***Warning: This article contains spoilers. They’re old spoilers, sure, but still spoilers. If you aren’t caught up to Game of Thrones Season 5, you might want to do so.***
We’ve seen a lot of the Game of Thrones cast come and go on the show, as playing a character from the novels tends to lead to death for some reason. Due to its overwhelming popularity, Game of Thrones is a great vehicle for otherwise-unknown actors to get their name out there. With the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere being this Sunday, we thought we’d take a look back at those who’ve died so far in the series and see what they’ve been up to since.
So without further ado, here are 10 former members of the Game of Thrones cast and what they’ve done for us lately:
1. Joffrey Baratheon
Actor: Jack Gleeson
We all cheered when Joffrey kicked the bucket, didn’t we? Oh, how sweet his death was. Actor Jack Gleeson, whom did a tremendous job portraying such a monster, has actually not worked as an actor since Game of Thrones. But, that’s by choice — Gleeson decided to retire from acting altogether following his run on HBO‘s biggest show. Now 21 years-old, Gleeson told The Independent that he “just stopped enjoying it as much as [he] used to” and “it’s just not what I want to do.” He is wrapping up his last year of college, and might consider a graduate of some kind.
2. Robb Stark
Actor: Richard Madden
Unlike Joffrey’s death, Robb Stark’s death was hard to watch. Robb was certainly a fan favorite, considered to be on the “good” side of Game of Thrones. Robb was played by actor Richard Madden, whom has done a few things since his time with Game of Thrones. Rob jumped right into his film career in 2013 when he appeared opposite Rebecca Hall and Alan Rickman in A Promise, which wasn’t exactly a critical success. He lent his voice to the video game world by appearing in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which also wasn’t exactly a critical success (although, admittedly, it had nothing to do with his voice work…it was just an absolutely dreadful game). But good ole’ Robb Stark did find some success in a new TV series, Klondike, in which he played the role of a man trying to make it to the gold rush capital in untamed western Yukon territory. Although the series was pretty great, it was met with little fanfare. Madden is currently at the box office in the live-action adaptation of Cinderella, in which he plays the role of the prince, and is currently working on a Swedish film called Bastille Day set for a 2016 release starring alongside Idris Elba.
3. Eddard Stark
Actor: Sean Bean
Actor Sean Bean, whom played the role of Eddard Stark, was no stranger to acting when he jumped on the Game of Thrones project. In fact, he was far from it. He already had numerous feature films under his belt, including such hits as Equillibrium, The Lord of the Rings, National Treasure, and The Island. But since his unfortunate death in Game of Thrones Season 1, Bean’s face has been spotted in quite a few projects. He played a king in Mirror Mirror. He also had a role in Ashley Judd’s Missing TV series, and then appeared with his former fellow Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington in horror not-so-classic Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Bean even lent his voice to Family Guy and a UK horror game named Papa Sangre II (I’ve never even heard of it until researching this article, though). Bean then found success in another TV series, Legends, in which he plays the lead role as Martin Odum, a deep-cover operative that has an identity crisis of sorts. The show is still running. Meanwhile, the actor also starred in the sci-fi flop Jupiter Ascending, and has a few movies on the way, including Pixels and The Martian (based on the novel). So, it’s safe to say that Eddard Stark hasn’t had a problem after GoT.
4. Oberyn Martell
Actor: Pedro Pascal
Pedro Pascal’s run on Game of Thrones was short-lived, although he played quite the interesting character in Oberyn Martell. But like Bean, Pascal has already been able to keep himself busy post his grizzly Game of Thrones death. He appeared in Graceland, The Mentalist, and Narcos as far as TV series are concerned. On the movie side of things, he had a small role in a horror comedy Bloodsucking Bastards, has a leading role in a drama named Sweets, and will star alongside Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe in The Great Wall, a film that centers around a mystery during the construction of the Great Wall of China that is set to be released at some point in 2016.
