You win or you die: predictions for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’

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SPOILERS for all seasons of Game of Thrones.

HBO has been playing all seven seasons of Game of Thrones this week, and I’ve been catching up too. There are so many pieces from the first few seasons which I had forgotten completely, like Ned’s belief that Stannis should be king and how quickly sh-t went south for Catelyn Stark, who was constantly on the move in Season 1. Knowing what we know now of Littlefinger, he was always a sh-t stirrer with no real plan besides “provoke chaos for the hell of it and try to seize power.” Anyway, I’m playing catch-up. You can play catch up too, by reading our Game of Thrones archives – for the past three seasons, I did weekly recaps, so it’s nice for me to be able to go back and re-read how I was feeling about this plot or that death.

Anyway, I’m clearly not going to sit here and write some exhaustive recap of where we are now, heading into the final episodes. Especially since so many other sites are doing that and they’re doing it a lot better than I could. No, I am going to be a sweet summer child and do a list of things that I hope will happen or what I think will happen in the final season. We can totally fight about this, and all opinions are my own alone. Here we go:

Jon Snow will sacrifice himself. He’s always been a warrior, a fighter, not a diplomat or politician. He’s too pragmatic for the politics of Kings Landing and he has no interest in the throne. That disinterest allows him to be the warrior he needs to be, and yes, I see him sacrificing himself for the greater good somehow.

The Hound will sacrifice himself. Everyone thinks that the Hound will need to fight the Mountain. I doubt the Hound will survive the Battle of Winterfell (Ice Dragon vs. Fire Dragon).

Jorah Mormont. He’s gotta die, right? He’ll die protecting Daenerys, I’m completely sure.

Lyanna Mormont will survive. Come on, that kid is amazing. She’ll probably end up Queen of the North.

Jaime Lannister. There are so many theories that Jaime will be the one to kill Cersei, but again, I just don’t believe he’ll survive that long. If Cersei is going to die by the hand of one of her brothers, it will be Tyrion, not Jaime. Because Jaime will, I believe, sacrifice himself to save Brienne.

Brienne of Tarth. Much like Jon Snow, actually, Brienne is built to be a warrior not a politician. Her character arc seems to be headed towards sacrifice too, but who will she sacrifice herself for? The Starks or Jaime?

Bran Stark will survive. I don’t think Bran will end up the lord of Winterfell though – he’ll probably just hang out there and have visions for the rest of his life.

Gendry will die. Hopefully it will be a good death and hopefully he’ll get to reconnect with Arya before he dies.

Samwell Tarly. As I was watching the first season, I was reminded of how much I f–king hated the Samwell character in the early seasons. He still annoys me, but I have high hopes he survives and really becomes a maester or whatever.

Tormund could go either way. Either he lives forever or he dies trying to save Jon, I think.

The Greyjoys. I suspect they’ll all die and Euron’s death will be especially gruesome. I suspect Theon will do what he can but come on, he’s totally going to die. And Yara… well, I like Yara and I hope she lives, but probably not.

Tyrion Lannister survives. Come on, of course he survives. He’s either on the throne or he’ll be the Hand to whoever ends up on the throne. Tyrion won’t die.

Sansa survives. I mean, they wouldn’t put her through all of that sh-t just to get killed in the final act? Maybe?

Arya will probably die. I’ve come around to this recently after feeling for so long that Arya needs to survive. But Arya has been touched by death so many times, and she has always known that her story will not end with a happily ever after. I only pray to the old gods and the new that Arya will kill off like ten other people on her list before she dies.

Cersei must die. If Cersei doesn’t die a horrific and significant death, then this whole series will be in vain.

Daenerys will live. And she’ll have a Stark-Targaryen baby. I think Dany and the baby will likely end up on the throne.

The Dragons. I think at the end of the day, Dany will probably only have one living dragon baby and that’s why she’ll end up on the throne too.

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  1. LadyMTL says:

    I think Arya will be the one to kill Cersei (maybe wearing Jaime’s face?) and then possibly get killed by the zombiefied Mountain afterwards. Heck, she might even take him down in the process, who knows?

    As for the others, I think Sansa will survive, along with Tyrion, Brienne, Jaime, and maybe Bran. I’m still on the fence about Dany, Jon, Sam, and etc. It’s too hard to guess, because GRRM never did the expected thing, so why should the writers start now?

    • broodytrudy says:

      I don’t think Jaime will survive. I would love to see it happen and for him to make babies with Brienne, but it doesn’t fit with the narrative they’ve been pushing for seasons. A shame though because Jaime is by far my favorite.

      • Muffy says:

        How dare you speak against the one true pairing, Brienne and Tormund. #giantbabies4eva

      • Lightpurple says:

        Brienne will choose the Hound.

      • Becks1 says:

        Jamie has been the character that has grown and changed the most, IMO (along with Sansa). So I hope he will survive, but I don’t think he will.

      • broodytrudy says:

        I love that Brienne is a powerful, strong, loyal, tall, righteous character who also has her pick of the men. It’s so encouraging to see arguing over who she should end up with rather than arguing over who will be the best wife for xyz character.

      • AryasMum says:

        I go back and forth about Arya wearing Jaime’s face, but I wouldn’t mind it – specially if The Hound saves her from The Mountain.

      • Erin says:

        I think we need to remember that despite Jamie’s semi-redemption arc, this is a guy who did not hesitate a second to push a small child out of a window. Hard to come back from that. He has many rationalizations for his other immoral acts, but not that one, other than “I’ll do anything to protect Cersei.” In many ways, he’s beyond redemption. Brienne and his feelings for her is another vision of what his life might have been if he didn’t come from one of the worst, most toxic families of all-time. And he is violent and irrational when it comes to Cersei (remember the funeral rape?). If she betrays him badly enough, I think he’ll completely snap. He’s a broken soul. An enabler who’s sadly wasted his life. at the service of a monster.

