A new infographic is revealing some surprising, updated facts on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, following the conclusion of its seventh season. The fantasy/drama, which will be concluding sometime in 2018 or 2019 with its final eighth season and will be followed by a currently unknown number of spin-off prequels, is known for breaking records when it comes to its viewership and ratings.
Aside from critical reviews and the amount of people tuning in Sunday nights, Game of Thrones is also known for some less appealing big numbers – most notably being character deaths. During the first season’s penultimate episode back in 2011, fans were shocked and in disbelief when fan-favorite character and, seemingly the main protagonist at the time, Ned Stark (played by Sean Bean) lost his head on the Sept of Baelor. Since then, the series has become infamous for killing off major characters like Rob and Catelyn Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Ramsey Bolton, Hodor, the entire Tyrell family and, most recently, Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon Viserion, who was turned undead by the Night’s King last season.
In a new infographic (created by Game of Canada – see below), it’s revealed that Game of Thrones has featured 174,373 deaths so far. Previously, in a Youtube video created by Leon Andrew Razon Compilations, revealed a compilation of all 150,966 deaths in 21 minutes from seasons one to six. Now, it looks like that video has to be updated in include the additional 20,000-plus deaths added to the total as a result of Euron Greyjoy’s attack on his niece Yara’s fleet, Drogon and Daenerys’ loot train attack, and the showdown between Jon Snow and his men, aka. the “Magnificent Seven”, and Daenerys and her dragons vs. the Night’s King and his army of the undead.
The infographic also reveled some other interesting information regarding the characters of Jon and Daenerys. The Game of Thrones season 7 finale – which was titled ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ and revolved around the romantic tension between the pair and Jon’s true identity – was watched by 16.5 million viewers, a ratings high for the series. Actors Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington also make a whopping $500,000 per-episode, with Harington having reached 338 minutes of screen time up to now. And if you were wondering about Dany’s wig? Each wig worn by the main actors is estimated to cost around $7,000 each.
It’s not all about Dany and Jon though; over 300 girls were named “Arya” after the young girl-turned-deadly assassin in England and Wales last year. While the name isn’t as obscure as Cersei or Melisandre or Sansa, it’s still telling that the name had gained popularity during the past year. The seventh season of Game of Thrones was also downloaded over 1 billion times throughout the course of the season, another record high for the series.
With these surprising numbers revealed, one expects that Game of Thrones‘ death count will have only risen much higher, by the time that its eighth and final season has drawn to a close.