Books, Television

Who’s Getting the Iron Throne…

jon and drogo

I admit I have two modes when it comes to Game of Thrones: complaining about it and endless speculating/theorizing. So it’s been a stressful month I thought I’d have a little fun with a Who’s Gonna Get the Throne list and my percentage chances for each of the big ones.

Obviously spoilers for the show and the books up to this point and a lot of speculation about both. Disclaimer these are just my opinions and thoughts on some of the theories so if I seem to be mocking one you truly believe in I don’t mean to be but like I said I just want to have some fun 🙂

gendry a game of thrones

Gendry- 1% (if I’m being kind)

This was actually the one that lead me to doing this. Apparently he’s a lot more popular than I would have thought. People either seem to think he might be the last man standing King or get Arya.

I think he’s a redshirt for the White Walkers but hey, sure… he could be king 😉

sansa in game of thrones

Sansa Stark- 10%

If I were a citizen of Westeros I may choose the Nights King over show Sansa but I suppose she’s got a chance. Its better than speculating about what guy the shows going to hook her up with last minute.

Apparently the idea that Dany and Jon will helpfully reproduce and then drop dead means she could be left raising their child in a lot of theories. This character is way different from her book character but I don’t think either one is going to be Queen (unless it involves Aegon somehow but that’s been completely cut from the show.)

cersei in game of thrones

Cersei Lannister keeps it- 25%

Well this one kind of pains me because as much as I love Lena Headey I think they kept Cersei too long or at least too long in power that everyone else had to bow down to. It was a big problem for me last season. Again I think maybe if they aren’t completely off book here she’s taking some of Aegon’s possible book stuff?

So either they take care of the threat that’s been building all this time with enough time left to circle back and take out Cersei or Winter wins and everyone but her dies? Or she makes a deal with the Night King? I mean I don’t know. I don’t think there’s a shot in hell for (never-going to happen)  book Cersei but they could decide to go with the darker ending here.

davos in game of thrones

Davos- 35%

Davos is one I’ve seen time to time as a dark horse in show and books really. Got to be honest I’ve never seen why the character is popular in the show (though I do like the actor) and in the books I mostly like him due to the much different stuff with Stannis and the storyline in the North.

I think he lives in both and has important roles to whoever does get the throne but I really doubt him being King.

Bran in Game of Thrones

Bran- 40%

There’s some pretty good book arguments for him being either a.) the hero or b.) the villain. I lean more toward A but the show really hasn’t invested anything into Bran whose story has been outright skipped over at times. He’s basically an emotionless drone at this point. Some people say he’s a tree but I think trees have more emotion.

Right now I’d lean more toward villain of the piece in the show. Perhaps even if he doesn’t entirely mean it.

dany game of thrones

Dany- 75%

I love speculating about this stuff and I respect everyone’s theories but I’m a little surprised by the sheer number of people who think, who seem to want the entire purpose of the Mother of Dragons to be to spawn with golden boy and conveniently die so that someone else (usually Tyrion can be the kids regent.)

Most of my love for this character is from the book at this point but if she’s going to go I bloody well want her to go out big Drogon in the final fight dying to save the realm. Going out with the magic that she helped usher back.

I’ll take a Hollywood happy ending for her and Jon. But Dany dying in childbirth is probably going to lead to a shattered television and unfortunately I think the show is definitely working Jon’s claim above hers.

tyrion in game of thrones

Tyrion- 80%

The most prevailing theory seems to be that he serves as Regent for Jon and Dany’s baby after they helpfully die. I admit I’ve heard some interesting possible spoilers about Tyrion that I don’t really buy.

He’s a favorite of the audience and the show runners and you can never really count him out. The character usually does land on his feet and at least as far as we’ve seen his time in King’s Landing as Hand was probably the best governance so there’s that at least I can plausibly see him being good at ruling.

jon snow in game of thrones

Jon Snow- 90%

Well, we know he’s got the best claim. Not to mention he’s the brooding hero who doesn’t want it, the guy everyone loves including his Aunt (at least until she hears the truth I hope.) And I’m betting if they do go with King Jon he takes it not because he wants to (oh, no not pure-hearted Jon!) but because he’s forced into it by acclaim or people’s only hope.

