HBO’s Game of Thrones has proved to be as predictable as March Madness; some are in better positions than others, but there is no way to really predict who is going to win and who is going to lose. As fans of the show found out in season one, no one is safe. Two of the three most powerful men (arguably) in the realm of Westeros died within the first nine episodes: King Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark. After the Red Wedding last year, it was clear that it is time to stop trying to predict, and just go along for the ride. Game of Thrones kills off characters like Leonardo DiCaprio rotates through models, but these three characters have created too many enemies, played with fire one too many times and are outnumbered, and that is why they should die in season four.
Note: the author of this article has not read the books and the following pertains strictly to the TV show
Tywin Lannister: The most powerful man in Westeros has been untouchable thus far. He has more money than anyone else, King’s Landing is grossly in debt to him and he defeated Rob Stark in the war of northern aggression without winning one battle. Tywin is all about his family’s legacy, not his family. Since he showed up at King’s Landing and assumed his role as the King’s Hand, he has done nothing but create more enemies and drive a divide through his own family members. He tells Tyrian on a daily basis how much he hates him, he is forcing Cersei to marry a Knight who would be happier with Jaime and has recently started to tell King Joffrey what to do, much to his displeasure. Now Oberyn Martell will be introduced this season, like a snake in the garden. He is a rich, cunning, ‘bad-ass’ and has a score to settle with the Lannisters; he is a younger, better looking Tywin Lannister, but with a tan. Coupled with White Walkers coming from the North, the Tyrells still not seeing eye-to-eye with him and Stannis Baratheon threatening to storm King’s Landing once more, it seems the stakes are too high for the most powerful man in Westeros. He said it himself, his war with the North is going to be his last. That war is over and a Lannister always pays their debts, even to the god of Death.
Stannis Baratheon: The recently defeated, and “rightful” King to the Seven Kingdoms, has been holding down Dragonstone ever since his brother, Robert, took the Iron Throne. Once Robert died, Stannis felt he was next in line, and he is not wrong, especially since all of Robert’s non-bastard children were fathered by Jaime Lannister, the brother of his wife. After teaming up with the Lady Melisandre and the Lord of Light, he felt it was his destiny to take the Iron Throne. Well the King’s Landing media must be saying, what have you done for me lately, Lord of Light? After offing his own brother, Renly, the Lord of Light has been hanging with a drunk priest and bringing Beric Dondarrion back to life . . . and that is about it. Even Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight, seems to have a better idea of what is going on and making wiser decision than Stannis. Coupled with Melisandre considering the blood of a bastard, Gendry, as more useful than his, it seems Stannis is quickly falling out of favor with the Lord of Light. Strike one was attacking King’s Landing and losing. Strike two was not teaming up with Rob Stark when he had the chance. Now he is undermanned, planning to attack King’s Landing at full power. Game of Thrones season four should prove to have few rules, but three strikes and Stannis Baratheon is a character that should die in season four. You can’t play with fire and expect not to get burned.
The Night’s Watch: This is not one character, but the majority of nameless, faceless Night’s Watch characters are all expected to end their watch this season. After Lord Commander Mormont went north of the Wall with 300 of the Night’s Watch best soldiers, and returned only Jon Snow and a fat, terrified Samwll Tarley, their stock dropped to about as low as Blockbuster’s. The White Walkers were expected to wipe out the Night’s Watch eventually, but now with the Army of Free Men (wildlings) moving in on Castle Black, turning into a blue-eyed zombie may be the least of their worries. They are grossly undermanned, their best soldiers are gone and Mance Rayder’s army of cold-blooded killers, Wargs and giants are surrounding them; it is not looking good for those that keep the realm safe. With the exception of Jon Snow, Samwell and a few others, the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch should be getting a song written about them by the end of the season, similar to the Reigns of Castamere; they can not expect to win a fight when their army is made up of bastards, thieves and criminals.
This season is expected to be the deadliest yet. Creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff alluded that almost every episode is going to be like episode nine of the previous seasons, and every fan has learned not to assume anyone is going to live. But these three characters are finding themselves in dire straights in season four, and that is why they should die playing the Game of Thrones.
Opinion by Chris Dragicevich