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8 Game of Thrones characters most likely to die in season 8

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Winter is well and truly coming as Game of Thrones rounds off with season 8 in 2019.

On a show known for the dramatic deaths of characters like Petyr Baelish, Tywin Lannister, Catelyn Stark, Ned Stark, and Rickon Stark—pretty much any Stark—it's amazing that anyone is still alive in the Seven Kingdoms.

Everyone is expecting a few more shocking swansongs before the end, which puts pretty much everyone in the firing line. So, as the White Walkers head towards their endgame and the dragons light up the sky, here are 8 characters most likely to die in the final series of Game of Thrones.

Cersei Lannister

Cersei is currently sitting pretty on that pointy chair at King’s Landing, but with even her own brother having abandoned her for warmer climes, the Queen is looking a little vulnerable in the capital.

The prevailing theory is that the Night King will make it to King’s Landing and take Cersei (by force) to be his unwilling bride. Welcome to the party the Night Queen -- can anyone else see Lena Headey rocking a pair of blue lenses?

Let’s also remember Maggy the Frog’s prophecy that the Valonqar will wrap his hands around her throat and choke the life out of her. There are various theories on who will be the one to do the deed and become the Queenslayer, so roll on 2019.

Daenerys Targaryen

George R.R. Martin has already promised a bittersweet ending to his story, and what could be more shocking than offing the show’s female lead?

Daenerys Targaryen may seem like an unstoppable force as she sweeps across the land with her dragons, but as Season 7 and the death of Viserion has shown us, even the Mother of Dragons isn’t given safe passage to the season finale.

Picture the scene: Dany gives birth to a bouncing baby boy, only to die in childbirth and leave an even mopier Jon Snow in charge of the Iron Throne.

The Mountain

With Cersei out of the way, her pet dog also needs to be put down. For too long, Ser Gregor Clegane has been a scourge on the Seven Kingdoms. Still escaping justice for the rape and murder of the Martell family, The Mountain has continued as a lumbering lump of brute force.

After dodging death at the hands of Oberyn Martell, The Mountain has had a change of appearance and now takes the stoic mantle of the zombified Ser Robert Strong. Arya Stark may want to cross The Mountain off her list of dwindling names, but that’s without taking into account the sheer hype of Cleganebowl.

Wanting to settle scores for his scorched face, Sandor “The Hound” Clegane looks like the frontrunner to topple his brother in Season 8.

Sansa Stark

Keeping with the redheads, a twist that would be almost as shocking as Daenerys would be Sansa Stark. The fiery Queen of Winterfell is dangerously right in the path of the White Walkers.

Although the character of Lady Stoneheart has been confirmed to never walk the walls of Winterfell, there would be a sense of poetic justice if Sansa took on the mantle of her murderous mother and continued to cleanse the land of Lannisters after her death.

Pictures hot off the set of Game of Thrones have shown Winterfell on fire, and while Sansa could survive, she could easily have a series swansong at her ancestral home. Watch this space...

Tormund Giantsbane

While most fans would love to see Tormund and Brienne of Tarth ride off into the distance to start a supersized family of fearsome warrior children, Game of Thrones has a knack for splitting up its best couples.

More likely, Brienne the Beauty will find herself in the golden grip of Jaime Lannister to continue that golden-haired dynasty.

Tormund is MIA after the Night King brought down the Wall, but we’re guessing he’ll back in Season 8 to deliver the damning news. The bearded brute will probably have one last hurrah and then fall on the battlefield.


If Melisandre is bowing out, it has to mean that Varys will follow suit. Few of the court from the ‘old days’ of Robert Baratheon are still around, making Varys something of a dying breed.

Although the Spider looks pretty safe allied with Daenerys, let's remember the casting cull of Season 7. Varys is a fan-favourite thanks to his sharp tongue and brilliant relationship with Tyrion Lannister, but all fans know this puts him right in the danger zone.

As much as we’d like to imagine Varys living his days in some far-off land and writing the weekly gossip column, we just don’t see it happening.

The Red Woman

Clocking in at over 400 years old, Lady Melisandre looks pretty good for her age. However, when it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go, and Melisandre is well past due.

Surviving standing by the side of the doomed Stannis Baratheon, Melisandre later tried to align herself with Daenerys and is now in self-imposed exile back to Volantis.

Season 7 saw Mel solemnly tell Varys that she will only be back in Westeros to die, so why would showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss rob us of her deserved ending?

The Night King (again)

Heading into Season 8, the frosty foe that is the Night King has finally emerged as the de facto big bad of Thrones. Slowly making his way across the realm, the Night King and his White Walkers are heading towards the Iron Throne to wipe life as we know it off the face of the Earth.

It would be pretty bleak (even for Game of Thrones) to have the final villain win. Sparing some sort of redemptive turn where Jon Snow and co. sit down with the Night King for a cup of wine, we’re betting the abominable snowman be back in his frozen grave before the credits roll.

That being said, if the theories are true and Bran becomes the Night King, the whole chilling circle will start all over again

Game of Thrones: Who will rule Westeros?

Bran Stark 1/1
Daenerys Targaryen 3/1
Any Child Of Daenerys Targaryen 3/1
Any Child Of Jon Snow 3/1
Jon Snow 7/2
Tyrion Lannister 11/2
Cersei Lannister 9/1
Nights King (Current Leader Of The White Walkers) 10/1
Sansa Stark 12/1
Arya Stark 16/1
Gendry 16/1
Any Child Of Cersei 20/1
Samwell Tarly 33/1
Jaime Lannister 33/1
Lord Varys 50/1
Euron Greyjoy (Crows Eye) 50/1
The Children Of The Forest 66/1
Ser Davos 80/1
Podrick Payne 80/1
Jaqen H'ghar 100/1
Bronn Of The Blackwater 100/1
Grey Worm 100/1
Missandei 100/1
Brienne Of Tarth 100/1
Lyanna Mormont 100/1
Jorah Mormont 100/1
Victarion Greyjoy 100/1
Tycho Nestoris 100/1
Beric Dondarrion 100/1
Tormund Giantsbane 100/1
Theon Greyjoy 125/1
Yara Greyjoy 125/1
Catelyn Stark (Lady Stoneheart) 150/1
Eddison Tollett (Dolorous Edd) 150/1
Meera Reed 250/1
Ellaria Sand 250/1
Ser Pounce 250/1
Illyrio Mopatis 250/1
Hot Pie 325/1
Gilly 325/1
Ed Sheeran 325/1

Game of Thrones: Who will rule Westeros?

3. Any Child Of Daenerys Targaryen
8. Nights King (Current Leader Of The White Walkers)
16. Euron Greyjoy (Crows Eye)
17. The Children Of The Forest
33. Catelyn Stark (Lady Stoneheart)
34. Eddison Tollett (Dolorous Edd)
Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:37 . Odds are subject to change.
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