A GIF guide to 36 of the most bizarre, brutal and badass ways to die 'Game of Thrones'

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(Editor's note: This post contains violent depictions of death as seen in Game of Thrones.)

Life in Game of Thrones is a precarious thing. The fictitious world is a dangerous place filled with fire-breathing dragons, faceless assassins and vengeful rulers, and many beloved (and loathed) characters from the HBO series have met their demise in a number of shocking ways. Whether it be death by shadow demon, molten gold or poison lipstick, Game of Thrones never fails to flaunt its creative killing style. For better or worse, the grotesque and gruesome slayings have become a staple for the show — and with the series about to enter its final stretch, it doesn't seem likely the creators will dial down the gore anytime soon.

Before Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister and the other contenders duke it out over the Iron Throne in the show's fast-approaching seventh season, let's take a look back at some of the most bizarre, brutal and badass ways characters have died in previous seasons of Game of Thrones.

Season one

1. Death by ice sword

What did you think was going to happen, Waymar?
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Victim: Waymar Royce

Executioner: White Walker

Lesson learned: Don't go beyond the Wall.

2. Death by molten gold 

A crown fit for a king
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Victim: Viserys Targaryen

Executioner: Khal Drogo

Lesson learned: Be careful what you wish for.

3. Death by goring 

Run, Ned. Run now while you still can.
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Victim: Robert Baratheon

Executioner: Boar

Lesson learned: Don't drink and hunt.

4. Death by Ice, House Stark's greatsword

Ned Stark meets his demise.
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Victim: Ned Stark

Executioner: Ilyn Payne

Lesson learned: Never get between a Lannister and the throne.

5. Death by pillow 

Daenerys wastes no time with her mercy kill.
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Victim: Khal Drogo

Executioner: Daenerys Targaryen

Lesson learned: Don't get seriously injured around Daenerys.

6. Death by fire 

Daenerys really likes killing people with fire.
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Victim: Mirri Maz Duur

Executioner: Daenerys Targaryen 

Lesson learned: If you hurt someone Daenerys loves, she'll return the favor tenfold.

Season two

7. Death by direwolf

It's all fun and games until someone gets devoured by a direwolf.
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Victim: Rennick

Executioner: Grey Wind

Lesson learned: The only thing more dangerous than an edged weapon is a direwolf's teeth.

8. Death by shadow blade

No one is ever safe in 'Game of Thrones.'
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Victim: Renly Baratheon

Executioner: Shadow demon controlled by the Red Woman

Lesson learned: The night is truly dark and full of terrors.

9. Death by poison dart

Seriously though, who wouldn't want to join the Faceless Men?
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Victim: Amory Lorch

Executioner: Jaqen H'ghar 

Lesson learned: Once you're on Arya's list, there's only one way to get crossed off.

10. Death by baby dragonfire

Victim: Pyat Pree

Executioner: Daenerys Targaryen's baby dragons

Lesson learned: Baby dragons are like tiny flamethrowers: They're still deadly.

11. Death by entombment 

Do you see the theme here yet? Don't mess with Daenerys.
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Victim: Xaro Xhoan Daxos

Executioner: Daenerys Targaryen

Lesson learned: Daenerys has special plans for those who betray her.

Season three

12. Death by wedding party

The Stark line was all but snuffed out during the Red Wedding.
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Victim: Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark and many more

Executioner: Walder Frey's men

Lesson learned: House Frey has no honor.

Season four

13. Death by Needle sword 

I think I'll pick my teeth with it.
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Victim: Polliver

Executioner: Arya Stark

Lesson learned: Arya can hold a deadly grudge.

14. Death by poison wine

The most satisfying death yet
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Victim: Joffrey Baratheon

Executioner: Olenna Tyrell

Lesson learned: There's more than one kingslayer in this town.

15. Death by Moon Door

We hardly knew ya, Lysa.
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Victim: Lysa Arryn

Executioner: Petyr Baelish

Lesson learned: Always keep a safe distance from the Moon Door.

16. Death by bare-handed skull smashing 

This is why you don't deliver monologues during a fight.
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Victim: Oberyn Martell

Executioner: Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane

Lesson learned: Always wear a helmet around the Mountain.

