While watching Game of Thrones and seeing people being killed left and right, I began to wonder:

Just how many people die per episode (not just major characters but the minor characters as well)?

I'm just wondering about an average, but a list that mentions the number of deaths for each episode would be good too.


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Digg has produced a montage showing every single death in GoT.

The [body] count comes to an unbelievable 5,179 — or over 172 deaths per episode.

This obviously factors in the 5000(ish) soldiers killed at the start of the Battle of King's Landing

Vulture.com uses a different methodology to convey the level of death in each episode of the first season, counting only murders and personal kills occurring on-screen.

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    Which season is that chart at the bottom for? Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 10:05
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    @anthonygrist - Season one
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 11:23
  • Digg will have a nightmare if they try to do this for The Watchers on the Wall. It’s pretty hard to tell whether any given victim of a blow is killed by it, or just injured. We still don’t know whether Ser Alliser survived or not. Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 10:03

There is an amazing bit of journalism done over at the Washington Post, and it has been updated as the seasons have gone on.

As of this time, the page is updated for all of Season 8, last updated May 21st.

6,887 Total Deaths across 73 episodes, for an average of 94.3 deaths per episode.

Season Deaths Episodes Deaths per Episode
1 59 10 5.9
2 130 10 13.0
3 87 10 8.7
4 181 10 18.1
5 246 10 24.6
6 540 10 54.0
7 1096 7 156.6
8 4548 6 758
Total 6887 73 94.3


A death is counted only if:

  • The character is killed on-screen.

  • The character dies off-screen, but the death is confirmed or assumed due to imminent death while on screen.

  • Only prominent off-screen deaths are listed. (Prominence is determined mainly by importance to the plot.)

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    Ought to be interesting to see how many deaths they count for S8E5 :(
    – Geobits
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 12:22
  • I will update my answer when we actually get the counts for S8E5, but I wonder if I should update my table (for now) to show 3 episodes for S8
    – Cinderhaze
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 12:32
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    Washington Post article updated May 21st, results updated based on their data.
    – Cinderhaze
    Commented May 22, 2019 at 13:53
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    Thanks for the update. Too bad the WP's numbers seem laughably low for the last season. The entire wight army was only counted as 1200 kills, and apparently there were only ~900 kills during the destruction of KL. Ridiculous.
    – Geobits
    Commented May 22, 2019 at 13:58
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    130 deaths for Season 2 seems very low if you count the destruction of a large part of the fleet attacking King's landing in Episode 9...
    – Arnaud D.
    Commented May 22, 2019 at 14:15

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