Game of Thrones: Not Bran Stark; Here are five characters who deserved to win the Iron Throne instead

*SPOILERS ALERT* While Drogon destroyed the Iron Throne in the series finale of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark was declared King of the Six Kingdoms. However, here are five other characters who deserved to win the Iron Throne instead.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen were the initial hot favourites to win the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones.Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen were the initial hot favourites to win the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones.
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In 10 days, we're going to be celebrating a year since the series finale of, one the most iconic shows in television history, Game of Thrones. It was a bittersweet moment for fans as they had to say goodbye to the series after eight seasons, which spanned over a decade. Game of Thrones changed television forever and provided content that will be talked about forever and ever. However, Game of Thrones Season 8 was heavily criticised by fans, who felt cheated by the storytelling and character arcs of favourites like Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister.

*SPOILERS ALERT* In the end, we see Drogon destroying the Iron Throne due to sheer anger for his mother's death, at the hands of her lover, Jon Snow. The same Iron Throne that had the characters fight each other tooth and nail with bloodshed at every nook and corner. However, due to Tyrion's interference, it was decided that Bran Stark aka The Three-Eyed Raven would be named the King of the Seven Kingdoms while Sansa Stark was declared the Queen in the North. Game of Thrones fans were furious over the endgame as they thought there were more deserved candidates for the throne.

Instead of Bran Stark, here are five characters who we feel deserved the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones:

Jon Snow

After being an outsider all his life, Jon Snow finally came into his own as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and proved why he is such a loyal leader who deserves the Iron Throne, simply because he is a good person at heart. Moreover, Jon was also a hot favourite for many, especially when his actual parentage was revealed, which would make him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, not Daenerys Targaryen. However, towards the series finale, we saw Snow being exiled back to The Wall to live a lonely life, something fans definitely did not want for him.

Daenerys Targaryen

Another hot favourite to win the Iron Throne was Daenerys Targaryen. The first few seasons showed how Dany was different from her ancestors and cared about the slaves, unlike past rulers. Steadily enough, her worth came to be known by the rest of the kingdoms as they saw her for what she truly was; a viable threat who could actually be victorious because she worked for it and deserves it. Hence, to see her transform into the Mad Queen in a mere few episodes almost felt dishonest to Dany's character arc.

Cersei Lannister

A female character who changed the way we look at women in antagonist roles is Cersei Lannister. With every season, Cersei proved her worth amidst the many powerful and egomaniacal men she had to endure to finally win the Iron Throne and become the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. If we had to choose between Bran Stark becoming King or Cersei remaining Queen, honestly we'd choose the latter. Why? Because with the Lannisters, it's always fun! And let's not even get into debating the ending given to her and Jaime Lannister!

Tyrion Lannister

Barring Season 8; you may have your favourite Game of Thrones character but everyone can unanimously agree that there is no way you don't love Tyrion Lannister. It's just not possible to hate that man. Just like Cersei, over time, Tyrion had proved time and again why he was intellectually ahead of the game and proved to be a valuable asset to Dany as the Hand of The Queen. However, the final season didn't see Tyrion at his finest and rather as someone scared. While we would have loved to see Tyrion on the Iron Throne, Season 8 had other plans.

Robb Stark

Yes, we know, Robb Stark tragically passed away at the wedding that shall never be named. But, for someone to be able to instill fear in a cunning, fearsome man like Tywin Lannister at the age of 21, Robb proved why he was the rightful candidate for the Iron Throne. A strong mind with a kind heart. However, as the saying went, "Love is the death of duty," Stark's kind heart led to his unfortunate death that haunts us to this day.

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Which character do you think deserved to win the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones? Or do you feel Bran Stark was the deserved King of the Six Kingdoms? Let us know your pick in the comments section below.

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Anonymous 1 month ago

1st choice: Would have loved to see them ruler of they could figure it around. Rob stark Jon snow Tyrion Dany PS: Bran is too boring!!

