[Edit: out of the below prediction only Theon and Jorah came true. Wanna know why? Read The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Battle of Winterfell].
The last episode S08E02 was one of farewells before the big battle, and to all of us I think it’s quite clear that many of the characters we love (or hate) are going to die in the upcoming episode – the battle of Winterfell.
I will try to enumerate those characters and the probability of losing their lives:
Brienne – very likely after being called a knight to become a martyr and die on the battlefield.
Tyrion – there is almost no way he will die because his lost honor must be restored after he has missed out on his assumption on his sister, Cersei. A premonition of his comeback as the wise advisor can be seen in his conversation with Bran to obtain information that will no doubt help to save the day, and in what Mormont says to Daenerys about she trusting him again.
Arya said she is not afraid of death in the last episode, had lost her virginity before the battle, and now has a pretty good chance of dying an heroic death, but we need to remember that she did not complete her killing list, so maybe it would save her from dying just yet.
Jaime – still has the need to confront his sister (and probably kill her according to the prophecy of the Maggy the Frog given to Cersei) So I would give him a low chance of dying.
Jon / Daenerys – the two main characters, almost certain that will live up to the last episode, and the last confrontation between them.
Tormund – it seems to me that he and his Giant tales are a goner, I don’t see any need of him in any arc, and will probably die an heroic but useless death defending Brienne.
The little girl from the soup – she’s a goner. No seriously, why does the Onion Knight need to hand out soup before the battle? Doesn’t he have more important things to do? Polish some sword? Help with the fortifications? something?
So his end is Nigh, I don’t see any future that needs his help, maybe if the Night King can be killed by a bowl of soup to the head, but I doubt that.
who else? Sansa? I do not think she should die in the next episode; she has another role to play probably in times to come.
Sandor the Hound Clegane still needs to meet his brother for a final showdown so there’s no way he’s dying on us here.
Podrick probably sang his last song.
Gray worm I believe will turn to a white worm.
Jorah Mormont wobbles for me, because he might have given his Tyrion deathbed advice to Daenerys.
Samwell Tarly most certainly will not die, as he has much to contribute with all his gathered wisdom, if you count the number of episodes left (3) the end of the Night King will not happen here, so his future is quite assured, especially that he is the incarnation of GRRM, and we do not want to kill him yet (before he completes his series, What’s up with that Martin, don’t do Robert Jordan on us, you hear me?)
Bran, Bran is really hard to guess if he lives or die, because everything falls on his shoulders. If he falls now it’s a completely new roll of a dice for everyone on Westeros with quit certainly a sour outcome in the end. King’s Landing which didn’t appear in the last episode, cannot vanish from the next one also IMO, and my bet on a twist in which the Night King continues to Kings Landing alone, leaving his troops to handle Winterfell. But if I’m wrong and the Night King does fight Bran, the chances of Bran coming out of this alive are pretty low (with a Theon guarding him, which regarding him I’m sure will finish his role in the upcoming battle, maybe even while defending Sansa).
So, let’s summarize?
Dead for sure: Brienne, Tormund, Theon
Almost certain death: The Onion Knight, Podrick
Swinging: Arya, Bran, Jorah, Gray Worm
Low chance of becoming dead: Sansa
Most certainly not gonna die: Jon / Daenerys, Tyrion, Jaime, The Hound
Forgot someone? What’s your prediction?
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