So, as avid Game of Thrones fans, my boyfriend and I were chatting last night about who we think might die in the upcoming season (mainly because I was rereading the books this weekend via audiobook while we cleaned the apartment). Game of Thrones has always been a show I loved extensively, falling in love with it the moment I began watching it seriously. And just in case anyone hasn’t seen the whole show up to now, spoilers ahead.
I had the unfortunate experience of being shocked by The Red Wedding and The Mountain and the Viper because I was introduced to the show before the books, ironically enough. And I, after a ridiculous amount of foot-dragging on his end, was able to convince my boyfriend to finally watch it with me just shortly after the last season had come out.
I have to say, it was most amusing to see him angrily stomp about the apartment, loudly proclaiming that he was never going to watch the show again when Jon had died only to have him sit down the next day and demand we continue. I thought a fun post for Movie Moments would be to go through the characters and make my predictions for who I think will die and who I think will survive to the end.
With everything that’s going on in the show right now, it’s no secret that there are likely going to be a lot of deaths. The only question is who.
I genuinely believe that Jon has a very high chance of dying. But at the same time, I feel like his death is entirely dependent on whether or not Daenerys dies. And frankly, between them, I’m genuinely unsure which will survive the other. I don’t think the end goal is to have both of them die, to tell the truth, but I have a hard time seeing them both surviving. It just doesn’t seem to fit true GOT style.
I feel as though Daenerys’ death is far more likely than Jons, in a weird roundabout way. I just don’t feel like she’s destined for the throne, however much she wanted it and meant to make the world a better place. Sure, she’s got a lot of followers, but I just think that Jon would end up being a far better ruler than she would. And in the end, I think his surviving her is a better plot. I could be wrong, but who knows at this point, really?
I’m going to make a bold statement here and say that I am 100% certain Tyrion is going to last until the end. I don’t see any reason for him to be regularly (if at all) in the major crossfires of battle. It’s just not his area and there’s really no point for it in the long run. Plus, what possible purpose could killing Tyrion serve at this point? He’s certainly much more useful for an epilogue than for a death scene. Literally, the only purpose of killing him off would be simply to show that, yes, those who aren’t great in battle don’t survive. But everyone knows this point and it’s not going to add anything to the story. It’ll just be annoying and predictable.
Ahhh, I’m really torn on this one. I want to say that he’ll live, I really do. But if Jaime continues with his typical pattern of behavior–namely, getting involved in battles when he shouldn’t–chances are he’s not going to survive this one. Unlike Tyrion, Jaime has a reason to be in the thick of battle, and that comes from his expertise in war and his sheer stubbornness to continue fighting. Now, don’t get me wrong, I will cry my poor little eyes out if Jaime dies. He’s become one of my all-time favorite characters and I really want him to be happy outside of that toxic relationship he has with his bitch of a sister…but, I dunno. I wouldn’t be surprised if the show killed him off.
Now, I’m about to make another bold statement again involving a Lannister. I fully believe, 100%, that Cersei is going to die. There is no purpose in keeping her alive past the final battles. If the show were meant to continue past season eight, then I think perhaps a case for keeping her villainy alive to continue out future schemes could be made. And it would be reasonable, really. Someone would have to remain to continue acting as an antagonist. But keeping her alive in an epilogue situation just holds little point. In fact, it works against the very idea of wrapping things up for an ending entirely. It would be impossible to end GOT on a good note while Cersei still lived.
It would be silly for Gendry to die. He’s only just returned to the show and it’s kind of ridiculous to bring a character back only to kill them. But, then again this is Game of Thrones we’re talking about and perhaps the showrunners are looking to bring fan favorites in order to more adequately crush our souls…who knows? I don’t think I’d be exceptionally surprised if Gendry doesn’t survive the final battle, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did either. And if he does die, I don’t know if I’ll find it annoying and silly or if I’ll be impressed. I suppose we’ll see.
I’m torn on the Starks merely because I feel like one of them should die in the final battle, but I can’t decide which one it will be. I’ve regularly gone back and forth between the three of them and I never have any concrete answer. Perhaps it’s my own personal form of favoritism, but I feel like Arya is the safest of the bunch. Despite being the one most likely to be in the middle of battle due to her fighting skills, I just see Arya as an incredibly resilient fighter and to have her die now after everything she has gone through would be strange. But, then again, if she manages to take care of her list of names in season eight, it’s entirely possible that her time would have come. I still want her to end up with Gendry, naturally, but I wonder how much she’ll have left at the end if her other family members die and none of the names on her list are left. Her plot would feel quite open-ended. But, alternately, if her family (Jon, namely) do live, I could certainly see her running the royal defenses.
