The final episode of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” left a ton of destruction and revelations in its wake. We watched Lord Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger finally meet his demise. We learned Jon Snow’s true heritage, and Jamie Lannister finally grew a pair and stood up to his twin sister, Cersei Lannister. As a result of all of the battles, shifts, and changes only a few players are left on to fight for the Iron Throne.
The balance of power has shifted drastically since Game of Thrones first premiered back in 2011. Folks who we thought might win have paid dearly for their treachery and others who we thought never stood a chance are now leading the pack. But who is the best player in the battle to lead Westeros? You might just be startled by the answer.
Back in the day, Varys seemed to be the man pulling all of the strings, but we can’t even tell you what he was up to in the seventh season of Game of Thrones. His power seems to be waning greatly, or perhaps that’s just what he wants us to think. Though Varys seems to only have allegiance to the overall good of the Seven Kingdoms, we have also witnessed him making power moves for his own personal gain. Since we barely saw Varys in Season 7, we have no idea where he’ll stand when Season 8 of GoT debuts in 2019.
10. Theon Greyjoy
Poor foolish Theon Greyjoy. He thought he was on to something when he betrayed the Starks and tried to reclaim his title in the Iron Islands, but he’s clearly a lover and not a fighter. After getting caught up under the diabolical Ramsay Snow, Theon, or Reek, has never been the same. Still, he’s had his redeeming moments, which have included helping Sansa Stark escape Ramsay and rounding up his men to go and save his sister Yara Greyjoy from Cersei.
If history tells us anything, we doubt Theon will stand a chance at the Throne, but who knows; he could surprise us.
9. Jaime Lannister
It’s probably his golden boy looks and his small slivers of compassion that have helped Jaime Lannister survive this long on Game of Thrones. However, after turning his back on his twin sister/lover, it appears that the Kingslayer is running out of time in this game. We highly doubt that Cersei is going to take too kindly to him abandoning her and joining forces with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.
At least when Jaime dies, he will do it with dignity.
8. Euron Grejoy
Theon and Yara Greyjoys’ insane pirate uncle came out of nowhere at the end of Season 6, but he’s certainly made a name for himself in Westeros since his arrival. Euron Grejoy entered the game by murdering his brother, taking over the Iron Islands, and then aligning himself with Cersei Lannister.
Euron is obviously nuts, but the man certainly knows how to play his hand. Just when we thought he crawled back to the Iron Islands after getting wind of the wights quickly approaching the Seven Kingdoms, we learned that in reality, he went off in search of the Golden Company to bring back to Cersei.
Euron may not have gotten super far in this game on his own, but at the Mad Queen’s side, he has a real fighting chance.
7. Tyrion Lannister
Something is going on with our beloved Tyrion Lannister, and we’re not too sure that we like it. Tyrion has made some of the smartest moves and alliances throughout this whole game, but some of his actions in Season 7 have made us raise our eyebrows.
During the duration of Game of Thrones, Tyrion has mostly tried to maintain his position, drink, frolick with women, and keep himself alive, despite his sister Cersei’s best efforts. He even became Dany’s trusted advisor. Unfortunately, his advice to the Mother of Dragons has fallen on deaf ears recently, especially after Jon Snow’s arrival to Dragonstone.
After reuniting with Cersei and realizing Jon and Dany shared a special “connection,” we think Tyrion will be changing up his strategy, soon. We just don’t know where in the game this new position will lead him.
6. Daenerys Targaryen
We adore Daenerys, truly we do, but we don’t think she knows exactly what she’s doing. Throughout the entire seventh season of Game of Thrones, she has failed to take Tyrion’s advice, she just found herself in bed with her nephew (though she doesn’t know it yet), and she’s lost two of her biggest allies, Dorne and Highgarden.
With poor Viserion now in the hands of The Night King, we have to say Dany isn’t doing too well these days. Jon aka Aegon Targaryen is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, but somehow we don’t think Dany is going to take too kindly to that information. It just might mean game over for her.
5. Sansa Stark
It’s safe to say that Sansa Stark has had the most epic character arc of anyone on Game of Thrones. Beginning a naive teen girl in love with pretty dresses and Joffrey Baratheon (barf), Sansa has had to grow up fast. She has used all of the wrongdoings against her to transform into a hardened warrior. We know you saw that sinister smirk on her face as she watched her former husband, Ramsay, get eaten alive by his own dogs.
No longer willing to sit in the background, Sansa has been watching some of the best players in the game (i.e., Littlefinger) and she’s learned how to manipulate situations and play up her strengths. Sansa has survived this long, and now, with her sister Arya by her side, we’d say that she has a solid chance of taking this whole thing.
We can’t wait to see how she’s going to react when she meets Dany.
4. Arya Stark
The most iconic, Arya Stark. The opening episode of Season 7, which showed Arya avenging her family’s deaths by murdering Walder Frey and all of his male heirs, was some of the most legendary television we’ve ever witnessed. That pretty much sums Arya up in a nutshell. Arya is now a full-blown assassin, and we’ve watched her use those tools and her fearlessness to make it this far.
Now that she’s reunited with her big sister Sansa, we can see her surviving a very long time in this game. The other thing we have to note about Arya is that we never quite know what she’s thinking, and that might just be a major advantage for her.
Also, let’s just all reflect on the legendary moment when she slit Littlefinger’s throat.
3. Jon Snow
First and foremost, let’s just get into the fact that Jon is Aegon Targaryenm which means he actually should be sitting on the Iron Throne. Word on the street is that he is also The Prince that Was Promised ,and if that’s anything to go on, it looks like he’s going to be ending The Long Night after The Night King and White Walkers take over.
From the Bastard of Winterfell to the King of the North, Jon has had quite the evolution, and if Season 7 of Game of Thrones and the prophecies surrounding him are any indication, he’s just going to keep on rising.
After all, this is a man who was resurrected from the actual dead.
2. Cersei Lannister
Who knows how to play the game better than Cersei Lannister? Don’t worry, we’ll wait. Just a few seasons ago, she was being strolled through King’s Landing, naked and getting spit on, but look at her now. Drunk with power, Cersei has lost a lot (including all three of her children), but that means she has very little to lose right now.
Cersei is ruthless and pretty insane, but in the quest to stay on the Throne, we’d say those are qualities that come in handy.
1. The Night King
Game of Thrones‘ The Night King is winning the battle for the Throne because he’s after way more than something as simplistic and humanity driven as power. The man (or being) legit reanimated Dany’s dragon and iced down the Wall. He’s not even playing the same game as these other folks. The Night King has literally been alive since forever, so the advantage that he has over everyone is that he’s insanely patient.
He also has an entire army of corpses doing his dirty work. Let’s not even get into the fact that he has some supernatural powers all on his own. The Night King is ready to sweep across the North and take over this entire thing. We just don’t think Game of Thrones fans nor the other players have properly prepared themselves for it.
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