I have a million caveats for Jon/Jon & Dany being a book thing that I must admit mainly hinge on how Martin does the resurrection. But I think the show does a happy ending for the happy couple.

So who do I think really gets the throne?

joffrey in game of thrones

No, not him. Well… maybe it could be fun 🙂

Everyone Important!

I think it’s going to be King Jon with Dany by his side. But I think if the Iron Throne isn’t destroyed they’ll be working toward you know, ‘breaking that wheel.’ So Jon will be King but Tyrion, the sisters, Davos and any other survivors will be on his council working toward some sort of new system.

I don’t think it’s ever going to be called democracy in books or show but that’s the general idea. I think the current way disastrous failing and a new start is what Martin’s working toward and it’s a good and simple way for the show to meet the same end.

But like I said it’s all just fun speculation for the next couple of months!

 

 

 

 

 

26 thoughts on “Who’s Getting the Iron Throne…”

  1. I think book Sansa has a relatively bright future but show Sansa- I have no idea. Same w/ Gendry possibly. I really like book Davos but yeah not as a king (although he might be the best one???).

    I do think show Bran will be WAY different than book Bran because the show doesn’t have time to do all the crap the books are gonna apparently do. And yeah show Bran isn’t exactly setting the world on fire.

    I could live with a Dany/ Jon HEA. On the show- in the books I think it’ll be more complicated (and that’s fine actually). And you’re probably right about how it’ll end. I really want the book ending though- the show ending I’m more interested in seeing what they do with the Walkers/ the North and all that. I’ll be honest, just seeing Jon/Arya/ Sansa together in Winterfell in the trailer has been a treat. 🙂

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    1. I think Bran and the North plot overall is just too vastly different to really use them to say what the book might do. That’s one of the reasons I’m hoping the show really goes its on way (much as it may annoy me) instead of trying to squeeze characters into book endings that don’t make sense anymore. Which is where I think the whole Sansa must be married thing is coming from for some people 🙂
      But yeah I’m just hoping they do some justice to the Arya/Jon reunion and don’t have her like fucking with Dany to try and protect him or something 🙂 Should be a fun six though!

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  2. I think it will be Jon, with Cersei making a mistake and underestimating something that gets her killed. But I’m looking forward to the next season, even if the quality has dipped a lot since the books were over taken.

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    1. Davos would definitely be one of the better options for Westeros. As good as Tyrion was at being hand I sometimes forget he did some truly awful things (in the books) but those two would probably be better at actually ruling!

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      1. I’ll always defend Cat and Sansa in the books as two of Martin’s best characters but I think the execution on the show has been well for me disappointing. To be honest I feel the same way about Arya, Brienne, Dorne, Jaime and the entire Northern storyline after the Red Wedding which was I thought some of Martin’s truly best writing.
        Considering how much I love ASOIAF and the acting and production values of the show is so excellent it’s been somewhat hard for me to reconcile and engage 😉 I also did not want or expect a word for word adaptation but there are definitely better voices than mine in how the changes to the characters (especially the female characters) have stacked up.
        I know I have unpopular opinions on the matter which I why I leave most of them unsaid. But I do think Game of Thrones is a show that deeply would have benefited from more voices in the writer’s room than overwhelmingly white men only four episodes total will have been written by women by the end or barring that I wish Martin had continued to write for the show. Ah, Game of Thrones always so much to write and discuss but lunch break is winding down and my boss definitely doesn’t want to hear it as en excuse for lateness 🙂 Have a good one!

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  3. I honestly have no idea what to expect for the final series. I think I need to quickly binge-watch it all over again just to remind myself of everything that has happened haha. That photo of Joffrey just reminded me of how much I hated that kid too haha, thank God it won’t be him.

