Game of Thrones Season 7 is set to return in the summer of 2017 with only seven episodes. It was recently confirmed that the famous fantasy show would end after Season 8. As the ending draws near, the question of who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne is likewise yielding more predictions.
Election season is happening in the Game of Thrones world as viewers are urged to cast their ballots for the person who most deserves the sought-after Iron Throne. The network launched a campaign on various digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.
Four candidates are included in the poll as well as their running mates. Daenerys Targaryen’s running mate is Tyrion Lannister. The duo’s platform is to give freedom to the world, rebuild the population of dragons, and empower women. Jon Snow, together with Lyanna Mormont, aim to reiterate the North’s sovereignty and restore the Night’s Watch. The other intriguing pairings are Petyr Baelish and Sansa Stark, as well as Cersei Lannister and Qyburn.
The winner will be unveiled on Sept. 1, but at the time of writing, Jon and Lyanna are leading with 39 percent of the total votes.
The Game of Thrones cast members, on the other hand, have different opinions.
At the recently concluded San Diego Comic-Con, Liam Cunningham, who portrays Ser Davos, said that the Army of Dead might soon take over Seven Kingdoms.
“The only hint we have of this is George R.R. Martin said the ending will be ‘bittersweet’ and that doesn’t give too much away. Knowing the deranged minds we’re dealing with on this show, I have an image of a White Walker sitting on the Iron Throne. The Night King with a leg over an arm smoking a cigar.”
Martin previously confirmed that the ending of Game of Thrones would not be completely joyful. One of his inspirations for the show’s ending is reportedly J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga.
Kristian Nairn, whose character Hodor’s death left many in despair, said that someone honorable must lead the kingdoms.
“I think the Throne’s probably not going to be important by the end of the show, I think there will be a huge battle between the Night King and Daenerys. I think Westeros deserves someone with honor and integrity so I think Brienne would be good.”
Nathalie Emmanuel, who’s famous for her role as Daenerys’ loyal servant Missandei, is rooting for the Mother of Dragons. However, she is similarly excited about the possibility of Starks as rulers.
“I have a similar motive in that I have to say Daenerys for the loyalty thing, she’s a good girl, she can be very ferocious but she generally wants to care for people, but at the same time I’m also excited for the Starks to come together so who knows?”
Jon isn’t out of the equation too because John Bradley-West believes he’s worthy. Nonetheless, he quips that his belief is only because of Sam’s loyalty to the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
The most abhorred Game of Thrones character surprisingly has a different take. According to Iwan Rheon, he would “melt the thing down and have a democracy.” His statement won’t make Ramsay proud.
Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere later than its usual spring release. Since winter has finally arrived on the series, the producers are aiming to film in places with the gloomiest weather.
It is also the end of the road for the beloved show. HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys said that the eighth season would be the show’s last. While the network has no problem if the show would take 10 seasons to finish, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have a “very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do.” Their decision is something that HBO reportedly respects.
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