17 Major Characters Who Died in Game of Thrones Season 8

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!

Between two brutal battles and the all-out destruction of King’s Landing, you might think more of our favorite Game of Thrones characters would have perished in the final season. It was always a given that we would see some gruesome deaths—some of them warranted and some of them not so much. After all, Game of Thrones wouldn’t be Game of Thrones without characters dying, and that's exactly what we got. So to commemorate all of this season’s fallen characters, here’s a list of every major death that made us either reach for a tissue or shout with joy.

1. Eddison Tollett // Died in “The Long Night," Season 8, Episode 3

One of the first deaths during the Battle of Winterfell was Eddison “Dolorous Edd” Tollett, loyal brother of the Night’s Watch. After saving Samwell Tarly from a pack of wights, Edd was stabbed in the back by one of them.

2. Jorah Mormont // Died in “The Long Night," Season 8, Episode 3

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones.Helen Sloan, HBO

Jorah Mormont’s last moments saw him fighting to the death to protect Daenerys Targaryen, the woman he loved.

3. Lyanna Mormont // Died in “The Long Night," Season 8, Episode 3

Lyanna Mormont proved that size really didn’t matter when she took on a huge undead giant and stabbed it in the eye as it crushed her. She was one of the true heroes of the Battle of Winterfell.

4. Beric Dondarrion // Died in “The Long Night," Season 8, Episode 3

We finally learned why Beric was brought back to life so many times: During the Battle of Winterfell, we saw that he was meant to protect and sacrifice himself for Arya Stark as he blocked out wights and allowed her to fulfill her destiny of killing the Night King.

5. Theon Greyjoy // Died in “The Long Night," Season 8, Episode 3

Theon Greyjoy definitely made some questionable choices throughout the series, including betraying the Starks. But when he decided to return to fight for Winterfell, he was ready to right his wrongs. He died protecting Bran Stark during the battle, and finally got his redemption.

6. The Night King // Died in “The Long Night," Season 8, Episode 3

Maisie Williams and Vladimir Furdik in Game of Thrones.HBO

No one expected one of the biggest villains to be defeated so easily. Arya swung out of nowhere and stabbed the Night King with the dagger Bran had previously given her. The Night King burst into shards of ice, and so did all of of his fellow White Walkers. Without the White Walker magic to animate them, the horde of wights collapsed, too.

7. Melisandre // Died in “The Long Night," Season 8, Episode 3

Returning to Winterfell despite being banished, Melisandre knew she needed to carry out her destiny as well. She used her sorcery skills during the Battle of Winterfell and lit the trenches on fire, forming a barrier against the undead army. And when she reminded Arya of the prophecy she had told her back in season 3, her job was complete. When the battle was over, she walked out into the snow, dropped her necklace, and disintegrated.

8. Rhaegal // Died in "The Last of the Starks," Season 8, Episode 4

Rhaegal and Drogon soar in Game of ThronesHBO

Sadly for Daenerys, Rhaegal—one of her two remaining dragons—was taken out by Euron Greyjoy's scorpion-equipped Iron Fleet as the Mother of Dragons's crew headed back to Dragonstone. It was not an end Rhaegal deserved, nor was it one that viewers were necessarily expecting.

9. Missandei // Died in "The Last of the Starks," Season 8, Episode 4

Missandei’s death was one of season 8's most shocking. After being captured in the attack by the Iron Fleet, she was executed in front of both Grey Worm and Daenerys. In a way, Missandei's murder was the first major move in the battle between the two queens.

10. Lord Varys // Died in "The Bells," Season 8, Episode 5

Varys’s intentions were pretty set when he learned that Jon was the true heir to the Iron Throne. He quickly took action to spread the secret, and that of course was a threat to Daenerys and her claim. In the end, Varys was torched by Drogon’s fire for treason—as Daenerys said he would be if he ever betrayed her.

11. Qyburn // Died in "The Bells," Season 8, Episode 5

One of the more satisfying deaths of the season goes to Qyburn, who was quickly tossed and killed by The Mountain simply for being in the way. After The Hound approached his brother, clearly ready for their highly-anticipated fight, the zombie-like giant killed the man who brought him back to life before taking on the person who really mattered ...

