"Game of Thrones" deadliest characters 2019, by number of kills

As of May 2019, Arya Stark earned the title of being Game of Thrones’ deadliest character, racking up an estimated 1,278 total kills. Dragons Drogon and Rhaegal ranked second and third with 508 and 273 estimated kills respectively, while Cersei Lannister ranked fourth with nearly 200 kills.

 Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is a fantasy television series which ran on HBO from 2011 to 2019. The show is based on a book series by George R.R. Martin called ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Massively successful during its run, the series accumulated a total of 38 primetime Emmy Awards, and in terms of Emmys won was second only to Saturday Night Live. Both a critical and commercial success, the show’s series finale was viewed by well over 13 million people. In the lead up to the final season, over a quarter of American Millennials stated that they had watched all seven seasons of the show, a feat that amounts to nearly 70 hours of overall viewing time.

Deadliest "Game of Thrones" characters as of May 2019, by number of kills

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

as of May 2019

Supplementary notes

The source counts a death if:
- the character is killed on-screen.
- the character dies off-screen, but the death is confirmed or assumed due to imminent death while on screen.
- only prominent off-screen deaths are listed. (Prominence is determined mainly by importance to the plot.) - If a character orders the death of another, the character who does the direct killing receives credit, not the one who orders the kill. But for cases in which where the direct killer is unidentifiable, as when Daenerys Targaryen orders Doreah and Xaro Xhoan Daxos to be sealed into a vault, the order-giver receives credit.

If a character dies but is brought back to life (e.g. Jon Snow), the death count stands and the revival is counted as a “second life.” Temporary deaths like Euron Greyjoy’s drowning ceremony are not counted. Beric Dondarrion has been added to the death count as a result of this rule. Gregor Clegane and Benjen Stark have not been added because it is unclear whether they died off-screen and were then reanimated, or were “altered” while still alive.

For the Battle of the Bastards, it is often unclear which side a dying soldier belongs to. Educated guesses are made based on the shape of the helmets (Bolton soldiers had pointier helmets) and sigils that can be seen on armor.

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