The Case For Arya Stark and Gendry

(Welcome to Debate of Thrones, where a panel of Citadel-trained experts explain why someone deserves, or doesn’t deserve, to sit on the Iron Throne. In this edition: a kingdom ruled by Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon would be just…and it would save lives.)

Many have died in the never-ending battle for the Iron Throne, and many more will be killed before this time of strife in the Seven Kingdoms is over. However, the killing of the Night King – the malevolent force who vowed to end all of humanity – has changed the game. What the Battle of Winterfell has taught us is that Westeros needs no one. No one, that is, except Arya Stark.

Forget dragons. Forget mercenary, elephant-less armies. Whoever’s left alive in Westeros after Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen destroy each other will be pining for how things were under the reign of Robert Baratheon and/or loyal to the person who saved the world from complete destruction. Arya Stark, the killer of the Night King, and her beau Gendry, newly appointed Lord Gendry Baratheon of Storm’s End, fulfill both of those needs and more.

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(Welcome to Debate of Thrones, where a panel of Citadel-trained experts explain why someone deserves, or doesn’t deserve, to sit on the Iron Throne. In this edition: Jon Snow knows nothing and would be a terrible king.)

You’ve heard the stories, I know. The bastard son of Eddard Stark has carved out quite the reputation over these past eight years. A man who went beyond The Wall and lived to tell the tale. A man who defended the realm against invasion. A man who took command of the Night’s Watch, died, and came back to life. A man who took back his family home, became King in the North, and allied himself with the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen. All of this while also being a war hero. A leader of men. A commander who draws respect like a magnet draws metallic shards.

Yes, you’ve heard the stories. You’ve heard the tales. You’ve heard the songs. But do you know the truth? Do you know why Jon Snow (or Jon Stark, or whatever other name may be lurking in the dark crevices of his family tree) sounds too good to be true? Because he is too good to be true. This is just another case of a Westerosi man with noble blood and luscious hair continuously failing upwards, inching closer and closer to the Iron Throne with each fumble. There are few men in our Seven Kingdoms who should be kept further away from a seat of power.

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