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Which "Game Of Thrones" Characters Are Most Likely To Die In Season 6?

Warning: Contains one spoiler for anyone who hasn't read the books, and a LOT of guesswork.

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1. Balon Greyjoy

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One of only two Greyjoy men we've encountered on the show so far, and the only one still in possession of his junk, Balon hasn't made an appearance since the War of the Five Kings (of which he was one) in Season 3. Has he been missed? Not so much. So why kill him off?

Well, as we've already seen in the trailer, next season sees Balon's younger brother Euron return home to Pyke. Euron will (hopefully) be the thing that finally makes the Greyjoys worth caring about, and it's looking likely that his first power move will be to off his brother in order to take control of the Iron Islands.

Unlike the other names on this list, this one has happened in the books. But to be honest the show and books are so far apart these days that nothing is guaranteed.

Likelihood: 9/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Murdered by his baby brother Euron.

2. Theon Greyjoy

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When Theon held Sansa's hand and jumped from the walls of Winterfell you would have been within your rights to let out a tiny "whoop" or maybe a large "about fucking time, you whimpering bellend". But ironically, in going through with this minor act of redemption, Theon may well have made himself surplus to requirements.

As bad as things got for him (and Sansa) last season, we always sort of knew that he wasn't going to be killed off. Not until he had made amends for his betrayal of the Starks, at least. Now that he's helped Sansa escape Ramsay's batshit crazy clutches, maybe the writers will finally feel enough is enough.

It's looking very likely that Theon will return home to Pyke. What happens next is anyone's guess.

Likelihood: 5/10 💀💀💀💀💀

How: Also murdered by Euron after he returns home to the Iron Islands, as technically Theon would have a stronger claim as head of House Greyjoy.

3. Tommen Baratheon

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It seems like years ago now, but in the very first scene of Season 5 we saw our first Thrones flashback. In it, a young but already forthright Cersei demanded to be told about her future by local fortune-teller Maggy the Frog.

After asking whether she and the king would have children, Cersei was told: "Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds."

Now, of course, prophecies can be wrong (we're looking at you, Melisandre), but Joffrey and Myrcella's fates suggest this one is a done deal. It's only a matter of time for the boy king, and quite frankly Tommen's time can't come soon enough.

The king is dead. Long live literally anyone else.

Likelihood: 7/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Not a clue. Maybe he bores himself to death?

4. Cersei Lannister

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Assuming Dany, Tyrion, and a soon-to-be resurrected Jon Snow are all safe for at least the next season or two, this doesn't leave us with many original leading cast members to lose. But in the Thrones universe one thing we can be sure of is that death finds a way, and we're approaching the point where Cersei doesn't really have a lot to live for.

Let's assume she loses her third and final child this season – it's not hard to imagine her waging war on the Faith/the public/anyone who looks at her funny, and destroying the city and herself in the process. Cersei's implosion will be quite something, but will it come as soon as Season 6? Possibly not.

Likelihood: 3/10 💀💀💀

How: Now here's an idea...Jaime kills her because she loses her shit and wants to burn the city down. Just as the Mad King Aerys did before Jaime shoved a sword in his back.

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5. Lancel Lannister

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Sometimes we're basing this stuff on set rumours. Sometimes there are clues in the show. And sometimes we're taking a wild stab in the dark.

In this case, however, Lancel is seen in the Season 6 trailer threatening Cersei and Zombie Mountain. This is not going to go well for Lancel. Lancel is going to be dead as shit.

Likelihood: 9/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Gets his head ripped off by Zombie Mountain. Hopefully.

6. Rickon Stark

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That's right. No sooner did I tell you that the youngest Stark was returning after two seasons away than I started predicting his death. That's the life of a Stark, I'm afraid.

If you don't include Jon, no member of the Stark family has died a horrible death in almost three years. Something's got to give. By all accounts Sansa will start taking control of her own destiny in Season 6, Arya will be adjusting to life sans-vision, and Bran is going through Jedi 101 underneath a tree north of the Wall.

That leaves poor lil' Rickon – who, FYI, has gone through puberty since this photo was taken. His death is by no means a given, but once news of his return reaches the Boltons you've got to imagine he'll have quite the target on his back.

Likelihood: 4/10 💀💀💀💀

How: Captured by the Boltons, who then flay him on the battlefield.

7. Ellaria Sand

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There's nothing like murdering the king's only sister to get you on the Westerosi Most Wanted list. In poisoning Myrcella, Ellaria has more or less declared war on the crown.

Chances are Prince Doran will sentence her to death himself in order to try to prevent all-out war, but whichever way it goes down things aren't looking great for Ellaria and the Sand Snakes.

Likelihood: 8/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Executed on the orders of Prince Doran.

8. Tormund Giantsbane

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Over the last couple of seasons Tormund has clearly developed a reluctant respect for Jon Snow, and there's a good chance (providing Snow cheats death) that this will now develop into a full-blown friendship.

At which point, knowing the show as we do, wouldn't it just be the perfect time to kill Tormund off? Particularly if he died fighting for Jon's cause against the Boltons – something he (and Mance Rayder before him) claimed they would never do.

