The surprising favorite to rule at the end of Game of Thrones

Ben Bowman


The final season of “Game of Thrones” is approaching steadily and surely, like an army of White Walkers headed for the wall. Fan theories are running rampant about how it will all go down. The most recent trailer provides only a small glimpse of the battle to come. So we checked with an online betting site to reveal what people are actually willing to wager on.


Who will rule Westeros at the end of Season 8?

Bovada says this wager “will be settled based on the confirmed ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ of the Andals and the First Men. If there is no King or Queen, whoever rules or controls King’s Landing will be deemed the winner.” Here are the odds. (Remember, the higher the number, the less likely it is to happen.)

  • Bran Stark +300
  • Jon Snow +350
  • Daenerys Targaryen +500
  • Sansa Stark +600
  • Gendry +700
  • The Night King +1,000
  • Tyrion Lannister +1,000
  • Arya Stark +1,400
  • Jon and Daenerys’ Baby(!) +1,400
  • Petyr Baelish (even though he’s dead?!?) +1,400
  • Samwell Tarly +1,400
  • Cersei Lannister +2,500
  • Jaime Lannister +3,000
  • Varys +5,000
  • Davos Seaworth +6,600
  • Bronn +7,500
  • Breinne of Tarth +10,000
  • Euron Greyjoy +10,000
  • Gilly +10,000
  • Jaqen H’ghar +10,000
  • Jorah Mormont +10,000
  • Beric Dondarrion +12,500
  • Daario Naharis +12,500
  • Melisandre +12,500
  • The Hound +12,500
  • The Mountain +15,000
  • Theon Greyjoy +15,000
  • Tormund Giantsbane +15,000
  • Yara Greyjoy +15,000

These are some crazy odds. They give the Zombie Mountain the same chance as Theon at sitting on the Iron Throne? At least Theon can string a sentence together. Also, why does Littlefinger have any chance at this? His throat was slit in Season 7.

Why is Bran the favorite to rule?

It ties into the whole Three-Eyed Raven subplot. Remember, Bran has shown the ability to shout through time. His father Ned appeared to hear him when he spoke during the flashback to Jon Snow’s birth. Hodor obviously heard Meera shouting “hold the door” via Bran’s vision. But weirdly, Meera was shouting in the present and it somehow echoed back to Hodor as a child (then named Wylis).

And there’s the thought that the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen, was shouting “Burn them all” because he was getting some sort of message from Bran in the future – perhaps Bran is screaming for everyone to burn the White Walkers and it somehow rippled back in time to Aerys, which led Jaime to stick a sword through his back.

Remember that Bran is named for his “relative,” Bran the Builder, who was responsible for building the wall in the first place. Is this Brandon Stark the same Brandon Stark from back then? Another possible time-travel clue: Sam finds the buried dragonglass at the Fist of the First Men. Maybe a time-traveling Bran left it there for them. Is this whole world just one big loop?

With all this said, the bet could be pointless. In the upcoming battle, anything could happen. In the aftermath, it’s possible the survivors may decide that kings are stupid, so they discard the idea of a monarchy altogether. Or maybe there’s some kind of truce with the White Walkers. The show could go a million different ways, and the person sitting on the throne could be the least interesting footnote of all of this.

But there is a bet that’s sure to matter…

Who will die first in Season 8?

Bovada’s odds paint a sad picture for the Iron Islands.

  • Euron Greyjoy +145
  • Yara Greyjoy +300
  • Theon Greyjoy +500
  • Cersei Lannister +650
  • Sansa Stark +1,000
  • Jaime Lannister +1,200
  • Daenerys Targaryen +3,300
  • Arya Stark +5,000
  • Tyrion Lannister +5,000
  • Jon Snow +10,000

Winter is coming, friends. The final season of “Game of Thrones” begins April 14.

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