5. Tywin Lannister
Actor: Charles Dance
Oh, what a way to go, am I right? Nothing is worse than being murdered by your own son on the crapper like Tywin Lannister was. But, actor Charles Dance has undoubtedly come across similarly bad deaths in his long-standing acting career. He recently appeared in the absolutely fantastic The Imitation Game as Benedict Cumberbatch’s boss (which just hit DVD/Blu-Ray a few weeks ago). He has a role in the upcoming Child 44 film (which releases next week) alongside Bane and RoboCop. He has a prominent role in an upcoming UK Drama Despite the Falling Snow, and will appear in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a horror comedy that will be released in February 2016. He’s also set to appear in 2016 alongside his former Game of Thrones costar Emilia Clarke in Me Before You. But most impressively on his list of post Game of Thrones work, Dance will appear in the most anticipated video game of 2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Actor: Jason Momoa
Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) will see the biggest spotlight out of all of the former Game of Thrones actors when he plays a major role in a superhero movie. Momoa will play Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, The Justice League Part One in 2017, and a standalone Aquaman film in 2018. Really, that’s all of the work one would need after Game of Thrones to keep the lights on. But, Momoa will also appear in Sugar Mountain later this year, The Bad Batch (a dystopian love story set in a community of cannibals), and has a prominent role in a TV series on The Sundance Channel called The Red Road. He also had a big role in Sylvestor Stallone flop Bullet to the Head in 2012.
Actor: Rose Leslie
The lovely Rose Leslie is fresh off of a Game of Thrones Season 4 death, but she already has new work lined up. She had a role in The Great Fire, a TV miniseries surrounding the great fire of London in 1666. Unfortunately, nobody watched it. She is set to have a role in Sticky Notes as a dancer that is forced to return home to help care for her estranged father (who will be played by Ray Liotta). The movie is set to be released February 1, 2016. Leslie will also have a role alongside Elijah Wood and Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter which is set to be released in October 2015.
8. Robert Baratheon
Actor: Mark Addy
We’ve actually seen quite a bit of the actor that played Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones since his days as a fat, sloppy king. He has had many TV roles since his Game of Thrones death, although most of them have been on the other side of the pond. He played as Pumblechook in Great Expectations, had roles in The Syndicate, Trollied, and Remember Me. He also played the role of Hercules in BBC’s Atlantis series. He hasn’t had any movie appearances, but he did just join a comedy pilot named Super Clyde, an upcoming TV show about a comic book-obsessed fast-food worker that inherits a buttload of money.
9. Catelyn Stark
Actor: Michelle Fairley
We were sad to see Catelyn Stark go, but we don’t want to see her return to Game of Thrones Season 5 as Lady Stoneheart. Luckily, HBO has pretty much said they won’t have Lady Stoneheart in the show. Phew — disaster averted. But, Michelle Fairley lives on in other ways. She had a role in the 24 series revival as well as a role in ABC’s Resurrection. Lady Stark also starred in Ironclad: Battle for Blood which released to miserable reviews in summer 2014. She also appeared opposite Lars Mikkelsen in a UK film named Montana (also poorly rated), but will have a role in In The Heart of the Sea, an upcoming movie about a whaling crew stranded at sea that actually looks pretty good, even though it stars Chris Hemsworth. In The Heart of the Sea will release on December 11, 2015. Other than that, Fairley doesn’t have anything in queue.
10. Viserys Targaryen
Actor: Harry Lloyd
Admittedly, Viserys Targaryen is quite a tough Game of Thrones character to portray — he’s simply a weirdo. Actor Harry Lloyd made us hate Viserys, but then made us feel bad for him upon his hard-to-watch death at the hands of Khal Drogo (yikes…was that hard to watch). But the British actor has kept himself busy since his death on the show. He also starred in Great Expectations as Herbert Pocket, appeared in a few TV series such as The Hollow Crown, The Fear and a drama on WGN named Manhattan revolving around the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb. Lloyd also appeared in numerous movie roles such as The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep, Richard E. Grant), Closer to the Moon (Mark Strong, Vera Farmiga), Big Significant Things, The Riot Club and The Theory of Everything (Felicity Jones, Tom Prior). He will appear in The Show later this year.