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Warning: Avoid Character Attachment
The Game of Thrones series consists of a lot of characters. Each character is unique and important to the whole plot. However, don't get too attached to any of them as there is a good chance that they will be suddenly killed off! This, however, has never fazed us from falling in love with them.
Another important aspect of this series is that there is no person who is truly good. Each person is driven by their greed and ambition. The title perfectly sums up the situation as every person is just a pawn in the game for the Iron Throne. Share this article if you find it interesting. Please note that this will contain a number of spoilers.
Eddard Stark, also known as Ned Stark, was one of the most popular characters in the Game of Thrones series during its launch. He was the head of House Stark, the Lord of Winterfell. He was the husband of Catelyn Tully and father of Arya, Sansa, Robb, Bran, and Rickon. He also raised Jon Snow as his bastard son. He later became the Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon.
Ned Stark was the embodiment of loyalty and honor. He was portrayed as a kind husband, a loving father, a loyal friend, and an honorable warrior. These are the characteristics which made him one of the most loved characters in the series. Everyone wanted to see him on the Iron Throne.
However, the Iron Throne is suited only for people who are cunning and wily. It is not suited for those bound by loyalty and honor. There are many who would do just about anything to get a chance to rule and they would eliminate anyone who would dare stand in their path. Ned Stark made enemies with the Lannisters and paid the price by losing his head.
Robb was the eldest son of Eddard Stark. After the unfortunate demise of his father, he took arms against the Lannisters. He was declared as the King in the North. He was also friends with Theon Greyjoy, his father's ward and considered him to be his best friend. He raised a Direwolf which he named as Grey Wind.
Although his character was just a sideshow in the beginning, once he became the King in the North he became the center of everyone's attention. Now that Ned Stark was dead we needed someone to replace him as our hero and Robb delivered flawlessly. He was portrayed as a charismatic leader like his father and had the support of all of the North. He was also good in military strategy as he won battle after battle and was at one time a favorite to take the Iron Throne.
But like his father Robb was too naive. He fell in love with Talisa who was a medic. Although his mother Catelyn warns her of the repercussions he has to face if he marries Talisa, he turns a deaf ear to her pleas. In the end, Robb, his wife, mother and many others were all brutally murdered at the Red wedding hosted by the Freys. His head was chopped off and his Direwolf's head was sewed in its place.
Sansa was the eldest daughter of Lord Eddard Stark. She was betrothed to Joffrey, son of Robert Baratheon. She raised the gentlest of the Direwolves and named her as Lady who was executed by Eddard on Joffrey's orders. Joffrey, however, consoles her and wins back her favor.
Sansa was initially portrayed as a naive character who can easily be manipulated and tricked. This is shown in her trust for Joffrey and Littlefinger. She is forced to witness the execution of her father. When Joffrey got murdered, she was considered to be a suspect and so Littlefinger helped her escaped to the Eyrie where her aunt Lysa lives. Littlefinger then arranges for her to be married to Ramsay Bolton to which she agrees reluctantly.
After suffering under the cruelty of Ramsay she finally escapes and rejoins John Snow in Winterfell. Her character slowly develops from being naive to becoming more cautious and wiser. She learns to be more careful about trusting people due to the harsh lessons she had learned. In the end, she learns of Littlefinger's treachery and orders him to be executed.
Arya is the third child of Eddard Stark and the most rebellious. She didn't like the idea of becoming a lady and marrying into a prominent family. She wanted to forge her own destiny and wanted to train in warfare. She witnessed the execution of her father and wanted to avenge all those who were responsible for it.
She initially received sword training from Syrio Forel, a master sword-fighter who was formerly the First Sword of Braavos. After her father was executed she went into hiding. Arya then trained as a Faceless Man at the House of Black and White in Braavos and is one of the most deadly assassins in the 7 kingdoms.
She transforms from a helpless girl into a deadly foe. Those who have wronged the Starks find their names on her list of people to kill. She then executes them one by one. She is able to conceal her identity using her skills which she acquired from the faceless men. It is her intent to kill that makes her deadly. She almost enjoys the suffering of her victims as she slits their throat. Arya is definitely someone to look out for.
