I have NOT read the Game of Thrones books. In fact, I have deliberately refrained from even attempting to read them, as much as I would like to, for the simple fact that I want to be ‘surprised’ while watching the show. I want that feeling of NOT knowing what’s around the corner, or behind door ‘3’ if you get my gist. Folks who have read the series just don’t get the same ‘impact’ as the rest us after having watched episodes like ‘The Rains of Castamere’ or the ‘Viper and the Mountain.’
Anyways, we all the know the ‘RULE’ when it comes to Game of Thrones. Don’t attach yourself to anyone because everyone dies, as the joke goes anyways. And the problem is, is that its just sooooo hard NOT to like anyone because there are such rich and fascinating characters throughout the story. So in bucking that trend, of not ‘liking’ anyone in the show, I have gone ahead to pick my official Game of Thrones 6-man [or woman] roster.
Unfortunately, those of you who have already READ the books cannot really participate because you of course, already know who is going to live and who is going to die.
But for those of you, who are like me, and wholly addicted to the television series, here are my favorite six Game of Thrones characters as of season 4, episode 8 [we’ll start a few obvious ones…]
The crowd favorite without a doubt, Tyrion represents what is BEST in the world. Level-headed, intelligent, cunning ‘beyond his height’, fair and just. If he were ever to become King (not a chance but we can dream), the show would be essentially over because there is no doubt he could bring peace to the land as a fair and just King.
One of several love/hate relationships for me in the story, Jamie Lannister ‘King Slayer’ has come a long ways from the big headed, jerk of man to what he is now, a changed person for the most part (except for this lingering infatuation with his sister…ugh!), after his journey back to King’s Landing with Brienne of Tarth.
Jamie is warmer, friendlier, more trustful and seemingly has his eyes ‘opened’ to the evils and injustices of the world.
As one of two last living daughters to the unjustly slain Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell, and Warden of the North, Arya is no doubt (at this point in time anyways), the stronger and more easily tolerable sister of the two. Maybe its because Sansa Stark is so blatantly weak and oblivious to the way of the world around her, because she is definitely an annoyance every time she is on screen. Arya, on the other hand, small, relatively weak, but mentally tough, is a pleasure to watch always. Especially when conversing with her ‘captor/traveling companion’ The Hound.
Brienne of Tarth
The giant and noble female warrior known as Brienne of Tarth, won me over in the first moments onscreen. Trust-worthy, strong (especially for a woman in the Game of Thrones world), and a warrior unafraid of taking on a group of ruffians without hesitation, she is one of the few bright shining beacons of hope throughout the story. And, equally important, a major factor in the change in Jamie Lannister.
Now for some of my NOT so usual suspects…
Like Jamie Lannister, I disliked The Hound profusely, opting for Tyrion’s man Bronn, when the two were about to square off earlier in the show. But like Jamie, I started to come around to The Hound, after he parted ways with nut job Joffrey and got on the road with Arya Stark, which has turned into nothing but fun to watch. The conversations and situations Arya and The Hound find themselves episode after episode is fantastic.
Probably the most controversial of my picks and one certain to draw some jeers and hisses – Ramsay Snow (or Bolton after last week’s episode)
Ramsay Bolton is a psychopath. In today’s world, he would be considered an unstable and deranged serial killer. He is dangerous, unpredictable and crazy beyond anything you see on the show, and that’s saying something. And, for me, is one of the stronger, survivable characters in the show.
Alas, Prince Oberyn, a new comer to this season’s show and already a huge favorite of mine until ‘The Viper and the Mountain’. For me, Prince Oberyn, was a man who was unafraid of any in King’s Landing, and yet all knew of the history between his people and that of the Lannisters.
Mind sharing your top six below?
There you go. I have done what many said NOT to do and that’s fall in love with a character in Game of Thrones, because as my friends sarcastically put it, EVERYONE DIES! But let’s have a bit of phone (plus, I’m curious), but if you don’t mind, rattle off your top 5 or 6 Game of Thrones characters in the comments below. I would love to see your roster!