Anonymous 2 months ago

I was disappointed in the last episode only that Jon was condemned to live out his life at the wall, but left out beyond the wall to live. Jon Snow Aegon Targaryen, should have been made the King of the 7 Kingdoms, first by his bravery in uniting the Kingdoms, along with the Wildings to battle the army of the dead and just by Jon's birth right along should have been king. Daenerys allowed Ultimate Power to Ultimately corrupt her, and as she said "I know what is best and what is Good". Sansa, was too self serving to be Queen over all the Kingdoms.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon snow should became the heir of iron throne

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow should became the heir of iron throne because he was a kind person in the game of thrones and he had the ability to rule over the seven kingdoms

Anonymous 2 months ago

The one true King of Westros - Stannis Baratheon

Anonymous 2 months ago

The night king.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I think everyone (the survivors)got what they wished for. Jon wished he could join the free folks to the night watch and later to their place of abode as the free folks made their way home after the great war,guess what,his wish was fulfilled. Arya has always wanted to see what's beyond Westeros ( the end of the map), her dream was not cut short. Sansa wants power to reside in the North as well as the independency of the North. This dream was not cut short either. Above all,the conflict in the storyline was resolved,which is this entitlement mentality of kings and queens being born. If Kings and queens were hitherto chosen and not born,there wouldn't have been Game of Thrones. I think the resolution is worth it.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon snow anyday. And anyone who is saying sansa stark....she could not be trusted. She would have betrayed Jon the first chance she got. She literally thought of him as a bas***d. She was pure power hungry.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I would have loved Dany and Jon to rule jointly (like William and Mary of Orange). It was what Dany offered Jon just before he killed her. Just saying repeatedly that someone is mad doesn't make it so. Just didn't buy the character assassination in The Bells at all. Much as I love Tyrion he gave nothing but bad advice in the last few seasons. And betrayed Jon as well as Dany in the process. But he would have made a good prime minister in the constitutional democracy I had in mind. Let Sansa Snark have the north. I wouldn't want her causing trouble in my council anyway.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow with Sam and Tyrion as his advisor and Brienne as the general of his armies while Arya would be in charge of his royal guards. Bran would be terrific as his seer. In my opinion, Dani should've stayed and ruled over first kingdom! With her death, all her efforts there were for nothing.

Anonymous 2 months ago

NO ONE ELSE BUT JON SNOW.

Anonymous 2 months ago

When you watch GOT from season1 again you will see that season 8 ending wasn't as bad. Jon could not be king, especially because the story has shown that king slayers were to face some sort of penalty. Flashback to when Jon executed Ser Alliser, who in his last words cursed Jon that he will forever be tied with the wildlings and fight their battles forever. Watching the show again from season 1 will make you appreciate brann more. When winterfell was shown for the first time Brann was actually the first character shown alongside Jon and Robb. A crippled boy who had to embark on a suicidal journey beyond the wall to become the three eyed raven, and save the realms of men. No one would have known the secret of Jon's parentage, or that King Robert's rebellion was falsely initiated because Liana Stark was never kidnapped. Why not a king who knows the history of everyone and can restore peace to all kingdoms, as supposed to rulers who want war and to conquer.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Why on earth would you put the bleddy spoiler of the millenia in the effing headline?! Isn't the unspoken rule to wait 7 years since air date?

Anonymous 2 months ago

That ending doesn't even warrant acknowledgment. GoT had 7 seasons & we are still waiting to find out who gets the Iron Throne.

Anonymous 2 months ago

William Munny's riposte to Little Bill's lament that he didn't deserve to die in Eastwood's Unforgiven (a refreshing realism take on cowboy movies), sums it up: "Deserves got nothing to do with it". And as is the case with power and who gets it, especially in a 'Monarchy by Military Conquest" system of government that prevailed in Game of Thrones (and the vast majority of human history, by the way). Speculation about and even demands to change the ending of Game of Thrones is ridiculous in the extreme. Does anyone seriously think that George R R Martin had not mapped out the entire major plot line (right to the bitter end) before he even commenced his book series? (not doing so would be like starting off in a journey by car without knowing your destination). Is anyone silly enough to entertain the possibility that agreement was reached with Martin to produce a TV series without an unequivocal commitment for the series to adhere to his mandated plot line and (especially) ending? For sure Martin retained a right of veto over scripts. Unlike life, the ending of Game of Thrones was pre-ordained from the beginning. Voluminous clues are present throughout to the ultimate ending, especially with respect to the element many folks find most troubling - Daenerys' ultimate evolution into the Mad Queen. As early as Series 1, Ep. 3, 'The Kingslayer' Jaime Lannister relates the words of her Mad King father "Burn them all!" as history and (as it turns out) prophesy. The setup for her

Anonymous 2 months ago

I vote for Samwell Tarly!

