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Game of Thrones endgame: Could Sansa and Tyrion end-up on the Iron Throne?

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With the Night King defeated and just two episodes till the endgame, Game of Thrones is firmly back to the question that once defined it – who will sit the Iron Throne? The major conflict is between the two queens, Daenerys and Cersei, with Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen coming up on a wild card. But there’s still a chance for something completely unexpected to happen. We are talking about Sansa and Tyrion.

Both of them are smart, capable leaders, with a sure grasp of King’s Landing politics. Also, there has always been a crop of theories that claimed this outcome. Let’s examine the reasons why this could happen.

The War of the Roses

George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (on which Game of Thrones is based) is a loosely adapted version of a real intergenerational war that tore through Britain in the 12th century – the War of the Roses. Even the names of the Noble families involved that war – Lancasters and Yorks – are similar to the conflicts of Game of Thrones (Lannisters, Starks).

Now, that war was ultimately resolved with a marriage between one Lancaster and one York. We know the show follows Martin’s guidelines about crucial plot points. It is possible that Martin plans to end the Ice and Fire saga with the marriage of a Lannister and a Stark. Who better from either family than Sansa and Tyrion?

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Sansa and Tyrion’s renewed chemistry

Sansa and Tyrion’s first marriage was totally against their wishes. But Tyrion was the only man who never hurt Sansa even when he had every opportunity. They even developed a respectful friendship before parting at Joffrey’s wedding. Sansa too has acknowledged Tyrion’s kindness many times.

Some sparks were evident between them in the crypts during the battle of Winterfell. Tyrion remarked maybe they should have stayed married, and kissed her hand when they feared certain death.

Also, he seems to be the only man Sansa trusts beyond political equations, and that is the lot coming from the super-cynical Lady of Winterfell. Here is a relationship based on mutual respect rather than physical desire or romantic love – just what you need in a good royal couple.

Growth-centric story arcs

Sansa has grown exponentially through the seasons. She survived exceptional adversity and cruelty that can turn people insane (as it did for Theon) and came out stronger. She has been making all the right decisions for a long time even in the face of Littlefinger’s manipulations. She has a brilliant grasp of people’s characters, understands deception from a mile, and is a competent ruler who always keeps the welfare and needs of her people in mind.

Tyrion has been proved to be a competent ruler in the early seasons as well. He may have failed one too many times in advising Dany, but that is mainly because his priority always has been to avoid bloodshed and all-out war. Both Tyrion and Sansa’s outlook is genuinely pro-people, not just saviour or hero complex.

Now compare this to the other possible rulers.

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Daenerys started off with a dream to break the wheel and “free the world from tyrants” but is swiftly descending to megalomania and madness. Her obsession with the throne and her tendency to burn down her detractors are not signs of a good ruler.

Cersei may be a war mastermind but no one would call her a good ruler. She has made it repeatedly clear that she does not care about the people and would not think twice about using them as human shields as she is doing at the moment.

Jon Snow is the best claimant right now, as the lawful son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. He is a war hero and loved by all, also has prophecy-backings. But he has repeatedly proven himself to be politically naive and is disinterested in being King. Significantly, the animal connected to his Stark roots (direwolf Ghost) is gone, and the animal connected to his Targaryen roots (Rhaegal) is dead. This may foreshadow his death or injury in the coming episodes.

What are the odds?

Neither Sansa nor Tyrion has the necessary bloodline to ascend the throne. But Martin’s narrative has always been openly critical of the feudal structure of Westeros, so it makes sense for him to champion the unlikely but more suitable people for the throne. Sophie Turner, Joe Dempsie, Kit Harington all have promised a totally unexpected and divisive ending for Game of Thrones. But would having Jon, Cersei, or Daenerys on the thrones really be unexpected? Thought not.

So is the time for the Imp and the Ice Queen finally come? Only two weeks until we know!







Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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Recent leaks from the set of House of The Dragon point at Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations?

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Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing with every passing day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any more info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Here’s one of the theories we have been pondering about looking at the most recent leaks, the crew of House of The Dragon is gearing up for a tourney being held for Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations.

Theo Nate to play Laenor Velaryon in Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon

There are plenty of factors that point towards the above conclusion. One, in the last few days, we have seen a few leaks showing a young Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon taking a walk together on a beach. Two, we recently had more pictures of Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen filming on set, one in Royal costume and the newest ones in Targaryen battle gear. Props for his dragon Caraxes were not spotted as well, and since he mostly rides Caraxes for a battle, it seems more than likely that he’s donning the armour for a tourney.

