A guide to the major houses on 'Game of Thrones,' including who's still alive and who's dead

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderHouse Stark is the most ancient and revered family in the North of Westeros.

While re-watching episodes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” do you ever catch yourself wondering, “Wait, is that person dead or alive?”

There’s so much death, and so many characters, that it’s certainly a possibility – even for someone who has been paying close attention.

It can also get hard to keep track of who’s related to whom and where loyalties lie. To help you with both of these problems, here’s a handy guide to the status of every member of the major noble houses in Westeros.


Note: This is your last chance to head back before season eight spoilers.

Carrie Wittmer contributed to an earlier version of this post.


House Stark

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe sigil of House Stark is a direwolf.

The very first episode of “Game of Thrones” begins in Winterfell, over which the ancient House Stark had presided for thousands of years. Ever since House Targaryen conquered Westeros, each head of House Stark was named the Warden of the North.


Eddard “Ned” Stark — dead

HBOSean Bean as Ned Stark.

Time of death: Season one, episode nine, “Baelor”

Cause of death: Beheaded by Sir Illyn Payne on a stage in King’s Landing, right in front of his daughter Sansa, on Joffrey’s orders.


Benjen Stark — dead

HBOJoseph Mawle as Benjen Stark.

Time of death: Season seven, episode six, “Beyond the Wall”

Cause of death: Sacrificed himself to an army of wights so that Jon Snow could escape.


Catelyn Stark — dead

HBOMichelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark (née Tully).

Time of death: Season three, episode nine, “The Rains of Castamere”

Cause of death: Black Walder Rivers slit her throat at the Red Wedding.


Robb Stark — dead

HBORichard Madden as Robb Stark.

Time of death: Season three, episode nine, “The Rains of Castamere”

Cause of death: Shot with an arrow by a Frey, then stabbed in the heart by Roose Bolton.


Talisa Stark — dead

HBOOona Chaplin as Talisa Stark (née Maegyr).

Time of death: Season three, episode nine, “The Rains of Castamere”

Cause of death: Stabbed in the stomach by Lothar Frey at the Red Wedding.


Sansa Stark — alive

HBOSophie Turner as Sansa Stark.

Sansa Stark has survived threats on her life, both direct and indirect, from a variety of men on nearly every season. She escaped her husband and captor, Ramsay Bolton, and helped defeat him at the Battle of the Bastards.

Sansa became the Lady of Winterfell, advocating for the North’s independence from the Seven Kingdoms. On the series finale, she was crowned the Queen of the North.


Brandon Stark — alive

HBOIsaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark.

Bran Stark, the young Lord of Winterfell, was nearly killed on season two when Theon Greyjoy attacked the castle. But he survived, journeyed north of the Wall, and became the new Three-Eyed Raven. Following this transformation, he’s made it clear that he’s not really Bran Stark anymore.

Bran is the keeper of Westeros’ history, and his powers helped bring about the defeat of the Night King. On the series finale, he was crowned as the newest king in Westeros – now officially known as Brandon of the House Stark, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.


Arya Stark — alive

HBOMaisie Williams as Arya Stark.

Since fleeing from the Lannisters in King’s Landing, Arya Stark has survived the threat of torture at Harrenhal, treacherous journeys with The Hound, and multiple assassination attempts by a Braavosi death cult.

Most recently, she proved her prowess in battle and ended the Great War by killing the Night King. We last saw her setting sail to discover what’s west of Westeros.


Rickon Stark — dead

HBOArt Parkinson as Rickon Stark.

Time of death: Season six, episode nine, “Battle of the Bastards”

Cause of death: Ramsay Bolton shot an arrow in his back, while pretending to return him to Jon Snow unscathed.


House Lannister

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe Lannister sigil is a golden lion.

House Lannister of Casterly Rock is famously the wealthiest house in Westeros.


Tywin Lannister — dead

Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBOCharles Dance as Tywin Lannister.

Time of death: Season four, episode 10, “The Children”

Cause of death: His son, Tyrion, shot him with a crossbow while he was using the toilet.


Kevan Lannister — dead

HBOIan Gelder as Kevan Lannister.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Burned alive in Cersei’s wildfire explosion at the Sept of Baelor.


Cersei Lannister — dead

HBOLena Headey as Cersei Lannister.

Time of death: Season eight, episode five, “The Bells”

Cause of death: Crushed as the ceiling collapsed in the tunnels beneath King’s Landing.


