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  • Tulisas death was the one that hit me hardest just because of the shock and utter violence of it. Voted cat because of actress performance.

  • Absolutely Cat. Absolutely. Possibly the most devastating death in the book and Michelle nailed it–I could see the internal monologue in her head (“not my hair, Ned loves my hair,” etc), even though I agree that it would have been far too cheesy to have on the show.

  • Voted for Robb, just too tragic. Catelyn’s is of course a close contender, but I preferred the subtlety and ‘that sinking feeling’ when Bolton got Robb as opposed to the rage, vacancy and quick-slit with Cat.

  • I personally (and cynically) enjoyed the deaths of the hopes and dreams that the Unsullied had for the Stark family after the Rains of Castamere.

  • I go with Dondarrion’s scene. The moment I read the title of the post I remembered Sandor’s sword slashing through him. Baby Eddard should be here. I would have voted for him instead of Beric. It was the first confirmation for me that shit was going to happen and it was NASTY. And I just can’t vote for Catelyn’s. Or Robb’s. I’m sorry.

  • Old Bear for sure. Cat’s kneel and wait was drawn out and kind of awkward. Roose Bolton stabbing Robb was just weird. Very “enter stage right, stab, exit stage left.”

  • Even though one of the Red Wedding deaths is sure to win this I went with Dondarrion. I just thought it was a better scene.

    I wouldn’t mind if Robb wins, though.

  • GeekFurious:
    I would have voted for a certain baby-belly death but oh well…

    Ditto. But, in Talisa’s noted absence, I went with Cat. Just the wait before that cut… no other death like it on the show.

  • Had to go with Karstark – such a great illustration of Robb trying to be like his dad and also so indicative on the ramifications of his actions on his followers’ loyalty: brilliantly acted as well.

  • I went with the calculated efficacy of Bolton, though Cat and Bear were close runners-up. For me, the Beric death was more part of the entire fight scene than a stand-alone event, and I already voted for that as best fight scene. I didn’t care much about the Karstark one tbh…

  • Robb definitely! Wait a tick…

    “YOU ARE NO KING OF MINE!”

    Karstark. not even close. Anyone who says different is nuts or fanboy/girl blind.

  • Commenter,

    I would say it was very well done. Music, directing, acting. Perfect. If it wasn’t for the shock of Grenn killing Old Bear I would have picked this.

  • I went with Karstark. Just awesome acting, a reminder that the show can pull these things off. Beric was great as well, but since he came back and because the scene was more remarkable as a fight scene I gave the edge to Karstark.

    The other three were horrible. Robb falling down was well done by Richard Madden, but the actual stabbing was super lame. What was that director thinking, it was nowhere near as good as in the books. The same goes for Mormont. Great way to fuck up a scene that could have been awesome. I mean he’s stabbed, grabs his attacker and then just dies? Where are his last words, damn it! I agree with the poster who found Catelyns death scene to drawn out and awkward and her death was to smooth. She should have kicked and wailed and scratched her face to bits.

  • I get why ppl are going caytleyn. But Robb was just as tragic because of the added scene before…about ned and his child. Add losing his wife brutally, dying so young, and in a slow death. I’m a fanboy, but I think this one wins on its own due to the circumstances

  • Rygar:
    Commenter,

    I would say it was very well done.Music, directing, acting.Perfect.If it wasn’t for the shock of Grenn killing Old Bear I would have picked this.

    What? You do know that it was Rast who stabbed Jeor right? He stabbed him in the back, Jeor grabbed him and shoved him against the wall. Fighting started and then the old bear for one reason or another just sits down and falls on the ground where Rast stabs him to death.

    It was an utterly moronic way to kill of such a great character.

  • I came here with the intention of voting for Robb, simply because of Roose. However, upon thinking it over, I had to go with Karstark. His line delivery was superb, as was the entirety of that scene.

  • Drey Liautaud:
    I get why ppl are going caytleyn. But Robb was just as tragic because of the added scene before…about ned and his child. Add losing his wife brutally, dying so young, and in a slow death. I’m a fanboy, but I think this one wins on its own due to the circumstances

    I couldn’t agree more. The set up for Robbs death was the ultimate tragedy. Still, I never saw Gilly stabbing the Old Bear coming. His own daughter wife! That was off the chain!

