Who Will Claim the Iron Throne?
Although there are a lot of questions that need (and I can’t stress that enough, HBO… need!) to be answered, the central struggle for the iron throne has to end one way or another. The inter-family wars and constantly shifting powers have resulted in a result that is as hard to predict as a roulette spin. As the various fortunes of each character have changed, the list of possible final victors has grown and shrunk over the years. With only a couple of months until we can finally learn what happens, here are the favourites according to the bookies.
The Best Odds for Who is Most Likely to Rule Westeros
|Game of Thrones Character||Best Odds||Bookmaker|
|Bran Stark||11/10||William Hill|
|Any Child of Daenerys Targaryen||8/1||SkyBet|
|Any Child of Jon Snow||9/1||SkyBet|
|The Night King||10/1||William Hill|
The Best Odds
As the first episode draws nearer, the speculation over who will survive the series and end up on the iron throne is becoming more and more wild. HBO released a second teaser trailer on January 13th, which has already been watched more than 24 million times on YouTube. Fans have scoured every frame of the clip, looking for even the smallest clues as to what will happen.
Since its release, the odds offered by bookies have dramatically changed. Although only Jon Snow, Sansa and Arya Stark are the only characters shown, the person who seems tipped to be the ultimate ruler of Westeros – at least according to betting sites – is Bran Stark. This is all based on a fan theory that has gained traction ever since the seventh season was aired: that Bran Stark and the Night King are one and the same.
If you rewind the clock a couple of years, it would have seemed insane to suggest that Bran Stark, the paralysed but increasingly mysterious Prince of Winterfell, would one day rule all. However, as he grew into the Three-Eyed Raven throughout the seventh season, everything about the young man seemed to change.
A fan theory emerged and swiftly took hold that he and the Night King are the same person. The full theory is quite complicated, but it centres around the creation of White Walkers by the Children of the Forest. The appearance of a bird feather in several pivotal scenes as well as in the teaser trailer for the last season have been used as evidence that Bran Stark is at the heart of all yet-unanswered mysteries. However, only time will tell whether or not the almost even odds being offered by bookies are on the money.
The rise of Jon Snow from bastard son to Night’s Watchman, from death to a dramatic resurrection has seen the character, portrayed by Kit Harrington, as one of the fan favourites and most talked about figures in the show. Season seven saw him fighting for the salvation of all from the White Walkers, and as he did so, growing closer to Daenerys. The two have long been favourites for the ultimate rulers from the iron throne, given that the title of the original book series is A Song of Ice and Fire could well refer to the two characters.
As season seven closed, Jon and Daenerys’s two stories became entirely entwined. In a dramatic double reveal, the pair slept together while it was revealed to the audience that Jon is actually her nephew. Whether it is this fact, or the new-found belief in Bran’s identity, that has seen Jon and Dany fall from the top of the bookie’s favourite list to rule Westeros in the end. However, both characters and any possible children of either have often been touted as the most likely hero of the story’s climactic moments.
Who Will Die in Season 8 of Game of Thrones?
The second largest market for Game of Thrones betting won’t come as a surprise to any fan of the novels or the TV adaptation. Martin’s plots are infamous for their brutal treatment of reader’s heartstrings, having numerous beloved characters brutally and unexpectedly murdered. As such, the speculation surrounding the possible high-profile deaths in the last season is rife.
|Game of Thrones Character||SkyBet||BetVictor|
The list is full of villains and beloved characters. While most people will celebrate if Cersei Lannister dies, her Cruella de Ville-esque evil scheming would surely also be sorely missed. Then we have the loyal and arguably noble Jorah Mormont, who has fought off death on numerous occasions and come through every time.
Say what you will about him, but no one can deny that Theon Greyjoy has had a rough time of it since he turned away from the Stark family. If he does indeed meet his end in the upcoming episodes, many will rejoice that he has met justice, while others may feel glad that his misery has ended.
Daenerys, while consistently being tipped as one of the most likely characters to rule Westeros, is also one of the odds-on favourites to die. In the world of Martin’s fantasy, it is not entirely impossible that she could die and yet still be Queen after all. This fact may be best illustrates the tricky nature of Game of Thrones betting. It can be fun though if you are looking to add even more excitement to your viewing.
Alternative Game of Thrones Betting Options
There are a number of other Game of Thrones betting markets being offered by bookmakers at the moment. You can place bets on:
In a special offer, SkyBet are also running a Game of Thrones Cluedo market, where you can place wagers on specific scenarios for murders. For example: “with Needle the Sword in Winterfell Arya Stark to kill The Hound” (14/1).
Game of Thrones Slot Games
If placing wagers on outcomes isn’t for you, there are still some Game of Thrones betting options open to you. Software developer, Microgaming, has released two different slot games inspired by the hit tv show: Game of Thrones 15 Lines and GoT 243 Ways. Both products feature branded symbols, music and effects from the original soundtrack and excellent gameplay. You’ll be able to find the games at most of the country’s top online casinos.
If you are still suffering from withdrawal symptoms ahead of the show’s return this spring, I’ll leave you with this one reassuring thought:
Spring is coming.