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Last month Loren Rossen talked a little bit about The Best Characters in A Song of Ice and Fire. He based his opinions on the book series, which I’ve begun reading but have not even come close to completing (I’m still in the first volume; I really need to get my own copies!), but I’ll be basing my opinions here on the TV series Game of Thrones. The list below isn’t exactly in order since I probably feel the same about final six characters. They could be swapped out and put into any order. The first four are definitely my favorites though.
Tyrion Lannister is without a doubt my favorite character on the show. He’s quick-witted and funny. What’s more is that he seems to possess a certain integrity that the rest of his family lacks. He seems much stronger on the show than in the book, which I like since it doesn’t make me think he’s whining too much.
Jon Snow is my favorite of the Stark kids. Sure, he’s a bastard who doesn’t have his father’s surname, but he’s as loyal to his family as any of the true-born children, more so actually. He has all the honor of his father and it would seem all the courage as well.
I couldn’t think of a better protagonist than Ned Stark. He’s as stoic as they come and it seems that his every word and action is carefully measured. This is what made his false confession of treason all the more surprising. I get why he did it, but I wish that he didn’t!
Bronn is probably the second funniest character on the show next to Tyrion. He’s Tyrion’s unlikely champion and when accused of fighting without honor he admits it and then points to the man he’s just killed and says, “He fought with honor.” How can you not love that?
At first I didn’t like Robb. I thought he was a bit of a douche. But seeing how he rallied the troops and went to war once his father was imprisoned me me like him much better. I thought the scene in the season finale where his bannermen pledge their fealty to him was one of the best of the season.
Jorah seems like an unlikely character to be anyone’s favorite, but there’s a certain hope amidst his sadness that I find appealing. He was exiled from his home for slaving yet he manages to exhibit great honor and his devotion to Daenerys Targaryen.
I like Arya for so many reasons. She’s almost definitely the most interesting of the Stark kids. She’s a tomboy for sure, who is better at archery and swordplay then her brother Brann, but she’s honest and forthright in situations where it would be better for her not to be. She fears things like anyone else but that doesn’t keep her from doing what she has to do to survive..
Syrio offered quite a bit of comic relief as well as the above-mentioned characters. Anyone who’s able to take out half a dozen Lannister goons with a wooden sword is okay in my book. He reminds me of one of the Three Muskateers or a really feisty chihuahua with a Napolean complex. I can’t decide which..
I’m waiting to find out more about Theon’s back-story, and I can’t quite bring myself to trust him, but that’s what I like about him. On the one hand he seems absolutely loyal to the Starks, but on the other he seems like he’s plotting some kind of revenge. I’m excited to see what happens with him in future seasons.
This is another unlikely character to be someone’s favorite. What I appreciate so much about this particular Mormont is his leadership. A perfect case in point is in the way he gets Jon to honor his vows and march off to war against the White Walkers and the other things beyond the Wall. I can’t think of another character, save Ned Stark, who could have convinced Jon to do this. He’s the perfect person to command the Knight’s Watch.
And let me just say that I really appreciate the decision to cast all the Stark children a couple of years older than they are in the book. Let me also say that the casting of the Lannisters (all of them) was perfect. I hate them all (save Tyrion) as much as I imagine is possible. When characters can evoke that kind of reaction then you know they’ve done something right.