Who will die this season on ‘Game of Thrones’

Stannis sacrifices his only daughter to the Lord of Light, in hopes it will help him become king. It was just one the series' brutal killings last season - but who's next? (Photo courtesy of HBO)
Stannis sacrifices his only daughter to the Lord of Light, in hopes it will help him become king. It was just one the series’ brutal killings last season – but who’s next? (Photo courtesy of HBO)

If “Game of Thrones,” the epic HBO fantasy series, is known for anything, it’s the violent, violent deaths that grace viewers screens, giving them joy (when it’s Joffrey) and breaking their hearts (Shireen Baratheon) on a weekly basis. The series premieres April 24, and will pass by where the last installment in the book series it’s based on ends, leaving viewers and readers in the dark about what’s going to happen this season. The only sure thing is that characters are going to die, and my bet is on these ones.

Lancel Lannister

This guy messed with (in both senses of the word) his cousin, Cersei, and this season he’ll pay for it. After last season, when his powerful cousin was imprisoned for sleeping with Lancel, she had to embark on the most painful scene to watch from last season and do a humiliating nude walk of shame across the capital, King’s Landing, to atone for her sins. At the same time, Lancel, who is a recent convert to the bizarre religion that punished Cersei and is taking over King’s Landing received no punishment at all. Now that Cersei has returned to her castle, with new power in the form of her zombie security guard (again, it’s a fantasy show), she’ll get her revenge not only on the High Sparrow (the leader of the religion that punished her), but also on her cousin who betrayed her.

Podrick Payne

The innocent squire has been thrown from one terrible situation into another as the seasons have progressed, and he’s currently the squire to Brienne of Tarth, as she attempts to rescue Arya and Sansa Stark. Luckily for him, despite all the danger he’s been in (including two major battles), he’s been able to evade death due to others protecting him, but no one can be as lucky as Podrick is in Westeros for long. Almost every episode last season left me watching through my fingers as I expected Podrick to die, and he’s had one too many lucky breaks to be able to survive all of season six.

Melisandre

Because Melisandre is one of the most important characters in “Game of Thrones,” she’s probably my wildest guess for who is going to die this season. I believe that her purpose this season will to bring Jon Snow back to life (in some way, shape or form), and after that she could die at a battle at the Wall. Then maybe she could bring herself back to life? Who knows.

Theon Greyjoy/Reek

With larger plots involving the Greyjoy family this season (Yara is back, and actors have been cast as both Balon and Euron Greyjoy), I think this will be the time to say goodbye to the original Greyjoy character in the series. He redeemed himself in the final episode by helping Sansa and himself escape evil and sadistic Ramsay Bolton, but ultimately, I believe Sansa will be the only one who makes it past the first few episodes. While it would be interesting to see Theon adjust to life after being tortured for four straight seasons, I think he’s ultimately too weak and mentally fatigued to survive in the “Game of Thrones” world after what he went through.

Ellaria Sand

If Lancel Lannister is going to be killed for sending Cersei to prison, I can only imagine what will happen to Ellaria Sand, the woman who murdered Cersei’s only daughter, Myrcella in the finale of season five. The Lannister family and the people of Dorne have been in a long-standing battle for revenge that has led to deaths on both sides, so even if Ellaria is killed by the Lannisters (or by Prince Doran for disobeying him), her daughters will take up her cause of revenge.

Jorah Mormont

I mean, this one’s a given right? He has greyscale crawling up his arm. It’s only a matter of time until he bites the dust, but I don’t think that this season it will be the greyscale that kills him. With the love of his life, Daenerys, in trouble, and him leaving on a rescue mission with Daario to bring her back to Meereen, I think Jorah is heading out on a suicide mission. Ultimately, he will sacrifice his life to save Daenerys from wherever she is, knowing that if he doesn’t, the greyscale will kill him anyways.