George R. R. Martin sent Game of Thrones fans into a frenzy when he announced that some of the characters who are currently alive and well in the books may not be so lucky in the upcoming Season 5. While very minor characters have already died in the show but not in the novels, the announcement makes us think this is referring to a more important character. Here are Fanpup’s predictions of who is definitely safe, characters who are a possibility, and some heroes who might already have one foot in the grave (Note: Daenerys is excluded because that's just not going to happen).
by Maddy Vonhoff and Kristen Johnson
Littlefinger has been a catalyst for some of the most influential moments of the show. He killed Joffrey and rescued Sansa but we we think his time is up now. While he is currently Lord of the Vale, his death could pave the way for Sansa to not only become a political powerhouse, but unite the multiple kingdoms in the North under her birthright. He’s come as far as he can and it’s unlikely he could seize more power than his current standing. We also wouldn’t be surprised if Sansa took it upon herself to do the deed, because as of now Petyr Baelish is more valuable to the plot—and her—dead than alive.
While Cersei’s important plots from A Dance with Dragons have yet to unfold, they are more than likely going to wrap up Season 5 with her trial, and unfortunately for Cersei, her book plot is running out. It would be easy enough to have her Lady Godiva-esque march through the city change to a march to her execution. Although there are other matters (*cough* “Robert Strong” *cough*) that may potentially get in the way, the fact is Cersei is losing respect by the minute in King’s Landing. Whether it is by divine intervention in trial-by-combat or one of her many enemies taking matters into their own hands, the fight for the throne would definitely get more interesting if she were to die.
Now ousted as a spy for Varys, Jorah was forced to leave Meereen under penalty of death. For those who have read the book, Jorah’s continued plot is one of desperation as he attempts to get back to Daenerys’ service. He could eventually win his way back into his role as one of her trusted companions, but we all know this isn’t that type of show. It’s not a stretch to imagine Jorah giving his life to protect Daenerys and atone for his sins of the past. Frankly, we can’t see this having a happy ending for him and killing him wouldn’t do much to change the plot at this point in the story, so he is a likely candidate.
Her story still remains a mystery in the novels at this point, and that could make her a main contender to die in Season 5. Brienne’s quest to bring back the Stark girls was noble for sure, but in this show, it makes for really terrible plot armor. There is almost certainly room for her to go now, especially since they cut out the Lady Stoneheart plot. Her tragic demise show the cruelty of Westros during this period of turmoil and civil war and since she is a fan-favorite of book and show lovers alike, the blow would be an emotional plot twist.
Jamie is currently in King’s Landing, now having to learn to tread lightly and manipulate his way through obstacles instead of stabbing them with his good hand. He is only just beginning to adjust to to his new life, so to speak, and it would be a shocking twist to suddenly see him perish before his redemption arc from the novels plays out. Perhaps in his death, the show can in turn redeem itself from the horrible muck-up of Jamie’s return to Cersei by sacrificing him for a noble cause or take a secret to his grave. It may be enough of a reformation for him to die a hero, even if he didn’t live as one. Still though, it’s unlikely Jaime will perish but it would certainly be the shock of the season if he did.
Sam has the potential to stick around but his death could be an emotional blow to viewers that might not cost anything in terms of plot. Currently in the novels, Samwell is studying to become a Maester for the Night’s Watch. He is a character who is teetering on the edge between potential importance and second-rate storylines. Since we don’t know what significance his training holds for the series right now, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see him killed off in the television show.
Ramsay is a character who, arguably, no one would would miss. His purpose is to just be a terrible person--even by Westros standards--and for the audience to hate him and root against him. That being said, it hasn’t been revealed what kind of larger plot or ambition Ramsay has (other than ruling Winterfell, which he already accomplished) or how he fits into the larger significance of the plot, leading us to believe he could be more expendable. There may be a few minor plot points that require his sadistic cruelty to be present, but all of his remaining plots and actions could be replaced and rewritten. Better yet, they could be taken by Roose Bolton and emphasize even more why he is the real threat in the North.
While Margaery is a fan favorite, her story is done. Her ambitions were to become “The Queen” and thanks to her marriage to Tommen, that mission is accomplished. For those of you who have read the book, Margaery comes very close to losing the throne to Cersei, but outwits her at the end. Yet this is a short-term victory; if other, bigger characters are to have a shot at the throne (Daenerys for instance), Margaery is going to have to lose her place of power eventually. It's unlikely we will see her go in Season 5 because her conflict with Cersei will most likely wrap up the season, but she is one of those characters who is running out of plot to keep her around.
While he could very well be dead due to the unfortunate circumstances at the end of A Dance with Dragons, fan theories and interviews suggest otherwise. With Jon’s birthright in constant question,it would be a shock if the television series killed him off prematurely before we get some answers to the mysteries surrounding Jon Snow. If he is indeed a Targaryan—as one of the most popular fan theories suggests—he could make it all the way to the end. There’s no way we would spend this much time with him potentially building up to a larger role in the fight for the throne to then have him die at the wall.
Arya isn’t even close to being done on the show. She is only just getting on the boat, literally, that will take her to her current plot arc in the books, which has the potential for larger significance later in the story. Although the show has shown time and again it has no problem cutting quite a few plots that could become important later, we suspect Arya’s plot will remain intact. Her amazing transformation from weasel to Faceless assassin is exactly what fans everywhere are craving; they can’t just cut all that development and bad-assery by having her prematurely die in a shipwreck without risking the release of the (dire)wolves upon them. No one can resist a good revenge story, and Arya’s journey is clearly heading to a pretty great one.
Season 4 has only begun to scratch the surface of Sansa’s character development and we would be shocked if they abruptly killed that come Season 5. With her masterful storytelling in the Eyrie about Lysa’s death and Littlefinger wrapped around her...well, finger, she needs at least a season to show everyone that she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to playing the game. Until she gets her revenge, we think she is definitely here to stay for Season 5.
Season 4 left off with Tyrion murdering his father and ex-lover, and that we feel is just the beginning. Like Arya, Tyrion is on a boat leading him further into his next plot, where his discoveries and shrewd holmesian deductions will create intriguing developments in the fight for the throne. Tyrion’s new journey gives us access to parts of the larger world beyond Westros we have yet to see and very important characters we still need to meet, including finally connecting King’s Landing to Daenerys. We find it pretty hard to believe they would just kill him off and have these important plots reveal themselves in other ways--especially with Tyrion’s popularity.