This story includes spoilers for 'Game of Thrones' Season 8.
When it comes to predicting who will end up on the Iron Throne when Game of Thrones concludes, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Since Daenerys Targaryen’s fiery massacre last week in "The Bells," the betting odds that she will become the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms have plummeted, and one unlikely person has now taken the lead.
According to OddsShark, Bran Stark is the new odds-on favorite, even ahead of the true heir to the throne, Jon Snow. Going from +200 odds to -500, Bran has made the top of the list, while Jon has dropped from +300 to +800, putting Jon behind Sansa Stark, whose odds also fell from +300 to +400, and Tyrion Lannister, who increased from +900 to +750.
After Daenerys showed what kind of leader she would be in the latest episode, her betting odds dropped from +900 to +1500, which means very few people think she will take the throne. And fans still think that Gendry, the bastard son of Robert Baratheon, has a claim to the throne—even though that likely won’t happen. He makes the list anyway, right behind Daenerys with +3000, tying with Arya Stark.
Also tied with Arya and Gendry is Jon and Daenerys’s child, who may or may not exist, at +3000; Samwell Tarly at +5000; and Ser Davos Seaworth at +15000.
That Bran might become the ultimate ruler of the Seven Kingdoms has some precedent: In recent weeks, a few fan theories have predicted that the youngest living Stark would ultimately win the Iron Throne. He’s one of the few characters who hasn’t been playing the game and who could rule without the want for more power. He’s also one of the very few level-headed people still breathing. But we’ll have to wait and see if that means anything in Sunday’s finale.
[h/t: TV Guide]
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