The grim reaper is coming.
With just seven episodes of Game of Thrones coming next summer when Season 7 begins, Daenerys and her army of unsullied descended on Westeros, and the threat of the white walkers looming ominously beyond the Wall, dominoes will have to fall to clear the path for somebody to wrestle the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister, Queen of the Andals, before the ultimate war commences in Season 8: The living versus the frozen.
Seven hours may seem criminally short, but it's plenty of time for a whole bunch of the players in the great game to die — and the fates of these five seem set in stone...
1. Ser Davos Seaworth
There are very few truly good men in Game of Thrones, men whose consciences are clean, men who take no pleasure in bloodshed. Even Bran, so far removed from war, has himself to blame for the tragic demise of Hodor. The one man who can truly say he's acted nobly since the beginning is Ser Davos.
Noble intentions are all very well and good, but they usually get you killed. Ser Davos is perhaps too good, the kind of man whose tragic death on the battlefield would represent the loss the North needs to suffer sooner or later.
Chance of death: 90%
For a man like Littlefinger, there are only two paths: The road to ultimate victory, having outsmarted everybody, or the kind of cruel destruction that arrogance inevitably births. Lord Baelysh truly believes he's the smartest man in the Seven Kingdoms, and he might be — but he needs the smartest woman at his side to achieve everything he's been dreaming of.
The question now is this: Did Littlefinger make a fatal error of judgment in revealing his true intentions to Sansa? He got this far by keeping his motives a mystery, making his next move unguessable — but now the woman he married off to a rapist knows exactly what he wants. Strategically, that puts Sansa at an advantage. I don't believe she will kill him — it would be far more poetic if Littlefinger orchestrated his own downfall, the self-made demise of a self-made man.
Alternatively, he may have the final laugh and sit on the Iron Throne just as he envisioned in that "pretty picture", if he has already been successful in creating a rift between Sansa and Jon. A self-serving snake winning the game of thrones while Daenerys and Jon Snow fall at the final hurdle? I'm down for that.
Chance of death: 65%
Let's be honest: Tormund is on borrowed time. If any of the North's men should've died in the Battle of Winterfell it was the impressively bearded wildling.
Presumably he survived so that he and Brienne could continue eye-fucking each other in Season 7, but of course the moment they consummate that flirtation he'll be dead meat.
Chance of death: 80%
4. Ellaria Sand
There's only one reason Ellaria Sand is still alive, and that's because Benioff and Weiss made the merciful decision not to spend any time with the dreaded Sand Snakes last season.
When Cersei v Ellaria: Dorne of Vengeance begins next season, Ellaria's head will roll faster than you can say "you need the bad pussy." Hopefully Prince Oberyn's three bastard daughters won't be far behind.
Chance of death: 99%
5. Cersei Lannister
Few villains ever reach that place where the audience would rather they triumph over the heroes, but then Cersei Lannister has never been like other villains. In her decision to embrace the burning rage inside of her, Cersei has become Game of Thrones' most enviable anti-hero, a despicable human being who at once deserves death and would ideally live forever, murdering common folk while consuming gallons of red wine.
But the real reason we want Cersei to live probably has something to do with the fact that we know she has to die. As we wait for that prophecy to be fulfilled, the idea of fate as something inescapable begins to seem more and more injust. We start to imagine an amazing feat of escapology: Maybe Cersei can live, maybe fate is not absolute, maybe Maggy was just wrong — or maybe she wasn't.
Escaping the clutches of death would make the Queen the ultimate Game of Thrones legend. And I'm so here for it.
Chance of death: 99 (but probably not until Season 8)