Ever since Lord Eddard Stark had his head lopped off at the end of season one, Game of Thrones fans have been feverishly speculating which characters are going to be killed off next.  At least for the first few seasons, you could always look to the books (or the internet) if you wanted to get a pretty good idea of who was going to get axed. Now that the show has surpassed the novels, coupled with the fact that there are only thirteen episodes to go, literally no one is safe, which is one of the many reasons that Game of Thrones is so exhilarating to watch in the first place.

Even if we presume that at least Jon and Dany (and hopefully Tyrion, Arya, and Bran) will survive until the final season, that still leaves plenty of important characters that could meet their demise in the next seven episodes. Obviously, anything can happen on this show, but by cobbling together everything we know from the books, TV series, and season seven trailers, we can still take an educated guess as to which characters are currently in the most danger.

Here are the 16 Game Of Thrones Characters Most Likely To Die In Season 7.

15. Littlefinger

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In a story full of swindlers, backstabbers, and turncloaks, Littlefinger may be the greatest manipulator at all. Born the heir to a minor house, Lord Petyr Baelish has managed to climb his way to becoming the Lord of Harrenhal and the Lord Protector of the Vale using nothing but sheer cunning. What’s even more impressive is that everyone knows how slimy Littlefinger is, but no one can seem to figure out his angle or allegiance — making them think that they can still somehow use Littlefinger to their advantage.

From the trailers, we’ve already seen that tension continue to rise as Littlefinger pushes Sansa to make her claim over Winterfell by questioning Jon’s illegitimate birth. If Bran shows back up to Winterfell, Littlefinger will have no more leverage to push Sansa’s claim, and he will have to readjust his master plan. Not to mention that after everything Sansa’s been through, we doubt she will allow herself to be played by Littlefinger for much longer. How satisfying would it be for Sansa to outplay Littlefinger — the very man who gave her to Ramsay Bolton — before the master manipulator finally meets his demise.

14. Benjen Stark

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Though Benjen has been presumed dead for nearly five seasons of the show, hardcore Game of Thrones fans knew that the character would almost certainly be popping back up at some point. After appearing in a number of Bran’s visions, Benjen finally made his long-awaited return to the story, by swooping in and rescuing Bran and Meera from a pack of wights at the end of last season. We learned that Benjen was slain by a White Walker but revived by the Children of the Forest.

Though our questions about Benjen have finally been answered, we still doubt that we’ve seen the last of this character. We know that Jon will be headed back north of the Wall this season, and it was ultimately Jon who still needs closure over Benjen’s whereabouts. Since Benjen is no longer able to go south of the Wall because he is technically undead, he could very well end up sacrificing himself to save Jon this time around.

13. The Mountain

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Out of all the things that audiences want to see before Game of Thrones ends (Bran warging into a dragon, Brienne and Tormund hooking up, etc.), Cleganebowl has quickly climbed to the top of everyone’s list.

After both Cleganes miraculously survived their brushes with death in season four, it seemed like the only fitting end for either of these characters would be a head-to-head between the two brothers who have long despised each other. Fans speculated that we might get a Cleganebowl during Cersei’s trial-by-combat, with the zombified Mountain serving as Cersei’s champion, while the Hound fought for the Faith of the Seven. That time has come and passed, and with Sandor now headed North, audiences may have to wait even longer for this epic showdown.

However, a split second shot of someone who looks very much like the Hound can be seen in the season seven trailer — showing him drawing a sword in a small arena that looks nowhere near the North. Could some unexpected turn of events bring the Brothers Clegane back together this season? If so, we’re putting our money on the Hound to finally have his revenge.

12. Septa Unella

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Last we saw Septa Unella, she was imprisoned in the dungeons of the Red Keep and screaming at the sight of Ser Gregor Clegane. Back in season six of the show, when Cersei was imprisoned by the High Sparrow, the queen regent promised the merciless septa that her face would be the last thing Unella sees before she dies. And if we know anything about the Lannisters, it’s that they always pay their debts.

Depending on how much time has passed in the Seven Kingdoms, Septa Unella may very well be dead already. However, Cersei also promised her that she intends to keep her alive for a very, very long time, and now that Cersei is sitting the Iron Throne, Septa Unella may very well become the queen’s personal stress ball. Not to mention that the septa has little chance of escape after her fellow Sparrows were blown up in the Great Sept of Baelor.

11. Robin Arryn

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It’s often said that “when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” Unfortunately for Robin Arryn, he’s not even aware that there’s a game going on.

This makes the little lordling the perfect pawn for the likes of Littlefinger. Even though Littlefinger is currently considered the Lord Protector of the Vale, Robin Arryn is still the Lord Paramount of the Vale, that Lord of the Eyrie, and the Warden of the East — and if there’s one thing that we’ve learned from this series, it’s that the longer your name gets, the more likely you are to die.

