Game of Thrones Killing Off Another Main Character?

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Writer’s Note: This article does contain spoilers of Sunday, June 1’s episode of Game of Thrones.

For those who have not read the books, this week’s Game of Thrones episode has made it look like another main character could be killed off. The land of Westeros has certainly made it clear that no character is safe, with Ned Stark being killed off at the end of season one and his son and wife following him two seasons later. However, could the show runners—and more importantly did the author of the books—really kill off yet another main character?

Before going into that, it is worth recapping the previous episode so everyone knows who the potential main character is. There are plenty of them, after all. The potential character is Tyrion Lannister. The end of Sunday’s episode saw Prince Oberyn take on The Mountain. Unfortunately, the prince, also known as the Red Viper, did not make it. He certainly gave it a good try and got what looked like a deathly blow in there, but he did the one thing superheroes are told not to do: give a monologue! Many viewers would have been watching the screen screaming for Oberyn to just kill The Mountain as soon as he had the chance.

The death of Oberyn means one thing for poor Tyrion. He must die. Oberyn was his champion, and his champion failed. By the looks of things The Mountain will not last—and those who have read the books will know the outcome—but it does not matter. Oberyn took his last breath first.

But could Game of Thrones really kill off another main character? Tyrion Lannister has become one of the characters to root for throughout the series. He cares for those around him, and looked after Sansa Stark when she really needed someone. “The Imp,” as the character is otherwise known, has certainly been lucky a number of times, but has continually pulled through much to Cersei and Tywin Lannister’s disgust (and fans’ delight).

There is certainly precedent to kill off a main character. As already mentioned, Ned, Robb and Catelyn Stark have all seen their lives come to a bloody end. However, there is also precedent to save characters. Bran Stark fell but survived with a broken back in the first season, and Arya Stark has constantly come out of fights with her head intact.

Another question would be whether the show runners would really consider killing off the character of the only actor to win an Emmy for the show. Peter Dinklage made people fall in love with Tyrion Lannister, despite the character not being very likeable at first.

Of course, the show runners will follow the plan from the books in most cases. There are exceptions. The Red Wedding included the killing of Robb’s pregnant wife, which never happened in the books. There are chances that the writers will look for a way to keep Dinklage’s character in the show. Would the Game of Thrones writers really kill off another main character, especially one that the fans clearly love and root for to survive to the end?

Opinion by Alexandria Ingham


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11 Responses to "Game of Thrones Killing Off Another Main Character?"

  1. Curly   June 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    It would be stupid to kill him, really, he is the best actor in the entire picture

  2. Olle   June 5, 2014 at 11:23 am

    How is that not spoiling? x) I know what happens so I didn’t care, but hey ^^

  3. Mercer   June 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I won’t spoil it but no Tyrion doesn’t die, another few characters do

  4. Olle   June 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Oberon died first by the mountain crushing his head in so it’s cersei’s win, Tyrion is sentenced to death and that’s final in the case of his trial.

  5. Doug   June 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    They WONT kill him off. If both warriors died, its a re-match right?

  6. Deah   June 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    DONT KILL HIM!!! They shouldn’t kill him. I actually love his character. he is the only lannister I actualy like. just don’t kil him, they should smuggle him out or something, just don’t kill him. he doesn’t deserve a death, not even Ned Stark deserved to die

  7. The Green Viper   June 3, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I really don’t get the point of articles that speculate on matters that are already known to be immutable.

  8. vision   June 3, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I don’t think I would like to continue watching if they killed the Tyrion character

  9. Eppo Maas   June 3, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Well until Tyrion is actually dead, to me he is still alive and kicking. I am sure the crew knows how important he is for the story. Unfortunately the same crew also seems to know how to drag on stuff for a long time (such as the dragon lady without much happening when you think of it). Fortunately, we have some distractions to enjoy in the meantime: a naked Missandei for starters.

  10. Adrian   June 3, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I know everybody’s screaming for Oberyn not to have held the monologue, but that’s Oberyn’s character; he was around for, what, just a few chapters in the book? He wasn’t exactly a major character, though his dying is going to play a major role.
    But it would be out of character for him to just kill the Mountain – he wanted the confession, he wanted to hear Gregor did it – that’s why he came to King’s Landing in the first place, he says it himself. Oberyn is not a man to do things for others; yes, he is trying to help Tyrion here by potentially saving his life, but the foremost goal was to have the confession out of the Mountain and then kill him. The killing did work, but not before Oberyn died first – even though he might not have wanted to die, and was sure he wouldn’t, the Mountain is not someone to be underestimated on the battlefield, and Oberyn paid the price. But he got what he wanted, Oberyn-style: the confession for everyone to hear, and that was all he needed. Now everyone knows that Gregor raped and murdered Elia, and killed her children; more Oberyn didn’t need.

  11. jake johnson   June 3, 2014 at 1:25 am

    They should not kill off tyrion! He is one of the most interesting people in it! Everyone else is dead as they have killed off all the people that made it interested to watch! The only reason I’m watching it now is to see what callisi does with her dragons an army! But you hardly get to see what she’s up to! I don’t think I’m gonna bother watching this show anymore! As they have killed off all the best people!


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