Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from the first episode of the new season of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t watched it yet, I suggest you run for the hills!
The first episode of Game of Thrones, “Dragonstone,” opened up a lot on how the rest of the season will unfurl, providing a lot of context as to what’s going on and where people stand in their political power.
Cersei Lannister sees herself bumped to the top of the list. The death of her children is driving her mad, but we can see that she’s slowly embracing this insanity. We saw proof of that when Cersei was speaking with Jaime Lannister, who still has a good moral compass. I question if her maniacal and destructive new attitude will lay waste to any opponents who try to oppose her on her ascension upwards as she fixates on maintaining power. She made a strong presence that puts her at the top of the food chain. It’ll take a shocking turn of events for her to get knocked lower than this.
Daenerys ended last season starting a huge navy and recruiting several dragons. She looks set to engage with Cersei’s forces at some time in the near future. Her actions are speaking louder than words, and it’s clear that this upcoming battle will be one of the main focal points of this whole season. We’re looking forward to seeing the action of this season to kick off rather quickly.
We also saw Jon Snow take a commanding position in the polls after his situation with the White Walkers and some new drama between him and Sansa. We’ll have to see how this drama unfolds in future episodes to see just how important that is to the story. While not as notable as Daenerys or Cersei, he deserves a top spot at the table.
A Variety poll discovered that people who weren’t betting fans leaned towards Daenerys taking the throne; additionally, the cast of Game of Thrones are convinced that Daenerys or Tyrion will find a themselves at the height of their power. Can you tell if this is just trickery though? Is this their way of playing a game with the viewers?
Who will take the throne at the end of season 7?
Cersei Lannister: -400
Daenerys Targaryen: +450
Jon Snow +500
Arya Stark +2500
Tyrion Lannister +3200
Jamie Lannister +4200
Petyr Baelish +4700
Theon Greyjoy +5000
Sansa Stark +5500
Bran Stark +7100