The War of Five Kings

While once united, the seven kingdoms of Westeros are in a state of shambles. After the death of King Robert Baratheon in season one, the fight for the Iron Throne has been ongoing between five contenders.

Joffrey Baratheon, the “son” of Robert and Cersei Lannister, is the current king of Westeros. Cruel, merciless and tyrannical are just some of the nicer words that could be used to describe this teenage monster. He has a habit of beating women, killing the innocent and hiding in times of war, which not the greatest attributes for a king. Although Joffrey believes his claim to the throne to be true, he is actually the son of Cersei and her brother Jamie, meaning he does not have the blood of a king. With a lack of bravery, fighting skills and a legitimate claim to the throne, Joffrey could lose the throne sooner than he may think.

Stannis Baratheon, the brothersof former King Robert, claims to be the rightful heir to Westeros saying that he has the blood of the true king. After losing the Battle of Blackwater, a key battle against the Lannisters, Stannis was devastated. Melisandre, his advisor, insists that the Lord of Light is on Stannis’ side and that he is “the one true king” but Stannis has his doubts. She also claims that with the arrival of Gendry, King Robert’s bastard son, she can conjure a solution to defeat the other contenders. While we don’t know much about the Lord of Light thus far, we do know that despite the loss of the battle, Stannis and Melisandre will not give up easily.

Robb Stark = Sadness

Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands, once before tried to gain freedom from the Iron Throne prior to the War of Five Kings. Needless to say he failed, but that does not mean he wasn’t prepared to try for freedom again. After the return of his son, Theon, Balon decides it is a perfect time to capture some of the land of the Northerners while they are fighting down south, including Winterfell. While we have not heard much from Balon in season three, I would not be surprised if he reemerges.

Unfortunately for Renly Baratheon, the youngest of the Baratheon brothers, he lost the fight for the throne in season two when he was killed by a mysterious shadowy figure sent by Stannis’ advisor Melisandre.

Then there were four…

Or were there?

It would be unwise to forget possibly the biggest threat to the Iron Throne, Daenerys Targaryen. While the Targaryen family once ruled the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros with the help of their dragons, that time has long since passed. The assassination of Aerys II Targaryen ended the Targaryen Dynasty and began the rule of Robert Baratheon. Despite her young age, Dany, as she is often called, plans to retake the throne, as the rightful heir to the Seven Kingdoms. Although she is still across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys’ forces are growing stronger, not to mention she is the mother of the only three dragons known to exist in the world. She may not be a king, but she is certainly a brilliant ruler.

The War of Five Kings is still raging, but the end may be near. Which of the final contenders will take the Iron Throne once and for all?