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Jon Snow not qualified to be King of Westeros?


This article is amusing, but at the same time it also has some merit. His position as King of the North does seem to be the result of Mr. Magoo type of happenstance rather than his own merits. He just isn’t too bright.

Jon Snow’s cluelessness was on display again in last night’s episode with his lack of understanding of why Daenerys was pissed off about him having a better claim to the Iron Throne than she does.

#girlpower alert. Sansa is the smartest Stark (in addition to being a hot babe) and would be the best ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Although I don’t see a path to that happening with only two episodes left, the show is definitely setting her up be the kingmaker who uses her political skills and Littlefinger-like cunning to defeat Daenerys and make Jon the King, while she actually runs the kingdom as his “Hand.” Tyrion certainly isn’t qualified to be a Hand based on his disastrous advice since the beginning of Season 7.

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In the books, Arya is way smarter than Sansa, but that’s not where the TV show went.

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Sansa swears to keep Jon’s lineage a secret, but she immediately betrays him. It’s a Littlefinger move. It’s what Cersei would do in the sense that Cersei would always lie and betray someone’s trust to benefit herself, although the way in which Sansa plants a seed that then grows when Tyrion discusses the matter with Varys, that’s how Littlefinger would have done it.

The message is that Jon Snow’s rhetoric about always being honest and doing the right thing is great for public speeches, but in private rulers have to be more ruthless and backstabbing.

Varys says that Jon’s secret is no longer a secret because once 8 people know about something, that’s the end of any secrecy.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 6, 2019 at 2:04 PM

Posted in Television

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  1. They have to make Jon dumb and clueless to bring the show to a close. An intelligent Jon wouldn’t have told her at all, especially given that he seems to not want to be king in the first place.


    May 6, 2019 at 2:17 PM

  2. At this point I’m just waiting to find out which girl-power ending it will be. Daenerys? Sansa? Arya? Cersei? Obviously Jon Snow can’t “win”. There’s no point trying to guess, because they’ll make up whatever plot device is necessary for the ending that they want.


    May 6, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    • “Obviously Jon Snow can’t “win”.”

      I think he will “win” but they will make clear that it was women who put him there and that he doesn’t deserve it.

  3. Jon Snow is extremely stupid. Sansa break secrets when it’s on her direct peeceived interest. Her father was killed because she told Cersei about his plan to go back to the North. The girl with the firelight was also killed because of her indiscretion. But she didn’t tell Jon that Lord Baelish was coming to Winterfell with the Vale because she wasn’t sure she could trust him. So she is quite devious.

    As the prophecy to Cercei was that a young lady, more noble and beautiful would take all what she has got from her, there is only Daenerys and Sansa.

    Lord Varys seems to be plotting again. He has an interest on the Targaryen since the beginning so he should favour Jon/Sansa or Daenerys. But Daenerys and Jon will probably clash. One side will be destroyed. It will be interesting to follow Arya, Sandor Clegane and Arya who are the top killers. I don’t know where Tyrion will fall because he seems to be aware of Daenerys pbs but owe her a lot. He likes Sansa very much too. The widlings and the north will follow Jon. The others will follow Daenerys.

    Arya still have to close the green eyes.

    I hope their are lost characters from the past like Sirio Forell (is he alive) and the Bank ? I guess they would rather deal with the Starks than with a tempered Daenerys. I don’t think the bank will back Cercei because she wasn’t as good as Tywin during the meeting.


    May 6, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    • [more noble and beautiful would take all what she has got from her]

      Or, one of those women will orchestrate a scenario where jon is on the throne.

      I think the idea is that people respond to jon snow as though he were a king, and this is more important than if he wants to be king or if he’s a clever strategist.


      May 7, 2019 at 7:14 AM

  4. “the show is definitely setting her up be the kingmaker who uses her political skills and Littlefinger-like cunning to defeat Daenerys and make Jon the King”

    The show all but announced that when she told the Hound she was no longer the “little sparrow”. I don’t know if Jon is going to end up king, though. He could end up dead. There’s no telling who will end up on the iron throne.

    “once 8 people know about something, that’s the end of any secrecy.”

    Once two people know something it’s no longer secret. Once three know it’s soon to be common knowledge.


    May 6, 2019 at 4:39 PM

  5. I don’t think Jon is going to be king. If we’re keeping track of that sort of thing you can put me down for that. However that doesn’t have anything to do with his qualifications, such as they are. In an overall way, he is the best candidate, although flawed. The article you linked made the point that he’s a terrible general, and that’s true, but as king he should be employing real generals.

    Mike Street Station

    May 6, 2019 at 6:03 PM

  6. I think it will be sansa.

    Daenerys is setting up to go crazy a la the mad king. I think Jon snow will kill her and will die. Melisandre, in reference to baric dondareon, that the lord of light brought him back for a reason, which was to protect arya to kill the night king. I think the reason the lord of light brought Jon back was to take out a crazy Daenerys. Tyrion will die, too.

    I think arya will use her masks to kill Cersei (like with Walter frey). Outside chance that Jamie kills Cersei.

    Sandy will be the last one standing.


    May 6, 2019 at 8:02 PM

  7. I was having a hard time paying attention, but did they ever offer any explanation as to why these two love birds don’t get married? I mean, beyond solving this stupid problem about who is the rightful monarch, wouldn’t it be seen as the appropriate thing to do anyway once you start having sex with a woman in a Medieval Culture? Shouldn’t the highly honorable Jon be keen on making an honest woman out of Dany irrespective of the overwhelming political arguments for such an arrangement?

    Martin is probably relishing this total clusterfuck of a conclusion the TV show writers have come up with. The bar has been lowered substantially for him. The final books now need only be mediocre at best and he’ll still be lavished with praise for “saving” the legacy of the series.


    May 7, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    • I’ll try not to rant here, but the show’s finale was destined to fail without proper book material to adapt to the screen. This season especially is loaded with one-liners you’d expect out of a Hollywood sequel, and not in a good way. It’s archetypical of proletarian culture to squander tens of millions of dollars on fire breathing dragons rather than aiming to make a complete durable work of fiction, which could have been at least aimed at instead of a relentless self-conscious anxiety the script has towards meeting a deadline and needing “closure” of all plot lines. A genuine fiction leaves a sense of a perennial world and lives and storylines that will go on whether or not someone is observing.

      I’m embarrassed that I looked at this feudal world with clear aristocratic duty highly when our own world has great examples of it:

      A Dilettante

      May 7, 2019 at 4:04 PM

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