Bran was named after Ned Stark's elder brother, Brandon. He was initially portrayed as an energetic child who was keen on exploring and climbing. He stumbled across Cersei and Jaime Lannister having sex and was pushed down a tall building. The fall left him crippled below the waist.
After Theon Greyjoy captured Winterfell, Bran escaped with his brother Rickon. Bran then travels with Hodor and Meera to find the Three-Eyed Raven. He starts having dreams about the Three-Eyed Raven and later understands them as visions. He also has the capability to take over the body of other creatures which is known as a warg.
He continues to grow and mature with his experiences north of the wall. He sees the white walkers and their army of the undead and realizes that he has a role to play in stopping them. He later becomes the Three-Eyed Raven and a lot of responsibility now lies on his shoulders to protect the Seven Kingdoms from the imminent invasion.
Jon Snow is one of the most famous characters in the series. He was the bastard son of Eddard Stark and has been in the series from the beginning. He gets sent to protect the wall from the wildlings and spends much of his time on the Night's Watch. He eventually becomes Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.
He became a favorite because of his character which is very similar to his foster father Eddard Stark. He is loyal, kind, brave and true to his word. After seeing the White Walkers and their army of the undead he forms an alliance with the Free Folk North of the wall to fend off the creatures together.
This did not hold well with the Crows however and they killed him by stabbing him multiple times. This was a severe blow for the fans as Snow was one of the more popular characters. However, Jon Snow was brought back to life by the Red Woman. Jon Snow became the King in the North after retaking Winterfell from the Boltons.
What excites us most is his alliance with Deanaerius Targareyan who both share a special bond. The ultimate mission for Jon Snow is to prevent the White Walkers from taking over the Seven Kingdoms. This requires him to gain the support of every house in the Seven Kingdoms. The final clash between the White Walkers and Jon Snow will be sure to thrill everyone.
Jaqen H'ghar is one of the most mysterious characters of the Game of Thrones series. He is initially rescued along with two other men by Arya Stark. In return for the favor, he offers to kill 3 people of Arya's choosing. After the deeds were done Arya asks Jaqen to train her to be an assassin and they both reach Braavos.
Jaqen is one of the Faceless Men of Braavos, a feared assassin group who can conceal their faces into the appearance of anyone else. The Faceless Men worship the Many-Faced God of Braavos and Arya was taken in for training. Jaqen always appears to be calm and composed even in the face of danger and uses identity-less speech patterns referring to himself as a third person.
Jaqen mentions that the Faceless Men should not have any identity and are none. They work as hired assassins and serve the Many-Faced God. He appears to be extremely strong and skilled. His calm and composed nature with his supposed invincibility is all very intriguing to the viewers. Although it seems like his role is over, we may see a similar show in the form of Arya.
There are some players who are really good in the 'Game' of Thrones. But no one is as good as Cersei of House Lannister. She is the daughter of Tywin Lannister who is himself a very shrewd and wise person. Cersei has proved time and again that she will do anything if it is to benefit her or her loved ones.
She is also in a forbidden relationship with her brother Jaime Lannister. Jaime was the father of all her children which would make them bastards as she was married to Robert Baratheon. Eddard Stark came to know about this and he was put to death by Cersei when he threatened to reveal it. All she cares about is herself, Jaime and her children.
We earlier saw that most of the Starks were very naive. But in contrast, most of the Lannisters are very shrewd and cunning. Loyalty doesn't mean much as long as it does not favor them. This is especially true of Cersei as she is capable of murder or betrayal for revenge. She blew up the Sept of Baelor and everyone in it for her survival.
Tyrion Lannister is the youngest child of Tywin Lannister and brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. He was born a dwarf and his mom died while giving birth to him. This made his father Tywin bear a grudge against him. He was treated very poorly by his father and sister for his appearance.
Although he may be a dwarf, he is one of the wittiest persons in the Seven Kingdoms. He is very knowledgeable and quick-witted. He is well known for his sexual exploits as well as his intelligence. He was appointed as the Hand of the king but was stripped of the title and imprisoned after being accused of the murder of Joffrey.
