We’re just days away from the final season premiere of Game of Thrones (Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET on Crave), which means the countdown to seeing who actually sits on the iron throne by the series finale is on.
If the Wights and the Night King don’t kill everyone first, of course.
While there are plenty of fan theories out there as to how things will actually play out, we’ve got our own thoughts on all of our favourite characters and why they may (or may not) conquer Westeros once and for all at the culmination of this great war. From least to most likely, here’s who we think may end up sitting on the throne.
We’ve been obsessed with this child ruler since she first came to Winterfell to plead her case (wisely) against grown-ass men.
Pros: This lady knows how to get things done, and would certainly be a fan-favourite to rule them all.
Cons: In order for Lyanna to actually rule, that would require almost every other character we care about dying first.
JUST YOUR FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT LYANNA MORMONT IS THE MOST DESERVING OF SITTING ON THE IRON THRONE AND I BOW TO NO OTHER. DIS MY QUEEEEEEEN! pic.twitter.com/QUseW8ATzL
— Alice in Sovereign Citizen Land (@AliceLfc4) April 6, 2019
The oldest of the Lannister siblings, Jaime started out on this series as a top-notch bad guy but we’ve grown to like him as he smartened up. TBH, heading into the final season we have conflicted feelings about him.
Pros: Well he’s the Kingslayer, and shouldn’t a Kingslayer be a natural contender for the throne?
Cons: Jaime is definitely a knight, but we’re not sure how well he’d do as a ruler. We think he’s maybe a little too influenced by certain ladies in his life to make his own, fully formed decisions.
Jaime Lannister is my dark horse pick for the Iron Throne
— Ross Llewellyn (@R_Llewellyn) April 5, 2019
Season 1: “Kill this prick”
— David Jesus. S (@DaveTWD408) April 11, 2019
Remember when Arya first learned how to fight with her trusty little sword, Needle? Our girl has certainly come a long way, surviving in the starkest of conditions (see what we did there?).
Pros: This girl has seen things. Plus if anyone came to attack she could just disguise herself with a different face, thus protecting the throne.
Cons: Although we’ve seen the younger Stark sister mature considerably over the years, she still seems too wild at heart to be held down by the constraints of ruling Westeros. Somehow, being a Queen just doesn’t feel in line with her personality.
— Yash (@YashR06) April 11, 2019
George RR Martin has repeatedly said that Tyrion is his favourite character, which gives him a good chance of winning the throne by the series finale.
Pros: Tyrion may not be the most physical of characters, but he has the brains to back up anything he says or does. And sure, he drinks a lot, but we think that’s just how he deals with the duller people around him.
Cons: When has Tyrion ever gotten a fair shake at anything? Even though fans everywhere would probably love to see him rule, the character prejudice against his size has been very real and unwavering since day one.
— Tyrion Lannister (@GoT_Tyrion) April 9, 2019
The boy is Robert Baratheon’s last remaining bastard son, and it certainly seems like the show went out of its way to reintroduce him last season.
Pros: He has a valid claim to the throne, and could emerge as a legitimate contender as other characters begin falling.
Cons: While he’s a likeable enough guy, we haven’t followed his story enough to truly be invested in him as the ultimate leader. Plus there’s the fact that lots of viewers still confuse him with Podrick.
When Bran fell from the tower, Cersei told Catelyn Stark that her firstborn with Robert (a boy with dark hair) died as a child but SHE NEVER SAW THE BODY, Gendry said he only remembers his mother had ‘golden hair…it’s possible Gendry Baratheon is a contenter for the Iron Throne pic.twitter.com/Tu0nCR7Fgz
— Serendipity️ (@GodfreyTauya) April 4, 2019
Of all the characters on the series it’s Cersei who has been the closest—for the longest—to the throne, keeping it warm at King’s Landing by any means necessary.
Pros: Although we don’t always like her, Cersei has been through a lot. She’s lost three children, a handful of lovers and basically all of her dignity following that walk of shame. If anyone has suffered for this throne, it’s her.
Cons: She’s an evil killer, a ruthless leader, and we don’t want her to win. Okay, maybe some of us do because Lena Headey is equally killer in the role, but still.
Unpopular opinion : Cersei Lannister is a better ruler for Westeros than Daenerys Targaryen .
— B.M © (@baker_momany) April 7, 2019
in loving memory of cersei lannister, she’s not dead yet but she will be pretty soon pic.twitter.com/rzQzgzCI57
— boh (@D4ZAl) April 9, 2019
Little Sansa used to be naïve and romantic, now she’s learned and hardened. Wouldn’t taking the throne be the ultimate comeback story?
Pros: She’s proven her leadership abilities through her ruling of Winterfell, and she’s certainly been around enough toxic men (and women) in her life to spot a traitor when she sees one.
Cons: Although Sansa has grown into a strong female character, she hasn’t always made the smartest decisions for herself and those around her. That makes us question how she’d deal with certain challenges that come with ruling Westeros.
Sansa Stark growing up to take pride in her house and being fiercely protective of the North has been one of the most incredible journeys on this show. pic.twitter.com/7Qn4pYLlsR
— queen in the north (@nimboosoda) April 2, 2019
He may know nothing, but he’s been through everything—leadership, death, revival, war… even the frigid temperatures beyond The Wall and a run-in with the Night King.
Pros: If you look at Jon’s actual lineage, he has a right to the throne thanks to his Targaryen blood. He also doesn’t actively seek out power, which means he would be a fair and morally obliged ruler.
Cons: Jon hasn’t always been able to convince those under his leadership to do what needs to be done—look no further than when the Night’s Watch murdered him for wanting to join forces with the Wildlings.
Jon snow is literally named after the first king to sit on the iron throne and if he doesn’t end up being king I’ll be so upset
— Brookie (@brookejahnae) April 5, 2019
The Mother of Dragons. The Breaker of Chains. This generation’s Princess Leia. Of all the characters poised to win this Game, Dany is No. 1 on our list.
Pros: She’s travelled farther, fought harder, and overcome more than any other character on this series. We’ve watched her go through heartbreak and loss, we’ve seen her free slaves and bring people together, and we’ve cheered along as she outsmarted plenty of others on her way home to her birthright.
Cons: This series was never meant to be a happy tale in which the good guys win. So Dany taking home the big prize seems a little too obvious for a show that’s perfectly happy to twist our hearts wide open.
“Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods, not in myths and legends, in myself. In Daenerys Targaryen.” pic.twitter.com/BT4wkn5QUZ
— the dragon’s daughter (@westerosidany) April 9, 2019
Binge seasons 1 to 7 of Game of Thrones, then tune in for the Season 8 premiere on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET, all on Crave.