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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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7 Fictional Book Worlds to Inspire Your Own World-Building

World-building is hard. Designing an entirely different world may look easy on screen, but any up and coming writer who has actually sat down to design a fantasy world has found it much harder than it seems. Of course, the mere fact that they are dozens of fictional worlds out there showcases that it can be done… it just requires a lot of time and work. To get your creative juices flowing, here are 7 books with worlds you just get lost in. Maybe you can get inspired to design some of your own!

 

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7. London Below – ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman

Anyone’s who ever read Neil Gaiman’s many and varied works knows he’s a master of imagination, characterization, and storytelling. But the most intriguing and developed world comes from Neverwhere: the world called London Below. Sitting beneath London in this novel is a fictional underground that bridges the line between the reality of London and the other side of its own surreal culture. Subway stations become full kingdoms, and the tunnels are full of all manner of strangeness. Things you take for granted in the real world (like minding the gap stepping off the platform) become infused with terror, as monsters dwell in the dark space in the gap and can snatch you off your feet. Neil Gaiman creates a fictional universe that places London in an alternate reality full of intrigue, monsters, and strange concepts, making for a grand location that we wished to see more of.

 

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6. Miraji – ‘Rebel of the Sands’ by Alwyn Hamilton

A fusion between the Wild West and classic Arabian fantasy tropes, Miraji is the titular world of Rebel of the Sandsa desert nation constantly at war. Magic is held in check through the backwater towns that populate the desert sands, as they spew black dust that keeps the power of the god-like First Beings from being gifted to normal folk. Scheming sultans, colorful Djinn, and a religious war are many of the elements in this fully-realized world, a harsh but imaginative one.

 

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5. Bas-lung – ‘Perdido Street Station’ by China Meiville

Weird doesn’t even begin to describe this novel, but it’s a strong place to start. Author China Meiville decided to chuck seemingly everything and the kitchen sink into his world, a city called Bas-Lung, in his famous novel Perdido Street StationBas-Lung is self-described as a fantasy version of Victorian England, dirty and full of crude, steampunk-esque technology. Magic, robots, insect people, bird people, monsters, giant killer moths, and so much more inhabit Bas-Lung; it almost reaches the point of being overstuffed. (Almost.) But China Meiville’s skillful writing keeps everything in balance and, despite the madness of the concept, grounds it enough in reality that Bas-Lung becomes a developed world rather than just a crazed place of ideas. Of course, it nearly reaches that point as well.

 

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4. Urth – ‘The Book of the New Sun’ by Gene Wolfe

Urth of The Book of the New Sun is actually our world (say ‘urth’ out loud), but so far into the future that it has become a nearly unrecognizable, alien world. The sun is dying, and the remaining population has exhausted all its resources, meaning the planet is on the verge of a slow death. There is some advanced technology, but the story reads more as a sword-and-sorcery tale, humanity having regressed to a more primitive state of mind. Although strangely written, akin to a waking dream, the world this novel creates is at once beautiful, haunting, and certainly uniquely crafted.

 

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3. Kekon – ‘Jade City’ by Fonda Lee

Kekon of Jade City is a sprawling island metropolis much like our own, possessing modern conveniences such as televisions, phones, cars, the works. But it diverges in one very important point: the existence of jade. Jade is a substance that is found off of Kekon’s waters and, properly harvested, can be used to grant supernatural abilities to its wielders. Kekon is ruled by four rival crime families, all with jade at their disposal, and, as the novel unfolds, the families descend into war. Kekon is inspired by Asian mythology, complete with jade-given powers that you might see in kung-fu action films. The island itself becomes a memorable character all on its own, with jungle hills beyond the bustling, rain-soaked cityscapes and fisheries lining the slimy docks at the island’s coasts. It’s a unique location and certainly one you could see yourself wandering about under stormy skies, listening to the sea and seeking your next piece of jade.

 

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2. The Known World – ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin

One of the most developed worlds in recent memory, the Known World of A Song of Ice and Fire feels like a living, breathing culture. Martin’s ability to make it feel incredibly real, even when introducing elements such as the dragons, the white walkers, and blood magic, is a huge part of the series’ massive success. From the mega continent of Westeros with its freezing Northlands, swamp-like Riverlands, and the sheer beauty of places such as King’s Landing, to the most barren regions of Essos, every part of the world feels carefully constructed; no amount of detail is spared. Although more grounded in reality than most fantasy, Martin’s world still feels incredibly imaginative and lived-in. Just watch your back: everyone plays the Game of Thrones for keeps…

 

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1. Middle-Earth – ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien 

The first is often the best for a reason. Middle-Earth is the standard by which all other fantasy works are judged, a truth so obvious it hardly requires explanation. (But don’t worry; we’ll explain.) Tolkien’s world is so vibrant, so detailed, and so full of life you’ll swear it was real even just by the words he chooses to describe each part of it. Tolkien’s craft is so meticulous fandom is still finding new details about his world today from the expansive timeline, to the lore behind the smallest of locations, to the origins of the various races, to the rich history of various character’s own family trees.

(Not to mention the beautiful natural world Tolkien creates, from the towering peaks of the Misty Mountain inhabited by swarming hordes of orcs, to the great grasslands of Rohan where the horse-riders race across the hills, and the humble countryside of the Shrine home to the isolated, yet happy hobbits. Except I have no choice but to mention it.)

It’s a world that set the standard and in some ways, can never be topped.

What are some of your favorite fantasy worlds that you draw inspiration from? Tell us in the comments!

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Adds New Cast Members!

Game Of Thrones is coming to an end this year. As sad as that is going to be, there will still be adventures in Westeros once the main one is finished. HBO is putting together a pilot for a prequel series set within the GOT universe, and five new actors have officially joined the cast.

 

Marqius Rodriquez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx have officially joined the cast. Rodriquez was last seen on Netflix’s Luke Cage. Simm was previously seen on Doctor Who. McCabe can be seen on Peaky Blinders. Heffernan’s TV credits include The Crown and Luther. Egerickx is the youngest of the new recruits and can be seen in Showtime’s Patrick Melrose.

 

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HBO is keeping the plot of the prequel show under wraps, but it is said to take place thousands of years before the original series and will chronicles the Golden Age of Heroes all the way to Westeros’ darkest hour.

 

Previously announced cast members include Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson. Production will begin early this summer.

 

 

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‘GoT’ Update: First 2 Episodes Surprisingly Short

In a devastating reveal, Forbes has reported that the first two episode runtimes of Game of Thrones’ newest season are surprisingly short. Or, at least, shorter than we might expect. This is a bit surprising, considering the season will already be shorter than usual: six episodes instead of ten, the length of all the previous seven seasons. The first two episodes will be a mere fifty four minutes and fifty eight minutes each, not even passing an hour in length. While these runtimes are longer than the average episode for television, with all that season eight has to wrap up, the runtimes are shorter than we perhaps expected… and definitely shorter than what we hoped.

 

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Game of Thrones’ final season should chronicle the final battle between Westeros’ unlikely alliance of heroes and the undead hordes of the Night King. But there are also dozens of subplots that have yet to be properly wrapped up, much less reached any semblance of a conclusion. So, here’s hoping the series doesn’t rush through its final and arguably most important season.

Season seven has already been accused of rushing through several of its plots, which raises some concerns for the final season possibly doing the same. Hopefully, the final four episodes will be ‘movie length’ as HBO has promised, enabling enough time to wrap up its dense plot-lines. We’ll be waiting in anticipation!

 

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