WHAT??!! No Star Trek: Discovery review? You’re a Trekkie! You MUST have something to say!”
Yes, I do…when the time comes for me to do so. For now, I will say this: I love it so far, but I won’t comment more fully until I’ve seen it more. I need to see more of the story line before I pass judgement.
So how about some Game of Thrones while we wait?
I finally caught up on all seven seasons of Game of Thrones. Season 5 was tough to get through with so many bad things happening, but it’s worth it to get to season 6 and 7, which were the two strongest of the series in my opinion. (Walking Dead writers, take note. GoT knows how to make a series more interesting as it continues on).
For those who have not finished season 7 of GoT, here’s your warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!
After watching the Wall come tumbling down and the army of the dead begin their march on Westeros, it got me to thinking: when it’s all said and done and the series ends, who will be sitting on the Iron Throne? There are certainly a number of possibilities. Let’s examine some of those, the odds of them taking the Iron Throne, and how it could happen.
Capturing the Iron Throne and ruling Westeros has been her sole mission. She’s had some bumps on the way, but you can’t argue that the Mother of Dragons will take what she feels rightly belongs to her.
Will it happen?: Very likely, but there are some obstacles standing in her way, such as Cersei Lannister, the army of the Dead (who took out one of her dragons in one ice blade toss), and the possibility of her losing her mind like her father. And there is, of course, her vision.
Revelations about who he really is and the true story of his parentage means he is not the bastard Stark child everyone thought he was. Once this news is out, we may see Jon develop a stronger desire to lead. He’s already built a backing in the north and an alliance with Daenerys in the south.
Will it happen? Jon’s ascension as a leader has been growing since he joined the Night’s Watch. He is the embodiment of the statement “great leaders do not set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference.” He’s already bent the knee to Daenerys, but if something happens to her, he’s ready.
The current throne sitter. She’s been the real power behind the throne all this time. Her children were mere puppets as she set out to rule how she wanted, through manipulation, bribery, and fear.
Will it happen? She has to face a united army in the north, Daenerys’ army and dragons to the south, and the incoming army of the dead. However, she will go to any means to maintain her control, even if it means making a humiliating Walk of Atonement or blowing up the spiritual center of Kings Landing. Never, ever bet against Cersei. Just when you think she’s beaten, she has another ace up her sleeve to piss you off.
Daenerys/Jon Snow Joint Rule
Both want to unite to defeat the army of the dead. One of fire, the other of ice. It’s a marriage that could unite the known world and, in the event they defeat the army of the dead, could bring a unity to Westeros like it has never seen.
Will it happen? Very likely. In fact, this scenario seems like it was born to happen. Dany wants the throne, Jon wants to make a difference. And they both want each other. But can they both share the crown?
The Night King
Until season 7, I thought the only thing that could stop the Night King and his army were the dragons. He showed in one stroke that even dragons won’t slow him down. And now, he has a dragon of his own.
Will it happen? He has the largest army in the known world. He has an undead dragon. He might not desire the throne, only conquest and destruction, but he may claim Kings Landing as his ultimate prize. Also, in Dany’s vision we did see a lot of snow falling on a heavily damaged throne room (or was it ash?). Winter and destruction are the Night King’s specialty. And the writers are known for letting the bad guys win.
(Not so) deep down Sansa has always been tempted by power. Littlefinger may have taught her how to embrace power, but the dreadful experiences with King Joffrey and Ramsey Bolton have hardened her. Those experiences have made her more determined to rule instead of be ruled.
Will it happen? A LOT has to happen for this to come to pass. Not impossible, but highly improbable. Arya would have to kill Cersei, Jon and Dany would have to die or rescind the throne, and she would have to fend off other challengers to the Iron Throne. I think the odds of her dying at the hands of the Night King are much higher.
Euron seemed to come out of nowhere and immediately consolidate power. In a short time he has amassed the strongest navy in Westeros, taken the throne of the Iron Islands, captured Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand, and curried favor with Cersei Lannister. What’s next?
Will it happen? He has his eyes on the Iron Throne, but his one weakness is his overconfidence. It’s more likely Cersei will have him removed from the equation once she’s done with him. But not before he’s wreaked some serious havoc.
Massive destruction and death are on the horizon for season 8. It’s Lannisters vs. Dragons vs. the dead vs. the Greyjoys. If Ellaria Sand gets out, you can throw Dorne into the mix as well. When the dust has settled, there might not be much of a Westeros left to rule.
Will it happen? Stranger things have happened. It could be that the seven kingdoms have no choice but to stand on their own. Kings Landing could be obliterated, armies crushed, and cities raided. Faith in the crown has to be weakening with such a quick succession of rulers and, once the battle with the army of the dead is over, it’s possible the seven (or however many are left) kingdoms will each just fend for themselves in a post-war apocalypse.