[SPOILER ALERT – Beware if you haven’t seen the first two episodes of Season 7 of Game of Thrones]
“What is dead may never die,” say the people of the Iron Islands, “but rises again harder and stronger.” Last week, the leader of the Ironborn, Euron Greyjoy, was picked by the most Americans as the next likely casualty on HBO’s Game of Thrones. The poll preceded episode two, but as the show came to its bloody climax, Euron showed that his death may not be coming for quite some time as his navy proved the harder and stronger.
Hundreds, if not thousands, were massacred by Euron’s navy and only his meek nephew Theon/Reek, it seems, was able to swim away. Those deaths run counter to who Americans thought would die in this last episode. But instead of “Uncle” Euron kicking the bucket, it was the Sand Snakes whose mother was taken into custody by the self-styled King of the Iron Isles.
Pilou Asbaek, who plays Euron, disputed the poll in a tweet:
Once again the people are wrong!!! But yet again…better to burn out than fade away!!!
— Pilou Asbaek (@PilouAsbaek) July 21, 2017
Ipsos ran a new Game of Thrones death poll this week, asking Americans who they thought would die next. And, perhaps since the last time we saw Petyr Baelish squirm was under the gloved hand of Jon Snow, most Americans figure Baelish’s time is up. Sixteen percent of respondents believe he will die next while 10% of those surveyed believe that Sandor “The Hound” Clegane is soon to go.
GoT theories run deep at this point with fans dedicating scads of blog posts to who will stay and go. But the Ipsos survey also shows that Americans think that the lover-twin-parents Jaime and Cersei Lannister are in the bulls eye. The brother-sister are coming in at 9% and 8%. Jon Snow, who has already died once on the show, might just live to see a few more episodes.