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Columbia Business School professor says Sansa Stark is the best leader in Game of Thrones

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From a naive and annoyingly dreamy ‘little bird’, Sansa Stark has grown into a super strong and confident leader within the space of eight seasons. The attention may be centred on Cersei, Jon, and Daenerys at the moment, but some fans argue that Sansa has plenty of traits that make her a good contender for the Iron Throne. Columbia Business School professor and author Bruce Craven agrees.

Craven has penned a book named ‘Win or Die: Leadership Secrets from Game of Thrones‘, and recently spoke to CNBC on the different facets of leadership present in the world of Game of Thrones. According to him, Sansa is the character with the best leadership qualities among all the key players left in the Game.

The key to this growth, in Craven’s opinion, is her ability to adapt and survive in the face of unimaginable adversity. Craven says, “She managed to learn from very difficult, treacherous people and, at the same time, stay true to her values about protecting her family.”

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Sansa with Lord Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish in Season 7, whom she sentenced to death by the end of that season.

This is almost an echo of what Tyrion Lannister says to Sansa in Season 8 Episode 1 – “Many underestimated you. Most of them are dead now.” 

And some horror she has endured! Sansa was held captive in the Red Keep, she was manipulated and misled by Littlefinger for a long time, and then was forced to marry the sadistic Ramsay Bolton who tormented and abused her. Sansa rose like a phoenix from those circumstances even as she learnt from them. She may hate Cersei and Littlefinger but if anybody can be said to have inherited their political acumen that is Sansa.

But underneath all this, she has continued to follow the just and pro-people ruling style of her father – Ned Stark. Jon Snow has been compared many times with the Stark patriarch. But in Craven’s words, Sansa exemplifies his values better even while improving upon them with her newfound learning – “Sansa managed to extract insights about the power of potential competitors while also staying true to the stronger, more admirable qualities of her father Ned … and her whole family.” No wonder she is the only one worrying about food store, winter-ready armours, and whether the troops are ready for battle or not in the whole show.

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Sansa speaking about Northern independence to Queen Daenerys Targaryen in Season 8 Episode 2

This is perhaps the reason Sansa managed to hold her ground against the imperious power of Daenerys Targaryen where even seasoned and battle-savvy men like Tyrion and Jon failed. Their negotiation scene in Season 8 Episode 2 remains one of the best in series, precisely because Sansa matched the power posturing of Daenerys blow by blow.

But does this ensure Sansa will ascend the Iron Throne in the end? There are hints aplenty, but this is Game of Thrones after all. Our best bet, still, is to wait for the show to end.






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Protects her family, while endangering the rest of “her people”, the northerners. If Sansa had her way, Dany would never have come to the north and they’d all be consumed by the army of the dead. What help is a “good leader” if the end result of their good intentions is getting you killed?

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Game of Thrones Season 8 finale beats all previous viewership records for HBO

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HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

Game of Thrones final season might not have gotten the expected response from critics and fans with regards to the rankings, the show still has maintained its viewership figures. Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6, “The Iron Throne” beat all previous viewership records for HBO, making it the most watched HBO episode of all time. Read on!

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

A report by The Wall Street Journal says that the finale of the show garnered a record viewership of 19.3 million viewers, including the live TV viewership, and streaming viewership from HBO Go and HBO Now. The live TV views accounted for 13.6 million of those views.

This not only make the episode the most watched Game of Thrones episode of all time, but also makes it the most viewed HBO episode in history, standing above some pretty great television.

Season 8 has consistently broken the viewership records for the show, starting right from the premiere. The last episode of the show being the most watched is quite fitting, given Game of Thrones had been HBO’s poster child for a long time now.

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Fans spotted two water bottles in Game of Thrones Season 8 finale

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HBO releases photos from the series finale of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones did it again. The series finale — Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne” aired today, giving the show an epic conclusion. However, there was one tiny fault. They forgot a couple of water bottle in the frame. Read on!

After the last goof where a coffee cup was spotted in the frame, leading to $2.3 billion of free advertising for Starbucks, you would think something like it wouldn’t happen again. However, in today’s episode, two water bottles managed to make its way into the scene.

Both the bottles were spotted in the Dragonpit scene, where Tyrion is brought for a trial in front of all the lords and ladies of Westeros. The first bottle seemed to find its way to this very reputable company, sneaking right next to John Bradley’s leg. Looks like Samwell Tarly was thirsty. The second water bottle was next to Liam Cunningham’s leg. He played Ser Davos on the show. Take a look:

Well, at least it wasn’t as up and front as the coffee cup. The fans still managed to spot it, as eagle-eyed as they are. HBO is yet to comment on this goof.

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Emilia Clarke pens an emotional goodbye to Daenerys and Game of Thrones before the series finale

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Nobody is Emotionally Ready for the Ending of Game of Thrones, Not Even Emilia Clarke!

Game of Thrones is in its final hour. The last episode of Season 8, which is also the series finale, airs in a few hours, and one of the biggest stars of the show, Emilia Clarke, took to her Instagram to say an emotional final goodbye to her character, Daenerys Targaryen. Read on!

Emilia’s performance as Daenerys has been magnificent over the years, and in the latest episode, we saw her character take the Mad Queen turn, extracting a performance from Emilia that was stellar, no matter how the episode was received. In an Instagram post, Emilia played homage to the character, and everybody involved:

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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout

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She shared a picture with all her co-stars in costume, one with the stars and the showrunners, chilling, one of her beautiful braided wig, and a selfie.

She reflected upon how the character has shaped her and thanked the fans for watching and loving her. She also wished that her father could see all that she has achieved.

Well, we’re sure he would be proud of her. Game of Thrones series finale airs in a few hours. Are you ready? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

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