Game of Thrones: Who’ll Bite the Dust in Season 7?

Writing our death pool predictions has become a lot easier after last season’s bloodbath. Many of Westeros’ Houses were almost completely wiped out, as Game of Thrones continued to earn it’s reputation as one of the most brutal shows on TV. Now, with the penultimate season upon us, the fight between the living and the dead comes into sharp focus. So who’s potentially going to be added to the Night King’s army? We give our rundown on who’s still standing, and whether we think they still will by the end of Season 7…

WARNING: You probably won’t want to go any further if you’ve not caught up with Season 6 yet, and/or you don’t want to read wild speculation about Season 7 based on trailers, promotional pics etc.

House Lannister
House Lannister
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are all that are left of Tywin’s legacy.

Who’s left?
Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion.

Who do we think is going to die?

Marieke: I think all three Lannisters will make it through to the final season. They are too important to off this season. We do see in the trailer that the Unsullied are probably invading King’s Landing and Cersei is a big threat. However, would they really fill the final season with White Walkers alone?? Jaime is going to be important, as is Tyrion. One of them could end Cersei’s life, but I think not yet. Maybe Arya will beat them to it, as the whole Valonqar prediction has not featured on the show. Either way, should she go down I hope it will be Cersei style, so with a massive, bloody and perhaps an imbalanced fight. She is surrounded and a drowning Cersei will clutch at many ruthless straws. Let’s not forget that bodyguard of hers!

Danielle: I think we’re in agreement here. Each of Tywin’s children still have their roles to play, which will likely push through into Season 8. Tyrion is Daenerys’ best bet at assimilating with the Westerosi people once she lands on Western shores. There’s almost no-one else who’s as good at playing the game as he is, so I see his survival as key to his boss’ and vice versa. Likewise, Jaime’s redemption arc may have stalled in recent years, but as the shit hits in the fan, I expect him to step up to the plate. Cersei’s longevity is my only slight niggle. It depends if they’re planning to promote Euron to chief antagonist. Regardless, I still think that won’t happen until the final season, so that there’s at least some human drama alongside the extinction level event playing out elsewhere.

House Targaryen
House Targaryen
It’s highly unlikely that Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) will breathe her last in Season 7.

Who’s left?
Daenerys, and now also Jon. Half of him anyway.

Who do we think is going to die?

Marieke: Dany is not going anywhere this season. Even though I think Jon won’t die, the whole ‘the lone wolf dies but the pack survives’ lines Sansa says in the trailer and then the image of Jon Snow appearing doesn’t sit well with me. He is the human Westerosi Monarch who knows what is really going on though. Dany is going for the throne, Jon knows that the throne could vanish, and the Night King could get his way.

Danielle: As much as I think we may see an even darker side to the ‘Mother of Dragons’ in Season 7, I’m almost certain she’ll be around in Season 8. Those living, fire-breathing ‘nukes’ she’s flying over from Essos will be instrumental in the fight against the White Walkers, and in spite of their growing independence, they still seek instruction from her. As far as Jonny Stargaryen is concerned, I think he’ll be around until the very end. He and the Night King seem to have personal beef, and it’s unlikely that’s going to shake out until we approach the final episodes.

House Tyrell
House Tyrell
We’re split over whether or not Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) will make it to Season 8.

Who’s left?
Olenna

Who do we think is going to die?

Marieke: Olenna will breathe her last breath once Cersei is dead. Up until that point she will have an eternal life living off feelings of hate and vengeance.

Danielle: Sadly, I do reckon Season 7 could see Olenna’s swansong. I don’t believe her reason for being is now about clinging onto life in the hopes of seeing her archenemy, Cersei, get the comeuppance she deserves. Rather, I think she intends to take the kamikaze option, inflicting as much damage on the new Queen as she possibly can, even if that means going out in a blaze of glory.

House Bolton

Who’s Left?
NO-ONE. We’re STILL celebrating. * dance *

House Greyjoy
House Greyjoy
Will Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon (Alfie Allen) clash with their murderous uncle, Euron?

Who’s Left?
Theon, Yara and Euron.

Who do we think is going to die?

