'Game of Thrones' fan notices strange detail about how characters die on the show
It may not be fair to simplify it in such a way, but there is no doubt that Game of Thrones has become notorious for two things: brutal violence and gratuitous nudity. The violence of the show is extremely shocking at times, and not just because of the blood effects and the show's commitment to showing you all the gory details; it's also because the deaths and injuries usually happen in unexpected and tragic ways.
The show stated its tone and purpose all the way back in season one, where Sean Bean's character Ned Stark was brutally killed in a way that was truly unjust. Ever since then, the audience have come to expect this kind of thing to happen, but still manage to get blindsided by these horrors regardless of what they had seen in the show before.
Season three episode nine's The Rains of Castamere, otherwise known as the episode with the Red Wedding, still stands as a benchmark of soul-crushing tragedy on TV, with the name becoming synonymous with any major upset happening on a show, whether it's Game of Thrones or something else entirely. These deaths often feel random, reminding us that the universe doesn't particularly care whether you're a hero or not.
Yet amongst this chaos, Reddit user razobak09 has claimed they have found a pattern. The idea is that many of the characters are "killed in the same or similar fashion as in their most infamous moments", and he found a long list of examples that fit his theory to go with it. It goes without saying that from this point on, this will be spoilers.
First of all, he uses the aforementioned tragic death of Ned Stark to make his point: "Ned Stark used his greatsword Ice to behead the Night's Watchman," the user explains, "he was beheaded with his own sword". He goes on to give various other examples:
"Tywin ordered the Red Wedding, where numerous Stark men were killed by crossbow-wielding musicians; he was killed by a crossbow. Roose Bolton killed Robb Stark with a knife to the heart; he was killed by a knife to the heart. Walder Frey ordered Catelyn Stark's throat cut at the end of the Red Wedding; he had his throat cut by Arya. Ramsay Bolton was fond of feeding people to his hounds; he was fed to his own hounds."
Just this season, Olenna Tyrell died by poison, admitting in her dying breath that she was the one who had poisoned Joffrey. However, one of the more interesting examples is the Sand Snakes, as I never realised they all died by their own weapons:
"The Sand Snakes were each killed in a way that mirrored their own style: Nymeria was strangled by her own whip, Obara was impaled with her own spear, and Tyene was killed by her favorite poison."
The commenters rushed in to provide even more examples of ironic deaths throughout the show. The best include Ygritte, a skilled archer, was killed by an arrow; Arya took revenge on Polliver in the same way he killed a young boy and Lysa Arryn was thrown through the Moon Door, for which she had quite the penchant. And we can't leave out Littlefinger, who was killed by the same Valyrian dagger he used to betray Ned Stark and attempt to assassinate Bran with all the way back in the first season.
In the full post, you can find even more examples as the list continues to grow. Maybe this means the Night King will die by a Dragonglass spear thrown at him, or simply a death by dragon, as revenge for what he did to Viserion. We'll have to wait until 2019 to find out.
In the mean time, why not revisit some of these moments with our list of the 10 most satisfying deaths on the show.