Who will win Game Of Thrones?
*** SPOILERS AHEAD ***
The fifth season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones came to an end last Sunday (14 June) and caused a large amount of consternation among viewers. Three major characters – Jon Show, Stannis Baratheon and Myrcella (Lannister) Baratheon – were all seemingly killed off, while Sansa Stark and Theon ‘Reek’ Greyjoy were last seen leaping from the battlements of Winterfell castle, and Queen Cersei Lannister was forced to endure a humiliating nude walk across the capital, King’s Landing.
Game of Thrones is based on the ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series of novels by George R. R. Martin. This epic tome has more characters than the Chinese alphabet and deals with the quest for the ‘Iron Throne’, which is the seat of power in Westeros. During the series, three people have held the throne – Robert Baratheon (killed/assassinated in a hunting accident), Joffrey Baratheon (poisoned at his own wedding) and Tommen Baratheon (twelve when he ascended to the throne and last seen hiding in his room after his wife Margaery and mother Cersei had both been arrested).
The sports book Bovada.lv is now offering odds on who will be sitting on the Iron Throne when the TV series has come to an end, which could be in two to four series time. Here’s a quick run down of the top runners and (dragon) riders.
Daenerys Targaryen 5/2
Daughter of the ‘mad king’ Aerys II Targaryen, she was but a young child when the then ruling Targaryen clan were all but wiped out by the combined forces of the Baratheons, Lannisters and Starks. Now a young woman, Daenerys was last seen surrounded by a tribe of heathen Dothraki warriors on horseback. Daenerys has one trump card though – she owns the only three dragons left alive in the entire world.
Jon Snow 3/1
The bastard son of Ned Stark, the former hand of the king who was beheaded at the end of the first series on the command of the newly-crowned King Joffrey. Snow is a surprise choice to some to be considered second favourite, seeing how he ended the last series lying in a widening pool of his own blood, betrayed by the men of the Night Watch, whom he commanded. Many feel he will be re-animated by the Red Witch, Melisandre.
Aegon IV Tarygaryen 6/1
Another surprise choice, given that this Aegon Tarygaryen – grandson of the ‘Mad King’ – has yet to appear in the series, and was allegedly killed by Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clelane while still an infant when his grandfather was removed as ruler. There’s a theory that Aegon actually survived the sacking of King’s Landing, and will return one day to reclaim the throne.
Tyrion Lannister 15/2
Brilliantly played by Peter Dinklage, Tyrion Lannister is a quick-witted and generally decent ‘imp’ – the son of Tywin Lannister. Last seen in temporary charge of the city of Meereen, Tyrion has already shown a repeated talent for survival. At the end of series four Tyrion was framed for the murder of King Joffrey and sentenced to death by his own father. Busted out of jail by his brother Jamie, Tyrion popped back to say goodbye to daddy, and after a few choice words shot Tywin through the heart with a crossbow while the latter was seated on the privvy.
Other prices offered by Bovada: Petyr Baelish (15/2), Margaery Tyrell (14/1), Euron Greyjoy (20/1), Varys (20/1), Stannis Baratheon (25/1), Sansa Stark (25/1), The Night’s King (25/1), Cersei Lannister (40/1), Trystanne Martell (40/1), Bran Stark (50/1), Rickon Stark (50/1), Arya Stark (50/1), Ramsay Bolton (50/1) and Hodor (500/1).