THE SINS OF HOUSE LANNISTER

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As the television version of Game of Thrones draws closer to ending, I start to realize that House Lannister’s sins are going to catch up to them. Throughout the series both in the books and the show, the Lannisters have committed countless sins against the realm in order to gain power and elevate their status. Now, due to recent events, all those they have wronged are coming for them with fire and vengeance!

For House Stark, the Lannisters perpetrated Ned Stark’s beheading and the Red Wedding. Jaime Lannister crippled Bran Stark, Joffrey abused Sansa Stark throughout her stay at King’s Landing, and the Lannister minion Ramsay Snow killed Rickon Stark. Now the Starks have retaken the North with the Vale behind them. It may only be a matter of time before the Starks renew their efforts to take the Lannisters down now that Tywin Lannister is no longer around to lead them and they don’t have minions like the Freys and Boltons to betray the Starks.

The Tullys are similarly wounded by the Lannister’s sins due to the Red Wedding. Catelyn Stark was murdered while Brynden “Blackfish” Tully was killed during the Second Siege of Riverrun. The current head of House Tully, Edmure Tully, spent years as a prisoner while the status of his son with Roslin Frey is unknown. Now that Walder Frey and two of his prominent sons are dead, Arya Stark may free her uncle and restore him as the Lord of the Riverlands. With his status renewed, Edmure would likely side with the Starks again to seek vengeance.

The people of Dorne were wronged by the Lannisters when their minion, Gregor Clegane, murdered Elia Martell and her children as well as Oberon Martell. With the people of Dorne siding with Daenerys Targaryen, they will finally have a chance at vengeance.

Due to Cersei blowing up the Great Sept of Baelor, House Tyrell lost most of its members. Now that House Tyrell has sided with Daenerys Targaryen, they will also have a chance for vengeance against the blood-stained lion of Casterly Rock. Also, since the Great Sept of Baelor, the center of the Faith of the Seven, destroyed, the entire Andal population will turn against the Lannisters.

There are rumors that Gendry is going to appear next season (finally he stopped rowing). If Gendry comes into contact with Daenerys, it is possible that she could legitimize him as the new head of House Baratheon. The Baratheons were swindled of the Iron Throne by the Lannisters by replacing them with a false dynasty (Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen “Baratheon”). Cersei and Lancel Lannister orchestrated Robert Baratheon’s death to pave the way for House Lannister’s puppet dynasty of false Baratheons. Then they were driven to extinction by the Lannisters’ Bolton minions in Season 5. If Daenerys legitimizes Gendry as a Baratheon and rallies the remaining Stormland forces behind him, then House Baratheon will rise again for revenge.

Finally, Daenerys Targaryen lost most of her family to the Lannisters. Jaime Lannister murdered her father even though he did so with good intentions. Then the Lannister minion Gregor Clegane murdered her niece, nephew, and sister-in-law. Most crucial of all is that House Targaryen lost their claim to the Iron Throne, everything they spent three hundred years to build, taken from them by the Lannisters. To add further insult to injury, Cersei destroyed the Great Sept, which was named after Daenerys’s ancestor Baelor the Blessed. Now that Daenerys is on her way to reconquer the Seven Kingdoms, House Targaryen will have their revenge with interest.

Overall, House Lannister is finally in a position to pay for their countless crimes against the realm. Virtually, everyone has turned against them. At the height of their reign, the possibility of House Lannister paying for their sins was unlikely due to the political power they held. Now, they are reduced to the weakest faction in the War of the Five Kings with a very slim chance of survival. It also has a sense of karma because the Lannisters did so many terrible things to people both directly and indirectly that the amount of bad karma they are about to receive will be explosive! In the end, everything balances out.

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