Way to Die #869
"Back Stabbed"
Name of the death is a pun on "backstab"
Back Stabbed
Date 10th Century
Location Scotland
Episode this death
was featured in
"Putting A Smiley Face On Death"

"Back Stabbed", Way to Die #869, is the fourth death to be featured in "Putting A Smiley Face On Death", which aired on September 14, 2010.


Viking king Nygard decided to go on a marauding campaign to leave his brother Mort in charge. With Nygard away, Mort made a party celebration by having sex with women. When the queen tried to shut it down, Mort threw her down and raped her. Over the next few months, Mort was having his way with her until Nygard returned and caught him in the act. He orders his men to seize him and order an execution. Nygard took Mort's life by performing a blood eagle. He slices Mort's back and pulls out his lungs (resembling wings, hence the name), causing Mort to suffocate.

"Blood's thicker than water, but Mort screwed up. Got your back... bro."

Cast and Interviewees

  • Kieron Elliott - King Nygard (lead)
  • Seth Cassell - Mort (lead: intended victim)
  • Kat Hawkes - Viking Queen
  • Skip Wilder - Himself (Viking Expert)
  • Dr. Khyber Zaffarkhan - Himself (Physical Medicine and Rehab)

Foreign names

  • Puñal por la espalda (Dagger on the back) - Latin American dub
  • Puñalada por la Espalda (Back Stab) - Spanish dub


  • Also called "Blood Eagle" on the Spike TV website.
  • This death scene is awarded the "Best Historical Death" in the "Death By Request" Special.