Alas, we have arrived at this most saddening time of year. The time where we are still (yes, weeks later) reeling and distressed over the fate of our favorite characters. I have to say that the first few weeks after the 10th episode I always find myself going to check the DVR and then remembering that there will not be another episode for almost a year! This season especially, I found that there was a lot more going on in the final episode than in previous seasons. Yes, season 3 had the whole Red Wedding thing to deal with. Does George have a thing against weddings? Jokes aside - that was a dramatic event, but I can't say I was totally shocked.
Aside from those who have read the books, while watching the episode prior I felt as though things were getting too good for Robb Stark and that was the give away to his upcoming demise. We all know that breaking promises in Westeros is not something to be taken lightly. Robb has a new wife, made some smart tactical moves, he was the closest one to getting to that throne, and he had the whole support of the North supporting him and his revenge on Joffrey. Anyway, back to the main point; In order to fill my usual [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) time slot I would go look at all these fan articles and sometimes glimpse a fanfiction (there are some quite interesting and disturbing ones out there let me tell you) I quickly became interested in not only my opinion on these quickly dying characters but also the thoughts of others such as yourselves. Thus, one day a poll was made.
After said poll was created I started off by asking fellow Game Of Thrones fans who were friends or family members. Then I expanded my search by posting my poll on various sites. I found the answer to be quite engaging and unsuspected yet at the same time, believable and somehow what you do end up expecting all along.
Through all of my results I have found that Sansa was ranked either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Before this season Sansa was a victim and was mildly looked down upon. She was flung around and tortured both mentally and physically by Joffrey and his equally as evil mother. She never really did anything to spike interest until she made an alliance with Margaery Tyrell, the new Queen. Yes, she had a few moments like that whole marriage to Tyrion and a few other minor instances with The Hound that showcased her into our curiosity, but throughout the past season we were made to wonder what would come of this blooming, but confused young lady and her rising alliances? The Tyrells were obviously plotting and Sansa being a pretty smart gal had experience living with Lannister company so she skipped right into the equation effortlessly. However, we never really got to see their secret plans, or whatever it was, completely unfold as Sansa gets rescued by Little Finger also known as Petyr Baelish (a character who is still in love with Sansa's mother from childhood). Baelish is one person who has spent a little more time with Sansa than most, and to me, he is nothing short of that slimy-grease-ball of a creepy uncle who always hugs just a little too long. I mean, he says something along the lines of "In another life you would be my child", then kissed Sansa...
After the death of her aunt, Lysa Tully, at the hands of Baelish himself, his trial and his most recent displays of deeper affection all lead up to, in my opinion, Sansa's greatest moment; When she emerged from behind a corner, head held high and (in the show) she was wearing an elegant raven black dress that made her look much more mature and wizened than the naive shaking girl who quivered at the sight of any and all danger we first knew in earlier seasons.
I think this is the moment when everyone thought she was interesting, all of a sudden she was there in full glory; a prominent figure capable of manipulating the mastermind Baelish. Maybe even possibly becoming a silent threat to seat herself on the throne.
Think about it. It would be the ultimate revenge. She truthfully doesn't have much claim to the throne yet but she could definitely have the entire North rally behind her to take it, she is the true heir to Winterfell after all. After all the harm the Lannister family has caused her, it seems most satisfying, to me at least, for Sansa to unhinge the Lannister and Baratheon family bloodline from the throne and look Cersei in the eyes as she does just that. Cersei having had the upper hand all of her life; Sansa could really give her a spoonful of her own terribly bitter medicine.
The rest of the results were scattered and Sansa only seemed to win by a fairly narrow margin. Taking turns between 2nd and 3rd place was Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Both huge fan favorites that I'll bet shock no one. They are what a lot of people tune in for alone.
In my personal opinion though: I always found Daenerys to be the most interesting. She has an agenda that is always taking off in adventure which makes her journey so fascinating to lose yourself in. Her emotional travel is equally amazing to witness, right down to the last heartbreaking moment when she had to lock away her dragons, dealing with having to balance her power like a true and just ruler.
Tyrion, the poor guy, was obviously waiting in his cell for most of season 4. Now watch out, there are a few spoilers: Only to be sentenced to death and then freed by his brother Jaime, while heartbroken and betrayed he kills his father, Lord Tywin, all while he is in the bathroom. With the head of the Lannister clan being one of the most hated - but powerful men of all, this is both shocking to the core and very, very satisfying. We later see Tyrion depart on a boat whilst hiding in a box.
Alternating 4th and 5th would be Arya Stark and Jon Snow followed closely by their brother Bran. Arya was so achingly close to seeing Sansa before setting sail for Bravos. Finally! A glimmer of hope! But it was quickly snubbed out as events unfold too quickly for Arya to get to the good parts in time and we watch her set sail for calmer seas without meeting Sansa. Her most popular screen time being her stint in Casterly Rock, her infamous keeping of a hit list, and her red haired serial-killer friend. Which, we can only assume that he will be reappearing soon.
Jon Snow obviously had an interesting couple of episodes at The Wall, with the death of Ygritte, and the invasion from The King Beyond the Wall. Honestly, I don't know why he ended up in front of Bran with his new supernatural abilities and mysterious storyline, but maybe it was because everyone was so interested in the Wildings/Free Folk. Jon Snow is noble, and loyal but bending his character and morals to win the war for the greater good has cost him a lot throughout the seasons and that will be fun to watch unravel.
Finally, Bran has reached the man, who at one point, was the three eyed raven -along with many other characters along the way. Seasons worth of walking, riding in a sleigh and sleeping on the forest ground has come to an end in a sad yet hopeful way. Bran's new and arising abilities will definitely keep you curious and wanting to know where the supernatural fits into this world of powerful men.
And in an insane plot-twist Hermione Granger outsmarts everyone and takes the throne, naturally.
Do you agree or disagree? Comment your thoughts below! I love the show and books sooo much!
Side Note: I have read the books myself, but I have written this in order to not give too much away to those watching the show only.