HBO show Game of Thrones has never been afraid of killing off a few characters.
In fact, it's probably worth not getting too attached to any of the characters because in a split second they can have their head cut off, get their skull crushed by the hands of a giant, get poisoned, drown, catch a horrible wasting disease... you get the picture.
With season eight still a whole year away, we have to endure the dark nights and cold winter with only wild speculation to warm us. Luckily, there's enough of that on the Internet to last until way longer than 2019.
Now, at long last, we have something official to hang our hat on. It's not much, but it is some information about what will happen in the final battle for the Iron Throne.
Variety reports that HBO's SVP of drama, Francesca Orzi, has warned of some pretty significant deaths in the upcoming series.
Speaking to the INTV conference in Israel, she discussed the cast reading the final scripts for the first time. "It was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers," she said.
"None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths."
While this is hardly a shocking revelation, it is at least news. She also told of how the cast gave the show's creators a 15-minute-long standing ovation once they had finished reading.
She said: "It was amazing. By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes."
Well, at least now we can prepare ourselves for the obvious gut-wrenching feels when all our favourite characters are incinerated/frozen/brutally disembowelled.
In other news, the future of Bran Stark might be looking a bit rosier. That is if you think the betting markets are to be believed.
Obviously Bran has some things holding him back - he can't use his legs for a start, and Hodor is dead now (goodnight, sweet price) but with the powers of the three-eyed raven he surely stands a chance at getting his arse on the big metal seat.
Betway have suspended all bets on who will become the ruler of Westeros after a load of bets were wagered on Bran getting the top job. They had been offering odds of 14/1 on him previously.
A statement said: "All bets are off for who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of season eight, following multiple requests coming in for Bran Stark.
"Bran was previously priced at 14/1 but, following the amount of bets we had on him on Monday, we have had no choice but to suspend the market."
Well, the lad can see the future after all.
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