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201: Throne Story

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What secrets can you learn from Game of Thrones? More than you can imagine.

This episode reveals some fascinating gems in the finale of the epic series, Game of Thrones. There are powerful lessons in the show about life, power, and storytelling.

First, we must answer the question, “Who won the Game of Thrones?” We know that Bran the Broken was named emperor of six kingdoms. Many audience members were shocked and appalled by this choice.

But, did Bran really win the throne? I don’t think so. I believe that true leader and winner of the game is Tyrion Lannister. The last episode demonstrates this beautifully. And, it is perfect.

Tyrion is the only character fit to rule. Here’s why:

  • Compassion – Tyrion is a deeply compassionate person. He genuinely cares about people.
  • Intelligence – No one in the seven kingdoms is smarter than Tyrion Lannister.
  • Diplomacy – Tyrion has proven himself as the ultimate diplomatic negotiator throughout all eight seasons o Game of Thrones.
  • Violence – Though not essentially a cruel person, Tyrion will use violence if it is his only option to survive or serve the common good.

The events of the finale that point clearly to Tyrion’s victory:

  • Tyrion is condemned to death for treason.
  • Tyrion persuades John Snow to betray Daenerys  Targaryen, the dragon queen.
  • Tyrion talks his way out of execution
  • Tyrion persuades a ruling council to appoint Bran the Broken emperor
  • Bran appoints Tyrion his Hand

Those five events are crucial steps in Tyrion’s deft maneuvers to claim the empire’s true power. Bran will serve as figurehead king. Tyrion will pull the strings behind the scenes as his advisor.


One of the most profound and brilliant insights in the episode is revealed in the monet when Tyrion explains why Bran is the perfect choice as emperor. Tyrion says that the true power of nations is not in gold or flags. It is in stories. Nothing is more powerful than a great story.

Bran’s story has mythological qualities. He began as a mere mortal boy who survived a fall from a great height that should have killed him. Then, he developed prophetic powers. That story makes him more than human.

Tyrion knows that people don’t follow leaders. They follow the story in their heads about those leaders. Civilizations are built and destroyed based on stories. Think of the Bible and the Koran.

Tyrion has mastered the psychology of leadership. He knows that his own story will not inspire people, but Bran’s story will. He also knows that he can have a powerful influence on Bran’s thoughts and actions.

Tyrion rules! As he should.


The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

The Game by Neil Strauss

About the author, Louis

Louis Di Bianco is a stage, film, and TV actor. He teaches acting and improvisation to professional actors as well as business people who want more clarity, confidence, and power in their communication.

Louis will help you develop your innate storytelling skills and achieve greater influence and persuasiveness in your business and your life.

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