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The end of Game of Thrones is drawing ever nearer, which means fans are about to find out, once and for all, who if anyone will lay claim to the Iron Throne.
Of course, there are other pressing matters to deal with first. The Night King has breached the Wall at long last, and now he, his massive army and Ice Viserion are all ready to bring winter to Westeros. Also, despite being warned about what’s coming for her and everyone else, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)’s sole interest is still just solidifying her own power at whatever cost, so she’s going to become-slash-remain quite a problem for our heroes as well.
However, even though Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has temporarily suspended her pursuit of it, the Iron Throne is still the prize to be won when this is all said and done. So, who’ll wear the crown and win the Game of Thrones?
Currently, Las Vegas seems to think that Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is the biggest contender for the win, thanks in part to a recent teaser trailer’s potential wink to the theory that he will become — and, thanks to all that time-warging, already has become — the Night King himself. Odds are -150 (that’s right, that means they’re better than even) that he’ll claim the throne, according to OddsShark.
Next up is former front-runner Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who may or may not be the “prince who was promised” but has definitely been confirmed as the secret love child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. In that sense, he literally is a song of ice and fire, but Vegas still has him trailing his little brother (er, cousin) at +600 odds.
Just behind him in the odds rankings is Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who has experienced a very radical transformation of spirit over the years — most recently, seeing through the cunning nature of Littlefinger and finally putting an end to all his subterfuge for the sake of her family.
If you think it’s weird that Bran, Jon and Sansa would all be safer bets for the Throne than Daenerys, get this: She also trails behind the Night King, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and the hypothetical love child she may bear with Jon Snow as a result of their recent romantic entanglements with +1200 odds to their +1000. In other words, Vegas is so unsure that the Mother of Dragons will win the Throne that it’s a safer bet to pick a person who doesn’t even exist yet — and may not ever exist — than her. That’s more savage than when Khal Drogo de-tongued Mago.
Some of the longer shots right now, according to these bettors, are Gendry (+1500), Arya Stark (+1800) and the Iron Throne’s current occupant Cersei Lannister (+2500).
Winter is coming for somebody. We just don’t know who… yet.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on HBO Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c.