Now in it’s fourth season, HBO’s Game of Thrones not only entertains its devoted fans, it also provides a practical guide to succession planning do’s and don’ts. The (Spoiler Alert) deaths of Ned Stark, King Robert Baratheon and others provide an interesting peek into the aftermath of sudden death and the benefits of planning for the unexpected. As Jaqen H'ghar tells Arya Stark at the end of season two, "Valar Morghulis," or translated, "All men must die."
Check out these eight estate-planning lessons. (Several of these involve major plot points from all four seasons of Game of Thrones. Proceed at your own risk.)