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Game of Thrones Betting: Who Will Be the First to Die in Season 8?
I don’t know what it is about summertime, but for one reason or another, all of the top entertainment betting sites are pushing out Game of Thrones prop bets.
Perhaps it’s just a slow time of year for novelty wagering, or maybe the wedding of GoT alums Kit Harington and Rose Leslie sparked further interest in Game of Thrones betting.
That, or GoT fans just can’t wait for the 2019 return of their favorite show, and the top novelty betting sites are wisely capitalizing on the show’s popularity.
I already took a crack at one Game of Thrones wager, as I recently looked at who will rule Westeros when season 8 (and the series) concludes next year.
That’s one great wager to consider throwing some money at, but there’s another over at BetOnline: who will be the first to die?
All of the gulp.
Game of Thrones Death Odds
This is a tough one, as you could truly make a case for every single character dying.
That sounds pretty dark, but in a world such as Game of Thrones, would it be that crazy for there to simply be no winner?
That’d be quite deflating, but it’d in a sense also be very fitting.
I doubt all of Westeros will be swallowed up in dragon flames, but quite a few people will perish, and if you get the first body bag occupant right, you can win some serious coin.
Here are the latest Game of Thrones season 8 death odds at BetOnline.
Yara Greyjoy makes a lot of sense as the favored Game of Thrones character to die first in season 8.
She’s not exactly essential to the main story, while she’s already been put in harm’s way. Last we saw of her, good ol’ Uncle Euron kidnapped her, almost solely to belittle Theon Greyjoy.
His intentions with Yara, I can only assume, are not good.
To be fair, this Greyjoy trio is all in danger. Nobody really wants Euron to win in any capacity, and there is a slew of villains to get rid of in a short amount of time.
Euron could easily kill Yara and/or Theon before being killed off in another venue. He could kill Yara and then be killed by Theon out of vengeance, or maybe Theon even comes to save Yara and sacrifices himself to save his sister.
That is probably the outcome I’d personally wish to see.
It fulfills Theon’s character arc, it saves probably the greater character in Yara, and it gets rid of just one bad guy in a long line of dirty, filthy scoundrels.
Steve Martin and Michael Caine did a good job lessening the weight of someone being a scoundrel, but I assure you, it’s still a bad thing.
Don’t be a scoundrel, I guess.
As you can see, the options appear to be endless, and that’s just starting with the Greyjoy family. You still need to look at everyone else, consider their odds, and gauge how likely they are to die.
And not just die in general.
That’s a danger every Game of Thrones character faces in every single episode. You need to peg who is going to morph into a corpse before our very eyes first.
It’s like picking the winner of a long, grueling, deceptive, treacherous race. But the winner gets chopped up into bits and spread out over Westeros.
Yay, you…win? Yeah, it’s not so joyous anymore, is it?
Maybe not, but profit is profit. If you guess the right person to die first, you could win some fat cash.
They’re Probably Safe
Before I venture too far out into predicting who dies next on Game of Thrones, I’ll look at the characters I deem safe – at least initially.
Knowing how GoT works, somebody key will probably die in episode one, and they might die right away.
Maybe the Game of Thrones writers troll us all and have Daenerys and Jon Snow die together at the same time. Maybe it’s a murder-suicide when Khaleesi finds out she’s really Jon Snow’s aunt.
Things would get pretty awkward and all.
Then again, this is Game of Thrones, so we can’t say for sure that one of them wouldn’t be into it.
Still, I have to agree with BetOnline and the other top entertainment sites here and assume top threats for the Iron Throne like Snow and Daenerys are probably safe.
One or both could certainly be offed at any point in the final season of dungeons and dragons Game of Thrones, but the odds are pretty good it doesn’t happen in episode one or super early into the show’s final run.
I’m ruling out anyone who appears to be vital to the remaining story, too.
That keeps all of the Starks and Lannisters, and they’re not coming off unless you can kick the can really, really fast!
In all seriousness, I think those two families are largely safe as we first get going, while The Night King randomly dying would be as anticlimactic as it gets.
Varys also figures to play a political role for a bit longer, while Sir Davos, The Hound, Jorah Mormont, Brienne of Tarth, Tormund Giantsbane, and Bronn all have existing loyalties to play out or actually could play a huge role in developing storylines.
The Mountain is technically already dead, but I’m sure at some point he and his brother (The Hound) will face off. I doubt it happens so quickly, though, so they’re separate but together in terms of safety.
The only other casualty I’d be wary of is Gendry.
I have a sneaky suspicion he could end up ruling Westeros when it’s all said and done, but it’s perfectly possible the GoT showrunners will look to nip that narrative in the bud rather early.
I doubt they do, but Gendry at +1400 is a potentially profitable pivot off of the Greyjoys.
Again, you can make a strong argument for any of the untouchables still.
The Mountain or The Hound could easily take one another out, while Tormund, Bronn, Jorah, Sir Davos, and the Lannisters are mixed up in some fighting.
Any of them could be taken out in the next battle, should we be exposed to it early in season eight.
Who Dies First?
While the next Game of Thrones death seems pretty unpredictable, I’m thinking one of two things happen: one of the Greyjoys meet their maker or somebody BetOnline hasn’t listed is the first to go.
The latter is probably the case no matter what, but of this list, I’m trying to think about who is the most expendable and/or has little story left to tell.
For me, all roads lead to Theon Greyjoy.
Yara Greyjoy is a warrior and a leader. She deserves to rule the Iron Islands, and surviving her brother’s ineptitude and her uncle’s savagery would make her quite worthy of ascending the ladder.
She will need one or both to die to do it, and Theon making up for his past cowardice is a nice, fitting end to his character arc.
He’s been through some stuff.
Theon has lost his manhood, he’s been tortured, he was made to think he was responsible for a lot of death, and he pretty much lost the love of all of his friends and family.
Through it all, Theon rediscovered his fight, beat the heck out of one of his fellow soldiers to prove his worth, and is heading to his uncle’s stomping grounds to get his sister back.
Perhaps it’s too late, and Yara (+225) really is the first to go.
However, that’s not much fun. She’s a good character, and Euron can’t stick around forever. The show has bigger fish to fry, and with only a handful of episodes to do some serious loop-closing, the GoT creators need to take some hard stands.
That forces bettors to do the same, and I think it’ll be Theon to get the axe next on this list.
He’ll be able to redeem himself in the process, as I think he either sacrifices himself to save his sister and/or takes out Euron in the process.
Either way, Theon dies, and if you bet on it happening at +500, you might be able to make some sweet cash off of it.
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