In Memoriam, Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 3

We beseech the Seven, grant mercy to this week’s dearly departed.

By AT&T Digital Media Productions editorial team 

Season Kill Count: 5,932 (estimated)

Game of Thrones has never been afraid to kill off key characters (looking at you, Ned Stark). It’s a Sunday night tradition: the latent dread, the shocking deaths, the reaction GIFs. Call it the GoT OMGs. As this season’s kill count continues to rise, let’s take a moment to raise a cup of Dornish red and mourn the losses from Episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice.” 

This week we said goodbye to a fan favorite (Olenna Tyrell) and a, well, less appreciated character (Tyene Sand). Both deaths offered up a bit of poetic justice, with each character receiving a fitting conclusion to their chapter in Westerosi lore.


Tyene Sand, Sand Snake, House Martell Adjacent

Dagger aficionado Tyene Sand was a fierce fighter with a penchant for poison. Fearless and sometimes impulsive, this bastard daughter of Oberyn Martell inherited much from the Red Viper of Dorne and her mother Ellaria Sand. While we knew her best as a murderess, seductress, and chatterbox-ess, her half-sisters loved her regardless. For the most part.

Each of the Sand Snakes were killed by their weapon of choice, making Tyene’s Long Farewell a poetic completion to Nymeria and Obara’s deaths in Episode 2. Upon receiving the Prize that was Promised by Euron Greyjoy, Cersei delighted in taunting Ellaria about how she was going to kill Tyene. She settled on the eye for an eye approach, paying back Ellaria with the same poison used to kill Myrcella Baratheon (with the added bonus of forcing her to watch Tyene’s rotting corpse).

As Qyburn dutifully explained, the poison’s effects depended on the “constitution” of the victim. If Dornish sass levels are any indication, Tyene will be in for a long goodbye indeed, with Ellaria given a front row seat.

The Queen’s only daughter was an innocent, and while Cersei is a monster, Tyene and her mother...well, let’s be honest, they kinda deserved it. Sorry, Bronn. We know you two were close.


Lady Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns

Nooooo! Who will give us saucy one-liners now? The death of Lady Olenna means the end of House Tyrell, and a parting shot from the only woman in Westeros to defeat every member of House Lannister in a war of words.

The Queen of Thorns lived longer than most highborn ladies, giving her ample time to hone both her wit and her political acumen. Her honesty was unparalleled in the Seven Kingdoms and her famous “tart tongue” will be missed by viewers. From calling out Cersei on her cruelty (and stupidity), to advising Sansa, Daenerys and Margaery, Olenna was, as her late grandson Loras might say, “truly, a force to be reckoned with.”

She died doing what she loved most: slinging pointed barbs and candidly owning her actions over a glass of red. After gracefully accepting her House’s loss to the Lannister army, she waited in her chamber for the bloodbath to conclude. In a gripping final scene, she cut through Jaime’s gold-plated armor, calling him out on his failures and blind devotion to Cersei. Jaime promised her a painless death, and after calmly chugging down a cup of poisoned wine, Olenna used her last breath to confess to murdering his son, the late King Joffrey. With a mic drop for the ages, the Queen of Thorns had the last word in life, and in death.


Honorable Mention: A bunch of soldiers on all sides

Ed Sheeran and pals might have managed to make the Lannister soldiers less detestable, but it was still satisfying to watch the Unsullied take out a bunch at Casterly Rock. Soldiers on both sides fought bravely, but the Unsullied spears won the day, sparing no red and gold swordsmen in the process. Well, except for Ed. We hope.

The real battle to the south, however, was quick and dirty, as the bulk of Lannister troops sacked Highgarden and crushed the Tyrell army. The golden roses are officially extinct. May you all rest in seven floral-scented heavens.


Let the blood baths continue every Sunday, only on HBO.