“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground,” said Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) to Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in the first season of “Game of Thrones.” Soon thereafter Ned died — decapitated by Cersei’s son, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). And eventually Cersei won, claiming the Iron Throne at the end of season six, though it cost her almost everything. By then all three of her children had died: Joffrey and Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) were poisoned, while Tommen died by suicide after Cersei murdered his wife in a cataclysmic explosion. Cersei has been playing the game of thrones ruthlessly. But when we asked our readers who should rule at the end of the series, Cersei didn’t earn many votes. So if she shouldn’t win the game of thrones, should she die? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
There’s so much royal turnover in Westeros they might as well replace the Iron Throne with a revolving door. And there have been countless deaths on the show to date, from powerful families to innocent outsiders. There have been characters who audiences have loved to hate and whose downfalls were cheered, like the sadistic Joffrey, who was done in by some bad wine, and the monstrous Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), who was eaten by his own dogs.
But maybe you think the villains are misunderstood and you’d rather take down a seemingly virtuous character like Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) or Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). If you don’t think they’re fit to rule, then maybe you’d rather see them killed off — or in the case of Jon Snow who was resurrected, killed off again.
“Valar morghulis” means “all men must die,” but some must die sooner than others. Let us know in our poll below who you’re rooting for to be killed off in season seven.