    • Megan says:

      Arya, Sansa, and Tyrion have been the survivors throughout the series. I am hoping they all make it, but Martin is extremely unpredictable. He may put Cersei on the throne just tick off the fans. If Bran is the Night King I am going to be seriously annoyed.

      • Kaye says:

        I was thinking that GRRM stopped having input before they wrote this season. He probably could care less how they wind it up.

      • Old Wine Box says:

        I totally think Bran is the Night King and he’s the one controlling the narrative. After all, he declared himself he’s not Bran anymore.

      • Jenns says:

        I don’t think Bran in The Night King. The Night King as he is on the show isn’t even a character in the books. He was just created to be the head white walker for the show. And when Bran said he wasn’t Bran, he meant he’s now the Three-Eyed Raven.

      • msd says:

        As mentioned, the Night King is a show-only invention. They wanted an identifiable leader but in the books the ‘Others’ are a fairly anonymous mass.

        There’s a theory that Bran is Bran the Builder, though. Eh, who knows. GoT fans tend to overcomplicate things: they come up with millions of puzzles and theories and twists and then get disappointed when something is relatively straightforward. I’m trying to just relax and enjoy the final ride. It’s actually nice that very few spoilers have leaked this time!

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        In the books there is a reference to the Night’s King (a former nights watch commander) who went AWOL when he saw a woman atop the wall ‘with skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars’ and when he returned with her they ruled as King and Queen till over thrown by the Widlings and Starks. They were supposed to be different character but it could be the showrunners used this as a basis to create the Night King of the White Walkers but who knows. Its one of the stories Nan tells Bran.

      • AryasMum says:

        I don’t think D&D would stray from Martin’s vision of the dying/living of the top characters – The Starks, Jon/Dany, Tyrion, Cersei, Jaime. I do think the MO’s may be different, after all the books are far more complicated, and the show has cut out a lot of the lore for clarity purposes.

      • Miss M says:

        At first, I thought Bran was the Night King. But after the “hold the door” scene, I think he is Bran the builder.

    • CherHorowitz says:

      Am i the only one hoping cersei DOESN’T die? The best scenes are the ones with her in, and i feel like it would be a brilliant and cruel twist if she let everyone else fend off the night kings army and then just take the throne back foe hwrself. She is pure calculated evil and it’s amazing.

      • Valois says:

        I would argue that cersei thinks of herself as calculating like Tywin but in reality she’s pure chaotic evil.

      • broodytrudy says:

        I LOVE Cersei and would be happy to see her live or die. After Jaime, she’s a solid favorite of mine.

      • Grant says:

        I love her too. Even though she’s become the preeminent villian of the series, there was a time when I (kind of) empathized with her motivations. She lives in a era where she probably would have been king if she wasn’t born a woman, and she’s had to suffer through less competent men in greater positions of power (King Robert) simply because they are male. She would do anything to protect her children, at the expense of just about everything else. Now that her kids are dead, she’s got no more F’s left to give. I kind of get it. She’s a great character.

      • styla says:

        Yes! Cersei and Sansa are my two favourites. Lena Hedley is one hell of an actress!

    • maisie says:

      I think Arya might survive simply *because* she’s been through so much. However, I think once every name is crossed off on her list (no matter who kills them), I think she’ll go back to the House of the Many Faced God & retire. She won’t be a wife or a mother – she’s set apart from other women. I do hope she occasionally serves whoever is on the Iron Throne, provided it isn’t Cersei (as if).

    • Christo says:

      Tyrion betrays Dany and Jon for what he thinks will be Cersei’s new child and eventual heir to the throen, which she will miscarry. His betrayal will already be set in motion, however, by the time Dany reveals her pregnancy….proving that Dany can produce an heir. Tyrion will die and his betrayal will shock all of us.

  2. broodytrudy says:

    Lolol on Tyrion surviving. No way. He’s going to betray Dany. You think the Lannisters just got lucky with the placement of the army at Casterly Rock vs. Highgarden? Not a chance.
    Dany is more likely to die for me than Jon is. I think Gendry will survive and hopefully so will Sir Davos, but i don’t see that happening.

    • styla says:

      Interesting about Tyrion! What was his end game though?

      • broodytrudy says:

        I think there a couple of reasons Tyrion would betray them. First, keep in mind that throughout the show we have been consistently told that Tyrion is Twyin’s son, like they have laid that on thick. Consider that Dany is prophesied to be betrayed 3 times, we’re still waiting on the “love” betrayal. So a few things could happen:

        -Tyrion truly believes on the need for change in Westeros. We see him trusting Dany less and less as season 7 moves on, and he is arguably jealous of Jon/Dany banging, particularly since the Starks are not known for their intelligence-”Quick tempers, slow minds”-this clearly causes concern for the future of Westeros.

        -He loves Dany and is real real salty she’s getting it on with Jon. The full story would obviously be more complex than this, but Tyrion has always been petty.

        -Tyrion truly does love his family, even Cersei. He wants nothing more than to be accepted into the fold. He loved Cersei’s children, he adores Jaime, he would naturally want to protect future Lannister baby if that’s the extent of his lineage.

        Personally, i think it’s much more likely that Tyrion tries to chuck the Starks under the bus because literally everyone wants Cersei dead and he’s not going to let that happen. I think he’s much more like Tywin than people give him credit for. He might get banished ala Jorah, but i think it’s more likely they’ll execute him for treason.

      • AryasMum says:

        I’ve read spoilers that Tyrion is executed for treason, but they stress that he betrays the Starks, not Dany.

      • Megan says:

        Tyrion will definitely betray Dany. I’m not sure we’ve seen the last of Littlefinger. His death was so out of the blue and he’s a slippery one.

