Lord Petyr Baelish started out strong in the polls a few weeks ago, but now Jon Snow is the clear winner in the quest for the titular Iron Throne on Game of Thrones.
Okay, not really. We still don’t know who will seize the Iron Throne at the end of the TV or book series, and author George R.R. Martin sure isn’t giving us a hint any time soon. But when HBO launched an online campaign to determine who would be the “GOT Party Nominee” five weeks ago, fans voted for who they thought should take the infamous throne. Actually, 1,666,642 people voted, and 35 percent of those votes went to none other than the King in the North, Jon Snow, and his fierce running mate, Lyanna Mormont.
But how likely is it, really, that The White Wolf will sit upon the Iron Throne? Jon’s bastard-to-Lord-Commander story arc took five seasons. That’s a long-ass story arc, you guys; he took his sweet time. Meanwhile, becoming the King in the North took about a season and a half. Jon clearly made friends with the right people since he can’t really do much more than inspire people into battle, swing a sword decently, and take great care of his hair. Considering that most of Westeros is occupied by the shitstorm that is the South — including a devastating explosion at King’s Landing, the arrival of Daenarys’s boat squad, and the inevitable death of Cersei — he hasn’t had much human opposition, unlike the King in the North, Robb Stark. RIP. Once the White Walkers arrive from beyond The Wall, will Jon have any time to lay claim to the throne in King’s Landing? We’ll see.
Despite hopes and doubts, there’s no denying that our favorite bastard has come a long way, and fans of Game of Thrones are clearly excited to see where Seasons 7 and 8 will take him and his ragtag army. Fans also seem excited about the always-popular Daenerys Targaryen (Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, etc.) and the controversial Lord Petyr Baelish, both of whom landed 32 percent of the vote. Reigning monarch Queen Cersei Lannister puttered in with two percent of the supporters.
Don’t worry, Cersei. Maybe Jon will kill you gently if he takes the Throne. Meanwhile, if you want to bask in Jon’s glory, check out the song HBO commissioned to honor the King in the North. Congratulations, Jon!