While there are many months left to go until Game of Thrones Season 8, it's never to early to think about the final season. Whether you're deep in the middle of a series-long re-watch or just feeling some kind of pop culture homesickness for the goings on in Westeros, it's never a bad time to speculate and prepare. Here's a list of characters who will die in Game of Thrones Season 8 — most likely, that is.
All of the news coming out of the final season does not look good for the majority of the cast, honestly. Cast members and HBO executives have been promising fans they'll weep at the final season, which indicates a bloodbath. In an interview with Bustle, weapons designer Natalia Lee also said that pretty much everyone has been killed off at this point. Then again, Joe Dempsie has said Gendry is in quite a bit of Season 8, after rowing in circles for a couple years, and that's proof enough that anything can happen!
They don't call it the end for nothing. A whole lot of people died even before the Night King used Dany's fire-breathing son to break down the Wall. So, who won't make it going forward? Here are some guesses that would make even Marvel's Thanos recoil, saying, "Whoa, too much!"
1. Euron Greyjoy
Let's start with one most fans would be happy to see go. Euron is too ambitious and reckless to survive the series, point blank. If he doesn't die defending his new queen, plenty of characters will willingly step up to the task.
2. Jaime Lannister
As gratifying as it would be to see Jaime break free of his sister's hold and join the heroes once and for all, even the twisted poetic justice that Game of Thrones serves means that he likely won't survive redemption.
3. Cersei Lannister
Unless she willingly gives up the throne, which Cersei Lannister is definitely not going to do, the game cannot be won unless she dies. So that's kind of a given. Fans of the "Valonqar" prophecy have some theories about how it will happen, too.
4. Arya Stark
Arya Stark went from precocious child to stone cold assassin. Will she make a mistake? Will her past catch up to her? She's capable of surviving, but it's not just the North that remembers. She has some serious enemies.
5. Bran Stark
Maybe you find Raven Bran (the most popular cereal in Westeros) annoying now, but even so, consider this — how boring and without conflict is a story with a character who has all the answers? From a writer's room perspective, that marks Bran for doom.
6. Beric Dondarrion
He has to die sometime, right? Beric has been killed and brought back to life so many times on Game of Thrones. He redefined what it menas to be expendable, but his luck is going to run out eventually.
7. Robin Arryn
Remember this guy? Sure, he's not the worst now, but eventually the adults are going to stop protecting this brat, and we know what happens when brats (Joffrey, Ramsay) get too much power in Westeros. Plus, if any structure in Westeros needs to come down, it's the Eyrie. That tower with its "moon door" is too dangerous.
8. Brienne of Tarth
This one will hurt — but what is Brienne's place in all of this? She fulfilled her promise to reunite the Starks. She and Jaime may fight together again, but the White Walkers are probably going to take a lot of lives. Hers could be one of the many.
9. Podrick Payne
Another secondary character who may get offed in the crossfire. Nothing personal. Just don't get too attached to those most likely to be on the front lines.
10. Lord Varys
In order for whatever new regime that comes in to take over, a lot of the old advisors and the old ways have to go. Clean slate. That includes Varys, whose various betrayals and secrets may finally catch up to him — as well-intentioned as they may be. Melisandre also predicted that he would die in Westeros, and while she didn't put a time limit on that prophecy, she's been right before.
11. Grey Worm
Nobody wants this, but look, almost everyone is going to die. Prepare! Daenerys' road the to Iron Throne has never been easy, and she's going to keep suffering losses along the way. Someone like Grey Worm, who is maybe too eager to put his life on the line, is doomed.
12. The Mountain
Now, on the other hand, everybody wants this. The Mountain can only silently protect Cersei for so long. His brother warned him in Season 7 that death is coming for him, and fingers crossed that he makes good on that promise.
13. The Hound
Feels like Clegane Bowl, if it ever happens, will probably end the both of them. The Hound's mission to end his brother is probably a suicide mission. That is, if the White Walkers don't get him first!
Sorry, everyone's favorite bro. You're dragon cannon fodder. It's easy to assume that every side character will kick the bucket in Season 8, but Bronn feels like a pretty safe bet.
15. Theon Greyjoy
Does anyone even want Theon to redeem himself at this point? Just get it over with already! Let him sacrifice himself for House Stark, he clearly wants to.
16. Jorah Mormont
It will be interesting to see what Jorah has to bring to the table in Season 8, after escaping death and banishment and disease so many times. After that? He's definitely toast. Let Daenerys be great on her own — kill him!
To be fair, Melly might not return at all in Season 8. She left for Essos with little intention of visiting again — mostly because Jon Snow promised to kill her if she did. So, there's that... plus the prophecy mentioned above about her and Varys dying on Westeros' ground.
All of Cersei's King's Landing crew has got to go! That includes a certain creeper and his science experiments. Sashay away — to death!
19. The Night King
One can only hope. If this whole campaign to kill the Night King isn't successful, it will be a major bummer. Surely someone can figure out how to end the Big Bad once and for all.
20. At Least One Direwolf
Sansa, Robb, Bran, and Rickon have all lost their beloved animals. One of the Stark pets has died almost every season, so who is next? Only Nymeria and Ghost are left. Their odds are not great.
21. Jon Snow OR Daenerys Targaryen
Flip a coin, because that's basically the best description of these two characters. To kill them both off might be an unsatisfying ending, but these two "chosen ones" can't possible both survive, right? Especially if Daenerys becomes pregnant. A happy family in Westeros is too much to fathom, even at the very end.
Missing from the list, you'll notice, are a lot of main characters. Somebody has to be left at the end of it all to pick up the pieces, and if at all possible from different families/regions of Westeros. Maybe this is a total miscalculation — but Game of Thrones fans know to be prepared for anything.