Top 5 characters from A Song of Ice and Fire!

Welcome to the first ever top 5 list on this site! Thank you so much for checking it out! Read the topic, make your list and jump in using the comments section!

Today’s top 5 list will be your favorite characters from A Song of Ice and Fire, which we will just refer to as Game of Thrones from here on out. In this world, Lords and Ladies of the six major houses of Westros  battle for supremacy of the Iron Throne. But there is so much more going on in the world around them, and most of them are blind to it. Others attack in the North and there are whispers of a Queen of Dragons to the East. HBO has created a TV series off the books authored by George RR Martin and it has become wildly successful, so for today we will discuss our favorite characters from the series. Good news too, because there are over 300 of them! So get thinking! I also think it would help if you include whether you have only read the books, only seen the show, or have read the books AND seen the show. Here are two lists to put ideas in your head…

First, let me introduce today’s guest lister. Andrea Fromm is a high school English teacher in Chicago, Il. She is a dear friend of mine and certainly on the nerdy side. She has a wonderful blog about being a women in the world of nerds that spans from Game of Thrones to World of Warcraft to the feminism of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You can find her blog here: Andrea has read the books as well as watched the show.

Without any further delay, let’s get to the lists. Here is what Andrea writes:

Oh frak, this was TOUGH.

1. Arya Stark

Arya is the truest (surviving) Stark. What I enjoy about her character is that she transforms from the someday-to-be lady to survivor-warrior-observer-master of death. While I would love to place her on a feminist pedestal, I won’t because she defies gender roles all together and that is way better. She is clever, insightful, powerful, and infinitely capable. Her age provides her a sense of innocence, yet her desire for vengeance drives her every action. She is a small person and removed from the game of thrones, removed from the sight of others, and yet will undoubtedly determine the future of her homeland. There are many characters whose fate I am dying to know, but I know Arya’s will be special and likely not what I expect.

Arya Stark

2. Tyrion Lannister. 

The Imp. Um, do I need to explain? As an English teacher, Tyrion is a phenomenal character to study. He is not a good man, he is not an evil man. He is a Lannister and therefore receives our wrath, deservedly at times, yet kicks Joffrey in the nads and makes decisions for the common folk and the realm and he’s just hilarious. And brilliant. Anyone who talks at length about how good books are for the mind gets my vote for president of the world. I enjoy almost everything about his character: the physical appearance which contributes to his hated place in the world, his intelligence, his vulnerability and need for love, his honesty. I mean, I could gush about him all day. He is never righteous or arrogant or prideful because he has never been permitted those things. He is conniving, superior, and cut-throat. Take those bitches down Tyrion.

Tyrion Lannister

3. Daenerys Targaryen

Mother of dragons. In the game of thrones, Daenerys’ claim is in all honestly just as bogus as everyone else’s. What Daenerys does is earn the right to be called Queen. She survives, loves, learns, nurtures, cares, and is ambitious. I respect the journey she takes to grow beyond her name and into a force to be reckoned with. Her ability to both love and dominate those who would push her down is what makes her worthy of my vote for Queen of Westeros. Daenerys Targaryen: Mother of Dragons for 2012.

Daenerys Targaryen

4. Jon Snow

Jon, the bastard. I think I like Jon maybe just because he’s super smart. He is generally a good decision maker and I respect that a lot. He is principled, has interesting life experiences to draw from, and a logical head on his shoulders. He does what is best, not popular, and is totally right but doesn’t bash his ahead against the idiots who don’t like him. I want so much for Jon and am so concerned about him that I can’t even think about it! (HBO Jon Snow sucks, by the way).

Jon Snow

5. Davos Seaworth

The Onion Knight. Davos, like Jon, is just a dude who knows what he’s doing. Does he know how to Lord about? Nah, and nor does he really try. He speaks his mind and is a practical guy. I appreciate his loyalty and while questionably placed in Stannis, it’s super honorable. He is such a good man and would totally be on my GoT fantasy team as he would smuggle me into some sneaky ports and WHAM. I appreciate his character’s existence so much because of his commonality. He has a perspective in the game that no one else does because Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies could really give a dragon’s butt what the common folk think or know or feel.

