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Game of Thrones betting: Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

SPOILER ALERT: In-depth analysis of who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of season 7

Can an outsider upset the odds and become ruler of the Seven Kingdoms?

What can we learn from the novels and season 7 teasers?

Game of Thrones betting: Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

Fans of Game of Thrones have been eagerly anticipating the start of season 7 for over 12 months. Since the last episode of season 6 aired, countless questions have been left unanswered. One of those questions is now available to bet on in Pinnacle's first-ever Game of Thrones betting market. Who will sit on the Iron Throne at end of Season 7? Read on to find out more.

HBO’s biggest success story in recent years has been Game of Thrones - David Benioff and D. B. Weiss’ TV series adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Renowned for complex narratives and fascinating plot twists, the much-loved fantasy drama will dish out another hefty dose of uncertainty between July 16 and August 27 (this season will only feature seven episodes as opposed to the usual ten). 

As captivating as the reworking of Martin’s series of novels has been, bettors can now get more involved with Game of Thrones and bet on potential outcomes at Pinnacle - Cersei Lannister (2.70*) and Daenerys Targaryen (3.60*) are currently at the top of the “Who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of season 7” market.

Game of Thrones: The story so far

Trying to summarise one of the most intricate plots in the history of TV is an insurmountable task. However, recapping on what we know is a good starting point for anyone looking for value in the Game of Thrones betting. We know the death of Jon Arryn started a 60 episode long trail of destruction, but what will happen in the next 7?

It could be argued that only Daenerys has the forces at her disposal to overthrow the current Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.

In the simplest possible terms, the main focus of Game of Thrones is the power struggle to rule Westeros (one of four main landmasses built up of seven kingdoms and nine districts). In amongst the alliances and conflicts there are four central “houses”; Stark, Targaryen, Baratheon and Lannister, as well as a supernatural army of White Walkers from the Far North of Westeros.

In the most recent ten-episode instalment, Daenerys took command of the Dothraki, the Bolton’s reign of the North was brought to an end and Cersei burned the Great Sept and was crowned the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms - it is also worth noting the importance of Daenerys' newfound alliance with the headstrong Tyrion Lannister.

The Iron Throne: Is it anyone’s for the taking?

With 36 options to choose from in Pinnacle’s Game of Thrones betting market, who will be the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms at the end of season 7 is anyone’s guess - although odds of 138.82* or higher suggest the likes of Benjen Stark, Gregor Clegane, Gilly and Meera Reed don’t have much chance at all.

Cersei Lannister

Cersei is the favourite to be sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of season 7 at 2.70*. Many believe the death of her children (Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen) mean Cersei will now be more ruthless than ever. It could be argued that only Daenerys has the forces at her disposal to overthrow the current Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys is a solid bet to sit on the Iron Throne but it might be more likely to happen in season 8 rather than season 7 - currently priced at 3.60*. The main advantage Daenerys holds over her enemies is the three dragon eggs she was given as a wedding gift that have now hatched and grown into beasts capable of causing real damage. 

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Jon Snow

The King of the North has already defied the odds when revived by Melisandre following his apparent death at the hands of the Night’s Watch in season 5 episode 10. Odds of 6.20* in Pinnacle's Game of Thrones betting suggest Jon Snow is one of the main contenders to sit on the Iron Throne at the end of season 7 but bettors will be wary of his apparent lack of strategy.

The Night King

Bettors might be surprised to see the Night King priced at 35.760*. Featuring heavily in promotional content for the penultimate season, the leader of the White Walkers has an army of the most feared creatures at his command and certainly holds a strong hand should he try and stake claim to the Iron Throne.

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Trying to predict the unpredictable

Betting on Game of Thrones is different to betting on sports because we know there is a pre-written script - some people out there have prior knowledge of what will happen.

George R. R. Martin’s original works could provide clues for what we can expect. The TV series has covered the majority of content that can be found in the novels (which are still unfinished) but there may well be stones that have still been left unturned - the role Euron Greyjoy (42.610*) plays in proceedings could be one such example.

Jon Snow is one of the main contenders to sit on the Iron Throne at the end of season 7 but bettors will be wary of his apparent lack of strategy.

If you’re a die-hard fan of the show and have no interest in betting on it, leaks and spoilers could ruin your viewing experience. If, however, you want to make money from betting on Game of Thrones this kind of information could prove to be very valuable.

HBO have managed to keep a lid on any major plot leaks but bettors can still use the teasers for season 7 to their advantage. The first clue hinting at what we can expect came from poster artwork released in March that showed the meeting of fire and ice (Daenerys and Jon Snow). But will they meet in battle or marriage?

The next major teaser came in May when the official trailer was released. Cersei proclaims that “whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it” while Daenerys Targaryen is seen leading her dragons into what will most likely be the biggest battle the show has ever seen. If viewers were left in any doubt for what will happen, Jon Snow’s forebodes that “The Great War is here.”

It appears that no character is too big or too small to be considered safe from the cutthroat nature of Game of Thrones. With that said, there could be plenty of value on offer in Pinnacle’s Game of Thrones betting.

Bettors, you know nothing. Or do you? Bet with the best Game of Thrones odds at Pinnacle.

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Benjamin studied English with Creative Writing (BA) before pursuing a career that combined his love of sport and fascination with betting. An avid fan of numerous sports, his writing now covers anything from in-depth major sporting event previews, to examining betting trends and techniques.

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