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Game Of Thrones Season 6, Episode 10, "The Winds of Winter" probably managed more major character deaths than any finale since The Red Wedding. The wildfire massacre at the Great Sept of Baelor proved Cersei has stayed true to her dictum that ''anyone who isn't us is an enemy,'' but there aren't many of "us" left. Not after this monumental moment, anyhow.

At the end of Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 10, we're left with a King in the North, a Queen in the South and a massive pile of bodies and ashes. Which of the major deaths in "The Winds of Winter" hit you the hardest?

The Faith

1. Brother Lancel

Method of execution: Burned alive by wildfire

Lancel Lannister was once Cersei's bedfellow, but since his conversion to religious extremism, Lancel has been a pain in the ass of everyone in King's Landing. Watching the pious little twerp getting stabbed in the back by one of Qyburn's "little birds" before crawling his way, bleeding, towards his fiery, green death was marvelous.

2. The High Sparrow

Method of execution: Burned alive by wildfire

Jonathan Pryce did an incredible job of making the High Sparrow such a detestable individual — a power-grubbing hypocrite with all the loving humanity of Littlefinger.

3. The Entire Faith Militant

Method of execution: Burned alive by wildfire

The Faith Militant are not one individual, but the destruction of their order removes a significant armed force in King's Landing. It's fitting that Cersei — who inadvertently gave them power she couldn't control — took them down. It's also a shame she had to destroy so many other great characters in the process.

Bonus: Septa Unella

Method of execution: Innumerable depravities at the hands of The Mountain

Leaving Septa Unella to get raped to pieces by Frankenmountain seemed a little harsh — a fate more befitting Ramsay Bolton or the High Sparrow, surely? However, you have to remember to look at it from Cersei's point of view. The High Sparrow gave the orders, but it was Septa Unella who psychologically tortured Cersei for those long nights in her cell. It was Septa Unella who rang the bell during her walk of atonement. She gave Cersei the most "hands-on" pain, so it makes sense from Cersei's point of view to make her suffer the most egregiously.

House Tyrell & House Lannister

4. Loras Tyrell, Knight of the Flowers

Method of execution: Burned alive by wildfire

After being beaten down by the Faith Militant for so long, we'd sadly given up hope for Loras's escape. He was never strong like Margaery, nor smart like Lady Olenna. His only good fortune in "The Winds of Winter" was that his humiliating mutilation didn't affect him for long.

5. Margaery Tyrell, Queen Consort

Method of execution: Burned alive by wildfire

Of all of the deaths in the finale, Margaery Tyrell was the only character I was truly sad about. Yes, Tommen was innocent, but where he was weak and frightened, Margaery had fire and bravery and so much more to give us. In the end, after all of the prattle from so-called great men — the King's Hand, Master of Coin and the High Sparrow — it was only Margaery who was smart enough to realize that Cersei's grand act of slaughter was about to take place, urging the Sparrow:

''Forget about the bloody gods and listen to what I'm telling you. Cersei understands the consequences of her absence and she is absent anyway, which means she does not intend to suffer those consequences. The trial can wait. We all need to leave.''

RIP, Margaery Tyrell, who married three kings with the wit to survive King's Landing — for a time. You were clever, but not quick enough.

6 & 7. Mace Tyrell, Master of Coin & Kevan Lannister, Hand

Kevan Lannister and Mace Tyrell: D.E.A.D.
Kevan Lannister and Mace Tyrell: D.E.A.D.

Method of execution: Burned alive by wildfire

Some men lack the gumption to take part in the game of thrones, but still die anyway. Despite their lack of interesting qualities in and of themselves, the deaths of Mace & Kevan are significant for what they represent: Kevan is the last of Cersei's seniors, and possibly the last man in the world who would presume to tell her what to do. Mace is (was!) Lord of Hightower, a rich and ancient house that has now crumbled to dust, like so many before it. Roll on Lady Olenna's revenge!

8. Tommen Baratheon, King of the Andals

Method of execution: Suicide by jumping from the Red Keep

Poor, poor little Tommen. Sure, his momma saved him from the fire in the sept, but he is helpless to watch as his beloved wife and her family are burned alive. He never had lust for the crown, nor the ruthlessness required to keep it. With his death, the second part of Cersei's prophecy was fulfilled.

Old Men

9. Grand Maester Pycelle

Method of execution: Stabbed by a bunch of small children

Was it really necessary to despatch the old fart in such a horrible way? Did Qyburn set his pack of feral children on Pycelle as some form of twisted revenge for having his chain and rank stripped from him? Maybe you forget about the boundary between good and bad when you're a deranged pyromancer sworn only to Cersei Lannister. The real victim here — the nice hooker girl at the start of the episode: How's she gonna get her money from the old goat now?

10. Walder Frey, Lord of the Crossing

Method of execution: Throat cut by Arya Stark

In an episode tinged with so much ambiguity, it's nice to see a thoroughly nasty character get their comeuppance. Not only did a girl reveal her awesome, newfound powers of face-swapping, but she made her return to Westeros triumphantly bloody, with a delightful Titus Andronicus moment to drive the epicness of the action home.

Which death were you the most shocked by in the Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale?

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