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Here Are The Saddest Game of Thrones Deaths, Ranked

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Shireen Baratheon (S5E9)

Shireen

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Shireen Baratheon’s death was by far the most shocking and heartbreaking of all the deaths on Game of Thrones, and that’s obviously saying a lot. The young princess was the definition of innocent. She caught a deadly disease, greyscale, as an infant, and rather than let her die, her father Stannis Baratheon took her to every healer there was to cure her. He succeeded, but she was left permanently scarred. We see her teach her friend and father’s advisor Ser Davos how to read, and later she helps to teach wildling Gilly as well. She’s friendly with everyone, and just a pure, loving character. Her father loved her enough to save her life as a baby, but not enough to keep her alive as a young child. With the advice of Red Priestess Melisandre, Stannis sacrifices his daughter to the Lord of Light, tying her to a pyre and setting it on fire. The last we see of Shireen, she’s screaming for her mother and father to help her before she burns to death.

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