12:00pm PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Predictions: Who Will Die in the Season Finale?
So it goes on Game of Thrones, but given the turbulent events of the season thus far, it's a loaded promise. Several major characters are knee deep in danger, or close enough to it that they're poised to suffer some blowback as the season winds down to a halt; some figures likelier than others to meet the Many-Faced God.
Here are THR's bets on who won't make it out of the Game alive by the end of "The Winds of Winter," with one pick per major storyline:
Beyond The Wall: Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle)
Bran Stark and Meera Reed were saved some episodes ago by the man with the cold hands, Uncle Benjen, appearing for the first time since disappearing in the first season. But will it be a short-lived return? With White Walkers in hot (cold?) pursuit, the odds are against this unlikely trio. If any of them is going to bite the dust, Benjen's the likely bet, officially ending the old Stark generation and putting the burden of survival on the new one.
At Castle Black: Everyone
Is that an acceptable answer? No? Truth be told, it's possible that several someones will die at the Wall, or that they'll all survive the season, only to face greater odds in the following year. It all depends on the White Walkers, and whether or not they make it to the border of Westeros by the season's end. The less tongue-in-cheek answer is that the Night's Watch will survive the episode, but will greet some new neighbors with ice-cold intentions within the final beats of the season.
The North: Melisandre (Carice van Houten)
After the brilliant "Battle of the Bastards," the North has more than contributed to the Game of Thrones body pile, and then some. It's likely that we'll see or hear accounts of wounded soldiers succumbing to their injuries. It's also not impossible that those who sided with House Bolton see justice brought down on their heads — like Robett Glover, for instance. And then, of course, there's Ghost. Not trying to jinx anything, but it's been a tough year for direwolves, hasn't it? But the biggest character worth worrying over is Melisandre, the Red Priestess of Asshai, once Davos spills the secret about her role in Shireen Baratheon's murder. Jon Snow isn't likely to take that news lightly; could his story end with him killing the woman who brought him back to life?
The Riverlands: Walder Frey (David Bradley)
Red Wedding redux? That's what some folks are thinking heading into Sunday's finale, with House Frey prominently featured in the preview for the episode. Most of the main players involved in crushing Robb Stark and his army are dead now, save for Walder Frey. Is it time for him to join the list — or get crossed off of Arya's list, as it were? Game of Thrones does not always deliver what fans want, so keep those fingers crossed for Frey's death at the Crossing.
King's Landing: Everyone
Again, is that an acceptable answer? Still no? Then let's go with "everyone except for the folks lucky enough to evade evisceration by wildfire." The past several episodes have been building to an explosion of the fluorescent green stuff, with Cersei starting the fire. Expect those fireworks in the season six finale, and expect them to scorch multiple major players from the Crown to the Faith and all the commoners in between. If we were narrowing it down even more specifically, it's wise to prepare goodbyes for the High Sparrow, Lancel Lannister, and King Tommen.
The Iron Islands: Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbae)
More likely to take place out on the open sea or in Slaver's Bay, but in any event, the clock is ticking for the current King of the Iron Islands. He sails for Meereen with his eye on the Dragon Queen, but little does he know of Yara and Theon's current alliance. It's a good bet that he becomes Drogon's dinner before the end of the episode.
Meereen: No One
At least, no major players. Tyrion Lannister is an endgame character; there's no reason to assume Missandei and Grey Worm are in imminent danger, certainly not after Dany's latest stunt; and the Mother of Dragons herself has little to fear regarding her own personal safety. No, the biggest development in Slaver's Bay won't have anything to do with a major death, but a major departure all the same: Daenerys Stormborn finally leaving Essos behind for Westeros. It is known.
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