    • Original Jenns says:

      I think it completely falls in line with his total love for his family (even Cersei) and his want to believe they will do the right thing. I don’t think TV Tyrion loves Dany (in the books I feel they are possibly setting him up to be Targ, and he may or may not fall in love with her), but I think he’s concerned with her entanglement with Jon. She may become distracted, want new things now, and she’s shown that she will listen to Jon over Tyrion, especially since his plans have failed so much. Seriously, none of his plans have worked since he left King’s Landing. He’s losing control over her, and Varys has stoked his fears of that happening. Varys is the one I see purposefully committing treason (even if he stills wants her on the throne, I believe he wants her dragons gone as that’s too much power for one person). Tyrion could be, not to stop her from ruling, but to save his family.

      • Erin says:

        I’m really intrigued by Tyrion being of the dragon’s blood, too. There was that scene in which he frees the dragons, and, you know, why didn’t they just light him up when he approached? Also, Tywin all but said straight up many times in the books, “You’re not my son.” There’s some theory floating around that Tywin’s wife had an affair or was raped by the mad king or something. I’m totally stanning this potential plot line.

    • AryasMum says:

      Jaime told Olenna that the Highgarden/Casterly Rock bait and switch was inspired by Robb Stark’s similar war strategy against the Lannisters. I just don’t see Tyrion betraying Dany, although they clearly wanted us to question with that look Tyrion had on his face when he saw Dany entering Jon’s room (or was it the opposite?).

  3. styla says:

    I think Dany is slated to die, and while possibly pregnant. There’s a theory that she will sacrifice herself to be the Night Queen and I think that is where this is going.

    Jon doesn’t want the throne or to be in charge of anything this entire series so I doubt he will die. My guess is he will commit himself to the wall when it all said and done, or raise his child he conceived with Dany. Something along these lines.

    Samwell won’t die, he and Gilly will rule over all Tarly and Highgarden lands, maybe even Frey lands. Riverlands. He will completely restructure things to do with religion and with being a maester.

    Cersei is going to die, it’s inevitable and it will be entirely on her own terms.

    Jamie will survive, as will Bran.

    Sansa will rule the North, no doubt about it.

    Arya, The Hound, Gendry, and Tormund… no clue.

    • Kate says:

      Wow I had not thought about that with dany sacrificing herself to be the night queen with all of her dragons. Especially if pregnant, but the baby lives. Or she dies giving birth and her dragons follow her command. snow raises the baby or better yet, Tyrion if snow dies and becomes its guardian or protector or mentor/ hand etc. and then after most ppl dying there is balance and peace on all sides

    • AryasMum says:

      There’s speculation that Dany will die, Dany taking the Nissa Nissa role, and Jon taking Azor Ahai’s. Azor Ahai forged his sword to kill the White Walkers by plunging it into his beloved Nissa Nissa. Some even imply that Jon “plunged his sword” by impregnating Dany. Others even think the roles will be reversed (since the prince that was promised is actually a genderless term) and Jon is sacrificed by Dany.

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    There are quite a few things I’d like to see happen, but I realize this is Martin we’re talking about. Mostly I want Cersei’s words, all of them, to cut a thousand ways from a thousand blades. Throughout the show, her inability to see or accept truth was over-the-top annoying. Even when she finally learns Tyrell killed Joffrey, she still blames Jamie for the easy death. I want to see her on her knees crying and begging like Baelish. I need to see everyone present and watching her get what she deserves lol.

  5. Jenns says:

    I don’t know how Westeros can move forward if they don’t change the one thing that is holding them back. If Dany were to take the throne, and then her child after her, how do we know it’s just not going to be another Joffrey? So I really hope no one ends up on the throne. There has to be a major change to the political structure.

    Here are my predictions:

    -Jon will die in the big battle. And then be brought again by Beric and/or Melissandre. Jaime, Jorah, Pod, Grey Worm, Bronn, Edd, Ghost and Rhaegal, Beric will also die in the battle.

    -Tyrion is going to betray someone. I think he’ll live, but it will be a sad, lonely life.

    -Varys, Euron, Theon, Melissandre Qyburn, Drogon and Icy Viserion will die in Kings Landing.

    -Cersei will die as well. Maybe Tyrion kills her if she becomes a wight. Or maybe Arya wearing Jaime’s face.

    -The Night King will make it south to Kings Landing. He’ll target Bran, but Bran will survive and be the key to killing him. Possibly with Jon’s help. But in the end, Jon will die for good.

    -We’ll see Cleganebowl, even though I hate the idea. The Hound will kill The Mountain. But The Hound will also die at some point.

    -Sansa and Arya make it. I think Bran may die with The Night King.

    -I hope Davos makes it. Because someone needs to be the adult in the room. I’m not sure is Tormmund will survive. I think Brienne will live.

    -Dany makes it, as does her baby. But her “wheel breaking” moment is helping establish a new order in Westeros.

    • AryasMum says:

      I hate the thought of Ghost dying. The Dire Wolves have sacrificed enough for their Starks. I guess I’ll have to be content that Nymeria is still out there. Although it would be amazing if she brings her pack to fight with Arya.

      And I agree that Dany will not take the throne, as she looked but couldn’t touch it in her vision.

  6. LP says:

    My predictions: After Jon sacrifices himself, Dany will break the wheel by undoing what the Aegon the Conqueror did. She’ll melt down the iron throne, dividing Westeros into multiple fiefs with their own rulers (like the North), then take her dragon(s) and ride into the sunset. Tyrion will act as Hand to Sansa as the Queen in the North, or as Hand to another ruler in Westeros. Jamie will die in the arms of the woman he loves (Brienne) and Arya will take his face to strangle Cersei. Bran will head north of the wall to act as the three eyed raven, and after she kills Cersei Arya will go to find out what’s west of Westeros as she’s said she wants to do. Sam will write A Song of Ice and Fire in memory of his best friend, and Bronn will get his castle!