He then escaped to Essos with the help of his brother Jaime. But not before he murdered his father and Shae for betraying him. His wisdom and wit were then at the disposal of Daenerys Targareyan. She quickly realized the potential of Tyrion and made him her hand of the Queen.
Tyrion is my favorite character in the series for his wit and sense of humor. There is never a boring moment when he is on screen. His character and wittiness is something which is worth watching. He is the only Lannister who can be considered as trustworthy.
Melisandre is a Red Priestess in the religion of R'hllor, the Lord of Light. She is more famously known as the Red Woman. She was the advisor of Stannis Baratheon and believed that he was the Prince destined to protect the Seven Kingdoms during the long night. She performed various miracles and acts of dark magic for Stannis.
However, after he was killed in the Battle of Winterfell she turned her attention to Jon Snow. After Jon Snow was murdered by the Night's Watch Melisandre brought him back to life. She believed that Jon Snow has a big part to play in the coming war against the White Walkers.
The Red Woman's methods are unconventional and brutal in many cases. People are sacrificed and blood magic is used by her to murder people. She even burnt Stannis' daughter alive on the stake. But some of her predictions are true and there is no denying her power.
Ramsay Bolton is the legitimized bastard son of Roose Bolton, Lord of the Dreadfort. He is one of the most sadistic characters that you can imagine. He derives pleasure from torturing his victims. His famous methods of execution include releasing a prisoner and 'hunting' them like an animal. He then lets the recaptured person be eaten alive by his hounds.
The Boltons were initially loyal to House Stark and Ramsay was ordered to retake Winterfell from Theon Greyjoy. However, he sacked the city and betrayed the Starks. He also took Theon as his prisoner and breaks him to be his loyal servant. His methods of 'training' are so gruesome that it sends shivers down your spine.
Ramsay Bolton is the true villain who makes everyone hate him with his character and acting. He tortured Sansa Stark after they were married and killed Rickon Stark before the Battle of the Bastards to throw Jon Snow off guard. But he was defeated in this battle and got the taste of his own medicine when Sansa fed him to his own hounds.
Queen Margaery Tyrell was the only daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell and Lady Alerie Tyrell. She was also the grandchild of Lady Olenna Tyrell. Olenna Tyrell was very famous and popular for her quick wit and her cutting comments. She was the de facto head of house Tyrell and was very wise. We can say that Margery Tyrell was like a younger version of Olenna.
Margery grew in the footsteps of her grandmother and is also known for her quick wit and shrewdness. She is more than capable of handling herself against Cersei and anyone else in the Seven Kingdoms. She will do anything that needs to be done for her benefit and manipulates others for her good while posing as a righteous person.
The best way to consolidate an alliance is through marriage and Margaery does just that. She was initially married to King Renly Baratheon and after he died she was engaged to King Joffrey. He was however poisoned by her grandmother on their wedding day and ends up marrying Tommen, Joffrey's brother. After she was imprisoned by the Faith she uses her wit to manipulate the high Sparrow to think that she has accepted the Faith to avoid trial. However, she gets blown up along with everyone else in the Great Sept of Baelor by Cersei.
Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand
Prince Oberyn Martell is the younger brother of Doran Martell, the ruling family of Dorne. He is known as the Red Viper of Dorne. He is very passionate and an amazing fighter. His sister Elia Martell was raped and killed by Gregor Clegane under the orders of Tywin Lannister.
So Oberyn wanted to take revenge on the Lannisters for their act. When Tyrion challenged Gregor Clegane to a duel he took his place to fight on his behalf as his champion. Although he had the upper hand, in the beginning, he became complacent and got his skull crushed as a result.
Ellaria Sand was the lover of Prince Oberyn Martell and mother to four of his eight daughters. Both Oberyn and Ellaria are attracted to both men and women. After Oberyn was killed by Gregor Clegane she wanted revenge and murdered Cersei's daughter Myrcella using poison which she delivers using a kiss. Ellaria is finally caught by Euron Greyjoy and is presented to Cersei as a gift. Cersei then uses the same poison on Ellaria's eldest daughter Tyene and locks them both in the dungeons to die.
