Season 8 of Game of Thrones started off with a lot of reunions, and plenty of shocking alliances. But even with the Targaryens, Starks, and Lannisters coming together to battle against the invincible army of the dead, one burning question still remains — which character is the most likely to end up on the Iron Throne as the show reaches the finish line.
Luckily, based on predictions made by fans on a betting website, Visme, a data visualization tool, has been able to collate the data and show the top fan favorites on the list of contenders for the Iron Throne. "Our team had a little fun visualizing the probability of each main character ending up on the Iron Throne, calculated using the latest odds published on the betting site Bovada," people from Visme shared.
The conclusions were drawn "using calculations to convert betting odds into implied probabilities," but certain names that popped up on their charts are beyond intriguing. The results — as represented in the form of a chart below — show, in a surprising outcome, that young Stark turned Three-Eyed-Raven Bran Stark (played by Isaac H. Wright) is the winner when it comes to fan predictions for who will emerge as the king at the end of season 8.
While Bran has been voted as the most likely to end up on the throne, he is closely followed by his cousin, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), who has been revealed to be the rightful heir to the throne as he is the only male Targaryen alive. Next to Jon is his aunt and current romantic interest, the Khaleesi - Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who has been established as the all-powerful Queen in the North even though the Iron Throne already has a sitting 'mad queen,' Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). Bran's older sister Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) came fourth on the list of most likely to reign the seven kingdoms and that isn't surprising, considering her evolution from a quiet bystander to the tactical Lady of Winterfell in the show's recent past.
An added bonus to the predictions is how Jon and Daenerys' hypothetical baby came up in the results as a prospective heir to the throne — which again makes sense considering the potential baby would be a true-born Targaryen, making the child the rightful heir to the throne in case both Jon and Daenerys perish in the Battle of Winterfell against the White Walkers. The baby comes in strong in the ninth place, and shares the position with youngest Stark sibling Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who spent the last eight years on the show training to become a faceless assassin and has recently been reunited with her family.
Also at ninth place is Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) who happens to be a former member of the Night's Watch and also John Snow's closest friend. Samwell went on to become a Maester at the Citadel — where he learned enough to serve the position of the designated scholar advising the ruler of the seven kingdoms. But the most shocking name to have appeared on the results was Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen) — the traitor who was punished with a death sentence by the Stark family in season 7. Littlefinger had died by getting his throat slit in front of the entire Stark counsel, but fans believe he faked his own death using a Faceless Man.
Dead or not, the idea of Lord Baelish ruling any kingdom is enough to earn a loud groan from any ardent fan of the show because we have had enough of the man's cunning, malicious tricks dividing the houses and pitting them against each other. Honestly, we would readily take a Targaryen newborn over that treacherous, vile person any day!