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July 16, 2017

Who will sit on the Iron Throne? The best reactions to our 'Game of Thrones' Fantasy Draft

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Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) currently sits on the Iron Throne. But for how long?

On Thursday, we unveiled the results of our first-ever "Game of Thrones" Fantasy Drat, offering up pick-by-pick analysis and asking you, the readers, to tell us who you thought built the best team to conquer Westeros.

    To say we're a little excited for Sunday night's premiere of the wildly popular HBO show would be quite the understatement. 

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about – or if you missed the original draft post – you should click on over to check it out. If nothing else, take a look at the rules as they should help explain a few things about how these teams would work together despite containing characters who would likely kill each other the first chance they got.

    And, as a reminder, here's a look at how the picks played out:

    There was plenty of controversy over which team would win, and some of us spent hours on Twitter defending our picks to the masses. But the masses have spoken and decided a winner (although I'll leave the poll open a little longer in case you're just catching up and haven't had a chance to vote yet).

    As of 1:30 p.m. on July 16, here's the tally:

    1. House Mullin: 42%
    2. House Lawrence: 30%
    3. House Shander: 17%
    4. House Slater: 8%
    5. House Hofmann: 3%

    Of course, if we've learned anything watching the first six seasons of "Thrones," it that's terrible things can happen to anyone – and quite often they happen to the people you least expect, or the ones you believe deserve it the least. Basically, my 42 percent is like Littlefinger's word – it means a whole lot of nothing.

    And based on the feedback we got on Twitter and in the comments, there's no consensus on which one of us would theoretically claim the Iron Throne. 

    [SPOILER WARNING: If you aren't up to date on the show – through six seasons – this post may contain spoilers.]


    We'll get to the general feed back in a minute. First, we have to go over what proved to be a controversial first-overall pick, one that I thought was pretty much a no-brainer. House Shander drafted Bran Stark with the No. 1 pick, and people thought one of two things: either it was a genius move; or Eytan passed on Bob McAdoo and Dr. J (in this case Jon Snow and Dany) to draft the LaRue Martin of Westeros.

    And this was just the beginning. As a reminder, here's the reason Eytan gave for drafting the young Stark with the top pick:

    The kid sees all. The No. 1 overall pick is one of few people in the show who possess truly powerful magical abilities. Think of the possibilities with the King being a Warg. He can enter the mind of Dany's Dragons or any other animal used against him. He's even managed to enter the minds of humans. Plus, with the power to see into the future, he'll see any attack on him coming. A little young still, but enter the Hand. 

    Some agreed. 

    Some ... did not.

    Then came the gauntlet... 

    Safe to say the world is still torn on Bran, although I think it's fairly obvious how important he is to the show. Sure, he's not actively making a run at the Iron Throne, but he possesses certain talents that no one else in this entire world can match. 

    And if he can actually see the future or influence future events by traveling into the past – think "Hold the Door" (RIP) or Ned outside the Tower of Joy – then he may already know how this whole story ends. Wouldn't you want that on your team? I know I would...


    Here's a look at some of the picks that got the most praise.


    I get it. Tormund going undrafted is criminal. As is the fact that there's a dragon out there that didn't even get a tryout invite.... 


    And now a look at some more general thoughts.

    OK. Time to go finish some actual work before the premiere... 

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