Jaime Lannister — dead

HBONikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister.

Time of death: Season eight, episode five, “The Bells”

Cause of death: Crushed as the ceiling collapsed in the tunnels beneath King’s Landing.


Tyrion Lannister — alive

HBOPeter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.

Tyrion Lannister nearly died in the Battle of the Blackwater but he was saved by his squire, Podrick. Later, he was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, but was freed by his brother and Lord Varys.

Tyrion travelled to Essos, became Daenerys Targaryen’s Hand of the Queen, and helped orchestrate her alliance with the King of the North. But after watching her destroy King’s Landing and murder innocents, he publicly renounced his title.

On the series finale, Bran Stark appointed Tyrion as his Hand: “He’s made many terrible mistakes,” the new king said. “He’s going to spend the rest of his life fixing them.”


Lancel Lannister — dead

Helen Sloan/HBOEugene Simon as Lancel Lannister.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Stabbed by one of Qyburn’s little birds, then blown up by the wildfire in the tunnels underneath the Sept of Baelor.


Willem and Martyn Lannister — dead

HBOBefore he was Tommen, Dean Charles Chapman played Martyn Lannister.

Time of death: Season three, episode five, “Kissed by Fire”

Cause of death: The two younger sons of Kevan Lannister were kept as hostages by Robb Stark’s army. Against Robb’s orders, they were stabbed by Lord Rickard Karstark, with the help of other insubordinate soldiers who wanted revenge on the Lannisters.


House Baratheon

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe Baratheon sigil is historically a black stag on a yellow background.

Robert’s Rebellion destroyed the Targaryen dynasty in Westeros and cemented the rule of House Baratheon.


Stannis Baratheon — dead

HBOStephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon.

Time of death: Season five, episode 10, “Mother’s Mercy”

Cause of death: After his failed attack on Ramsay Bolton’s army at Winterfell, Brienne of Tarth executed him for murdering his younger brother, Renly.


Selyse Baratheon — dead

HBOTara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon.

Time of death: Season five, episode 10, “Mother’s Mercy”

Cause of death: Hanged herself after watching her daughter burn alive.


Robert Baratheon — dead

HBOKing Robert Baratheon

Time of death: Season one, episode seven, “A Man Without Honour”

Cause of death: Wounded by a wild boar on a hunting trip after drinking wine given to him by his squire, Lancel Lannister, on orders from Cersei Lannister.


Renly Baratheon — dead

HBOGethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon.

Time of death: Season two, episode five, “The Ghost of Harrenhal”

Cause of death: Killed by the creepy ghost-baby of Stannis and Melisandre.


Joffrey Baratheon — dead

HBOJack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon.

Time of death: Season four, episode two, “The Lion and the Rose”

Cause of death: Poisoned by Petyr Baelish and Olenna Tyrell at his own wedding.


Myrcella Baratheon — dead

HBONell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon.

Time of death: Season five, episode 10, “Mother’s Mercy”

Cause of death: Ellaria Sand kissed her while wearing poisoned lipstick, just before Myrcella left for King’s Landing with Jaime.


Tommen Baratheon — dead

HBODean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Committed suicide by jumping from a window in the Red Keep.


Shireen Baratheon — dead

hbo.comKerry Danielle Ingram as Shireen Baratheon.

Time of death: Season five, episode nine, “The Dance of Dragons”

Cause of death: Burned alive by Melisandre as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light, on Stannis’ order.


Gendry — alive

HBOJoe Dempsie as Gendry.

Gendry was born as a bastard to a peasant mother, but his father was King Robert Baratheon. He was legitimized by Daenerys Targaryen after he fought bravely at the Battle of Winterfell, and now serves as the Lord of Storm’s End.


House Targaryen

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe Targaryen Sigil is a red, three-headed dragon.

House Targaryen ruled the seven kingdoms for hundreds of years, ever since Aegon I conquered most of Westeros. Nearly every remaining Targaryen was killed when Aerys II, aka the “Mad King,” was unseated by Robert’s Rebellion.


Maester Aemon — dead

HBO/Game of ThronesPeter Vaughan as Aemon Targaryen.

Time of death: Season five, episode seven, “Kill the Boy”

Cause of death: Old age.


Aerys II Targaryen — dead

HBODavid Rintoul as Aerys II Targaryen.

Time of death: Before the show began.

Cause of death: Known as “The Mad King,” Aerys II was killed by Jaime Lannister after he threatened to burn down King’s Landing.


