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The Game Of Thrones Cast Bowed Down To Kit Harington During Games Of Risk

The show "Game of Thrones" is aptly named: the plot centers around various royal (and other) characters fighting against each other and struggling to climb to the top of the Iron Throne. Whoever sits upon the Iron Throne rules all of Westeros, which consists of seven smaller kingdoms. Characters repeatedly refer to their pursuit of the throne as a "game" throughout the series, although it is a bloody, dangerous game that they might not survive.

Characters use different tactics to try to install themselves, or members of their family, onto the Iron Throne. People commit murder, imprison each other, and create elaborate, secret plots in order to try and win the throne, improve their own station, or install a ruler that they think would be better. People also lie about the parentage of their children to influence who inherits the throne. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) claims that her children were fathered by her husband, the king, Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) when in reality, they were fathered by her brother, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Cersei then has her husband killed and installs her most evil child, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), onto the Iron Throne, even though he is not the rightful heir.

Given the plot of the show, it is fitting that the cast of "Game of Thrones" chose to play Risk, the board game of world domination, during their downtime in between scenes.

Kit Harington was the best at Risk out of all the Game of Thrones cast

Just like the show "Game of Thrones," Risk is an especially long, complicated game where players compete against each other to take over the world. Although players might form temporary alliances with each other to defeat common enemies, at the end of the game, only one person wins.

In a 2017 interview with The Guardian, Richard Dormer, who plays Beric Dondarrion in "Game of Thrones," said he spent his downtime on the show playing Risk with his co-stars. "There were a lot of arguments, mainly because Iain Glen [Jorah Mormont] is so competitive. He would just sit there going, 'Noooo why? Why are you all attacking me?'." When asked who was the best at Risk, he did hesitate to answer "Kit Harington."

It is fitting in a way that Kit Harington would be the best at Risk out of the whole "Game of Thrones" cast. Although Jon Snow never sits on the Iron Throne, he is actually the rightful heir to it at the end of the series. After spending his whole life thinking he was the child of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Jon learns that he is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen (Wilf Scolding), giving him the strongest claim to the throne out of anyone left alive. Furthermore, Jon Snow possesses the intelligence, bravery, and strength necessary to pursue the Iron Throne and would be a morally upstanding leader. However, because of his goodness, he does not want the throne and keeps his heritage mostly a secret.

Just because Jon Snow doesn't end up on the Iron Throne in "Game of Thrones," though, does not mean Kit Harington showed any mercy to his co-stars during the world domination game of Risk.