Davos Seaworth

Who didn’t make the list: Jaimie Lannister

Here is my top 5 favorite characters in A Game of Thrones. I have read all the books and seen all the episodes of the show:

1.Tyrion Lannister

Perhaps the character that has grown the most, or perhaps has just been let out of his shell since the first time we see him. He discovers that he can not only play the Game of Thrones with the big boys, but that he is good at it. And that he loves it. The Game of Thrones is as much a war in books and ravens notes as it is men fighting, and that part Tyrion excels at. Tyrion suffers from some daddy issues (as all Lannisters seem to with Tywin as their father) and that seems to propel a lot of his motives. In the show, whenever he interacts with Bronn it’s a real treat. The scenes with him and Cersei are just as good. Tyrion holds the title of my favorite book chapters as well as my favorite person to watch.

2. Arya Stark

Young little Arya. She might be the biggest bad ass in the whole saga. Through Arya, you get to see the determination to break free from stereotypes that are set on her from birth. She doesn’t want to be a lady, she wants to use needle. Arya also has some of the coolest people around her that help her: Gendry, Syrio, Jaqen H’ghar, and the nameless man. Probably my favorite liberty the show took with the books was having Arya serve as Tywin’s cup bearer and not Roose Bolton’s. The scenes with Tywin and Arya were captivating…and I honestly believe that in those moments, Tywin loved Arya more than he loved his own children.

Arya Stark

3. Jaime Lannister

Jaime Lannister is probably the most hated character by fans (or his son, Joffery) and probably the most misunderstood. When he throws little 10 year old Bran out the window, he says, “The things I do for love…” I think everything Jaime has ever done can be categorized into two things: Either it’s for Love (and yes, he loves his sister…that happens in this world. It is something we despise in our world, but in their world it is not the worst thing that happens. The reason why it’s a HUGE deal for the Lannisters is because Cersei’s kids would not have a claim to the throne if they are not Robert Baratheon’s children) or it is to remove himself from the game completely. Jaime is truly the one character we follow that at no point wants power. I would go so far as to say he despises the game of thrones. He forsakes his birthright and his father’s love to become a member of the kingsgaurd, but that’s no never mind to him. I honestly believe if Cersei could give up the game, Jaime would be happy to move into the country with her and live quietly and never make a peep.  As it is, he is a crucial piece in a game he wants no part of, and that to me is fascinating. His arrogance and “I don’t give one shit” attitude flies in face of what we as readers want to believe…that everyone should want to be on the throne, or at least have a dog in the fight. Jaime breaks that rule.

Jaime Lannister

4. Petyr Baelish

Baelish is the brothel owner who is the treasurer of the realm. I wanted to put either him or Varys on the list, and Balish won. Like Davos, Baelish started out low on the scale of lords…which is to say he wasn’t a lord at all. He fought, connived, and eventually earned his spot among lords. Baelish deals in the business of secrets. Like Varys, his plans and life depend on the fact that he knows more information than the next guy, and knows it before anyone else. However, where Varys gets his information from his “little birds”, Baelish gets his from his whores. I think at the end of all of this, Petyr Baelish will have an opportunity to take the Iron Throne. Whether he recognizes his time to strike, or has the guts to take his chance, remains to be seen. But so far he has executed his master plan flawlessly and it will be interesting to see where he comes out when the Game is decided.

Petyr Baelish

5. Jon Snow

The ice in the Song of Ice and Fire, Jon is probably the most important character (tied with Dany) in the entire story. I could not be more concerned for him, but I think he has people looking out for him. Everything Andrea says about him I agree with, but I don’t think the show portrays him negatively to the point where he “sucks”. I think he is learning, he is fighting, and he is heeding the advice of people around him. Mormont tells him in the first episode that he is going to lead someday, and I think Jon takes that to heart. He starts to observe a lot more. He starts to pay attention and not jump to rash actions. He will need all of that if he is to become the leader of the Wall.

Join in on the discussion! Who makes your top 5? Make sure to add whether you have just seen the show or read the books!

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  1. 5. Bronn/ the Hound
    4. Theon Greyjoy
    3. Ned Stark
    2. Khal Drogo
    1. Jaime Lanister

    I have not read the books, although I hear great things… I’m sure my list would differ if I had.

  2. Reblogged this on thetop5five and commented:

    Well, it is the end of the year, so I figured we could revisit some of the best lists this site produced over the past year. We may as well start with the begging!


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