Anonymous 2 months ago

Honestly I thought there would be no Iron Throne when the show was done. In the books I expect Jon and Dany do a whole Azor Ahai and Nissa Nissa situation. The question is, who lives and who dies. I think Jon will die and Dany would live because she will give birth to Jon's child.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen. That being said, Daenerys should have had at least one season of ruling as the tyrant with the gazillion titles ("Any man who must say 'I am king' is no true king"), burning all who fail to kneel before her until she is ultimately killed by Jon as she tries to conquer the North, with the help of Bran warging to disable Dany's nuke Drogon. Dany's villain turn had so much potential had it been fleshed out better; the fact that she has so many fans is great as it shows us how we can inadvertently love and follow tyrants and cult leaders that strong and charismatic. She was not a one-note villain who twirls a moustache, but one that was complex, sympathetic and with good intentions. Dany was always the narcissistic dictator that craved the fawning attention and Mhysa moments. Everything she did was to serve herself and her ego, and she was so deadset in achieving her (and Viserys') goal of conquering Westeros, that she pretty much "Mission Accomplished" Essos. With Dany, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Dany is the LoTR equivalent of Smeagol/Gollum and the Iron Throne is her One Ring.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon snow should have ruled ,and he would have had sam,davos ,bronn, tyrion , and use yara and bran as other members of the small council. Arya and gendry marry ,the wildlings take the wall . Keep brienne with sansa to keep her in check . That's my opinion on the ending . And use the unsullied and the dothraki to keep the peace with no allegiance to any family .

Anonymous 2 months ago

John Snowdefinitely

Anonymous 2 months ago

JOHN snow definitely

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow forever. The only heir to the Iron Throne, the Prince that was promise an the most honorable man in the seven kingdoms.

Anonymous 2 months ago

My queen Daenerys Targaryen the only candidate. The cunning imps head should have rolled. Only if Khalasar Drogo , Sir Johra Mormont and her other lover was around her. I hope Drogon will breathe life into her. If Jon can be brought back to life once, that other one eyed good guy can be brought back to life six times and that the mountain can be turned into a monster.....Then I shall believe somewhere in the EAST Drogon will bring back his mother to life. She is coming.....hold your breath...

Anonymous 2 months ago

Danaerys 100%. I do not see how she turned mad at the end just because she wasn't putting up with BS anymore. She was betrayed a lot and ppl like that id*ot Sansa kept sh*tting on her. Jon snow was a moron. Danaerys wasn't mad, if that was a Def of mad I would hate to see how they portray actual mad ppl.

Anonymous 2 months ago

The only one who deserved the Iron throne and more importantly was 'needed' there was Bran. 1. Arya stark had no business sitting on a throne anywhere, she'd at best be a good lord commander, maybe chief kingsguard, or exceptionally good assassin/enforcer, right beside varys. Moreover she's got no experience at politics/ruling and is driven purely by hatred. 2. Sansa stark is damaged goods. She has even more refined hatred than Arya. She's a rebel. Not to mention she learned politics beside littlefinger and his brand of politics is basically chaos. She has equal chance of causing fractures again in seven kingdoms, because the first chance she gets, she declared the Independence of North. she can't be trusted to be impartial. 3. Jon Snow had every right and reason to be The Ruler. But he's too noble, too idealistic, as evident when he bends the knee to Danerys and surrenders the north. And doesn't make the claim to Iron Throne when he comes to know of his ancestry, nor agrees to wishes of others to do so in the face of greater good. 4. Now why Bran is ideal? A. In a world now known to contain magic, red women, dragons, and unspeakable creatures of Night; you need a leader who has some sort of magic himself. Granted Dany, arya and jon had some of that but only some. Nowhere on a level that's Bran. B. Bran isn't bran stark anymore. He doesn't hold allegiance to anyone or anything. Not even to his family or North. He's now 3 eyed raven and can be counted on to be impartial

Anonymous 2 months ago

Hold the door, hol th dor, holder!