I feel like Sansa might survive mainly because I just don’t see her in the battle, which is a little ridiculous considering the fact that Jon has decreed that everyone should be trained to fight. But did you ever once see her pick up a sword in season seven? So, at what point whill she ever see herself in a situation where she needs to fight? With the rumors that have been going around, Winterfell might fall in season eight at which point I’ll say perhaps she’ll die…but other than that I imagine Sansa will likely spend much of the season away from the fighting. And when one is away from the fighting, they don’t really have many opportunities to meet their end.
Bran is similar to Sansa as far as the fighting situation goes. He’s confined to a wheelchair, after all, and therefore is extremely unlikely to be in the midst of the fighting. And he does see what is happening and therefore should be extremely aware of when the white walkers will be close to Winterfell. I imagine that is a decent advantage as far as getting those who aren’t able to fight away as quickly as possible. I really don’t know what is going to happen with the Starks. I feel like one of them will die, but I still can’t bring myself to commit to a prediction. After all, what’s the point in killing off the new three-eyed raven?
I’m pretty sure we’ll say goodbye to Jorah this upcoming season. Jorah’s old, he’s been exceedingly willing to throw himself into dangerous situation after dangerous situation for Daenerys and will likely go fighting for her just as he always wanted to. I’m sure we all knew he was never going to end up with her, despite being as in love with her as he is. She never really saw him that way and he’s going to be in the thick of battle for sure. I’m saying my goodbyes now, to be honest. And if he does survive, it will be a pleasant surprise!
Theon, Yara, and Euron Greyjoy
Well, as far as these three go…I haven’t the foggiest idea. I’m leaning more toward Euron dying (which isn’t really much of a loss) mainly because it would tie up loose ends once the story comes to a close…but as for Theon and Yara, I have no idea. One could die and the other could live. Both could live. I don’t really see both of them dying, but then again I could be wrong. I don’t feel like their stories were ever really significant enough at this point in the show and they’re really more of a side plot that could go anywhere and not really change much. Except for Euron. He’s pretty much destined to die in my opinion.
There is literally no point in killing Sam. And he, just like Sansa, Bran, and Tyrion will likely be out of the fighting until it’s impossible to avoid. And even then, I just don’t see him dying. He’s also killed a white walker before, so we can always be certain that our boy Sam will be able to handle himself. But, again, I don’t think the plot will gain much from his death. The show might gain strong emotional upset from its fans, but the plot wouldn’t. It would lose a few things as far as wrapping everything up goes. But then again, I could certainly see him sacrificing himself for Gilly and Little Sam. In the end, I’m gonna say I’m 90% certain he won’t die.
Gilly & Little Sam
As useless as they are in general (to those around them, not to the plot), I don’t really see them dying. It’d be kind of messed up to let the baby die, so I see Gilly with more of a possibility for death (and Sam can raise Little Sam) but at the end of the day, I really don’t feel strongly enough about any of it to make any concrete predictions. It seems unlikely that they’ll die, but season eight is as good a time as any to kill off a bunch of supporting characters and it’s had no qualms about killing off beloved characters already so there you go.
It breaks my heart, but Grey Worm will probably die. It just makes sense. He’s been close so many times and he’s going to be close again. On top of it all, he had a pretty big goodbye to Missandei before leaving for Casterly Rock and so I’m picturing a heartbreaking reunion followed by his subsequent death. And I am going to be SO upset.
Missandei probably won’t die. And this is all due to her likelihood to be out of the battle. She’ll be behind the lines, away from those fighting. It just makes sense. And so she’ll be left behind as Grey Worm falls on the battlefield. It just feels realistic.
Brienne of Tarth
I don’t knowwwwww. And it killllssss me. Ugh. I can’t answer this one. I have no idea. But if she does live, I have one demand that must be followed. If Brienne lives, either Tormund or Jaime have to live as well. I ironically don’t care which one because I love shipping her with both, which was quite unexpected because I’ve always been a huge Jaime/Brienne shipper. But Tormund’s affections for her are just adorable and so you know…whomever she is happiest with is going to be wonderful. But she might die, too, and then I’ll cry. A lot.
