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1) Jaime Lannister. The best character arc in the series. Towards the end, I got the sense, that why he did some very bad things, he was easily one of themost honourable men in the whole series despite being a 'bad guy'.

2) Arya Stark. A very developed character, who has been consistently one of my favourites in the show. Basically goes from a child to a fully realised D&D character by the end of it. Now she is regaining her humainity, easily 2nd place.

3) Jorah Mormont. Good old, Jorah, blindfully honourable and stillan ex slaver and a betrayer initially of Dany. Like the two above, a talented actor, who showcases a lot of emotion, I beleive in his character and has some good action scenes.

4) Tywin Lannister.You honestly beleived that this guy was the most powerful and probably the most intelligent and driven character in the realm. His scenes with Arya fully showed the depth of his character as being someone who probably would have loved ot have been a good parent, if he wasnt so scared of becoming like his own father. Limited time in the series, but he made an impact.

5th place could be either Dany or Sansa. Sansa is a stronger character now, whilst Dany is largely built by her relationships with the dragons.

Worst character

10) Euron. He's not a character. He's an oddity. Walder Frey, Ramsay Bolton, Joffrey - made me feel something. Euron just wanted me to have his scene over with.





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For a top four its hard not to go straight Lannister. They are all excellent actors playing nuanced character and were well written. Tywin, Tyrion, Cersei and Jaimie.




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1. Arya Stark - Maisie Williams played her with convincing tomboy sass from the start - bowing after her bullseye over Bran and flicking food on Sansa. She had wonderful chemistry training with Syrio Forrel, lost her father in perhaps the most shocking scene in the series, had some great comic moments with Gendry and Hot Pie, played Jaqen H'ghar by naming himself, brought out the most kindness and empathy we ever see from Tywin Lannister, helped the Hound get his chicken, killed the Waif, wiped out House Frey, and iced the Night King. What a rich character arc.

2. Tyrion Lannister - the later seasons have not treated Tyrion kindly, but he was so stellar a character the first 4 seasons, he's still near the top. No other character has had better dialogue in the series.

3. Jaime Lannister - Jaime went from easy villain to complex soul. He was pained by those who disdained him as an oath breaker even though he did the right thing by killing the Mad King and he became a knight who sought honor inspired by Brienne.

4. Tywin Lannister - Charles Dance was one of the best actors on the show. He always owned the room. Tywin was absolutely ruthless, but rarely intentionally evil. Himself one of the most intelligent characters on the show, he recognized Tyrion's talents and made him temporary Hand of the King.

5. Ygritte - Rose Leslie, more so than Kit Harrington, sold the show's best romance. Jon should be disappointed in Dany after having been with Ygritte. Her wildling amazement at a broken windmill is a joy to watch.

6. Brienne of Tarth - the character was the embodiment of a woman in a man's world but Gwendoline Christie never made this theme feel didactic. From her thrashing Loras, being marveled at by Olenna, edging the Hound in one of the most brutal fights in the series, protecting Sansa, and redeeming Jaime, Brienne is an amazing character.

7. Olenna Tyrell - after Tyrion, she had the best lines on the show. Diana Rigg has never been better.

8. Eddard "Ned" Stark - the show's first protagonist who was too honorable for his own good.

9. Sandor Clegane - most characters dismissed the Hound as a mere brute and while that's what he was on the surface, he proved to be quite the protector when it mattered. His scenes with Arya are some of the best in the series.

10. Margaery Tyrell - she was the subtle manipulator taught well by grandmother Olenna, but she was a manipulator for the good. In every scene, Margaery is smarter than she lets on. She outwits Cersei while Joffrey and Tommen are putty in her hands. Her scenes with Sansa in King's Landing are masterful.

Undervalued: Catelyn Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Missandei, Ros

Worst: Among major characters, Euron Greyjoy was the worst, but Septa Unella was pretty annoying too. Also disappointing were Doran Martell and Ellaria Sand

On a side note, I just saw Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) on Broadway in "King Lear." He was just okay there playing the villain, but my daughter got to chat and take pictures with him afterward.





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I think Walder Frey and Roose Bolton deserve top mention too. They were villains you loved to hate. Joffrey and Ramsay - you just wanted them dead asap so we never had to bear their sadism again.




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Bk Ray

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Tyrion had excellent dialogue and scenes, which unfortantly has lost a lot in the last couple of seasons.

Tywin has almost been saved due to his death. I dread to think what his dialogue would be like now.

''Hey, you guys. Let's all kick some northern butts for the goodness of the realm''





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christian


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Well, I guess it depends on how you define your favorite characters. Is it characters you love because in some way they speak to you, and you're rooting for them? Or is it because the particular actor was so good in the role, that they really brought him/her to life? I tend to lean towards the latter, so...

1. Tywin Lannister. Charles Dance was flawless in the role. A man so imperious, so intimidating...just perfect. It's a testament to his performance that I looked forward to him having a showdown with just about everyone in the cast. As fitting as his death was, the show was so much less without him.

2. Tyrion Lannister. The only reason he's not number one is that his character has diminished in value ever since he became Danerys' Hand. But, before that he was the star of the show (to me). Great dialogue, delivered perfectly, and a layered character who I could root for, even when he was doing slimy things.

3. Joffrey Lannister. People may say, 'You liked HIM??' And no, I hated him. Couldn't wait for him to get his due. But, that's the sign of a superior actor. A performance that is so convincing, that the viewing public responds exactly as intended. With loathing and hostility. And that face. Jack Gleeson should be pictured in Merriam-Webster next to the word 'sneer.'

4. Lady Olenna. Next to Tyrion, the best lines on the show. I really, really wanted her to make it to the end, somehow standing victorious alongside whoever sat on the throne. I couldn't stand how easily her family was dispatched, and by Cersei of all people.

Honorable mention goes to Natalie Dormer. Not the most physically beautiful actress on the show. But, my God, she was ten times sexier than her nearest competition. She'd be my queen.

And the worst for me would be Bran Stark. I was bored watching almost everything he did. I know his character was pivotal, but it was all so very boring. His entire entourage was dull. Hodor, the swamp siblings...ugh.


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