After a long wait, Game of Thrones season 7 is finally premiering tonight. In the final edition of our endgame series, why not talk about Jon? He’s one of the most pivotal characters on the series, and clearly he’s one of the people who we are meant to be rooting for the most on the show.
Based on where we left off in season 6, Jon has power more on the series than ever before. Following the Battle of the Bastards, he’s now King of the North. He has some real claim to a part of Westeros, and he can show just what sort of leader he truly is. his story is already the stuff of legend and very different than any other that we’ve seen in the recent history of the Seven Kingdoms. This is a man who started with more or less nothing, and over time, he then found a way to have so much more. He was a member of the Night’s Watch, he died, he came back, he rose the ranks, and he almost found himself dead again during the battle. With this sort of story, there’s a lot of destiny surrounding Jon. If the truth around his parentage is publicly revealed, that will more than likely only increase tenfold.
Now, let’s get back to that question: How will Jon’s story end after the eighth and final season? Let’s start with this: He’s almost sure to make it to the end of the series. Not having Jon for the final stretch seems wrong and against the narrative momentum of the show. He’s also a powerful fighter who understands how to take on White Walkers more than some others. Without him, Westeros may not have a hope.
There is a case to be made that Jon dies in the final war of the series, given that he’s the sort of person who would put his life on the line for the good of others. Beyond that, there’s also a good case for him eventually sitting on that Iron Throne at the end. He may have a claim for it, he’s beloved and trusted by most, and after stopping the White Walkers and/or House Lannister (provided that happens), there should be quite the contingent rooting for him to be ruling Westeros in the end.
What’s the odds of this dream scenario actually happening?
Moderate to low. Remember that in the past, George R.R. Martin has cited The Lord of the Rings for the way he envisions A Song of Ice and Fire — he’s a fan of the bittersweet ending, and Jon being on the Iron Throne may be a tad too saccharine for his taste. We can’t always have nice things in this world, so we wouldn’t be shocked if Jon goes and we end up with a slightly less favorable ruler on the throne in the end.
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