Sunday is the world premier of the final season of Game of Thrones. As we wait anxiously the hum of the HBO credits, here’s a little thought experiment to curb your GOT enthusiasm. Of the characters in Game of Thrones, here’s who we think would make the best 5K runners and why.
Fifth place – Jon Snow
Jon Snow came back from the dead, which is basically how the last 500 metres of a 5K feels. He’s fifth because while he has been through a lot, he’s also had it pretty good relative to the other characters (he is a king after all). Snow would do well, but he wouldn’t come out on top.
Fourth place – Daenerys Targaryen
She’s had too many free rides on the backs of dragons to be the winner, but this is another female characters with some serious tenacity. We think she could out-run Snow but she’s not the one taking home the win.
Third place – Cersei Lannister
This woman is pure evil, but she does usually get what she wants. She’s always two steps ahead of everyone else which makes her a potentially good racer. You want to make moves in a race, not respond to them. This Lannister also falls into the special category of “most likely to cheat using drugs and other illegal methods.”
Second place – The Night King
Even in Game of Thrones bad guys come second. Under the rule of the Night King, the White Walkers have caught and killed thousands of people, so there’s no denying their raw athleticism. But our winner is smarter and has probably traveled father than even the white walkers and their leader have.
Arya Stark – winner, winner
This kid has been on her own since the age of 11 and she’s managed to do pretty well for herself. She’s tenacious and gritty and frankly, running well is a product of these two characteristics. Arya has also been on the move for quite literally years, which is very good cardio. The youngest Stark for the win.