Five #GameOfThrones Characters That Are Dead On Television But Still Alive In The Books

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#GameOfThrones is perhaps the bloodiest show on television but this has not deterred the fans of this fantasy drama from being addicted and coming back for more. Conservative estimates from fans of the show suggests that as much as 180,000 deaths have occurred from season 1 to season 7 of #GameOfThrones.

With the show having a body count that continues to rise with each new episode and with the final season coming in 2019, both lovers and critics of #GameOfThrones are all but resigned to the fact that not one character is safe.

The good part however is that some of the characters killed on the show have a second chance in George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Here are a number of characters who are dead on the show but are still alive and well in the books.


A lot of viewers were unhappy with the season six episode “The Door” that revealed a lot and saw the death of the gentle giant Hodor, but he is very much alive and well in the books.

As of A Dance With Dragons, Bran, Meera, Jojen, Hodor and Summer have reached the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven and they survived an attack from wights. Bran is yet to encounter the Night King in any of his green dreams yet, although he’s been wandering the caves while warged into Hodor’s body.

While we don’t know how the inevitable death of Hodor will be in the books, it may seem like readers will have to relive the pain when Winds of Winter is released in a completely different way.

Catelyn Stark

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Catelyn Stark met her end in season 4 of #GameOfThrones when her throat is slit by the Freys at the Red Wedding. This isn’t the case in the books as the Freys threw her body into the Green Fork of the Trident, where she drifts downstream until being discovered by the direwolf Nymeria (who was unconsciously warged into by Arya Stark in Braavos). Nymeria pulls Catelyn from the river, and she’s later found by Beric Dondarrion and the Brotherhood Without Banners.

A former guard at Winterfell named Harwin who recently joined the Brotherhood begs Thoros of Myr (who’s also still alive in the books) to resurrect Catelyn like he’d done for Beric Dondarrion, but Thoros refuses because too much time has passed as she’s been.dead for three days.

Beric instead gives Catelyn the kiss of of life himself, bringing her back at the cost of his own life. The Undead Catelyn now goes by the name “Lady Stoneheart” as she isn’t the same after being resurrected. She becomes the new leader of the Brotherhood, leading them on a bloody campaign of vengeance against anyone that is vaguely associated with the Freys, the Boltons, or the Lannisters.

Ramsay Bolton

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Many fans of #GameOfThrones breathed a sigh of relief when Ramsey Bolton met his doom courtesy of his own starving dogs and Sansa Stark in season six but the ‘king of Cruel’ is alive and well in the books.

In the books (A Dance with Dragons), he had recently wed “Arya Stark” who is actually Sansa’s friend Jeyne Poole (a steward’s daughter trained by Littlefinger to impersonate the younger Stark sister.

Jon Snow who knows nothing about the impersonation later receives a letter from Ramsay, demanding the return of his wife and Reek along with other outrageous requests. We await the fate of the Bastard of Bolton in The Winds of Winter.

Shireen Baratheon

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In season five of #GameOfThrones, we saw the red priestess Melisandre convince Stannis and his wife Selyse to allow her to sacrifice Shireen to the Lord of Light for Stannis to.emerge victorious against the Boltons. Half of Stannis’s army however deserts, just as Selyse hangs herself and Ramsay Bolton becomes victorious.

In the books however, Stannis doesn’t take Shireen with him to confront Ramsay Bolton. Neither Selyse nor Melisandre are with him as they are all left behind at Castle Black when his army marches.

According to a sample chapter from the upcoming The Winds of Winter book, Stannis even directs one of his officers to see that Shireen sits upon the Iron Throne should he fall in battle. Showrunners however reveal that the fiery death of shireen was one of three secrets revealed by George R.R Martin and it is left to be seen how this plays out in the books.

Margaery Tyrell

Season six finale of #GameOfThrones saw Cersei Lannister bring an end to Margaery Tyrell and most of the other Tyrells when she blew up a stockpile of wildfire beneath the Sept of Baelor. In the books however, Cersei is only planning an intricate web of lies and false witnesses to get Margaery arrested for fornication and a number of other charges by the High Sparrow.

Cersei is however arrested when one of her witnesses Ser Osney Kettleblack recants his testimony and truthfully admits that it was Cersei he slept with, not Margaery. As of the last published book, A Dance with Dragons, Cersei had recently completed her walk of atonement, and she and Margaery are both awaiting their trials.




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