Littlefinger still has sway over Robin, but for how much longer will the boy be susceptible to Littlefinger’s influence? He may enjoy Petyr’s surprise presents, but nothing makes Robin happier than watching someone being pushed through the Moon Door. Might Lord Robin stand a little too close to the edge in the coming season?

Of course, it’s not Petyr’s style to be so obvious when he’s grabbing for power, but if he doesn’t make a move to secure the Vale soon, someone else may seize the opportunity to knock off the ineffectual lord for themselves.

10. Euron Greyjoy

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There’s been a lot of talk that Euron Greyjoy is the new big bad of Game of Thrones. As a character that we barely know anything about (he’s literally only been in two episodes!), we doubt the new King of the Iron Islands will become anywhere near as important as Ramsay Bolton, especially with only two short seasons to go and the real enemy quickly descending from the North. Instead, we suspect that Euron is going to become a small thorn in the side of Daenerys Targaryen, weakening her forces just enough to make her conquest of the Seven Kingdoms that much more of a struggle.

While at first, Euron planned to win over the Mother of Dragons with his fleet of ships, his niece and nephew have already beat him to the punch. A nautical battle featuring Euron has already been teased in the trailers, and with Yara, Theon, and Dany all wanting the new king dead, Euron may find that his days as a ruler are quickly numbered.

9. Meera Reed

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Since he set out to find the Three-Eyed Raven, Brandon Stark’s entourage has been quickly withering. First, Jojen Reed was stabbed by a wight, and then Leaf, Summer, Hodor, and the Three-Eyed Raven were slain during an attack led by the White Walkers. Now only Meera remains.

We’ve only gotten a brief look at Bran in the trailers, which shows the new Three-Eyed Raven connecting to a weirwood while an unknown man watches him. There’s no Meera in sight, and Bran is also shown sitting in a wheelchair for the first time, meaning that he may have very well made it back to Winterfell.

Last we saw Bran and Meera, they head been lead to the Wall by Benjen Stark, who was unable to protect them any further. It’s still a long way back to Winterfell, and Meera knows how important of a role Bran will play in the upcoming war. If they face any trouble during their travels, we have no doubt that Meera would sacrifice herself so that Bran can make it home.

8. Dolorous Edd

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After Jon Snow decided to leave his post in the Night’s Watch, he unofficially named Eddison Tollett (nicknamed Dolorous Edd) as the acting Lord Commander. Edd has been a loyal friend to Jon, Sam, Grenn, and Pyp for the last five seasons of the show, but out of that original group, he is the only one who currently remains stationed at the Wall.

We haven’t seen the state of the Night’s Watch since Jon departed for Winterfell, but from the season seven trailers, we know that many of the characters will return to the Wall and beyond. Right now, few citizens of the Seven Kingdoms seem concerned with the Night King’s arrival, leaving the Night’s Watch tragically understaffed and undersupplied.

We’ve watched Dolorous Edd safely retreat from an attack carried out by the White Walkers at the Fist of the First Men and Hardhome. Now that Edd is back at his post, retreat is no longer an option; he will either hold the Wall or die trying. We’re putting our money on the latter.

7. Thoros of Myr

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Thoros of Myr is a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners and a Red Priest worshipping the Lord of Light. Last we saw Thoros, he was hanging a few traitors of the Brotherhood and preparing for the long trek north to take on the White Walkers.

As a follower of the Lord of Light, Thoros believes that the biggest threat to mankind is the Great Other, who seeks to snuff out all the light and warmth from the world. These beliefs will put Thoros at the front lines of the Great War, and though the red priest has been granted the powers to bring Beric Dondarrion back to life on several occasions, that won’t do him much good if he’s the one that gets killed in combat.

Not to mention that Thoros is still on Arya’s death list for handing over Gendry to Melisandre, and ever since the young Stark has returned to Westeros, she certainly hasn’t been shy about crossing off names.

6. Beric Dondarrion

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For someone who has only appeared in a handful of episodes, Beric Dondarrion may be one of the more intriguing characters on Game of Thrones. Once a bannerman for House Baratheon, Beric abandoned his former life after being killed by the Mountain and resurrected by Thoros of Myr. Since then, Beric has been a faithful servant to the Lord of Light and a protector of the commoners.

While leading the guerrilla resistance against the Lannisters, Beric has been brought back to life six times, though the Lighting Lord has admitted that each time he comes back he is slightly less the man he was. Which makes us wonder if Beric is finally on his seventh and last life? The character is already dead in the books, after all. And if Thoros is killed by Arya Stark or dies fighting the White Walkers, then Beric’s death may be soon to follow.

