With the hype building for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, fans can't wait to see which plot lines finally get wrapped. When HBO first started adapting George R.R. Martin's epic story, few could have predicted how popular the series would become, but with countless wars, romances, betrayals and deaths, there's still a lot left we want to see happen.
The biggest point of interest, though, is who exactly will take the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Following the latest cryptic teaser, and with so many figures chomping at the bit to claim the title of queen (or king) last season, let's analyze the top candidates and look at how their arcs over the years shape their odds.
5. TYRION LANNISTER: A LONG SHOT, BUT POSSIBLE
Tyrion evolved from an alcoholic and petulant outsider into a wise leader, wanting to undo the Lannister legacy of blood -- which is why he has endorsed Daenerys to take the throne. However, in Season 7's finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf," we saw he was indeed jealous of her romance and overall alliance with Jon Snow.
Now, because he's a Lannister, we can't put it past him putting a knife in her or Jon's back once the dust (or, ahem, ice) clears after the battle with the Night King. The Targaryens' rule, after all, has always led to chaos, as per the Mad King Aerys and the war Rhaegar started, so Tyrion could attempt to keep them off the throne in a power play that would make his father and sister proud. No one would see it coming, as everyone loves Tyrion's heroic turn. In any case, even if Jon and Daenerys perish in battle, he's still the best man for the throne, as he wants a free and fair Westeros.
4. SANSA STARK: AN UNDERDOG, BUT A SLY ONE
Sansa has been through a lot, going from being tortured by Joffrey and his mother to Ramsay Bolton's ward. Not to mention she's seen the beheading of her father, Ned, and arrows shot through her little brother, Rickon. Along with Arya, the last of the Stark blood runs through her veins and, as we saw in Season 7, she's changed, emerging stronger and a bit more sinister.
Sansa setting up Littlefinger's execution shows how cerebral she's become, and there is a chance that her concerns about Jon's alliance with Daenerys could lead to her turning on them. After all, the Starks have known nothing but betrayal and death, so if she sees the opportunity to take the throne, especially if she distrusts this power couple, we can't rule out Sansa stabbing them in the back. She did learn manipulation from Littlefinger himself, and it seems she's become a master at it. Harboring secret intentions to put a Stark on the throne, especially as she knows people would follow her based on her family's reputation, may well be her solution to a new Westeros.