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Top 10 Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Supporting Characters

The world of Game of Thrones is one of the richest in television, thanks to the thought and care put into its world. Helping to add to the color of the fantasy kingdom of Westeros are the rich and layered side characters. From one-off wonders to important members of the supporting cast, the side characters are always a joy to watch, no matter how small their roles are. Here are some of the best of them, in our opinion, showcasing the rich characterization that is applied to everyone in Game of Thrones.

 

10. Izembaro 

 

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Played to hammy perfection by Richard E. Grant, Izembaro is the lead actor and playwright of the Braavosi theater group. Constantly sniping at his actors and dressing them down for so called poor performances, Izembaro is the kind of character who you love to hate, full of hilarious lines while also being a complete diva. Izembaro, appropriately, owns every scene he’s in and his inspired take on Tywin’s death scene has to be seen to be believed.

 

9. Syrio Forel

 

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Syrio was a fan-favorite of the viewers in Season 1 and his time in the show is all too short. With a big personality, this Braavosi sword master teaches Arya how to fight, crucially setting her on the road toward becoming the assassin she would be later on. Unfortunately, Syrio meets his end when he defends Arya from getting arrested. Rest in peace, Syrio, you were a memorable player for sure.

8. Leaf

 

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Leaf is one of the mysterious Children of the Forest, supernatural beings who created the White Walkers long ago. While she’s mostly in the background, she proved an intriguing enigma in her interactions with Bran’s group. She eventually shows her power when she takes down a group of wights that attack but loses her life in the process. Hopefully, more Children will appear before the end of the show.

 

7. Joer Mormont

 

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Known as ‘the Old Bear’, Joer Mormont was a loyal member of the Night’s Watch who led them for years as a strict, yet ultimately fair commander. Treating Jon Snow with respect despite his status as a bastard, Joer is the kind of man the Night’s Watch should strive to be. Ultimately, he’s betrayed when his own men turn on him at Craster’s Keep, although he still almost drives a sword into his killers before he succumbs to his wounds.

 

6. Wun Wun

 

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An awesome giant on the side of the wildlings, Wun Wun can’t speak English and doesn’t get more characterization than ‘strong’ but that’s enough for us. Wun Wun proved his worth over and over again, fighting off wights during the massacre of Hardhome and proving instrumental in the Battle of the Bastards where he smashes down the gate into Winterfell. He meets his end there, felled by numerous arrows before Ramsay finishes him off with an arrow to the head but he was a great background character, a towering force that showcased that giants were more complex than they seemed.

 

5. Shireen Baratheon

 

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A tragic figure, Shireen is a kind young girl who represented a moral compass for Stannis. It seemed she was the only thing he truly cared about, despite keeping her locked up on account of her greyscale infection. She had a great relationship with Davos, and Davos cared  for her immensely and she even taught him how to read. This makes her eventual fate—Stannis burning her alive to appease the Lord of Light— even more tragic and doubtlessly one of the biggest emotional blows of the series, .

 

4. Tormund Giantsbane

 

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A boisterous wildling warrior, Tormund’s journey involves him becoming an unlikely ally and an even more unlikely friend to Jon Snow. Bonding over Jon in their mutual love for Ygritte, Tormund’s friendship is broken with him when Jon flees the wildlings to rejoin his comrades. But their friendship is rekindled later on and Tormund becomes a permanent ally to Jon, although still one with wildling roots. Also, he makes eyes at Brienne and that is wonderful.

 

3. Gilly

 

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One of Caster’s ‘wives’ (ew), Gilly meets Samwell Tarly when he stays at Craster’s Keep and Samwell develops an attraction to her. Her son is destined to be sacrificed to the White Walkers but after the murder of Joer and Craster, Samwell escapes with her into the wilderness. Gilly learns to trust Sam, slowly but surely, and eventually becomes something of his wife. Gilly has endured a lot but so far she’s endured it all with dignity and managed to even get a somewhat happy existence for herself. She may not be well-read but she’s smart, wily, and follows her heart.

