With arguably the most popular show on Television near its end over the coming weeks, what better way to build up then a Good ole’ Top 10! Tommy K is back to deliver and his Top 10 of the Greatest Character in the Show might cause some debate, but isn’t that the whole point?
Cunning, two-faced and manipulative. For better or for worse, without ‘Little Finger’ everything in the show would never have happened. From murdering Jon Arryn (in part setting up the first episode) to betraying Eddard Stark, its fair to say the War of the Seven Kingdoms perhaps would never have occurred without ‘little-fingers’ treachery. His demise finally came in Series 7 with his assassination at the hands of both Sansa and Arya Stark.
9. Jaime Lannister
The Kingslayer has come a long way, Jaime started out as the man who not only killed Aerys Targaryan, but he also had an incestuous relationship with his sister Cercei and nearly killed Bran Stark, thus robbing him of his ability to walk. Jaime has however gone from anti-hero to one of the most respected protagonists in the show and his the fact that he looks willing to finally battle his demons means that Series 8 could see the Kingslayer in excellent form.
8. Ramsay Bolton
Whilst Joffrey was brought up with the knowledge that power would be eventually bestowed upon him, Ramsay would literally do anything in order to get it. Brought up as the Bastard son of the Bolton family, Ramsay tortured Theon Greyjoy, raped Sansa Stark on their wedding night and killed both his father Roose and his wife and son on the day of his birth. His demise came at the hands of his wife Sansa.
7. Sansa Stark
Sansa Stark started out in Series 1 as the pretty daughter of Eddard Stark, she ended Series 7 as Queen of Winterfell and perhaps the most ruthless & confident woman of the North. After being manipulated by everyone from Goffrey to Petyr Baelish, Sansa’s life changed when she escaped the clutches of the Bolton’s, she would contribute to his eventually demise alongside half brother Jon in Series 6 and as a result claim back Winterfell, her rightful home.
6. Joffrey Baratheon
A strong contender for the Greatest ‘Villain’ in Television History. The Son of King Robert started out as a selfish brat with a tendency to blame everyone but himself. By the start of Series 4 he had developed into ruthless psychopath who unfortunately had the Seven Kingdoms in the palm of his hand. His demise came in Series 4 on his wedding day, a fitting end to the Alex DeLarge of Television.
5. Cersei Lannister
There are better villains, and more evil rulers in the Seven Kingdoms, but is there anyone more ruthless than the widow of Robert Baratheon? However unlike brother and lover Jaime, Cersei is yet to win the battle with her demons and the show has seen her go crueler with each series. From her tolerance to husband Robert to killing The Sparrows at the end of series 6, and yet it still seems like more is left to come from the Queen of Westeros.
4. Arya Stark
In terms of development, no one has developed more than the youngest daughter of Ned Stark. Unlike sister Sansa, Arya was a tomboy at heart. What she lacked in ability at the start of the show she made up for in her willingness to learn. Following the wrongful death of her father at the end of series 1 she has grown into perhaps the shows most ruthless protagonist. Those on her kill-list, be warned!
3. Tyrion Lannister
He started out as easily the most likeable of the Lannisters, he’s ended Series 7 as perhaps the most popular character in the show, however he’s only finished 3rd on this list. Tyrion for years was the Comic Relief of the show, he never took his role as part of the most fearsome family in the Seven Kingdoms too seriously and as a result was loathed by every family member bar brother Jaime. He left King’s Landing following his wrongful trial for the murder of his nephew Joffrey and is now the hand of Queen Daenerys.
2. Daenerys Targaryen
With more nicknames and titles than David Bowie, The Queen of Dragons is not a woman to be messed with. The exiled daughter of the ‘Mad King’, Daenerys has gone from the young girl forced into Dothraki marriage to the Woman who feels the Iron Throne should be hers. She’s had plenty of false starts along the way, but her journey has been as incredible as anyone’s.
Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane
Brienne of Tarth
1. Jon Snow
From outcast of the Stark family to King in the North. Jon Snow has perhaps gone from A character on the show to THE character. His past was relatively unknown until fairly recently when it was announced that supposed father Ned was actually his uncle and his real father was Rhaegar Targaryen which makes him rightful heir to the throne. His bravery & honesty cost him his is life, his loyalty brought him back. He gained the respect of the Wildlings and eventually his family, Jon is the kind of man you want to lead you into a battle against the Undead, and he finishes #1 on this list.