In the latest season seven trailer, we’ve already got a glimpse of Beric facing off against an unseen foe during a winter storm. Might this be the Lighting Lord’s epic last stand against the Great Other’s army? Only time will tell.

5. Grey Worm

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After barely surviving an attack by the Sons of the Harpy, Grey Worm has taken on a much more diplomatic role for Queen Daenerys while he was recovering from his wounds. Now that Dany has set sail for Westeros, it seems that Grey Worm’s place will be back on the battlefield, overseeing the army of Unsullied that fights at Dany’s behest.

In the season seven trailers, we’ve already seen Grey Worm dressed in his new battle garb and facing off against the Lannister army. We’ve also gotten a glimpse of him and Missandei taking their relationship to the next level — something audiences have been anticipating for a few seasons now. Both characters have become some of Dany’s most trusted advisors, but now that the Mother of Dragons is trying to reclaim the Seven Kingdoms, we doubt she’ll make it out of season seven without sustaining a few casualties, and Grey Worm’s death makes the most sense.

4. The Sand Snakes

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The entire Dorne storyline in Game of Thrones is a weak shadow of what it is in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Instead of just simplifying the plot for a TV adaptation (which is to be expected), the show has changed many of the characters motives and probable outcomes. After the season five finale and season six opener, which saw Ellaria and the Sand Snakes go on a kill crazy rampage, pretty much everyone agreed that it was time for these characters to go.

Last we saw Ellaria Sand, she was persuading Olenna Tyrell to join forces with Daenerys Targaryen, so together they can have their vengeance against the Lannisters. The Queen of Thorns wasn’t shy about putting the presumptuous Sand Snakes in their place.

Now we’re not saying that we want Cersei to win, but we’d be more than okay if the Lannister army takes a few of these pesky Sand Snakes down with them during the battle.

3. Theon Greyjoy

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After everything he’s done to the Starks, Theon Greyjoy has slowly been redeeming himself throughout the last few seasons. He helped Sansa escape the clutches of Ramsay Bolton and set off to make things right with his own family, supporting his sister’s claim to the Iron Island over his own. Last we saw Theon, he was slowly getting his confidence back and making a pact with Queen Daenerys, who agreed to help Theon and Yara destroy their Uncle Euron in exchange for their fleet.

We’ve only seen a few shots of Theon in the season seven trailers, all of them taking place during an apparent nautical battle. It looks as though the rival Greyjoys will finally go head-to-head on their destined battlefield — the unforgiving sea — to fight for control of the Iron Island. Theon knows his sister will make a better ruler, and we can definitely see him making the ultimate sacrifice to get rid of Euron.

Others have also speculated that Theon still has to make things right with Jon for his earlier transgression, and we could also see himself sacrificing himself for the Starks if he ever makes it back to the North.

2. Rhaegal or Viserion

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Though dragons may very well be the most powerful creatures in Game of Thrones, they’re still far from invincible. We’ve already seen Drogon take a few spears while rescuing Dany from the Sons of the Harpy, and while the dragons have grown a considerable amount since then, they’ll now be up against organized armies and quite possibly the White Walker. But for our money it won’t be Drogon that meets his demise this season; it will either be Rhaegal or Viserion.

Unlike Drogon, these two dragons spent a considerable amount of time locked up in the pyramid of Meereen. They’re smaller and have been in few skirmishes to date. While Drogon is more likely to go off the rails, Rhaegal and Viserion don’t have the same connection with Drogon that Dany does, making them more dispensable.

The only question is if one of them is killed while battling the White Walkers, will they come back as an ice dragon in season eight?

1. Cersei and Jamie Lannister

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The quickest way to die in Westeros is to name yourself ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. King Robert was taken down by a boar, King Joffrey got choked out by the Strangler, and King Tommen crushed by the emotional weight of the crown. We don’t doubt that Cersei will be as easily dethroned, but the new queen is also up against far more than any of her predecessors.

A popular theory surrounding Cersei’s death stems from the books, where it was prophesied that she will be killed by the “valonqar” — which is High Valyrian for “little brother.” Tyrion undoubtedly wants Cersei dead, but Jaime makes for the less obvious choice. The twins’ relationship has been strained, and we have yet to see how he’s handling Tommen’s suicide and his sister’s grab for power.

Might Jaime add Queenslayer to his list of nicknames? If he does, he may very well know that it means signing his own death certificate. After all, the two Lannisters were brought into this world together; wouldn’t it be fitting for them to go out together as well?

Which Game of Thrones characters do you think will get the ax in season seven? Place your bets in the comments section.

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