  • I would’ve chosen Robb if not for the kinda sloppy final blow. Roose appears out of nowhere, growls the last words, and shanks him with a largely hidden blade. I would have appreciated it a bit more if Roose had slowly walked over, his awesome Flayed Man sword in his hand, sent the regards in a completely cold tone, and methodically thrust the sword.

    Went for Cat in the end, Michelle Fairley did wonders

  • Have to go for a Red Wedding one. The emotion surrounding those deaths makes up for some of the mistakes in execution (Roose’s entry being a little awkward).

    Went with Robb over Cat. Love Fairley but the sudden silence after her scream was a bit awkward for me.

  • I voted for Cat, Robb’s death was mainly well done because of the awesome line that is delivered before it (which comes under quotes rather than death i suppose) and the importance of the character who has died. Cats death is better as an individual death just because she goes crazy, kills an innocent, then the camera lingers on her for an uncomfortable amount of time, i bet unsullied just wanted the episode to end, but then a frey walks in a kills her before cutting to black. Awesome

  • The Flayed Man,

    The book scenario for this, and that of Jeor Mormont , really had me reeling ,
    but not so, of the onscreen performance. I was disappointed.

    The Tully – Frey wedding , and Caitlyn Stark’s guttural cries , were not easily
    forgotten ( listened to or reading ).

  • WildSeed:
    The Flayed Man,

    The book scenario for this, and that ofJeor Mormont , really had me reeling ,
    but not so, of the onscreen performance. I was disappointed.

    The Tully – Frey wedding , and Caitlyn Stark’s guttural cries , were not easily
    forgotten ( listened to or reading ).

    Hmm yes. So painful and difficult to watch. Cats anguish can never truly be forgotten. However, what decided my vote was when jar baby number one distracted jar baby number three long enough so that jar baby number two could stab the Old Bear. That was genius.

  • Voted Cat, but props to Mormont! That scene almost gave you hope (if you hadn’t read the books) that he might just pull through.

  • Voted Cat.

    I guess Talisa and Ned Jr. aren’t here because that would be too many Red Wedding deaths, but personally I would have put Ros over Beric. That one wasn’t even permanent.

  • Karstark’s death is a good one, but that scene is more about Robb than it is Rickard Karstark.

    Beric’s death was pretty glorious – but since he didn’t end up really dying, it kinda gets a mulligan.

    And while I thought Robb’s death was appropriately horrific, and his last line – “Mother” – sounding so resigned, it isn’t the winner.

    The Old Bear went out like a champ. His death goes up there among the best “bad-ass” deaths of the series along with Yoren and Ser Rodrik Cassel.

    But I had to go with Cat. Michelle Fairley played that so perfectly and got all that anguish just right. Stellar on all levels.

  • I have to go with Cat. The utter despair of it acts as a synechdoce for the whole Red Wedding (or Stark family, if you want to add in Ned’s death).

    Rygar,
    I have to acknowledge that was good, but was it as cool as when Samwise Gamgee grabbed Sting from Frodo and killed Jeor Mormont with it?

  • FictionIsntReal:
    I have to go with Cat. The utter despair of it acts as a synechdoce for the whole Red Wedding (or Stark family, if you want to add in Ned’s death).

    Rygar,
    I have to acknowledge that was good, but was it as cool as when Samwise Gamgee grabbed Sting from Frodo and killed Jeor Mormont with it?

    You’re drunk.

  • The Karstark situation is sadly underestimated. It IS the end of Robb’s Kingdom. The Red Wedding is just the coup de grâce. A helluva coup de grâce at that, admittedly.

  • So glad that you didnt just put The Red Wedding as a single nominee, like you did last year with the Battle of Blackwater in the best action scene nominees.

    Anyway this might be the toughest category yet, had to go with Cat though. The performance, the camera work, everything was just heart shattering. But I almost voted for Robb, which was perfectly executed as well plus there is Bolton.

