One of the many reasons that Game of Thrones has continued to be appointment television throughout its seven seasons is because of the shocking deaths that occur. And while fans know that each and every season will contain some major (and minor) deaths, they don't always know which characters will die on Game of Thrones. With the HBO series moving full steam ahead without George R. R. Martin's books being complete, predicting who will die in Season 7 may be trickier than ever before. Sure, it's the penultimate season, so the story needs to be wrapping up, but that doesn't make the task of ranking who will in Game Of Thrones Season 7 any easier.
With Season 7 kicking off with Arya Stark poisoning all of Walder Frey's army, Game of Thrones proved — yet again — that the series will always have mass, unexpected casualties that will be difficult to see coming. Yet, as the series gets closer to ending, there are some major contenders for "most likely to die" that continually crop up. So at this point, the hardest part of ranking who will die in Season 7 is not necessarily whether or not these characters will end up dead, but rather will they survive to see the final season. And as one episode of Game Of Thrones can drastically change who will live and who will die, it's important to note that this list was created after Euron Greyjoy's attack in the second episode of Season 7, "Stormborn."
As Season 7's pace continues to pick up and with only five episodes left, here is a ranking of 16 Game Of Thrones characters who could die before this season is through — prepare to be heartbroken.
16. Sansa Stark
If a Stark has to die this season (which does seem to be a Game of Thrones requirement), Sansa feels like the most likely one to go since Bran, Jon, and Arya appear to be more critical to the overarching story. Yet, her time ruling over Winterfell has just begun and it would be such a waste to stop her character's development now.
15. Cersei Lannister
Will Cersei die before Game of Thrones is over? The consensus is most definitely yes. The question is whether she will die in Season 7 or Season 8 — and it seems highly unlikely that Lena Headey wouldn't appear in the final season. Although don't let her star power fool you since Sean Bean dying in Season 1 proves that it doesn't mean much when it comes to Game of Thrones.
14. Jaime Lannister
Frankly, the Lannister who seems more likely to die is Jaime. Sure, this would ruin a major valonqar theory, but a character who is struggling with his or her morality makes for a more upsetting death. And after losing all of her children, who knows how Cersei would react to losing her twin brother/lover?
Like Cersei, Littlefinger has got to go. Yet, his conniving ways will probably get him through until Season 8 — even if Arya Stark has been photographed with his dagger.
12. Jorah Mormont
If Sam's experimental treatment of greyscale works on Jorah, he could be headed to Dragonstone before viewers know it. Yet, even if his greyscale is cured, Jorah's just the type of guy who would die immediately after returning to his beloved Khaleesi.
11. Lyanna Mormont
Is anyone else concerned about the amount of screen time that Jorah's cousin and the ruler of Bear Island has been getting in Season 7? Don't put it past Game of Thrones to kill her just because she's a fan favorite.
10. The Hound
The Hound's evolution has been incredible with the Lannister lackey now reluctantly following the Lord of the Light. Not only would his death be tragic because he's turned into the good man fans always knew him to be, but also because he seems to be of importance to defeating the White Walkers. Although perhaps it's more likely that one of his new companions — Beric Dondarrion or Thoras — would die before him.
9. The Mountain
The Hound's brother is barely alive as it is, but if Cleganebowl goes down in Season 7, Sandor Clegane better defeat Gregor.
She's already ancient, so while how she could die remains to be seen, the Red Priestess has already overstayed her welcome. Plus, Davos said he'd personally kill her if she ever returned North again. And while she is staying in Dragonstone, Davos and Jon are headed that way and probably won't greet her too kindly.
7. Davos, Tormund, Or Brienne
Anyone who is an ally of Jon Snow's should be worried and Davos, Tormund, and Brienne have all proven to be truly good people, so there's a serious cause for concern here. Any of these three characters dying would be devastating, so anticipate at least one happening before Season 7 is through with Davos seeming like the most likely.
6. Grey Worm
With Grey Worm and Missandei finally having sex (and giving viewers a consensual sex scene), how perfectly Game of Thrones-level of cruel would it be to kill him off as he fights for Daenerys at Casterly Rock?
5. Euron Greyjoy
His storyline has been advancing mighty quickly in Season 7, so while he's a relatively new villain, he could meet his demise before the season ends — not without causing some major chaos, of course, as he displayed in "Stormborn."
4. Theon Greyjoy
After the "Stormborn" episode, all of the Greyjoys' fates are up for grabs. With Theon abandoning his sister after their uncle attacked their fleet, he's in a pretty perilous situation. Yet, Theon dying in the water doesn't seem likely, so perhaps expect one last redemption for Theon in Season 7 before his death.
3. Yara Greyjoy
After Euron captured his niece Yara in "Stormborn," it wasn't 100 percent clear whether he killed her or not. Yet, if you don't see a Game of Thrones death, it didn't happen, so it's safe to assume Yara will live to see another day. However, how many days she has left is debatable and it will take a miracle for her to get out of her uncle's clutches alive.
2. Ellaria Sand
Euron has Ellaria Sand and will presumably be taking her to Cersei. As she's responsible for killing Cersei's only daughter Myrcella (something Tyrion reminded viewers of during "Stormborn"), there's no way that the Queen of Westeros will let her survive. Plus, her death would mean a significant ally loss for Daenerys.
1. A Dragon
While it could be Drogon, Rhaegal, or Viserion, a dragon getting the ax in Season 7 seems inevitable after Qyburn unveiled his dragon-killing weapon to Cersei. And what better way to end Season 7 than with Daenerys mourning one of her children?
Making predications about what will happen in Game of Thrones is never safe, but at least one of these characters dying in Season 7 is unavoidable as the series gears up for the mass destruction that will occur in its final season.