In Memoriam Season 7, Episode 6

All men must die. This week, some of them died twice.

By AT&T Digital Media Productions editorial team 


Season Kill Count: 14,722

The season is winding down, but the real war—the only war that matters—is just getting started. In “Beyond the Wall,” Jon Snow and his posse’s epic battle with the Night King’s army had devastating consequences. Let’s take a moment to honor the dearly departed, the resurrected, and the dead again.


Wights galore

Does it count as a death if they’re already dead? Despite their numbers, hundreds (thousands?) of wights met their match. Still, it’s just a drop in the bucket, and if the Night King breaks through the wall, he’ll have a fresh supply of future soldiers.

At some point, some of these wights were probably very nice people (like that one wildling lady from “Hardhome”), but now they’re just hangry skeletons. Stay dead this time!


Thoros of Myr

A red priest with a drinking problem, Thoros of Myr gave Jon Snow a run for his money in the man-bun department. Thoros was known for his liquid courage on the battlefield and using his flaming sword to put fear into his enemies. After years as an apostate, Thoros turned back to religion as a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners, channeling the Lord of Light to resurrect Beric Dondarrion six times.

During the journey North, Thoros was gravely mauled by a wight polar bear. While the power of booze bought him some more time, his fire was eventually extinguished as he succumbed to the cold. Sorry Beric, looks like your seventh death will be your last.


Benjen Stark

We don’t know much about Benjen, but he was a true Stark. He was fond of Jon Snow, and accompanied his nephew to the Wall when Jon decided to take the black.

Shortly afterward, the First Ranger ventured beyond the Wall, never to return. During his time in the wild, he was stabbed by a White Walker, then was saved by the Children of the Forest with a shard of dragonglass to the heart. In Season 6, the half-dead vigilante showed up out of the blue to rescue Bran and Meera from an imminent wight death. In his final scene, the ultimate Cool Uncle swooped in all deus ex machina-like to save Jon Snow from the same fate, taking out a few more wights in the process.

Benjen died as he lived: a shield guarding the realms of men. He went down swinging that awesome fireball thing, and for that he will be missed.



NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Viserion! You magnificent golden boy! In a show full of deaths, this one hit the hardest.

Named after the Daenerys’ late older brother Viserys, Viserion was the gentlest and smallest of her three dragons. With an assist from his siblings, Viserion’s first confirmed kill was Qartheen wizard Pyat Pree, who definitely deserved it. After being freed from the Meereen catacombs by Tyrion, he exercised his fire-breathing might again in the battle of Slavers’ Bay. From there, it was smooth sailing back to Dragonstone with mom and brothers by his side.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down thanks to the Night King. In one of Game of Thrones’ most heartbreaking moments, a heat-seeking ice spear caught Viserion mid-flight, and he tumbled into a frozen lake. Adding insult to injury, the Night King resurrected him as an ice dragon, likely soon to be pitted against his family. Undead Viserion, may you die again swiftly.


There’s only one episode left this season, but that’s plenty of time for more mayhem. Let’s just hope there are no more dragon deaths. Our hearts couldn’t take it.

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