All the Deaths In "Game of Thrones," In A Lo-Fi Visualization

A very patient reader found a creative way to show the sheer abundance of beheadings, disembowelings, and molten gold skull-burnings that take place over the course of the Game of Thrones books, and we're better off for it.

On a long enough timeline, the mortality rate for each of us is 100%. In the wintry world of Game of Thrones, however, that timeline is seriously truncated. A new image circulating online shows just how prevalent violent, terrible deaths are in the books--without showing a single drop of blood.

As seen in a tweet from U.K. bookseller Wasterstones, containing an image that first landed online months ago, some reader of monk-like patience managed to chronicle every death that occurs in George R.R. Martin's beloved fantasy series. Not just the Red Wedding scene--that major character-killing fiasco that shocked TV audiences this past spring--every single stab, chop, and slice is accounted for. Using paper markers color-coded by book, this fan created an easy way to take in one's slim prospects of surviving a Game of Thrones book.

The odds of making it out of Clash of Kings alive looks particularly dicey.

[Photo courtesy of HBO]

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  • sam

    pretty cool, but the fact that they're separated by the physical books makes the need for the colors null anyway. to use the colors more effectively, try assigning each color to a different kind of death, so you can see what kinds of death are most/least common in each book. just a though.