The first episode of Game of Thrones year 8 came and went with no main characters dying. There was still a little bloodshed, but it was inconsequential to the story.
I remember exiting the space for an instant on Sunday, retreating to the kitchen to grab some water and popcorn, per my wife’s request.
She asked me if I needed her to pause it, and I said,“Nah, what can possibly happen in 15 seconds?“
As I rounded the corner to the kitchen, she screamed,“Someone expired“ Obviously.
Per her,“They didn’t matter.“ She wasn’t wrong, and then I was able to sit down and enjoy the remainder of the episode, it was clear no one would be fulfilling their bitter end before episode two.
But that can not possibly last for long. That can be Game of Thrones, after all, and just five episodes stay.
Now, I’m not demanding that each character dies — or even most of these — but that I also don’t know whether I buy too many of these lasting through a struggle with The Night King and whatever lies ahead with Queen Cersei.
The purpose here is nobody left Westeros in a body bag in episode one, however, that is likely to change in a hurry. And while the chance of corpses piling up at the Seven Kingdoms increases with each passing episode, episode one did put some groundwork for some prospective deaths.
Whether foreshadowing or not, here are all the characters I believe are for certain dying before year 8 is finished.
Varys and Melisandre
This is old news, but hey, why not begin with two people the show has teased will likely die before the series is over? Melisandre has already been assured 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 had to return into Westeros to view things through. She also said she had to die there just like him. Her ability to be prophetic obviously struck a chord with Varys in the moment, 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 real ability to shield himself, so that he puts himself in trouble, that’s that.
These are smaller personalities which may help facilitate the narrative. They could be spared, but there is reason enough to possess either/both murdered.
Theon and Euron Greyjoy

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