Rhaegar Targaryen — dead

HBOWilf Scolding as Rhaegar Targaryen and Aisling Franciosi as Lyanna Stark.

Time of death: Before the show began.

Cause of death: Rhaegar, the Mad King’s eldest son and heir to the Iron Throne, was killed during Robert’s Rebellion (which began because Rhaegar ran off with Lyanna Stark, who was promised to Robert Baratheon).


Viserys Targaryen — dead

HBOHarry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen.

Time of death: Season one, episode six, “A Golden Crown”

Cause of death: Khal Drogo poured molten gold on his head.


Daenerys Targaryen — dead

HBOEmilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.

Time of death: Season eight, episode six, “The Iron Throne”

Cause of death: Stabbed in the stomach by her lover, Jon Snow, who was encouraged by Tyrion Lannister to end her tyrannical reign.


Aegon Targaryen, aka Jon Snow — resurrected

HBOKit Harington as Jon Snow, born Aegon Targaryen.

Time of death: Season five, episode 10, “Mother’s Mercy”

Cause of death: Stabbed by Alliser Thorne, Olly, and other members of the Night’s Watch who hate Wildlings.

Jon, a member of both House Stark and House Targaryen, was brought back to life by Melisandre on season six, episode two, “Home.”

Jon was exiled as punishment for killing his queen, Daenerys Targaryen, before she could inflict any more harm on innocent people. He was sent back North, forced to rejoin the Night’s Watch – but as any fan knows, Jon is a true Northman and spent some of his happiest moments beyond the Wall.


House Greyjoy

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe House Greyjoy sigil is a golden kraken.

The Greyjoys rule the Iron Islands with the biggest, most fearsome fleet in Westeros.


Balon Greyjoy — dead

HBOPatrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy.

Time of death: Season six, episode two, “Home”

Cause of death: His brother, Euron Greyjoy, pushed him off a bridge in Pyke.


Euron Greyjoy — dead

HBOPilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy.

Time of death: Season eight, episode five, “The Bells”

Cause of death: Stabbed through the stomach by Jaime Lannister.


Yara Greyjoy — alive

Helen Sloan/HBOGemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy.

Yara Greyjoy built her reputation as a fearsome captain of the Iron Fleet. After her father’s death, she was nearly named Queen of the Iron Islands – but the ceremony was hijacked by her uncle, Euron, who later captured her.

Yara was freed by her brother, Theon, and sailed back to Pyke to reclaim her crown.


Theon Greyjoy — dead

HBOAlfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy.

Time of death: Season eight, episode three, “The Long Night”

Cause of death: Skewered by the Night King after sacrificing himself to protect Bran Stark.


House Tyrell

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe sigil of House Tyrell is a rose.

Until very recently, House Tyrell was the second-wealthiest family in Westeros and held control of Highgarden, the capital of the Reach.


Olenna Tyrell — dead

HBODiana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell.

Time of death: Season seven, episode three, “The Queen’s Justice”

Cause of death: Cersei wanted to give Olenna a cruel death after taking Highgarden, but Jaime convinced her otherwise and gave Olenna poison instead.


Mace Tyrell — dead

HBORoger Ashton-Griffiths as Mace Tyrell.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Burned alive in Cersei’s wildfire explosion at the Sept of Baelor.


Loras Tyrell — dead

HBOFinn Jones as Loras Tyrell.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Burned alive in Cersei’s wildfire explosion at the Sept of Baelor.


Margaery Tyrell — dead

Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBONatalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Burned alive in Cersei’s wildfire explosion at the Sept of Baelor.


House Martell

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe sigil of House Dorne is a red sun pierced by a golden spear.

House Martell historically ruled Dorne, the kingdom in the south of Westeros.

According to Westerosi lore, the Targaryens were never truly able to conquer Dorne. It only became one of the seven kingdoms 100 years later, thanks to House Martell’s diplomacy.


Doran Martell — dead

HBOAlexander Siddig as Doran Martell.

Time of death: Season six, episode one, “The Red Woman”

Cause of death: Stabbed by Ellaria Sand.


Oberyn Martell — dead

HBOPedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell.

Time of death: Season four, episode eight, “The Mountain and the Viper”

Cause of death: Oberyn volunteered to fight in Tyrion’s trial by combat but lost to The Mountain, who smashed his face and skull with his bare hands.


Ellaria Sand — dying slowly

HBOIndira Varma as Ellaria Sand.

