Well Cersei’s been on a crazy spiral for a long time, she’s just too stoic (maybe too much in the show) that we’ve seen her as a cunning villain, rather than a bat-shit crazy one, but she’s really there at this point. Now without Jamie she’s gonna go full blown crazy evil in next season. Well she IS the main villain anyways, so it makes sense… However, GoT is about redemption, so we’ll see if she manages to redeem herself before the end.
I was a bit scared for Jamie too, because I was afraid they’d pull a stupid “shocker” stunt just to shock people. However, I’m glad they’re stickin to the main characters’ arcs. Which brings me to the dead/survivor pool… Because now we’ve got the final set-up, and next season a lot of people will die, probbably… I don’t see too many happy endings… so here are my predictions:
Jamie: Let’s start with him… So he’s still got some plot-armour left in him. After all he IS the Kingslayer, so his redemption arc is to both embrace his title but for a good cause, which I still believe means he will either be the one to kill Cersei, or most likely the Night King… No reason why he couldn’t deliver the final blow, useless hand and all. He still has some valarian steel IIRC (Joffrey’s dagger I think). So in the end I’m thinking he will sacrifice himself to take out either the villain king or the villain queen. We’ll see… but I don’t see him surviving the final conflict.
Hound / Mountain: Well, he obviously still has business with the Mountain, although, I’m thinking Arya might play a surprising role in that whole ordeal. He should be safe until his redemption arc is complete as well, but like Jamie, I don’t think he’ll make it out alive… his chances are a lot higher tho =P
Cersei: Obviously she’ll make it to the very end, but she’s gotta die. That’s not really a huge prediction…
Theon / Yara / Euron: Well he’s had plot-armour since day one, even if he got it rough… but his redemption arc is almost complete… we saw him find his proverbial balls again this last episode, so now he’s ready to tie up his arc. I don’t see him surviving because he’s too damaged for the “new world” they’re bulding towards… Yara seems like a better candidate to usher he people into a new age. Theon doesn’t even want to lead, he wants to atone, so he’s probably gonna bite it. As for Uncle Euron… eh he’s the Joffrey/Ramsey of the final act so yeah, he going down… obviously.
Arya/Sansa: Maybe one of them will die, but I’m not sure which one… I highly doubt they’ll both make it out alive, but hey, who knows… To me, I don’t see Arya surviving because of what she’s become, and Sansa has finally shown the change she needed in roder to fit the new order of things… But then again, it’s always possible Sansa learnt too much from LF and pays the price for it… so it’s very hard to tell right now. There’s a scenario where both will make it.
Gendry: Well he’s the last of the Baratheons and a bastard, so I’m pretty sure he’ll make it and end up marrying one of the Stark girls, possibly Arya if she survives. I think his role is to re-forge the long-standing alliance and friendship between the Baratherons and the Starks.
Bran: We’ll he’s completely tied to the whole WW threat, so while I think he will survive, I don’t think he’ll get a classical “good” ending. I see him having a tragic ending in the end, maybe choosing to retreat back north when all is over to take his place as the new tree man beyond the wall, because well he keeps saying, he’s the 3-eyed raven. Buuut, maybe not… maybe this time they’ll finally break the cycle and his role as the 3-eyed raven will be no more… There’s a scenario where I also see him fulfilling his role and going back to being just Bran. Unlikely tho.
The crazy prince, lord of the Vale whateve’rs his name I forgot… Ugh he’s probably gonna die… he’s too batshit crazy to survive… unless he’s done some serious growing up between seasons, but doubt it
Varys / Melissandre: Well these 2 are simple, they already spelled it out. They’re gonna bite it, they’re both too tied to the old-ways of politics and religous fanatisicm so they have NO place in the new world. Varys has already fulfilled his purpose, and Melissandre still might have one more act of redemption before she goes, but they’re both marked.
Berric: Well he’s also tied into the whole religious thingie, I think he’s always been desined to fight and die for his lord… Plus he’s already died a lot and lost his ressurection buddy, so, yeah =P
SerFriendzone: Well his whole point has been to sacrifice himself for his Khaleessi sooo… why rob him of that? Probably gonna save Danny from some threat and die. Hey he might get a kiss out of the whole deal… who knows
Qyburn: Ugh that creepo has got to go, not even worth a prediction…
Poddrick / Sam / Gilly / Brienne / Davos / Bronn /Tormund / Little Lyanna / Grey Worm / Missandei: The uppity sidekicks, all good people at heart if not in manners, they should all be safe… they’re the future of Westeros, and they should all take roles in making sure the ship is steered in the right path, as counselors or even leaders (in the case of Tormund, GW and Missandei maybe).
I’m separating Tyrion from the group above because he’s more important, but pretty much the same deal, plus he’ll be the last Lanister standing. His plot armour is made of adamantium =P
And finally Jon / Danny… Damn, well this is the big one… Who knows. They could both survive, both die or just one of them at this point. There’s a case to be made for each scenario since they’re both Targaryen and both worthy leaders at this point. I really don’t think both will survive, but eh… the show runners might want to get sappy with this one. My momey’s on Jon dying, or getting taken out of the picture somehow, because that’s more him, plus he might get Danny pregnant and since he sould not be Lord of Winterfell anymore pretty soon, I don’t see what’s his place after all this is done. He’s no ruler, he doesn’t want to be… and once the war is won? what’s his purpose? None… so yeah, my money is definetly on him either dying or having a bitter-sweet ending of sorts.
– Edit: Oh and btw, the reason I’m not more sure about some of these anymore is because of the book/series divergences at this point… I haven’t read the books, but it’s VERY possible that things will not go down the same way. Plus, it all will depend on what kind of message or comentary GRRM wants to make with the ending, there are several viable options at this point… BUT there’s also the fact that the showrunners might not go for the same message than the books, both because of the different nature of the books and the show and also to allow Martin the freedom to end his story as he wishes without people getting completely spoiled… so there are waaay too many impossible to predict factors. I was REALLY certain of the ending at some point, because of the direction of the story, but given all the real-life complications, I’d be a fool to stick with them… I’m actually surpsied I’ve been mostly right so far but I’m not gonna push it