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow! He didn't go through all that Hell to be exiled! I was really hoping he and Dany would rule together but based on what happened to Dany in season 8, that was impossible.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Sansa or cerci . Dany and John should've died in the battle with the night king. And final showdown between Sansa and cerci would've been epic until of course Arya killed her.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Definitely, Night king had deserved it

Anonymous 2 months ago

Umm no mention of Sansa ? I’f anyone was level headed to rule it would be Sansa.. honestly her and jon together would have been unstoppable

Anonymous 2 months ago

I just watched the series fully in one go. I believe the climax more of a open ended one. We see Jon Snow walk beyond the wall with the remaining wildlings.So it's a hint that he is the new King beyond the wall. Honestly I could not understand the character of Bran. He does nothing significant other than reveal Jon Snow true lineage. He does not even do anything significant with respect to any inputs to final war with Night King. One man I would have like to see become King was definitely Tyrion Lannister.Not out of pity but because of his smartness.

Anonymous 2 months ago

he was smart but seemed to become more stupid with each passing season. A shame really!

Anonymous 2 months ago

Dany

Anonymous 2 months ago

Definitely Dani, she did not deserve the fate she was given! I was very distressed with this ending! She was a wonderfully innocent young girl who was mistreated by her brother. She developed into a strong & merciful ruler. Turning her into an insane & murderous was a disservice to her character!

Anonymous 2 months ago

Please let me know when release hindi official dubbing.

Anonymous 2 months ago

If people are taking about democracy them Sam was the perfect candidate not bran, If You talk about who deserves to sit on iron throne then definitely it was Danny she worked really hard for it, but if you talk about who was right person to sit on iron throne then it was John.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow, he was the rightful heir and deserved better.

Anonymous 2 months ago

John Snow

Anonymous 2 months ago

I stand by what I said at the end of series 7... Nymeria sits upon the iron throne in the ruins of the Citadel.

Anonymous 2 months ago

ABB. Anyone But Bran

Anonymous 2 months ago

Ramsey Bolton, because he wanted to make Westeros great again

Anonymous 2 months ago

That's funny!

Anonymous 2 months ago

That's funny!

Anonymous 2 months ago

That's funny!

Anonymous 2 months ago

What in the actual hell is wrong with you.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I liked the ending. Other than Jon Snow being sent back to the wall.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Game of thrones makes a sense as a story only with the 3eyed raven as king- knows history,not the same political mistakes and not the chasing of power. Emotionally John Snow forever! (He also did't chased power, that's why he was the right one.) Hated Sansa as queen in the North. 8 season's 4th episode and after ruined all the story. Needed 3 more episodes to explain feelings and motives.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Agreed!! Did they forget that it was Jon who warned them of the Night King, who helped save Winterfell from Ramsey, who was at the knights watch protecting all of the seven kingdoms. Jon has been nothing but selfless and caring of others, yet they still sent him back to the Wall like he was a useless person. Greyworm insisted that Jon be exiled for the murder of Daenerys but he left Kings Landing b4 Jon left. He could have easily stayed back and Greyworm wouldn't know any better. Tyrion was the one who got it into Jon's head that Dany was turning into a Mad Queen, yet Tyrion is free and Jon is back at the Wall where he died before. Jon deserved better, no cap.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Agreed!! Jon saved them by warning them of the Night King, he also helped save Winterfell from Ramsey. He was also part of the kinghts watch protecting all of the kingdoms. How could they just throw him back to the Wall like he meant and did nothing the entire time. The funny part is that Greyworm insisted on his exile for killiDaenerys

Anonymous 2 months ago

Agreed!! They would all be dead without Jon, and see the way they just sent him back to the useless Wall like he was nothing. Jon deserved better, no cap.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I totally agree! Sansa became Cercei and should NOT have been named Queen in the North! I think I hated that the most! Jon being exiled was a rotten thing to do to him. Where would all those people be without Jon Snow? Dead.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I would have picked Tyrion. Intelligence, strength, courage, compassion, humor. My favorite character would make an amazing king.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow, was great leaders in all aspect in GOT, his family and in his life as a bastard son.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon snow over everyone a character like Ranyl Tarly would of followed him

Anonymous 2 months ago

Lord Baelish (Littlefinger) and Varys deserve the Iron Throne more as both of them knew the real game of throne. One is clever and the other is wise. That's the perfect duo. & Sansa by littlefinger's side.

Anonymous 2 months ago

The Night King should have won

Anonymous 2 months ago

Not won but done better 1 lad who didnt deserve was Bran

Anonymous 2 months ago

Robb stark all the way... Always

Anonymous 2 months ago

Great leader etc politics no that what the iron throne was about when RR ended

Anonymous 2 months ago

Tyrion, if only to be the black sheep to be seated as the King of the seven kingdoms. Cercei, Dany, Jon, Jaime and all the main characters should have witnessed it. All the characters were killed in a short span ..... Was the writers getting tired to continue writing? I would have developed a much better plot and continued the story .... Such a damn pity!

