If there’s one thing we all know about HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s that no character is safe. Over the last six seasons, we’ve seen several fan favorites lose their heads, hands, hearts, and sometimes even their manhood (!!), and the latest offering by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff — currently showing on Sunday nights at 9pm E.T. — is already ramping up to become another all-out, season-long bloodbath.
And why not? There’s quite the surplus of kings and queens knocking around the Seven Kingdoms at the moment, and that’s not to mention the army of the dead making its way towards the Wall. The realm is definitely due another helping of gruesome, bloody death… and thankfully, death is one of the things the show does best. Still, there’s surely got to be someone who’s capable of surviving the Battle of the Long Night, right?
Listed below are the 8 Westerosi Houses we reckon are worth rooting for (and, of course, the other 8 Houses we can’t wait to see fall). SPOILERS lie ahead for those of you who aren’t caught up!
16. PREVAIL: House Clegane
They say every dog will have his day, and nobody deserves it more than “The Hound,” Sandor Clegane. Although he started out as a cold-hearted, remorseless killer in Season 1, he’s since become a firm fan favorite (thanks in part to the quality of his expletives), undergoing one of the most satisfying personal redemption arcs ever seen on Game of Thrones. Okay, so being a good guy doesn’t usually pan out well in Westeros, but we’re holding out hope that Sandor’s story is far from over.
Whereas most characters have adopted the cold-blooded logic of survival to keep their heads and further their own interests, the Hound doesn’t care about keeping himself alive anymore. He just wants to make amends for his past misdeeds, as shown in “Dragonstone” (S07E01) when he offered a heartfelt eulogy to the family he robbed back in Season 4 (“The Children,” S04E10). What better way to redeem himself than by taking down his now-zombified brother, the Mountain, and halting Cersei’s reign of terror? Cleganebowl is still totally on, people!
15. FALL: House Baelish
Petyr Baelish, aka “Littlefinger,” has had his beady little eyes on the Iron Throne since the first episode of Game of Thrones, and he’s willing to do anything to get it. Remember how he started the War of Five Kings by convincing Lysa Arryn to poison her husband and blame the Lannisters, then arranged her, ahem, “suicide” via the Moon Door when she’d outlived her usefulness? And that time he betrayed Ned Stark when the poor, trusting sap needed him most? That’s not to mention how he sold off Sansa Stark — the person he claims to care about more than any other — as a bride to the evil Ramsey Bolton in perhaps his coldest move to date!
Littlefinger may be clever, but his habit of playing both sides is bound to catch up with him (hopefully sooner rather than later!). But seriously, death may be the only way to stop him from creeping on Sansa. Or killing her. Or some weird mixture of the two, like his WTF relationships with her mother and aunt.