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Table 2 Characteristics of deaths of important characters in Game of Thrones (n = 186)

From: “Death is certain, the time is not”: mortality and survival in Game of Thrones

Characteristic Frequency (%)
Principal diagnosis (ICD-10-AM code)a
 Injuries
  Open wound of head (S01) 2 (1.1)
  Intracranial injury (S06) 10 (5.4)
  Crushing injury of the head (S07) 1 (0.5)
  Open wound of neck (S11) 26 (14.0)
  Fracture of neck (S12) 3 (1.6)
  Traumatic amputation at neck level (S18) 13 (7.0)
  Open wound of chest (S21) 21 (11.3)
  Open wound of abdomen, lower back and pelvis (S31) 6 (3.2)
  Open wounds involving multiple body regions (T01) 25 (13.4)
  Crushing injuries involving multiple body regions (T04) 2 (1.1)
  Traumatic amputations involving multiple body regions (T05) 2 (1.1)
  Injury of unspecified body region (T14) 26 (14.0)
 Burns and corrosions
  Burns of multiple body regions (T29) 22 (11.8)
 Poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances
  Toxic effect of other and unspecified substances (T65) 9 (4.8)
 Other and unspecified effects of external causes
  Asphyxiation (T71) 12 (6.5)
  Maltreatment syndromes (T74) 4 (2.2)
  Other ill-defined and unspecified causes of mortality (R99) 2 (1.1)
External cause (ICD-10-AM code)a,b
 Assault
  Assault by drugs, medicaments and biological substances (X85) 7 (3.8)
  Assault by hanging, strangulation and suffocation (X91) 4 (2.2)
  Assault by smoke, fire and flames (X97) 18 (9.8)
  Assault by steam, hot vapours and hot objects (X98) 1 (0.5)
  Assault by knife (X99.0) 54 (29.3)
  Assault by other specified sharp object (X99.8) 11 (6.0)
  Assault by blunt object (Y00) 2 (1.1)
  Assault by pushing from high place (Y01) 4 (2.2)
  Assault by bodily force (Y04) 5 (2.7)
  Other maltreatment syndromes (Y07) 4 (2.2)
  Assault by unspecified means (Y09) 6 (3.3)
 Exposure to animate mechanical forces
  Bitten or struck by dog (W54) 3 (1.6)
  Bitten or struck by other mammal (W55) 5 (2.7)
 Intentional self-harm
  Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to other unspecified drugs, medicaments and biological substances (X64) 2 (1.1)
  Intentional self-harm by hanging (X70.0) 1 (0.5)
  Intentional self-harm by knife (X78.0) 1 (0.5)
  Intentional self-harm by jumping from a high place (X80) 1 (0.5)
 Legal intervention and operations of war
  Legal execution (Y35.5) 10 (5.4)
  War operations involving fires, conflagrations and hot substances (Y36.3) 3 (1.6)
  War operations involving firearm discharge and other forms of conventional warfare (Y36.4) 42 (22.8)
Place of occurrence (ICD-10-AM code)a,b
 Home (Y92.0) 56 (30.4)
 Prison (Y92.10) 2 (1.1)
 Military camp (Y92.12) 15 (8.2)
 Other specified institution and public administrative area (Y92.29) 16 (8.7)
 Sports and athletics area (Y92.3) 1 (0.5)
 Street and highway (Y92.4) 15 (8.2)
 Trade and service area (Y92.5) 6 (3.3)
 Large area of water (Y92.82) 6 (3.3)
 Beach (Y92.83) 6 (3.3)
 Forest (Y92.84) 11 (6.0)
 Desert (Y92.85) 1 (0.5)
 Other specified countryside (Y92.86) 22 (12.0)
 Other specified place of occurrence (Y92.88) 11 (6.0)
 Unspecified place of occurrence (Y92.9) 16 (8.7)
Geographical location
 Westeros 147 (80.1)
 Essos 37 (19.9)
Location
 Indoors 74 (39.8)
 Outdoors 89 (47.8)
 Unknown/Unclear 23 (12.4)
Time of day
 Day 98 (52.7)
 Night 57 (30.6)
 Unknown/Unclear 31 (16.7)
  1. aICD-10-AM: International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, Australian Modification
  2. bICD-10-AM codes for external cause or place of occurrence were not assigned to deaths from natural causes (n = 2)