    Also the Karstark death deserves at the very least an honourable mention. It signified the start of the downfall of the King in the North, and I think the actor who portrayed Rickard Karstark did a fantastic job. Still believe he should have been given his own Curtain Call, or at least should have been mentioned in someone elses like the actor who played Craster was.

  • JonathanL,

    Cat’s kneel and wait was drawn out and kind of awkward. Roose Bolton stabbing Robb was just weird. Very “enter stage right, stab, exit stage left.

    Absolutely my problem with the Red Wedding.
    Not to go to far off on “how it was in the book” BUT…
    The Red Wedding was supposed to be a scene of CHAOS. Barely armed Stark and Tully men battling through the banquet with armed Bolton and Frey guys and, in the midst of it all, first Rob and then Cat. Instead it was as if you could hear someone saying “Okay now Robb gets killed. Okay, now Cat gets killed” The scene had such potential for power. Instead it was more like pantomime. It wasn’t the series most painful missed opportunity, but it was up there.
    I’d go with the Old Bear’s death. Since Mormont was not a POV character, his big finale ended up more powerful than it was in the book, instead of less, as the Red Wedding did.

  • Rygar,

    It really took me by surprise. I mean, who expected for Jesus himself to appear in Game of Thrones and kill the Old Bear. It came out of nowhere!

  • Kraznys should be here instead of Beric’s fake death, which wasn’t so much for the death but the fight preceding it.

  • Laurentius,

    It was a mercy killing in the book. She went obviously and physically crazy when Robb died, so she was killed instead of taken hostage, which was Frey’s original plan. Not too merciful in the show though.

  • Greatjon of Slumber: The Old Bear went out like a champ. His death goes up there among the best “bad-ass” deaths of the series along with Yoren and Ser Rodrik Cassel.

    Obviously, these particular scenes truly affected me, emotionally, while reading,
    perhaps more than some whom shared that same moment. And it’s these three
    characters, aside from Ned’s grizzly death, that I’d hoped to recapture with an
    onscreen big moment. My expectations were too high, methinks. Old Bear’s
    last moments , for me, were distracted by the chaos going on around him, but
    I used some foreknowledge of the scene to fill me in. Getting that closeup of
    Gorman really solidified the meaning, but I still feel as if I missed much during
    the fight melee’. Not bad orchestration of death scenes, as a whole, I just wanted
    to relive some painful or shock moment as I did from reading. I’m still a amateur ( :

    Michelle Fairley’s scene, at the Twins, was a bit like watching theatre, and very
    affecting.

  • Hodor Targaryen,

    Actually, I thought neither of these should have made this list, and I am truly
    enamored with Hildebrande’s performance as Kraznys. As you rightly asserted,
    Dondarrian didn’t really die, and for me, Kraznys was kinda offscreen….. sort
    of the way Pyatt Pree’s death sequence.

  • Voted for Catelyn, then moments later changed my decision to Karstark. Eughh.

    “Kneel, my lord.”
    *shivers*

  • WildSeed,

    Interesting. I think you see enough of Kraznys’ death to count. Not sure if we actually stop seeing him flail about while on fire, but by that logic Denethor didn’t have an onscreen death scene in Return of the King.

    Which death would you nominate instead of Beric’s? Maybe Craster?

  • KILL ME AND BE CURSED, YOU ARE NO KING OF MINE !

    This line was perfectly spoken. And I love all the tension and the contained rage inside of Robb after the job is done (+ the music, which makes a good parallel with Rodrik’s death in season 2).

    Definitely Karstark’s death. Very very well done.

  • I’d have gone for Arya’s stabbing of the Frey soldier, as it proved just how one-sided a conflict the Red Wedding was. What was the tally again? oh yes, Stark- 5000 soldiers/bannermen, Robb, Talisa, Catelyn, Grey Wind all dead, Edmure & some others captured, Frey- 4 dead idiots & Walder’s 8th wife, oh George, what are ya like?

    Well, at least we have Revenge of the Stoneheart to look forward to, may it not fall victim to the cutting room floor.

  • Beric’s death followed closely by Karstark’s.

    All of the other deaths were far better in the book !!!!

