Warning: Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones‘ season 7 episode “Stormborn.” And potentially spoilers for Sunday night’s episode, too.
Something just didn’t feel right when Grey Worm and Missandei got it on in last week’s episode of Game of Thrones. If we’ve learned anything from the last six seasons, it’s that usually things go horribly wrong for characters on this show. It’s impossible not to remember at least one unexpected character death that made you gasp and want to writhe around on your couch, like Joffrey at the Purple Wedding.
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Most recently, Grey Worm, the chosen commander of the Unsullied, got his long-awaited happiness when he and Missandei finally took their slow-burning relationship to the next level. While Game of Thrones viewers have seen more than a few sex scenes over the last six years, never has the show featured one so loving and intimate—and consensual. Armed with the knowledge that no one on this show can truly be happy, fans immediately became skeptical. How can two nice, helpful characters just have a cute relationship? How can they get what they’ve always wanted without some kind of consequence? Does this mean Grey Worm will have to pay for his one, rare moment of happiness?
Since he and his men were set free by Daenerys back in season three, the Unsullied commander has served the Mother of Dragons faithfully. Now, though, he’s being sent to lead his men on a siege of the Lannisters’ Casterly Rock, which immediately spells trouble in the eyes of Grey Worm fans. In new promotional photos for “The Queen’s Justice,” Grey Worm can be seen in full armor, prepared for battle and ready to defend his queen. This definitely means we should expect to see him in action soon. Let’s just hope he makes it out alive.
According to a theory from Mashable, the outlook for our favorite Unsullied leader is grim. Daenerys’ plan in “Stormborn” certainly doesn’t make anyone feel more secure about Grey Worm staying alive much longer. Not to mention, the show has gotten particularly loose with the levels of foreshadowing they’ve been dishing out. While this has pretty much destroyed any chance at a shock or major plot twist for viewers, it’s also made it increasingly easier to predict when our favorite characters are going to die.
Even Jacob Anderson, the actor who plays Grey Worm, revealed that he’s worried about the fate of this noble warrior. On the red carpet for the show’s season premiere, he told Insider, “Yeah, no one can be happy in this show, can they? It’s just not allowed. So yeah, I worry for them — those kids. Those crazy kids.” If Grey Worm himself is worried, then what do the fans have left to cling to as a source of hope?
Missandei seems to be safe at Dragonstone with Daenerys, but our favorite Unsullied soldier is about to ride off into battle before our very eyes, potentially for the last time. Even though we have every reason to believe Grey Worm is done for in the next episode, maybe the writers will actually shock us and diverge from the predictability of killing everyone off. Maybe they will let two characters just be happy for once.
Then again, maybe they won’t. It’s probably best to mentally prepare yourself now, just in case the Internet is right about this one.