Without exaggeration, “Game of Thrones” can be called one of the best and most iconic TV series of the XXI century. Most likely, the “secret ingredient” is directly related to a well-thought-out plot, bright and charismatic characters, as well as beautiful locations in which the shooting was carried out.
It is especially interesting to watch how this or that character changes over time and storyline.
Some of the characters have had such challenges, no wonder they have changed so much.
- 10. Gwendoline Christie / Brienne Tart
- 9. Alfie Allen / Theon Greyjoy
- 8. Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister
- 7.Nicholas Coster-Waldau / Jaime Lannister
- 6.Lina Headey / Cersei Lannister
- 5. Maisie Williams / Arya Stark
- 4. Sophie Turner / Sansa Stark
- 3. Isaac Hampstead-Wright / Bran Stark
- 2. Kit Harington / Jon Snow
- 1. Emilia Clarke / Daenerys Targaryen
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10. Gwendoline Christie / Brienne Tart
Brienne of Tart knew from childhood that she did not want to be a lady. She was drawn to take armor, a shield and a sword to go and fight for the honor of the country and her home. She dreamed of serving under her beloved Renly Baratheon.
But after the death of her beloved, Brienne cares only for one thought, and that is revenge. She swears allegiance to Catelyn Stark and sets off on a long journey with the captive Jaime Lannister.
Neither she nor Jaime could have imagined what a huge boost this journey would give their future relationship. She is one of the few who can understand the feelings and soul of the Regicide.
In the course of battles and battles, her blade will only become sharper, and her skills – better. And after several seasons, the former prisoner will become so mentally close to her that Brienne will fight next to him in the main battle of the entire series – against the White Walkers.
9. Alfie Allen / Theon Greyjoy
Theon Greyjoy was very unlucky in life. When Balon Greyjoy raised an unsuccessful rebellion, he gave his son almost prisoner to the Stark family.
Since the Starks are a noble family, they raised and received Theon as a guest and, although he served the Starks, the family members treated him warmly.
During the War of the Five Kings, the younger Greyjoy faces a difficult choice. He needs to understand who his real father is: Balon, who almost gave him up as a prisoner, or Ned Stark, who always treated Theon with dignity and raised him on an equal basis with his children.
Theon paid dearly for the betrayal of Ned Stark’s son. Due to the trials that fell to his lot, Theon’s character and personality were completely broken. But he managed to atone for his mistakes before his death, fighting for the Starks in the battle with the White Walkers.
8. Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister
Tyrion is one of the brightest and most interesting characters in Game of Thrones. Despite a difficult childhood, the dislike of his father and sister, Tyrion has not lost his charm, sharp mind and sense of humor. It is difficult to be a dwarf, special in a family of noble family.
In whatever troubles he intervened. The younger Lannister was taken prisoner, they fought for him on ships-duels, his own sister tried to kill him and much more.
But Tyrion’s keen and clear mind served him well. He not only managed to survive in the unsuccessful trial for Tyrion that ended in a duel, but also to escape from the wrath of Queen Cersei and become the new hand of the new queen, that is, Daenerys.
7.Nicholas Coster-Waldau / Jaime Lannister
According to the first episodes, the opinion about Jame Lannister is quite definite and unambiguous. He is self-centered, narcissistic and loves his sister very much.
But as the plot progresses, it becomes clear that Jaime is actually a sincere and loyal person. Both to your words and to your loved ones.
His character is revealed through communication with Brienne Tart, who, as a prisoner, must take him to the capital and exchange for the Stark girls.
But during the journey, both Brienne and Jaime unknowingly open up to each other and thus become closer. Through the eyes of Brienne, the viewer understands that for the sake of loved ones, Queen Cersei’s brother is ready to perform noble and honest deeds.
6. Lena Headey / Cersei Lannister
Queen Cersei is a cold and heartless bitch. This is how most fans see her. This is not entirely true.
Cersei feels incredibly vulnerable in this world. She is married to her unloved husband and with children from her brother Jaime. If someone finds out that her children are the illegitimate heirs of the king, they will simply be killed.
Cersei loves her children so much that she is ready to literally do anything for them, even personally cut the throats of her enemies. In maternal feelings, she does not hold, in this she even somewhat resembles Catelyn Stark.
The loss of children one after another awakens inhuman cruelty in Cersei’s soul, which only sweet revenge can calm down.
5. Maisie Williams / Arya Stark
Tomboy Arya since childhood proved with all her behavior that she will not become Lady Winterfell. Instead of dolls and sewing, she was interested in fighting and fencing lessons.
When her father was executed, the girl went on a long journey, during which she had a chance to encounter a variety of fellow travelers.
Early on she had to taste the smell of the first murder. But it was this that pushed Arya to the path to which she always aspired.
The trials hardened and strengthened her faith in herself and in her actions. Perhaps it was all this that helped her take revenge on the enemies of her family, as well as kill the head of the White Walkers, the King of the Night.
4. Sophie Turner / Sansa Stark
The eldest daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark Sansa has always been a fragile and gentle nature. Unlike Arya, she dreamed of marrying Prince Joffrey, giving birth to many children and becoming a real lady.
But the girl’s bright dreams were not destined to come true. Her father was executed, and Joffrey turned out to be a real moral sadist. He made Sansa suffer in every possible way, both psychologically and physically.
When the girl manages to escape, she is married off to Ramsay Bolton, and then she realizes that Joffrey’s cruelty was only flowers. After all the suffering endured, the character of Ned Stark’s eldest daughter has changed a lot, became tougher and more severe.
3. Isaac Hampstead-Wright / Bran Stark
Young Brandan Stark did not even know how his life would change after Jaime Lannister threw him out of a high window.
His life has not only changed, no, it has become different. The 10-year-old lord not only became a cripple for life, but also discovered the abilities of a warg, a person who is able to transfer consciousness into the body of an animal and control it.
And the dreams in which Bran is haunted by a three-eyed raven are not accidental. It seems that the great role of the sage will pass to him.
2. Kit Harington / Jon Snow
One of the most positive and true to his word heroes. First appears before the audience as the bastard of Lord Winterfell Eddard Stark.
For the sake of romantic dreams, he decides to join the Night Watch. But the harsh life of a sentinel on the Wall turns out to be full of difficulties and trials. John goes the same difficult path as Daenerys.
First, the life of a bastard, then the service on the Wall, life with the free people on the other side of the Wall, betrayal, death. And after death and resurrection, it’s time to become the king of the North.
1. Emilia Clarke / Daenerys Targaryen
The viewer met Daenerys when she was just a young girl, one of the last representatives of the Targaryen dynasty, which ruled Westeros for many centuries.
The brother Viserys gave his sister in marriage to the mighty khal Drogo in exchange for help in conquering the Iron Throne. The fate of young Daenerys promised to be very unremarkable. After the death of her husband and brother, she decides to take fate into her own hands, collecting the remains of the mighty khalasar in order to reclaim the throne that belongs to her.
Thanks to adversity and hardships, from a young and naive girl, Daenerys is gradually turning into a stern, but fair queen. But political games and the loss of loved ones gradually risk driving her crazy.