Forget the Avengers assembling to take down Thanos and the Battle of Winterfell. The true showdown this past weekend was between two Starks. When you need someone to snap away a giant purple mutant or stab a literal ice-cold monster, who ya gonna call? A Stark! Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) and Arya (Maisie Williams) both saved the day in their respective pop culture battlefields, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Game of Thrones,” but there could only be one Stark to rule them all. And Tony looked Arya in the eye and said “not today,” because according to 54 percent of our readers, the most heroic Stark was Iron Man.
Let’s be honest, it’s hard to argue against a dude who died saving the world since Arya survived. Knowing this was the one of the 14 million-plus outcomes that Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) saw in which the Avengers beat Thanos (Josh Brolin), Tony swipes the Infinity Stones onto his Stark Gauntlet and snaps away Thanos after declaring “I am Iron Man” — his final words of the first “Iron Man” film. Unable to withstand the blast, he dies, knowing they won, the world is safe, and the family he built with Pepper/Rescue (Gwyneth Paltrow) will be OK. It was the complete journey of a character who was first introduced to us as a selfish egomaniac who grew into a selfless man sacrificing himself for the greater good.
In real life, it was also a fitting end to the current iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man started the MCU and it’s only apt that the 22-film Infinity Saga ends with him.
Perhaps then it’s not completely fair to compare Tony and Arya, since there are three more episodes left of “Game of Thrones” before her story is over. But like Tony, Arya, who got 44 percent of the vote, was made for her big moment, killing the Night King. We’ve been watching her train to protect Winterfell for the past seven years and she finally does it in a totally kick-ass way with that hand switch. It’s euphoric and awesome, but it would’ve been even more awesome if, you know, we had been able to see WTF was going on in the episode and where the hell Arya came from to attack him.
Meanwhile, the remaining 2 percent of you were unimpressed by both Starks saving the world. Tough crowd.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.