Total Nerd Comparing Characters: Season One vs. Season Six  

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The Raven has brought you the latest Game of Thrones list and it’s full of SPOILERS! 

Season six of Game of Thrones sees the evolution of many main characters. After many wars, assassinations, and savagings, our characters are wiser and tougher. If they’re still alive that is. Just about every character has been touched by the events of five seasons, except for maybe Littlefinger. That guy’s teflon. 

Sansa has gone from puppy love to having a PhD in sadomasochistic matrimony. She’s survived the brutality of Joffrey and Ramsay Bolton and still have to contend with Petyr Baelish’s weird obsession with her. But one thing’s for certain, she’ll never pick up a Westeros Tiger Beat again. Arya was always a tomboy, but she’s graduated to assasin status as she finishes up her training as a Faceless Man and ticks more names off her list. Forget long winters filled with White Walkers, Arya is coming for you, Cersei. 

Bran has grown up, ready to seer his way through the mysteries of the Seven Kingdoms. He’s a solid sidekick to maester-in-the-making and fellow sleuth Sam. And what of Tyrion? Our wine-swilling, whore-loving Half Man has grown more serious, having secured a spot on Dany’s side of the world. His wisdom is certainly valuable to anyone wishing to sit on the Iron Throne.

From season one of Game of Thrones to season six, who’s had the most dramatic transformation? Let’s ask the Three-Eyed Raven, shall we.  


Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Comparing Characters: Season One vs. Season Six
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Season One: Sansa is a lovestruck pre-teen when we meet her, cooing over Joffrey, hoping for true love, and a fairytale life. But soon, as Cersei turns on Eddard, Sansa finds out pretty quickly just how cruel the world truly is when she is forced to witness her father’s beheading. She becomes Joffrey’s prisoner to torment and torture. 

Season Six:
By now, Sansa knows what the world is, having been matched to two different psychopaths in the South and the North. Her wedding night rape by Ramsay Bolton spurs Reek into finding his inner Theon and helping Sansa escape the prison that has become Winterfell. Season Six sees Sansa fully aware of the dangers of this world and the BS men say. She’ll shed some of her dependence on male figures and find a place to make her own stand. 

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Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Comparing Characters: Season One vs. Season Six
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Season One: Bran is a happy young lad of 10, content to train with his brothers at various skills and scale the walls and towers of Winterfell. On one fateful climb, Bran sees Cersei and Jaime having sex in a tower. At the behest of Cersei, Jaime pushes him out the window, hoping to kill the boy. Bran lives, but remains paralyzed. He’s saved from an assassination attempt by his mother as well as his direwolf Summer. Bran begins to have visions of following a raven, and running through the woods as Summer. 

Season Six:
Bran has sharpened his warging skills and has grown a couple more feet into a fine young man. Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, hasn’t been on the series since the end of Season Four. He’s spent his time coming into his full seer powers at the tutelage of the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) like a young Luke training with Yoda, if you like mashing your favorite things together. Bran's mission in Season Six is to play detective and provide viewers with clues from the past, present, and future regarding the Seven Kingdoms. Hempstead-Wright calls his role in season six “Inception-y.” Old Nan would be proud. 

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Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Comparing Characters: Season One vs. Season Six
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Season One: As ward of Ned Stark, Greyjoy started out innocently enough, considering he’s the spoils of war and a hostage as a result of King Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark’s war on the Iron Islands. Theon has grown up with the Stark children and was considered part of the family, but something dark was brewing within the young, insecure ward. 

Season Six:
After Theon’s betrayal of the Starks and failure to outshine his sister Asha/Yara in his father’s eyes, Theon ends up in the sadistic hands of Roose Bolton’s bastard son Ramsay Snow. The ambitious Snow betrays Theon, takes Winterfell for himself, secures a title and legitimacy in his father’s house, and castrates Theon. Ramsay tortures Theon into becoming Reek, this world’s version of a Manchurian Candidate. Theon is so beaten down, it’s hard to believe his mind is retrievable. It’s when Ramsay takes Sansa as a bride and rapes her on their wedding night in front of Reek, that Theon begins to emerge again. 

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Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Comparing Characters: Season One vs. Season Six
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Season One: Beloved by Ned, scorned by Catelyn, Jon was destined to live in the shadows at Winterfell as a bastard. But after taking the Black, Snow finds a place where his birth status doesn’t matter. His relief is short-lived as he sees another part of the Seven Kingdoms, and the unfair brutality of Alliser Thorne. 

Season Six:
Before he can take on the real threat beyond the Wall, Lord Commander Jon Snow has to face off with his own men after showing mercy to wildling leader Mance Rayder and proposing an alliance with the Free Folk to fight the White Walkers. Season five ended with Snow being attacked by his men, with Thorne sinking the dagger in deep. Snow is feared dead. 

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