Will Tyrion Lannister Die in ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale?
This spring, it seems we’re more often dissecting which fictional characters might die in various fantasy movies and TV shows than discussing real issues. Game of Thrones is getting as much, or more, analysis on character deaths as the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.
With GoT, you really have to slow down to figure out who could die in the show’s finale in May. Considering most to all of the main characters may die at the end, it’s best to take it one character at a time. Let’s look at whether Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) could be on the fate list.
Being a peacemaker in Westeros might not lead to good outcomes
One thing we’ve learned about the GoT universe is war is as much of their DNA as it is in our real world America. The parallels are sometimes obvious, but the battles to maintain dynasties in Westeros and Essos are often times much bloodier. Then again, many of the battles are based on medieval battles centuries ago in parts of Western Europe. These definitely were just as bloody as what we see on GoT, often with body counts a mile high.
Tyrion Lannister is one of the few characters willing to become a peace broker against the warring dynasties and families. Part of this involves being a (presumed) trusted advisor to Daenerys Targaryen.
While many of the most nefarious characters have found their comeuppance, Tyrion trying to shut down all aspects of war could end up getting him killed. Of course, he almost was a couple of times.
What’s more, during the season 8 premiere, fans watched Tyrion’s sister Cersei Lannister order a hit on her brothers — Qyburn contracts Bronn to travel north and murder Tyrion using the same crossbow he used to kill Tywin Lannister — should they survive the war against the Night King. As such, even if Tyrion manages to live after the battle, his life may still be at risk.
Will Tyrion live based on how many times he’s escaped death?
It seems Tyrion often lives like a cat with exactly nine or more lives. We’ve almost lost count on how many times he’s escaped death by the skin of his teeth during the show’s run. Two of the most memorable is when he fought in the King’s Landing assault, plus falsely admitting to killing King Joffrey during a grueling trial. In all cases, he managed to worm out of death by playing his cards right. During the King’s Landing assault, however, he was badly wounded.
There were other close calls as well. Nevertheless, we have to wonder if the show’s producers (David Benioff and Dan Weiss) will ultimately make Tyrion be one of the only survivors. One thing we do know is Peter Dinklage seems satisfied with the fate they’ve decided, despite odds from polls showing Tyrion leading for death.
Tyrion’s fate will be more interesting than just death or even life
Outside of all the death Game of Thrones shows us, every one of those demises were not done without specific reasons filled with complexity. As we all turn morbid in our pop culture readings this month on deciding who dies in GoT and Avengers: Endgame, many people process these deaths like losing a real family member.
If Tyrion does die (or lives), we’ll see there’s likely an ironic twist behind it all. According to Dinklage above, he said Tyrion’s fate was satisfying to him and will also be the same to loyal viewers.
Of course, he said he couldn’t make a peep about his reaction without giving something away. The stress of dealing with keeping these secrets will likely be something actors like Dinklage won’t miss.
All told, we almost wish Tyrion would live, since he could set the stage for who gains the throne at the end. As peacemaking as Tyrion has been of late, there’s still very careful strategy to every move he makes.