Game of Thrones season 8 will tonight air its final ever episode, and fans are eager to see how HBO’s epic fantasy series will end. Many have their own theories as to who will end up as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, with several deaths in the last episode narrowing the field. Several questions remain in need of answers as we head to the final episode.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8

Theories as to who will take the Iron Throne have been circulating social media, especially after episode five, The Bells, in which Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) appeared to lose all sense and lay siege to King’s Landing with her dragon, Drogon.

Some are even wondering if there is an Iron Throne left after Daenerys and her dragon set fire to the capital and the Red Keep fell.

But nevertheless, the symbolism of the Iron Throne is alive and well and after the death of Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), someone will have to succeed her and rule the Seven Kingdoms.

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Cersei and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) perished as the Red Keep fell on them, ending Cersei’s grip on the Iron Throne.

Daenerys is hellbent on claiming what she believes to be her rightful place as Queen, but did her rampage with dragon Drogon lose her allies?

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) had told Daenerys that the bells sounding in King’s Landing meant the city had surrendered.

However, Daenerys ignored the calls for surrender and instead set alight the city, killing innocent residents and destroying homes and the Red Keep in the process.

As she did so, the look of shock on both Tyrion’s and Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) faces could mean she has severed their alliance with her brutality.

Jon had long been a fighter for the innocent, and despite his allegiance to Daenerys, the death of so many at her hand might be unforgivable.

Despite Jon’s legitimate claim to the throne after his identity was revealed to be Aegon Targaryen, he had repeatedly said he didn’t want to rule – but has Daenerys’ brutality changed his mind?

Also in the running is the newly-legitimised Gendry (Joe Dempsie) – King Robert Baratheon’s (Mark Addy) heir – Tyrion Lannister – possibly heir after his sister Cersei’s death – and Bran Stark (Isaac Hampstead Wright), the remaining male Stark.

Or could the Iron Throne be abolished and instead characters be granted the titles of Wardens of whichever part of Westeros they rule?

Game of Thrones is no stranger to pulling at heartstrings and shocking viewers so nothing can be ruled out yet.

Here are the latest odds according to Ladbrokes of who could take the Iron Throne –

  • Bran Stark – 5/4
  • Sansa Stark – 3/1
  • Jon Snow – 4/1
  • Gendry Baratheon – 6/1
  • Daenerys Targaryen – 10/1
  • Tyrion Lannister – 12/1
  • Arya Stark – 14/1
  • Samwell Tarly – 20/1
  • Bronn – 33/1
  • Ser Davos Seaworth – 100/1

Game of Thrones season 8 concludes Sunday on HBO in the US and the following day on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK.

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