15 most satisfying deaths on Game of Thrones

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Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO via HBO Media Relations /

So many of the deaths on Game of Thrones made us smile. Has HBO turned us all into secret sociopaths? Or are the baddies on GoT just that bad?

According to the Washington Post, there have been 2,339 deaths on Game of Thrones from Seasons 1 – 7. Most were tragic, some were inevitable, but a select few were downright delightful.

Note: Major spoilers through Season 7 follow. So if you’d like to know nothing, just like Jon Snow, take wing and fly on out of here now. 

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When an evil character finally gets his or her comeuppance, the payoff can be super gratifying. In the violent game of thrones, you win or you die. And, well, most people die. But each time a villain gets taken down, it’s truly spectacular to watch. Game of Thrones can definitely make us feel like sociopaths as we actively root for certain deaths, but then we remember that these characters deserved what was coming to them, and our humanity is instantly restored.

Vengeance and violence are two of the cornerstones of survival in Westeros, and we often see sinister individuals with questionable morals succeed time and time again. Yet, the higher the climb, the harder the fall. (Ahem, Cersei Lannister certainly has it coming in Season 8.) And what glorious falls they are. When we see a baddie reduced to a screaming pile of flesh and bone, we know that justice has been done, and we feel satisfaction deep in our bones.

So, from traitors to monsters, here are the most satisfying deaths so far on Game of Thrones, ranked in order of how gratifying they were to watch unfold.