The most epic Game of Thrones deaths are Ned Stark and the Red Wedding. And the “Beautiful Death” artwork proves it.
HBO has released a new series of six Game of Thrones themed puzzles. While you might expect certain iconic deaths from the show, the puzzles center around scenes that are turning points in the story. Some of them include carnage, but many don’t.
The images in the puzzles are based on artwork by Robert M. Ball, who has previously illustrated HBO’s “Beautiful Death” episodic guide of the show’s most impactful deaths. Each puzzle contains 1,000 pieces and is 19 by 27 inches.
They’re slightly abstract, but you can pinpoint their subjects. The first, called “Long May She Reign,” is from the infamous explosion of the Great Sept of Baelor in Season 6’s “The Winds of Winter.” Cersei’s face isn’t in the image, but her infamous new black threads are, surrounded by wildfire. The skulls, of course, belong to the poor members of House Tyrell, among others — RIP.
The second is called “Violence is a Disease,” and it’s from Season 6’s “The Broken Man.” Its subject is the Hound and his return to the story, which could signify his importance in the future.
The third puzzle is called “Dracarys!” It’s a scene from Season 3’s “And Now His Watch Is Ended,” when Daenerys frees the slaves of Astapor with a blast of dragon fire.
The fourth is called “We Never Stop Playing,” which Jaqen H’ghar says in Season 5’s “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” It’s a particularly interesting subject for a puzzle, because it isn’t the end of Arya’s time with the Faceless Men. Rather, it’s the middle of it, when Jaqen is explaining their philosophy to her. This could suggest that Jaqen has a larger role in the story to come.
The fifth, called “Hold the Door,” is from Season 6’s “The Door,” which is the game-changing turning point that clarifies how Bran Stark’s new Three-Eyed Raven powers work. Season 7 has already shown his powers are crucial to the narrative.
The sixth and last puzzle is called “Your Name Will Disappear.” It’s from the end of Season 6’s “The Battle of The Bastards.” It’s a line Sansa says when she feeds her rapist husband Ramsay to his own dogs. This was a major turning point in the story asserting that Sansa Stark is a power player who is not to be fucked with.
According to HBO, “Long May She Reign” and “Violence is a Disease” are available at game and toy stores, while the remainder of the puzzles are available through Barnes & Noble.