At last the waiting is over! Game of Thrones fans from all over the world can now settle down to enjoy a fresh GoT fix with the release of the new Season 8 of the GOT TV series. So it’s time to re-immerse yourself in the ways of Westeros once more: the lies, the deception, the alliances, the bribery and intrigue, and of course the murders and the bloodshed. And this time, the stakes could not be higher, because George R. R. Martin has gone on record as saying definitively: ‘This is where the story ends’.
But who will secure the ultimate power over the Seven Kingdoms? Who is already doomed to fail? And how many deaths will it take before we know? The answer to these and many other questions will be the subject of much speculation among GOT connoisseurs everywhere. And those who have a strong suspicion they know how the cards will finally fall can now back their instincts and place a bet on certain outcomes. Here are the odds you’ll get for correctly predicting some of the major plot twists:
Who will be the ruler of Westeros by the end of Season 8?
This is what most fans are debating. Lots of money is going on Bran Stark (odds: +200) but being one of the most powerful players might not be enough. What is more, the new Three-Eyed Raven has declared he’s no longer Lord Stark, so why would he want to become King Stark?
Looking at rivals, apart from Cersei, the main contender would seem to be Daenarys Targaryen (odds: +275). However, her past performance as a leader has suggested she’s not the most astute boss. Nevertheless, if she discovers Jon Snow’s real parentage and starts to consider him a threat, this could be the driver for a some more murderous intrigue.
Jon Snow himself (odds: +350) seems a good bet. One of the original characters, he has overcome death, regained Winterfell, and would receive support from powerful factions in the Seven Kingdoms. He’s also the heir of the late prince, Rhaegar Targaryen and lover of Daenarys.
Who will most likely die?
Blood will be spilled, that’s for certain. But whose will it be? Euron Greyjoy’s odds are 1/50, so he won’t be around long. And even though Cersei Lannister is a smart game of thrones manipulator, the bookmakers think her enemies will see off the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. So her chances of survival are far from good, which is why the odds for her death are 1/25.
Elsewhere, one-handed Jaime Lannister (1/12) who is prepared to oppose the army of the dead, Jorah Mormont (1/7) and Lord Varys (1/6) also look like they are not promising candidates to go the distance.
Who’ll die first?
Going by bookies odds of +8,000, it may NOT be Jon Snow who suffers an early exit! But it seems that Euron Greyjoy (+210) the Dragonpit deceiver, Yara Greyjoy (+250) who may be the first of her clan to perish, and Sansa Stark (+350), elder daughter and second child of Lord Eddard Stark and his wife Lady Catelyn Stark, may not get to deliver too many more memorable lines.
Who will survive?
When you can never be sure about your enemies, let alone your friends, it’s always tricky to predict who will survive and who will perish. The bookies odds for survival, or not, are as follows: Jon Snow (Yes -115, No -115), Tyrion Lannister (Yes +110, No -140), Daenerys Targaryen (Yes -115, No -115). And another thought – if the GOT history is to be recorded for posterity, then the survival of Samwell Tarly must be guaranteed.
Who will kill Cersei Lannister?
Always assuming she doesn’t survive (her survival odds are +700), Arya Stark (+150) could be the one to finish her, or possibly Jaime Lannister (+180) might kill the sister who was his former lover. Sansa Stark (+650) is another who might willingly take on the role of ‘valonqar’ as payback for all Cersei put her through.
Is the Night King a Stark?
The Night King’s character has been lightly sketched so far. Now the leader of the White Walkers, he was changed from human form thousands of years ago. His powers enable him to raise dead humans and transform them into wights ready to do his bidding. Popular online discussions often imply Bran Stark is the Night King, and some hints from the show support that theory – so much so that you’ll get odds of -500 for that proposition.
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