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  4. “I think it’s going to be King Jon with Dany by his side” Hmmm…I don’t think so. Considering how much they hyped her up, she will either be on the throne or dead….I really don’t see a middle ground for her, especially to council someone. One idea that occurred to me was that no one would be on the throne, but that can’t be possible because, well, you need someone to rule. I’m going with Jon or Tyrion (I like your theory of Jon and Dany having a baby, but dying, thus leaving Tyrion to take care of it)

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    1. Yeah the Jon and Dany have a baby and die theory is definitely not mine. I’d actually be pretty upset if she died giving birth and Tyrion raised it. (Never understood why it wouldn’t be his sisters or Missandei and Grey Worm?) I think no throne is on the right track but maybe more so for the book. I still think it’s going to King Jon and Dany in the show. We shall see soon enough 🙂

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  5. hehe I relate to your two modes when it comes to GOT 😉 (though I’d probably have to add fangirling 😉 ) I have a friend who seriously believes Gendry will end up on the throne (and has believed that from the beginning) and I so don’t want that to happen!! hehehe I love that you put davos ahead of cersei and sansa- I agree with that 😉 Seems like he could be the dark horse (better than Gendry anyway 😉 ) I’ve got to be honest, I genuinely like the idea of Bran being the villain tbh. And yeah I don’t just want Dany to die and leave the throne to her future child- though personally I’d prefer if it ended up being Jon on the throne (not sure how likely either of them are at this point though 😉 ) Love this post!

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    1. I just don’t see Gendry happening also isn’t he basically a show creation at this point? Like a lot of Edric I know but otherwise… I don’t think the show or the books is going to go that way. And I think (I hope) Martin has gotten enough crap with the endless round of mothers dying in childbirth that he’s not going to go that way with the Mother of Dragons but who knows?
      Honestly right now I’m mostly excited that Jaime’s beard is back 😉

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      1. Yeah I really agree with you. I definitely don’t think they’re going to have him running for miles beyond the wall to save the day 😉 oh yeah that would totally suck. I honestly don’t think it’s going in that direction. Hehehe

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  6. I don’t think the hedge Knight theory will apply on the show for Sansa, Lady Ashford didn’t marry Prince Valarr Targaryen. Personally, I’d rather see her ruling the north alone and if she is going to marry a character for both love and politics, I can see it being Gendry.

    I don’t see Cersei surviving or remaining Queen though I’d like to see it because it would just be insane. But I hope they keep her until the last episode, GoT wouldn’t be what it is without Cersei, she’s the ultimate villain.

    Emilia mentioned that her last scene had her worried about the public’s perception of her as it left a bitter taste in her mouth as to what Daenerys really is… I think she’s going to do something absolutely crazy and will make her severely unlikeable. Not sure what it is, but I can’t wait! If she really is to follow Henry VII trajectory, I can see it being something to do with kids like the missing princes in the tower… it might be her sacrificing her child for another dragon (another theory I’ve seen floating around), either way, the only crazy thing I can see her doing would be sacrificing/killing someone.

    I think I know the Tyrion theory you’re referring to, is it the one from frikidoctor? I’m 50/50 on that. He definitely made some kind of deal with Cersei. And not one that’ll please Dany I believe. I don’t like Book Tyrion, easily one of the more morally grey characters in the books, the show has whitewashed him. But I’d definitely like show Tyrion to survive, although I can see Varys is disillusioned by Dany and Tyrion looks like he might follow suit…

    I remember checking the Game of Thrones twitter pics of the cast, the promo pics of each character, and Jon got the most likes, so I can imagine him being a fan favourite for the throne. He seems to be unanimously well-loved. But, I’d rather have Sansa rule. She’s her mother’s daughter and the only one who seems to know how to rule. The rest are terrible.

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    1. Yep, that’s the theory. I’m 50/50 to it makes more sense for book Tyrion. Tyrion’s “deal” is interesting to since I can’t see any kind of deal happening with her in the books (though he could make a deal with FAegon) it will be interesting to see how Jaime plays into it since I’m hoping he’s well and truly done with her.

      An Emilia’s comments are interesting as well because right now I’m for a happy ending for Dany/Jon (not me but I think that’s what they’re going for) but Jon doesn’t seem the type to be okay with her going over the edge. Unless he doesn’t know? Or unless I’m totally wrong on his fate and he’s dead? I’m glad there haven’t been any obvious leaks this year it’s so much more fun to speculate 🙂

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