  • Cat’s was ruined for me with a horrible fake throat, Robb’s – with Bolton’s cheesy dash. Pity, both were pretty great
    Beric’s shouldn’t even be in the running, it stuck for what, five seconds?

  • Of the choices available, i went with the Old Bear.

    Despite the chaotic mutiny, he very nearly took down, with one hand, the guy that literally stabbed him in the back!

  • Ludo:
    KILL ME AND BE CURSED, YOU ARE NO KING OF MINE !

    This line was perfectly spoken. And I love all the tension and the contained rage inside of Robb after the job is done (+ the music, which makes a good parallel with Rodrik’s death in season 2).

    Definitely Karstark’s death. Very very well done.

    I agree Karstark should win this easily if there was any justice in the world. I mean thisa scene was just perfect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlowcpKuQsI

  • Waymar Royce. Definitely Waymar Royce. Nothing says “F-ed up” more than the first death in the book/show being committed by something that is already dead.

    What is dead may never die.

  • For emotional reasons, I wanted to pick Robb. However, Cat won out. Lady Stark’s agony was palatable. Michelle Fairley totally got hosed on no awards nomination this Season, IMHO.

  • Rygar,

    My favourite death is the writers assuming it would be okay to hire Ciaran Hinds for 5 minutes of screen time this season and not to expect a reaction. That or hire local extras from Morocco for the Mhyssa scene.

  • Joshua Atreides:
    Rygar,

    My favourite death is the writers assuming it would be okay to hire Ciaran Hinds for 5 minutes of screen time this season and not to expect a reaction. That or hire local extras from Morocco for the Mhyssa scene.

    True, but Burn Gorman had less screen time and more impact than Hinds. I am the first to say that the writing is poor but Hinds is stiff and acts uncomfortably like Sam the Eagle Muppet.

  • Ludo:
    Veltigar,

    As the entire episode 5, in my opinion.

    Best episode in the series so far. (with Blackwater)

    It’s a very strong contender to say the very least. The only thing that was bad about that episode was Ser Loras character assassination.

  • Veltigar,

    Hodor Targaryen:
    Kraznys should be here instead of Beric’s fake death, which wasn’t so much for the death but the fight preceding it.

    Seriously. Dan Hillebrand’s performance was much more deserving of this contest than an undeath

  • Had to go with the Old Bear. As a Sullied, my prior experience with the RW was just too powerful to ever be recreated for the screen, so that is my bias. The Old Bear’s death was not recreated from the book, but enhanced for the screen with Burn Gorman and the sheer badassery of the Old Bear not going out without a fight to the last. A genuine “Noooooo!” moment for Sullied and Unsullied alike.

  • Cary Storm:
    Veltigar,

    Seriously. Dan Hillebrand’s performance was much more deserving of this contest than an undeath

    I couldn’t get past his role as Tim Driscoll on Deadwood. I kept wanting him to say ” Fer Fooks sake, Danny Boy”

  • WildSeed: Obviously, these particular scenes truly affected me, emotionally, while reading,
    perhaps more than some whom shared that same moment. And it’s these three
    characters, aside from Ned’s grizzly death, that I’d hoped to recapture with an
    onscreen big moment. My expectations were too high, methinks. Old Bear’s
    last moments , for me, were distractedby the chaos going on around him, but
    I used some foreknowledge of the scene to fill me in. Getting that closeup of
    Gorman really solidified the meaning, but I still feel as if I missed much during
    the fight melee’. Not bad orchestration of death scenes, as a whole, I just wanted
    to relive some painful or shock moment as I did from reading. I’m still a amateur ( :

    Michelle Fairley’s scene, at the Twins, was a bit like watching theatre, and very
    affecting.

    I appreciate that they at least gave some of the Old Bear’s best last lines – about how the Wall was not built to keep out the likes of men – to Sam.

  • Bittersteel_914:
    Of the choices available, i went with the Old Bear.

    Despite the chaotic mutiny, he very nearly took down, with one hand, the guy that literally stabbed him in the back!

    That to me was one of the unappreciated parts of James Cosmo. The Old Bear is mostly seen talking, sitting, or walking and we rarely get any sense of his size as we did in Braveheart. Until he turns and chokes Rast and you realize, “Good lord, that guy is huge.”

