Okay, this is a bit morbid perhaps but I was thinking of it in regards to Strange the Dreamer and we’re so close to Halloween so All the Best of the Deaths. By the way this isn’t a good or bad thing some of these absolutely devastated me but they were so well done!
Also there’s some pretty famous deaths in here but just in case spoilers for: The Book Thief, Crooked Kingdom, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Mockingjay, Strange the Dreamer, & The Hate U Give.
Khalil from The Hate U Give
You know this death is coming from the synopsis of the book. I was prepared for it and yet Angie Thomas still did such a great job with Khalil’s small role and my heart was in my stomach as the whole thing played out. Probably because you know it’s coming and Starr’s reaction and the immediate nightmarish aftermath you are right there with her.
Rudy Steiner The Book Thief
Much like Khalil you knew this one was coming. Hell, Death himself tells you its coming. Yet Rudy never does get his kiss. His death is brutal and I just like to pretend he’s off running somewhere like his hero and fine in a parallel book universe because even knowing it was coming I cried and cried!
Joffrey from A Storm of Swords
When Joffrey finally got what he deserved it wasn’t at the hands of the people who we might have thought most deserved to do it- hell, a lot of them were already dead. Not only that but his death lead to the destruction and death of the Red Viper, Tyrion’s trial and subsequent murder of Tywin and unfortunately I don’t think King’s Landing (especially in the show) was ever the same after those losses.
Well played Martin.
the God Children in Strange the Dreamer/Muse of Nightmares
The God Children perhaps the most innocent victims. They’re already dead at the beginning of Strange the Dreamer though we see more of the event in Muse of Nightmares. It’s a nightmarish thing and a horrible crime to kill the children but you also can’t entirely blame Eril Fane considering the humans had been raped and abused by the powerful Gods for generations before finally snapping.
Though celebrated Eril Fane himself is a broken man by the act and the way it effects Minya is equally tragic and the events will continue to ripple throughout both books.
The cost of occupation indeed.
Albus Dumbledore in The Half-Blood Prince
It made sense after all. The hero losses his final mentor and Harry lost everything anyway. So why not Dumbledore? But you almost have to admire the way he was pulling the strings even as the time of his death. The way it fairly screwed over Snape one last time, still kept Harry in a lot of dark and left his protege and friends to learn the questionable secrets of his life on their own.
Matthias Crooked Kingdom
I think my exact thoughts when this was happening were, “What the hell? What? No!” They had made it. They had made it to the end when Matthias past came back to catch him. It wasn’t anything Kaz could have foreseen or stopped. It wasn’t anything to do with the heist. Just a confused kid who thought he was doing the right thing killing a good guy and ruining my day! Poor Nina.
Ned Stark Game of Thrones
I was spoiled for this death. Martin taking out who was seemingly the main character of his epic. Not only does Ned give up his honor in an attempt to save his daughters he still loses. The thing that always struck me about this death was as far as Cersei and Varys were concerned they did have a deal.
It was just Joffrey further announcing himself as a little bastard and all the adults on the platform knew what Ned’s death would mean. But Joffrey was just having fun and likely Littlefinger was just getting started.
Much like Matthias it was almost like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. They had almost made it. Katniss had almost cleared it when she lost the very person that she started the whole thing to protect. I go back and forth on this one because was it necessary?
Let’s just break Katniss to the point of no return.
But then at the same time it was a revolution. It seems rather naive to think she would escape.
Cat Stark A Storm of Swords
Hey, let’s take your favorite character the long-suffering, flawed but still human and decent (and much maligned) Cat Stark and make sure you are in her head as she loses her last child, her grip on reality and is brutally murdered.
I was furious back in season three over a lot of the changes the writers made to the character and this particular storyline so while for me it did ruin some of the effectiveness of the Red Wedding thanks to the actress and that source material monologue I wound up gutted anyway.
And now as in all things Cat Stark I’m going to end this before it turns into a rant 🙂
Again, thanks a lot Martin.
22 thoughts on “All the Best Deaths”
Prim, Matthias, and RUDY! Ah! All their deaths broke my heart! ;(
They were all so unfair!
Poor Joffrey haha! (Not). And Ned Stark… ergh. I’m kinda fascinated by the idea of Ned actually going to the Wall- his honor probably requiring him to stay silent- how hard THAT would have been to read about, and the fact that Cersei/ Varys were gonna keep him alive- it’s another reason I’m glad Joffrey suffered lol!
I’m divided on the Prim question too. So sad…
Ned at the wall would have been fascinating if for no other reason he didn’t buy that kids story about the dead things beyond the wall and passed it off as myth and legend and executed him. Would have loved to see his reaction but it probably would have made life too easy for Jon with his well-respected father their to take the lead 🙂 Ned needed to die and Jon needed to suffer…
When I read and saw Rowling kill off Dumbledore, I remember thinking “No way, she did that. I mean I get it but still…” I’m still thinking that. 🙂
And yes, Martin does deaths very well.
Joffrey’s death was glorious! 😀 I may be evil, but i was happy when he kicked the bucket.
No it totally was 🙂 and I think it was some of Martin’s best writing and the shows best acting!
Rudy’s part made me SOB + Matthias’ death upset me a lot ah.
I cried so hard over Rudy I had to take a break from reading!
The God Children!! I totally agree!!! Ouch… Great choices for some amazing deaths!!
… And I realized how weird that sounded… I meant “amazing” in a horrible, heart wrenching way.. If that makes any sense… 😂💔
It totally made sense 🙂
Game of Thrones all the way! So many shocking/great deaths in this one.
I’ve read the books years ago and did NOT expect that it would be this ‘extreme’. Blew my mind at that point, as I was used to Fantasy where the hero always gets away. I didn’t feat for Ned. And then. Woah.
Love the books forever.
Martin really excels at great deaths!
Actually, this is such a fantastic topic to do!! love it!! Martin deaths are really amazingly done!! Definitely agree with your inclusion of the god’s children- it’s horrifying. And so agree with you about Matthias and Primrose felt like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory too :/ (great expression as well!)
I think Martin does it so well (at least in Storm of Swords) that he actually gets an unfair reputation for his character killing!
Joffrey’s death made me so happy as I’ll ever be! 😀 He really was a little bastard! But Cat’s and Ned’s death really made me furious. And I think losing Dumbledore was a great loss for Harry and I really felt bad for him. Like you said, Harry lost everything anyway! *shrugs*
Dumbledore made sense in a lot of ways. But you have to appreciate how much he was micro-managing even that 🙂
The way Angie Thomas built up Khalil in those first 44 pages, it was so easy to like him so the murder hurt all the more. As quickly as she made us like him is a quickly as his life was snatched away.
I loved all the characters in The Book Thief, but God, Rudy was the most adorable and you kinda sit and read and hope that maybe somehow Rudy was left alone and got away, but no…
Matthias’s death is the reason I’m avoid Crooked Kingdom, we don’t get a male character like him in ages and when we do… he dies. Great, thanks.
Littlefinger, the prick. I have to admit, as much as I love Ned, I much prefer Cat. She’s flawed, yes, but so much could have been prevented if Robb just listened to mama. 🤷♀️
I love Cat! She’s the character I will defend no matter her flaws. Seriously, I sometimes have to take a breath and step back where Cat is concerned. Rudy, Khalil and Matthias are all off in some alternative book world living happy lives with the rest of them 🙂