    I do think Jorah, the Hound, Gendry, and others will die- I’m being very optimistic about my favorites of course. I also think Dany will carry her pregnancy to term but I’m not sure what will happen from there…

  7. Lucy says:

    I will be absolutely devastated if Arya and/or Gendry die. Absolutely. I know it’s completely unrealistic. But they deserve a happy ending. Even if they don’t end up getting married. I’m so worried about them, it’s not funny. I do agree with most of these predictions, though.

    • Snazzy says:

      Me too! I figured everyone would die but Arya and Gendry. Gendry will be regent for the incest dragon baby on the throne, with Arya as hand.

  8. ShockandAwwww says:

    I don’t actually expect a Jon and Arya reunion. I believe what was teased in the trailer is either a vision or A Man come to kill Lord Snow. Having a reunion between those characters is what everyone wants, and seems far too saccharine and satisfying for the series.

    I genuinely don’t know if any of the principal characters will live. I believe Samwell will survive because he is the historian, and smart enough to work out how to survive. I think Brienne will survive. Lyanna should definitely be queen of the North.

    However, we are assuming that the current houses still matter, or that the current divisions will stand. We are assuming an iron throne somehow matters, or that there will be a large enough living populace to govern.

    I am just looking forward to the next book, tbh.

    • Jenns says:

      But, both Jon and Ayra are at Winterfell. Both are seen fighting in the battle at Winterfell. So I’m not sure how they won’t reunite.

    • Lightpurple says:

      The latest trailer shows Jon at the White prayer tree with Arya standing behind him so they do reunite

      • AryasMum says:

        Are you referring to the trailer dropped a month ago? I did not see this scene. There was a quick shot of Jon at the tree, and maybe Arya blends in with Jon’s coat?

  9. Digital Unicorn says:

    I think the ending is going to eff with everyone and setup spin offs. I don’t think it will end with the white walkers defeat but the total collapse of Westeros.

    The Hound
    Stalker Mormont dude

    Lyanna future Queen of us all
    Jon and Danys baby
    All the Greyjoy’s
    All the remaining sand snakes

    Everyone who dies will go out in a blaze of glory. It will Ben interesting see what happens to Danys as I was reading elsewhere on the net that she’s showing signs of the power madness that her family is famous for and it might drive her to make stupid decisions like turning on Jon when his real identity is revealed.

    As for said rumoured incest baby, I think that’s who is the ‘Prince that was promised’ and not Jon. What if Gendry is the Prince that was promised as remember his father was a King. Whatever it is it’s going to rock our socks off as the show runners and GRRM love screwing with us fans.

    • Megan says:

      HBO is making a prequel so I am guessing the Night King won’t prevail because why watch the prequel when we know they all end up ice zombies.

    • Original Jenns says:

      I agree with you that the baby will be the Prince/Princess that was promised. All the clues are going to happen (again) during that birth.

  10. Becks1 says:

    I don’t think Dany will get the throne. I don’t know why, I just don’t see that happening. I think that will ONLY happen if Jon dies. Right now her whole claim is based on birthright, but Jon has the better claim via birth, he just doesn’t know it yet. (I was talking about this with a friend the other day and I literally said “its like how George Cambridge outranks Harry!” LOL.) I think Dany ending up as queen is just too tidy overall.

    I feel like we (we = any fan watching it) have to decide whether we think the series is going to end fairly/justly, or whether its going to end, GOT style. If it ends GOT style, then I can see Cersei ending up on the throne, alone, with no one to love her or protect her. She’s already basically there, but still fighting Dany obviously.

    If it ends fairly, I can see Jon ending up as king. Despite being king of the north, he is one of the few remaining lead characters who never wanted the throne. I can also see Sansa ending up as queen, with Tyrion as her hand – this throne she used to want so badly, but now no longer wants, is hers in the end.

    I think Tormund is going to die either protecting Jon or Brienne. I think Jamie is for sure a goner.

    • AryasMum says:

      Didn’t Rhaegar die before the mad king? If so, Viserys and Dany would be next in line, not Rhaegar’s children. It probably doesn’t matter as right of conquest is how Robert gained the throne as well as (basically) Cersei. I think neither will sit on that throne.

      • Susan says:

        Primogeniture doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t matter if Rhaegar died first. Once someone is born in the line of the succession, it doesn’t matter if their parent never becomes king. It’s just like the current UK royal family. If Charles were to die before taking the crown, William would still be next in line after Elizabeth, not Andrew.

  11. Original Jenns says:

    A lot of people think Sam Tarly survives because it’s he who writes the book A Song of Ice and Fire. However, if he doesn’t, I think baby Sam will become a Maester and write the book and that’s where it will end. And yes, Sam was THE WORST in the beginning. I understand pathetic coming from the way his father treated him, but it was sooo much. And he really just needs to listen to Gilly, since she was the once discovering all the good gossip re: R+L. I just need Davos and Ghost to survive. I give Brienne a 50/50. I feel like one of the warriors needs to survive to become the head of the new King/Queen’s Guard, and Brienne has the best chance of them all. Although I would love it if the Hound survived and lived out his days in a nice little house in the country.

    Edited to add: I think Jaime will die. It will be his redemption and get his good deeds in the King’s Guards book. Cersei will probably die from madness. I think Sansa survives, and I think she slipped a little mentioning the last episode before rephrasing it as one of the last episodes. I am not sure about Tyrion. I think he and Varys are up to treason for different reasons on different levels, and one or both them are executed.

    • Original Jenns says:

      Lastly, I think the scene in the trailer showing Drogon’s face and the fire breathing is him melting the throne.

