As HBO's Game of Thrones battles its way toward its final season, there is an unlikely contender for the Iron Throne lurking in the shadows. Forget Cersei Lannister, Dany and her dragons, or even the threat of White Walkers, according to one of the show's stars, the Iron Bank will be the ultimate winner of the ice and fire epic.
For the past seven seasons we have seen many valiant contenders fall in "The War of the Five Kings," and while Robb, Joffrey, and Stannis all had their times at the top, they were outsmarted by those around them. Everyone already knows that the Iron Bank is one step ahead, so why wouldn't the shadowy organization of penny-pinchers be the only ones left alive as the credits roll.
Speaking to Metro, actor Mark Gatiss said that he even pitched for his character of Tycho Nestoris to be left as the last man standing once winter has fallen on Westeros:
‘I pitched to Dan and David, the showrunners, that I should be the last person alive in the show because obviously if anyone survives it is the banks. They just laughed at me. I could imagine one final shot where I just walk among the bodies of absolutely everyone, turn to the camera and say 'next.'"
First arriving in Season 4 of the show, Tycho has been a relatively minor part of the piece. However, the climax of Season 7 saw Nestoris offer Cersei Lannister a grim ultimatum if House Lannister wanted the continued support of the Iron Bank. The scheming queen made good on her promise to pay her debts and form a shaky allegiance with the Iron Bank and sellsword company known as the Golden Company. All of this leads nicely into the Iron Bank and Tycho being a major factor in Game of Thrones Season 8.
While fans will likely laugh off Gatiss' pitch, he could actually have given away a plausible ending. Who is to say that it won't be the Iron Bank left after all the battles are over. With rumored connections to the House of Black and White, the Braavosi bank is one of the most dangerous powers to grace the show. Also, as the showrunners push through with the idea of multiple endings, maybe Tycho Nestoris counting coins will be one the finales filmed.
All we do know is that Game of Thrones promises a bittersweet ending that fans are sure to discuss for decades to come. Given the cutthroat nature of author George R.R. Martin, and that of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, it will be amazing if anyone is still standing at the end of that abridged Season 8. That being said, the Iron Bank left to rule over the frozen remains of the Seven Kingdoms is certainly an interesting prospect.
Game of Thrones season 8 does not have a premiere date as of this writing.