Bookmakers reveal odds on which characters are most likely to die in final season of Game of Thrones
Now that we've ticked over into 2019, we can at last say that the final season of Game of Thrones will be airing this year. And, for those of us who have been following the series since it first started in 2011, it's been quite a journey. We lost old favourites, gained unsurprising heroes, and suffered through a lot of gory action (*cough* Oberyn *cough*).
With only a matter of months until season eight makes it to our screens, though, a lot of us are beginning to have serious concerns about who will still be alive and kicking by the time it's all over - especially as the show's producers have had absolutely no issue killing off fan favourites before (*cough* Oberyn *cough cough*). And, with so much speculation over the fates of key players, bookmakers betvictor.com have generated odds on who is most likely to die in the fight for the iron throne.
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Let's start with the characters that are most likely to survive. Of the 21 names listed by betvictor.com, the one with the lowest death odds at the time of writing is good ol' Samwell Tarly, followed closely by his love, Gilly. Of the serious contenders for the throne, the three with the lowest odds are Arya Stark (25 per cent chance of dying), Jon Snow (also 25 per cent), and Bran Stark (31 per cent).
Getting to the middle of the pack, the group that have a slightly higher chance of dying than surviving are Podrick, Sansa, and Theon, and those that run a serious risk of being offed include Melisandre, Jorah Mormont, and - sorry, guys - Daenerys Targaryen.
The top three, however, with more than a 90 per cent chance of going down the 'Valar Morghulis' route, are Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, and Euron Greyjoy.
As well as predicted mortality rates, the bookmakers also released odds on who was most likely to take the throne.
Right at the bottom of the pile, once again, is Gilly. The odds of her taking the crown (and how great would that be!?) are 150/1, so it's very unlikely she'll be the new queen. Then, with odds of 100/1, are Theon, Melisandre and Brienne of Tarth. Again, we can't really see any of them ruling over Westeros, so it's probably not the best idea to put any hope (or money) towards it.
Those with more favourable odds include Arya and Sansa Stark, Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, and, most surprisingly, The Children of the Forest. However, currently in the top spot with odds of 1/1 is Bran Stark, meaning he has a 50 per cent chance of becoming king.
As cool as it would be to see Bran on the throne, though, wouldn't it be more entertaining to see one of the wild cards run away with the victory? Like, yeah, sure, having the Three-Eyed Raven in charge is sensible, but Westeros would probably be a better place if Ser Davos Seaworth took control.
These are still only predictions, though, so we'll just have to wait and see what really happens.