10 Game of Thrones Characters that have disappeared into thin air

With season five of Game of Thrones now behind us I have gotten to thinking about some characters who appear to have simply vanished. I realise JRR Martin has chucked about a billion characters into the mix and we can’t stick with all of them but some of these are quite major players whose fates remain a mystery to us. Are they lost forever or will they reappear in season six? I guess only time will tell… but please remember before you read any further. Here be…



Played by: Joe Dempsie
Who is he?: The bastard son of former king Robert Baratheon as well as a one time companion of Arya Stark
Where did we see him last?: Rowing his boat to Kings Landing
Likelihood that he’s actually dead?: 5/10
Why should we care?: Gendry actually has a pretty good claim on the Iron Throne. Also he’s really quite hot.
“Davos Seaworth: If you mistrust fancy people so much, why were you in such a hurry to trust her?
Gendry: You’re me. Never been with a woman. Never talked to a woman, really. And then she comes at you – big words, no clothes. What would you have done?
Davos Seaworth: She does know her way around a man’s head, I’ll give her that.”


Played by: Kristian Nairn
Who is he?: A former servant of the Starks who acts as Bran’s legs and helped him escape the attack on Winterfell.
Where did we last see him?: In a cave with Bran and the Children of the Forest.
Likelihood that he’s actually dead: 3/10
Why should we care?: Because… Hodor!
“Hodor: Hodor!”

Meera and Jojen

Meera Reed
Played by: Ellie Kendrick
Who is she?:The daughter of Lord Howland Reed of Greywater Watch and a companion of Bran Stark
Where did we last see her?: With Bran and Hodor in the cave
Likelihood that she’s actually dead?: 3/10
Why should we care: The Reeds have all kinds of interesting skills and powers and could be the key to unlocking Bran’s potential.
“Jojen Reed: I’m unarmed.
Osha: That was poor planning.
Jojen Reed: My sister carries the weapons.
[Meera sneaks up behind her with a knife]
Meera Reed: I’m better with them. Drop the spear. Drop it!”


Played by: Natalie Tena
Who is she?: A wildling who came south of the wall to escape the wights and helped the youngest Starks escape Winterfell
Where did we last see her?: En route to the holdfast of Greatjohn Umber with Rickon.
Likelihood that she’s actually dead: 7/10
Why should we care?: Osha is a badass, plus she’s looking after Rickon Stark.
“Osha: I tried telling your brother, he’s marching the wrong way. All these swords, they should be going north, boy, not south. The cold winds are rising.”


Rickon Stark
Played by: Art Parkinson
Who is he?: The youngest of the Stark children
Where did we last see him?: With Osha
Likelihood that he’s actually dead: 5/10
Why should we care?: Most people think he’s  dead but he could be the future of the Stark line.
“Bran Stark: How long have you been hiding out there? Robb will be looking for you. To say goodbye.
Rickon Stark: They’ve all gone away.
Bran Stark: They’ll be back soon. Robb will free father, and come back with mother.
Rickon Stark: No, they won’t.”


Yara Greyjoy
Played by: Gemma Whelan
Who is she?: Theon Greyjoy’s sister.
Where did we last see her?: On a boat heading back to the Iron Islands after failing to rescue Theon from Ramsay Bolton
Likelihood that she’s actually dead: 6/10
Why should we care: Yara is a fierce warrior and the most likely heir of the Ironborn who might still have a part to play
“Balon Greyjoy: I’ve made my decision!
Yara Greyjoy: And I’ve made mine! I’m going to pick the fastest ship in our fleet. I’m going to choose the fifty best killers on the Iron Islands. I’m going to sail up the Narrow Sea, all the way to the Weeping Water. I’m going to march on the Dreadfort. I’m going to find my little brother. And I’m going to bring him home.”

Bendric Dondarrion
Beric Dondarrion
Played by: Richard Dormer
Who is he?: The leader of the outlaw resistance group known as the Brotherhood Without Banners
Where did we see him last?: At Hollow Hill being repeatedly resurrected by Thoros using the power of the Lord of the Light
Why should we care?: He’s making use of some pretty impressive powers that might come in handy for revitalising certain characters who have met a sticky end
Likelihood that he’s actually dead: 0/10
“Thoros of Myr: It’s not getting any easier, you know.
Beric Dondarrion: I know. Every time I come back… I’m a bit less. Pieces of you get chipped away.
Arya Stark: Could you bring back a man without a head? Not six times. Just once.
Thoros of Myr: I don’t think it works that way, child.
Beric Dondarrion: He was a good man, Ned Stark. He’s at rest now, somewhere. I would never wish my life upon him.
Arya Stark: [sadly] I would. You’re alive.”

Benjen StarkBenjen Stark
Played by: Joseph Mawle
Who is he?: The younger brother of Ned Stark and a former First Ranger of the Night’s Watch
Why should we care?: Well, his name came up  in the season finale of season five, which makes me think he might be back
Likelihood that he’s actually dead?: Probably depends on your definition of dead
Where did we see him last?: Ranging north of the wall
“Benjen Stark: We’ve been receiving disturbing reports.
Jon Snow: What kind of reports?
Benjen Stark: The kind I don’t want to believe.”

