"Game of Thrones" Season 8 — Ned Umber and most disturbing deaths

Game Of Thrones Ned Umber (right)

Season 8's already upped the Game of Thrones body count but which deaths are the most shocking?

Game of Thrones has gained notoriety over the years for its gruesome and gory death scenes that have shaped the show's narrative over the past seven seasons.

However, while HBO is never afraid to shy away from showing plenty of blood and guts, there are only really a few deaths that are truly shocking and downright disturbing. 

Here, we're going to be taking a look at some of them.

Warning: Lots of gore and spoilers for Seasons 2-7 and episode one of Season 8 of Game of Thrones

Game Of Thrones The Night Is Dark And Full Of Spoilers

'Bran and Rickon Stark'

Season 2 of Game of Thrones saw Theon Greyjoy and a band of around 20 Iron Born men invade and capture Winterfell with the Stark army away in the south fighting the Lannisters.

In the process, Theon and his crew capture the young Stark boys, Bran and Rickon and keeps them hostage to exert control over the townsfolk of Winterfell.

The trouble is, the two Stark boys and their trusted companions, Osha and Hodor, escape the clutches of the Iron Born and this doesn't sit well with Theon who sends his men after them.

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To finish the episode in question (Season 2 Episode 7), Theon reveals the burnt and charred corpses of two young boys to the people of Winterfell to frighten the townsfolk into following him. 

As it turns out, the bodies are actually two farmboys and not the young Starks. 

But even so, the fact that Game of Thrones is not afraid to brutally kill off children really does highlight the mature nature of the show.

Theon's revealing of the boys' corpses was the first time the show really shook me and left me lying awake thinking 'how could they kill off children like that.'

Game Of Thrones Farm Boys' Death

Little did I know what was to follow. 

Unborn Ned Stark Jr and Talisa

Arguably Game of Thrones' most infamous scene is Season 3's Red Wedding. 

The heart-wrenching and callous betrayal by Walder Frey that leaves most of the Stark family and army dead.

The scene is filled with gory and deaths that are hard to watch, but the most shocking of all has to be the ruthless murder of Talisa Stark, newly married wife of Robb Stark, and her unborn son.

Game Of Thrones Talisa Stark Stabbed

If I thought that the murder of two young farm boys was bad, the harrowing killing of an unborn child and its mother is way more messed up.

Ever since its broadcast, the Rains of Castamere (Season 3 Episode 9) has been one of the most talked about episodes of the show but not for any nice reasons.

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Oberyn Martell

The death of Oberyn Martell in Season 4 is very much his own doing.

After going toe-to-toe with Gregor Clegane, the feared Mountain, it looks as if Oberyn has victory in the bag.

That is until Oberyn begins to goad Clegane into confessing the rape and murder of Oberyn's sister. 

In doing so, The Mountain catches Oberyn off guard and trips him.

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We all know what happens next.

Using his immense strength, The Mountain crushes Oberyn's head like it's little more than a watermelon.

Oberyn's death is one of the show's most obvious examples of its brutality and is surely the most shocking death that doesn't involve any children.

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Wildling Children and Karsi

However, the next entry on our list returns to the show's most disturbing aspect, child murder.

Of course, the first time we ever come across a wight in the show's history, way back in Season 1, is the reanimated corpse of a little girl who is pinned to a tree by the White Walkers.

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But that is not what I'm focusing on here.

No, the disturbing death that makes the next entry on this list is that of a group of Wildling children and what they go on to do.

In Season 5, we get the incredible episode, Hardhome. In it, we meet Karsi, a wildling chieftain who makes a bad-ass appearance in the show, sadly just for one episode. 

She's one of few Wildlings who agrees to Jon Snow's plan of taking the Wildlings south, out of range of the army of the dead. Her primary focus is her children, who we see when she sends them off on a boat.

Game Of Thrones Karsi Hardhome

The next time we catch up with her is in the middle of battle as the Night King's army attacks. She fights off several wights in a show of confident bad-assery, that is until she catches glimpse of a group of undead children, killed and reanimated by the White Walkers.

The children are a horrific sight, with ribcages on show and flesh withering away. Karsi is hugely taken aback by the sight and as the undead children charge towards her, she stands and refuses to fight, allowing her to be killed. 

It's shocking to see that even children have been added into the Night King's army as the dead appear to stop at nothing in their quest to rid Westeros of all life. 

Game Of Thrones Wight Children

Ned Umber

And finally, we come to the most recent death in Game of Thrones, that of young Ned Umber, who dies in the final moments of the Season 8 premiere.

While we never really get chance to bond with young Ned Umber, his death is definitely a shock. He's first introduced to us in Season 7 and is again brought to our attention in the first episode of Season 8.

Game Of Thrones Ned Umber Centre

Umber, who is just 11 years old, is the lord of his house. We see him travel back to his home, The Last Hearth, to help bring his people back to Winterfell. 

However, he never makes it back.

In the penultimate scene of episode 1, we join Tormund, Beric Dondarion and Edd (now Lord Commander of the Night's Watch) as they sneak through a deserted castle, which as it happens, turns out to be The Last Hearth.

There are clear signs of a battle but there are no bodies. That is until our heroes make their way into The Last Hearth's great hall when they come across young Ned Umber's corpse pinned to the wall alongside some White Walker artwork, a spiral made up of body parts, that looks an awful lot like the sigil of House Targaryen.

Game Of Thrones Ned Umber

The gruesome scene is made way worse when the Umber boy reanimates as a wight while our heroes discuss their next move.

Easily the most harrowing moment of the scene is the terrifying screech let out by the boy as he's then burned by Beric's flaming sword, igniting the artwork on the wall.

I think the reason this scene makes it into this list is that it's fresh in the memory and I had to watch it at 3am and was left with that shrieking ringing in my ears as I tried to get to sleep once the episode finished. 

Game Of Thrones Umber Art Work

I'm sure Game of Thrones will have plenty more gruesome deaths before the show finishes in a few weeks. But will any of them be shocking enough to make it onto this list?