Game of Thrones is packed with despicable villains. The very premise of the show is centered around political back-stabbing, literal beheadings, and all manner of atrocities exacted upon the characters we love most.
That being so, we still hope that some of our favorites will survive until the end of the series. And while we know that Game of Thrones specializes in ripping our collective heart out, we can still dream that these particular characters will somehow manage not to die.
1. Tormund Giantsbane
Even after starting out as an adversary, Tormund Giantsbane has quickly endeared himself to fans as the one Wildling with enough sense to ally with Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch. He’s proven himself to be a formidable warrior, a respected leader, and most of all, a trusted ally in the coming war against the White Walkers. Combine that with the relentless shipping of him and Brienne, and we’d be more than a little sad to see him go.