Marieke: Things could go either way for this House. Euron is going to set himself up as the new, big sadistic baddie. Even though the Greyjoy siblings have aligned themselves with Dany, they are in no way safe this season. Euron wants revenge because they stole all the ships. Theon has had his redemption, for the audience at least, so he can go. I wonder if the Stark/Theon redemption is necessary too: my guess is on ‘no’. We see Yara getting it on with Ellaria in the trailer, and gay relationships have not done so well throughout this series, but women have… Would that make her survive, or set her up for a typical death?

Danielle: Ok, so my personal theory on the remaining Greyjoys is that Euron is being set up as the Big Bad for Season 8. That alone will give him breathing space this year to build on his dastardly reputation, and I suspect Yara will be one of the casualties. Unlike Marieke, I think some sort of reconciliation between Theon and the Starks will be necessary. Who his real family is has been the crux of his arc, and as much as I love his sister, I suspect he has to be cut loose from any remaining biological ties so he can finally come to accept that the siblings that he’s loyal to deep down reside in the North.

House Stark
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Sansa (Sophie Turner), Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jon (Kit Harington) and Arya (Maisie Williams) may be heading for another reunion, but will they all make it out alive?

Who’s Left?
Sansa, Arya, Bran. Half of Jon.

Who do we think is going to die?

Marieke: Oh God, please no more Stark deaths! PLEASE. We now need Bran and Arya to join Sansa and Jon for a full reunion which the show… I mean THE AUDIENCE deserves. I do fear for Sansa falling under Littlefinger’s spell though. Bran is still marked by the Night King, which does frighten me since he can’t walk. Arya could go out warrior style at some point, but she has a list to full-fill no? But I would rather keep what is left of my house around. Sansa and Jon’s reunion filled me with so much joy last year, I could use more of that!

Danielle: As much as it pains me to say it, I think there’s a good chance we’ll lose one more Stark in the coming season. Littlefinger will be trying his damnedest to drive a wedge between Jon and Sansa. We all saw that look between her the scheming *?!* just after Jon was crowned ‘King in the North’. Nevertheless, judging by promos and trailers, it’s looking like Arya and Bran are going to be thrown into the mix at Winterfell. With that in mind, I think there’s every chance Sansa will be clashing with her little sister too. I think it’s overly optimistic to assume all their differences will be forgotten subsequent to a reunion. Having said that, I can well imagine Arya turning around her psycho ninja ways, and ‘taking a bullet’ for her older, bossier sibling.

House Martell
House Martell
Nymeria (Jessica Henwick), Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes), Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) and Ellaria (Indira Varma) plotting. As usual.

Who’s Left?

Ellaria Sand and The Sand Snakes (Tyene, Obara and Nymeria).

Who do we think is going to die?

Marieke: I still don’t care. The Snakes can go. I do wonder what the Yara/Ellaria combo will bring, but this House still leaves me pretty cold. As stated before, a relationship with Yara opens up many more new dangers, one coming in the form of a hateful Greyjoy uncle.

Danielle: Hubris has sealed the fate of these ladies for a long time. They didn’t seem to understand Prince Doran’s mantra that violence breeds more violence, and it’ll be their undoing. The only thing that’s making me think one of them might survive is that someone is probably going to have to rule over Dorne eventually, and I’m not sure it’s a coincidence that they built up a ‘rapport’ between Tyene and Bronn. My plucky sellsword has been wanting that wife and a castle for a long time. Perhaps she and Sunspear would suit him just fine?

The Other Major Players

Who’s Left?
Ser Jorah Mormont, Lady Lyanna Mormont, Daario Naharis, Grey Worm, Missandei, Bronn, Brienne of Tarth, Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish, Varys, Gendry, Meera Reed, Melisandre, Ser Davos Seaworth, Podrick Payne, Jaqen H’ghar, Beric Dondarrion, Edmure Tully, Qyburn, The Mountain, The Hound, Tormund Giantsbane, Edd Tollett, Samwell Tarly, Gilly, The Night King and his army of White Walkers and wights.

Who do we think is going to die?

