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Who will end up on the throne?


The game is going to be up soon, as “Game of Thrones” begins its final season on HBO Sunday night. The cast has shrunk across the seven seasons so far, and the remaining contenders are circling around that throne-shaped mass of iron like buzzards over a carcass. Which of our beloved and not-so-beloved characters are going to wind up sitting pretty?

Read TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s assessment of why each major character could or couldn’t claim the throne.

Want to relive all the excitment (and sadness?) recaps of all previous seasons? Read recaps here.

The tell us who you think will “win” in the comments below.