17. Death by necklace

The irony of Shae dying by that necklace is not lost.
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Victim: Shae

Executioner: Tyrion Lannister

Lesson learned: A Lannister always pays his debts.

18. Death by crossbow 

Tyrion finally "roared."
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Victim: Tywin Lannister

Executioner: Tyrion Lannister 

Lesson learned: Crossing the Hand gets you a bolt to the chest.

19. Death by hammer 

This gives a new meaning to "getting hammered."
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Victim: Styr

Executioner: Jon Snow

Lesson learned: Jon Snow's just as deadly without his sword.

Season five

20. Death by Arakh blade 

Sometimes being a leader means making tough decisions.
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Victim: Mossador

Executioner: Darrio Naharis

Lesson learned: Disobeying Daenerys will cost you your head.

21. Death by flaying

For real, though, Ramsay is demented.
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Victim: Northern woman

Executioner: Ramsay Bolton

Lesson learned: Ramsay is seriously fucked up.

22. Death by greyscale

One touch is all it takes.
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Victim: Unknown

Executioner: Greyscale disease

Lesson learned: Avoid Greyscale like the plague — literally.

23. Death by Longclaw sword

I don't know who looks more surprised: the White Walker or Jon Snow.
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Victim: White Walker

Executioner: Jon Snow

Lesson learned: Jon Snow is a total badass and might be part White Walker.

24. Death by giant

Every battle is better with a giant on your side.
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Victim: White Walker minions

Executioner: Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun

Lesson learned: Giants are awesome.

25. Death by Oathkeeper sword

You put up a good fight, Stannis.
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Victim: Stannis Baratheon

Executioner: Brienne of Tarth

Lesson learned: Nothing will stop Brienne from exacting revenge.

26. Death by poison lipstick

Ellaria goes to extreme lengths for payback.
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Victim: Myrcella Baratheon

Executioner: Ellaria Sand

Lesson learned: There really is such a thing as the "kiss of death."

27. Death by group stabbing

For the Watch
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Victim: Jon Snow

Executioner: The Knight's Watch

Lesson learned: Sometimes doing the right thing comes at a price.

Season six

28. Death by dragonglass spear

Where can I get some dragonglass?
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Victim: White Walker 

Executioner: Meera Reed

Lesson learned: Even the all-powerful White Walkers have a weakness.

29. Death by magic grenade

Her sacrifice ensured Bran's survival.
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Victim: Leaf, wights

Executioner: Leaf

Lesson learned: Sacrifices must be made.

30. Death by wights

Hodor holds the door so Bran can live.
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Victim: Hodor

Executioner: Wights

Lesson learned: Hodor's destiny was set in motion many years ago.

31. Death by resurrected zombie

I didn't know Frankenstein was in 'Game of Thrones.'
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Victim: Faith militant

Executioner: The resurrected Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane

Lesson learned: Sometimes death isn't the end.

32. Death by adult dragonfire

Dracarys is all grown up.
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Victim: Great Masters

Executioner: Drogon

Lesson learned: A single word can unleash a maelstrom of fire.

33. Death by throat rip

Tormund is such a show-off.
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Victim: Jon Umber

Executioner: Tormund

Lesson learned: Never get distracted during a battle. 

34. Death by dogs

Looks like they weren't so loyal after all, huh, Ramsay?
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Victim: Ramsay Bolton

Executioner: Sansa Stark

Lesson learned: What goes around comes around.

35. Death by children

Pycelle so had this coming.
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Victim: Pycelle

Executioner: Little birds

Lesson learned: Even little birds can have sharp talons.

36. Death by wildfire

Wildfire comes in handy for taking out all your enemies at once.
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Victim: The High Sparrow, Margaery Tyrell and hundreds more

Executioner: Cersei Lannister

Lesson learned: Nobody crosses Cersei Lannister and lives to tell about it. 

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Brent McCluskey

Brent McCluskey is the Hype editor at Mic. He is the former deputy social media editor at International Business Times. His work has appeared on the Atlantic, the Fix, Comic Book and the documentary Deep Web. If he's not at his keyboard, he's probably on his electric skateboard, racing from one California coffee shop to the next.

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