[Spoiler alert: Only proceed if you have finished Season 4 of Game of Thrones.]
The fourth season of Game of Thrones came to a close with a series of hard-hitting episodes that killed off scores of characters who had become central to the series. While shocking character deaths have become a staple of George R.R. Martin’s series, which loves to subvert reader and viewer expectations, many of the deaths this season raise interesting questions about where the story will go from here.
But before we get into long discussions about what’s in store for next season, now is as good a time as any to talk about the characters, and the actors who played them, who will no longer be returning. Here are nine major Season 4 Game of Thrones deaths and what the actors plan to do now that their work on the popular HBO show is complete.
This is also your last chance to turn around if you haven’t finished Season 4.