“Why is it always the innocents that suffer the most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?” – Varys, Book One, A Song of Ice and Fire
As we approach the premiere of the penultimate season of Game of Thrones (here’s how to watch it, btw), people are again beginning to wonder: Who will win the thing?
As reported by Quartz, international bookmaker Bovada is one of several betting sites that has had a go at predicting the outcome. Here are the odds they are currently giving:
According to those odds, Jon Snow is the slight favourite, followed by Cersei and Daenerys.
But there are options missing from this list which are worth mentioning.
The first is the possibility of a Jon and Dany co-rule. We already know they are related, and some are speculating that they might work together to rule Westeros. On Reddit, another theory that has been well-received is that after the White Walkers are defeated, Tyrion suggests Dany and Jon marry. But instead Dany forces Jon to bend the knee:
“Jon does so immediately as he explains that there is nothing left, but ice and ash. Highgarden, the North, the Vale, the Westerlands, the Crownlands, they are all wastelands full of blood, guts and snow. Very few survivors remain and Daenerys is left to sit on the throne and contemplate whether the crown means anything at all,” concluded Reddit user kaztrator in a post to the Song of Ice and Fire subreddit.
Speaking of Reddit, another old theory that has been redoing the rounds also involves Jon and Dany. It’s a very long and complicated theory that ends with Jon sacrificing Dany and her dragons to save Westeros. Kinda tragic.
Another possibility is that the future ruler of Westeros hasn’t been born yet. Perhaps Jon and Dany will shack up and have a baby. Yes, they are related, but the Targaryen’s have done that kind of thing before. Flashing forward, perhaps their child grows up to rule Westeros?
Yet another outcome is that no-one wins. Way back in the Season 2 finale, Dany went into the House of the Undying to find her dragons. While she was in there, she had a series of visions including a stroll through a snow-covered and deserted Red Keep. Dany reaches out to touch the Iron Throne, pulling her hand away at the last moment. S Y M B O L I C?
If this vision is accurate, it would be a bit of a downer as far as endings go. But George R.R. Martin – the writer of the books the series is based on -has shown that he isn’t afraid to kill off characters. So what better way to end it than by killing ’em all?
The other dark ending would be the Night King winning. It might seem like a bit of a long shot, but at 66 to 1, I might put a fiver on it.