So since this is probably not the last death of a non-villainous important character in the series, who do you think will be the next to go? Will it be at the end of the series or will it be sooner? I am 99% convinced that Neji will die, at least if the anime episodes of post neji/naruto fight are accurate to the manga. There was some major hinting around there. Following in his footsteps, all his talk about fate, it just seems natural that he'll die protecting the hyuuga like his father did. And what kind of symbolism do the birds have? I like the idea of kakashi dying at the very end of the series. He's probably my favorite character but I think it could add to the plot. I think it's very possible too.