‘GAME OF THRONES’: Who will die next? We rank the top contenders

HBOLena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister in a scene from Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones.'
HBOLena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister in a scene from Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones.'
FILE - This file image released by HBO shows a scene from "Game of Thrones." Even in a world with magic, dragons and deadly supernatural White Walkers, HBO’s popular show has plenty of economic lessons to teach. (HBO via AP, File)
FILE - This file image released by HBO shows a scene from "Game of Thrones." Even in a world with magic, dragons and deadly supernatural White Walkers, HBO’s popular show has plenty of economic lessons to teach. (HBO via AP, File)

Death is pretty much a way of life on “Game of Thrones,” where the body count rises at nearly the same startling rate as our premium-cable bills.

So, as Season 7 gets set to unfold July 16, it’s a matter of when, not if, characters both beloved and reviled will meet their demise.

With that in mind, we’ve pored over the vast roster of remaining characters in an effort to determine which will kick it next. We homed in on 10 viable candidates (excluding dragons, dire wolves and White Walkers). If this list proves prescient, you heard it here first. If it’s hogwash, we’ll pretend it never existed.

Here are our top possibilities, along with their chances of survival.

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Jorah Mormont

Daenerys’ devoted sidekick is an obvious choice, having been infected with deadly greyscale. Jorah is probably not long for this world. Sure, he might get lucky and find a cure, but don’t count on it.

Odds of survival: Slim to none.

Melisandre

After Jon Snow banished the so-called Red Priestess from the North, she told him that she’s ready to die. (That makes sense since she’s really, really old). One other factor to consider: She’s on Arya Stark’s kill list.

Odds of survival: 12 percent

Grey Worm

It’s a wonder the former slave isn’t a goner already, having narrowly escaped several prior skirmishes. But now that a huge battle for the Iron Throne looms, his time is probably running out.

Odds of survival: 15 percent.

Theon Greyjoy

Yes, you would think poor Theon has suffered enough, but his vile uncle, Euron Greyjoy, wants him dead. Maybe it’s best to just put him out of his misery.

Odds of survival: 18 percent.

Tormund Giantsbane

The big, lovable, red-headed lug is such a fierce and magnificent warrior that he almost seems indestructible. We’re betting that he’s not.

Odds of survival: 25 percent.

Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

This conniving, back-stabbing little snake is one of the most-hated men in all of Westeros. Many fans undoubtedly wish he were dead already. Our guess? He’s either going to bite it this season, or end up on the Iron Throne.

Odds of survival: 35 percent.

Brienne of Tarth

Egads, we certainly don’t want Brienne to dance with the grim reaper. She’s a good-hearted, noble warrior. Of course, on this show, good-hearted, noble people usually meet a vicious, bloody end.

Odds of survival: 40 percent.

Samwell Tarly

Oh, this one would truly hurt! Jon Snow’s best pal is among the most beloved “Game of Thrones” characters. But, again, beloved characters are often meet a horrible demise on this show. (Memo to writers: Lay off Little Sam — and Gilly — or there will be hell to pay).

Odds of survival: 50-50.

Olenna Tyrell

The oh-so-crafty “Queen of Thorns” has vowed vengeance against Cersei for killing most of her family and there’s a decent chance that she’ll prevail. But not if Cersei gets her first.

Odds of survival: 60 percent.

Cersei Lannister

She currently sits atop the Iron Throne and you know what that means: She has a great big target on her back. Also, keep in mind that the previous two monarchs — RIP, Joffrey and Tommen — had very brief reigns. Then again, she has beaten the odds before.

Odds of survival: 70 percent