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The Night King died without claiming too many main human lives, but the big blowup between Houses Lannister and Targaryen looks to be another story altogether.
As if a bloodbath between Game of Thrones‘ two warrior queens wasn’t already promised, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) goaded Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) into all-out war with a two-fisted punch: killing Rhaegal the dragon and Missandei of Naath (Nathalie Emmanuel), two of the dearest souls in the Dragon Queen’s life. Their deaths follow the loss of Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and half of the Targaryen army, leaving Daenerys and her one surviving dragon with fire and blood very much on the mind.
Only two episodes remain in the final season, the first of which once again comes from director Miguel Sapochnik, the man who brought the incredibly dark “The Long Night” to life. Given the director choice and the massive stakes on the line, it’s safe to say that Sapochnik’s final episode (not to mention the final penultimate episode in Thrones history, which is traditionally a place where madness occurs) will be a very fatal affair indeed.
Considering the forces at play and everything on the line, here’s who we expect will die in the Last War:
1. Drogon. He’s the last living dragon in the world of ice and fire, at least as far as we know. Perhaps it means he will soon speak with the voice of Sean Connery. More likely, it means he will follow the rest of his kind into extinction. Before that happens, expect copious amounts of dragonfire from Drogon’s mouth to the millions of ears and other assorted body parts who have pledged loyalty to Cersei.
2. The Golden Company. Should have made room in the budget for elephants, Cersei. In truth, the only reason why Harry Strickland (Marc Rissmann) and his sellsword company exists on Thrones is for them to get ruthlessly eviscerated by dragonfire or other forms of Targaryen brutality, including a whole lot of punishment from…
3. Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson). The only thing the Unsullied commander ever feared was losing Missandei of Naath. Now, he’s lost Missandei of Naath — which means he’s lost all fear. Grey Worm will throw himself into the battle for the Iron Throne, taking down huge quantities of enemies on the way, but will find himself reunited with Missandei before much longer. A happier alternative: Grey Worm defies the odds once again, lives through the battle and ends up relocating to Naath to protect the island’s people, just as he once promised his long lost love.
4. Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek). It’s hard to say exactly how the monstrous Iron Islander will meet his demise, but meet it he shall. Few characters remain in Game of Thrones with a higher certainty of death. It won’t be long before he meets the Drowned God — and if there’s any poetic justice to his end, it will involve some degree of drowning.
5. Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser). Another character whose death feels all but inevitable, and as we soar closer toward the finale, the time feels nigh for Qyburn to lose his life. What’s more, I feel pretty confident in the manner in which he’ll die, taken out by the veritable Frankenstein’s monster he helped create…
6. The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). As the kids often say: “Get hype.” The Clegane Bowl is almost upon us, and the Mountain is almost sure to lose his (extra) life once he comes up against his younger brother. He will likely kill a few characters first: Grey Worm and Qyburn are likely bets, and I’m afraid about what he may do to the next person on this list…
7. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). No need to lay the case out any further than I laid it out here. All the ingredients I’ve mentioned remain in play: Arya Stark going after Cersei Lannister could put her on a collision course with the God of Death, and not one she can defeat with a Valyrian dagger.
8. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). Here’s the good news, such as it exists: Cersei won’t survive the war for the Iron Throne, not unless someone takes mercy upon the current queen. Who’s in the market to give Cersei mercy? Certainly not Daenerys. Really, the ways in which the Lion Queen claws her way out of the series alive are hard to see; the manner of death, however, comes a bit easier.
9. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). We should be careful not to read too much into Game of Thrones and prophecies from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. With that said, one of the oldest and most cherished theories from the books suggests Jaime will kill Cersei some day. If it’s ever going to happen, expect it to happen in the penultimate episode of the series — and expect Jaime to die shortly thereafter, by his own hand or another.
10. Varys (Conleth Hill). I predicted his death in the crypts of Winterfell, which did not come to pass. Then I predicted Varys’ eventual rule over the Seven Kingdoms, which almost certainly will not come to pass. Third time’s the charm? Varys privately conspiring against Dany does not feel like it will go well for the Spider, who may find himself meeting a fiery demise should the Dragon Queen learn about his interests in Jon Snow’s kingliness. Then again…
11. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). With so much recent loss and despair, it’s easy to envision the scenario where Daenerys does not win the coming war. If she loses, it’s unlikely she sails back to Essos in exile. A much likelier scenario: death for Daenerys, whether shot out of the sky or otherwise consumed by Cersei’s schemes. As the war between the two queens escalates, the likelihood of their mutually assured destruction has increased significantly. If she dies in battle, expect her final words to mirror Missandei: “Dracarys.”
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