HBO changed television forever when the first episode of "Game of Thrones" premiered in April 2011. In the eight years and seven seasons since then, a lot has happened. Wait, is there a word for more than a lot? Because THAT is how much has gone down in Westeros. We've laughed (like an insane Lysa Arryn standing over the moon door). We've cried (like Sansa Stark realizing Joffrey wasn't the prince charming she'd hoped for). We've ... oh wow, we've forgotten what happened to some "Game of Thrones" characters. Are they dead or alive?
Can you really blame us? Between all the conflicts and betrayals, it's hard to keep straight who's still in the game. The game for the Iron Throne! But, you're no King's Landing peasant. Your GOT knowledge is worthy of the Citadel. So, Maester, do you think you can answer these GOT questions? Do you have the confidence of Daenerys Targaryen walking into the scorching flames? Can you answer all these questions about which "Game of Thrones" characters are dead or alive and emerge unburnt? If Tyrion Lannister were here, he'd make a wager on it, but he's not. Is it because he's dead? Test your "Game of Thrones" knowledge with the ultimate character quiz!
When he was supposed to be helping secure the North, Theon betrayed Robb Stark and captured Winterfell in the name of House Greyjoy. But karma came around, and Ramsay Bolton took Theon prisoner. He was tortured merciless and emerged a shell of the arrogant youth he once was. A shell but still alive.
At the end of season seven, Daenerys is very much alive. She and Jon Snow teamed up to protect Westeros against the impending White Walker threat. They'll figure out who gets to sit on the Iron Throne later.
In the first season, fans thought they would be able to count on Ned Stark to be the moral compass of the show. Then, even though he'd promised mercy, King Joffrey executed Ned in front of all of King's Landing much to the horror of his bride-to-be, Sansa Stark. Joffrey called Ned a traitor to the crown, which was the farthest thing from the truth.
Cersei Lannister and Margaery Tyrell were at odds from almost the beginning. But the situation reached a boiling point when Tommen chose Margaery over his mother. Instead of showing up for her trial before the High Sparrow, Cersei ignited a store of wildfire under the Sept of Baelor. Margaery was killed in the explosion.
Littlefinger thought he was so smart, but in the end, he wasn't smart enough. Baelish thought he could turn Arya and Sansa against one another to his own benefit, but the sisters figured out his plan. As the Lady of Winterfell, Sansa ordered his execution. Arya carried it out.
In an interesting turn of events, Daenerys named Tyrion her Hand of the Queen. When the two learned the North named Jon Snow their king, Tyrion advised his queen to make Jon her ally. At the end of season seven, Tyrion is working to convince his sister, Cersei, of the imminent threat the White Walkers pose.
Since witnessing her father's execution, Arya seems to have been everywhere. At the end of season seven, she is reunited with two of her siblings, although Sansa is a bit wary of her. The two aren't quite sure whether to trust one another or not but, ultimately, do it to take Littlefinger down.
While studying at the Citadel to become the next maester of the Night's Watch, Sam met Jorah Mormont and ended up curing his greyscale. After deciding he wanted to help fight the White Walkers, Sam left Oldtown and went to Winterfell. There, he and Bran exchanged knowledge about Jon, and his true identity was revealed.
At long last, Cersei has what she wants. She's seated upon the Iron Throne. However, her control over Westeros is anything but secure. It seemed as though Tyrion managed to convince Cersei to join the fight against the White Walkers. But she's still the same old Cersei with her selfishness fueling her decision to let her enemies destroy one another.
Finally back in her ancestral home, Sansa has assumed her role as Lady of Winterfell. Fed up with the people around her trying to manipulate her, Sansa ordered the execution of Littlefinger after he tried to convince her to turn against her own sister.
We're going to go with "alive," but something definitely changed about Gregor Clegane after Oberyn Martell poisoned him with manticore venom in a fight to the death. Cersei enlisted ex-maester Qyburn to save Clegane, and he managed to do so. But the monster of a man no longer speaks yet serves in Cersei's Queensguard.
At the end of season five, some brothers of the Night's Watch betrayed Jon and stabbed him to death. Knowing Westeros needs Jon, Davos convinced Melisandre to bring him back to life.
During the wedding feast celebrating his marriage to Margaery Tyrell, Joffrey drank deeply from a cup of wine that turned out to be poisoned. Olenna Tyrell said she wouldn't stand for her granddaughter to be married to such a "beast." She orchestrated the poisoning with the help of Littlefinger, but Cersei accused Tyrion of being responsible.
After standing by his sister's side for seven seasons, Jaime finally broke away from Cersei after she revealed she has no intention to assist against the White Walkers preferring to let her enemies destroy themselves. Disgusted, Jaime rode north to join the fight and help protect Westeros.
The fall from the tower left Bran crippled, but that didn't stop him from traveling all over Westeros including north of the Wall. The Three-Eyed Raven trained Bran how to harness his "greensight," and it's while reliving the past that Bran learned his half-brother Jon is a Targaryen. Based on this knowledge, Bran declared Jon the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
In an attempt to save his life, Daenerys sent Jorah to find a cure for the greyscale that was slowly killing him. All hope seemed lost, but then, he met Samwell Tarly who was studying at the Citadel. Even though the maesters forbid him, Sam performed an old procedure on Jorah and cured the greyscale. Free of his affliction, Jorah returned to his queen's side.
In season five, as Tyrion is escaping King's Landing, he discovered his father with a woman he himself once loved, Shae. Angry, Tyrion strangled Shae to death and confronted Tywin, who was sitting on the toilet. After listening to Tywin repeatedly dismiss Shae as a prostitute, Tyrion shot him with a crossbow, killing him.
