During last week’s episode of Game of Thrones (you know where this is going—spoilers ahead!), everyone in the North was in bacchanalian apocalypse mode. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) got unsurprisingly drunk and sappy. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) made Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) a knight. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) revealed to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) that they are related, and there was also a highly memorable scene between Arya (Maisie Williams) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) that involved a little more than a weapons transaction. As the revelry started to wind down in the episode’s final stretch, alarm bells sounded, and for the first time in the show’s history, we saw the White Walkers approaching the barracks at Winterfell.
With the dead literally on the horizon, we can pretty much expect that this Sunday’s episode is going to have a high kill count. Based on the show’s tendency toward brutal major-character deaths, it seems clear that someone big is going to be transformed into an undead ice zombie. Everyone on the Internet is in agreement that there will be death, and it will be epic. Who will die, however, is still debatable.
The most widely circulated fan theory is that winter is coming, most urgently, for Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson). We already know that the bravest Unsullied soldier does not fear death (he only fears never seeing Missandei [Nathalie Emmanuel] from the island of Naath again!), and the Battle of Winterfell will certainly put that to the test. Plus, that farewell smooch with Missandei at the end of last week’s episode gave us serious Fredo vibes.
Let’s assume Grey Worm survives to live happily ever after with Missandei. Who’s the next most likely death? GoT prognosticators have made a compelling case for Ser Brienne. After the (genuinely sweet!) knighting scene, what else could we possibly expect? This is the show, after all, that’s famously ruthless with its most likable characters (see Ned Stark, Hodor, Shireen Baratheon). Given the showrunner’s Big Schadenfreude Energy, killing the most honorable knight in the Seven Kingdoms certainly seems plausible.
If Ser Brienne survives, however, there’s another theory that death is coming for her beloved sparring partner, Podrick (Daniel Portman). You can’t reveal your voice is that good and expect to live, right?
Then there is Theon. Simply put: That dude has been through a lot. From losing, um, crucial body parts to jumping off of a boat into choppy waters, the Greyjoy brother really hasn’t had an easy run. When coupled with the fact that Theon made the wildly dangerous decision to watch over Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) in an attempt to distract the Night King, it might finally be time for this tragic character to meet his maker.