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‘Women Are Coming’: Game of Thrones Female Characters

09.04.2019

The undisputed truth behind Game of Thrones epic success? Is it the intricate storytelling, or the fantasy/real setting of the believable medieval/anachronistically rivalries between kingdoms? And what about the special effects? Maybe it’s all of the above that have made Game of Thrones one of the most followed TV series of the last decade, but there’s a force leading the screen phenomena of George R.R. Martin novels adaption: women, and with that, the most acclaimed actors of the series couldn’t have been other than the female Game of Thrones characters.

They are queens, fighters, knights, ladies and they all share one thing: they are fierce. They never bend, they use their intellectual weapons to trick their enemies, they use their heart to motivate others, they use their courage to do impossible things.

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Here are the women represented by Game of Thrones female cast

Ygritte (Rose Leslie)

Seasons 2-3-4

Why she is so relevant:

She’s excellent with bow and arrow, but her tongue never fails to spit out what she needs to say, even if it is to put Jon Snow in his place.

She is one of the Free Folk, also known as the Wildlings, since they live beyond the Wall in Westeros and they are outside of the Seven Kingdom. Season 2 introduced her to the show when she survived an attack by Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand while season 4 is the one where we had to say goodbye to her.

 

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Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)

Seasons 3-4-5-6-7

Why she is so relevant:

Missandei has one quality that will lead her to be Daenerys most loyal ally: she’s indeed loyal, never does she plot, or manipulate her queen for her own interest.

She made a debut amongst Game of Thrones female cast in series three as Khalees’s Hand Maiden. A sort of personal assistant, before that she was a slave interpreter.

 

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Melisandre (Carice van Houten)

Seasons 2-3-4-5-6-7

Why she is so relevant:

Melisandre is probably one of the most mysterious figures out of female Game of Thrones characters. Her sensuality precedes her.

Nicknamed The Red Woman because of the colour of her hair and the vibrant red clothes she wears, Melisandre is a Red Priestess and Stannis Baratheon turns to her to receive advice when planning to take the Iron Throne. She revives Jon Snow, in a rather spell-rich scene, as she believes he is The Prince That Was Promised.

 

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Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)

Seasons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

Why she is so relevant:

Even though her young age, Arya Stark has already got clear in her head what is her life-mission: revenge her father’s death. She is the opposite of princessy, all she wants is to be the best fighter with the sword.

Her journey after she is separated from her family includes hiding her identity; training with the Faceless Men increased her fighting skills, but to us it is next to the Hound her character has the best part in Game of Thrones.

Arya Stark: Joffrey…Cersei…Walder Frey…Meryn Trant…Tywin Lannister…The Red Woman…Beric Dondarrion…Thoros of Myr…Illyn Payne…The Mountain…

The Hound: Would you shut up?

Arya Stark: I can’t sleep until I say the names.

The Hound: The names of every f****ng person in Westeros?

Arya Stark: Only the ones I’m going to kill.

 

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Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)

Seasons 2-3-4-5-6-7

Why she is so relevant:

Brienne keeping to her oath to Lady Catelyn and doing whatever she could do to ‘do good’ is why Brienne embodies the values of soldiers, and she’s one of the most brutal ones and surely the strongest Game of Thrones female knight.

She is the only survivor and heir of Lord Selwyn Tarth.

One of those tall yet comforting women, Brienne is powerful and skilled , but her strength is in believing in doing the right thing. Her character was never mentioned in relation to femininity or the lack of.

 

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Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan)

Season 2,4.6,7

Why she is so relevant:

She’s a commander, she’s got extremely crazy martial art skills.

Defying the gender roles dictated by the iron throne, Yara is in charge of the Black Wind and she will try to convince her brother Theon to sail back to the Iron Islands. She is the daughter of Balon Greyjoy and Alannys Harlaw.

 

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Lady Sansa (Sophie Turner)

Seasons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

Why she is so relevant

She underwent a total transformation from ladylike and naïve to becoming a badass character in the series.

Elder daughter of Lord Eddark Stark and Lady Catelyn Stark of Winterfell, Sansa is without a doubt one of the female characters of Game of Thrones the public admired by most, probably for how she grows into one of the women to be afraid of, not just into ‘a’ woman.

 

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Cersei Lannister

Seasons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

Why she is so relevant

Her desire for power and her ambition are actually her need to protect her children.

She’s one of the Lannister, the most powerful family in Westeros; she’s heartless and will send to die anyone crossing her way and questioning her methods. She has a twin brother, Jaime and the two have been involved in incestuous affair – Cersei’s three children are all Jaime’s.

 

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Daenerys Targaryen  

Seasons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

Why she is so relevant:

This quote from Game of Thrones from her says plenty:

Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. 

On her brother’s death she becomes the heir of the Targaryen dynasty and is going to devote her life into reclaiming the Iron Throne to herself. As she helped hatching three dragons from their eggs, she regards herself as their mother and she will be known as the Mother of Dragons across the kingdoms.

She is a  leader, and acquired and army, allowing her to take the cities of Yunkai, Astapor and Meeren, freeing the population from slavery.

 

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