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(This question is a big spoiler of seasons 1-6)

In one of the early seasons, we find out that the Lannister gold mines have been empty for ages and that they took large loans from the Iron Bank of Bravos. Recently, they also broke their alliance with the Tyrells who supplied the kingdom with food. They also lost their last son who could have a legitimate claim on the Iron Throne. Cersei killed the very popular High Sparrow and Queen Margaery, and razed the Sept which must have ruined their already weak popular support. I also imagine their armies are not in perfect condition after long and deadly conflicts.

In summary, the Lannisters don't have any money, supplies, popularity, allies, strong army or even a legitimate claim on the Iron Throne. However they do have many enemies, high debt and overstretched borders. My question is, what even keeps them going and do they have any trump cards left? Is their end inevitable now?

closed as primarily opinion-based by amflare, TGnat, Skooba, Bellatrix, Ward Jul 17 '17 at 17:15

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    This question is being actively answered by the show. And I mean that literally as this topic was discussed between Jaime and Cersei for a whole scene. – amflare Jul 17 '17 at 16:32
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    It's the old "power resides where men think it resides", isn't it - they have power so long as enough lesser lords, bannermen, foot soldiers and Ed Sheerans still believe they have power. If these believe they'll repay their debts somehow, believe they'll crush dissent somehow, believe they'll continue to rule, they'll fight for, aid and serve them. Right now those believers are the majority of, as Jaime put it, "three kingdoms at best" – user568458 Jul 17 '17 at 16:56
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    "Do they have any trump cards left" sounds like a future works question. We won't know that they do, until we see it on the show. At which point, the question is meaningless. I've flagged this on as opinion based. – kuhl Jul 17 '17 at 17:10

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