12. and 13. The Hound and The Mountain // Died in "The Bells," Season 8, Episode 5

Rory McCann and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson face off in Cleganebowl—finally!—in Game of Thrones.HBO

Everyone knew that Cleganebowl was coming. While Daenerys was busy burning King’s Landing and its many innocent citizens, The Hound set out to find his brother, The Mountain—and Cleganebowl commenced. But because The Mountain had been brought back from the dead, it was almost impossible for his brother to kill him. In the end, The Hound was forced to sacrifice his own life—by throwing himself off the steps of the Red Keep along with his brother—in order to achieve his goal.

14. Euron Greyjoy // Died in "The Bells," Season 8, Episode 5

Everyone wanted Euron to get what he deserved, and he eventually did when he fought with Jaime. As both were wounded, Jaime found the strength to stab Euron and kill him.

15. and 16. Jaime and Cersei Lannister // Died in "The Bells," Season 8, Episode 5

Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau say their final goodbyes in Game of Thrones.Helen Sloan, HBO

When Jaime left his fight with Euron badly injured to go find Cersei, we knew he wouldn’t make it. The pair went down to the basement to find a way out, but all of the exits were blocked. In the end they died embracing each other, as the walls of the castle caved in on them.

17. Daenerys Targaryen // Died in "The Iron Throne," Season 8, Episode 6

This was arguably the most shocking death of the entire series, let alone the season. After Dany began exhibiting similar traits to her father, "The Mad King," Jon realized there was only one way to stop her ... and that was to kill her. The Mother of Dragons died in Jon’s arms, and was taken away by a heartbroken Drogon.

10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

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Mr. Heater/Amazon

With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20


This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

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2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25


Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

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3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79


If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

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4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70


Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

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5. Isiler Space Heater; $37


For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

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Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

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Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

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7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various


The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

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8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

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This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

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9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

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You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

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10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

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Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

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Why Steve Carell Was Anxious About Being in The Office Finale

Steve Carell was a bit apprehensive about appearing in the series finale.
Steve Carell was a bit apprehensive about appearing in the series finale.

Even though fans of The Office were sad to say goodbye to Steve Carell and the employees at Dunder Mifflin when the series went off the air in 2013, a lot of new content related to the hit comedy has come out in recent years.

Not only can fans reminisce about The Office with actresses Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) and Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly) on their podcast Office Ladies, but Kevin Malone actor Brian Baumgartner has also started his own podcast about the show as well.

Baumgartner’s podcast, titled An Oral History of The Office, offers listeners a chance to learn how the American version of the mockumentary comedy was developed. From conception to casting, An Oral History of The Office gives longtime fans an in-depth look at how their favorite paper-pushers came to be.

As PopSugar reports, Baumgartner’s 12-episode podcast has featured guest appearances from other actors that were on the show. Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Fischer, and Kinsey have all dropped in to talk about their days in Scranton.

For episode 11 of the podcast, titled “It’s a Wrap,” Baumgartner spoke with Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels about the actor's surprise appearance in the series finale.

Longtime fans of the show will recall that Michael Scott left Dunder Mifflin to move to Colorado with Holly (played by Amy Ryan) in the finale of season 7. The podcast revealed that Carell was actually hesitant to return for the season 9 finale.

You can read an excerpt from the interview below:

Brian Baumgartner:

Greg wanted the finale to be a giant family reunion, and any office reunion wouldn’t be complete without Steve Carell. And had that been in the works for a while, between you and Steve, or did you go to him and he immediately said, yes, I’ll come back?

Greg Daniels:

Well, I think he was really anxious that it not be all about him. Like he was like, everybody who put in these other two years, this is the end of the show. This is the end of all of their stories. I left, this isn’t all about me. So he didn’t want to do too much. Uh, and you know, he had thoughts on how, what would draw him back to the situation. And he really liked the idea of coming back for Dwight’s wedding. Like he thought the character learned something, so he didn’t need self-promotion. At this point, he didn’t need to come back to be on the documentary. He came back for his friend Dwight.

Brian Baumgartner:

Steve said there had to be a reason.

Steve Carell:

Because I had told Greg, I just don’t think it’s a good idea because I felt like Michael’s story had definitely ended. And I was reticent about coming back because you guys had two more, really valuable seasons and that was everyone else’s ending. Michael had already had his, so I just didn’t want to, but at the same time, I felt like I should out of respect for all of you guys and out of my love for everybody to, you know, to acknowledge the, uh, the ending of this thing.

You can listen to the full episode here.