If anyone is worthy of becoming the new ruler of Westeros and sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of Game of Thrones season 8, it's Jon Snow. Ever since Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in 2011, the question of who would become the next King or Queen of the Seven Kingdoms has engulfed fans of the series as well as George R.R. Martin's books. At first, it seemed the natural choices were the Lannisters, Stannis Baratheon, Daenerys Targaryen, and Robb Stark. But after all this time, only a fraction of people still remain.
Cersei Lannister is currently reigning as Queen, Daenerys Targaryen is the one person who's capable of defeating Cersei right now, and then there's Jon Snow, who was named King in the North but still bent the knee to Daenerys. Regardless of that fact, and forgetting the right both Cersei and Daenerys have to the Iron Throne, the one person who's logically worthy of becoming the new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms is Jon Snow.
With Game of Thrones season 8 rapidly approaching, the final six episodes of HBO's critically acclaimed series will wrap up the storyline regarding the White Walkers as well as presumably name the next King/Queen of Westeros, whether that means someone already in contention for the Iron Throne or someone else entirely. Considering that Game of Thrones is a show known for its many twists, it wouldn't be too surprising to see someone unknown take the throne. But going off pure worth, Jon Snow should become King.
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He's The Targaryen Heir
In Game of Thrones season 7, the popular R+L=J theory was confirmed, revealing that Jon Snow isn't really a Snow after all. He is, in fact, the child of Rheagar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Through Bran's visions (and Sam and Gilly's research), it was discovered that Rheagar didn't actually kidnap Lyanna and stash her in the Tower of Joy as a prisoner. Instead, the two fell in love, and Lyanna ran away, was married to Rhaegar in a secret ceremony, and became pregnant. Ned Stark and his bannerman rode to the tower to "rescue" Lyanna, and after a battle with the Kingsguard there, he found his sister dying, having just given birth to a child. Lyanna told Ned that her baby's name was Aegon Targaryen, and Ned took him North, renaming him Jon and claiming that he was his own, illegitimate child.
All of which means that, by traditional lines of succession, Jon is actually the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Rhaegar was heir to Aerys Targaryen, aka the Mad King, and after his death, the throne would naturally pass to his own eldest surviving son - Jon. Of course, there are plenty who would argue this line of succession; the throne was taken by conquest, not because all Targaryen heirs naturally died out (or were unfit to rule). And Daenerys, undoubtedly, would argue that the way the line of succession skips over women as rulers is unfair. However, for those who put stock in traditional right to rule, Jon is the natural (and rightful) choice to be King.
He's Proven His Ability To Unite Divided Clans
In order to be ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, whoever sits on the Iron Throne has to be capable of keeping all of the different people content - and finding compromises in order to bring them together when a greater enemy appears. Cersei, while clearly capable of dealing with her enemies with brutal efficiency, is terrible at negotiating truces and creating new alliances (as evidenced in Game of Thrones season 7 when Jon Snow requested an alliance to fight the White Walkers). Daenerys has proven her ability to conquer and raise armies, but she also has been shown to struggle when it comes to actually managing the cities she rules, as well as keeping the peace between warring factions.
Jon Snow, on the other hand, was able to broker a truce with the Wildlings, a people who have been fighting the Night's Watch for hundreds of years. He has shown an ability to walk into an enemy camp and win them over (or most of them, anyway), by continually fighting for the good of all. His popularity in the Night's Watch led to him being elected Lord Commander, and while he's definitely made some enemies, the majority of people who meet him are won over by him. That's a talent that a King needs - especially after years of war. Jon Snow's popularity, not to mention his willingness to put aside hundreds if not thousands of years of prejudice aside, makes him an ideal person to rule over Westeros.
He Can Make The Hard Decisions
Jon Snow certainly hasn't had an easy life - and it's not only given him the ability to empathize with the underdog, it's given him the strength to make tough decisions. As Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, he had to choose between doing things that would make him better liked... and bringing the Wildlings past the Wall, in order to help fight the army of the dead and save as many innocent as possible.
When that decision got Jon Snow killed, he was then forced to hang his young protégé, Olly, who was one of the people to stab (and ultimately kill) him in the previous season. Jon Snow knows when to break rules for the greater good, and he knows when to act selflessly to save others. He's risked his life time and time again to try and save people; he's also not too proud to bend the knee to Daenerys (verbally, anyway), and support a woman that he thinks can bring peace to the realm.
A lot of this comes from being raised by Ned Stark, who taught the children at Winterfell all about honor - and about doing something that may be unpleasant, because it is the right thing to do. Some of it, however, is just Jon's own natural goodness; Robb Stark, who heard the same lessons from Ned, failed to follow them. His decision to marry in secret - for love - rather than follow through on the deal he made with the Freys led to a bloodbath and his own death at the Red Wedding.