  • I had to eeny-meeny-miney-mo this one. Between the Old Bear, Karstark, Robb and Catelyn-all were affecting, well done and well acted. I went with Robb, just because with his death so went the hope of the North.
    I did feel the Karstark scene was underrated this season…the acting between John Stahl (Do I have the name right?) and Richard Madden was absolutely terrific. It’s one of my favorite scenes of the season.

  • GreatJon of Slumber,

    That’s right, I’m remembering that now. I ‘d reasoned that I recalled that from the
    book, only. I may not have grasp his fine words among the ensuing chaos, yet
    his later exhortation to Samwell, to warn the Castle, was heard and felt. No
    matter where he stood, with his bulk made up of thick furs, his presence and
    oratory voice stood out. I will always appreciate GoT for choosing this actor,
    whom rose above the script with every occasion.

  • Cat. It’s the one that affected me the most…and as a non book reader, I don’t even remember who the heck “Old Bear” and “Karstark” are…

  • Hodor Targaryen:
    WildSeed,

    Interesting. I think you see enough of Kraznys’ death to count. Not sure if we actually stop seeing him flail about while on fire, but by that logic Denethor didn’t have an onscreen death scene in Return of the King.

    Which death would you nominate instead of Beric’s? Maybe Craster?

    Other than ( perhaps ) Jaqen’s assassinations of Tywin’s men at Harrenhal , and
    the grizzly scene at the Twins, I believe WiC chose wisely. Without Joffrey up to
    his usual antics, and being distracted by lady Margaery, there isn’t much to choose
    from in S3. Onscreen, S1 Momoa’s Khal Drogo and Mirri Maz continue to press
    upon my memory.

    Funny how no one even has the will to mention ” Qhorin Halfhand “, his scripted
    scenes were too awful to recall. I agree with Cary’s comment
    also, that Roz’s death would be an honourable mention.

  • Cat’s death was ruined by cheap film type throat cutting, a bit of a nick and you fall down dead. I have to go with Karstark, with hon. mention to Krazny.

  • Definitely Old Bear, however I think that the winner in season four will almost certainly be Joffre, even if it isn’t the best death, everyone wants to see that little @£$%&* die.

  • Paul:
    Cat’s death was ruined by cheap film type throat cutting, a bit of a nick and you fall down dead.

    Well, she had a few quivers in her as well. That final shot was about Cat giving up, not her neck wound. After her scream and slicing of Lord Walder’s “wife”, there was nothing left in her to resist and her legs simply gave out. But, yeah, she probably would have instinctively grabbed her throat, lost her balance eventually and stared at Lord Walder or her dead son while the light faded from her eyes….but that “realism” wasn’t necessary, imho.

  • Cary Storm,

    You know, I actually am pro-Ros, but I think her death was pretty lame. She doesn’t show up for a couple episodes and then Littlefinger vaguely refers to finding out she was a spy, somehow, and then we see her body post-death. I think at least some scene with her earlier in the episode would have made it better. Interesting character, deserved a better death. I think Craster, Kraznys, and Talisa are all a bit more deserving a nomination in this category than her.

  • For all those people complaining about the awkwardness of that pause before cats death …. Well if ure unsullied ok fine you dont know why that was done but come on sullied people …. Ull shud know the reason for that pause … Cat loosing her mind … Loosing everything she knows except for 1 fact …. My sons are dead and the only people to blame is the freys the boltons and the lannisters …. i think that was the perfect setup for lady stonehearts actions later in the series …it shows u cat going insane loosing her mind completely

  • Paul:
    Cat’s death was ruined by cheap film type throat cutting, a bit of a nick and you fall down dead. I have to go with Karstark, with hon.mention to Krazny.

    That was more accurate than you might think. I remember reading an interview with a doctor saying that there should be even more blood spouting out of her throat to be realistic. If you don’t mind gory/disturbing videos, look at this camel being slaughtered (NSFW/NSFL): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woSm-KTwe-Y

  • Hodor Targaryen,

    Rather happy I didn’t see the savage details of Roz’s death, but there was no doubt
    that it would have been disquieting. That quiet singular moment that the audience
    viewed, spoke volumes, IMO.