Petyr Baelish, also known as Little Finger was the Master of Coin on the Small Council during the time of Robert Baratheon and Joffrey. He is one of the most ambitious people in all of the Seven Kingdoms and comes up with a number of schemes to attain power and control.
He has a number of Brothels in King's Landing which he uses as sources of information. He has an excellent network of spies and nothing goes unnoticed. He is also very cunning and does not hesitate to betray anyone for his personal benefit. This can be seen when he betrayed Ned Stark and had him killed.
He also married Lady Lysa Tully to gain control of the Vale and then killed her by pushing her down the moon door. He then tried to gain favor with Sansa. She had initially trusted him as he had helped her escape from King's Landing but soon came to know about his true motives. He was put on trial by Sansa Stark and Arya slit his throat.
Daenerys Targaryen is a fan favorite rivaled only by Jon Snow. She is the youngest child of Aerys II Targaryen and sister to Rhaegar Targaryen and Viserys Targaryen. After Robert Baratheon's Rebellion, she was taken to the Free Cities in exile along with her brother Viserys.
She had a very rough childhood and there were many assassination attempts on her life as well. She was then married to Khal Drogo of the Dothraki by her brother aginst her will. Although she is very timid and submissive at first she slowly starts to become more dominant and confident.
After the death of her husband Khal Drogo, she enters the funeral pyre with her dragon eggs and three dragons hatch out of them and Daenerys remains unhurt. She then acquires the army of the Unsullied and kills their slave masters. She also liberates the city of Astapor and sets all the slaves free. She is seen as a Messiah by the people. She continues to liberate the neighboring cities of all its slaves.
There are a number of situations when she gets captured but she retains her composure and stays confident. She grows in strength with each encounter she faces. And as her dragons grow bigger and stronger, she uses them with deadly efficiency. She also has many loyal advisors such as Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister. She is capable of making sound decisions on her own but is open to their suggestions as well.
Even when she had the means to take King's Landing she does not attack fearing the loss of innocent civilians. She appears to be the ideal Queen for the Seven Kingdoms. After she hears about the White Walkers and the army of the undead from Jon Snow, she vows to help him defend the Seven Kingdoms from the coming attack. She even sacrificed one of her dragons for saving Jon Snow from the White Walkers. It will be the final battle between Daenerys and the White Walkers which will decide the fate of the Seven Kingdoms.
The Night King
The most mysterious character in the Game of Thrones series is the Night King. Very little is actually known about him and his abilities. What we do know is that he is incredibly strong and powerful and commands a huge army of the undead. And he plans on taking over the Seven Kingdoms and killing all living creatures in it.
To understand the Night King we need to know about the White Walkers. They were created by the Children of the Forest in order to protect themselves from the humans who were slaughtering them. They were created by thrusting a piece of dragon glass inside the heart of a human. After a truce between the humans and the White Walkers were made, they moved North and a wall was constructed to prevent them from passing through.
It was the Night King who unified the White Walkers again and is rallying them for one final push against the humans. They are very difficult to kill and can only be harmed by weapons made of dragon glass or Valyrian steel. Although difficult it is possible to kill them. The wights raised by the White Walkers share the same weakness as well.
The Night King seems to be capable of commanding a united army against the humans and he seems to be skilled with his weapons as well as he brought down one of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons (Viserion) with one hit. Now he reincarnated Viserion and brought down the North wall with its fire breath. The Night King is the common enemy of all of mankind and everyone needs to unite to fight him. The stage is now set for the final battle which is to take place between the forces of evil and the humans.
Sources and References:
- Game of Thrones Cast & Crew | HBO Official Site
Browse the full Game of Thrones cast and crew credits for actors by character names from the HBO original program.
- Full list of all Game of Thrones main characters and cast
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- Top 100 Game of Thrones Characters - IGN.com
IGN counts down the Top 100 Game of Thrones characters!
- Game of Thrones Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
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