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Wild Game of Thrones Predictions on the Eve of Battle

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Tomorrow night begins the Battle of Winterfell, and it’s clear that many will not make it out alive. But who will die and how? Everyone else has a theory or twelve, so here’s mine.

Tormund, Brienne, and Jaime Lannister

The most heartwarming ending involves Brienne settling down with one of these men post-war. It also seems most unlikely. From my vantage point, Jaime is the least likely of any of our heroes to survive the war — but with Cersei still in play he’s not so likely to die in this battle. Does Brienne die saving him? Does Tormund die saving her? Where does Podrick fit into the triangle scenario?

I think Tormund will die bravely defending Winterfell, Jaime and Brienne will make it to the next battle, where he will die in her arms. And Brienne will serve as Sansa’s (queens)guard wherever Sansa ends up. OR Brienne will die protecting Sansa and Podrick will serve in her memory and place, having been knighted.

Jorah and Lyanna Mormont

Like Jaime, Jorah seems marked for death. Jorah dying would serve the story in varied ways: he’s Daenerys’s closest ally and advisor, the only one she is on solid terms with, and his death would hit her hard, which could have ripples. He’s just been gifted a Valyrian steel sword, which he could use to attempt to kill the Night King with and fail, proving they need to figure a new plan/weapon (everyone else with a Valyrian weapon has more to do in the story). And he’s one of the core characters, introduced in the pilot. Of those – the remaining Starks and Lannisters, Theon and Daenerys – he’s the one with no real alternate future. His story is, and has always been, locked into Daenerys’s.

The only way he doesn’t die, is he betrays her, and potentially kills her. Which is a story I don’t want. Especially since it would most likely require the death of Lyanna Mormont by dragonfire – that’s the only thing I can see turning Jorah against his Khaleesi.

I say Jorah attempts to kill the Night King, his blade shatters, the King smiles, Jorah glances up, to share one last look with Daenerys, and she lights both her knight and the zombie king on fire – which also doesn’t kill the Night King, but saves Jorah from being a zombie. Sometime later Daenerys approaches Lyanna, explains how important Jorah was to her, and Lyanna accepts her.

Theon, Yara, and Euron Greyjoy

Theon is the third man set to complete his redemption arc with a noble sacrifice. We already know he’s in the most vulnerable position, protecting Bran, who has a Night King tracker on him and is on sacred ground – the very best place to die in the name of the gods! I don’t expect the Night King to be defeated in episode 3 of 6 so it seems almost impossible for Theon to get out alive.

The only thread hanging in his story (besides a potential relationship with Sansa, which I am all for, but I don’t think would save him) is Euron still breathing. Someone, by rights a Greyjoy, has to take out that loser. But Yara is also still out there, and she deserves the kill way more than Theon. I think in this case D&D could get it right and Yara will kill Euron, as well as save Daenerys and anyone who flees with her to the sea (as suggested in episode one).

I have also seen it suggested that Cersei will kill Euron, which I also approve of. I really can’t stand Euron and look forward to his end whoever does it. I’m also tentatively excited that Yara has a relatively good chance to survive? I mean it’s still terrible odds, but better than nothing?

Greyworm and Missandei

Ugh, if anyone in this mess deserves to live happily ever after it’s these two. But that has a basically zero chance of happening. I do think it is possible that ONE of them will survive to the very end and we will see them return to Naath, alone and melancholy, but alive. Missandei making it, and being greeted by her family would be incredibly satisfying, and Greyworm going without her and spreading her ashes by the water would probably end me.

Sandor and Berric and Edd and Davos

A potpourri of characters. The Lord of Light brought Berric back for a reason and I expect to find out what in this battle. Edd is going to die. But Sandor has to survive to fight his brother, who is currently still in King’s Landing. He’s safe for now, I expect he dies in the end.

Davos… I honestly have no idea. He’s survived longer than he has any right to already? I don’t know what part he has left to play, but I don’t have a good handle on what his story has been thus far either.

