When we think of the most important characters on Game Of Thrones there are several who immediately come to mind. There are also many supporting characters who we can’t get enough of because they may not appear in several episodes in a row. Some are scene stealers. Some get the most quotable dialogue. And some are bad-asses.
Here are several of those characters we would love to see get more screen time or simply deserve some appreciation. Don’t worry if you haven’t caught up with the latest episodes, these are minimal spoiler descriptions.
Varys – The Master Of Whisperers
If there’s a secret whispered in a private room, chances are his network of “little birds” are listening in. Varys is the Master Of Whisperers, a spymaster who provides valuable information to the king. Known as “the Spider”, Varys pulls the puppet strings without people suspecting they are caught in his web. He is a power player but comes across as non-threatening; he’s bald, pudgy, dresses in long robes and talks in a slightly effeminate voice.
Since he’s an eunuch, he’s immune to desires that could betray a lesser man. Varys is cunning but he’s not without morals and claims to be working for the good of the realm. Varys’ best qualities are most apparent in his interactions with Tyrion: witty, loyal to his true friend and highly intelligent. Here’s one of his best quotes: “Power resides where men believe it resides, it’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow”.
Sandor Clegane – The Hound
On first impressions, The Hound is someone we are supposed to despise. He’s a vile, spiteful man. He kills without discrimination, including children if ordered to. He even looks like a villain. Half his face is scarred by fire and he’s missing an ear. Part of the reason The Hound is intriguing begins with knowing that as a child his older brother pressed his face onto burning hot coals which sheds some insight on why he grew up to be the man that he is. He sees through and mocks the virtues of what a knight supposedly represents. Honor, righteousness, heroism; these don’t exist in the world as he knows it.
The Hound never holds back on what’s on his mind. He’s brutally blunt, often times to our amusement. Arguably what makes The Hound most fascinating is that he lives by his own code. He’s unapologetic for his heinous actions yet he’s not morally black nor does he sit comfortably in the grey. Whatever his motivation, he’s done more to protect the Stark girls than anybody else, just don’t call him a knight in shining armor.
Olenna Tyrell – Queen Of Thorns
Olenna is a powerful matriarch in a patriarchal society. She commands the scenes she’s in with her strong personality. From the moment we are introduced to her, she’s immediately memorable for her snippy attitude and sharp, prickly tongue from which she earns her nickname. Her witty exchanges can go toe to toe with the best of them.
As the head of House Tyrell, she leverages her family’s immense wealth to broker powerful alliances and maintain peace in the kingdom. The Tyrell women are the power players in their family. In many ways she’s passing the torch to her grand daughter Margaery Tyrell. For an elderly lady dressed in a wimple, Olenna is unsuspectingly dangerous. She’s not afraid to get her hands bloody but comes up clean, unscathed and with no one knowing the wiser. Unlike others, Olenna is not on a character arc or undergoing a transformation. At her age, she is who she is. And we never want her to change. “I always take figs mid-afternoon. They help move the bowels.”
Ser Davos Seaworth – The Onion Knight
They say honor is the death of a character in Game Of Thrones. Ser Davos Seaworth is an exception to that rule. He’s guided by what is the right sensible thing to do which has put him into precarious situations but it has also saved him from losing his head. His best attribute as King Stannis’ right hand man, beyond loyalty and common decency, is that he serves as a moral anchor. He’s the “good angel” on Stannis’ shoulder opposite Melisandre the Red Priestess.
This is all coming from a man who once made a living as a smuggler. Unlike many characters of high station Davos wasn’t born with a silver spoon. He’s come a long ways from his low born birthplace of Flea Bottom but isn’t too proud to learn how to read from a little girl. Amongst the power hunger schemers, he’s an honest, straight up player for the common good. With Davos we always know what he stands for and what he believes in, namely his family, his gods and of course Stannis.
Do you have a favorite character you wish more people would talk about? Is there a character you want to see play a bigger role in the show?