Ever since the very beginning of Game of Thrones, the show has developed a reputation that nobody is safe. It doesn't matter if they are the main hero, the most despicable villain, or some meaningless side character sitting in the wrong place at the wrong time, they are most likely going to end up with the buisiness end of a sword or arrow at some point.
Season 6 has already proven itself to be a brutal one with important deaths of each of the first four episodes, and with over half the season left, we can expect only more character death to come. The question is who? What characters will be unlucky enough to make it to season 7? I have a few ideas, but first, I have to warn you of one thing:
The High Sparrow
This one definitely seems the most likely to me. After the major confrontation between the Lannisters and the High Sparrow in season 5, the High Sparrow definitely came out on top as Cersei had to take a walk of shame. I doubt season 6 will see the same results.
Now that Cersei has Jaime, Franken-Mountain, and the Tyrells to back her up, this is one battle that the High Sparrow can't win.
First Joffrey died when he was poisoned at his own wedding in season 4. Then Myrcella died when she was poisoned following the tragic turn of events in Dorne at the end of season 5. Now Cersei has one more son left alive, though he probably won't be for long.
For one thing, nobody is safe when they sit on the iron throne. The king's crown is one of the biggest targets you can get in Westeros, and even though the crown will certainly win over the faith in season 6, it won't be without casualties. The real question is that when Tommen inevitably passes, who will claim the throne then?
This one is a real shame, because as despicable as Ramsay is, he is a rare character to come across. I can't wait for his scenes to pop up because I know the tables will turn dramatically as soon as his face pops up on the screen. He's already had some big plays so far, but he's about to embark on his biggest challenge yet.
We know Ramsay has a powerful army at his back, capable of defeating Stannis' troops, but he is about to face Jon Snow and his army of wildlings. Tell me, did the show go through all the trouble of bringing Jon back to life is he was just going to lose to Ramsay? Nope, Jon's victory is all but ensured, and Ramsay's defeat will almost certainly include his death.
This death probably is more speculative for the others, but that doesn't rule out its validity. One of the most speculated and anticipated Game of Thrones theories is Cleganebowl, the long-awaited final battle between Sandor (the Hound) and Gregor (the Mountain) Clegane. If luck is on our side, we may be seeing it this season.
Yes, you might remember that Arya left the Hound bleeding and dying back at the end of season 4, but we never see him die on camera, which always provides possibility of survival with Game of Thrones.
The High Sparrow has said that Cersei still hasn't atoned for her sins, and a trial by combat may make its way on-screen later this season. Naturally, Cersei will choose the Mountain as her fighter, but what if the faith brings the Hound out of hiding for their champion? It's not likely that the Mountain will win a trial by combat twice in a row, and it's even more unlikely that the Hound will die twice in a row, so if Cleganebowl finally rolls around, prepare to say goodbye to Franken-Mountain.
As I said earlier, it's expected that Jon will lead the Wildlings to victory against Ramsay in the anticipated Battle of the Bastards, but a Game of Thrones battle wouldn't be a Game of Thrones battle without casualties on both sides.
Assuming of course Jon survives (which he darn-well better), the only Wildling casualty that would mean anything to the viewers (other than the giant) would be good ol' burly Tormund. I'd hate to see him go, but in Westeros, all men must die.
Oh Jorah, poor Jorah. Since the beginning he's been doing his best to serve Dany and win her affection (even though he's a fair bit older than she is). He's fought her battles, advised her on important issues, and saved her from assassination attempts. Unfortunately for him, that won him nothing when pretty boy Daario Naharis showed up and wooed her.
Now that Jorah has fallen victim to Grayscale, he looks more defeated than ever. After serving Daenerys for all this time, it could be that he is willing to give his life for his Queen, one last time.
Speaking of defeated, just look at Melisandre in the first episode of season 6. After she abandoned Stannis and saw Jon's dead body, she looked ready to just give herself to the Lord of Light and leave the mortal world. However, now that she's resurrected Jon, her resolve has strengthened quite a bit.
That doesn't mean that she's safe though. Melisandre has had quite the journey as a character since she first walked into Stannis' life, and I can't help but feel like her story is coming to an end. Maybe she will use her magical necklace for one last major moment before letting her centuries-old body go to rest.
Death is very common in Game of Thrones for both the good and the wicked. As the series ventures out of book territory, nobody can no for sure who is safe and who is not, but there are definitely characters that we can see coming to an end. I'm not the only one with theories though, what are yours?