Cersei Lannister said it, Daenerys denied it in season 8 of Game of Thrones.
Cersei has always been the most honest character in Game of Thrones, and it is in particular to her that we owe a cult sentence that she said to Ned Stark shortly before he died. “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die”, or “when we play the game of thrones, we win or die”. This is what happened to most of the characters who tried to take the Iron Throne, including Cersei. But a woman managed to win without being able to avoid dying : Daenerys Targaryen. Her victory is undeniable, starting with that against the Night King to which she contributed enormously.
After supporting the great war against the White Walkers in the middle of Game of Thrones season 8, Daenerys then experienced his last victory at King’s Landing. After years of struggle and many promises, Daenerys has managed to conquer King’s Landing and take back the throne which, according to her, belongs to him by right as Targaryens. She played the game of thrones, and she won. But she did not survive, killed by Jon Snow in the very last episode of the series because of his decision to burn the whole city despite the sound of the bells that announced the surrender.
You could say that, like all the others before her, Daenerys simply lost the “game of thrones” by dying. But we tend to think that she is the only one who has managed to conquer the Iron Throne by starting from nothing. And considering how she won at King’s Landing, it’s hard to be able to speak of defeat. Her death is therefore only the logical continuation of her cruel victory, and she remains the only one to have gone through all the trials and overcome all the challenges that have stood in her way until reaching her goal. We always regret that it ended in blood, but after all it was perhaps the only possible end for Daenerys Targaryen …