'Game of Thrones' Deaths: Books vs. TV Show Quiz


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Are you a fan of "Game of Thrones" who went back to read the source material? If you can spot the key differences between how characters died on the show versus in the novels, you've got a chance at surviving this brutal quiz.

In the TV series, Mance Rayder is burned at the stake and shot with an arrow by Jon Snow. Who saves him from this fate in the novels?

Melisandre uses magic to make the Lord of Bones look like Rayder, allowing Rayder to escape his pyre. Rayder is then sent to Winterfell to rescue Arya (although it's not actually Arya).


Khal Drogo dies in the TV series when his own rider, Mago, challenges him. How is he injured fighting in the novels?

He still dies from an infected wound, but in the novels Drogo is injured battling a rival khal.


In which version of the Red Wedding is Robb Stark's wolf Grey Wind shot to death while trapped in a cage?

In the novel Grey Wind attacks the Boltons and Freys and does some damage, but he's simply slaughtered in his pen in the TV series.


Just before the massacre at the Red Wedding begins, Catelyn Stark realizes what's about to happen when she notices Edwyn Frey wearing chainmail, and she slaps him. Who takes Edwyn's place in the TV series?

Roose Bolton plays a more prominent role in the Red Wedding in the TV series.


Catelyn Stark takes Walder Frey's wife hostage in the TV version of the Red Wedding before getting her throat slit. What does she do in the novel?

The Freys had planned to take Catelyn hostage, but her apparent insanity as she clawed at her own face led them to kill her instead.


In which version does Qhorin Halfhand goad Jon Snow into killing him in order to convince the wildlings Jon is turning his back on the Night's Watch?

Qhorin's ploy to help sell Jon Snow's defection to the wildlings is similar in both versions.


In the novel, Tyrion strangles Shae with the chain worn by the Hand of the King. What does he use in the TV series?

He strangles her with golden chains.


How does Stannis fare at the Battle of Winterfell in the novels? (Brienne kills him in the TV series.)

The fate of Stannis is cloudy at the end of "A Dance With Dragons." It's unclear if the battle even happened yet.


Jojen Reed is sickened by his wound while fighting an undead skeleton in the novels. What happens to him in the TV series?

Jojen is killed off the by the skeleton in the TV series.


In the TV series, when Tyrion confronts Tywin in the privy with a crossbow, Tywin angers him by mocking Shae. Who does he mock instead in the novels?

Tywin mocks Tyrion's relationship with Tysha, calling her a whore.


How does Oberyn Martell's death in the novel differ from the head crushing he received at the hands of Gregor Clegane in the TV series?

It's a gruesome death scene in every version.


Trystane Martell is murdered by his cousin Obara in the TV series. Where is he as of "A Dance with Dragons" in the novels?

So far, the tale of Trystane and Myrcella is much happier in the novels.


In the TV series, Lysa Arryn's fall through the Moon Door is claimed to be suicide, although Littlefinger pushes her. Who takes the blame in the novels?

Marillion, who has few friends in the Vale, is blamed for the death and eventually confesses under torture.


Selyse Baratheon hangs herself in grief after allowing her daughter Shireen to be sacrificed in the TV series. What is her fate in the novels?

Stannis and Selyse's storyline has not advanced as far in the novels as they have on TV, so Selyse remains alive at the Wall.


In the TV series, Olenna Tyrell essentially confesses to poisoning Joffrey. Who kills Joffrey in the novels?

Although it still seems likely that Olenna killed him, the novel allows quite a bit of room for alternate theories.


While Ygritte is killed by an arrow in both versions, she's shot by Olly in the TV series. Who kills her in the novels?

Ygritte is shot during the battle — Jon Snow only knows that it wasn't one of his arrows that struck her down.


How is Viserys Targaryen killed in both versions?

Viserys gets what he always wanted, a crown of gold, in both versions.


There's a subtle difference in the way the shadow demon kills Renly in the books and the TV series. In which version is his throat cut?

The creature slices his throat in the novels. In the TV series he's simply stabbed.


Maester Aemon dies at Castle Black in the TV series. Where does he die in the novels?

Maester Aemon is sent away from Castle Black in the novels because Melisandre might have wanted his king's blood (he's a Targaryen). He never completes the journey to Oldtown, dying on a ship.


Arya kills Raff the Sweetling in Braavos, crossing him off her kill list in the novels. Who does she kill in Braavos instead in the TV series?

It's Meryn Trant who gets stabbed in the eyes in Braavos. He's still alive in the novels as of "A Dance with Dragons."


How does Princess Myrcella Baratheon die in the novels?

Myrcella is on her way back to King's Landing in the novels, safely unpoisoned.


The Sons of the Harpy kill Barristan Selmy in the TV series. Is he dead in the novels (as of "A Dance with Dragons")?

Selmy lives on in the novels and is even featured as a point-of-view character in several chapters.


In which version does Lord Commander Jeor Mormont tell Sam to convince his son Jorah to join the Night's Watch just before he dies?

Lord Commander Mormont has a deathbed conversation with Sam in the novels. In the TV series he dies during the battle, with no prolonged aftermath.


Pyat Pree meets a toasty demise thanks to Daenerys' dragons in the TV series. What happens to him in the novels?

Pyat Pree is not as powerful in the novels, though he attacks Daenerys in anger and is fended off.


In both versions, who is responsible for poisoning Jon Arryn?

Lysa poisons her husband at the urging of Petyr Baelish, the first step in his complex plan to become a powerful lord (and possibly king).


In the TV series, Maester Pycelle knows Jon Arryn is poisoned and allows him to die by simply doing nothing. How does he take a more active role in the novels?

Pycelle sends away the Maester tending to Jon Arryn to prevent him from properly treating the poison.


Jory Cassel dies defending Ned Stark in both versions. In the novels, a Lannister guard kills him. Who kills him in the TV series?

Jaime stabs Jory through the eye in the TV series.


Ned Stark's bones are somewhere on their way back to Winterfell in the novels, their exact location unknown. Where were they last seen in the TV series?

Tyrion delivers Ned's bones to Catelyn, but it's unlikely they ever made it back to Winterfell.


Lord Commander Mormont of the Night's Watch is murdered by a mutinous ranger named Dirk in the novel. Who kills him in the TV series?

It's Karl Tanner that puts a knife into Mormont's throat in the TV series.


Syrio Forel is killed holding off Lannister loyalists to allow Arya to escape King's Landing in which version?

Sword-fighting teacher Syrio Forel's death is similar in both versions (and somewhat uncertain — he may be still alive).


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