The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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List of the best, most interesting characters from HBO's "Game of Thrones" series. Though the complicated study of power dynamics in the fantasy kingdom of Westeros may not have too many identifiable or even sympathetic lead characters, it has nonetheless produced a wide variety of compelling, entertaining and outsized personalities, from the brutal boy king Joffrey Baratheon to his diminutive but ingenious cousin Tyrion Lannister to their rivals, the Stark family of Winterfell and the "Mother of Dragons," Daenerys Targaryen. But which characters are the true fan favorites, providing the most memorable moments and unexpected plot twists?

HBO's "Game of Thrones" show is based on the "Song of Ice and Fire" cycle of novels by fantasy author George R. R. Martin. That series - like the TV version - takes place in a medieval fantasy world, on two continents known as Westeros and Essos. The first novel in the series, also called "Game of Thrones," was published in August of 1996. This book introduced the basic narrative which would unfold over the course of the rest of the series, concerning which family would claim the Iron Throne of Westeros following the death of King Robert Baratheon. (Prior to Robert's rule, the Targaryen family had controlled the throne - and united the Kingdom of Westeros - for several generations.)

Martin has said that the series was partially based on the real "War of the Roses" that engulfed England in civil war in the 15th Century. Those conflicts concerned a rivalry between the houses of Lancaster and York, whose names clearly provided inspiration for the rival families of Lannister and Stark in the "Game of Thrones" universe.

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    Peter Dinklage

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    Maisie Williams

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    Kit Harington

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    Sean Bean

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    Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters


    Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke

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    Jerome Flynn

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    Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters


    Jamie Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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    Liam Cunningham

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    Conleth Hill

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    Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer

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    Richard Madden

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    Jorah Mormont Iain Glen

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    Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters


    Tywin Lannister Charles Dance

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    Natalie Zea

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    Kristian Nairn

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    Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters


    Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

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    Sophie Turner

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    Aidan Gillen

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    Pedro Pascal

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    Lena Headey

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    Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters


    Bran Stark Isaac Hempstead-Wright

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    Ian McElhinney

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    Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Lyanna Mormont

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    Daniel Portman

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    Joe Dempsie

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    James Cosmo

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    Michelle Fairley

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    Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Olenna Tyrell Diana Rigg

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    Osha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters


    Osha Natalia Tena

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    Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Maester Aemon

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    Missandei is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Missandei

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    Rose Leslie

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    Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Nymeria

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    Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Grey Worm

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    Kristofer Hivju

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    Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Stannis Baratheon Stephen Dillane

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    Mark Addy

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    Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Melisandre Carice van Houten

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    Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

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    Drogon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Drogon

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    Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters


    Asha Greyjoy Gemma Whelan

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    Joseph Mawle

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    Maester Luwin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Maester Luwin

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    Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Theon Greyjoy Alfie Allen

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    Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

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    Renly Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters


    Renly Baratheon Gethin Anthony

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    Dragons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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    Dragons

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