Who's still standing ahead of the Game of Thrones finale?

Game Of Thrones - Daenerys Finale

There's only one episode of Game of Thrones left, who can still play a major roll in the show's finale?

HBO's Game of Thrones has earned a reputation for being one of the bloodiest and deadliest shows on TV and that definitely didn't change in this week's penultimate episode

However, has the show's murder-spree left the cast looking a little threadbare going into this weekend's upcoming finale?

Thankfully, there are still plenty of characters left alive but only a few of them can realistically make a difference when the show comes to an end this coming Sunday. We're going to take a look at who's left and the impact they might yet play in the episode to come.

Daenerys Targaryen

Game Of Thrones - Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys has spent all eight seasons of Game of Thrones on a quest to reclaim the Iron Throne after her family was removed from power before the show began. 

Throughout the show, Dany has been one of the fanbase's favourite characters. However, in the most recent episode, she embraced the Mad Queen that's been within her from the beginning and torched the city of King's Landing, reducing it to little more than ash.

Surely after such an outburst of rage, someone, most likely Jon Snow, will have to take her down in the series finale. 

Jon Snow

Game Of Thrones Battle Of The Bastards

Jon Snow began the show as little more than an unwanted bastard but could finish the series as the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

He made a name for himself atop The Wall with the Night's Watch, steadily working his way up to become Lord Commander. After certain events led Jon to leave his post at the Night's Watch, he was then selected for leadership again, being given the title of King in the North by the northern houses of Westeros as Season 6 came to end.

His path to becoming royalty took a stumble when he met and fell for Daenerys Targaryen for whom he bent the knee. However, as Season 7 came to an end, it was revealed that Jon has never in fact been a bastard and is, in fact, Aegon Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. 

His meteoric rise from a bastard stableboy to potentially King of the Seven Kingdoms would be the completion of a great story arc for Jon but his slightly crazed and bloodthirsty love interest now stands between him and the Throne.

Arya Stark

Game of Thrones Arya Stark The Long Night

From an innocent little girl to a fearless trained killer, Arya Stark has become one of the show's central characters in recent seasons. Her finest hour came in the third episode of Season 8 when she killed the Night King and in turn single-handedly wiped out the army of the dead. 

Arya ha could still play a crucial role in the final episode after nearly falling victim to Daenerys's fiery outburst. After going through that, Arya is almost certainly going to be out for revenge in the show's finale.

Sansa Stark

Game Of Thrones Sansa Stark

Sansa has always been suspicious of Daenerys. From the very first moment Jon spoke about meeting with the Dragon Queen, Sansa has held reservations which have only become more plain to see as the final season has progressed. 

After spending years how to play the game of thrones from Cersei Lannister and Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, Sansa could well have the smarts to outthink Daenerys in order to see someone else take the Throne. 

Bran Stark

Game Of Thrones Bran Stark

Since becoming the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven in Season 6, Bran Stark has been gifted with an incredible power, being able to see any event in the history of Westeros as well as the present.

However, as the seasons have gone on, he and his powers have been used to less and less effect. In Season 8 Bran has been little more than a bystander in truth.

Could the final episode have a more important role for Bran to play?  

Tyrion Lannister

Game Of Thrones Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister quickly became a fan-favourite character on the show for his wit and enthusiasm for wine.

Since Season 6, Tyrion has been Hand of the Queen to Daenerys but has constantly struggled to perform in this role and Dany has grown a little impatient with him resulting in her burning down the city Tyrion once called home and in turn murdering Tyrion's brother and sister.

It wouldn't be surprising to see Tyrion's allegiances shift again after such an act of violence after he's preached peace to her for the past few seasons.

Brienne of Tarth

Game Of Thrones Brienne Of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth has also seen a rise in station over the course of the show. She began life as an armoured delivery service and has eventually become a true Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and helped to lead the fight against the army of the dead.

She was last seen spending the night with Jaime Lannister but was left in tears when Jaime left to return to his sister Cersei. 

Whether or not Brienne has an impact in the final episode or not, she needs to have a better send off than bawling her eyes out at the sight of Jaime Lannister leaving, her character has been far too bad-ass for that. 

Samwell Tarly

Game Of Thrones Samwell Tarly

And of course, we come to Samwell Tarly. Sam has been a loyal friend to Jon since Season 1 and helped Bran Stark discover the truth about Jon's true identity. 

With his undeniable smarts and such a close relationship with Jon, Sam is bound to play some part in the final episode, right?  

Others

Game Of Thrones - Jon Snow, Davos And Grey Worm Storming King's Landing

While there may be plenty of characters left alive, not all of them are likely to play a role in the final episode. Whether they've parted company with the main heroes or have simply disappeared from our screens, here are the characters left alive who we probably shouldn't expect to see anything major from in the last episode.

Tormund and Ghost: The Wildling chieftain and Jon's Direwolf headed back north after the Battle of Winterfell.

Yara Greyjoy: The last remaining Greyjoy left our screens earlier in the season to reclaim the Iron Islands and hasn't been seen since. There is a chance she and her fleet could return but we wouldn't bet on it.

Gendry: He was last seen in the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell and was gifted the title of Baratheon by Daenerys Targaryen.

Bronn: Bronn has hardly appeared in the last season. He appeared for a brief two-minute long scene in episode four and likely won't be seen again except maybe for one last conversation with Tyrion.

Davos: Davos has been a loyal advisor and lieutenant to Jon Snow since Season 6. While he's been a regularly recurring character the pace of Seasons 7 and 8 of the show have relegated him to little more than a side-character with little part to play. 

Grey Worm: The leader of the Unsullied's main character motivation toward the end was his love affair with Missandei, Daenerys's closest advisor. After Missandei's death in episode four of this season, Grey Worm has been left as little more than a soldier.

Podrick: And finally, there's Podrick. The former squire to Tyrion in King's Landing was last seen at Winterfell but probably won't be given all that much to do in the final episode.

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And that's where we stand. Do you think our predictions might come true? Who do you think will sit atop the Iron Throne when the curtain falls on Game of Thrones this weekend?

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