Who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne Part 1: Dany? Stannis?

BY Jen T.  Tuazon and Joanna Mendoza

The Iron Throne as envisioned by HBO. George R. R. Martin has lauded HBO's version of the Iron Throne but... The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It’s a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. (…) And yet, and yet… it’s still not right. It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see.

The Iron Throne as envisioned by HBO. George R. R. Martin has lauded HBO’s version of the Iron Throne but… The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It’s a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. (…) And yet, and yet… it’s still not right. It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see.

The second episode of the final season of True Blood is airing in a few hours, but we still can’t get on board. It just can’t fill that Game of Thrones void. It. Just. Can’t.

So instead of spending two hours on the new episodes of True Blood so far, we decided to spend days re-reading the Song of Ice and Fire novels. And we got to thinking: Who will eventually sit the Iron Throne?

We discuss our guesses and favorites below. But the fun of having a pop culture club of any kind is that it’s always the more the merrier! So… who do you think will be the ultimate Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms? Or will there still be Seven Kingdoms after all this?

JOANNA:
Jen, I still don’t get how you were able to finish Feast for Crows. Zero Tyrion chapters?! I pity those who really followed the books from way back, from when they were first released. The first three had two-year gaps between them. Feast, however, came five years after Storm. Can you imagine waiting five years to find out what happens to Tyrion after that ending? Only to find out that there’s no Tyrion chapter in Feast?! And as if that wasn’t cruel enough, the fifth book wasn’t released until six years after! People had to wait almost a decade to find out what happens next, and I don’t think they’re even happy with what they’ve read so far. From what I heard, a lot of fans didn’t like Feast and Dance as much as they liked the first three.

Still, I hate watching blind because people love spoiling GOT. And it’s driving me insane that some of those spoilers haven’t even read the books. I hate being spoiled by someone whose GOT knowledge is only Wikipedia-based. I refuse to let that happen! But before I force myself to try to read Feast again (and go beyond the third chapter this time), I’d like to discuss with you who you think is going to win the Iron Throne in the end. Do you think there will still be an Iron Throne then? Will the Seven Kingdoms still be united in name? Or will there be officially different kings in the North, South, etc.?

The Iron Throne as envisioned by George R. R. Martin, and illustrated by French artist Marc Simonetti HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric…”

The Iron Throne as envisioned by George R. R. Martin: “HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric…” (Illustration by French artist Marc Simonetti, as shared by Martin on his blog)

JEN:
The fourth book was… interesting. No chapters by Jon Snow, Dany, or Tyrion–it sure was a challenge to finish! Plus, they introduced chapters by Cersei which I really hated. But it’s a testament to how villainy she is that even with her own POV, you’d still find her despicable!

I hate spoilers online, too, which is why I insisted on reading the books first before watching the TV series, but I think what’s great about the show is that there are still things that surprise even those who’ve read the books. So many deviations! The plot line of Sansa (one of my least favorite characters! I wouldn’t shed a tear if she dies) on the show was particularly curious.

Who do I think will sit on the Iron Throne? I think it’s Dany. I really think it’s her birthright, that by their laws she’s the rightful heir. Sure Robert and Ned won the war, but that should have only unseated the Mad King, not put the victor there, right? But who I WANT to sit on the Iron Throne is another matter. I want it to be any of the three in this order: Tyrion, Stannis, and Jon Snow!

We think Dany (Emilia Clarke) is going to be the ultimate victor.

We think Dany (Emilia Clarke) is going to be the ultimate victor.

JOANNA:
Yeah. I think it was a big problem they had back then. That after winning the war, they didn’t know who was going to rule. Ned never wanted to, but I think because they didn’t want a Lannister sitting the throne, Robert assumed power.

I agree with you about Dany, too. I think she has a pretty good shot at being the ultimate victor, hopefully with a noble Stark by her side, just like Ned was for Robert (Arya perhaps?). I think Dany’s being set up as the ultimate ruler. All those Meereen scenes where she’s just standing there passing judgment may be boring as hell, but of all the characters, she’s the only one we’re seeing who’s actually learning how to be a great leader.

I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of someone else who will most likely win the Iron Throne in the end, but I couldn’t come up with anyone else! Not that she’s the one I want to win…

Who I really want to win is Stannis. Given that baseborn children have no rights in Westeros, Stannis is officially next in line to the throne. Plus, he’s a badass hero (at least Book Stannis is) and if it weren’t for him, Jon Snow would probably be no more.

But we both want Stannis (Stephen Dillane)  to win it all!

But we both want Stannis (Stephen Dillane) to win it all!

JEN:
I agree, Stannis has the most legitimate claim to the Iron Throne—under the premise that Robert was the rightful King, that is. But Lady Melissandre (another character I so dislike!) is such a thorn. So for me it’s sort of a like-the-man-but-scared-of-the-potential-First-Lady situation.

But Stannis arriving at the Wall, or Beyond the Wall, was hands down one of the best scenes in the entire TV series. It was so picturesque and the dramatic effect definitely surpassed its counterpart in the book.

Going back to Dany, I think she has shown that her heart is in the right place, that she is a good person with a pure heart. She is like the perfect anti-Cersei. (As an aside, can we talk about the best-looking GOT characters in the future? Because the actor playing Daario Naharis [Michiel Huisman] is such a fox! So much so that even though I’ve rooted for Dany and Jorah Mormont from the beginning, now I’m not so sure! Haha!)

Still on the Targaryens, one “thorn” on Dany could be her dragons. At first I couldn’t wait for them to grow because I thought they were Dany’s only hope of conquering the Seven Kingdoms. But now with her army of [supposedly] no-longer slaves, it seems she won’t even need a single dragon. And that scene showing the skeleton of the kid one of her dragons had killed put her dragons in a “villain” light for me and made me wonder if Dany’s having them could hurt instead of help her claim to the Throne.

What do you think about Dany’s chances? What about Stannis? Or perhaps you have other names for consideration? Next time, we’ll discuss Jon Snow and Tyrion!

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One thought on “Who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne Part 1: Dany? Stannis?

  1. I also think Dany will and should gain the throne. She would make the best ruler given the time to grow into it more. Jen- YES. Michiel Huisman is hot and sexy and I so look forward to next season with Daario and Dany. Melt!! HBO better get their relationship right this year. And don’t kill him off too soon!

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