The only hint that Kaname will actually die is his words to Yuki that she has to kill him with artemis if she leaves him, but it was more of an implication to what happens if Yuki leaves him which is probably similar to death. Next is Yuki's pureblood service which she set up when she misinterpreted that the purpose Kaname gave her artemis was to do something with it, and that something was to prevent any more innocent deaths of humans
because of purebloods. Looking at it now her way is similar with Kaname in preventing anymore innocent deaths, but hers is granting voluntary death to purebloods, with Kaname it is compulsory/involuntary so their way opposes each other. The symbolism, if you look at it this way is a bit off: Yuki kills Kaname because he wants to (voluntary) and to prevent any more innocent deaths of purebloods
(not humans) Another thing is that Kaname may want death as he said, only if Yuki leaves him, not if their intentions go against each other. Last comment that can give hint is Shizuka's words to Kaname before her death that the future of purebloods will be dark one and so is his..well we've already seen how Kaname lived his life with Yuki in the mansion several months after Shizuka said that, and it was dark, gloomy existence, even as he tried to usher her into the chaotic vampire society it was not exactly a bright event.
She was taught to be wary of everyone and her actions were limited inside the house. Yes, the future of a pureblood is a dark one.
The possibility why I don't think Kaname will die is his promise to Yuki that he will be back to fulfill her wishes, the one before he left her. They haven't started their "start over" yet, it can't end when it hasn't even began. The start over was Yuki's idea, so it has something to do between the two of them, not vampire society. Next is Kaname's promise to take her to the rose garden that only blooms every ten years, so if Hino decides that line has meaning ten years has to pass for that to be fulfilled.
And it's kind of cliche plot for Kaname to die at the end... well, that is if you ask me... the fact it will make it similar to Code Geass ending is one.
If relying on hints alone, Zero has more indications to die at the end since he talks of wanting to die nearly all the time in the first arc, his theme was his struggle with his humanity, his vampire nature and overcoming it. It's a constant struggle between life, insanity and death.
[EDIT: there's a page where Yuki says its her duty to kill him:
the gun she refers to is the same gun Zero is still keeping with him until now, the one he placed underneath his pillow]
Zero wanted to die, but Yuki prevents him, and this has always been constant too, so if there's someone who will prevent Zero's death it will be Yuki. My guess is she will give him the blood he needs to survive and keep delaying the level E effects...though the "keep delaying effects by continuous blood transfusion" seems like such an arduous task that makes the whole "forbidden" aura seem more darker... perhaps there's another way to let Zero be permanently stabilize, or not. Anyway..
I can also see Kaien dying by the end because of what he said that he will prevent Yuki and zero from going against each other (but since Zero already managed to point his gun at her that kind of failed the first time..anyway) Probably he will sacrifice himself if Yuki and Zero has no choice but to fight
each other, and I can see this happening currently because Yuki has some resentment with the hunters following her, Yuki also thinks Zero and her views will never meet. I can see Yuki being prevented by Zero at some point and this will cause her to fight against him thus starting it. And Kaien may need to sacrifice his life to put a stop to it, the question is how can he do this considering Yuki and Zero are probably more stronger than him?
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