Game of Thrones is basically the Whose Line Is It Anyway? of prestige television in the sense that everyone dies and your emotions don’t matter. It’s best to treat the show the same way most people approach one-night stands: it’s a fantastic form of entertainment but the last thing you want to do is get overly invested in any of the people involved.
Close to 175,000 people have died on screen over the course of the series so far, and I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to guess that number will increase at least a little bit by the time the final season wraps up next year. Despite the best efforts of showrunners to keep people in the dark, dedicated fans have unearthed a number of details concerning the plot of the eighth season, and all signs point to a bunch of people dying over the course of the final six episodes.
Thanks to some recent comments from an HBO executive, it looks like at least a few of those people are going to be characters fans have come to know and love over the course of the series. According to Esquire, Senior VP of Drama Francesca Orsi was part of a panel devoted to the network at the INTV Conference when the conversation turned to Game of Thrones, and while she didn’t offer any specifics, it appears you should start mentally preparing yourself for the deaths of some major characters:
“It was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers. None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths.”
I can’t wait to read the fan theories about how Game of Thrones will actually end with every major character getting kicked through the Moon Door in the Eyrie until there’s only one person left.