The lands of Game of Thrones are truly enormous, ranging from beyond The Wall to the Trident to across the Narrow Sea and the exotic cities of the east. But these places would be nothing without their inhabitants and Game of Thrones has no shortage of witty, brutal or enigmatic characters. As part of our series of features to celebrate the release of season three here are a selection of our favourite citizens of Westeros.
Tyrion Lannister by Eric Ambler
Appearances can be deceiving in Game of Thrones, but the cunning of the diminutive Tyrion Lannister is well known throughout the Seven Kingdoms. Yet what makes “the Imp” so compelling isn’t merely his ability to outwit and out-quip his adversaries. It’s the character’s unexpected reservoir of compassion, whether showing affection for “cripples, bastards, and broken things” or pulling strings to protect his lady love, Shae. After barely surviving an assassination attempt last season, his tearful admission that “these bad people are what I’m good at” is just another step in unraveling the complex emotions behind the poker face of the one truly lionhearted Lannister. @AmblerAmblog
Bronn by Daniel Sarath
A sword for hire from the north who becomes a guard to Tyrion Lannister, Bronn is funny, charismatic and loyal. Most importantly, however, he’s is one of the few everymen we see in Westeros; someone who wears their heart on their sleeve and isn’t afraid to speak their mind. While everyone surrounding him takes their role in the game of thrones very seriously – deceiving, scheming, plotting and betraying – he couldn’t care less. In fact, he shows a complete disregard for the political hierarchy altogether. Bronn, it seems, would just be happier with a cup of wine, some good friends and a woman in his arms. @danielsarath
Brienne of Tarth by Jasper Watkins
While many of the female characters use their looks and feminine charm to outdo their rivals, the towering Brienne of Tarth would be far more comfortable with a sword and shield in hand. While not the most attractive her fierce loyalty to Renly Baratheon and then to Catelyn Stark is commendable, almost as much as her skill as a warrior. Brienne has not quite had the spotlight she deserves thus far but with the treacherous journey to deliver Jamie Lannister to Kings Landing ahead that is sure to change. Strong ,courageous and withstanding Brienne is The Wall in the south. @jaspcw
Jon Snow by Sean Davies
A noble bastard with no clue about his mother’s identity, Jon Snow always does what’s right, and that really stands out in a show with so much black and ooze. We love him because he’s the sword in the darkness, the watcher on the walls. He gets no glory, he’s alone, he’s forgotten, and he’s the only thing keeping those summer-born nobles from icy hands wringing their necks. And now he’s alone again. Captive in the North with the Wildlings. But don’t worry. He has a pet albino dire-wolf named Ghost. Yeah, Jon Snow may know nothing, but he’s awesome.
Arya Stark by Sarah Katz
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) captured fans’ hearts and minds from the first, casting aside her needle and thread (and Sansa’s lifestyle/future) to demonstrate an unexpected prowess with the bow and arrow. Persevering despite dire circumstances and (at least) three life-and-death confrontations, Arya is nothing if not a survivor and a true Stark. Whether chasing a cat or matching wits with the likes of Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), Arya knows who she is (and is not), and remains resolutely loyal to House Stark—and dedicated to restoring its honor by exacting the proper blood price for the wrongs perpetrated against it. @sarahdkatz