Now that we have a premiere date for "Game of Thrones" Season 7 (July 16), we're left with nothing but time to speculate about who will reunite with whom, when the White Walkers will finally invade Westeros and which camp we should be rooting for when it comes to the fight for the Iron Throne.

The biggest question on our list though? Who's going to bite it in the second to last season?

It's safe to say that we can rule out any of the major players. Jon (Kit Harrington), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) Arya (Maisie Williams), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Cersei (Lena Headey) are probably all safe, considering we've got a whole Season 8 to get through before the final chapter closes on "Game of Thrones." You've got to keep your key players alive at least that long.

Other characters, however, are just as important but way more expendable. We've got a feeling at least one of these people is going to get the axe this summer.

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Bran Stark

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Look, the patriarchy is the actual worst, but it's apparently thriving in Westeros. That means if Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) ever returns to Winterfell, the other houses in the North are going to have a problem on their hands. Bran is the rightful heir to Winterfell (especially considering Jon isn't even Ned's [Sean Bean] biological son), so his title of King in the North would be threatened by Bran in a way it's just not by Sansa (Sophie Turner). As we said before, Jon's here to say, so Bran ... might not be.

Sansa Stark

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There's still so much story left to tell for Sansa, so if she bites the big one this year, the Internet is likely to throw a well-earned hissy fit. Still, she's been growing bolder and more confident the past few years, and she's finally a major player in this deadly game of thrones, which puts a target squarely on her chest. Her alliance with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) isn't helping matters, since most of his "friends" end up dead.


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On the other hand, who's to say that Sansa won't outthink the best thinker on the show? She's already proven she's got what it takes to straight up murder a man if he crosses her, and something tells us Littlefinger is going to do just that. Littlefinger was the one who set this whole power struggle into motion, so it would be strange to kill him off before it ends, but we're still hoping he gets his comeuppance sooner rather than later.

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Jorah Mormont

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Listen, Jorah (Iain Glen) has been dying a slow death for two full seasons now, so he's practically knocking on death's door at this point. While we're hopeful he'll find a cure for his Greyscale, "Game of Thrones" isn't exactly known for its saving grace. Of all the characters on this list, we think Jorah is probably most likely to die.

Jaime Lannister

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We hope this one's wrong, simply because we'd love to see Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) redeem himself -- and reunite with Brienne -- before all is said and done. However, we've got a feeling that Cersei is going to lose everything and everyone she loves before she dies and or loses the throne, and Jaime definitely makes that list.

"Game of Thrones" returns July 16, 2017 on HBO.

Posted by:Lindsay MacDonald

Lindsay MacDonald is a Los Angeles based entertainment reporter with an affinity for CW superheroes. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a major in Media Studies and a borderline unhealthy obsession with TV in 2012. She would much rather spend the day binge-watching ‘The Flash’ or sorting ‘Game of Thrones’ characters into Hogwarts houses than venturing outdoors. TV words to live by: “Never ignore coincidence. Unless, of course, you’re busy. In which case, always ignore coincidence.”