  12. isabelle says:


    The Hound

  13. Kateeeee says:

    I expect everyone to die and all of us to be p-o’ed by the ending.

  14. Lightpurple says:

    Pod takes the Iron Throne with Bronn as leader of the Kings Guard and Hot Pie as hand of the king.

    Robert’s Dream of uniting House Baratheon with House Stark comes true when Sansa marries Gendry, whom she still hasn’t met. Sansa becomes warden of the north.

    Arya dies but wargs into Nymeria, guarding the area between Winterfell and Hot Pie’s tavern.

    Jon also dies and alternates warging between Ghost and Rhaegon.

    Tormund and Jaime both die. Brienne is consoled by the Hound. Both die from injuries sustained destroying the Mountain.

    Euron dies a gruesome death at the hands of Theon and Yara but takes Theon with him into death. Yara returns home, executes her remaining uncle Aeron the priest of the Drowned God, and rules the Iron Islands.

    Sam inherits not just the Tarly castle but the Reach too because there are no more Tyrells. Gilly marries him and they have a bunch of boys they name for dead members of the Nights Watch.

    Tyrion realizes Cersei lost the pregnancy, kills her, then retires to Dorne to drink Dornish reds and say things.

    Dany dies in childbirth (like her mom and Lyanna before her) and Sansa and Davos serve as Regent for the baby.

    • broodytrudy says:

      Hot Pie creates a world famous bakery, using Varys little birds for his deliveries.

      We finally find out what Pod did to those prostitutes.

      Sweet Robin makes the Night King fly.

  15. Grant says:

    Sansa has had a great character arc and I really want her to live. Lord knows she’s suffered enough and I would love to see her as Queen in the North. In terms of Stark lineage, Sansa’s also the only one left IMO. Her sister is more warrior than lady and Bran is all three-eyed-raven’d out.

    • styla says:

      She’s my favourite in the entire series. I don’t think she’ll die, she’ll be queen in the north or warden of the north, however they phrase it after its all said and done. She has an end purpose and isnt much of a wild card like Arya.

    • Megan says:

      Don’t they have one more brother roaming around somewhere? Forgot his name.

      • 10KTurtle says:

        Rickon? He was betrayed by the Umbers, and killed by Ramsay’s arrow before the Battle of the Bastards.

  16. Incredulous says:

    Arya probably dies by way of returning to the house of black and white and truly becomes no-one, mebbe by way of doing the face swap turn and turns back to the camera as Jaqen H’ghar.

    Dany has a babby by Jon, either dies in childbirth or stands on a cliff somewhere in a final shot.

    Cersei will die by Jaime’s hand, possibly the gold one. I don’t think Jaime will care about anything after.

    Tormund I can see dying in a really crap way, one last GRRM stab, so to speak although I want him to have monster babies with Brienne. (Seriously woman, give him a chance, he adores you, will be lean and muscular, can live off the land and you know he’s a freak in the sack)

    Varys dies although I have no idea how, White Walker dragon or Melisandre showdown?

    Greyjoys – Theon dead, saving Yara.

    Jorah either dies shielding Dany or becomes head of the King/Queens guard.

    Tyrion dies, he’s had his plot armour long enough and in a way that makes us hate someone, Dany presumably.

    Jon dies if Dany lives and vice versa. If he dies and his mouth is STILL hanging open, I am going to need a new TV after punching out the one I have currently.

    The Hound – Cleganebowl, oh yes, Cleganebowl. The Hound will (have to) burn ZoMountain. Comedy lives to become High Septon option.

    Sansa – still technically sort of married to Tyrion, probably lives to continue Starking up Winterfell.

    Samwell will live to become the last Maester of the Night’s Watch and go on to become Grand Maester. He will change the rules so women can be Maesters because Gilly.

    Jaime will die after killing Cersei but see/talk with Brienne before dying.

    Brienne will live and probably end up walking the earth, like Caine in Kung Fu, hopefully with Tormund.

    Gendry will live and become Gendry Baratheon, ruler of the Stormlands [titles titles] and both he and Arya will elevate Hot Pie to the Crusty Throne, Lord of Browned Butter, the Knight Spotter, Ravager of Gluten, Ruler of Seven Spices, the BaKing.

    Bronn will get a big fat castle with big fat lands and a big fat wife with big fat children, it is known.

    Podrick IS First Sword of Westeros and will take over from Oberyn “All of the Sex” Martell. Honestly, it’s kind of hard to describe…

    Edit: Hang on, I forgot Davos and Lyanna.

    If the show hangs on to its roots, I can genuinely see Lyanna and Davos getting married because nobility reasons. Obviously Davos will be extremely uncomfortable with this and Lyanna will be withering to him. Plus, Lyanna will meet her uncle Jorah, that’s going to be epic, EPIC!

    • msd says:

      The reunions are going to be good. I’m looking forward to Sansa’s especially: meeting her ex husband Tyrion, meeting The Hound, seeing Theon again …

    • AryasMum says:

      I think Arya is done with the Faceless Men. She realized she couldn’t and didn’t want to be no one.

  17. Ana says:

    The little Lady will rule after all is said and done

  18. msd says:

    I’m assuming either Jon or Dany dies but I can’t decide who. Most likely Jon as Mel said he was brought back for a reason – sacrificing himself to save the living before dying (permanently) fits. Plus everyone thinks Dany is pregnant and a Jonerys baby is coming.

    I wouldn’t mind both of them dying but I can’t see Martin doing it; he isn’t a nihilist. He described the ending as ‘bittersweet’ rather than tragic, and the show is doing his ending, the one he told them years ago.

