Not everyone is going to survive ACO3
I’m sorry for this.
I’ve seen a lot of posts talking about the neat, predictable little ships SJM has organized for her characters at the end of ACOMAF, and the fact that they seem predictable and that this is SJM we’re talking about really makes me think that not everyone will survive. I’m going to organize the post based on how likely I think that the character will die (excluding villains because this post is about character deaths that we won’t cheer at), going from least likely to most likely.
Feyre, Rhysand, and Cassian:
Given their healing arcs in ACOMAF, I think that it’s unlikely that either Feyre or Rhys will die, and since Cassian got injured at the end of ACOMAF, I think he’s going to survive ACO3.
Lucien, Elain, and Nesta:
Lucien, Elain, and Nesta all have a lot of development to go through in ACO3, and SJM has said that Nesta especially is one of her favorite characters to write. That said, given how quickly the mate bond affected Lucien, I definitely think that he would die for Elain, and that Elain would die for him or one of her sisters. If Elain does die, it’s going to be heartbreaking because it’s Elain. Think of how surprising it was when she wished for all of the mortal queens to go to hell. Elain dying in order to protect Nesta, Feyre, or Lucien would be unexpected but completely in character for her at the same time, and I know that I would cry buckets of tears over the gentlest sister giving her life to protect Feyre and Nesta and the two of them growing closer after her death, and before I get too off-track, I also think that Nesta could die like that– protecting Feyre, Elain and Lucien, or Cassian. However, Elain and Nesta still have a lot of development to go through, so while they could die, I don’t think it’s too likely, and Lucien deserves better while also potentially having to take over the mantle of the Spring Court
when if Tamlin dies.
Amren and Mor:
Clearly, we still need to learn about what exactly Amren is (I have no theories tbh), and what better way than on her deathbed? Kidding, but Amren’s arc in the next book could easily be one where we learn who and what exactly she is in preparation for her ultimate sacrifice. Amren is “thorny” on the outside, but on the inside, she’s loyal af to the Court of Dreams, and I have no doubt in my mind that she would die for any of them if she needed to. Mor is also incredibly loyal to the squad, and if she does die, I believe that it would be for Az and Cassian. The two males are so important to her, and her offering them the chance to live as they offered her hundreds of years ago. While both Amren and Mor are high risk characters, at least in my mind, none is more high-risk than…
If I make it through this without crying, it’ll be a miracle. Az is a loyal, dangerous-looking teddy bear, and he would die for any memeber of the Court of Dreams, even Amren. However the character I see him as most willing to die for is Cassian, because Cassian nearly died defending him, and from a writing perspective, it would form a really nice parallel between the two of them. HOWEVER, if he dies before him and Mor confess their feelings for each other, I will not be ok. I won’t be ok if any of these characters die, but especially Azriel. Fear-mongering rant over; I’m so sorry.
Tl;dr Azriel is the character most likely to die in ACO3 because of the parallel it would form and the hearts it would break, but there’s a chance that several of the other characters could die as well.