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Warning: This contains spoilers for episodes that have already been broadcast.
All men must die. Not our words, but the words of the High Valyrian proverb that governs the world of George RR Martin’s fantasy epic, which returns to Sky Atlantic for a seventh season on Monday 17th July. And as the show has proven time and time again, it’s not just men on Death’s chopping block: anyone can kick the bucket.
With the penultimate season upon us, that’s truer than ever, as trailer after trailer has promised has war, war and more war – war between all the human factions now fighting for the Iron Throne, as Daenerys (and her dragons) finally make the crossing over to Westeros, Cersei tightens her grip on King’s Landing and Jon Snow tries to warn people of the Night King advancing with his army of white walkers. In short, get ready to say goodbye to your favourite characters.
But who’s going to be bumped off in Season 7? After Season 6’s impressive body count, we decided to do the respectful thing – and hold a sweepstake predicting the next corpse to join the pile.
Every week, we’ll be holding a Game of Thrones Death Pool on Twitter (follow us @VODzillaMag or on #GoTdeaths), to see whether you can correctly spot the stiff.
How do you know who to put your (imaginary) money on? Below, we’ve rounded up the usual suspects and favourite faces from Game of Thrones’ first six seasons and calculated the odds of them dying in the seventh.
We’ll be keeping this list updated as the season progresses, to cross off those who don’t make it – and to account for Jorah’s next inevitably terrible decision.
Valar Morghulis, baby. All’s fair in winter and war.
There wasn’t much death in the opening episode, unless you count the whole of the House Frey – and that sets the tone for the coming season, with Arya firmly on a rampage of revenge. With Euron teaming up with Cersei and Jon heading to Dany, there are only seven episodes to resolve all the loose ends and prepare for the final season – dead bodies are very likely to pile up very quickly.
Last week, you predicted that Ellaria would finally get it – and your instincts were bang on the money, as the final act saw Euron swing past on his boat and wipe out most of the Sand Snakes. Except, that is, for Tyene and her mother, Ellaria, who were whisked away as prisoners to take as a gift to Cersei. Yara tagged along too, which means that while there was a smattering of death in Episode 2, there’s likely more to come in Episode 3… Whether Jorah can ever be cured of his greystone, meanwhile, is anyone’s guess.
In Episode 3, you voted for Ellaria to kick the bucket – and while she didn’t get it, Tyene did, with a dastardly bit of poison from Cersei. Speaking of which, poor old Grandma Tyrell, who went out like a bad-ass, as Jaime poisoned her and she drank it gladly to her face, while questioning him on his incest. She’ll be sorely missed. But with Ellaria and Yara both still alive, who will next face Cersei’s wrath? And with Melisandre fleeing in the face of Jon Snow’s arrival at Dragonstone, our attentions switch to Casterly Rock, where Grey Worm is surrounded – will he be the first major casualty in the Dany camp?
Blimey and Charlie, Episode 4 of Game of Thrones didn’t hang about, with both Bronn and Jaime in the line of fire during its climactic battle – literally. It’s a bit of a cop-out not to show us whether either survived, which means that their fate won’t be confirmed until Episode 5… But with the Walkers appearing in the preview for the next chapter, is it Tormund’s turn to worry at Eastwatch?
Well, after all that fire and smoke, Jaime and Bronn did make it out alive. Even Jorah is now walking healthy and free again. But the Tarleys fared less well, as both Randyll and Dickon were burned to a crisp by Dany. (They weren’t on our Death Wall, because weren’t big enough characters and were sure to die soon, but the flag on The Wall in our hearts is flaying at half mast.) With Cersei pregnant, she and Jaime may well be safer than expected for now, but the net is closing on Littlefinger, as Arya gets closer to her target – and the net is tight around the whole of Jon and his Brotherhood boys, as they prepare to go Fantastic Seven beyond the wall. Expect a lot of bodies in Episode 6…
Preview: Episode 6
Warning: A reminder that the below will contain spoilers for Seasons 1 to 6 – and Season 7 too.
Dead People Walking
Beric can come back to life, even after an attack by a walker – but what if they kill his resurrector, Thoros, first?
Grey Worm’s surrounded at Casterly Rock – and we’ve been calling his departure for a while.
Heading to Eastwatch just in time for the White Walkers, things aren’t looking good for Brienne’s bae.
Bronn’s here for now – and looks unlikely to go anywhere quickly
Running away from Jon Snow, can Melisandre flee to live another day?
Tyene’s poisoned, so it’s only a matter of time until Ellaria follows suit..
A good guy who can resurrect people? Thoros is surely top of the Night King’s list to kill.
After wiping out King’s Landing, who will stop her doing worse?
Because being a mad scientist has always ended well.
Olenna Tyrell drank Jaime’s poison like it was her nightly portion of cheese. RIP, Grandma.
Picking a fight with the Red Priestess? The Onion Knight may peel sooner than expected.
Surely destined to clash with Jaime, will she survive the duel?
He may be far from the battle, but Sam is just right for a heartfelt surprise departure, once he’s given us all the exposition we need.
As Euron’s prisoner, our favourite Greyjoy is surely a goner.
Will Meera defend Bran against Littlefinger? At what cost?
Someone Jon Snow loves has got to die – and with Sansa safe, is it time for his beloved direwolf to join the departed pack?
Bran’s back and knows everything. With Brienne on hand, his time is surely up.
He didn’t drown to death, but he’s not about to live a long, heroic life.
Rescued by Bronn and back with Cersei, you can expect new father Cersei to stick around
Varys has been told he’s going to die – but how? And when?
Safe… for now?
Cured by Sam, Jorah is safe for now back in the Friend Zone
The last heir to Robert Baratheon, which could prove good or bad.
Girl got dragons, yo.
Arya is still too bad-ass to die.
Even if Varys gets it, Tyrion is too fun to depart.
Just as Sansa starts getting her own back? No chance.
The Sight. Benjen. Everything’s coming up Bran.
They wouldn’t. Would they?
The only thing harder than being a main character on Game of Thrones? Being one of the horses in the background.
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