Who will Rule in the Game of Thrones? A Who’s Who of Potentials
By Jamie Krakover
Season 2 of Game of Thrones is all about The Clash of Kings. Although Joffrey holds the throne currently, there are many others vying for it. So let’s take a look at the potential candidates.
Joffrey is the apparent rightful heir to the throne and currently holds the title. However he has a sense of arrogance and entitlement that could lead to his downfall. Nearly everyone including his own mother at times hates him. While he holds all the power there are many gunning for his title, and if someone were to uncover his true lineage, that may also lead to his undoing. Joffery is maneuvering to secure his place by having Robert Baretheon’s bastard children killed. Tyrion is working to fortify Kings Landing. He seems to be making a lot of moves to secure his place but as Little Finger says, “Sometimes those with the most power have the least grace.” Plus it never gets old when somebody slaps Joffrey around and tries to put him in his place.
Stannis has declared himself the king of the Westeros. He is an interesting character because he and his supporters know the truth about Joffrey, and he intends to spread the word. This news also makes him the real rightful heir to the iron throne. He’s building an army and isn’t going out without a fight.
Younger brother to Stannis and the late Robert, Renly has also made a play for the throne opposite Stannis. He has married Margaery Tyrell in an attempt to gain support from her family. He also acquired the protection of Brienne of Tarth and if he can produce an heir with Margaery he will be an even bigger threat. However, Renly’s downfall could be his lack of interest in war and his preference to tournaments, feasts and Margaery’s brother Loras.
The eldest of the Stark children is Lord of Winterfell and proclaimed King of the North. He is amassing an army to take down Joffrey. He wants blood and revenge for his father’s death and he won’t take no for an answer. He holds Jamie Lannister captive and intends to use this to his advantage. While he is a crowd favorite for many, he also has a lot to lose. His sister Sansa is a prisoner to Joffrey, Arya is missing, and Bran is home with a crippling injury. He harbors hate for the Lannisters for what they’ve done to Bran and his father, so his anger is not something to take lightly. However, anger can be a weakness, and could lead to his downfall.
Robb Stark is looking to ally with Balon Greyjoy. Theon Greyjoy has other plans and wishes to convince his father to add his ships to Stark’s army. In doing so he hopes to take advantage of his brotherhood with Robb Stark, and put his father on the throne thus inheriting the throne afterward. Balon Greyjoy has other plans, and seeks to have Theon’s sister lead the army. The trouble with the Greyjoys is they each have their own ideas on how to seize control and they don’t coincide well with one another. And even though Theon is starting to fall into line with his family, there is no guarantee his loyalties will remain there. The Greyjoys’ resentment of the past and their sense of pride could be their undoing.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Dany has seen her fair share of torment and she’s not going to take it lying down any longer. With her lineage and her baby dragons she’s out for vengeance. If she can march her supporters towards the other kingdoms and nurture her dragons to full size, she will be a powerful force that few, if any, can rival.
The King Beyond the Wall
He marries his daughters, has more daughters and marries them as well. He has complete rule over his family and uses that to control visitors to his lands. He instills fear in all but doesn’t have rule over much else other than the lands north of the wall. Only the Night’s Watch stands between the kingdoms and the northern establishments, but there’s a lot of land between the north and King’s Landing. This means the King Beyond the Wall could be too far on the outskirts to have a decent chance at taking the throne.
With such scheming from all the potential candidates, who will come out on top? We’ve learned to expect surprises from Game of Thrones, so any one of these “kings” could seize the glory; but they all have something to lose. Who are you rooting for to take the throne?