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

  • Lord of Bones
  • Jon Snow
  • Melisandre

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

  • Viserys Targaryen
  • a bloodrider in another khalasar
  • Daenerys Targaryen

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

  • TV series
  • novel
  • both

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?

  • Greatjon Umber
  • Walder Frey
  • Roose Bolton

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?

  • tries to take Walder's grandson hostage, then claws her own face open, opening wounds so severe the Freys freak out and kill her
  • sets herself on fire with a candle in hopes of burning down the castle
  • fights a duel against Roose Bolton using Robb's sword

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?

  • novels
  • TV series
  • both

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

  • a silk scarf
  • golden chains he'd given to her as a gift
  • the chains he was wearing from his time in the dungeons

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

  • No one's sure — someone sent a letter saying he lost the battle and was killed, but none of it is directly depicted, and the letter may be fake.
  • He's defeated and killed by Ramsay Bolton, not Brienne.
  • He's defeated but still alive, heading back to Castle Black to ask Melisandre what to do next.

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

  • The skeleton kills him, and a Child of the Forest destroys his corpse so he doesn’t become a wight.
  • The wound gradually turns him into an undead creature.
  • He dreams of his own death, but Bran is able to change his fate with his strange abilities.

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?

  • Tyrion
  • Tysha, Tyrion's first wife
  • Jaime

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 doesn't differ at all — Oberyn dies the exact same way in the novel.
  • Oberyn is still alive in the novels at this point.
  • Oberyn accidentally poisons himself when he nicks his leg with his own spear.

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

  • He's dead at the bottom of the Shivering Sea.
  • He's traveling across the desert, fleeing the assassination plot of his aunt and cousins.
  • He's still alive, remaining at Sunspear while Myrcella travels to King's Landing.

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?

  • Sansa Stark
  • the bard Marillion
  • Robin Arryn

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?

  • She also hangs herself on the novels.
  • As of "A Dance with Dragons," Selyse remains at the Wall, engaging in political maneuvering with the Night's Watch and the wildlings.
  • Melisandre sacrifices Selyse in the novels, not Shireen.

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

  • It's not entirely clear who poisoned him.
  • Sansa Stark
  • Margaery Tyrell

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?

  • Mance Rayder
  • It's unclear, as she was struck by one of many arrows fired during a battle.
  • Alliser Thorne

How is Viserys Targaryen killed in both versions?

  • Drogo drags him behind a horse for insulting the khal.
  • Drogo pours molten gold on his head, giving him a fatal crown of gold.
  • Drogo's other wives feed him to a desert lion.

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?

  • TV series
  • novel

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

  • in a tent north of the Wall
  • in King's Landing
  • on a ship traveling to Oldtown

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?

  • Varys
  • Meryn Trant
  • Rorge

How does Princess Myrcella Baratheon die in the novels?

  • She's stabbed by the Sand Snakes in the Water Gardens.
  • She doesn't — she's still alive as of "A Dance with Dragons."
  • She's poisoned by Ellaria, just as in the TV series.

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

  • yes
  • no

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?

  • novels
  • TV series
  • both

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

  • He attacks Daenerys but is repelled by her Dothraki companions. However, he is not killed.
  • He goes mad in the House of the Undying.
  • Jorah Mormont kills him.

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

  • Cersei Lannister
  • Lysa Arryn
  • Robert Baratheon

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?

  • He dismisses another Maester who was planning to treat the poisoning.
  • He administers the poison himself.
  • He drains some of Arryn's blood to speed the poisoning process.

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 Lannister
  • Meryn Trant
  • Sandor Clegane

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?

  • Qyburn was experimenting on them.
  • They were scattered at the base of the wall of the Red Keep.
  • Tyrion Lannister gives them to Catelyn Stark.

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?

  • Rast
  • Karl Tanner
  • Grubbs

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

  • novel
  • TV series
  • both