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This Fan Theory Points Out Who Actually Won The Game Of Thrones—And It Makes Perfect Sense

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Yes, if you've been on the internet, you know that everybody, even Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hates the 8th and final season of Game Of Thrones.

But a couple of Reddit posters are trying to ameliorate the vitriol flying at the end of the show by fleshing out a fan theory-which actually, totally makes sense.

u/AgnostosTheosLogos introduced this theory:

Tyrion Lannister, via line of succession, was technically the ruler of the seven kingdoms upon the death of Danaerys Targaryen.

Since Danaerys usurped King's Landing from Cersei Lannister and then Jon Snow killed her, he could have technically usurped, but because he didn't want the throne, briefly—it was Tyrion Lannister who got to choose the successor.


He could have chosen himself, but upon choosing the next king and also the institution of the rule that the successor could no longer be chosen by blood, his kingship was negated.

Fans are flabberghasted that they missed this.

"Case closed guys.
Time for wine indeed!"


"I always thought, too, that the hand of the king or queen made most of the decisions anyway. So, technically, he was always king."

"I love this especially when you take into consideration the last lines from Jon's first chapter in AGOT: 'Remember this, boy. All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs.' And with that he turned and sauntered back into the feast, whistling a tune. When he opened the door, the light from within threw his shadow clear across the yard, and for just a moment Tyrion Lannister stood tall as a king."

"It did seem odd to me that they let him pick. They should have at least said something about him technically being the king."


And Twitter agrees that Tyrion Lannister was definitely the most worthwhile candidate.

Many even are expounding that Bran is only king out of necessity, while Tyrion rules de facto.

Riley Silverman, in an article for Nerdist, expanded upon this theory, which is extremely connected to u/AgnostosTheosLogos's theory.

"Consider if you will, a meeting of the surviving lords and ladies of Westeros. A meeting which turned into an impromptu kingsmoot to decide who will handle the task of taking over control of the kingdom. It begins with the debate of Jon Snow's punishment for his regicide. This vote comes at the demand of Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion, despite standing at their feet in chains is able to make them do the thing that needed to be done. Even when feeling at his most broken, Tyrion continues to turn his brain towards what is best for the future of Westeros. It's Tyrion who initiates the vote. It's Tyrion who selects Bran. When the vote is unanimous, it's Tyrion who names him."

"When Jon Snow learns of his sentencing, it's Tyrion who delivers it. He credits the decision to Bran, but he knows the in and outs of exactly why it's the necessary choice. This suggests it was also he who crafted the decision. When we see the first meeting of the Small Council, the only two concerns King Bran raises to the council are the filling of the vacant seats and the whereabouts of Drogon. As he's wheeled out of the meeting, He informs Tyrion and the council to carry on with 'the rest.' They do exactly that, the business of rebuilding a country, a discussion led by Tyrion."

Tyrion Lannister played the game of thrones for real.

And he won. It is all under his thumb.


"Tyrion is very suited for the task at hand. An often overlooked detail of the story is that when he served as Hand for Joffrey, he was actually very good at it. His policies kept the city going and his strategic preparation kept it safe during the Battle of the Blackwater. There is undoubtedly no one more qualified for the responsibility of rebuilding the Six Kingdoms than Tyrion Lannister. His curse is that he's going to accomplish it with nary an ounce of credit, not unlike the recognition he never received from his father. Instead, the songs will be written of Bran the Broken. The stories will be told of the story he wrote."

It is in line with Tyrion's storyline that he is being overlooked as the de facto king.

When you play the game of thrones, you have to win in your own way.

Maybe the writers didn't get it as wrong as everybody thinks they did.

In honor of Tyrion Lannister, you can proclaim you "drink" and "know things" with your own pint pub glass complete with Hand of the King bottle opener available here.

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