If Jaime dies, Tormund has to live. I require it. If he’s not already dead. Which, you know, we don’t actually know. Tormund might be returning to the show as a white walker after that mess at the wall or he might be sending a raven to Jon as soon as the dead make their way through and past. I honestly don’t know if Tormund will make it to the end. I haven’t been able to make a reasonable prediction for him. I guess I could see it either way.
There’s no reason for Pod to die. It wouldn’t serve a great purpose. But, I’ll concede that he’s likely to be in the battle and he’s not all that great at swordplay and he’s a good opportunity for casualties of war so far that supporting characters go. I’ll be very upset, but I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s ironic how easily I fall to accepting that most characters will die. If it was any other show, I don’t think it’d be like this.
Yeah, Beric is as good as dead, to be honest. I don’t know if he survived the wall, but if he did he’s not going to last much longer. He can’t be reincarnated anymore and resultingly I think it’s just about time for him to go. And I think Beric knows it, too. He’s waiting for it and I’m pretty sure that it’s coming.
Bronn is a survivor. He’s sturdy and I don’t really see that changing. As much as I love him, he’s not exactly honorable–though he did impress and surprise me in that battle with Drogon in season seven, so perhaps I’m wrong. Either way, I don’t see Bronn’s death in our futures. I’m pretty sure he’s going to make it through. He’s not the sort of character you bet against. And besides, he’s still waiting on that castle he was promised. It’d be a shame for him to die before he ever got it.
I feel like Davos could go either way. I don’t have a strong prediction for Davos, either. It’s becoming a bit of a theme as we get into the less plot-driven characters. Davos might be useful to tying up the ends once the battle is all finished, but he’s also pretty old and he’s still the sort to be involved in a battle and so it’s very possible that he won’t make it to the end. I’m almost in denial about this, I think, because as prepared as I am for most of the other characters’ deaths, I don’t think I’m even an ounce prepared for Davos to die. So…let’s just not have it happen, okay? Good.
Is he even going to be in season eight? Ed is Lord Commander (I think) now of the Night’s Watch and so naturally probably going to be the next stop on the white walkers’ tour of destruction. And he probably won’t survive it. That is, if they even bother? I really don’t know. If he is in season eight, he’ll die. If not…who knows?
I’m pretty ready for The Hound to die. I don’t think there’s really much to support his surviving the battle. He’s made it through a lot, but I think it’s time for him to go down fighting like a true hero. And maybe he’ll take his brother down with him? I’m not one of the fans super gun-ho for the Clegane Bowl, but I do think it could happen.
I’m keeping this short and simple, Gregor’s not going to survive season eight. I dunno how he’ll die, but I know (like Cersei) he can’t be around when everything is getting wrapped up. It’s time for him to die.
Shame to any soul who would ever dare deign to kill little Lyanna Mormont. That’s all I have to say.
Lord Varys and Melisandre
I mean…they had that conversation…about dying in Westeros. I don’t have a strong opinion of this one, to tell you the truth…but if they’re in season eight, why not?
She’s still down in the dungeon staring at her daughter’s corpse, isn’t she? She might survive the season? I dunno if she’ll even leave the dungeon, though.
He’s still alive, right? What’s he been doing, anyway? Well, he can maybe join in the battle. And maybe die? Maybe live? I have no idea. It’s not like the Freys have been around to keep him locked up or anything. Then again, who knows if anyone thought to let him out of the dungeon.
Lol, I really couldn’t care less about this little brat. He’ll probably sit up in the Eyrie throughout the whole battle, leaving his men to fight out everything for him. The men will probably die, but they fall into the category of characters whose names I can’t recall off the top of my head and therefore aren’t going to get a specific mention or prediction.
And finally, we have Drogon, Rhegal, and Ghost. I feel like the dragons have a high chance of dying, but I don’t have any strong predictions here either. I want Ghost to die so I’m going to say right here and now that he isn’t allowed to and therefore will not.
So, there you have it. I don’t have nearly as extensive a grouping of predictions as some people, but I definitely have a few that I feel pretty confident about. And I think, at the end, my main goal is to assume that everyone will die in order to prevent myself from feeling devastated to the point that I won’t be able to function the next day. If I accept that it’s coming, maybe it won’t hurt as much?
What do you guys think? I’m sure you’ve already given this quite a bit of thought if you’re a fan so feel free to link me or let me know your thoughts in the comments!