In the six seasons of Game of Thrones that we’ve had so far, we’ve seen several different rulers sitting on the Iron Throne of Westeros. There have been several others who wanted to claim the throne as well, though that number continues to drop as the seasons roll on. Still, with only two seasons left, it stands to reason that someone in the show has to be the one who’ll wind up on the Iron Throne at the very end.
This was recently discussed at the Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, with each cast member in attendance weighing in on who they thought should wind up on the Iron Throne at the end of the series. A few of the answers were kind of surprising.
According to i09, it all started when Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the show, was asked whether her character thought that her brother Jon Snow was worthy to rule the North. Her response, which is sure to fuel speculation about a feud brewing between Sansa and Jon, seemed to put her loyalty to Jon in doubt:
“I’m not sure [Sansa] believes Jon is capable of running Winterfell and the north. He doesn’t have the intellect, knowledge or experience that she has and I concur.”
From there, the various cast members were asked who they felt should end up on the Iron Throne. A few answers showed loyalty to their characters’ allegiances, with Nathalie Emmanuel (who plays Missandei) naming Danaerys and John Bradley (who plays Sam) naming Jon Snow. Bradley was hesitant to name anyone at first, saying that he was afraid that he’d be right and that fans would claim he’d spoiled the ending. Isaac Hempstead-Wright (who plays Bran) went a similar route, saying that he’d like to see Westeros ruled by four Starks: Jon on the throne, Sansa as his advisor, Arya as a warrior and Bran being a seer.
Turner surprisingly didn’t choose Sansa; instead she went for Littlefinger, prompting a chorus of boos from the audience. She defended her choice, though, saying, “It would be fun and quirky, sadistic, and we like that kind of thing. We all watch Game of Thrones.” Faye Marsay (who played The Waif) also had a bit of a surprising answer: Arya Stark, who she thought would make a great ruler.
A few answers were a bit pessimistic about how Westeros would look at the end of the series. Liam Cunningham (who plays Ser Davos) said that he’s not hopeful since George R. R. Martin says the ending will be “bittersweet;” Cunningham says that he pictures the Night King sitting on the throne, perhaps with a leg thrown over the side and smoking a cigar. Kristian Nairn (who played Hodor) offered up the suggestion of Brienne of Tarth, though he didn’t think that the Iron Throne would be worth much after the White Walkers arrived.
Conleth Hill (who plays Lord Varys) gave perhaps the most frustratingly in-character answer, claiming that he already knows who will be on the throne in the end so he wasn’t able to say. Iwan Rheon (who played Ramsay Bolton) gave what was definitely the most out-of-character answer, saying that he thought that the Iron Throne should be melted down in the end and that Westeros should develop a democracy instead. Of course, we still have two seasons to go before we find out who (if anyone) is right. Until then, everyone should keep their eyes on Lord Varys to see if he gives anything away between now and the end.
Game of Thrones returns in summer 2017.