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Speculation over who will get the hottest seat in Westeros has been rife with many rumours circulating.

And as fans eagerly away the final season, which is due to air in April next year, Ian McElhinney revealed who he thinks has the best chance of ruling the Seven Kingdoms.

The Irish actor played Ser Barristan Selmy from the beginning of Game of Thrones but he soon met his demise in episode four, season five.

And although his character will miss out on seeing who lands the coveted title, Ian admitted it won’t be an obvious person.

The Irish star said the writer of the novel’s, George R. R. Martin and the show’s producers, Daniel Weiss and David Benioff, “don’t do the obvious”.

When asked who he thinks will sit on the Iron Throne when the series ends, he told “The fact that you think it might be or ought to be Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen, the probability is that it might not be.”

Ian explained it would make sense if Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) ends up on the throne, especially with fans suggesting he could in fact be a Targaryen.

“Everybody loves Tyrion so in a funny sort of way it would be an extraordinary irony if somehow it was Tyrion,” he said.

“And it’s not inconceivable because there’s a rumour he might not be a Lannister.”

But Ian most of all believed Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) will come out victorious as he delved into a clever theory.

The Derry Girls actor said: “If you look back to the very beginning, this story really started with Bran Stark.

“He was kind of like the golden child of that family who could do anything and everything, great climber…

“And then almost immediately he’s pushed out the window and his life changes forever and more significant that character becomes in the story.”

Ian admitted he’s not confirming Bran will be the one to sit on the Iron Throne spilled but he has a big part to play in the series as a whole.

He continued: “I have a feeling there’s a big story attached to the Bran still to come and there’s this certain kind of circularity where begins and then finishes here, so who knows.”

Game of Thrones returns to HBO next year.

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