 

2. Gregor Clegane

 

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Few men are as feared in the world of Westeros as Gregor Clegane, otherwise known as ‘the Mountain’. He shows sporadically throughout the show at first, appearing to cause violence and mayhem, eventually getting into a brutal duel with Oberyn Martell that ends with a mutual kill: Gregor succumbs to wounds inflicted on him but not before he crushes Obeyrn’s skull. Gregor is then raised from the dead, becoming an undead servant of Cersei, faithfully standing behind her like Darth Vader, ready to kill anyone who goes against his Queen. Hopefully, this season will give us what we’ve wanted: Sander and Gregor, in a duel to the death.

 

1. Lyanna Mormont

 

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One of the most awesome concepts, Lyanna Mormont is the young Lady of Bear Island and despite being only ten years old, she quickly proves herself one of the most badass characters for her attitude. She takes no guff from the Starks, standing up to anyone she pleases. She also is instrumental in getting Jon proclaimed King of the North, proving herself a competent and intelligent leader despite her age. Her return in season 8 has elected cheers from fans and we only hope the Night King is ready when her faces this little terror.

Who are some of your favorite supporting characters? Tell us in the comment!

 

 

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The Top 5 Most Incredible ‘Game of Thrones’ Battles

To celebrate the premiere of Game of Thrones’s first episode, let’s turn our eyes to the past. While Game of Thrones is known for layered characters, political intrigue, and unexpected deaths, its no doubt the series has some kickass action scenes too. Its eye for spectacle has only grown since the show’s early days, creating massive battle scenes that normally would be reserved for an epic movie like Lord of the RingsHere are (in our opinion) the top five best ones!

 

5. daenerys attacks the Lannisters 

 

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This attack came out of nowhere, both for the audience and the characters. Following House Lannister’s victory over the Tyrells, the Lannister caravan, led by Jamie and Bronn were returning home with loot they had taken from Highgarden. That’s when the ambush happened: Dothraki forces charged over the grasslands, attacking the Lannister caravan en masse. Then Daenerys herself descended on the back of her dragon, Drogon, and unleashed Hell on the soldiers below. The terrifying results of a dragon attack are realized first hand, as the action follows Bronn stumbling through the flaming wreckage of the attack, stumbling past his fellow soldiers burning alive in a scene of complete chaos and frenzy. Only Bronn managed to shoot Drogon with a lucky shot drives the dragon off, but no before Jamie charges the dragon with spear in hand, a badass moment even if he doesn’t succeed and nearly drowns for his troubles.

 

4. The Massacre of Hardhome 

 

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The moment where Game of Thrones truly showcased the threat of the White Walkers, the undead army descended upon the fishing village of Hardhome in force. As the Night King watched like some sort of dark god from the cliffs above, the wights were unleashed upon the village, overwhelming the wildlings and slaughtering everything in sight. Filmed as chaotically as possible, the sequence captured the unstoppable nature of the enemy first hand and allowed Jon to duel a White Walker one on one amidst the frenzy. And of course, the unforgettable image of the Night King raising all the villagers he’d just killed as zombified servants in the battle’s aftermath will forever linger in our minds.

 

3. Battle of Castle Black

 

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This one was one for the books. A battle so huge and massive an entire episode was devoted to showcasing it in all its glory, the Battle of Castle Black featured the wildlings assault the Wall, facing off against the badly outmatched forces of the Night’s Watch. Crowd pleasing moments were flowing from the episode: giant mammoths! A huge scythe bursting from the Wall to sweep off wildling climbers! The death of Ygritte! And of course, the epic tracking shot that followed all the major characters through the battle, showcasing their individual struggles amidst the madness. This one is pure excitement and features some of the best action the show has ever had.

