Who Do the 'Game of Thrones' Stars Want to See Sitting on the Iron Throne?

While visiting Comic-Con, the actors on HBO's fantasy phenom offered some wildly differing solutions to the long-running question of who will ultimately rule Westeros

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The cast of Game of Thrones may not have been able to offer any specific insight on its upcoming seventh season during their visit to Comic-Con International in San Diego, but they did have some wide ranging opinions about who will ultimately end up sitting on the Iron Throne.

Rob McElhenny, the co-creator and star of Always Sunny In Philadelphia, served as the panel’s moderator and posed a provocative question to the actors in attendance: “Who do you believe will win the Iron Throne? Who would you like to see on the Iron Throne?”

Far and away the most popular response came from Kristian Nairn, the actor who played Hodor until the character’s demise in the most recent season – he was greeted with a warm welcome and shots of his simplistic catchphrase “Hodor!”by the fans.

“I think the throne’s probably not going to be important by the end of the show. I think there’s going to be a battle between the Night King and Daenerys, and Cersei’s probably going to get flattened in between somewhere!” said Nairn. “But on the throne I think Westeros for once deserves someone with honor and integrity, and I think Brienne would make a really good queen.”

A loud contingent of fans of Gwendoline Christie’s character cheered loudly in response.

“The only hint that we have of this is that Mr. George R.R. Martin said the ending would be bittersweet, which doesn’t give too much away,” offered Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos. “Now with the deranged minds that we’re dealing with on this show, it could be anything. I hope I don’t get this right, but I have an image of a White Walker sitting on the throne, the Night King, with his leg over the arm sucking on a Cuban cigar. But what do I know?”

John Bradley, the actor behind kindly, bookish Sam Tarly, fretted over his response. “You think ‘What if I’m right?’ It’d be worse than being wrong, and then everybody would flash back to this: ‘John Bradley spoils it all!'” he laughed, “But just out of pure blind loyalty, I’d say Jon [Snow]. “Just because that means I may be in it until the end as well.”

“I have a similar motive and I have to say Daenerys because of the loyalty thing,” suggested Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Melisandre. “Because I think she’s a good girl – she can be a bit ferocious but she generally cares about people and wants to change things. I think she’d make a good queen, but at the same time I’m excited about the Starks all coming together!”

“I think we should have a four-pronged Stark Dream Team,” agreed Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark. “Jon on the throne, Sansa advising, Aria beating people up and Bran just sitting in the corner with a tree.”

Iwan Rheon had an answer that would sicken his cruel, brutal character Ramsey Snow. “I think they should melt the thing down and have a democracy,” Rheon said.

Sophie Turner, the actress behind Sansa Stark, had the most controversial, if tongue-in-cheek, response. “I think I want Littlefinger on the throne,” Turner mused, prompting a loud chorus of boos mixed with laughter. “I do! I just think it’d be fun. It’d be quirky and sadistic. We like that kind of thing. Come on, we all watch Game of Thrones.”

And of course, the most enigmatic answer came from Conleth Hill, whose character Varys controls a vast network of spies and is always in possession of secret and privileged information, “I know, but I can’t say,” Hill grinned.

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