Game of thrones heroes are faked as liberators and defenders of the common people despite holding great power.
This Sunday, when Game of Thrones kicks off its eighth and final season on HBO. A few more of Aragorn’s ilk will return to the screen. The pyromaniacal monarchist Daenerys Targaryen, the traditionalist lost heir Jon Snow. Like Aragorn, these roles are made as heroes, battling against evil and trying to protect the people from unfair rule. However, their aim differ from those of their competitors.
All the seven seasons of Game of Thrones has witnessed the arc of Daenerys Targaryen. She was in exile on the continent of Essos as a child after her father was overthrown as king of the Seven Kingdoms.
Cersei Lannister, Daenerys’s main contender to the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones. She takes more joy in her chosen schemes of torture or execution. Like chaining a mother to a wall to watch the death of her daughter. Further, having a zombie bodyguard rape an adversary in a jail cell—is little relief to those who have no meaningful impact over the future of their own nation.
Jon Snow, on the other hand, was able to make a truce with the Wildlings in Game of thrones. He has proved his skills to walk into an enemy camp. Further, win them over by continually fighting for the good of all. His popularity in the Night’s Watch led to him being elected Lord Commander, and while he’s definitely made some enemies, the majority of people who meet him are won over by him. That’s a talent that a King needs. Jon Snow’s popularity and willingness, aside hundreds if not thousands of years of prejudice aside, makes him an ideal person to occupt the throne.