Time of death: Season seven, episode three, “The Queen’s Justice”

Cause of death: Ellaria had to watch her daughter die while she decomposes slowly in the Red Keep’s dungeons.

Disclaimer: Ellaria, Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand weren’t full-blooded Martells, but we included them with House Martell due to their strong connection to the House for their entire run on the series.


Trystane Martell — dead

HBOToby Sebastian as Trystane Martell.

Time of death: Season six, episode one, “The Red Woman”

Cause of death: Stabbed in the head with a spear by Obara the Sand Snake.


Nymeria Sand — dead

HBOJessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand.

Time of death: Season seven, episode two, “Stormborn”

Cause of death: During Euron’s attack, he strangled Nymeria. At the end of the battle, her body was seen hanging from the ship.

Disclaimer: Ellaria, Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand weren’t full-blooded Martells, but we included them with House Martell due to their strong connection to the House for their entire run on the series.


Obara Sand — dead

HBOKeisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand.

Time of death: Season seven, episode two, “Stormborn”

Cause of death: In his attack on Yara’s fleet, Euron Greyjoy stabbed Obara with her own spear, then hung her body in front of the ship.

Disclaimer: Ellaria, Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand weren’t full-blooded Martells, but we included them with House Martell due to their strong connection to the House for their entire run on the series.


Tyene Sand — dead

HBORosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand.

Time of death: Season seven, episode three, “The Queen’s Justice”

Cause of death: Cersei locked up Ellaria in a dungeon with her daughter, Tyene, who she poisoned the same way Ellaria poisoned Myrcella: With a kiss and a poison called “The Long Farewell.”

Disclaimer: Ellaria, Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand weren’t full-blooded Martells, but we included them with House Martell due to their strong connection to the House for their entire run on the series.


House Arryn

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe Arryn sigil is white falcon and a moon on a blue field.

House Arryn of the Eyrie, which is said to be impenetrable, has ruled over the Vale for thousands of years.


Jon Arryn — dead

HBOJohn Standing as Jon Arryn.

Time of death: Season one, episode one, “Winter Is Coming”

Cause of death: Poisoned by Lysa Arryn, on Littlefinger’s orders.


Lysa Arryn — dead

HBOKate Dickie as Lysa Arryn.

Time of death: Season four, episode seven, “The Gift”

Cause of death: Littlefinger pushed her out of the Moon Door for threatening Sansa’s life.


Littlefinger — dead

HBOAidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger.

Time of death: Season seven, episode seven, “The Dragon and the Wolf”

Cause of death: Arya slit his throat with his own dagger.

Disclaimer: Littlefinger aligned himself with House Arryn when he married Lysa. He briefly served as Lord of the Eyrie, which earned him a spot in this section of the list.


Robin Arryn — alive

HBOLino Facioli as Robin Arryn.

Thanks to the deaths of his father and step-father, Robin Arryn is now Lord of the Eyrie, the head of House Arryn, the Warden of the East, and Lord Paramount of the Vale of Arryn.


House Tully

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe House Tully sigil is a silver trout on a red and blue background.

House Tully presided over Riverrun, the capital of the riverlands, for generations.


Hoster Tully — dead

HBOHoster Tully was Lord of Riverrun and the father of Catelyn Stark.

Time of death: Season three, episode three, “Walk of Punishment”

Cause of death: Illness.


Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully — presumed dead

Helen Sloan/HBOClive Russell as Brynden Tully.

Time of death: Season six, episode eight, “No One”

Cause of death: We didn’t actually see him killed, but he was likely killed by Lannister forces after they re-captured Riverrun.


Edmure Tully — alive

HBOTobias Menzies as Edmure Tully.

Edmure Tully, Catelyn’s brother, was taken prisoner by House Frey at the Red Wedding. He remained a captive of House Lannister and used as a political pawn.

After Daenerys Targaryen and her army of Unsullied executed the remaining Lannister forces, Edmure resumed his role as head of House Tully and Lord of Riverrun.


House Frey

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe House Frey sigil represents ‘the Twins,’ two castles connected by a bridge.

House Frey had historically sworn fealty to House Tully and controlled an important bridge in the riverlands.

According to Catelyn Stark, “the Freys have held the Crossing for 600 years, and for 600 years they have never failed to exact their toll.”


Walder Frey — dead

HBODavid Bradley as Walder Frey.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Arya Stark slit his throat after feeding him a pie, baked with the bodies of his own sons.


