The final season of Game of Thrones premieres in April, and fan theories are flying as to who is most expected to become the ultimate ruler of Westeros. Certainly, there are some obvious choices. But what about those people who are valid possibilities… but that most fans aren’t considering when excitedly debating the final ruler of Westeros?
It would appear to be hard for Littlefinger to get the Iron Throne, given that Arya Stark cut his throat in season seven… but hold on because the fans of Game of Thrones have come up with an appealing likelihood for this conspirator.
One fan theory hints that he faked his own death, and that he got one of the Faceless Men to stand in for him in the Great Hall that day – which means that Littlefinger is generally, very dangerous, still with the support of Robin Arryn, and nobody else knows that he’s still alive.
That would be a strong combination, and given how Littlefinger has been cautiously manipulating his way to the Iron Throne from the very beginning, it’s still a probability that he manages to get his wish in the end.
8. Sansa Stark
Sansa Stark has come a long way from her early days as a pampered little girl who just wanted to wear beautiful dresses and marry a Prince. Now, Sansa is powerful, competent, and shockingly tricky. As Wardenness of the North, she showed how excellent she could be as a ruler, and in the Battle of the Bastards, she showed that warfare is something she can handle as well.
Sansa would be more than capable of rallying the North to her side and using that to get her to the Iron Throne (for a unique revenge-on-Cersei moment, too).
7. Euron Greyjoy
It’s tough to envision someone who would be worse for the people of Westeros as ruler than Euron Greyjoy – but this is still a distinct possibility. Euron has already been crowned the King of the Iron Islands and beaten the Dornish, and has somewhere to hunker down and wait out the Long Night, should he opt.
He in fact already (jokingly) recommended doing this, though Cersei exposed later that he was on the way to gather the Golden Company. However, with the Iron Islands and the Golden Company at his beck and call, why would Euron bend the knee to Cersei? He could just as simply take the throne himself.
6. Bran Stark
This is absolutely one of the least expected scenarios, given that Bran Stark has no real claim to the throne, no use of his legs, and is now the Three-Eyed Raven, but it’s still a prospect. Actually, it’s his new role as Three-Eyed Raven that makes this possible.
Bran could well use his visions and gifts to make sure that he makes it onto the Iron Throne (and stays there), in addition to helping Jon beat the White Walkers. Jon is implausible to actually want the throne, and if Cersei and Daenerys both die in the final season, Bran may be able to take the kingdom for his own magical self – as a reward for saving them all.
5. The Night King
Euron Greyjoy on the throne would be a serious progress on this one, but we can’t reduce the likelihood that Game of Thrones will end with the broken Kingdoms incapable to stand up to the might of the army of the dead – and with the Night King and his resurrected dragon on the Iron Throne.
Game of Thrones’ official promo photos for the season did also include a shot of the Night King on the Iron Throne, though this doesn’t mean anything more than the Night King is a big part of the final season.
4. Samwell Tarly
Samwell Tarly may be the person least expected to actually want the Iron Throne, but he may have a claim to it even stronger than Jon Snow. As said by some fan theories, Sam Tarly isn’t a Tarly at all, but a Targaryen himself. Sam may well be Aegon Targaryen, the firstborn son of Rhaegar and Elia Martell.
It is generally assumed that the young Aegon was killed by the Mountain during the Sack of King’s Landing. However, it’s possible that Varys was able to get the child to protection and replace him with a nobody, and that Sam was raised with no hint as to his true legacy. If this is the case, he would have the strongest claim to the Iron Throne… even if he wouldn’t know quite what to do with it.
3. Cersei Lannister
Given that Cersei is presently on the Iron Throne, this may not appear too ‘out of the box’ at first look. However, it would appear bizarre for Game of Thrones to leave Cersei in power, where she has been (for the most part) since the start – even if this is the first time she is true Queen.
The Valonqar prophecy also says that Cersei will die in season 8, so most fans have accepted the thought that Cersei is on her way out. However, there is always a slight possibility that Cersei won’t actually die. The prediction may have been false, her scheming to discard the North to the White Walkers may work, and Cersei may still handle to win the Game of Thrones in the end.
2. Gendry Baratheon
Gendry Baratheon also has a claim to the throne – as the bastard son of Robert Baratheon, he could have claimed the throne when his father died (especially as Cersei’s children were not in fact Robert’s). Now, this claim still stands – although he’s hardly the only character with some sort of right to the throne, as we’ve already seen.
Gendry is also an all-around good guy, at present fighting on the side of Jon and Daenerys, with his huge war hammer. It’s improbable that Gendry would keenly attempt and conquer Jon or Daenerys, but should they bite the dust this season, he has a solid possibility of ending up on the Iron Throne.
1. Jon & Daenery’s Child
It’s been confirmed that the ultimate end to Game of Thrones is going to be ‘bittersweet’ – and it’s theorized that Daenerys is presently pregnant. It would surely fit the thought of a bittersweet conclusion if Jon and Daenerys stay alive long enough to see their child born… and then die, without ever really getting a chance to rule the kingdom that should be theirs by rights.
A fitting conclusion would be for the new generation, Stark and Targaryen combined, to hold the throne – with a fan-favorite like Sansa or Tyrion acting as Regent until they come of age.