It’s no secret that Game of Thrones has developed a reputation for being particularly brutal to its main characters. Just making it to the end of an episode should be counted as a victory. Everyone is eager for the arrival of its final season, but there’s a gruesome catch – anything can go.
In your typical show, the main cast is usually saved by plot armor on a daily basis because they’re needed to push the story forward. Usually, it isn’t until the last season that big game-changing things start happening. Characters get killed off. Most of the secrets are revealed. The everyone pairs off with the romantic partner the audience wants them to have, and the villains are finally defeated for good. But again, that’s in a normal show.
As most people have come to realize, every season of Game of Thrones is like the last season of a normal show. The last season of Game of Thrones will likely be the most brutal in television history. And to that effect, I have one question: will Tyrion survive?
Peter Dinklage has become a pop culture darling thanks to how well he plays Tyrion Lannister and how much everyone loves the character. So far he’s survived against all odds. But in this last season, all bets are off. All scores will be settled, and the upcoming final clash will be a terminal one.
As to the question “will Tyrion survive?” I’m actually leaning towards no.
And no, this isn’t because of the show’s cavalier use of main character death. It’s because Tyrion’s death would be an effective (not to mention juicy) storytelling element. He’s proven himself a hero on several occasions but has never truly gotten the recognition he deserved by the other characters. (a.k.a. the recognition the audience wants him to have.) In my opinion, I believe Tyrion will stare death in the face one last time – likely to save his sister from death by white walker. In one final act, Tyrion will finally earn the love of his sister, validate his brother’s confidence, and win the recognition he rightfully deserves. However, this time, death won’t blink.
Another reason why I believe Tyrion will die is that his survival would be too clean – too fairytale. Seriously, do the words “clean” and “fairytale” every come to mind when talking about Game of Thrones? Why should the writers let him survive when there could be so much more impact and character development with his death?
Then again, all this is mere speculation. As a writer – I hope Tyrion dies and I hope he dies effectively.
But as a veiwer, my feelings are quite different…