It was a long time coming, but at the end of season seven, The Hound saw his brother, Gregor, in King's Landing. But the highly-anticipated Clegane Bowl has yet to take place. What's sure to be a fight to the death will have to wait until season eight.
Even when Daenerys confronted Varys at Dragonstone and asked where his allegiances lie, he stood his ground. Unlike so many in Westeros, Varys said he serves no king or queen but, rather, the people. Daenerys seemed to respect his answer but seemed wary of future betrayal.
By season seven, Sansa trusts Brienne wholeheartedly, and that trust is well-placed because Brienne is as loyal as she is fierce. When Sansa couldn't bring herself to return to King's Landing for negotiations with Cersei, she sent Brienne in her stead.
Along with many others from Robb Stark's army and Winterfell, Catelyn attended the celebratory feast held by Walder Frey. It turned out to be a trap. She was one of the many victims of the Red Wedding.
Once loyal to Stannis but now a trusted friend of Jon Snow, Davos accompanied Jon and Daenerys to King's Landing to meet with Cersei. Having spent time at the Wall and see the White Walkers with his own eyes, he understands the danger facing Westeros.
Robb Stark was supposed to marry one of Walder Frey's daughters, so when he reneged to marry someone else, Walder Frey was infuriated. But he pretended everything was fine and invited Robb to the wedding feast to celebrate his daughter's nuptials with a different man. It was a trap, and despite Walder Frey promising safe passage, Robb Stark didn't leave the Red Wedding alive.
The Red Woman is still alive and still a major player. After encouraging Daenerys to invite Jon to Dragonstone, she decided to return to her homeland, Volantis. However, she told Varys she will come back to Westeros one last time because it is where she is meant to die ... eventually.
Stannis thought he had what it took to be King of the Seven Kingdoms, but it just wasn't meant to be. After Ramsay Bolton easily defeated Stannis' army at Winterfell, Brienne found Stannis wounded but alive in the snow. He admitted using blood magic to kill his brother Renly, who Brienne loved. Fulfilling a promise to herself, she beheaded Stannis.
Way back in season two, one of Khal Drogo's men inflicted a wound on him that eventually festered. Too weak to ride and on the verge of death, Daenerys sacrificed the life of their unborn child to save her husband. But the witch's spell revived Drogo to little more than a vegetable state. Knowing he would not want to live that way, Daenerys smothered him.
After nearly being scorched to death by one of Daenerys' dragons, Bronn returned to King's Landing and agreed to arrange a meeting between Tyrion and Jaime. The brothers' meeting was the precursor to getting Cersei and Daenerys in the same room to discuss a truce.
With the idea to avenge his sister's death, Oberyn Martell volunteered to be Tyrion's sword in a trial by combat against Cersei's representative, The Mountain. In a horrifying scene, The Mountain crushed Oberyn's skull with his bare hands, but, not before Oberyn managed to cut him with the poisoned tip of his weapon.
After Jon Snow's forces and the Knights of the Vale recaptured Winterfell, Jon locked Ramsay in the kennels. Sansa, who as Ramsay's wife suffered greatly at his hands, paid him a visit which ended with him being eaten alive by his own pack of dogs.
In season seven, Jaime and his forces seized control of Highgarden on behalf of Cersei. But because he respected Olenna, he offered her poison in a cup of wine. She accepted, and after downing it all, Olenna revealed she orchestrated Joffrey's death and wanted Cersei to know.
At the end of season seven, Eastwatch is under attack. The Night King has brought Viserion back to life, and is using the dragon to attack the Wall. Tormund is trapped atop the Wall with Beric Dondarion, and the two are helpless as they watch the White Walkers march into the Seven Kingdoms.
When the wildlings attacked Castle Black, Olly shot Ygritte in the back. He did it to avenge the deaths of his parents. While his relationship with Ygritte had an impact on Jon Snow, it wasn't enough to keep him from taking on Olly as a steward.
Tommen tried so hard to set things right between his mother and Margaery, but Cersei wasn't having it. When he learned Margary died in the explosion Cersei set off at the Great Sept of Baelor, he committed suicide out of grief.
Arya Stark avenged her brother's death by killing Walder Frey, who betrayed Robb. Then, using the skills she learned with the Faceless Men, she disguised herself as him and poisoned the rest of his family.
Rickon ended up in the hands of Ramsay Bolton, and it was a bad place to be. Before doing battle with Jon, Ramsay ordered Rickon to run across the open battlefield to his brother. Before Rickon made it across, Ramsay shot him in the heart with an arrow.
When Euron captured Yara, he also imprisoned Ellaria and her daughter, Tyene. He gifted the women to Cersei, knowing the Queen would want to exact revenge on Ellaria for killing Myrcella. To do so, Cersei kissed Tyene on the lips with the same poison Ellaria used to murder Myrcella. She then left Ellaria to watch her daughter die and then rot. Very cruel, but as far as we know, Ellaria lives.
As much as Daenerys liked Daario, she likes the idea of sitting on the Iron Throne more. As far as we know, Daario is fighting with the Golden Company ... which Cersei plans to employ.
A secret Targaryen himself, Maester Aemon fell ill, so Jon sent him to the Citadel. However, while crossing the sea between Braavos and Oldtown, he died.
In season seven, Yara swore her fleet to Daenerys, but while on an errand for her new ally, Euron, Yara's uncle, captured her. The last we saw of Yara, Euron was leading her away in chains.
Melisandre convinced Stannis that if they sacrificed Gendry, who as the son of Robert has Kingsblood flowing through his veins, they'd be able to raise a dragon. However, Davos recognized the plan as insane and helped Gendry escape. Flash forward, and Gendry ended up north of the Wall with Jon Snow. For now, he's alive.