The moral of the story? Never make friends with anyone.

Likelihood: 6/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Killed in battle by the Boltons.

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9. Septa Unella (aka the Shame Nun)

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One of Season 5's most memorable characters thanks to her ability to troll the shit out of the Queen Mother, Septa Unella was last seen ringing her shame bell as Cersei went for a relaxing stroll through the streets of King's Landing.

As mentioned above, Cersei's days may well be numbered too, but you can bet she'll take a few people down with her, and Septa Unella is probably top of her list. Last season we saw Cersei tell the Septa that hers would be the last face she sees before she dies. With Zombie Mountain stood next to her, we're not going to argue.

Likelihood: 8/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Cersei will follow through with her promise and do some actual hands-dirty murder for the first time.

10. Ser Jorah Mormont

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Ever since he contracted Greyscale last season we knew that it would only be a matter of time before Jorah the Explorer popped his clogs. That said, it would feel like a cop-out if he died a slow and painful death. He's miserable enough already.

Instead, it's much more likely that Ser Jorah will go out in a moment of self-sacrifice while protecting his one true love (who literally couldn't give less of a shit about him), Dany "Three Dragons" Targaryen. Think Charlie from Lost giving his life to save his friends.

Oh god. And now we're crying. #NotPennysBoat

Likelihood: 6/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Some sort of sacrifice, at which point he'll tell Dany he loves her, to which she'll reply: "I know."

11. Roose Bolton

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Along with winter, the other thing we know is coming (thanks to the trailer) is one big fucker of a northern battle. At the moment it's guesswork, but it's looking likely that it will be Team Bolton versus literally every other northern house. Stark. Umber. Karstark. And all those others whose names I can totally remember.

It would be a huge surprise (particularly as this northern alliance is probably going to be led by Jon "Fuck You, Death" Snow/Stark/Targaryen) if the Boltons came out on top. In that case, some heads are going to roll. Personally Ramsay is a much more interesting (and watchable) villain than papa Roose, so we wouldn't be surprised to see Ramsay get away while the Starks give Roose a taste of his own medicine.

(His own medicine = murder.)

Likelihood: 7/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Either killed in battle, or caught and executed by Jon Snow.

12. Podrick Payne

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Yeah. I went there.

I'm sorry, but hear me out. As you've been going through this list you've probably noticed that these people are almost exclusively giant dickbags. None of them are heroes. None of them are beloved by fans. None of their deaths would leave you an emotional wreck.

Unless you're in denial, you KNOW that at some point in Season 6 it's going to feel like your heart has been ripped out. It seems like all the major characters are safe (for now), and so in terms of deaths that would haunt you forever Pod feels like a prime candidate.

Sorry.

Likelihood: 5/10 💀💀💀💀💀

How: Pod and Brienne will get into trouble, Pod will get himself stabbed just as Brienne comes along to save the day. But she's too late. Pod dies in Brienne's arms, and with his last words he apologises for getting himself stabbed. Brienne cries. None of us will ever feel love again.

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13. Ser Alliser Thorne

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Having recently re-watched Season 1, I was reminded that Thorne has been a massive dick ever since Jon arrived at the Wall in the second ever episode. I mean, there's no doubt that murdering the Lord Commander is the most dickish thing he's ever done, but Ser Alliser has had it coming for a long time.

In a recent teaser we saw Thorne and his fellow Snow-stabbers trying to get to Jon's body at Castle Black. Fingers crossed this scene will be the last time we see Ser Alliser's smug face.

Likelihood: 7/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Ser Davos, despite missing some vital fingers, slices Thorne open in order to protect Jon's body.

14. The High Sparrow

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In imprisoning the Queen, her brother, and the Queen Mother, the High Sparrow isn't exactly an expert in making friends.

With Cersei now back at the Red Keep, and her pet Zombie Mountain refusing to talk until all of her enemies are dead, it looks very much like seven gods won't be nearly enough to protect the High Sparrow.

Likelihood: 6/10 💀💀💀💀💀💀

How: Cersei burns down the Great Sept of Baelor with what's left of the Faith Militant still inside.

15. Ser Davos Seaworth

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Yeah. I went there again.

Now, I'm not totally sold on this one. I think there's a good chance that – should Jon Snow return – Ser Davos would act as an adviser, or Hand (not that Jon will claim to be any sort of king), in the same way as he was with Stannis.

Having said that, if the showrunners want to break our hearts – without killing off a character who would change the show entirely – then Ser Davos is surely the most likely option. He's going to be at Castle Black with a LOT of people who disagree with his actions, and if he survives that he'll be heading into a deadly battle against the Boltons.

If I'm right about this one I take full responsibility.

Likelihood: 3/10 💀💀💀

How: Given how the last two seasons have gone, Olly will probably kill him. Talking of which...

16. Olly

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Because fuck Olly.

Likelihood: 5/10 💀💀💀💀💀

How: As long as he dies no one will care, but in an ideal world his face would be ripped off by Ghost. Unfortunately Westeros is very seldom an ideal world.

What do you think? Let us know who you think won't make it through Season 6 in the comments below.