    My stabs in the dark …

    Jon – probably dies
    Dany – probably lives
    Tyrion, Cersei, Jaime – dead, dead, dead
    Sansa – lives
    Arya – probably dies
    Bran – lives
    Jorah – dies
    Theon – probably dies
    Yara – lives
    Sam and Gilly and baby Sam – all live!
    Brienne – lives
    The Hound – lives
    Gendry – lives
    Euron – def dies
    Melisandre – def dies
    Davos – lives
    Lyanna – lives
    Dragons – dead, dead, dead again

    • AryasMum says:

      You left out Ghost. Ghost better live!

      I thought Drogon might survive. It would seem his death would cause her own, as happened Aegon’s favorite sister/wife. I have read that when it’s all over magic will die. Perhaps that will cause Drogon’s death, and Dany will be comforted by her new human child.

  19. Eve says:

    Wishful thinking:

    Arya brutally kills Cersei;

    The Night King kills everybody (including Arya) and the long night begins.

  20. bobafelty says:

    They all die and the world is invaded by snow zombies. FIN

  21. Evie says:

    Arya and Brienne had both better survive. That is all!

    • Mel says:

      Thank you!! Why is everyone killing of Arya? I’m gonna be seriously upset if she dies. She’s my only pick to live.

  22. 10KTurtle says:

    There is not enough time left to wrap up all these storylines!!! The only person I think 100% will survive is Samwell Tarly, because I’m completely on board with the “Sam is the one writing the story after it’s all over” theories. I love reading y’all’s predictions here! I am intrigued by the “Tyrion betrays Daenarys” theory from broodytrudy- I was thinking the betrayal for love would come from Daario Naharys (sp?), especially after re-reading the books because she is totally hot for him, but I hadn’t considered it could be from someone who loves HER. The Casterly Rock thing came across to me as an honest mistake on Tyrion’s part, though. I love all of Lightpurple’s ideas, especially the Tormund/Brienne/Hound/Mountain one- you should write consolation fanfiction after it ends! Styla- Dany becoming the Night Queen with all three dragons as ice dragons- hadn’t even heard of this one but now I am curious… what if the Night King turns her nephew baby into a White Walker like Craster’s babies??? I don’t see her surviving the season either way. Jenn- how did I forget about Beric and Melissandre’s ressurrections? Jon dies again? Sounds like a cheap trick cliffhanger to me, but the show people have done it before. I like everybody’s theory of Arya killing Cersei with Jamie’s face- that’s the only other thing besides Sam writing the story that I think is almost certain to happen.
    Maybe I missed it, but what does everybody here think the Night King wants? I’m torn between Bran/three-eyed raven or Gilly/Craster’s baby boy who didn’t get sacrificed as he should have.
    Lots of possibly cool reunions ahead: Arya & the Hound (he told her if she ever sees Sansa again, she should ask her about how he saved her from the gangrape in King’s Landing- I wonder if she did??); Arya & Gendry (would love to see him marry Sansa and become Arya’s family, since she wanted him to be her family before he stayed with Beric); Jamie actually fighting alongside Brienne; Sansa & Tyrion (he was always decent to her on the show and they are technically still married I think- does Westeros do annulments?); Davos & Jon & Melissandre (they both promised to kill her if they ever saw her again); and my dream wish not-even-remotely-possible-you-don’t-have-to-tell-me reunion of Arya & Syrio Florel- he was a Faceless Man the whole time and escaped the Kingsguard! [sob]
    I sincerely hope they don’t waste one second of the precious little time left on the Greyjoy storyline. Let Euron deliver the ships, Cersei stabs him, the end, nobody cares enough about Theon & Yara when there is Tormund hilariously trying to seduce Brienne to watch!

    • AryasMum says:

      I care about Theon. I can’t see him living. He will do something noble, to complete his redemption, and die.

      Regarding Beric bringing back Jon which has been mentioned a couple of times, Thoros was the red priest who resurrected Beric. Beric isn’t a red priests and doesn’t have that skill.

      I hope Dany doesn’t have anything to do with the Night King, or becoming the Night Queen. It doesn’t go with her fire, and isn’t the original NK a Stark?

      • 10KTurtle says:

        Good point, I get them mixed up, so which one was the one who died north of the wall? Was it Thoros the priest? I’m trying to rewatch it all before Sunday but I’m only on season 4 and I’m running out of time. I think the original Night’s Queen was an “Other” (in the books), it isn’t really elaborated. GRRM keeps saying the “Night’s King” in the books (who Old Nan did say is a Stark) is not the “Night King” on the show, but he also kept saying Coldhands is NOT Benjen Stark and the show made Coldhands be Benjen Stark, so… too much story left and not enough time!

      • AryasMum says:

        Yes, Thoros is the one who died, and he’s the one who always resurrects Beric.

        It’s so confusing how the show and books merge!

    • styla says:

      I think Dany becoming the Night Queen kind of makes sense only because how can you defeat the army of the dead? You can’t. They don’t die (mostly because the dead reanimate and there is no shortage of dying people in this story) and sure you can give everyone dragonglass but in order to win you would literally have to kill every single last one of them. I don’t think that’s possible. I think there is going to have to be some kind of truce and what other truce could there be but handing over a Queen and a dragon/all dragons? It would have to involve magic of some kind as well, magic that would reinstate the wall and make some borders again. Westeros survives because of a pact and after all the wars we’ve been seeing, Westeros is no longer what it once was. I think the 7 Kingdoms are gone and each will be united but independent. So essentially its a story of everyone dying horrific deaths in nonstop war but Westeros itself is saved. There might be one dragon that doesnt turn to ice though… somehow that just makes sense!

      • 10KTurtle says:

        Yes…. she could sacrifice herself, become the Night Queen, kill the Night King, resurrect Jon (because he probably dies at some point) and make him the new Night King, and then turn around and march back to the far north and live happily ever after with ice dragons and ice babies. That would be considered a happy ending in GOT, I think? Makes as much sense as anything else!

