That's weird. Because so is Renley. Also, you talk about Jon Snow being potrayed as naive in the show vs. in the books, something I believe you might have pointed out about Dany as well, yet Dany ranks high on your list.
Good point on Renly. I guess I mean, Ned died last season, so why is he on the list and not Robert Boratheon? Also as for Jon Snow vs. Danaerys--even in the books by this point he's fairly naive. I think Dany is doing fine personally, in the show. The way that she's survived and thrived in the wastelands is more impressive than any leadership Jon has done. Plus she has dragons, which gives her a huge edge on everyone else in the entire arena in terms of power. Dragons are a huge trump card when it comes to being able to hold the throne.
I'd rather the mother of dragons inside my walls, than outside, y'know.
Stannis - these three have experience leading armies and ruling men. Plus they don't hesitate to fight. I know Robb doesn't want the throne, but I'm assuming for this he'd take it. They're hard men suited for hard times.
Bran - they'd run very peaceful kingdoms, and are pretty much idealistic choices, but they'd need a very peaceful people and that's not always going to be the case. Their personalities suit a more civilized age.
Littlefinger - the schemers who'd have the brains to rule, but I don't think they have the kind nature or the strength of those mentioned previously. Their reigns would be fraught with rebellion and schemes.
Sam - bottom of the pack for me as their personalities are ill suited for such public rule and expectation. Though they'd each make great hands. I think that's an important aspect about leadership, and the people you need around you to help with the things you can't do.
Why is Mance at the bottom of your list? He's already "King beyond the Wall", which is a harder more earned title than the Iron Throne. The iron throne is probably a cake walk compared to uniting the wildlings. Plus Mance would bring freedom/women's rights to the lands. So as a citizen that's a huge bonus for me.
Also Mance leads a huge army by all indications.
Edited by Sarah Velez, 17 May 2012 - 08:34 PM.