April 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of popular TV series, Game of Thrones. To celebrate that, we bring you 10 of the most fascinating characters who left unforgettable impressions on viewers. Enjoy!
Game of Thrones is one of the greatest character-and-plot-driven series on TV. Although some central characters were hard done in the end by the showrunners, audience discovered how nested and mazy it is to play the literal game of thrones. Whether among the good guys or bad guys, or maybe even in-between, these characters left an indelible impression on the audience.
10. Joffrey Baratheon
Played by Irish actor Jack Gleeson, King Joffrey Baratheon is about the most resented villain in Game of Thrones. He died in Season 4 of the show, but his death and that of the Night King were the most celebrated deaths by fans.
9. Lord Baelish aka Little Finger
Known for his witty assertions and cunningness, Lord Baelish has one of the most referenced quotes in the show; “Chaos is a ladder.” Along with Tyrion, he was one of those characters who typified the power that wisdom, words, have over swords. His understanding of the literal game of thrones, combined with his craftiness allowed him to outlive many of his peers.
8. Bran Stark
Bran is perhaps, the most complex character in the show. From cripple to magician to king, his journey was highly mysterious. Although audience revere him, we did not quite see the coming of age of his true potentials before the series ended. However, his entire baggage did enough to get him to our list.
7. Sansa Stark
Sansa’s development was quite slow but audience eventually got to see the Sansa that they all wanted and loved. Her greatest moment was when she outsmarted Lord Baelish, alongside sister and much-loved heroine Arya in the finale of season 7.
6. Theon Greyjoy
Oh, Reek! Just like Sansa, it may have taken Theon sometime to appeal to Game of Thrones’ fans. As an Ironborn raised by the Starks, Theon had troubles establishing his identity as a young man but, there never would have been a better timing for his maturity. Theon eventually redeemed himself as a hero when he saved Bran from being killed by the Night King.
5. Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys was the next most popular and beloved character on the show after Jon Snow until the final episode. And, while many fans had far back predicted she would turn on the side of bad, none expected it to unfold and end as quickly as it did. Anyways, even as an eventual villain, she’s considered an in-between as she largely divides opinions among Game of Thrones fans. Poor Danny!
4. Jon Snow
Just like Danny, Jon’s character was sacrificed by the showrunners, although his took a more subtle approach. He quickly matured as a warrior and leader, appealing to fans with his swordsmanship, optimism, and rousing speeches.
3. Lannister Twins (Cersei and Jaime)
Cersei and Jaime may not have been outright fan favourites, but they played towering roles in the show. They both suffered many trials and tribulations simply because they sort protection for their family at all cost. Although Jaime looked like he had found redemption, his undying love for his sister and lover led him back to Cersei, again. In the end they couldn’t escape each other, typified by how they died.
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2. Arya Stark
Arya’s lone ranger-esque journey to actualising her full potential is one of the showrunners’ biggest accomplishments. Her evolution was glorious and satisfied majority of the show’s audience. Also, killing the Night King and Walder Frey may have been her most impactful moments but, there was never a dull moment when the girl with no name was on screen.
1. Tyrion Lannister
Just like Arya, Tyrion was a fan favourite almost throughout the show’s entire running. Although a dwarf, he never let his shortcomings or hate from his father and sister Cersei deter him from living his own life and striving to always make a great difference. What Tyrion lacked in physique he made up for in studying and seeking knowledge and acquiring wisdom. He was ultimately the only surviving Lannister, and deservedly so.
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