Game of Thrones characters you thought were dead, but they aren’t
“In the game of Thrones, you either win, or you die.” – Cersei Lannister
While winning the game of thrones might be a difficult onus, dying is something that is as certain as day. And quite often we have come across those heart-burning moments when we watched our favourite character bleed to death, get burned or both.
Then begins the endless curse streak to George Martin. Shaming him on social media for creating a character, making him/her one of the most doted and promising one on the show and then making them spill gallons of blood just at the flick of a wrist.
But the man just loves playing with our emotions that way. That is actually what the show runs on and has managed to reap huge profits.
After Jon Snow’s resurrection, you might be hopeful that the others might come to life too. But hey! What if your favourite character is alive and well to do, even as we speak right now.
Don’t believe us?
Then watch it for yourself.
Here is a list of Game of Thrones characters whom you thought had departed but are very much alive in the books:
Game of Throne is pretty much how life is. Unfairly and gruesome. And Shireen’s death was just another example of that. Shireen, the teenage daughter of Stannis Baratheon, is a sweet little girl with a ruined visage but a heart of gold. She won our heart when she teaches the illiterate Ser Davos to read and their bond is such a delight to watch. but just like all good things on this show, this immaculate bond too had to end with the ruthless death of Shireen as she was burned alive at a stake as a sacrifice to The Fire God. This, however, doesn’t hold true in the books as Shireen is very much alive out there while Stannis has been the victim of an onslaught. The show-makers say that what happened in the show is pretty much what happens to Shireen eventually, but until then we can rejoice at the fact that the little girl is alive.
The influential and stern headed leader of the Wildlings, Mance Rayder’s loss was one huge blow to the head. Just when the character started to gain momentum and impress us with his persona, he was slain. Quite similarly as Shireen, however, Mance came across Jon’s mercy when he shot an arrow across his heart to save him the misery of being burnt alive. But the books bring forth the good news, fellas! As per the books, the man who dies at the stake wasn’t Mance but was a wildling by the name Rattleshirt. Rattleshirt was veiled by the magic of Melisandre, making him look like Mance. The show, too, can use this in their storyline to pop in a few surprises to the viewers. And how would we love watching this man speaking sense in his seemingly Australian accent!
“The freedom to make my own mistakes was all I ever wanted.” #RespectMance.
The loving mother of Winterfell, Catelyn Stark loses lets down her guard and goes all guns blazing on all those who ruined her settled household. To all those who messed around with her sons and daughters had a bad time coming up in the form of this fierce Stark. However, her rage was ephemeral. At the Red wedding, her throat was slit and she bled to death while watching her son Rob “King of the North” Stark undergoing the same fate. The books have a different story to tell though. And it tells us about the return of Catelyn but in a cold-hearted, merciless, zombified manner. She has returned with just one motive – vengeance. Will this be incorporated into the show? The show-makers say no. but we quite well know they they are fluent and efficient liars when it comes to discussing plots publically.
The lone female incestrous progeny of Cersei and Jamie, cloaked under the banner Baratheon, Myrcella was a hardly seen on the show but was influential in stirring up a few things. When she was killed by the Dornish assassin Ellaria Sand to avenge her Oberyn’s death, was in some ways heart wrenching. The mere fact that the crimes of one are paid by the death of someone who is totally unrelated to the felony always breaks our heart. But isn’t that how life is? In the books, she is yet alive, and the only thing missing is her ear as opposed to her entire self. She stands to claim her spot as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, causing a Civil war scenario with Tommen Baratheon.
The crippled king of Dorne seemed to be a coward when it came to avenge his brother’s death at the hand of the mighty Lannisters. But soon, his life came to an untimely death as he was assassinated Ellaria Sand (this woman is lethal). The books seem to speak otherwise and say that Doran is very much alive and plotting a scheme with the Mother of Dragons, Queen of the Andals, the Unchained and the First of her name, Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen (Always wanted to do that).
This brother of the ruling king, Robert Baratheon, woke from his slumber when he knew about his brother’s death while hunting. And just like every other power-hungry sibling, he sets out to claim the Iron Throne, leading to nothing but the end of his distasteful life. However, his wretched existence still lurks around tad bit more than in the show. He escapes the snowstorm after sacrificing his daughter, only to be killed at the hands of Brienne of Tarth. This is what happens when you kill too many family members, Stannis. You are not worthy to claim kingship! *Deep breath, calm down*
While all in this list may not be the most sought after characters, but then yeah their deaths were indeed unfortunate, as we were wanting to see more of them on the show. But nonetheless, if you want to see these characters alive, turn to the books, for that has always been the better place to be.