Renly received a full blown supernatural death at the hands of Melisandre's baby smoke monster raising the "anything goes" factor on GoT. He was too soft-hearted to be playing at king, poor dear.
8. Lady the Direwolf
Lady paid the ultimate price for what her sister Nymeria did -- bit Joffrey on the arm to protect Arya (and because Joffrey is an ass). Ned had to put down Sansa's beloved direwolf proving proving our distaste for Joffrey was spot on. Nymeria now runs free.
9. Syrio Forel
Arya learned how to use her beloved "Needle" that she received from Robb with help from dance master Syrio. The pesky Lannisters try to kill Arya and Syrio fends them off with a wooden training sword long enough for her to escape before dying off screen.
Yoren died defending Arya and Gendry from Lannister men as he was loaded full of arrows, took a lance to the chest and a sword to the back of his neck finally downed the fan favorite.
11. Maester Luwin
Maester Luwin gets the shaft when Ramsay Snow (ne Bolton) attacks Winterfell and an Ironborn captain just knocks him to the ground and shafts him for no apparent reason. He was trying to counsel Theon. Maybe that was his punishment. He died later in the godwood, when Osha gave him the gift of mercy.
12. Lord Commander Mormont
Lord Mormont, who we once thought would guide Jon Snow as he took command of the Night's Watch, was stabbed in the back by his own men after surviving a fight with White Walkers. If you're old, don't take a bunch of men where they don't want to go and to a guy who's gonna withhold food. Hungry men will kill you.
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Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you. Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard? Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.