The very first episode of Game of Thrones year 8 came and went without any key characters dying. There was a little bloodshed, but it was inconsequential to the story.
I remember leaving the space for an instant on Sunday, retreating to the kitchen to snatch some popcorn and water, per my wife’s request.
She asked me when I wanted her to pause it, and I said,“Nah, what could occur in 15 seconds?“
As I round the corner to the kitchen, she cried,“Someone died!“ Obviously.
Per her,“They didn’t matter.“ She wasn’t wrong, and then I managed to sit and revel in the rest of the incident, it was clear no one could be meeting their bitter ending before episode two.
But that can’t possibly last for long. This is Game of Thrones, after all, and just five episodes stay.
Now, I am not demanding that each character dies — or even the majority of these — but that I also don’t know whether I buy a lot of these lasting through a battle with The Night King and everything lies ahead with Queen Cersei.
The point here is nobody left Westeros in a body bag in episode one, however, that is likely to change in a hurry. And though the chance of corpses piling up in the Seven Kingdoms increases with every passing episode, episode one did lay some groundwork for some potential deaths.
Whether by foreshadowing or not, here are the characters that I think are for sure perishing before season 8 is over.
Varys and Melisandre
This is old news, but hey, why not begin with two people the show has teased will probably die before the series is over? Melisandre has already been promised by Sir Davos that he’d kill her if he ever saw her again, and I’m certain others have reason to want her ill will.
But she told Varys she needed to go back into Westeros to see things through. She said she needed to die there just like him. Her ability to be prophetic clearly struck a chord with Varys in the time, and possibly it’s just me, but he has appeared extra down ever since.
The clock is ticking on nearly everyone, but let us face it Varys is highly opinionated and has spoken against rulers previously. In addition, he has no true ability to defend himself, so if he puts himself in trouble, that is that.
These are smaller characters that can help facilitate the story. They could be spared, but there’s reason enough to possess either/both killed off.
Theon and Euron Greyjoy

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