Anonymous 2 months ago

I agree. I hope they never get another big deal ever. They really messed up last season!

Anonymous 2 months ago

D&D got Bored and didn't want too do anymore because of this probaly wont get a big book series again

Anonymous 2 months ago

Daenerys Targaryen or Arya Stark

Anonymous 2 months ago

Arya over Danny she had the Iron of a direwoilf where Danny had the madness of a dragon

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow

Anonymous 2 months ago

Dani deserve that thrown due to her having to go throw so much pain and taking all kind of criticism from the men that she met along the way to take her rightful throw I feel like the Episode could of at least ended with them showing us where the Dragon was going to maybe Dani was gonna be brought back from the dead like John Snow

Anonymous 2 months ago

People even though they are bestowed with intelligence and especially cramped in a small city, they need to be ruled. A situation like that is a terrifying one.....very Terrifying.

Anonymous 2 months ago

no one deserves to rule other people. She spent her life pursuing the illision that she should be in charge. $gladshe'sdrad

Anonymous 2 months ago

no one deserves to rule other people. She spent her life pursuing the illision that she should be in charge. $gladshe'sdrad

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Targerian

Anonymous 2 months ago

Gendry would have been a much better compromise candidate than Bran between the Stark supporters and Dany camp.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Except for the fact that he’s uneducated and would be a terrible king

Anonymous 2 months ago

The ending was perfect! It's not who deserves the iron throne, it's wats best for the people ruled by the person on the iron throne! ND who better than bran - a guy who wud never misuse his power! I wonder wats the madness bout the closure of the show!

Anonymous 2 months ago

People with no fear are a danger unto themselves. Bran should've sat on the tower with his third eye.

Anonymous 2 months ago

The ending was the pitts

Anonymous 2 months ago

there are multiple reasons for poor ending. No logical conclusion on many character arcs. Don't know their motivation or end game. Nobody can deny last season of game of thrones was poorly written.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon Snow

Anonymous 2 months ago

Stannis, before they messed up in season 5.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Tyrion, Dani or Jon. Definitely Not Bran....worse choice possible! Arya should have killed Cersi and Jon should have killed Night King.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Cersei got such an easy death.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I honestly agree. Arya was awesome when she killed the night king and it was a nice plot twist, but she should have killed someone who she REALLY envied. I always thought that she should've been the one to kill the Lannisters, mainly Joffrey and Cersei. They did the most harm to the Starks out of everyone, and they are also the rivals, so she should've chopped theirs heads off or something lmao. And jon shouldve killed the night king, as it would have made more sense as a character for him to kill one of the staple leads in GoT.

Anonymous 2 months ago

John snow!

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jon! Why people keep writting his name wrong are just 3 letters

Anonymous 2 months ago

Gendry. He's the rightful king anyway, he lived among the smallfolk as one of them, he performed heroic deeds, he's connected to Houses Targaryen, Baratheon and Stark, and he's too new to highborn status to have an agenda. Plus it would have made his reintroduction serve a narrative purpose.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Yeah if Jon don't get it ain't no way gendry does he didn't do shit for 4 season. Dude sucked at fighting and at war wtf man

Anonymous 2 months ago

He was weak minded though

Anonymous 2 months ago

Arya should have been skewered by the Night King. Dreadful ending.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Exactly what I thought! Pipe dream but I always hoped he was actually the son of Cersei, the first one she thought she lost. That would have been a bigger shock and served a purpose unlike Jon Snow’s lineage reveal.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Gendry and Arya King & Queen Sansa still Queen of the North Jon Lord Commander Black Watch Still best Buds with Tormund whom becomes King of the Wild North and wins the heart of Sir Brienne whom becomes an equal as his Queen.

Anonymous 2 months ago

He was kind too

Anonymous 2 months ago

He was kind too

Anonymous 2 months ago

Daenerys Targaryen

Anonymous 2 months ago

Democracy. Though we know how the writers feel about that.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Danaerys

Anonymous 2 months ago

No,no,no,no! Samwell Tarly all the way!

Anonymous 2 months ago

Daenerys was killed though? So I would say Jon Snow should have had the Iron throne

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