With Game of Thrones largest, most epic battle set to take place in the next episode, I thought it would be interesting to give a run-down of who I think lives and dies, at least as far as this episode goes. Until this battle is over, there’s no point speculating who would survive the remainder of the series though.

With that said, here’s who I predict we see survive and perish in this intense battle episode (listed alphabetically):

  • Arya Stark – Sorry, but I think she dies. Her whole story has led her to this moment, in turning her into a badass assassin, and a character who has grown perhaps more than most others. Yes, this means she wouldn’t complete her ‘kill’ list, and would probably throw the entire internet into a fit of rage. It would be fitting if she could be the one to take out the Night King, however. Of course, I’d love to be wrong here.
  • Beric Dondarrion – He’ll finally perish once and for all. The Lord of Light hasn’t really had much to do with this season so far (where’s the red witch, anyway?), and I think his part has concluded, and he doesn’t have much more to add to the story, so we’ll see him go.
  • Bran Stark – This one is tough for me, but I’m going to say that Bran dies. The world will have no Three-Eyed Raven after this battle.
  • Brienne of Tarth – Her path reached is inevitable conclusion when Jamie knighted her. She’ll have an appropriate send-off, but I think her arc is complete now, and we’ll be saying farewell to Ser Brienne sooner, rather than later. Perhaps she’ll die saving Jamie?
  • Daenaerys Targaryen – She lives, of course. We still have to see how her story plays out with Jon, and whether either of them end up on the Iron Throne or not.
  • Dany’s Dragons – One will survive. Both the ice dragon that the Knight King commands, and another of Dany’s precious fire dragons will be killed, leaving just a single dragon in the world—I wonder if it will be Dany’s dragon, or Jon’s dragon?
  • Davos Seaworth – He’ll be buried. He’ll hopefully have some meaningful send-off, but I don’t think he survives this particular battle.
  • Gendry – Unless he has some major part to play in the overall plot of the series, I don’t think he survives this battle. He did his part by arming everyone with dragon glass, which won’t be what’s needed to take on Cersei’s army, and the Golden Company.
  • Ghost – The only other surviving direwolf (Arya’s Nymeria being the other one), Ghost will finally be killed off in some manner. After all, why would the show runners bring Ghost back (albeit briefly) if not to kill him off? He’s been absent on the show for quite a while, and they didn’t make much of a deal about him showing back up in the last episode. So Nymeria will be the final direwolf left on the show.
  • Gilly – She’ll live, of course. Who else would take care of Little Sam?
  • Grey Worm – He’ll die. Because Missandei can’t possibly end up with a eunich for a partner, right?
  • Jamie Lannister – He’ll live. He has to survive to be the one who kills Cersei (and his unborn child?). This is the only fitting way to end this particular story arc. If he dies before he kills her, my blood will boil.
  • Jon Snow – He’s safe, I think. Some would say he’s the only safe character in the show (or perhaps 1 of 2 or 3.) In fact, he’s really the primary character of the entire series, so I can’t see him going out just yet. I’m not saying he’ll survive to live happily ever after, though; the odds of that are pretty low.
  • Jorah Mormont – The Khaleesi’s favorite boy will go out in some fitting scene of sacrifice, protecting his queen. He’s lived for nothing but to throw himself on his sword to save Dany, and this episode will show that, finally.
  • Lyanna Mormont – She’ll live, and she’ll probably kick some serious ass. This is another death that would cause the entire internet to rise up in anger, should she not make it through this battle. I’d bet she has some amazing speech for Jorah’s funeral, too.
  • Missandei – She’ll live, if only because she’s too beautiful to die in the dark cold of a Winterfell night, and because they’ll need to show the torture that losing Grey Worm will have on her and Dany.
  • The Night King – He’ll die. But not without some serious jeopardy to the rest of the characters. I think he’ll go out, but not in any obvious way. I think with both him and Bran gone, it sets up the world for a kind of magic-less existence, and kind of resets the balance of everything.
  • Podrick Payne – Podrick will live, if only because someone will need to champion the story of Ser Brienne, and I think he’ll get knighted somehow—perhaps with Brienne’s last gasp.
  • Samwell Tarly – Sam lives. Not only does he have Gilly and Little Sam to look after, but many believe the entire saga is being narrated by him in some future.
  • Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound – He’ll die, probably trying to save Arya, or the other way around. This death would also upset the whole internet, who have been asking for Clegane-bowl for years, in which the Hound gets his revenge and kills his big brother, at last. But he’s changed, and I believe that desire for revenge has waned. I think he’ll die here.
  • Sansa Stark – She’ll live, if only because Winterfell needs her. She’s become one of the more savvy players in the Game, and I can’t see her dying—at least not yet.
  • Theon Greyjoy – He’ll finally fulfill earning his redemption by dying while saving Sansa, somehow.
  • Tormund Giantsbane – He’ll die in some glorious scene of taking out hundreds of wights while doing it.
  • Tyrion Lannister – He lives, of course. He’s probably the only other safe character in the show, and I truly think people would literally show up with pitchforks and torches at George R.R. Martin’s house if they killed off Tyrion.
  • Varys – He’ll live. He’s too slippery to let himself get killed. He’ll probably disappear when the battle starts, and reappear in the aftermath.

While these are just my predictions, and some of my reasoning behind them, they’re likely to be completely wrong. What I find interesting with these predictions is how few friends and allies Dany would have left after this battle—her ranks would be decimated, and I don’t think she leaves Winterfell as the de facto queen anymore.

Regardless of what happens during the Battle Against the Dead (my title), it’s sure to be one of the most intense, emotional, and captivating episodes of Game of Thrones, and one I absolutely cannot wait to see.

What do you think? Care to make your own predictions? Disagree with mine? Sound off in the comments.

Game of Thrones: Who Survives the Battle Against the Dead?

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