    • msd says:

      Yes, the actor who plays the Night King let slip that he was targeting a specific person and trying to kill them when he attacks Winterfell. Bran is the obvious target presumably because the Three-Eyed Raven can stop them somehow? Or slight chance it’s Jon? Or he wants Dany or Sansa as an undead bride/queen, urgh. Or even baby Sam, his sort of brother? Lots of options but it’s intriguing that he has a target.

  23. Originaltessa says:

    I think Tyrion’s plans being foiled and having Dany doubt him a bit is just a setup for when Tyrion comes up big for Dany this season. She will doubt him, and he will come through, maybe even saving Jon in sacrifice of his own life. I’m one of the few who think Tyrion may die. That would be the very bitter thing to a bittersweet ending.

  24. Bluedreams says:

    I think Tyrion is going to do something sneaky and die. The way he was looking at Danny/Jon banging on the boat was major foreshadowing. I hope Jaime survives but also I think he will die. Cersei is definitely Dead. It’s a shame that the Lannister family line will be extinguished but it also seems like poetic justice after ‘the Lannister’s send their regards’.

    Also people hoping for some sort of romantic scene between Jaime and Brienne are crazy. Brienne probably loves Jaime romantically but he only loves her because of his respect for her as a person and Knight. I’m 100% sure we won’t see them kissing or anything in the final season.

    Then Sansa survives. Definitely. Everything else is up in the air!

  25. ReginaGeorge says:

    Jon might die, but he won’t be dead for good. He’ll make it to the end.
    Jorah will die protecting Dany.
    Missandei will betray Dany
    Brienne, Gilly, Sam, Baby Sam, Arya, Gendry, Yara Davos will all survive. So will Tyrion
    There will be no more monarchy. They will break the wheel and create more of a Parliament with the monarchy as more of a figurehead.
    Jaime, Hound and Theon will die in some type of atonement way.
    I’m still unsure whether Dany will make it or not.
    NK will be defeated but not killed. Most of the dragons if not all will die along with the Direwolves
    Beric will die by giving up his last life for Jon.
    Melissandre and Varys will die.
    Varys will finally reveal what the voice in the fire said to him when the wizard castrated him. Bran will be living the rest of his life in a tree if he doesn’t end up being NK.

  26. AryasMum says:

    Any guess as to who Arya is running terrified from in the Winterfell catacombs? The obvious seems to be the White Walkers or Wights, but some speculation is the Night King will raise the Stark dead, and Arya is running from her parents, Robb, etc.

    • broodytrudy says:

      I don’t think there are too many recent Stark’s that we’ll see raised, but I love the theory and think it could happen. Nedd’s bones are likely there, and Rickon. But i don’t remember hearing that Robb or Catelyn’s bodies made it back.

      I’d love for the crypt scene to be the answer to the line, “there must always be a stark in winterfell” that’s been obsessed over. Though i think it was taken to be more literal (e.g. leaving the north open to attack) than supernatural. I wish the show had leaned more into the magical aspect of the world, but i understand that’s a thin line to walk so your audience still perceives the world as real.

      • AryasMum says:

        You’re right! But Ned and Lyanna can rise and chase Arya. I hope not, but it would be chilling.

  27. chitowngal says:

    -I think Jon will die trying to kill the Knight King.
    -Dany doesn’t take the Iron throne. I think she will die fighting the whitewalkers and become one of them, and will join forces with the Knight King.
    -Cersei kills Tyrion and Jaime kills Cersei, or Cersei kills Brienne and Jaime kills Cersei.
    -Sansa lives and raises Jon and Dany’s baby.
    -Gendry takes the Iron throne as the rightful heir of Robert Baratheon, until Jon and Dany’s baby is old enough. He marries Arya.

  28. Sunshine says:

    So basically your prediction is that everyone sacrifices themselves? Lol

  29. Elle Targaryen says:

    I definitely don’t believe that Dany is making out of this alive. I think she will have to die in order for the humans to win, possibly being sacrificed by Jon Snow in a similar fashion as the Azor Ahai legends with his wife Nissa Nissa. It may even be because she tips over to the dark side and becomes somewhat of a mad queen.

    Jon is going to be half dead and possibly become the new Night King to reestablish a pact that the humans have forgotten and broken. It’s going to be similar to in Pirates of the Caribbean, where Will Turner has to become the new Davy Jones, forever abroad the ship of purgatory. Bittersweet, yo.

    I believe that Tyrion and Sansa will raise Dany and Jon’s Baby. And the seven kingdoms dissolves into independent nations and the iron throne is melted down.

    Sam will live to write the history of the second fight for the dawn.

    Arya is going to do some crazy shit. I think she’s going to do some kamikaze take down, and we’ll all think she has died. And at the end, there will be a person sailing west from Westeros and she’ll take of their face and we’ll see she has survived.

    I think Jaime will die killing Cersei but he will die is Brienne’s arms. They will have closure but I never believed they would be together.

    Everyone else is probs going to die. The Hound, Theon, Beric, Melisandre, Varys, Euron, Qyburn, The Mountain, Grey Worm

    I see the people who live, will be the newcomers who will reestablish a more democratic state after it’s all done. I think that list includes: Gendry, Missandei, Lady Lyanna Mormont, Little Sam, Yara, Davos, Brienne, Pod

    • Erin says:

      My only thing is that it’s heavily implied that the mad king is mad because of all the incesting over time in his family. They’re basically the Hapsburgs, but attractive. So how does the wheel get broken if royal dragon incest baby lives to carry on the genetic madness that stirred up all the shit in the first place? Or maybe that’s RRRRRRRRR Martin’s point–the wheel is never really broken for any civilization? Depressing.

