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When I wake up in the morning, my first thought is, Who's going to win the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones? OK, that's an exaggeration, but I am curious, as are the millions of people who watch Game of Thrones. Last week we published a theory positing that it's Daenerys Targaryen who ends up on the Iron Throne when it's all said and done. But it's a new day, and there's a new theory suggesting that—wait for it—Sansa Stark nabs the throne by the series finale.
The evidence? A new Rolling Stone interview with Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya). What Turner says and Rolling Stone writes both suggest things turn out well for Sansa in the GoT finale. Read this excerpt, below:
“The things that girl has gone through are just unbelievable and awful,” [Turner] says. Sansa’s was a slow journey toward mastery of her environment; she was always smarter than she might have seemed, with Turner showing us just how acutely she examined her world through crystalline blue eyes.
This might not seem like much, but pair it with this excerpt in which we learn Turner was so happy with the GoT ending, she hung up the storyboard of the final scene in her house:
She was particularly moved when [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] presented her with a storyboard of their favorite Sansa scene, which happened to be her very last scene of the entire show. Turner already has it hanging at home; no one’s noticed.
So what in that scene was so exciting it propelled Turner to display it proudly? Winning the Iron Throne, perhaps? At this point, it's the only explanation that comes to my mind.
Of course, this is all hearsay, but compare it with what Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) said last year about how Game of Thrones ends for her character. “It fucked me up,” she told Vanity Fair. “Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is."
It's clear from this Clarke is not pleased with Daenerys' trajectory, which means the Iron Throne probably isn't in her cards. That leaves it wide open for Sansa Stark, and I hope she claims it.
We'll find out the answer for sure when Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 14, at 8:00 P.M. on HBO.