‘Game of Thrones’ Predictions: Who Will Sit on the Iron Throne at the End of Season 7?

Season 7 of Game of Thrones will see worlds collide, as Daenerys Targaryen arrives in Westeros to stake a claim to the Iron Throne. She’ll have to wrest it from Cersei Lannister’s cold, scheming fingers, though. And then there are the Starks, who have finally returned to and regained their family seat in Winterfell. Of course, the greatest threat of all is waiting on the other side of the Wall — the Night King and his army of White Walkers.

As viewers count down the days until the HBO drama’s seventh-season premiere on July 16, Yahoo TV is launching our official countdown: #GoTIsComing. Check back here every day as we give updates on all of your favorite characters, details on an important new location, and a travel guide to the locations of Westeros. So pull on a thick coat and get ready for a long and brutal winter.


“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” For the sad, evil, courageous, resourceful — but most of all — squishy citizens of Westeros, it isn’t a game: It’s a matter of life and death. For us, however, it’s a little easier. Fantasy leagues have cropped up around the show and some betting sites actually have odds on who will be king or queen by the end of Season 7. When we play the game of thrones, we win or… we don’t. Either way it’s fun.

Here are our rankings of who ends up on the Iron Throne in order of likelihood. We’ve included the odds from gambling site Bovada as well. Who would you put your money on?

Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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1. Daenerys Targaryen

She’s got sea power, land power, and most importantly — air power. Between the Greyjoy ships, the Unsullied and Dothraki hordes, and her trio of dragons, she has the military might to match anything King’s Landing can throw at her. But her real strength is in her power to inspire. She brings hope to the downtrodden and the cheers of the slaves she freed from Yunkai and Mereen may stir a popular revolt to overthrow Cersei.

Bovada Odds — 8/5

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2. Jon Snow

The King in the North may be too busy to take the Iron Throne, but once Westeros clues into the danger of the White Walkers, he could well be crowned in absentia. In terms of production, it makes sense for Season 8 to be entirely about the fight against the Night’s King, which means there’s a good chance that the deceit and intrigue of King’s Landing wraps up here, which is good news for Daenerys and Jon — bad news for the current occupant of the throne.

Bovada Odds — 10/1

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3. Cersei Lannister

As the saying goes, they’ll have to pry the scepter out of her cold, dead hands. That’s actually pretty likely — Cersei has more lethal enemies than you’ve had hot meals — but it won’t be easy. She still has the military might of the crown and the Lannister armies. She still has Jaime, Qyburn, and The Mountain.

Bovada Odds — 10/13

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4. Sansa Stark

Sansa may have come farther than any other character in Game of Thrones. From innocent girl dreaming of handsome princes to Bolton chattel and now to a shrewd politician who may just have learned enough from Littlefinger to not be taken in by Littlefinger. Should Jon manage to finish what their brother Robb started, Sansa would have a stronger claim to the throne than Jon himself. Of the surviving Starks, she has the most experience with palace intrigue.

Bovada Odds — 12/1

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5. Tyrion Lannister

There’s an argument to be made for him being the best potential ruler of Westeros if it weren’t for the inherent bigotry of the people. His cold calculations and machiavellian scheming are tempered by his empathy for “cripples, bastards, and broken things.” That being said, nobody does a better job of being the power behind the throne than Tyrion. Were a figurehead like Gendry to take the throne with the Halfman in his ear, would you be able to tell the difference between that and a genuine Tyrion administration?

Bovada Odds — 10/1

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6. Peter “Littlefinger” Baelish

Never count Littlefinger out. He’s as crafty as Tyrion and as ruthless as Cersei, but with no title to his name, he has had to beg, barter, and swindle for everything he has. That’s his strength and his weakness: Without a prestigious lineage, he’s a long way from the throne. But he’s brought himself within a hair’s breadth of royalty by will and wit alone and there’s nothing stopping him from continuing that climb. More likely, he’ll follow the path of Tywin Lannister — bringing “honor” to the Baelish name and giving his progeny a chance at the throne.

Bovada Odds — 14/1

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7. Jamie Lannister

Sure, he’s barely got enough brains to keep himself alive. Sure, his one saving grace — his surpassing skill at the sword — has abandoned him. Sure, his sister has become the same kind of mad tyrant that he slew as a Kingsguard and his brother is coming to kill them both. He’s got a lot going against him, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned this year: Never bet against a confident blond man with a lot of money and inadequate hands.

Bovada Odds — 18/1

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8. Arya Stark

The only way Arya becomes queen is if she murders everyone in the line of succession until it falls to her. Which, after what we’ve seen her become, gives her good enough odds to make the top ten.

Bovada Odds — 25/1

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9. Gendry (Baratheon)

Bovada lists the bastard son of King Robert surprisingly high — higher even than Jon Snow. Paparazzi armed with telephoto lenses have seen the character in action after years in hiding, but he’s still a long way from the Iron Throne. He has no skill or experience ruling, but with wise counsel (see Tyrion above), he’d be far from the worst Westeros has seen. Will the technicality of his birth make him king, however briefly?

Bovada Odds — 7/2

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