Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama television series written by George R.R. Martin that is being watched by millions all over the world. Its popularity since 2011 is due to the strong storyline that tells about dragons, white walkers and several other interesting things. In this fight over who would rule over the iron throne, every actor tries to put out his best, maintaining a strong character that has their own story. Without these actors, the Game of Thrones wouldn’t have made it to an 8 on the final season which held people on suspense for 2 years.
Below is a list of 8 actors to watch out for in Game of Thrones. They bring their best game and do not falter in character. Game of Thrones fans would agree that despite the fact that they bear hatred for some of them due to the roles they play, their acting is top notch.
1. Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister
You can’t deny the talent this woman has displayed through her role as the woman who always craves for the crown so desperately even though she has no connection whatsoever to it. The actions of Cersei led to the death of her 3 children, and she lived on after as the queen, what she desperately wanted. A woman that could burn her male child and throw his ashes because he didn’t support her cause doesn’t deserve our praise, but we can’t possibly argue that the series would be anything without her. Let us not forget that those children, two of which sat on the throne, are a product of incest with her brother Jaime Lannister.
2. Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Initially, Thon may not seem like the best pick but as the series progressed, we began to see more of Theon and understand what made his clock tick, and his blood rush. Theon wasn’t just the ordinary son of Greyjoy who was adopted by the Starks. He was the one who wanted revenge on the Starks who had helped him in several ways and even consider him a member of the family, he was the one who was tormented and had his male organ chopped off due to his poor decisions. Theon was the cowardly acting man who couldn’t help his sister when the time came for it. Despite all these, Theon will develop the courage to face his worst fears. Alfie Allen has played this character much better than anyone that can be thought of for the role.
3. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Nikolaj was the freshly cut character from season one that everyone knew was having s*x with his twin sister and pushed a poor boy from the top of a tower. The beautiful thing about this character was how proud he was of himself and all his accomplishments, including that of killing the last king whom he was supposed to protect with his life, till he lost his hand. How can the head of a king’s guard defend with one hand? Well, there is Jaime Lannister, pulling his twin sister closer to him than ever when they lost their children, and even having s*x by the dead body of one. Nikolaj played a perfect role of someone that went from being on top to someone who suffered greatly before going back to the top.
4. Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish
Petyr Baelish, known popularly as Littlefinger is one of the greatest actors in the show, and in a way, drives the entire plot. With his ability to easily manipulate and lie to people, Petyr has been termed by some as the protagonist of the series. He was the one who murdered Jon Arryn, the hand of King Robert Baratheon. He loved Catelyn, but killed her husband and helped her daughter escape an evil King Joffrey. His real motives behind his actions are never figured out. Aiden Gillen was too brilliant in playing the role of Littlefinger.
5. Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon
No one likes Stanis. He was the gullible guy that was responsible for the death of his brother for the claim over the throne. Throughout the entire series, his actions were driven by the red witch who was always whispering into his ears. Everyone still thought he could make for a good king in replacement of the Lannisters that had taken over the throne, but then he killed his daughter, sacrificing her to the god of light. Dillane made the character an interesting one; sometimes liked and sometimes detested. He was later murdered by the woman who served his younger brother.
6. Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Arya is one of the best and most likable characters on the Game of Thrones. She started as a child actor at the age of 12 and has since then grown to become a better actress that everyone loves. Arya is the rebellious daughter who wanted to be a soldier and not a lady. She finally got what she wanted, although by passing through the hardest of times which included going blind for a while. Arya is now a skilled swordsman, handling her thin sword ‘needle’ with great skill. Maisie’s career is blooming and her role as Arya may be just what she needed to get her career off on a great start.
7. Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Kit Harington is one of the loveable characters on the show. His role as the bastard of Winterfell who always stays honest despite the circumstance is one which everyone enjoys. He rose from bastard to head of Castle Black and even came back to life after being betrayed by his people. He fell in love with a wildling who was killed in battle and is now in a romantic relationship with Daenerys Targaryen, who happens to be his sister.
8. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
At the beginning of the series, we saw short scenes of a lady who was being sold off by her brother in an attempt to gain back the iron throne. She grew to love the man and then became the mother of 3 dragons. After setting several cities free of slavery, she heads back to Dragon Stone, her home town, to plan to take back the Kingdom. The journey of Daenerys has been quite an amazing and hectic one, but she managed to survive and stay on top of her game.
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