Editorial Featured Game of Thrones Hodor Season 6

And the best death scene from Game of Thrones Season 6 is…


…Hodor’s death in “The Door,” according to the poll we ran last week. Hodor’s self-sacrifice won by a healthy margin.

What was the best death scene from Game of Thrones Season 6?

  • Hodor—Torn apart by wights (45%, 188 Votes)
  • Walder Frey—Killed by Arya (13%, 54 Votes)
  • Ramsay Bolton—Devoured by dogs (11%, 46 Votes)
  • Margaery Tyrell—Death by wildfire (7%, 30 Votes)
  • Tommen Baratheon—Suicide (5%, 20 Votes)
  • The High Sparrow—Death by wildfire (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Rickon Stark—Shot by Ramsay's arrow (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Wun Wun—Arrow in the eye (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Arthur Dayne—Backstabbed by Howland Reed, finished by Ned Stark (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Summer—Torn apart by wights (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Pycelle—Stabbed by Qyburn's little birds (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Slavers Belicho Paenymion and Razdal mo Eraz—Throats slashed by Grey Worm (1%, 4 Votes)
  • The Waif—Killed by Arya (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Areo Hotah—Death by backstabbing (1%, 4 Votes)
  • The Three-Eyed Raven—Killed by the Night King (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Olly—Hanged by Jon Snow (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Osha—Stabbed by Ramsay (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Alliser Thorne—Hanged by Jon Snow (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Khal Moro—Died in a fire (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Smalljon Umber—Had his throat torn out (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Balon Greyjoy—Tossed over a bridge (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Lancel Lannister—Death by wildfire (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Roose Bolton—Murdered by his son (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Walda Bolton and baby—Fed to dogs (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Leaf—Self-destructed (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Lady Crane—Killed by the Waif (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Septon Ray—Hanged by rogue members of the Brotherhood Without Banners (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Trystane Martell—Backstabbed through the face (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Loras Tyrell—Death by wildfire (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mace Tyrell—Death by wildfire (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Kevan Lannister—Death by wildfire (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Doran Martell—Death by front-stabbing (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Brynden "the Blackfish" Tully—Killed by Lannister soliders in battle (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 416

Loading ... Loading ...

Commenter A girl explained why Hodor’s death hit so hard.

It was emotional, revealing and satisfying: Wylis died like a hero on the present while fading away in the past.

It’s hard to argue with anyone who picked this as the best death scene of the season. I wonder if the results would have been different if we had bundled a bunch of the deaths into one option: “Everyone caught up in Cersei’s revenge plot.” That’s the only thing I could see standing up to Hodor’s emotional, multi-layered final moments.

Hodor’s wasn’t the only death scene getting some love, though. Commenter Davos 4 King went with Alliser Thorne’s death by hanging.

Yes he was a dick and an ass and was wrong but he went out with some dignity. He didn’t beg or or plead and truly believed he did the right thing. I always thought he was a very underrated character and a bit more complex then people think. He was truly a grey character and I tend to find them more interesting then a true good/ bad character.

Alliser Thorne The Nights Watch

The temptation to turn Alliser Thorne into a mustache twirling supervillain must have been there, so I appreciate that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss resisted. Thorne went out with class, and helped bring Jon’s brief time as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch to a satisfying end.

Commenter Monz, on the other hand, pointed to the lone Stark death of the year.

I’m going with Rickon. Even though it was frustrating (zig zag, etc.), the drama and emotion invoked by Jon’ s reaction-riding like hell, putting his arm out ready to grab him,of course being just too late and falling for the trap was amazing.

The production team certainly did make Rickon’s final, frantic run a moment to remember. With his death, half of the Stark family we met when the series began is gone (counting Jon Snow and not counting Benjen).


Finally, Tim Stark went with his gut: “Arya killing the Frey line should be number one,” he said. “No special effects. Just sweet Justice!”

If there was any surprise in this poll, it was that the death of Areo Hotah managed to snag any votes at all. People just didn’t see it coming, I guess?

They’ll be a new poll up this Friday. Stay tuned!


  • You can’t go wrong voting for Hodor’s death, and how he went was a shock, but for me it was Tommen’s death because nobody saw it coming, not even a little bit.

    – I think many people expected Hodor to die eventually
    – Walder Frey’s death was preordained once Arya started chanting his name every night
    – Ramsey – There was only room in the north for one bastard and we all knew that
    – Margery – There was only room in the Red Keep for one Queen. One of them was doing to win
    – The High Sparrow – There was so much foreshadowing that wildfire would make a return appearance

    Was any death more shocking when you first saw it than Tommen?

    • We definitely knew Tommen was going to die this season so I don’t know where you’re coming from there! However his death was brilliantly shot, Hodor’s was definitely the most devastating and unexpected of the season

  • Of course Hodor’s death was the best death scene of the season (or maybe all seasons). I couldn’t stop crying fro 3 days!

  • I miss Lem Lemoncloak in this poll. Of course not a cinematic masterpiece, but one with huge consequences (bringing the hound to the army of the living and do good instead of doing nothing at all).

    Furthermore, Hodors death was by far the most emotional and it really flabbergasted me. I was shocked for at least half an hour after.

  • I’m surprised Smalljohn Umber didn’t get a few more votes. I’m not saying it should have beat out Hodor, but Tormund biting his throat out was pretty raw!