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‘Game of Thrones’ fan Nick Saban picks who should end up on Iron Throne

Nick Saban is apparently a huge fan of the HBO smash series “Game of Thones,” which in and of itself comes as something of a surprise.

“I love it,” Saban said of “Game of Thrones” during a JOX Roundtable discussion this week, as transcribed by 247 Sports. “It had to come to this — somebody’s going to win, somebody’s going to lose. That’s the way it always goes. Everybody’s probably got somebody that they’re rooting for, which is how it goes, too. So, it’ll be interesting to see how it winds up.”

Saban, like the millions of other “Game of Thrones” devotees wrapped up in the cultural phenomenon’s final season, is waiting with bated breath to discover who will end up sitting on the Iron Throne once Season 8’s final two episodes conclude in the coming weeks. If the show would conclude in a manner that would satisfy Saban, though, only one character should rule over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

“I think, some kind of way, Jon Snow is going to wiggle his way in there, even though he won’t try,” Saban said. “It’ll just end up that way.”

In any event, what makes Saban’s “GoT” fandom so out of left field is that the Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach seemingly lives and breathes football from the moment he wakes up until he falls asleep every night. Actually, odds are Saban has college football dreams during his evening slumbers.

Perhaps to no surprise, Saban has managed to translate lessons gleaned from “Game of Thrones” into football terms.

“Oh, I think there’s a lot of lessons to be learned in that,” Saban said. “I know it’s a fictional-type show, but you sort of get attached to the characters and some of the perseverance that they go through and some of the things that they do because they are actually competing with all the wars and things that go on.” 

One final note: Given Saban’s coaching style and football philosophies, odds are he ascribes to a “valar dohaeris” philosophy when it comes to his players. Just a thought.