Why Grey Worm Will Probably Die in 'Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4

Killing off Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3’s “The Long Night” made Daenerys Targaryen more vulnerable than ever before. But if the showrunners intend to push Dany into “Mad Queen” as the final big bad, there’s one more major death that needs to happen first: Grey Worm has to die.

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After Grey Worm and Missandei made plans to escape Westeros back in Episode 2, it seemed like the Unsullied leader was fated to die in the Great Battle of Winterfell — especially because he was fighting on the front lines. Nobody on this show gets a happy ending, right?

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Grey Worm speaking with Missandei in 'Game of Thrones' Season 8, Episode 2.

With Jorah dead and the Dothraki eradicated as a culture, Grey Worm and Missandei are the last two named characters with unquestionable loyalty to Daenerys. Varys and Tyrion have changed sides several times over already, and we know that the Northerners are suspicious of the Dragon Queen. That might change after she fought for them in the battle, but especially in light of the recent revelation that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen and Sansa Stark’s persistence that the North remain independent, tensions in Winterfell are probably rising.

If Game of Thrones really wants to raise the political stakes for the remaining three episodes, then the show needs to kill everyone left in Dany’s corner just to see what she might do. Will she transform into a Mad Queen, ruthless and reckless like her father? Or will she find a way to defeat Cersei with the help of her nephew-lover Jon Snow?

As much as we’d all love to see Grey Worm and Missandei sail off into the sunset while Daenerys take the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones probably has several gruesome curveballs left for us.

There’s also the added evidence that David Nutter, who directed “The Rains of Castamere” (the Red Wedding episode), is also directing Episode 4. When Metro.co.uk asked Nutter if we might expect a similarly shocking scene in Season 8, he said, “The short answer is — yes!”

Brace yourselves for more heart-wrenching bloodshed before Game of Thrones ends, possibly starting as soon as Episode 4 with Grey Worm’s long-foreshadowed death.


Game of Thrones Season 8 continues Sunday nights on HBO at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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