It’s that time of year again. Game of Thrones Season 6 is drawing to a close, and we will have an entire year to wait and endlessly go down online rabbit holes, speculating about what Season 7 might bring. But why even wait until the Season 6 finale airs? It’s never too early to begin throwing around theories. Here’s who Season 7’s casualties will be — assuming they survive the end of Season 6.
Jaime and Cersei
Assuming Cersei’s inevitable burning of King’s Landing and Jaime playing Kingslayer 2.0 to save the city doesn’t happen in the aptly named Season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter,” this is certain to happen in Season 7. King’s Landing can only stay unstable for so long — and as everyone knows, nobody puts Cersei in the corner or she’ll bite back. All of Season 6, she’s been dropping hints left and right about her intentions to burn the city. She will surely go down with it, and Jaime will surely die with her for maximum poetic tragedy. Say goodbye to your favorite incestuous siblings in Season 7, then.
Before the season began, the Game of Thrones cast played a game of “two truths and a lie.” One of Sophie Turner’s already came true — that Ramsay would die. Her other offerings involve Lady Stoneheart or Arya crossing more names off her list. The latter is more likely, as we’ve accepted Lady Stoneheart is not showing up. The surviving members on Arya’s list include Cersei, Walder Frey, Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Ilyn Payne, and The Mountain. Even if she gets to Westeros at the end of Season 6, A Girl would have to move at the speed of light to kill them all. Therefore, some will bleed into Season 7, and since Ramsay is no longer around to be the main villain, the show is sure to keep Walder Frey around for Arya to kill.
Like Davos — who we predict will unfortunately meet his end in Season 6, after confronting Melisandre about Shireen’s death — Brienne is too honorable for Westeros. It’s a miracle she’s survived as long as she has, and Season 7 will be the one to do her in. We don’t want it to happen, but hopefully she and loyal Podrick will go out with a bang.
After backing up his sister to lead the Iron Islands, Theon’s redemption arc is complete. He’s mostly restored to a more depressed version of his former self, and now that Yara has Daenerys as her new pal, there isn’t much more for Theon to do. The show will want to shave off extraneous characters as it winds down, so characters with questionable narrative importance will be toast.
Littlefinger is always the wild card, and for a long time it seemed he’d be the ultimate cockroach; the last one standing after the dust clears. But lately, Sansa has been kicking his ass at being cold and calculating — accepting Rickon’s inevitable death when Jon couldn’t — and knowing how to play the game. With Sansa occupying the Littlefinger place, the show has less use for him, but because of his slippery resilience, his death will still be a shocker.
Season 7 will be the penultimate season, which means that even if its episode count is lower, the body count is only going to rise. Game of Thrones is going to march to its end with fire and blood — and if it’s as epic as the Battle of The Bastards, we might just forgive the show for the way Season 6 has treated Direwolves.