A Definitive Ranking Of The 10 Best Game Of Thrones Characters

No arguments, now

With over 100 characters spread over five seasons - with the sixth on its way this month - picking your favourite Westerosi is no easy task.

We did it anyway.

Behold: the indisputable top ten best players from all corners of the seven kingdoms. (Spoilers ahoy, obviously.)

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10 – Daenerys Targaryen

During seasons 1-3 when Dani was evolving from meek princess into Mother Of Motherf***ing Dragons, she was the best thing in Game Of Thrones. But since arriving in Meereen she hasn't done much besides sit on some cold-looking steps humouring peasants and making the odd political blunder that her dwindling crew of body guards have to sort out. Let's hope being back among the Dothraki helps the Khaleesi rediscover her pep this season.

9 - Margaery Tyrell

It's hard to think of the shrewder player of the game than the Queen (even if she is currently in chains), having seamlessly shifted alliance from Renly Baratheon to the Lannisters then taming a psychotic King (and then his meeker young brother) in an unstoppable rise to power. She is also the only character in the entire of Game Of Thrones - other than maybe Dani - who gives a shit about the poor, so y'know, kudos for that.

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8 - Theon / Reek

No character in Game Of Thrones has gone through quite as much change as the Eunuch of the Iron Islands, and we're not just talking about his anatomy. From cocky prince to sniveling wreck all by way of fateful hubris, poor old Theon is the great cautionary tale of the show and it is never less than (grimly) fascinating to see what happens to him next.

7 – Cersei Lannister

It's hard to know how much to hate Cersi, which is a testament not only to the show's writing but Lena Headey's nuanced performance as the conniving Queen regent whose agenda you can never quite read. We've felt just about everything towards Cersi at some point - from anger to pity to fear - which probably speaks for itself.

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​6 –Oberyn Martell

Our biggest man crush in Game Of Thrones to date, the noble, charming libertine of Dorne stole every one of his too few scenes. He also had the coolest fighting style – best described as a 'swirly stick dance' – of any warrior in the seven kingdoms. His showdown with The Mountain remains the greatest Game Of Thrones scene ever.

5 - Bronn

In a world of relentless power plays and hidden agendas, all this sellsword needs to be happy is a mug of ale, a brothel to lie in and the chance to kill someone now and then. He is the show's happy-go-lucky charmer and much-needed light relief, but there's just enough depth and wisdom there to stop him being silly. Three word: please don't die.

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4 - The Hound

Has there been a more poignant death than Sandor Clegane's pitiful rage against the dying light at the end of season 4? We doubt it. The big man had one-liners as brutal as his broadsword and just enough heart peeking through the armour to mean you cared. There is no character we miss more.

3 – Tyrion Lannister

Someone once wisely observed that Peter Dinklage can portray more emotions with his eyebrows than most actors can with their entire bodies. Yes, as well as having the best lines, Tyrion has comfortably the most talented actor on cast portraying him. The Half Man is the character that gives Game Of Thrones dramatic substance and that makes him – not that we wish to tempt fate here – probably the only un-killable person in the show.

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2 – Joffrey Baratheon

It is hard to think of a better TV villain than the sadistic boy king portrayed so brilliantly by Jack Gleeson, whose reported decision to leave acting at a young age is a tragedy for the profession. Awful in every conceivable way and yet utterly compelling, when Joffrey finally met his demise it was the most satisfying moment in the show – until it dawned on you we'd never get to see him snarl at anyone ever again.

1 - Arya Stark

Even in the beginning, when she was just a little terrier running around Ned's feet, Arya was the best. Most of the credit has to go to Maisie Williams who has taken this funny, brave character and given us a host of brilliant moments, including that spontaneous laugh at the Eyrie and her inscrutable reaction to The Hound's death. She is best Stark by far, and if anyone ever does eventually end up winning the game of thrones, we hope it is somehow her.

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