 

2. The Battle of the Bastards

 

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The showdown with Ramsay Snow was built up off over multiple seasons, with the audience growing more and more desperate to see the evil man meet his end. And the Battle of the Bastards did not disappoint. Jon Snow leads his forces against Ramsay’s own to retake Winterfell from House Bolton and the action kicked off from there. The visual component truly captures the frantic combat of a battle scene, with Jon stumbling around the battlefield, swiping madly at opponents as horses charge, men die, and the entire scene turns into a blur. At one point, Bolton forces trap his army and as the bodies pile up, Jon Snow is nearly buried in an avalanche of corpses. This leads to the crowd cheering moment when Sansa arrives to save him, leading to the routing of Bolton forces back to Winterfell and Jon finally beating the utter crap out of Ramsay. The aftermath of the battle was even sweeter: watching Sansa take revenge on Ramsay and allowing the sadistic villain to be eaten alive by his own dogs.

 

1. The Battle of Blackwater

 

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The first of Game of Throne’s epic battle scenes and ultimately, still the best. Pitting Stannis Baratheon against the Lannisters, our sympathy and focus ultimately goes to Tyrion, whose trying to defend his home despite the machinations of his relatives. The battle featured one of the most iconic moments of the series, where Bronn, at Tyrion’s orders, ignites wildfire in the bay and blows almost all of Stannis’s fleet to Hell. Of course, the battle isn’t over yet, Stannis leading the reminders of his forces onto the beach and laying siege to the keep. He almost gets inside too, but Tywin arrives at the last minute, saving King’s Landing and getting credit. But we all know Tyrion was the real hero of the day. Blackwater set the standard for what was to come but still holds up today and we’ll never forget the images and the tension it crafted.

What are your favorite Game of Thrones battles? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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George R.R. Martin Talks His ‘Bloodthirsty’ Reputation on ’60 Minutes’!

Winter is here and the final season of Game of Thrones has finally arrived! While most are clamoring about the first episode (and rightly so), there was also another large event last night in the lead-up to the premiere, interviewed by George R.R. Martin. George R.R. Martin was interviewed on a special segment of 60 Minutes, where he talked in length about the series, his attitude toward killing characters, and his thoughts on the show overtaking his own source material.

To highlight a segment that doubtlessly everyone is curious about from CBS George R.R. Martin talked about his infamous reputation for killing characters. George R.R. Martin noted his reputation for being ‘bloodthirsty’ but thought it was being a little unfair. He noted (technically) that Star Wars or Star Trek kill more characters than he does but the difference comes from those deaths being a statistic, happening to unnamed characters that the audience feels nothing for. So, they become statistics instead of truly affecting the audience, which George R.R. Martin hopes to avert with how he approaches killing off characters.

 

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George R.R. Martin noted he always tries to make his death scenes ‘important’ and ‘unexpected’, both taking the audience by surprise while really making them feel the impact of what happened. On deaths like Ned Stark or the Red Wedding, Martin noted the audience assumed these characters were safe because they were the heroes and the heroes can’t die. On choosing to kill off the assumed main characters, Martin hoped to truly shock the audience and take his series in a direction that other works of fiction simply didn’t go in. However, he revealed writing these scenes wasn’t easy for him, as the characters were so real he felt truly awful when he wrote their deaths. In fact, George R.R. Martin wrote A Storm of Swords around the titular Wedding first because it was so hard for him to truly commit to creating the act itself. We can certainly sympathize, George!

 

George R.R. Martin further commented that he always planned to have The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring done before the series was over but for whatever reason, it didn’t happen. Martin said it was quite a ‘blow’ when it did happen but went on to say he was very happy with how the television series has adapted his work, considering it immensely faithful and predicting the ending won’t be much different from his own. He did note that of course the series was different but all adaptations differ from their original work, using the example of how Spider-Man has changed across different mediums from Stan Lee’s original superhero.

 

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The most exciting part of the interview (for us, anyway) was when Martin revealed what writing the first chapter was like. He said he was writing another science fiction novel at the time and the first scene of Game of Thrones just came to him. The first scene he put down into words was where the Stark family found the direwolf pups, banging it out over three days. He went on to note that the scene ‘haunted’ him, with its characters seeming so real him. The world sprung forth from ideas he crafted from this scene, such as the concept of the world’s seasons that could go on for years and the kingdom around the North. He went on to flesh out the lineage of the kings and even drew the map that he had a concept of the world.

An excerpt from the full interview with George R.R. Martin can be found below:

 

 

 

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