Game of Thrones: Which Dead TV Characters are Still Alive in Winds of Winter?

Warning: Spoilers follow for all of HBO’s Game of Thrones through Season 8 Episode 4 “The Last of the Starks.” A few book spoilers follow as well, with regards to who’s still alive at the end of A Dance with Dragons.

Ever since Season 6, HBO’s Game of Thrones has been untethered from George R. R. Martin’s book series, having passed the author’s Song of Ice and Fire saga while Martin continuously works to finish the (presumed) penultimate book in the series, The Winds of Winter. Needless to say, many characters have died on the show since then – many of whom were still alive by the end of A Dance with Dragons and may even survive all of TWOW and make it to the entire adventure’s endgame.

Yes, the HBO series and Martin’s novels had gone their separate ways, leading to a much different body count on screen than on the page. So with that in mind, ;let’s take a look at who those characters might be, given all who’ve bitten the dust since the outset of Season 6. Click through our handy gallery (below), take the tour of death, and see who the show’s killed off that Martin may still be using and abusing.

Now that we’re more than halfway through the final season of Game of Thrones, with the Night King obliterated and Daenerys down to only one dragon, it seemed like a good time to look at who the show’s taken off the board. With adversaries like Queen Cersei and the Army of the Dead to contend with, the sprawling TV ensemble is now a paltry few when compared to who’s still around in the Song of Ice and Fire books.

For more on Game of Thrones, find out what Missandei said in that pivotal scene, find out why fans are upset about Ghost, why Jon made that other very dumb decision, and how Daenerys could lose Game of Thrones now. Plus watch the preview trailer for episode 5 here.

Plus, watch which deaths the cast considers the “best” from Game of Thrones’ first seven seasons:

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA). Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at

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