The battle continues! This week we are focusing on our Blackwater Bay section of the bracket and there are key characters involved with this group.
tyrion lannister (4) vs the hound (13)
George RR Martin has gone on record of saying that he relates the most to Tyrion. Tyrion has consistently been the best written character on the show and a sentimental favorite to everyone since the start, but he’s stumbled a bit of late. The only question to ask here is “is this stumbling written on purpose, or is he really just dependent on Dany?” I’m not sure that we can even guess about that, because he’s never had ambitions of ruling, just to be part of the game and be valued for his opinions. To be treated fairly, which is something that he never for most of his life. He is hand of the queen and her most trusted adviser, but is he just learning as he goes now, or are there some actual flaws starting to show? It could just as simple as once the show past the books and other people were writing for him, then the quality just isn’t the same. I know it doesn’t seem like much of a change, but go back and watch the first few seasons and you can notice a change in how profound and complicated his dialogue is compared to now.
Going into the last season, it’s hard to believe that he isn’t going to survive until the end. He’s a survivor…..BUT is there a path for him to be sitting on the Iron Throne? The hand serves as the next in line if there is not a successor, and Dany doesn’t have one. Jon is the actual rightful person for the throne, but what if something happens to both of them? Does Tyrion take the throne while everything is sorted out? I can see a situation where Jon sacrifices himself to save lives and Dany gets boat pregnant and dies during childbirth. That leaves the baby as the rightful heir, but not until he/she is of age. That leaves Tyrion as a placeholder and clears the path for him to assume the position on the Iron Throne as the show comes to an end. Of anyone left, outside of Jon and Dany, he has the only plausible path to the throne. It would be a heartbreaking one since it would mean the main two characters of the show are dead, but remember that this isn’t going to be a happy ending, it’s going to be bitter sweet……at best.
Oh how I love The Hound! Ever since he and Arya teamed up to form the best duo since Batman and Robin, he’s been my favorite character. He remains my favorite character and I refuse to believe that he won’t make it through the end of the show. He is funny, mean, sweet at times, and consistently makes me laugh the most when using the word “cunt”. He’ll be there in the middle of the battle with the Night King, but his ending is going to come from his battle with his own personal demons. Personal demons with the name of The Mountain. We have been waiting for Cleganebowl for several seasons now and there is no way this doesn’t get paid off before the show ends.
Once the Night King is defeated, then I fully expect The Hound to ride straight for Westeros, even if everyone else isn’t ready yet. The two things that I fully expect to get paid off by the final credits are The Hound going for The Mountain and Arya finishing her list. That would put them heading in the same direction and both don’t have the patience for waiting on a plan from others. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, would make me happier than a Hound and Arya reunion to ride towards The Mountain and Cersei for unfinished business. None of that, even if he is standing next to the Iron Throne in front of a dead Cersei and Mountain, means he’s going to sit on that throne. He just doesn’t want it, so that leads us to the decision that I don’t want to make.
Unfortunately I have to pick a winner here, and since this is about who can make it to the Throne, the winner has to be Tyrion
sansa stark (5) vs bronn (12)
Is it just me, or is Sansa everyone least favorite character on the show? She’s been overlooked, used for a punching bag, and saved the day once, but I always have a hard time getting on board with her being needed for a main character. I’m sure most of that is just personal preference on my part, because by Stark children comparison, she is not Arya stabbing people in the face and she is not Bran seeing everything as the 3 eyed raven. I get she is necessary since none of the other Stark’s care about home and ruling and restoring a legacy that was torn apart, but she’s like rooting for moderation and painting walls white. Sure, they are both sensible, but fuck if they are not boring.
Sansa is going to make it through all of this, I’m certain of it, because why the hell would you put her through all of that just to finally let her go home for a little bit before she gets killed? That wouldn’t make sense, but as we pointed out last week, where does she go after the Night King is gone? I don’t see Cersei winning and so once Dany or Jon or whomever ends up on the Iron Throne there will need to be a time of rebuilding and she is the lady of Winterfell. She’ll rule the north by herself and that makes her the most eligible bachelorette around. I’m convinced that she won’t care about the Iron Throne because of all of the bad time she spent near that thing, but can’t you just see her and Gendry together with all of their royal bloodlines and such? It’s just a theory, but it’s one that is growing on me.
Ser Bronn of the fucking Blackwater! How? Tell me how? How do you bet against Bronn at this point in the series? He seems like he would do anything to get ahead in life, but also, he’s only going to do those things with people that he actually likes. Jamie is gone, so is Bronn really going to hang around with Cersei? Is there a worse hang in all of Westeros than Cersei Lannister? I mean I’d honestly rather play dominos with The Mountain than have to make small talk with Cersei. She’s a little…..aggressive? …..intense?….high strung?…..you name it, she’s probably it.
Bronn likes to have a good time and likes to be around people he likes, so why would he stay there? I would bet anything that Bronn finds out that Jamie is heading North to team up with Tyrion and immediately jumps on his horse to catch up. Bronn isn’t going to waste time with a bad hang, no matter how much money is in it. Plus, can’t you just see Bronn cutting loose for a losing hand way before the hand knows it’s lost? One of the most satisfying moments of this show is going to be when Bronn ends up with a castle and some peace. Lord knows that he’s earned it at this point.
Nobody is taking Bronn out and I wouldn’t put it past him to find a route to the Iron Throne.
While I don’t think either of these seeds have a legit chance at the Iron Throne, if I have to pick one with the best chance it’s……..
Bronn as your upset winner!
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