See Every Star Who Returned from the Dead at the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere
Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)
Momoa's formidable Dothraki leader quickly became a fan-favorite, but he was killed off in the season finale of season 1.
Rose Leslie (Ygritte)
Leslie melted — and later broke — hearts with her portrayal of Ygritte, the Wildling woman who falls for Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Although the characters's romance ended when Ygritte was killed off in season 4, Leslie and Harington got married in 2018.
Sean Bean (Eddard "Ned" Stark)
At the start of the series, Sean Bean was the most recognizable name and face in the cast. Viewers received the biggest shock in TV at the time when, in episode 9 of season 1, Stark was beheaded, setting off the war for the Iron Throne in spectacular fashion.
Pedro Pascal (Oberyn "The Red Viper" Martell)
Pascal was easily the fan-favorite of season 4 as the overly confident and charming Obertyn Martell, aka The Red Viper. His character's death — having his skull crushed by The Mountain — is easily one of the most shocking moments on the show.
Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)
Although her character was one of the best power players on the show, wheeling and dealing her rank and position — usually via advantageous marriages — Dormer's Margaery Tyrell went up in literal flames in the season 6 finale.
Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey Baratheon)
Gleeson's Joffrey Baratheon was easily one of the most reviled characters in all of Game of Thrones. His slow, painful death in season 4 was a welcome one for many viewers.
Kristian Nairn (Hodor)
Nairn's beloved Hodor met a sad and gruesome end via the dreaded White Walkers in season 6.
Sibel Kekilli (Shae)
Kekilli played Tyrion Lannister's (Peter Dinklage) love interest and close confidante, Shae. Her death, at the hand of her former lover Tyrion, happened late in season 4 after she betrayed him.
Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon)
Although he was one of the earliest casualties in season 1, Addy's Robert Baratheon went out in a memorable way: drunk and due to a mortal wound from a wild boar.
Aidan Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish)
All of Lord Baelish's wily, calculated, seemingly best-laid plans went deliciously awry in season 7 at the hand of Arya Stark.
Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)
Lord Tywin Lannister's death was another welcome one to fans, and Dance got to go out in spectacular fashion: Tyrion shot him with a crossbow while he was sitting on the toilet.
Esmé Bianco (Ros)
Another character killed with a crossbow, only in even more vicious fashion. Bianco's Ros, who was a prostitute in Westeros and pawn in many of the Thrones players's plots, was Joffrey's first of many cold-blooded kills.