Anyone who follows the biggest movements in TV scheduling will already know that we are around four weeks away from the premiere of the latest season of Game of Thrones, arguably one of the most controversial and most talked about TV series of recent years. The show has become staple viewing for HBO fans, cementing itself as the new standard for the fantasy genre – at least for an adult audience – with scurrilous scenes of scheming, murder, sex and more making up just a handful of the episodes from the first season alone!
Thrones has such a reputation for being on the grisly side of things – as well as seeing off swathes of memorable characters, fan favorites and otherwise – that a YouTuber has compiled a fantastic reel of all the deaths we’ve seen on-screen during the past six seasons. This includes all the major deaths (no spoilers!) and the more minor felling of soldiers and more besides – and it’s all thanks to Leon Andrew Razon, who has put together a 21-minute video to showcase it all.
The death toll – according to Razon’s video – rolls in at a stonking 137,679 – arguably one of the largest body counts we’ve seen on television, period. Much of the total is accounted for by over 100,000 free folk falling to the show’s resident winter zombies – the White Walkers – who, even six seasons on, continue to pose a colossal threat to the world of Westeros. Throw in thousands of soldiers and scores of well-loved characters and you have a total which will be hard to beat on-screen.
Game of Thrones 150,966 Deaths in 21 minutes Compilation (Leon Andrew Razon Compilations via YouTube)
Game of Thrones season 7 is set to premiere next month, with the first of seven episodes set to air on HBO at 9pm Eastern Time on Sunday, July 16th. The show returns having won accolades for extraordinary battle sequences and twists in the tale that left many long-standing fans gasping for more at season six’s climax. Quite where the story will go with only a handful of episodes left on the slate – it’s set to end next year – no one knows. However, watchers of Westeros won’t be left adrift for long, with a number of spin-offs and potential prequels already early in the development stages. It’s therefore likely that Game of Thrones will be a franchise that stands the test of time – but how it will all end, only one man knows for sure – George RR Martin.
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