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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 GoT universe.

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Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Peter Dinklage
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Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Kit Harington
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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Maisie Williams
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Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Sean Bean
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Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Kristofer Hivju
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Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Liam Cunningham
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Bronn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Jerome Flynn
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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Natalie Zea
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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Emilia Clarke
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Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Kim Mecham added Gwendoline Christie
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Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
carlsennan added Pedro Pascal
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Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Diana Rigg
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Hodor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Kristian Nairn
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Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Boomer Aang added
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Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Iain Glen
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Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
sonof100maniacs added Rose Leslie
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Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Natalie Dormer
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Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
gilgethan added Peter Vaughan
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Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Cerberus added Daniel Portman
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Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Conleth Hill
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Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
AnisAchour added Tom Wlaschiha
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Missandei is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
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Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 'Game Of Thrones' Characters
Richard Madden