With the release of the latest teaser for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, anticipation is at an all-time high. Seasons 1-7 saw the likes of Robert Baratheon, his sons Joffrey and Tommen, and his wife Cersei sit atop the Iron Throne, and we even got insight into the Mad King Aerys during his reign.
But with Daenerys looking to regain the throne for the Targaryens, and her alliance with Jon Snow and the North now in full-swing, we can expect a lot of blood to be spilled in the fight to rule Westeros, especially with the Night King and his White Walkers arriving. With all this in mind, let's look at the characters we believe are marked for death in the fight for the Iron Throne.
When it comes to Bran and his role as the mystical Three-Eyed Raven, fans have all sorts of theories. Given the fact that he can warg (i.e., transfer his consciousness) into animals, and that he even sent his mind back to the past with Hodor, his fate is nothing short of unpredictable. Some posited that he may transport his mind to the past to Bran the Builder (the man who built the Wall centuries ago), but the most popular theory is that Bran actually is the Night King.
Many believe that to end the war and save his family from dying at the Night King's hand, Bran may traverse time as an all-seer, and jump into the mind of the man whom the Children of the Forest actually turned into the leader of the ice-zombies. Speculation has it that this will backfire and Bran's warped consciousness could lead him to embark on a journey to wipe out all men in Westeros. To stop this from happening, Bran may have to be killed in the present, thus preventing his potentially icy future.
If it's one person who won't be able to hide from karma, it's Cersei Lannister. She's one of the show's most conniving characters, helping orchestrate Robert's poisoning with Littlefinger, as well as putting numerous people through torture, such as Marjorie and her family. Not to mention, she's made repeated calls for Tyrion's head, as she aims to maintain her seat atop the Iron Throne.
Seeing as she basically murdered her way to it, it's highly likely she will be killed for someone more virtuous (or vicious) to replace her. Daenerys wants it more than anyone else, as she thinks it her birthright; plus, Arya Stark has Cersei on her kill-list for helping oversee her dad's beheading. Of course, Tyrion might be looking to pump her full of arrows like he did their father, and also, after seeing her thirst for power cost them their kids, Jaime himself might finally be willing to stop her madness by offering the mercy of death.
THE NIGHT KING
Everyone believes in a happy ending, and as the overarching villain that's poised to doom Westeros, fans want to see the Night King die. This might be the only way of killing off his ever-growing horde, too. It'll be easier said than done, of course, as Jon knows, but with a second round due, many are backing Master Snow, along with the dragon-glass in his possession, to emerge the winner.
Fans believe Jon killing the Night King is the only way to save the Seven Kingdoms and also, return focus to the Iron Throne. Once this icy lord's dead, the battle to rule Westeros will resume and so, the story can finally end with someone winning. The ironic thing is, though, even if the Night King dies, we don't know who he'd have killed along the way this season, and also, if it's a number of heroes who meet their chilly demise, the Night King's end may allow a villain like Cersei to win the day.
Many fans want to see Daenerys bring the throne back to House Targaryen as a means to bring freedom and justice to the Seven Kingdoms. Given her popularity with the fanbase, it's easy to see this happening; she is Aerys' daughter, after all. However, Game of Thrones loves to throw curveballs, so Khaleesi could easily become a left-field victim out of nowhere.
Cersei has made the Mother of Dragons her sworn enemy and will stop at nothing to kill her; plus, Tyrion has become jealous of her and Jon's passion, sowing seeds she might even be betrayed. As she still has two dragons, a showdown with the Night King and his own ice dragon also seems inevitable. Her death would blow the show wide open and weaken Jon's alliance, adding more drama. With such a big target on her back, it's hard not to see several assassins gunning for her. Intriguingly enough, her death could see Jon (who's really the first Targaryen) in line to take the throne and rule in honor of his parents, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen (Daenerys' older brother).
The throne ideally should go to Jon as Aerys' grandson, but there's a strong possibility he may die as he simply does not want that responsibility. He doesn't know his family history yet, (which is why he's been sleeping with his aunt), but as much as fans love Daenerys' claim to the throne, Jon is indeed next in line, which -- once his true lineage comes out -- will make him the most hunted man in Westeros.
Cersei will definitely have eyes on him once the news breaks, but that doesn't mean Jon's death is necessarily an unhappy ending. Seeing as he was resurrected once, it could be that the Lord of the Light brought him back so he could make the ultimate sacrifice in taking villains like the Night King and/or Cersei off the table. What's interesting is that, with Jon dead (and several enemies dead along the way by his sword), he could well pave the way for Daenerys to reign supreme. If Jon dies, other speculation suggests he'll leave Daenerys pregnant. In that way, part of him might get to live on and possibly take the throne.
Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season on April 14, 2019. The HBO drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.