Who Will Sit on the Iron Throne?
The fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire has manifested itself into a war between fear and love, where the only option is to win or die. The important theme of clashing demands between love and honour will be utilized in this essay to analyze characters that may rule the “known world.” The “known world” consists of three continents Westoros, Essos, and Sothoryos. For the purpose of this essay, there will be a specific focus on the political conflict in Westeros over who will sit on the Iron Throne. Machiavellian principles will be presented in this essay to analyze potential rulers for the Iron Throne. This essay will be combining topics number one and two, and will apply political strategy to answer the both questions. Political strategy, which is the art and science of utilizing political, psychological and power forces, will be a helpful tool to analyze the tactical movements of different players in the “game of thrones.” This essay will ultimately argue that Sansa will sit on the Iron Throne and become the ruler of Westeros because in the long term it is better for a ruler to be loved rather than feared.