HBO's hit fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, may be nearly a year away, but that isn't stopping fans from speculating what Season 7 could bring us. From casting to set locations, the show's avid viewers are like direwolves tearing into any and all news right down to the bone. Recently, Thrones' very own Sansa Stark, Sophie Turner, had some troubling news for anyone living in Westeros. During the Emmys, which Thrones conquered, Turner hinted at major character deaths, saying that not everyone makes it out alive and that you can really feel the show starting to wrap up.
This isn't the first we've heard of Season 7, either. Turner's on-screen sister, Maisie Williams, tweeted after finishing the script for the upcoming season, saying that we should start preparing ourselves now. This has viewers worried, wondering which of their favorites could be killed off next. It feels like no one in Westeros is safe, but in truth, there are a few characters that Benioff and Weiss cannot touch, at least for the moment. You might be surprised at how many main characters we could see come out of Season 7 alive.
6. It's Too Soon For Jon Snow
Jon Snow is without question one of the show's main characters, and one of the true heroes of Westeros. Though Game of Thrones is no stranger to killing off mains, they pick and choose wisely. Jon's story is not yet finished. His true parentage was just revealed to the fans, though Jon himself has yet to discover it. He is a Targaryen, making him that much more likely to be The Prince That Was Promised.
He still has to face off with the White Walkers, and it is quite probable that he will be the one to finally defeat the Night's King. Not to mention that in the Season 6 finale, Jon was dubbed The King In the North, the man who will lead the charge in the greater war. Jon has so much potential and a lot of story left to tell. If the writers were to kill him off, it would be poor storytelling, as there would be so many loose ends. He was also killed and resurrected this past season, which is a pretty good indicator that he will survive, if not to the very end of the series, close to it. Resurrecting him only to kill him off again so soon would be horrible writing, and Benioff and Weiss know better.
5. The Night's King Is Too Big Of A Baddie
I wouldn't be surprised if we see smaller battles between the Northeners and White Walkers in the upcoming season. At the very least, the Walkers will attack Castle Black. However, they are the greatest threat in Westeros, and ultimately serve as the end goal for the story. The great houses are bound to fight, but the White Walkers could wipe out every house, great and small, leaving nothing but death in their wake. They are the reckoning, with the Night's King as their leader. This battle will be the biggest of the entire series and that cannot take place until the final season, acting as the climax for the show. Fans are certain there will be another face off between Jon and the Night's King, and the chances of that happening in Season 7 are very slim. It looks like we'll be stuck with this villain for at least another season.
4. Tyrion Lannister Is A Survivor
Each season, fans anxiously hold their breath and pray that Tyrion will survive. He is a clear favorite, which makes viewers worried, but Tyrion Lannister is a survivor. He has overcome many obstacles and many near-death experiences. He survived the Battle of the Blackwater, helping lead King's Landing to victory. He escaped Westeros after being accused of murdering the King and after actually murdering his father. He escaped slavers and is now the Hand of the Queen, sailing by Daenerys's side back to their homeland.
Tyrion is one of the most clever characters on the show, able to talk his way out of almost every situation. Take this past season, for example. Everyone saw the promo with Tyrion with Dany's dragons, and assumed he would be burnt to a crisp. Instead, he talked with both Viserion and Rhaegal, calming them to a point where he unchained them. Tyrion has not survived for this long on luck alone and if he is to die, it certainly won't be this season.
3. Varys Is Too Clever To Be In Real Danger
The spider is a fitting name for Lord Varys. He knows how to spin webs, but more importantly, he knows how to escape any situation. He has been playing sides for most of his life and knows how to place his bets. He has left King's Landing seemingly for good, understanding that Cersei has become too great of a risk to be near. He helped Tyrion escape and has been searching for allies for Daenerys, finding them in the Sand Snakes and Tyrells after Cersei's stunt with the Great Sept of Baelor in the Season 6 finale.
The Lannisters have many enemies and Varys knows how to manipulate this. While he has affected many of our protagonists in large ways, he does so from behind the scenes. He may be by the Mother of Dragons' side sailing to Westeros, but chances are he won't be near any battles if he can help it, so for this season he is likely safe.
2. The Hound Just Returned To The Show
This past season we saw the return of a character we had thought dead for two seasons. Sandor Clegane, better known as the Hound, suddenly reappeared on our screens in the seventh episode of Season 6. Similarly to Jon Snow, it feels unlikely that he will be killed off, as he was just reintroduced. It would be poor writing, and would have made his reveal and story rather pointless. Furthermore, there is a lot left that they could do with his character. He is heading North with the Brotherhood Without Banners in order to join the fight against the White Walkers. Their path will almost certainly take them to Winterfell, where a potential reunion could take place between the Hound and Sansa Stark. It's possible that he could meet Arya along the way as well. As he looked out for both Stark girls more than most ever did, this is something many fans would love to see. There's a chance he could die fighting the White Walkers, but I don't see him being killed off too soon.
1. Daenerys Is A Key Player
Rumors have it that this upcoming season will feature the biggest battle Thrones has seen yet. Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, is finally sailing to Westeros to take the Iron Throne, but we all know that Cersei will not renounce her own claim easily. If speculation is to be believed, Cersei will be teaming up with Euron Greyjoy, the man who has sworn to kill his niece, Yara, and nephew, Theon, along with taking the Dragon Queen for himself. Fans are guessing that we can expect a battle at sea, perhaps even another Blackwater, and as such, some have wondered if we'll be saying goodbye to our Khaleesi this season. Realistically, it doesn't make sense.
Since Season 1, the writers have been building up to Daenerys sailing home to Westeros and claiming the throne that is rightfully hers. Finally, after six seasons, she is doing so. If they were to kill her off now, it would make the entirety of her time on screen have no meaning. It would be a huge waste of a character and her arc. They've been building up to this for far too long to kill her now, so it's safe to take the Breaker of Chains out of the death pool, at least for this season.
There are so many characters in HBO's Game of Thrones, so many of them important and loved, yet so few stay alive. While some of the main characters such as Daenerys, Jon, and Tyrion should be safe in Season 7, many fan favorites (such as Jaime Lannister), are wildcards. Viewers are hoping that he will be the one to kill Cersei, but will she kill him before he gets the chance? While the Starks may seem on the rise, so many of their family has fallen. Could Sansa or Arya be next? Or will Bran be the one to die? Not everyone in the Seven Kingdoms are safe, but it isn't at all likely that we'll be saying goodbye to the six listed above. Thank the Old Gods and the New for that.
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