fight” is the critically acclaimed spinoff of CBS’ previous series, “The Good Wife.”
14. The season four finale delivered many more deaths, including Jojen Reed — played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
Jojen helped Meera and Bran escape with Hodor before he died at the hands of the wights.
Brodie-Sangster reprised his “Love Actually” role for new short created for Red Nose Day in 2017.
He also starred in the “Maze Runner” teen dystopian movie trilogy, which concluded in 2018.
15. Charles Dance played the scary Tywin Lannister, whose cruel moral code came back to bite him when Tyrion murdered him.
After humiliating Tyrion at court and effectively sentencing him to death, Tywin Lannister met his demise while sitting in on the loo.
Dance has had numerous movie roles since, including 2016’s “Ghostbusters” remake and “Underworld: Blood Wars.”
He also had a role in the romantic movie “Me Before You,” which starred Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen).
16. Shireen Baratheon’s death was one of the most gut-wrenching of the whole series.
Actress Kerry Ingram played the role of the last surviving trueborn Baratheon child, until her father sacrificed her to the Lord of Light.
Now Kerry Ingram can be seen on a Netflix original show called “Free Rein.”
“Free Rein” is a young adult series about a girl who learns to ride horses in England. A new Valentine’s Day special for “Free Rein” premiered on Netflix in February 2019.
17. Roose Bolton — played by Michael McElhatton — was one of the first characters to be killed off on the sixth season.
Ramsay Bolton murdered his father once he thought his line in the House Bolton succession was threatened.
Michael McElhatton can be spotted among other “Game of Thrones” alumni in the Guy Ritchie movie “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”
He also had a role on second season of the National Geographic series “Genius,” which focused on the life of Pablo Picasso.
18. Ramsay Bolton also brutally murdered Osha, played by Natalie Tena.
Osha was killed after she and Rickon were captured and brought to the Boltons.
Tena starred alongside Jeremy Piven on a 2017 CBS drama called “Wisdom of the Crowd.”
“Wisdom of the Crowd” was cancelled following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Piven.
19. Kristian Nairn nailed every “Hodor” that was Hodor-ed on “Game of Thrones.”
Hodor died while protecting Bran and Meera from a horde of wights led by the Night King.
His time on the show may be over, but Kristian Nairn has built a strong DJ career over the past few years. He still tours, and you can catch “Rave of Thrones” at a city near you.
You can find a list of Kristian Nairn’s tour dates for “Rave of Thrones” here.
20. Ian McShane had a brief stint on “Game of Thrones” as Brother Ray.
Ray was leading a peaceful group who followed the Faith of the Seven, but their camp was attacked by outlaws and Ray was among the dead when Sandor Clegane returned.
Now you can see McShane in Starz’s new fantasy series “American Gods,” which is based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name.
McShane will also reprise his role for the “John Wick” movie trilogy in the 2019 installment titled “Chapter 3 — Parabellum.”
21. Icelandic actor Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson played Lem Lemoncloak for a brief series of episodes on season six.
The Hound tracked him down and hanged him after Lem murdered Ray and the other peaceful followers of the Faith.
Jóhannesson now stars on a Netflix show, too.
“The Innocents” is a teen-driven drama series about a supernatural group of women who can all shape-shift. Watch the trailer for the show here.
22. Essie Davis also had a brief role on season six.
She played Lady Crane, the actress who helped Arya in Braavos.
Davis went on to appear in the “Assassin’s Creed” movie, and now she’s playing a queen opposite Michelle Fairley on Starz’s show “The White Princess.”
Davis also reprised her role as the flapper detective, Phryne Fisher, from the Australian series, “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries,” for its upcoming movie spinoff.
23. At the start of the Battle of the Bastards, Ramsay Bolton murdered Rickon Stark (played by Art Parkinson).
Rickon was forced to run across the field towards Jon Snow, and Ramsay shot him with an arrow before the two could reunite.