Marieke: Ser Friendzone (Jorah) will turn to stone. I said that last year and he did not, but he will return after having found a cure. I do not think we will see Daario again, awww. But at least he is not dead either… Above are other names we most likely won’t see again, like Jaqen and Edd, the importance here is whether a character is alive or dead. They could always still pop up at some point. Unless they are rowing forever… Let’s just say Gendry will appear again, but I don’t know what role he will play since all Baratheons are dead and I cannot see him claim the throne. But Arya could use a friend! We see the Brotherhood join the fight against the dead, so they could use a blacksmith to set more swords on fire. The Hound could also die a glorious and redeeming death here, but people are still rooting for a Cleganebowl to happen. Melisandre could die by the hands of Arya, they still have to meet and she has featured on Arya’s list.

Even so, the most important players here will be Littlefinger and Varys: the two men pulling everybody’s strings from the beginning. The former is only driven by lust and the need for glory for himself, whilst the latter always has had the realm in mind. I assume his little birds cannot deal with the cold well and are in need of some child-size winter coats, because he still does not know about the real danger coming from the North.

Then there are the true good ones, Davos, Brienne, Podrick and Sam, who are always in danger because of who they are. Perhaps Lady Mormont can be added to the list too. Sidekick figures like Tormund, Meera, Bronn, Grey Worm and Missandei are also always on the ‘could be expended’ list. I hope we won’t be left with one solitary woman standing, even though this is Game of Thrones. I just wonder if we can still have those unexpected, heart wrenching deaths, or that we are simply crossing off a list here. This sounds more negative than intended, but we are venturing into new territory here. It will be mankind versus the dead, which is a whole new story. Will the kings and queens wipe out each other before realising it might be a better idea to work together? The Night King has no time for puny people’s problems after all. But hey, if we can have a satisfying death for Ramsay! However, for every Ramsay there is a Joffrey. Oh dear. One thing is clear, nevertheless. I. CANNOT. WAIT.

Grey Worm Missandei
Will things finally taking a physical turn between Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)  

Danielle: Whatever Jorah the Explorer has to do to get back to his beloved, and wholly age inappropriate crush, Dany, he will do. I’m fairly certain of it, even if he has to go through every one of the Seven Hells and back again. It is known. Unfortunately Daario, our eye candy in the East, will almost certainly be M.I.A. now that the Queen he was serving as ‘mistress’ to has flown the love nest. I’m not so sure the 999th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch will be absent from our screen’s however, as Edd seems to have popped up in the stills for the first episode. My main worry though is that if Winter really has arrived, then he might be one of the first casualties should the Wall fall down. Well done, Jon, for leaving him without any Valyrian steel or dragonglass!

It’ll be nice to see Gendry back, and aside from looking forward to the size of his biceps after all that rowing, I suspect there’s a much larger purpose to his arc, other than to potentially pull Arya back from the brink. Let’s not forget that he’s an extremely skilled blacksmith. Should anybody figure out how to create Valyrian steel, (I’m looking at you Sam with your huge library full of books at The Citadel), I reckon he’ll be the one who’ll be forging them into weapons well into Season 8. Cleganebowl, or no Cleganebowl, I really want The Hound to ‘outlive’ his zombie brother. Fingers crossed. Still though, like my Fezzy friend has already outlined, one of the big, non-literal battles will be between Littlefinger and Varys. I’m hoping the former’s inability to truly be a team player will mean our favourite, former Master of Whispers will be victorious.

Speaking of eunuchs, as soon as I saw the trailer with Grey Worm and Missandei getting nekkid together, I immediately thought he was going to die. It’s the classic pre-death, ‘one bang and you’re out’ trope. I do fear for Gilly’s life as well. Things almost seem too happy between her Sam, and Randyll will be baying for blood after his eldest son upped and left with Heartsbane. She could get caught in the crossfire. As for most of the Northern crew, including Davos, Tormund, Brienne and Pod, I’m expecting them to fairly safe, although I get the feeling that sooner or later Brienne’s squire is going to have to employ those skills Bronn taught him last season to save her life. So far she’s managed to navigate through the minefield of being loyal to Sansa, whilst at the same time trying to push back against her feelings for Jaime. At some point that’s going to come to a head, and I don’t see how she can leave Season 7 entirely unscathed. For the record, I will be raging if anything happens to pocket rocket, Lyanna Mormont, too. She needs a force field building around her. Either way, I am so goddamned HYPED!

So what do you think of our predictions? Is your kill list longer than Arya’s? Let us know in the comments…

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