When you're an actor on Game of Thrones , you're constantly confronted with death. A recent illustrated guide from The Washington Post clocked the number of deaths on GoT at a whopping 1,243, with many of those deaths still too painful to talk about. (R.I.P. Hodor.) The worst part is, no one is given much time to mourn since there's always a possibility that you're next. It's why so many stars of the HBO series have thought about how they'd like their GoT characters to die.
Obviously, most of the actors on the show would like it to be a long time before they have to confront their ultimate demise. Well, except for Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark, who clearly has a death wish. But others on the show have talked about the ways in which they'd like to see their characters kick the bucket. Some are pretty brutal, many are heroic, some are even plausible enough to imagine they could come true. C'mon, it's hard to believe most of these characters are getting through this seasons, let alone the final one in 2018.
It's already been rumored that Cersei Lannister isn't surviving Season 7, but don't you want to know how Lena Headey wants her character to go?
Lena Headey would like Cersei to have an "epic death," telling Entertainment Weekly she wants a “great death by Arya.” It's quite possible, since Cersei is still on Arya's Kill List, and from the looks of the Season 7 premiere, the youngest Stark is looking to make some headway on that list of hers.
Headey also joked that she wouldn't mind if it's her brother Tyrion who takes her down. “No one would relish her death as much as he would,” she said. But before Cersei goes, Headey has one request: She wants to fight Daenerys Targaryen. No arguments here.
If Arya Stark is going to go, Maisie Williams wants it to be big. She told Metro U.K. last year that she wants a gory death like her onscreen dad Ned Stark or her brother Robb. Why you ask? Because it makes for a good show.
"At the end of the day, these horrible deaths make great storylines. It makes the show what it is," she said. "So it would be really selfish if I were to say, 'Oh, I never want Arya to die.' I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know that it will make a great storyline." How noble.
3Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
Aidan Gillen very quickly told IGN that Littlefinger should be "thrown out the Moon Door by somebody." After all, he did throw Lysa Arryn right out that same door. As for who should have the honor, what about Sansa? It feels only right.
Things got dark real quick when IGN asked Isaac Hempstead-Wright last year how he'd like Bran to go. "I'd like to have his intestines ripped out," he said. "And he needs to be strangled with them."
John Bradley wants Sam to go out like a hero. "Just see him go out protecting Gilly and baby Sam," he told IGN in 2016. "I think that if he thought he was dying in a way that was going to protect them, gonna be for their benefit, he wouldn't mind dying really." Yep, that's so Sam.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau told The Observer back in May that he'd like to see Jaime meet his fate in a hot flash. "It has to be a dragon death," he said. "It's got to be the dragons that get him." He seems pretty serious about this, later saying in the interview, "Just fried. He has to burn. Has to." I guess we'll see, Nikolaj, won't we?
A lot has been said about Podrick's sexual prowess, so Daniel Portman would like to see his character lose his life "in the brothel where Podrick belongs." Portman jokes, "With a smile on his face. He'd go happy wouldn't he." It would likely make Podrick the only character who could possibly say that.
Emilia Clarke like her character doesn't follow the rules, which is why last year when IGN asked how she'd like the Khaleesi to die, she simply said she doesn't. "Like there's no way she can die," Clarke said, before looking into the camera and adding, "She's going to win. Obviously."
But, if she has to go, Clarke said she "gets really close to the throne and then she explodes."
Sophie Turner also has something in mind for her character's demise that could show off her acting chops. Last year, she told Just Jared that first, she'd like Sansa to get revenge on all those who have hurt her and her family.
"But then I kind of want her to die at the end because I want a big death scene," she said. "I want her to die and I want Littlefinger to end up on the throne. I don’t really care about anyone else.”
A few months later, Turner told Time once again, “A long, slow episode-lasting death, where it’s just one long scene of my death and no one else.” But she added a new stipulation: “And it’s going to be the last episode of the last season.”
It will be interesting to see if any of these actors gets their way when it comes to their characters' fates. Whatever happens, let's just hope Littlefinger doesn't end up on the Iron Throne.