Here at Filmoria we’re ridiculously excited for the return of Game Of Thrones, especially with that epic teaser arriving just a few days ago. Now, while it may still feel like an absolute age away from finally arriving – just over four months to be precise – we couldn’t help but start our anticipation trail with a feature showcasing our favourite characters from the expansive world of George R. R. Martin.
Whether you’re House Stark, Lannister or otherwise, feast your eyes on our favourites and then let us know who you’re backing for victory in the comments section below and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Jaime Lannister – James Wheatley
Now we’re six seasons down, some characters have been on a real journey, and not just physically. The most complex and interesting character to watch for me has to be Jaime Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau).
From the first episode, where we see him having sex with his sister and pushing poor little Bran out of the window, it’s clear Jaime isn’t the most likeable of guys. Since then, he’s somewhat been on a path of redemption, but even then it’s a lot more complicated than that – after he returned to King’s Landing, he raped Cersei. These certainly aren’t the actions of a redeemed character.
The Jaime in the first couple of seasons is arrogance personified, loving his ‘kingslayer’ nickname and position of power. As is often the case in Westeros, things soon go badly for him. Away from King’s Landing, imprisoned and unprotected, a different side of Jaime is brought to the forefront. When he loses his sword hand, part of the Jaime we knew dies with it. That being the hand that killed the Mad King and made his reputation after all.
This new Jaime is seemingly on a path to redemption, his time spent with Brienne revealing some heroism, good humour and vulnerability in him – is this the ‘real’ Jaime? Is this the path he’s on from now on?
Game of Thrones isn’t that straightforward. Instead, Jaime has done some horrible things since he’s been back at King’s Landing, whilst still displaying some of his nicer qualities.
So is Jaime good or evil? I think he’s actually the best example of being both at once in the show. Who knows what big decisions are still in store for him, but it’ll sure be interesting to watch.
Arya Stark – James Thompson
It took some time for me to truly contemplate who my favourite Game Of Thrones character was, simply because there are so many to choose from ! After considering Daenerys for quite some time (she has dragons after all!) I came to the conclusion that my heart would go with one Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).
As one of the few remaining Starks in Westeros, Arya has certainly seen her fair share of pain, agony and misfortune along the way, but this is what has forged her into one the most underestimated and dangerous individuals around. From the early stages of her introduction, Arya presented herself as an adventurous and outspoken character, even if it did eventually see the downfall of her father. Having defied the evil Joffrey, Arya would then see herself move on from her home and forge and unlikely relationship with The Hound (their reunion surely on the cards very soon) and then moved on to become a dangerous assassin in her own right as she trained with the mysterious Jaqen.
As she began to wise up to the tutorings of her new ‘master’ and became a woman in her own right, Arya flourished from the child that we had seen witness her family slain at The Red Wedding to an armed and very dangerous assassin who knew no limits to her abilities. The Freys never saw it coming…
Where Arya goes from here is anyone’s guess but with her last appearance seeing that redemption we’ve all been praying for since season three fulfilled I’m confident that she’s far from finished and it’ll be a true delight to see who else is on her agenda.
Joffrey Baratheon – Chris Haydon
One of the many things that makes Game of Thrones so endlessly fascinating is the complexity of its characters. Morality is weakness, and even those who are by default “good”, are still capable of much sin. With this in mind, those who are by default “evil”, have pretty much zero redeeming qualities. Whilst some will argue that Ramsay Bolton is the show’s greatest foe (in my book, his unrelenting sadism can border on the preposterous), there have been few characters on TV who audiences have loved to hate quite as much as Joffrey Baratheon; former King of the Seven Kingdoms, and the twisted bastard boy who caused untold trauma and ill to all at his mercy
What makes Joffrey such an incredible character is the conviction young Jack Gleeson – a seriously lovely guy – plays him. In fact, the role is so brilliantly controlled, many members of the general public actually dislike the actor, which is arguably the weirdest compliment a performer could receive. Joffrey’s cowardice was for one’s money his most compelling and frustratingly excellent trait. He’ll call for executions left, right, and centre – belittling those far larger than he – but at any point when King’s Landing requires his assistance, he’ll retreat to the smothering support of Queen Mother Cersei Lannister, whose incestuous relationship with brother Jaime spawned the pint-sized monster. Whilst the world rejoiced when Joffrey was killed off in the most horribly intimate manner at the Purple Wedding in Season 4, this author was actually strangely saddened…
Jon Snow – Sarah Buddery
No one was more distraught than me when Jon Snow was killed off at the end of Season 5; I essentially went into mourning and was point-blank refusing to believe that he was actually dead for all. People told me I was crazy, but I knew deep-down that he was going to come back somehow in the next season. Temporarily the Red Woman became my favourite character in the absence of Jon, because she was my only hope for him to make a glorious comeback. Cue much cheering and crying when he returned from the dead early on in Season 6, in this moment single-handedly becoming the greatest Game of Thrones character, for being the only one (so far!) to come back from death’s door, in a series which so unabashedly kills off the characters we hold most dear.
Dark, brooding, heroic, Jon Snow has it all, and to the contrary of the catchphrase of his late beloved, he does seem to know many things! The part Jon Snow has to play in the wider story-line only seems to becoming more significant, with the popular ‘R+L=J’ theory seemingly confirmed, and being part Stark and part Targaryen, the Song of Ice & Fire should really be the Song of Jon Snow, and dammit will I be singing his praises right to the end!
Tyrion Lannister – Scott Allden
In a world of tempestuous warriors, alluring priestesses and ice monsters the least likely character to make such a massive impact would be a little person with a distinct lack of intimidating qualities. However Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, beautifully adapted by the show’s writers, is fascinating, compelling and my overall favourite figure from Game Of Thrones.
Aside from his physical attributes, Tyrion differs from his kin in almost every conceivable way. He’s no warrior, he is considered no equal any. His strengths lie in his vast intellect, his cunning, a quite brilliant cynicism, his love of red wine and charm (remind you of anyone?).
The Lannisters, almost by definition, are unashamed, ignorant, power hungry and enveloped by depravity. And by all counts, Tyrion has exploited these to his own personal gain and has dabbled in moral ambiguity. However in the grand scheme of the show, is this not something we can disregard? Though he has his flaws, we feel affinity for Tyrion. As he has been on many an occasion the victim – and an audience naturally backs the oppressed. Even the most removed individual have pulled no punches. But Tyrion’s guile is his saving grace, using the folly of man to further himself – where others fail.
The Imp’s greater calling is hotly debated. With the question of his true parentage, it may eventually give insight into why he’s such an antithesis to his family. During the last season, he aligned with Daenerys Targaryen – to serve as Hand of The Queen, before they set off for Westeros.
Peter Dinklage is continuously a joy to watch – exhuming confidence and mental prowess with deft precision. Whilst his expression of vulnerability that continually plagues the character, never ceases to captivate.