Bran Stark

Bran Stark
Played by: Isaac Hempstead Wright
Who is he?: The second youngest Stark and an especially gifted warg
Why should we care:? Bran likely has a big part to play in whatever showdown is coming between humans and the White Walkers
Likelihood that he’s actually dead: 1/10
Where did we see him last?: In a cave with The Children of the Forest
“Jojen Reed: [about Summer, Bran’s direwolf] You can get inside his head, see through his eyes.
Bran Stark: Only when I’m asleep.
Jojen Reed: Well, that’s how it begins until you learn to control it. You’re a warg.
Bran Stark: It’s not just wolves. Sometimes in my dreams, there’s a…
Jojen Reed: Three-eyed raven?
Bran Stark: You’ve seen it?
Jojen Reed: We saw him together. You haven’t forgotten?
Bran Stark: Does it have anything to do with warging?
Jojen Reed: No, the raven is something different, something deeper. The raven brings the sight.”

Edmure Tully

Edmure Tully
Played by: Tobias Menzies
Who is he?: Catelyn Stark’s brother and the man who stepped in to marry Walder Frey’s daughter after Robb reneged on his promise
Likelihood that he’s actually dead: 9/10
Where did see see him last?: Being carried to the marriage bed just before the fatal events of the Red Wedding
“Edmure Tully: Word of this can’t leave Riverrun. They were Tywin Lannister’s nephews. The Lannisters pay their debts. They never stop talking about it.
Robb Stark: Would you make me a liar as well as a murderer?
Edmure Tully: It wouldn’t be lying. We will bury them and remain silent until the war is done.
Robb Stark: I’m not fighting for justice if I don’t serve justice to murderers in my ranks, no matter how highborn. He has to die.
Catelyn Stark: The Karstarks are Northmen. They won’t forgive the killing of their lord.
Talisa Maegyr: Your mother’s right. If you do this, the Karstarks will abandon you.
Robb Stark: You tended to their wounds. You brought them supper. Now they’re dead.
Talisa Maegyr: And more boys will keep dying until this war is over. You need Karstark men to end it.
Catelyn Stark: Spare his life. Keep him as a hostage.
Edmure Tully: [nods] A hostage. Tell the Karstarks that as long as they remain loyal, he will not be harmed.”


  1. u have waaaay too much time on ur hands 🙂

    most of them are with the children of the forest. wonder why they chose to skip that story this past season

    1. abbiosbiston

      Hahahahaha! Only took about an hour while I was concurrently folding the laundry and watching Gossip Girl.

  2. thank you for this list! these thoughts have been spinning around my head while watching last season, great to hear your insight on them!
    I’m all for gendry coming back!!!!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I am glad you enjoyed it. I think I’m going to start a Bring Back Gendry club.

  3. Ha! Yeah, WTF? Lol. That’s okay, though, because there are too damn many characters in that show. I can’t keep track of them! I call most the men “what’s his name”. 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      Hahahahaha! That’s why Mr O stopped watching it.

  4. theipc

    Great post, Abbi! I was wondering if that Tully character made it out of that castle… I like that actor….

    1. abbiosbiston

      He’s doing Outlander now, which I recently started watching and looks promising.

  5. It is a shame about Yara. In the books, she is really important to the events going on, but the show had to cut her bits out. She is a bad-ass character.

    1. abbiosbiston

      She was very cool and I enjoyed the dynamic between her and Theon. The Ironborn generally are interesting to me and I would have liked to see more of them.

  6. People think Rickon is dead??? WHO?? What is the theory here? I’ve read the books and they don’t allude to that. I’m just so sick of Starks dying! I can’t take it anymore!
    Also, I am interested to see if they bring Gentry back. He is technically the true heir to the Iron Throne after all… why dangle that carrot in front of our faces if they weren’t willing to do anything about it?

    Beric Dondarrion is the number one reason why I’m not at all concerned about John Snow. Melisandre is right there!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I think it’s more that people have forgotten Rickon even exists.

      Gendry better come back. I love his character… plus you know… hot. My friend and I used to watch it together and chant, “More Gendry! Less shirt!”

      1. Hahaha! Good point. He is pretty good looking 🙂

  7. I don’t watch GoT but I recognize some of these actors. Both Joseph Mawle and Tobias Menzies were both in BBC’s Persuasion. The latter is now popular thanks to Outlander!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I’ve just started Outlander and I’m really enjoying it.

  8. Don’t forget Quaithe!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Good one!

  9. Yara is one of my fave female characters from the books but the tv version not so much. 😉 I think she’ll be back next season.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I think so too!

  10. Well I know the Starks are kept aside for a while.. a season? Two? But Gendry, he hasn’t even appeared in the books again, has he? God, I miss Gendry…… *cries*

    1. abbiosbiston

      You’re right. Gendry is still stuck in his boat in the books too. I am convinced that he must be making a reappearance because there’s no need for his character id that’s all he’s going to do. Especially since his fate is different in the books.

      1. I think his presence is much needed soon!

  11. Love this post! Yep, Gendry’s still rowing to whereever he was going! I’ve always wanted to see Edmure Tully back on the show because I love the actor. But he must be too busy with Outlander now.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I have just started watching Outlander and I am quite enjoying it.

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