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Jon Snow had the most devastating 'Game of Thrones' death, as voted by EW readers

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The following post includes spoilers for every season of Game of ThronesIt is known.

The most devastating death of all time on Game of Thrones, as voted by more than 22,000 EW readers is: Jon Snow.

Maybe his glassy-eyed look in the season finale made voters sympathetic, or maybe no one actually believed Kit Harington’s word that the bastard Night’s Watch brother is actually dead. Interestingly enough, characters who took the black ended up in first and last place in the results.

Speaking of which, here’s how the votes broke down from our poll earlier this week (remember, voters could choose more than one answer, so the percentages won’t total 100):

  1. Jon Snow: 49.83 percent, with 11,320 votes
  2. The Red Wedding (Robb Stark, Catelyn Stark, Talisa Stark, Grey Wind): 45.38 percent, with 10,310 votes
  3. Ned Stark: 33.74 percent, with 7,666 votes
  4. Shireen Baratheon: 20.17 percent, with 4,582 votes
  5. Oberyn Martell: 17.30 percent, with 3,931 votes
  6. Khal Drogo: 9.25 percent, with 2,102 votes
  7. Ygritte: 8.49 percent, with 1,929 votes
  8. Myrcella Baratheon: 4.59 percent, with 1,042 votes
  9. Barristan Selmy: 3.64 percent, with 826 votes
  10. Stannis Baratheon: 2.74 percent, with 623 votes
  11. Sandor “The Hound” Clegane: 2.54 percent, with 576 votes
  12. Karsi (and the deaths in “Hardhome”): 2.53 percent, with 575 votes
  13. Maester Aemon: 2.50 percent, with 567 votes
  14. Tyrion’s double murder (Shae, Tywin Lannister): 2.31 percent, with 524 votes
  15. Grenn and the Night’s Watch brothers at the gate: 1.92 percent, with 437 votes
  16. Syrio Forel: 1.69 percent, with 384 votes
  17. Jeor Mormont: 1.68 percent, with 382 votes
  18. Maester Luwin: 1.50 percent, with 341 votes
  19. Joffrey Baratheon: 1.49 percent, with 339 votes
  20. Jojen Reed: 1.36 percent, with 310 votes
  21. Mance Rayder: 1.28 percent, with 291 votes
  22. Viserys Targaryen: 1.14 percent, with 258 votes
  23. Robert Baratheon: 0.64 percent, with 145 votes
  24. Lysa Arryn: 0.40 percent, with 90 votes
  25. Qhorin Halfhand: 0.29 percent, with 65 votes

Sorry, Jon.

With all this data, we’ve learned a few things. First, the Starks—and Stark-related—characters topped the list with a whopping collective of 22,296 votes. (RIP Winterfell). And then there’s the Baratheon contingent: Despite being hated for his actions in the final run of episodes this season, Stannis’ (supposed?) death at the hands of Brienne still garnered votes from 623 readers, placing him above the Hound, who, with 576 votes, beat Karsi and the deaths in “Hardhome” by a single vote. The next closest deaths: Two votes elevated Arya’s beloved water dancing master Syrio Forel above the Old Bear, Jeor Mormont, and two votes helped Maester Luwin’s death in the Winterfell godswood squeak into 18th place, just above Joffrey’s Purple Wedding poisoning. (And as several commenters noted, the 25 deaths above did fail to include the brutal—and unfair—death of Sansa’s direwolf Lady, so she’s officially an honorable mention.)

As for the least devastating deaths, those votes went to Robert Baratheon, Lysa Arryn, and Qhorin Halfhand, each with less than 200 votes. The cause of Robert’s death—the boar and some, uhh, extra-fine wine—appeared offscreen, so his death did have less shock value when it eventually happened. Lysa’s flight through the Moon Door was certainly dramatic, but her unpopularity may have repelled voters. But Qhorin Halfhand? The brother who sacrificed himself so Jon Snow could appear to be a traitor of the crows and embed himself with the wildlings? Maybe readers simply forgot what happened to him. (And after all, now his watch has ended.)

Finally, here’s a breakdown of the most devastating Game of Thrones deaths by House or group, just to drive (hard)home the obliteration of the Starks:

  1. House Stark: 22,296 votes (including Jon Snow)
  2. Night’s Watch: 12,771 votes (including Jon Snow and Maester Aemon)
  3. House Baratheon: 6,731 votes (including Myrcella and Joffrey)
  4. House Martell: 3,931 votes
  5. Wildlings: 2,795 votes
  6. Dothraki: 2,102 votes
  7. House Lannister: 1,905 votes (including Myrcella and Joffrey)
  8. Maesters: 908 votes
  9. House Selmy: 826 votes
  10. House Targaryen: 825 votes
  11. House Clegane: 576 votes
  12. Braavosi: 384 votes
  13. House Mormont: 382 votes
  14. House Reed: 310 votes
  15. House Arryn: 90 votes

Valar morghulis, Game of Thrones fans.

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