  • WildSeed,

    Yeah, my criticism is more about lack of buildup generally, even if it’s not actually seeing her die. Some scene with her within the episode, even if it didn’t hint at a later death, would have done wonders. Or a scene establishing Littlefinger’s suspicion, or what exactly exposed her as a spy. I find it interesting that there are really no scenes between Littlefinger and her in season 3 at all. The buildup to her death was pretty much laid entirely is season 2 eps 2 and 10.

    And the Littlefinger’s vague abilities to discover things defeating Varys’ vague ability to protect his sources just left me confused and frustrated. So I don’t know why Ros died, and she did so kind of randomly after disappearing for a couple episodes, including the one in which she died. That’s the frustration, not really the lack of seeing her grisly death.

  • Ros. I’m a book reader, but, she was actually one of my fav characters. I even had it in my head that she would last till the very end of the whole saga, although she was a ‘b’ list character. Her death was cruel & spiteful, and she’d already endured enough on her journey thru Littlefinger & Joffrey. Yes, Cat/Robb& Talisa’s end was awful. But to have that vile little brat fire a crossbow several times at close range into her… It was also competely out of the blue, whereas, you were expecting The Red Wedding (if you’re a book reader). I’m not dissapointed in her death scene, I’m a firm believer in ‘less is more’ and the scene was shot beautifully, almost like a Caravaggio painting, but, like others have pointed out, i would have loved some extra scenes pre-death.

  • Where is Talisa? Ok, I get why she is not there :)

    Voted for the Old Bear. Dramatically the scene with the mutiny at Crasters keep was amazingly succesful, and deserves praise.

  • Cat without a doubt.
    And ppl talking about that awkward pause, there is something called artistic license. Yes it is unrealistic but it is purposefully done to show her absolute heartbreak and pain. Even in the book, when Catelyn goes crazy, those last few moments are purposefully drawn out. GRRM describes every little detail, every stream of blood flowing down her face, and it feels as though that small moment is in slow motion.

  • twatitos:
    Ros…..
    I’m not disappointed in her death scene, I’m a firm believer in ‘less is more’ and the scene was shot beautifully, almost like a Caravaggio painting…

    Totally….I was comparing her final pose with the various “Martyrdom of St. Sebastian” paintings throughout history.

  • HMT,

    I love that there is a pause, time to absorb what’s happening and try to imagine what Cat’s feeling. I think what was weird was Cat’s (beautifully acted) scream, and then she kinda quickly goes silent. I dunno, it just took me out of the moment and didn’t flow for me. Maybe if she went from loud scream to quiet sobs it would have been a bit better, even for the same length of time.

  • Karstark, but it would have been Cat by a country mile if they hadn’t made the blood seem so unrealistic.

  • With all due respect to all the other candidates, but nothing can equal the Red Wedding. Catelyn’s anguished scream at the end still rings in my ears…as corny as that might sound it almost automatically made me think of my own mother and how much grief I might have given her over the years…and that made the moment that much more powerful!

    I am surprised that Talisa’s death scene was not included…talk about disturbing! It is almost as heartbreaking as anything in the Red Wedding. To have just shared such a loving and sweet moment with Rob and then die such a violently unexpected death, it is heart wrenching !

    PS A big shoutout and props to “Supernatural”, which on Tuesday night’s episode showed some love for “Game Of Thrones” , both the show and the “A Song Of Ice And Fire” novels. Actors Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Felicia Day were all about Jeoffrey and his cruelty, the White Walkers and wether or not to both read the books and see the show…pretty funny stuff! Me thinks at some point they were watching what happened to poor Ned’s head! LOL “Supernatural” is the last network show I’m still following. Have been a fan for nine years now…

  • Jen@House Stark:
    For emotional reasons, I wanted to pick Robb.However, Cat won out.Lady Stark’s agony was palatable. Michelle Fairley totally got hosed on no awards nomination this Season, IMHO.

    Absolutely agree…The almost catatonic state Catelyn goes into before her throat is slashes as she realizes all is lost, was palpable. That got my vote.