Game Of Thrones: The Main Characters' First And Last Shots In The Entire Series
Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!
Now that Game of Thrones is finally over, it's easy to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. That picture is one of dozens of characters who fans grew to love or loathe over the years. Many, but not all, met grisly ends, and most got exactly the endings they deserved--whether good or bad.
Whatever you thought of the Season 8 series finale, "The Iron Throne," there's no denying it was quite a journey. To celebrate the series' conclusion, let's take a look at the first appearances and final shots for a handful of the show's most important characters.
Arya Stark's First Shot
Arya was first seen in Season 1, Episode 1 being forced to learn needlework--and not the kind she wanted to study.
Arya Stark's Final Shot
Arya's last shot in the series was in the finale, Season 8 Episode 6, where she was seen sailing out to discover "what's west of Westeros."
Sansa Stark's First Shot
We first met Sansa in the same scene as Arya, although she seemed a lot more at home with their activity.
Sansa Stark's Final Shot
Sansa's last shot of the series was in triumph: By the show's finale, she rules over the North as its queen, separate from King Bran's reign over the other six kingdoms.
Bran Stark's First Shot
Bran the Broken was first spotted in the pilot at Winterfell--before he became broken.
Bran Stark's Final Shot
Bran is last seen in the series finale, being wheeled away from the Small Council as King of the Six Kingdoms.
Jon Snow and Robb Stark's First Shot
Brothers (well, cousins, but it would be a long time before we learned that) Jon Snow and Robb Stark were first glimpsed in the pilot, practicing archery with Bran.
Jon Snow's Final Shot
The last time we see Jon Snow, he's heading north of the Wall with the wildlings, although exactly what he plans to do there--besides chill with his friends Ghost and Tormund--is left ambiguous.
Robb Stark's Final Shot
For good measure, here's Robb's final shot as well. Not that it's possible to forget, but Robb was killed at the Red Wedding in Season 3.
Ghost's First Shot
The direwolf Ghost was first glimpsed in the pilot, when Jon Snow discovered the albino runt of the litter.
Ghost's Final Shot
Ghost was, thankfully, glimpsed in Game of Thrones' final episode, when he finally got the pats and scritches he deserved.
Ned and Catelyn Stark's First Shot
The doomed Ned and Cat Stark first appear watching over Bran's archery practice in the yard at Winterfell in Game of Thrones' pilot episode.
Ned Stark's Final Shot
Lord Eddard Stark famously met his end in Season 1, Episode 9, "Baelor," when he was executed by Ilyn Payne at King Joffrey's command.
Catelyn Stark's Final Shot
Also famously, Cat's throat was cut at the Red Wedding in Season 3, Episode 9. Unlike in the books, she never appeared again.
Cersei Lannister's First Shot
Who could have predicted, when Cersei was first introduced as the brother-loving queen to King Robert Baratheon in the pilot, that she'd be the series' final boss?
Jaime Lannister's First Shot
Game of Thrones quickly established Jaime Lannister as a despicable villain when he pushed Bran out of a tower window in the show's first episode. Oh, how things changed.
Cersei and Jaime's Final Shot
It may not be how we wanted either of them to go out, but Jaime and Cersei died clutching one another as the Red Keep collapsed overhead. Tyrion found them like this in the series finale, "The Iron Throne."
Tyrion Lannister's First Shot
Tyrion changed a lot over the course of the show. When we first met him in the pilot, he was a prostitute-loving drunk.
Tyrion Lannister's Final Shot
Tyrion's last scene was in the series finale, when he led the new Small Council as Hand to King Bran. Now there's a sentence we never thought we'd type.
King Robert Baratheon
Remember Bobby B? We met him in the show's pilot. We miss him sometimes.
King Robert Baratheon's Final Shot
Of course, Bobby B went out shortly later, in Season 1, Episode 7, "You Win or You Die." If he had known the trouble his demise would cause, Bobby would have probably tried to hold on a little bit longer.
Daenerys Targaryen's First Shot
The future Mad Dragon Queen was first seen in the pilot, alongside her creepy brother Viserys.
Daenerys Targaryen's Final Shot
Throughout the show, Dany came and saw and conquered, only to be killed by Jon Snow in the series finale. She was last seen being carried off Eastward by her dragon/son Drogon.
Brienne of Tarth's First Shot
Brienne's first appearance was in Season 2, Episode 3, "What is Dead May Never Die," at Renly Baratheon's camp.
Bronn's First Shot
Bronn first appeared in Season 1, Episode 4, at the inn where Catelyn had Tyrion arrested.
Brienne and Bronn's Final Shot
Here's another improbable ending: The last time we see both Brienne and Bronn is at the Small Council meeting toward the end of the series finale, where Ser Brienne serves as Lord Commander of King Bran's Kinsguard, and Bronn is somehow Master of Coin.
Davos Seaworth's First Shot
We met Ser Davos, the Onion Knight, in the Season 2 premiere, "The North Remembers." He was in the service of Stannis Baratheon.
Samwell Tarly's First Shot
Long before he killed his first White Walker, Sam the Slayer made his debut in the fourth episode of Game of Thrones' first season, as a reluctant trainee of the Night's Watch.
Sam and Davos's Final Shot
Sam and Davos both appeared for the last time as part of the new Small Council in the series finale. Davos is the Master of Ships, which makes sense, and Sam has somehow graduated from the Citadel and risen to the rank of Archmaester.
Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion's First Shot
The dragons first appeared in the Season 1 finale, "Fire and Blood." You can see Drogon on Dany's shoulder above--we'd show you the rest, but, um, Emilia Clarke is naked in the rest of the scene. You can go watch it on HBO if you really need to.
Drogon's Final Shot
Our final look at Drogon was in the series finale, "The Iron Throne," as he flew away from King's Landing with his mother's body clutched in one claw.
