With great anticipation we awaits the release of the epic final of Game of Thrones with Westeros about to be engulfed in a war of ice and fire, and it will clearly be a bloodbath. Tensions left simmering for years are going to explode. Westeros will be engulfed by the war to end all wars. Characters we’ve come to know and love face being offed with brutal indifference. And, as the embers of battle fizzle out, one of these characters will claim ultimate victory in the Game of Throne. But who will it be?
With her Dothraki and Unsullied armies, two whopping dragons, plus Jon Snow’s united North men, after the King in the North pledged fealty last season. But there’s a lot more at play here: Dany committed herself to the war against the White Walkers – who, let’s not forget, now have a dragon of their own. Despite promises to the contrary, Cersei has no intention of sending Lannister forces to help with the small matter of saving the world either. Even if Dany survives, her numbers will be decimated.
Though her allies have grown scant in recent seasons, it’s vital to remember that the last fools to underestimate Queen C are still being wiped off the walls of King’s Landing. Though it cost her a general (Jaime), a brother and the father to her unborn child (yep, Jaime ), Cersei’s plan to allow the Walkers to thin out Jon and Dany’s armies, while keeping her own Lannister forces close by, is a deliciously shrewd one. All she will have to do is mop up the gory puddles of whatever’s left. Cersei also still has Euron Greyjoy and his ships on side, as well as The Mountain and the Golden Company mercenaries.
If Jon and Dany manage to see off both the White Walkers and Cersei then Jon’s sense of honour would surely see him bend his knee before the Mother of Dragons. The spanner in the works here is Jon’s true parentage: his real name is Aegon Targaryen, and he is – by every measure Dany uses to justify her own claim to power – the rightful heir to that stabbiest of chairs. It’s not inconceivable that the two of them will come to blows once this awkward fact comes to light. Jon is also in with a shot if Dany doesn’t survive the Great War with the Walkers, leaving him to overthrow Cersei alone. He and Dany could also marry, which is gross.
The most notable of Robert’s illegitimate progeny, in that he’s basically the only one left unslaughtered by Joffrey, blacksmith-turned-handsome badass Gendry is the last known member of the Baratheon bloodline. He pledged himself to House Stark, sure, but what if they all died? What if there were no Targaryens or Lannisters left? And what if no one else wanted the job, or were busy for some reason? Gendry would have to step up. He’d get no say in the matter.
The Night King
All this talk about who gets to sit on a silly pointy seat will mean nothing if the Night King simply cuts a frosty swathe across Westeros and murders everyone, triggering an interminable ice age in which the last vestiges of humanity freeze to death in their beds. A grand statement about how, ultimately, politics, money and power are meaningless in the face of an unstoppable environmental catastrophe? A nihilistic ending in which everybody dies.
So who will it be? As the episodes unfolds, drop your answer. The person with the correct answer before the final episode will win a meal voucher or Airtime worth 1000Naria. Let the Game to the throne begin.