10 Game of Thrones Political Masterminds Who Supposedly Dominated House of the Dragon
Dragon House is set to end very soon, and it’s safe to say that the politics leading up to the infamous “Dance of the Dragons” was hellishly complex. It leaves the audience playfully wondering what would happen if game of thrones the characters have been abandoned in this dramatic jumble.
It is assumed that they retain their personality, social status, and abilities, but know nothing of history. These figures would soon be sitting on the throne, or at the very least, whispering in the ear of whoever sat there.
Jon Arryn gets a bad rap for his death early in the series, but people tend to forget that he successfully played the game for over a decade. Jon Arryn was literally the glue that held everything together, and he fell apart without him.
Jon Arryn was a smart man, a rarity for those who value honor so highly in Westeros. Dragon Housethe political landscape of him would have suited him perfectly. He would have found the most reasonable alliances and got King Viserys to listen to his advice. Just like he did with Robert, who was a much more stubborn king.
Ser Davos Seaworth
Ser Davos is a self-proclaimed simple man looking out for his own interests in a dangerous world. Luckily for Davos, his straightforward way of thinking has served him extremely well. If Ser Davos lived under the reign of VIserys instead of Robert, he would still have the same chances. If anything, it might even be better.
Ser Davos would probably find himself in the service of Lord Corlys sooner or later. The tidal lord would probably appreciate the polite brutality of the smuggler. The skills and knowledge of Davos would also serve the Crown against the Triarchy. Additionally, his humility prevents a target from being painted on his back.
Cutthroats tend to do well in the political game, but many overplay their hand. Roose Bolton would rather chop off his enemies’ hands than show his own. Despite the sadistic reputation of House Bolton, Roose always played the role of the faithful subject of his “king”. Of course, that was while they were winning.
The Boltons have yet to be seen in Dragon House, but they’re probably as vicious as Roose was. Roose would certainly choose to “stay true” to the crown until it no longer suited him. Targaryens of this era should probably refrain from accepting wedding invitations.
Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Kingdoms outside of Westeros are powerful on their own. In particular, the Free Cities are a major world power, and as the Triarchy shows, angering them costs Westeros dearly. Although he may not be a central figure, Xaro Xhoan Daxos could pose a threat in the Dragon House era too.
Xaro is a powerful man with great political influence thanks to his wealth. It doesn’t matter what period you’re in as long as you’re smart and filthy rich. Xaro ticks both of these boxes in spades, and gold alone would make Xaro an important player.
Margaery Tyrell is a combination of kindness hiding a quick wit. While there’s no doubt that Margaery shows compassion to the little people in a way that most nobles don’t, she uses her philanthropy as a way to gain more political power. Being popular with people means far fewer of them want her knocked down.
Given the importance of political marriages, Margaery’s uncanny ability to endear herself to any husband proves useful. Any of the Targaryen boys would become putty in their hands after a few short conversations. She even convinced Joffrey Lannister to like her, and no one in Dragon House is as horrible as he is. No one yet, at least.
While Margaery plays the part of a beautiful rose well, it’s Olenna who shows the thorns of her house. Olena openly mocks almost anyone who is unhappy to get in her way, and they can only take it. The Tyrell control food in the Seven Kingdoms, and food is one of the few things worth more than gold.
When people starve during the long winters, even the most haughty women will take off their jeweled rings for a sack of potatoes. Not to mention that the Tyrells and the Targaryens have a long-standing bond, as the Tyrells are bound to them by oath. No matter which side of the Civil War, they will all seek Olenna’s support.
Lord Varys may be an outsider to Westeros, but he’s become a crucial part of his game. Although his reputation precedes him, most people assume that Varys is pompous. Even smart but proud players think he is not a risk taker, whose skills are useful only for their own gain.
This is where they are wrong. Varys is one of the few players who can take on the resources of Westerosi nobles. Lord Varys, being a Targaryen loyalist, would be an incredible asset to the side who convinces him that he is the best for the kingdom.
Tyrion Lannister is often underestimated by his enemies, and each time his enemies’ joy turns to ash in their mouths. Tyrion Lannister is a brilliant mind who would have come a long way in life if he hadn’t been born into a society that hated him. Nevertheless, his success despite this is a testament to his abilities.
The Lannisters in Dragon House are of rather poor stock, at least so far. They seem to rely on wealth and status rather than their own intelligence. Tyrion would be sharp enough to understand the conflict brewing between the Targaryen factions. He specializes in outwitting the proud houses, and the Targaryens are the proudest house of them all.
Tyrion Lannister may be one of the smartest men to ever live, but he has emotional flaws that cause him to make mistakes. By contrast, Tywin Lannister is ruthlessly practical, willing to do whatever it takes to keep his family on top. We can be sure that Tywin would do everything in his power to secure an alliance with the Targaryens.
Tywin brought home years of embarrassment caused by his father. The rather sorry state of the Lannisters in Dragon House wouldn’t be so with Tywin at the head of the table.
Widely considered the spark that ignited the War of the Five Kings, Petyr Baelish rose from a minor lord to one of the most powerful men in Westeros in just two decades. Knowledge is power, and with the carelessness with which people Dragon House reveal secrets, Littlefinger would have a lot of knowledge.
The Targaryens are so embroiled in the importance of their houses that they wouldn’t even notice this “minor” lord consolidating his power. When the shoe finally falls for Civil War, Petyr Baelish will gladly take up the ashes, successfully siding with whoever becomes the victor. Probably with a huge debt of gratitude (and gold) to him.
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