  30. Miss M says:

    I think Tyrion will betray Dany for his family or upon finding out Jon Snow is Targ +Stark.
    Theon, The Hound, Cersei, Tyrion, Dany, Jon Snow and Brienne will die.
    Daarios will return to protect Dany, but it will be too late.
    I wouldn’t mind to see Sansa with Daarios or even Jaime. I know it is random- but both Sansa and Jaime had the best character arcs and deserve some happiness.
    Unpopular opinion, but I don’t see Jaime dying. He will be the last living Lannister.
    Will a Man come to help a girl? Will they be able to “infiltrate” the wights and kill/fight them from the inside? Plot to kill the white walker?

  31. Andrea says:

    Bronn is my absolute favorite! I hope he lives. :)

  32. JByrdKU says:

    I had the same thoughts concerning Daenerys and the Snow baby. It might be too neat of a close, but it would be a way to have the North/South come together under a new ruler, if the heir is sired by the King of the North.

    And yeah, he’ll totally die.

  33. Katebush says:

    My predictions are that:
    - Dany will turn against Jon once she realises that he has a better claim to the throne than her. She will go mad and possibly marry the Night King. I don’t think they will have a baby because she seemed to know that she couldn’t have any more children after the dragons
    - Sansa will rule the north
    - Jaime kills Cersei and dies in Briennes arms ( I liked that idea!)
    - Theon dies saving his sister
    - Tyrion is the hand of Jon snow who rules
    - bron, pod and the hound all get to live
    - the hound surely has to fight and defeat the Mouintain
    - the hound gets a good reunion with Arya
    -Arya sales West at the end
    — also another possible outcome is that Cersei dies and becomes the night queen that would be great! Even though she’s horrible I love her character. I hate her stupid wig she has to wear now though…

  34. Arpeggi says:

    The only ones’ faith I’m sure about is Arya and Sansa. Arya dies, she killed way too many people, and with too much joy, to stay alive. All those deaths have to be repaid with her life. Sansa will survive: in the books, she remains a virgin despite her wedding&rape threats (a maid passing for Arya has been married to Bolton) but suffered a lot regardless, she suffered even more in the series, so she’ll survive.

    I’m also pretty sure Jaime kills Cersei since he’s the Kingslayer. And just like for his previous kingslaying, he’s doing it for the greater good. And then he’ll be killed. Martin loves Tyrion too much, he’ll live I think (and learn what really happened to his 1st wife). Dany or Jon will die, since Dany will likely get preggo, I expect her to die though Jon might give up his life to revive her. Bran isn’t exactly human anymore and will stay this way. Brienne will be head of the Kingsguard, Sam will be writing the book and live happily ever after with Gilly.

    • Miss M says:

      I like a lot of what you say here, except Tyrion living versus Jaime. Jaime grew so much.
      One of my fave characters with some of the best scenes in the show.
      Remember than Bran has the ability to go back in the past to change the present (“hold the door”), which gives a hint that he is the real architect aka Bran the builder. If this is the case, remember the Kingslayer said the Mad King kept saying “burn them all” over and over… was it Bran affecting the Game of Thrones history going in the past to revert the future (with the wights invasion)?
      If so, Did this event completely change the Kingslayer destiny? He has the valyrian sword. Will be the Kingslayer merging past and future to kill the knight king like he did with the mad king?
      It will be a shame if Jaime doesn’t survive.

  35. Jace says:

    I would like to see Cersei die but only after giving birth to a dwarf and knowing it.

  36. Georgia Rodrigues says:

    Sansa – lives! Queen of the United Kingdom of Westeros. 👌🏻
    Dany – so completely dead. I have no doubt.
    Jon – he’ll sacrifice himself definitely. But I don’t know if he dies. Maybe he’ll ride off in Rhaegal or something.
    Arya – I think maybe she lives. She’ll go find out what’s west of Westeros
    Bran – becomes a tree guy 🙈
    Cersei – definitely dead. Jamie does it
    Jamie – I don’t know maybe it’s death and suicide or maybe he becomes Sansa’s hand
    Tyrion – he lives. But it won’t be a good life.
    Sam – lives. But it’ll be bittersweet
    Tormund – I think he lives. Mostly because there’s no other point of view of the wildlings
    Brienne – I hope she lives. No idea.
    Jorah – for my annoyance I think he lives. (He’ the worst!) because everyone thinks he’ll die. I think he’ll become the commander of the nights watch like his dad. The new united army of Westeros. The 1001 commander.
    Melisandre – dead. My vote for the most likely to become a White.
    Varys – dead. Dany will burn him. Poor Varys 😔. He’ll get the blame for something that Tyrion did it.
    Missandei /sor Davos – let them live 😩 the two truly nice people of the whole show.
    Greyworm – dead
    Bronn – they will probably kill him off. Just to mess with us.
    Theon – dead. Yara – no idea
    Euron – my vote for the most likely villain to stay alive. Or maybe a gruesome death
    Gendry – forgot all about him. Don’t care

    OMG I cannot wait for Sunday!

  37. H says:

    I hope that when the last dragon melts the Iron Throne, the sky will split open, the sun will set in the east and everything else will fall into place so that the prophesy is fulfilled and Daenerys can be reunited with Khal Drogo.

  38. H says:

    I hope that when the last dragon melts the Iron Throne, the sky will split open, the sun will set in the east, the sea will run dry and everything else will fall into place so that the prophecy is fulfilled and Daenerys can be reunited with Khal Drogo.

  39. Ninette says:

    I hope everyone survives. I want a happy ending :-)

  40. PlayItAgain says:

    I’m preparing myself for everyone I love on the show to die. If anyone makes it out alive, I’ll be pleasantly surprised. The only ones I’m certain about is that Jamie will die in Brienne’s arms. I’m guessing that the Hound dies fighting the dead, and that Arya ends up killing the Mountain somehow for both of them. It would be kind of poetic, the smallest character triumphing over the biggest baddie.