The first episode of Game of Thrones year 8 came and went with no key characters dying. There was a little bloodshed, but it was inconsequential to the story.
I remember leaving the space for a moment 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 can possibly occur in 15 seconds?“
As I rounded the corner into the kitchen, she screamed,“Someone expired“ Of course.
Per her,“They did not matter.“ She wasn’t incorrect, and then I was able to sit and enjoy the remainder of the episode, it was clear no one could be fulfilling their bitter ending before episode two.
But that can’t possibly endure for long. That can be Game of Thrones, after all, and only five episodes remain.
Now, I am not demanding that every character dies — or even most of these — but I also don’t know if I buy too many of these lasting through a battle with The Night King and whatever 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 rush. And though the likelihood of corpses piling up at the Seven Kingdoms increases with every passing event, episode one did lay some groundwork for some potential deaths.
Whether foreshadowing or not, here are all the characters I think are for certain dying before season 8 is over.
Varys and Melisandre
This is old news, but hey, why don’t you begin with two individuals the series has teased will likely die before the series is finished? Melisandre has been assured by Sir Davos that he’d kill her if he ever saw her again, and I am sure others have reason to wish her ill will.
But she advised Varys she needed to go back to Westeros to see things through. She also said she needed to die there like him. Her capacity to be prophetic clearly struck a chord with Varys in the time, and possibly it’s just me, but he’s appeared extra down ever since.
The clock is ticking on nearly everyone, but let’s face it Varys is highly opinionated and has spoken against rulers in the past. He also has no real ability to shield himself, so if he puts himself in trouble, that is that.
These are smaller personalities that can help facilitate the narrative. They are spared, but there is reason enough to have either/both murdered.
Theon and Euron Greyjoy

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