Rhaegal's Final Shot
Unlike Drogon, Rhaegal didn't make it to the end of the series. The dragon named after Jon Snow's father was killed by Euron's magic aim in Season 8, Episode 4, "The Last of the Starks."
Viserion's Final Shot
Viserion was killed in Season 7, but his final appearance didn't arrive until Season 8, Episode 3, "The Long Night," when he died again (un-un-died?) after Arya stabbed the Night King.
Sandor "The Hound" Clegane's First Shot
The Hound was quite the villain when we first met him in the Season 1 premiere. He even had the cool dog-head helm described in the books.
Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane's First Shot
We met Sandor's brother Gregor slightly later, in Season 1, Episode 4. He participated in the tourney at King's Landing, pretty much cutting a horse in half. He also looked a lot different back then. Hm.
Sandor and Gregor's Final Shot
The Hound and the Mountain both went out in the epic fight fans have long referred to as "Cleganebowl" during Season 8, Episode 5, "The Bells."
You haven't forgotten this little s***, have you? We met the Lannister incest-bastard in the pilot. He was as garbage then as he ever was.
Joffrey Baratheon's* Final Shot
Blessedly, Joffrey died in Season 4, Episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose," at his own wedding. It was the happiest wedding in the entire series.
Jorah Mormont's First Shot
Ser Jorah debuted in the pilot, "Winter is Coming," across the Narrow Sea with Dany, Viserys, and Khal Drogo.
Jorah Mormont's Final Shot
The curtain closed on Ser Jorah when he was killed defending his queen at the Battle of Winterfell in Season 8, Episode 3. That's longer than anyone expected him to last, so good job, we guess.
Grey Worm's First Shot
Dany met Grey Worm in Season 3, Episode 5, "Kissed by Fire." Like us, she had no idea what a dick he'd turn out to be by the end.
Grey Worm's Final Shot
By the series' end, Grey Worm had become a murderer of innocent people because his girlfriend died. We last saw him sailing to Isle of Nath, where he and all his forces will likely be killed by poison butterflies.
Missandei's First Shot
Missandei was a slave when we first met her in Season 3, Episode 1.
Missandei's Final Shot
Missandei's last shot was in Season 8, Episode 4, when her beheading gave her boyfriend and her bff the excuse they needed to level a city.
Edmure Tully's First Shot
Catelyn's brother Edmure arrived on the show in Season 3, Episode 3, "Walk of Punishment."
Edmure Tully's Final Shot
After being stuck in the Freys' dungeon for years and barely ever seen on the show, Edmure made a surprise last appearance at the Great Council in the dragon pit during the series finale. He was shushed by his niece, Sansa Stark, after speaking for a few moments.
Littlefinger's First Shot
Littlefinger debuted in Season 1, Episode 8, "Lord Snow," in King's Landing.
Littlefinger's Final Shot
The scheming Littlefinger met his end in Season 7, Episode 7, after being outmaneuvered by the Starks.
Melisandre's First Shot
We met the Red Witch Melisandre in the Season 2 premiere, while she still served Stannis Baratheon.
Melisandre's Final Shot
Mel died for no reason after taking off her necklace in the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell in Season 8, Episode 3.
The Night King's First Shot
Meeting the Night King for the first time in Season 4, Episode 4 was quite a shock, since he has never been mentioned in the books.
The Night King's Final Shot
The Night King was killed easily by Arya Stark with a single stab in Season 8, Episode 3.
Beric Dondarrion's First Shot
You might not remember, but Beric Dondarrion actually appeared in Season 1, Episode 6, although the character was played by a different actor than he would be when he reappeared in later seasons.
Beric Dondarrion's Final Shot
Beric made it all the way to Season 8, Episode 3, when he died defending Arya during the Battle of Winterfell.
Theon Greyjoy's First Shot
Theon appeared in the pilot, when he was still a ward of Ned Stark at Winterfell.
Theon Greyjoy's Final Shot
Like several other characters, Theon died in Season 8, Episode 3. He charged recklessly at the Night King for some reason, and was stabbed through his plate armor with the broken wooden handle of his own spear.
Yara Greyjoy's First Shot
Yara (called Asha in the books) was introduced in Season 2, Episode 2, "The Night Lands."
Yara Greyjoy's Final Shot
Yara is a badass, and thus made it all the way to the end, where she was last seen at the Great Council in the dragon pit in the finale.
Varys's First Shot
The Master of Whispers was introduced when the gang arrived in King's Landing in the third episode of Season 1.
Varys's Final Shot
Varys was burned alive by Dany in Season 8, Episode 5 because he committed treason against her. He was right, granted, but oh well.
Rickon Stark's First Shot
Remember this little guy??? He was introduced in the pilot.
Rickon Stark's Final Shot
Well that didn't last long. Rickon's return to Game of Thrones was cut short in Season 6, Episode 9, "Battle of the Bastards."
Euron Greyjoy's First Shot
Euron wasn't introduced until Season 6, Episode 2, when he appeared at Pyke on a rainy night to murder his brother Balon. He was never that cool ever again.
Euron Greyjoy's Final Shot
Euron was killed by Jaime in Season 8, Episode 5. Before he died, he looked straight into the camera to remind us that he f***ed the queen. It was so dumb.
Robin Arryn's First Shot
This little weirdo made his first appearance on his mother Lysa's lap in Season 1, Episode 5, "The Wolf and the Lion."
Robin Arryn's Last Shot
Literally nobody predicted this.
The Iron Throne's First Shot
The Iron Throne itself first appeared in the pilot, because Jon Arryn's funeral was held in the throne room for some reason.
The Iron Throne's Final Shot
Well that's the end of that.