Game of Thrones creators discuss contenders for the Iron Throne
Game of Thrones television series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have discussed all the remaining contenders for the Iron Throne in a new interview with Deadline.
When the series left off in June, Cersei Lannister had proclaimed herself Queen after the death of her son Tommen. However, she was unaware of the oncoming invasion from Queen Daenerys Targaryen, nor that the bastard Jon Snow had been crowned King in the North. Meanwhile, only Jon is aware that there’s a bigger threat out there that could wipe all of them out: the Night King.
Now Benioff and Weiss have debated the potential strengths and weaknesses of all the candidates for the Iron Throne, which could give us some indication of their eventual endgame. Or could just be fun.
On Daenerys, the pair said she has “a boundless confidence in herself and her mission” and discussed a “sense of destiny” about the character. Daenerys started the series as an exiled former princess living in a distant land. She was married off to a warlord before gradually recruiting large military forces to take back her father’s former lands. Benioff and Weiss says she has “arguably the cleverest advisor on the planet in Tyrion Lannister. She has three dragons, an army of Unsullied, and a great Dothraki horde. What could possibly go wrong?”
Cersei, on the other hand, will unveil the full extent of her ruthlessness as Queen in season seven. Despite her questionable and incestuous choices, she may not be one to write off. The writers say: “Cersei will do anything to win. […] Now that her children are gone, nothing restrains her. As she herself said, ‘love is weakness’. A loveless Cersei is a fearsome thing.”
And then we have Cersei’s opposite, the honourable Jon Snow. Benioff and Weiss say that while Jon’s nature makes it difficult to defeat the dishonourable majority, it does attract followers to his cause. He did win an election to become Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch (before they mutinied against him), and he did earn the support of the Northern houses (after winning the Battle of the Bastards without them).
The question, Benioff and Weiss say, is “whether an honourable man can overcome dishonourable enemies”.
The final contender is the one who has the power to vanquish them all, especially since much of the south denies he even exists. The Night King’s major strength is that “he can raise the dead and have them do his bidding”, say Benioff and Weiss. However, “he’ll never be as funny as The Ice King.”