Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already. To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…
Day Twenty Nine-Best Player of the Game of Thrones
I am going to have two different answers because the two stories are in very different places. If not for one huge miscue I think we could all agree on one but in the show’s narrative that character has made a gigantic mistake that will most likely lead to his ultimate demise.
Let us start with the books. While I want to say Littlefinger here I cannot. Mostly because Varys has a plan to restore the Targaryen dynasty to the throne and at the end of book five that plan is taking root in Westeros. We do not know everything but he has been working behind the scenes for a very long time to execute this plan and I am not so sure anyone has an answer for it.
In the show I want to say Littlefinger but he made one serious miscue. By giving Sansa Stark to Ramsey Bolton Littlefinger has made his first real error and it will likely mean his end. On top of that Cersei Lannister has blown up all of his remaining supporters and co-conspirators so he is left with no real base of support. His plan seems to have come off the rails and he is being forced to the sidelines as they real power players make the final moves on the board.
For the show I think we have to say Daenerys. Even though she has struggled early and often she is in a real power position as the game moves to its end steps. She has learned a lot through her mistakes and let us not forget she has a fresh army, three dragons, a beachhead in Westeros, and the support of some of the wisest advisers. She is a force and the rest of the players must deal with her.
Read More of my 30 day GoT Blogging Challenge here