So Daenerys Targeryen (Emilia Clarke) went Mad Queen on “Game of Thrones.”

Spoilers below for episode 5 of Season 8.

With Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) dead, what does this mean for the Iron Throne? As the “Game of Thrones” finale looms ahead next week, there’s a question of who will end up on the Throne now. Dany is suddenly burning her own subjects and ignoring their surrender while her soldiers rape women in the streets, so it’s a safe bet that she’s out of commission as a ruler.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is the best contender, but it would truly be surprising if the show’s final statement was that bloodlines trump all other qualifications. The show has largely been about cycles of violence and how you can’t escape your family’s legacy — as seen when Daenerys showed that she takes more after her father and brother than anybody might have thought before.

Should the Realm really have a Targaryen king, even one as level headed as Jon? The boy is not the brightest bulb. His cousin Sansa, on the other hand, has continuously demonstrated her political savvy, and she’s arguably the only person acting rationally this season.

Cersei’s death aside, “Game of Thrones” likely has one more twist up its sleeve for the grand finale, and it’s going to be Queen Sansa Stark. She doesn’t have the blood for the throne, but she’s got every other important quality.

Author George R.R. Martin still needs to write the final two books in the series. The final book will be called “A Dream of Spring,” but in his original draft it was called “A Time for Wolves.”

Maybe because there’s a Stark on the throne, in the end. That’s our prediction for this bloody saga’s closing chapter: Queen Sansa.

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