Arya and Gendry

I am of two minds. Someone has to survive all this and these two could have a future together. Plus neither of their stories would be served by their death now — Gendry returns, discovers and accepts his bloodline, just to die? When he’s out here fulfilling Robert’s “I have a son, you have a daughter” plan? WHY. But worse than even that would be Arya returning to her path of anonymity, death and revenge after clawing her way back to her family and finding love against all odds. Do. Not. Want. I also hate the idea that anyone in Winterfell is secretly Jaqen or the Waif.

So I don’t know what to think about these two, mainly because anything other than happy is horrible. There is an outside possibility that Arya becomes Lady Stoneheart, which tbh would still be horrible, but at least more narratively satisfying than the alternatives.

One other final thought here: if they do need to make a new weapon to defeat the Night King, Gendry has been the only one seen forging weapons. Maybe he remakes Ice now that both the Lannister made swords are back? Or something that requires a sacrifice a la Azor Ahai (oh dear!).

Sansa, Tyrion and Varys

Well… again someone has to survive? And Sansa was introduced as a would be queen, even more so than Daenerys (who was sold to help secure her brother‘s crown).  These three are in the crypts, which I maintain are not safe, but I’m coming around on the idea that the dead Starks could help them, not attack them (it would be a cool twist that puts the dead on both sides?), and Sansa is the closest Stark to lead them in that scenario. Sansa as Aragorn is a thing I didn’t know I wanted this much.

Sansa and Tyrion ruling is a not unworthy end and this could be where it begins. I do feel like Sansa is the Stark most likely to survive – it’s been her thing all along – and Tyrion being the only Lannister left would be poetic. They have been linked so it’s not an impossible ending, and the road there could start in the crypts during this battle, but I’m not sure I believe in it. I do feel confident that both Sansa and Tyrion have more to do and are unlikely to die here.

Varys I can see making it all the way. He’s a cockroach.

Sam and Gilly and Little Sam

I still think Sam is needed to tell the story. Bran is so disconnected from everything I don’t want it to be him. Gilly and/or little Sam dying would be a far sadder ending for him anyway, and I definitely don’t expect innocence to save anyone. If Gilly does die, I want her to go down swinging.

Daenerys and Aegon Targaryen

Now that they both know the truth we’ve reached a turning point. I hate the idea that Daenerys goes dark or mad and her six seasons of character development culminate in a redux of Targaryen history. Jon being made King of the Seven Kingdoms would fit his trajectory better than Daenerys not being made Queen — he has seriously stumbled into higher office three times now?? — but I believe him when he says he doesn’t want it. But also he’s only ever been as good as the people around him. Trusting others is actually Jon’s greatest gift, one he shares with Daenerys, like they share so many other character and story elements. They are linked, have always been linked, and I can’t believe this story has been headed to a battle between the two. It’s a song of ice AND fire, not ice against fire.

I think there will be friction, as has been, and misdirection, and we will end the Battle of Winterfell with them seemingly at odds, but I believe Aegon/Jon and Daenerys will fight the final battle together, and most likely both die.

Cersei Lannister

She has no chance of retaining her throne or making it out of this story alive. So says the prophecy. The only question is who will kill her. Jaime would be poetic and tragic, Tyrion would be a kind of justice, Sansa would be interesting (Sansa has yet to kill directly), Arya would be good for anyone who wants her list to mean something (not me). I like the crack idea that she becomes the Night King’s Night Queen and then Jaime kills her.

The Night King and Bran

What if dragonfire doesn’t kill the Night King but does turn him back into Aerys Targaryen?

My only prediction for Bran is he wargs into someone again.

Anika Dane works at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is a writer of words. A dancer of dreams. A pop culture blogger. A feminist and a fashionista. A Social Justice Klingon Warrior Princess who fell in love with the Skywalker family when she was seven years old. Mother of girls. Secretly a dragon.

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