“It is not a comfortable seat, ser. Aerys cut himself so often men took to calling him King Scab, and Maegor the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest at ease. Ofttimes I wonder why my brothers wanted it so desperately.”
Stannis Baratheon described the Iron Throne thus in George R. Martin’s 2004 book, A Storm of Swords. Now, as we reach the conclusion of the television series, one character will claim the seat for a final time.
What will be left of Westeros to rule is something we’ll find out as Season Eight unfolds. The odds of it being ‘not much’ must be pretty high given the Night King and his Army of the Undead are intent on destroying everything and everyone in their path.
It might end as a tremendous act of folly to lay any claim to the Iron Throne before the final battle is fought, with everything pointing toward the stage being Winterfell. Rather than fighting the Night King in the open, the castle with its underground passages and walls seems to provide the united armies and tenuous alliances some geographical advantage.
But when that is over, will Cersei’s betrayal serve its’ purpose? Will she end up on the Iron Throne? Will she even be alive to take advantage of her treachery?
Will There Even Be An Iron Throne?
Despite being hellishly uncomfortable, the Iron Throne is a source of comfort to the royal behind which is parked on it. Made of a thousand knives and blades, all cast from Valaryian steel, which will prove useful in fighting the Night King and Wight Walkers since it is a metal that can kill them.
So, will the Iron Throne find itself in the blacksmiths forges around Winterfell to make the weaponry which will bring victory to man? Will a spear be forged to takedown Ice Viserion? It’s an outcome which can’t be ruled out. Bookmakers aren’t so keen on the idea; the closest any come to there being no ruler is Ed Sheeran at 1,000/1 with Skybet…
If There Is A Ruler, Is The Future A Stark Choice or Targaryen?
One of the fascinating sub-plots is the reuniting of clan Stark. Sansa and Arya will meet Daenerys for the first time so get to size up their new queen while Arya gets to meet her favourite older brother when Jon Snow returns. Bran as well; a lovely family reunion which will bring a lump to your throat.
Until, of course, Jon Snow is revealed to be Aegon Targaryen, nephew of Daenerys. Well, that’s going to awkward. Sleeping with your aunt is tame by Lannister standards but an aunt sleeping with her dead nephew now resurrected? Mind you, what counts as out of the ordinary for a woman who flies on dragons…
An interesting sub-plot comes courtesy of Skybet where the any children of Daenerys are 8/1 to be the final ruler of Westeros, while the any offspring of Jon Snow attract the same odds. Anybody for one and the same…?
Jon Snow is second favourite with William Hill at 8/1 to rule the roost while auntie Daenerys is 10/1 with Skybet.
But when it all comes down to the final reckoning, most will view the choice as one of the Stark’s reclaiming the throne.
Bran Stark is the favoured son, 11/10 with William Hill while Sansa Stark is 9/1 with 10bet. Bizarrely in some respects, Arya Stark, the most capable fighter of the family is the rank outsider at 18/1 with Skybet.
The one Stark I’d avoid placing a bet on is Ned Stark. He may be 100/1 with Skybet but you’d have to come up with a far more convincing excuse than Bobby Ewing’s shower scene to have Sean Bean return to the fold. Catelyn Stark is 150/1 to seize the reins…
House of Lannister
Given that Cersei Lannister is going to die in this series – surely? – her odds of 25/1 are quite generous. Then again, 888sport are offering 50/1 on Jaime Lannister whose epic battles will no doubt put him in the undertakers before the end of the season.
Still, I doubt anyone will be upset if Tyrion Lannister ends up ruling Westeros as it will be impossible for any insurrection with all the drunken debauchery going on under his reign. At 10/1, BetVictor aren’t ruling out the Game of Thrones party animal taking the biscuit.
Selected Other Odds
|The Night King||12/1||William Hill|
|The Children of the Forest||40/1||Skybet|