As Season 7 of Game of Thrones draws closer, I realize that this season could depict the third and final phase of the War of the Five Kings. The map above shows the current factions in the War of the Five Kings. We have Daenerys Targaryen (RED) controlling the Reach and Dorne, Cersei Lannister (PURPLE) controlling the Westerlands, Riverlands, Crownlands, and Stormlands, Euron Greyjoy (YELLOW) controlling the Iron Islands, Petyr Baelish (GREEN) controlling the Vale while giving support to House Stark in the meantime, Jon Snow (GRAY) controlling the North, and the White Walkers (BLACK) controlling the lands Beyond the Wall. I have studied numerous leaked photos and plot lines and I have a pretty good prediction of the final outcome of the War of the Five Kings.

Everyone thought the War of the Five Kings ended with the Red Wedding, but the hard truth is that the Red Wedding only ended the first phase of the war. Also, in a war of five kings there is only one inevitable outcome: the last king standing gets it all. The Lannisters and their allies may have weakened House Stark and Renly Baratheon may have died, but as long as Stannis Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy were still active, the Lannisters did not win anything yet.

The second phase of the War of the Five Kings started during the death of King Joffrey and ascension of King Tommen. This phase saw the annihilation of Stannis Baratheon and his faction as well as the death of Balon Greyjoy. These deaths saw the end of the original five kings at the start of the war, but also saw the rise of new ones to take their place. After Balon Greyjoy’s death, his younger brother became the new King of the Iron Islands and kept his faction alive in defiance of the Iron Throne.

The third and final phase of the War of the Five Kings has started with the death of King Tommen and ascension of Queen Regnant Cersei Lannister. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, House Stark returned with Jon Snow as King in the North. In addition, easily the most powerful faction in the whole war, Daenerys Targaryen has entered the conflict.

Based on the leaked photos and plot lines, I have a strong suspicion that the remaining four factions will combine into two factions and battle one another in the final round for the Iron Throne. It has been heavily implied that Cersei Lannister will join forces with Euron Greyjoy while Daenerys Targaryen joins forces with Jon Snow. This would be a battle of beasts that pits the wolf of Winterfell and the dragon of Dragonstone against the lion of Casterly Rock and the kraken of Pyke. Since the War of the Five Kings is based on the War of the Roses, it would be fitting for this last clash to be the Game of Thrones version of the Battle of Bosworth Field, which ended the War of the Roses and installed a stable monarchy. Whoever wins this final battle will be the official winners of the War of the Five Kings and unite the Seven Kingdoms against the White Walkers when the Wall is breached. I look forward to finding out if my prediction is correct and I cannot wait for next season. Winter is here!



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