Lothar Frey — dead

HBOTom Brooke as Lothar Frey.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Killed and carved into a pie by Arya Stark.


All male Freys — dead

HBOArya took revenge on the Freys for the Red Wedding.

Time of death: Season six, episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Cause of death: Arya Stark impersonated Walder Frey and poisoned his remaining male relatives.


House Bolton

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderHouse Bolton’s sigil is an upside-down flayed man.

House Bolton was granted rule of the North after betraying House Stark and aligning itself with House Lannister – until Sansa Stark and Jon Snow won back Winterfell at the Battle of the Bastards.


Roose Bolton — dead

HBOMichael McElhatton as Roose Bolton.

Time of death: Season six, episode two, “Home”

Cause of death: Ramsay Bolton stabbed him after Roose threatened to name his unborn son as his successor.


Walda Bolton — dead

HBOElizabeth Webster as Walda Bolton (née Frey).

Time of death: Season six, episode two, “Home”

Cause of death: Ramsay Bolton left her and her newborn son to be eaten by his hounds.


Ramsay Bolton — dead

HBOIwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton.

Time of death: Season six, episode nine, “Battle of the Bastards”

Cause of death: Sansa left him to be eaten by his own hounds.


House Mormont

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderOn the show, House Mormont’s bear sigil stands against a white background. In the books, the bear stands in a green forrest.

House Mormont ruled Bear Island, an island north of Winterfell, and held fealty to House Stark.


Jeor Mormont — dead

HBOJames Cosmo as Jeor Mormont.

Time of death: Season three, episode four, “And Now His Watch Has Ended”

Cause of death: Stabbed to death by a traitor to the Night’s Watch at Craster’s Keep.


Jorah Mormont — dead

HBOIain Glen as Jorah Mormont.

Time of death: Season eight, episode three, “The Long Night”

Cause of death: Killed by a horde of wights while protecting Daenerys Targaryen.


Lyanna Mormont — dead

HBOBella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont.

Time of death: Season eight, episode three, “The Long Night”

Cause of death: Crushed by a wight giant – but not before stabbing him in the eye with dragonglass.


House Tarly

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe sigil of House Tarly is a red huntsman against a green background.

House Tarly of Horn Hill is a noble house from the Reach, the most fertile region of the Seven Kingdoms. The lords of the Reach had historically sworn fealty to House Tyrell.


Randyll Tarly — dead

Macall B. Polay/ HBOJames Faulkner as Randyll Tarly.

Time of death: Season seven, episode five, “Eastwatch”

Cause of death: Daenerys has Drogon burn him alive because he wouldn’t bend the knee.


Melessa Tarly — alive

HBOSamantha Spiro as Melessa Tarly.

Melessa Tarly, née Florent, is the Lady of Horn Hill.


Samwell Tarly — alive

HBOJohn Bradley West as Sam Tarly.

Sam Tarly was a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch until Lord Commander Jon Snow sent him to the Citadel. Sam has one adopted son, also named Sam, with his girlfriend Gilly.

After Bran Stark became the King of Westeros, he appointed Sam as Grand Maester.


Talla Tarly — alive

HBORebecca Benson as Talla Tarly.

Talla is the only daughter of Lord Randyll Tarly. She is beloved by her brother, Sam.


Dickon Tarly — dead

HBOTom Hopper as Dickon Tarly.

Time of death: Season seven, episode five, “Eastwatch.”

Cause of death: Daenerys has Drogon burn him alive because he wouldn’t bend the knee.


House Clegane

Yutong Yuan/Business InsiderThe Clegane sigil is three black dogs on a dark yellow background.

Clegane isn’t a noble house, but its known surviving members were extremely important throughout “Game of Thrones.”


Sandor “The Hound” Clegane — dead

HBORory McCann as Sandor Clegane.

Time of death: Season eight, episode five, “The Bells”

Cause of death: Sacrificed himself to destroy his undead brother.


Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane — dead

HBOHafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor Clegane.

Time of death: Season four, episode eight, “The Mountain and the Viper”

Cause of death: Oberyn Martell stabbed him multiple times with a poisonous spear during Tyrion Lannister’s trial by combat.

The Mountain was later reanimated by Qyburn and became a monstrous, murderous zombie-like figure, loyal to Queen Cersei.

Time of second death: Season eight, episode five, “The Bells”

Cause of death: Tackled by his brother and pushed out of the Red Keep, into the burning city below.

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