Game of Thrones‘ sixth season had its fair share of long-awaited victories. Most prominently, we saw Daenerys finally gather enough ships to make the journey to Westeros, while Jon and Sansa expelled the Boltons from their ancestral home at Winterfell. But because this is still the Game of Thrones universe, things were far from happy on a larger scale. A handful of characters are, for lack of a better term, totally screwed in the coming seasons, and there’s not really a way around it for any of them.
If there’s one thing George R.R. Martin’s brutal universe has consistently drilled into us, it’s that storybook endings don’t fall under the category of “reasonable expectations.” Shocking deaths and tragic twists are the bread and butter of A Song of Ice and Fire. Suffice it to say, we don’t expect that to change for these characters.
1. Bran Stark
Even in a family that pretty much wrote the book on tough breaks, Bran still wins out for “most screwed Stark.” He was paralyzed from the waist down one episode into the series, was forced to flee north of the Wall soon after that, and has been dodging White Walkers ever since. He now carries the mark of the Night King on his arm, which as we’ve seen, is the only thing capable of breaking the anti-White Walker magic of the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave (and by extension, the Wall). Many fans are theorizing that Bran crossing through the Wall with that mark could break those wards too, leading to a large-scale zombie invasion that a divided Westeros has little chance of beating back. Tough break, kid.