King’s Landing has been demolished into piles of ash and rubble, and gone with the Westerosi capital is the former Queen, Cersei Lannister. Now, with a new conquerer ready to take over, the battle seems to be won, but a descent into madness could change everything for Daenerys Targaryen.

No one seems to be left who can challenge Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) rule on the HBO series now that Cersei (Lena Headey) has perished following the Dragon Queen’s brutal assault on King’s Landing after going mad. In addition, the one person who was actively plotting against her has also died. Though Jon (Kit Harington) is still a more legitimate heir, if he continues to support her and no one else tries to overthrow her for put him in power, she seems to have gotten what she wanted.

However, following that descent into madness that saw her burn King’s Landing to the ground, does Daenerys still have a shot at being Queen? Or will someone take it from her? Will she stick around and once again execute all those she feels have betrayed her? With only 80 minutes left to determine how the series ends, here are the main characters left standing who are most likely to die before the series officially ends.


Ser Davos Seaworth

Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham), though loyal to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is a character who has always seemed to play things in a realistic and rational manner, with the exception being his feelings towards Melisandre. He is one of the few main advisors left who doesn’t know the truth about Jon’s heritage, so while he would likely support his claim if it came down to it, he isn’t someone who seems like a direct target when it comes to the anger of the person who would gain the most by killing him.


Though we may not actually see him again, it’s safe to assume Bronn (Jerome Flynn) will survive. The only person with reason to kill him was Cersei (Lena Headey), since he didn’t complete her orders to kill Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). She is now also dead, and the only person who technically owes him something is Tyrion. So long as that promise is fulfilled, Bronn will be satisfied and he’ll stay out of everyone’s way.

Sansa Stark

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Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) will survive the “Game of Thrones.” Helen Sloan/HBO

Since she’s in Winterfell and there is no real reason to suspect the action is going to return there one last time, Sansa (Sophie Turner) could be presumed safe. Of course, we are likely to see her again in some capacity since she may have to answer to why she revealed the truth about Jon to Tyrion. Still, even with her technically betraying Daenerys (a Queen she never willingly bent the knee for), it doesn’t seem like there’s a reason to worry about her death.

Bran Stark

Also still in Winterfell, Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) should also be safe since there’s no real reason anyone would want to have for killing the Three-Eyed Raven now that the Night King is dead.

Samwell Tarly

Again, another character in the North who we may not see again is Sam (John Bradley). However, whether we get to see him in the finale or not, there’s no reason to believe that after revealing happy news for him and Gilly (Hannah Murray) that he would be suddenly killed off or mentioned as being dead off-screen.


Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) will die on the final episode of ”Game of Thrones.” HBO

Now that she is officially the Mad Queen, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) days seem numbered. Though her descent into madness was definitely coming after everything she’s lost, she likely isn’t going to be allowed to live much longer after she completely destroyed every inch of King’s Landing. Whether she is executed for what she did, or someone else kills her out of revenge, she isn’t likely to still be alive when the show comes to an end.

Grey Worm

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Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) will die on the final episode of “Game of Thrones.” Helen Sloan/HBO

Like his Queen, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) will likely die in this final episode. Whether he dies trying to protect his queen or is killed because of his own brutal tactics during the sack of King’s Landing, he will be joining his beloved Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) soon enough.


Jon Snow

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Jon Snow could make it to the end of “Game of Thrones.” Helen Sloan/HBO

If Daenerys is set to die, then Jon Snow seems like the most logical person to take over as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, since he is the actual rightful heir. Whether he actually takes over as the ruler of Westeros or not, he likely has a role in how the country’s future is shaped. However, now that Daenerys is mad, and believes Jon betrayed her by telling Sansa and Arya the truth about his parentage, if he does anything to make her feel like he’s trying to take away her throne and power, she could put an end to him, even if she does love him.

Arya Stark

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Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) may not see the end of “Game of Thrones.” Helen Sloan/HBO

As someone who seems to have a grudge against Daenerys now since she was in King’s Landing for the assault on the city, Arya (Maisie Williams) is likely going to be trying to be the one to take Dany out. However, while she could succeed and then go on living her life wherever she pleases, the attempt could be the one that sees the youngest Stark daughter’s life come to an end as well.

Tyrion Lannister

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Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) may or may not survive “Game of Thrones.” Helen Sloan/HBO

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was warned in the last episode that if he ever got anything wrong again, Daenerys would make sure it was the last time he did it—and he immediately followed that warning with the attempt to let Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei go free by setting them up with an escape route from King’s Landing and letting Jaime go, even though he was a prisoner. Hs unflinching loyalty to the Queen he served was also tested after he saw her turn into a Mad Queen. Now, he could be executed for treason if he either tries to end her rule or is found guilty of betraying her for what he did for Jaime (even though it failed). However, if someone else manages to kill Daenerys first, then Tyrion could still make it out alive as the last and only Lannister still standing.

The “Game of Thrones” series finale airs Sunday, May 19 at 9 P.m. EDT on HBO.