Game of Thrones is known for many things, ranging from its stellar cast to its many, many nude scenes. If the HBO series is best known for one thing, however, it has to be the fact that no character is safe from being killed off. The first six seasons were filled with gruesome deaths, often of main characters. The series protagonist was killed off before the first season even ended. Basically, if you're still watching Game of Thrones after six seasons, you've probably resigned yourself to your favorite characters biting the dust at some point.
Some potential deaths are really more necessary than others. Sure, there are some characters we might want to die horribly, but they're still required for the story. The Season 6 finale took care of a lot of the excess characters when Cersei burnt most of the King's Landing crew to a crisp, but there are still some folks around who need to die sooner rather than later. Valar morghulis, right? Read on for our list of 7 characters that need to bite the dust in Season 7!
In the grand scheme of Game of Thrones, Beric Dondarron isn't exactly the biggest character ever to hit the airwaves. Nevertheless, he was a key part of the plot of Season 3 as a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Although he seemed like an ally to Arya and Co. early on, he earned himself a place on her kill list when he and the Brotherhood sold Gendry to Melisandre. As Gendry was Arya's only remaining true friend, Beric landed himself a spot on Arya's list. Now that she's back in the Seven Kingdoms and Gendry himself is slated to appear again, the time is right for Arya to get her revenge on old Beric.
Ser Robert Strong, A.K.A. the Mountain
Technically, the Mountain already died once. Although he emerged the victor from his bloody duel with Oberyn Martell, he eventually perished himself due to the poison with which Oberyn had coated his spear. He was reanimated by Qyburn into Ser Robert Strong, a member of Tommen's Kingsguard and Cersei's pawn. Now that Cersei is queen and the majority of her enemies were killed when wildfire consumed the Great Sept of Baelor, Cersei probably won't need him, and we can get back to the politics of King's Landing without a mute eight-foot zombie in armor lurking around.
Ser Jorah Mormont
Jorah Mormont has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the series so far, and he's survived some pretty unlikely situations. Even betraying Dany on a deep and quite personal level wasn't enough to warrant his execution. Now, however, he has a pretty definitive death sentence. Ser Jorah contracted greyscale during his journey back to Dany with Tyrion in tow, and greyscale is both very contagious and very deadly. It's just not going to be believable if he doesn't die in the not-too-distant future, and he should really hurry up and do it if he doesn't want to infect others.
Theon was one of the most detestable characters on Game of Thrones for a while, and he still probably doesn't have hordes of fans, even despite his torment at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. That said, the poor guy really deserves rest, even if that comes with death. Castrated, traumatized, and broken, he doesn't even really have a future with his own people. Yara and his uncle Euron have become the two leaders of ironborn factions; Theon is just kind of miserably in the mix. Somebody should just do him the favor of putting him out of his misery in Season 7.
The former maester Qyburn joined Game of Thrones in Season 3. The man had been stripped of his maester's chain by the Citadel when his experimentation on living men and dark arts was deemed unsuitable. He ended up in the service of Cersei Lannister in King's Landing, where he was ultimately promoted to the position of Hand. Qyburn is responsible for the resurrection of the Mountain into Robert Strong, the wildfire trap that would destroy the Citadel and most of the major players in King's Landing, and the assassination of Pycelle. All things considered, it would be entertaining to see what Cersei would do without his dark arts supporting her. We can do without Qyburn.
The red priestess Melisandre is another character who earned a spot on Arya's kill list, and I'd say that she'd be pretty high on Ser Davos' list as well if he kept such a thing. She bought Gendry from the Brotherhood Without Banners so that she could sacrifice somebody with a king's blood, she would go on to interfere with Stannis' campaign based on vague visions, and she ultimately burned poor Shireen at the stake. Melisandre has plenty of enemies, and now that's she's served her ultimate purpose of resurrecting Jon, she can be killed off. It would also be an ultimate Game of Thrones twist if she was killed right after Jon was acknowledged as the Prince That Was Promised and she never saw the prophecy's fulfillment.
As somebody who has grown to love the six feet of dysfunction that is Jaime Lannister, I've actually spent the past few seasons hoping that he would live. That said, the time has come for one of the three Lannister siblings to die, and Jaime is the one who can lift right out in Season 7. Cersei is probably going to make it to the final season, and Tyrion almost certainly will. It's hard to imagine that Cersei and Tyrion won't have another confrontation. Jaime's death could affect both of his siblings in pretty big ways and charge the final Cersei/Tyrion confrontation even more. Sorry, Jaime. I have to let you go.
Sadly, Game of Thrones won't return for Season 7 until July 16, 2017, so be sure to check out our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule to see all your viewing options in the meantime. If you have any other characters who should totally die in Season 7, be sure to let us know in the comments!