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen battle gear on House of The Dragon set

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen battle gear on House of The Dragon set

Also, there were pictures of a Targaryen camp being set up, close to the place where Daemon Targaryen was spotted in costume. There are not many soldiers in the view, so it doesn’t seem to be like a preparation for war.

Fresh leaks from the set of House of The Dragon show Targaryen camps being constructed on Holywell Beach

However, one of the flaws to the theory is that in the book, the tourney was held at King’s Landing, while all the shots above have been taken close to a beach. Tell us about your theories in the comments below!







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Does Melisandre’s ‘Green Eyes’ prophecy predict Arya killing Daenerys?

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“You will shut many eyes forever – brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.” So said Melisandre of Asshai when she met Arya Stark for the first time. This prophecy has played out since then, with both ‘brown eyes’ (Walder Frey) and ‘blue eyes’ (Night King) succumbing to Arya’s blade. Fans have long predicted the green eyes to signify Queen Cersei. But the equation changed with Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ when another pair of green eyes became very important – Queen Daenerys Targaryen.

In an unfathomably shocking act of madness, Daenerys Targaryen torched thousands of innocent King’s Landing civilians in Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, and as such established herself as the most devastating villain of the series ever.

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Before Dany’s Mad Queen twist, Cersei was being regarded as the ‘Mad Queen’, mainly for blowing the Sept of Baelor with Wildfire in Season 6, but also for her general ruthlessness and murderous ways. The Lannister Lioness’ green eyes are quite famous and have been referenced multiple times in the books and the show.

Now, Cersei has been on Arya’s kill list since Season 2 and she even came to King’s Landing with the purpose of killing her. Melisandre’s prophecy in Season 3 also included green eyes, so many fans thought Arya will fulfil this target next. That expectation was strengthened when Arya left Winterfell on ‘unfinished business’ in episode 4.

But Sandor Clegane turned Arya back from that path and she went on to survive the burning of the city by just an inch. With Cersei now dead and Arya witnessing Daenerys’ carnage first-hand, it is all too possible that the significance of ‘green eyes’ has changed for Arya.

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Interestingly, Daenerys’ eyes were not even supposed to be green. In the books, they are purple, and in keeping with the unusual physiological traits of Valyrian Dragonlords from whom Daenerys is descended. But Emilia Clarke, the actor who plays Daenerys in the show, has green eyes. Although she wore purple contacts in the unaired pilot of Game of Thrones, that idea was discarded in the main show and Clarke stuck to her natural eye colour.

If the show follows the books in terms of major plot points (and Daenerys’ death should be a major plot point) then the Arya-killing-Daenerys-because-of-prophecy scenario is unlikely, because book Daenerys does not even have green eyes. But the show has introduced many plot twists – so this is not totally implausible either.

What do you think of this theory? Will Arya fulfil the ‘green eyes’ prophecy by killing Daenerys or some completely different end awaits the ‘Queen of Ashes’? Tell us in the comments!







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Here’s what Arya Stark and her white horse could mean for Game of Thrones

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Here's what Arya Stark and her white horse could mean for Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” had a lot going for it. So many happenings and so many deaths in just one episode, but it ended with a scene that baffled quite a lot of users. We saw Arya make her way through the destruction in King’s Landing, and find a white horse, whom she rides out of the city. Here’s what it could mean for the show, and the series finale.

White Horses have been used as a symbol in storytelling for a long time now, for both good and bad things. However, fans are speculating that this particular bit might be pointing towards a Bible verse that talks about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The passage says:

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”

Here's what Arya Stark and her white horse could mean for Game of Thrones

Arya and death have danced for a long time in the show, and it seems like the show is hinting that Arya will have a final battle with death in the series finale. We saw who brought death in “The Bells” — Daenerys Targaryen, and it feels like could be the second bit of foreshadowing that Arya could be responsible for Daenerys’ death, after the ‘green eyes’ clue.

It also connects to both Arya and Daenerys, as Ned Stark used to ride a white horse, and so did Daenerys, at the beginning of the show. Maybe it’s things coming together for Arya and Daenerys, both of whose fathers were murdered in King’s Landing.

Either that, our we will get our expectations subverted again. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

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