Parkinson voiced the lead role for breakout animated movie “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
Parkinson also had a role in the 2018 indie movie “The Belly of the Whale.”
24. Iwan Rheon convincingly played the psychopathic Ramsay Bolton, who was finally killed at the end of season six.
Ramsay went above and beyond the normal “villain” archetype on “Game of Thrones.”
Iwan Rheon appeared on ABC’s Marvel series, “Inhumans,” in 2017, and stars in a Netflix original movie called “The Dirt.”
“The Dirt,” streaming now on Netflix, is a biopic about rock band Mötley Cruë and will feature Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars.
25. Margaery Tyrell met her end on the season six finale, which meant no more Natalie Dormer for “Game of Thrones” fans.
Cersei’s wildfire plot wiped out the entire Tyrell family, with the exception of Olenna.
Dormer now stars on an Amazon miniseries called “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”
Dormer will also voice a character for the coming 2019 Netflix series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which is a prequel to Jim Hensen’s 1982 movie.
26. Margaery’s brother, Loras, met the same fiery end.
Actor Finn Jones had a pretty solid gig lined up even before the finale aired, though.
Jones played Danny Rand on Marvel’s “Iron Fist” series on Netflix.
The series was canceled by Netflix, along with most of its other Marvel series, in 2018.
27. The High Sparrow — played by Jonathan Pryce — was another figure killed by Cersei on the season six finale.
Cersei had enough of the High Sparrow’s meddling with the power dynamics of King’s Landing.
Pryce co-starred alongside Oscar-nominated Glenn Close in the 2018 movie “The Wife.”
Pryce is also starring on FX’s new series “Taboo” (along with Oona Chaplin and Tom Hardy).
28. Roger Ashton-Griffiths played Mace Tyrell, father to Loras and Margaery and yet another victim of Cersei’s wildfire plot.
Mace was the rather useless patriarch of the Tyrell family.
Ashton-Griffiths is yet another “Game of Thrones” alumni you can now see on FX’s new series “Taboo.”
He also had a small role in the 2018 Disney movie “Christopher Robin.”
29. Cersei failed to consider Tommen after she murdered his wife and in-laws, and he died by suicide following the explosion in the sept.
Tommen was devastated after being manipulated by his mother and forced to watch his beloved wife die.
Dean-Charles Chapman appeared alongside Liam Neeson in the 2018 thriller “The Commuter.”
Technically, Chapman was killed off twice from “Game of Thrones,” since he also played Martyn Lannister, who was murdered on the third season.
30. Walder Frey was played by David Bradley. His character met a gruesome end when Arya Stark finally avenged the Red Wedding.
Walder Frey finally got his comeuppance on the sixth season finale.
Bradley has continued appearing on mainly TV shows, including FX’s “The Strain” and “Doctor Who.”
Now he’s voicing the character of Merlin on Netflix’s animated series “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia.”
31. On “Game of Thrones” season seven, one of the most upsetting deaths was that of Olenna Tyrell (the last of her family).
Olenna willingly drank poison handed to her by Jaime Lannister after his army swarmed Highgarden.
You can still watch Dame Diana Rigg on a TV period drama, though. She plays the Duchess of Buccleuch on “Victoria.”
Rigg also had a role in the 2018 theater revival of “My Fair Lady” in New York City.
32. Dickon Tarly met a fiery end when he refused to bend the knee to Daenerys.
Daenerys had Dickon and Randyll Tarly roasted alive by Drogon after her victory against the Lannister forces.
Actor Tom Hopper can now be seen on Netflix’s original series “The Umbrella Academy.”
He also appeared in the Amy Schumer movie “I Feel Pretty.”
33. Littlefinger’s demise was a long time coming, and provided both Sansa and Arya Stark with a much-needed moment of revenge.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish was killed by Arya in front of the entire Winterfell court.
Gillen was one of the stars of 2018’s Oscar-nominated biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Gillen was also in the 2018 movie “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” along with Thomas Brodie-Sangster.