Game of Thrones season 7 may still be a few months away, but it’ll only take a few minutes out of your day to do some serious reflecting on the show. No, we’re not talking about trying to deduce what on earth the writers could throw at us next year (or how they’ll break our heart), instead we’re going to take time out of your day to rank the 15 most beautiful women to enter the Game of Thrones universe. And even if you disagree with our order, we’re sure you won’t argue that any of these women aren’t deserving of a spot.
Sadly, as any fan of the show should come to expect, many of the beautiful women on our list aren’t going to be making an appearance again anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t track down some of their hottest and most memorable moments from the show.
Along with the beautiful photos, we’ve also included quotes from the women themselves giving insight on areas such as Maisie Williams’ comments on her sexuality, which actress was only supposed to be in one episode and other fun facts that any Game of Thrones fan will be sure to love.
15. Sibel Kekilli – Shae
Sibel Kekilli is no stranger to baring it all for the camera, but prior to doing it on Game of Thrones, she had experience doing it in perhaps one of your other favorite times of film industries if you know what we mean.
“Let me say it like this — you know, it’s my past. It’s a past. So I’m not … do you know what I mean? It’s nothing to do with my future, or with my present,” said Kekilli in an interview when asked about her adult past.
14. Rosabell Laurenti Sellers – Tyene Sand
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is definitely well aware that she’s gorgeous and we’re sure you definitely don’t hate thinking about the scene in which she bares it all for the show, but when getting cast for the role of Tyene Sand, it was her physical abilities she had to show off.
“My agent asked me to shoot a video alone, at home, in which I tried to kill someone. A few weeks later, I was in London, and they called me saying ‘the creators of Game of Thrones want you for a second audition.’ I was then subjected to intensive sword training and martial arts,” said Sellers in a past interview.
It’s definitely not every day you get asked to film a video of you trying to kill someone! Sellers was also well aware that she would be required to bare it all, including having it written into her contract that only her top half would be shown.
13. Rose Leslie – Ygritte
Rose Leslie is not only a badass on-screen, she’s also one of the more alluring redheads to appear in any television series; so you better believe she earned a spot on our list.
Leslie bares it all for the role, but one thing that may have made the process all the easier? The fact that her and Kit Harrington hit it off in real life as well,
“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest, it becomes very easy to fall in love,” and while Leslie’s time in the show is done, her time by Harrington’s side is still going strong.
12. Maisie Williams – Arya Stark
Maisie Williams‘ character is clearly more comfortable with a sword in her hand than showing off her body, so perhaps you’ll agree that the above photo is appropriate as any when talking about the talented Williams.
Williams’ is pretty quiet off the set about her own personal life, but it was confirmed in February that she’s been romantically linked to an old school friend, a relationship that may now be years long.
If the two of them end up calling it off, however, don’t be surprised if Williams finds herself stepping out for a night on the town with a woman by her side.
“I fall in love with personalities and not people or genders. I have no problem with anyone who would want to be labeled, but I also think that it is no one’s business. Do what you want,” said Williams in a past interview when talking about her sexuality.
11. Jessica Henwick – Nymeria Sand
Jessica Henwick may not bare it all on Game of Thrones (at least not yet), but perhaps that would be because it would be terrifying to hit on her because it’s clear that she would be more than happy to kick some serious ass.
Henwick is still alive as we get ready for season 7, so we’re sure it may be a matter of time before she gets to put her physical skills to good use. You may appreciate Henwick all the more after she played one of the lead roles in the Netflix series Iron Fist.
10. Oona Chaplin – Talisa Stark
There was no shortage of reasons to be devastated during the infamous Red Wedding, but Chaplin getting stabbed in her pregnant stomach before ending up all kinds of dead is absolutely something that is going to stick with you.
A much happier memory may be the times that Chaplin made it very clear that she’s one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, who for your sake, was thankfully more than comfortable in her birthday suit.
“I’m quite controversial when it comes to that because I adore women’s bodies. If it’s done in a beautiful way, in a way that honors the female form, then I’m always happy to see it.”
She went on to say, “The objectification lies in the eye of the beholder, just like beauty. I’m really comfortable getting my kit off, so, if they want to, I’m like, ‘yeah, bring it, I’m naked, no problem.”
9. Carice Van Houten – Melisandre
While there are plenty of steamy moments that Carice Van Houten gets herself into, for the Red Woman we thought it was only fitting to select the above photo for our list.
While Van Houten made a name for herself for her movies in the Netherlands (where she can also be loose with the clothing), you can imagine she’s never had success quite like Game of Thrones before.
Van Houten has understandably done several interviews since stepping into the series, some of which center around how her character is able to harness her sexuality,
“The sexuality is definitely a weapon, it’s not like she’s easy! Although I think she had a tiny bit of pleasure in that little moment that she had with Jon Snow – and she failed to seduce him. It was a funny scene to shoot, I remember telling Kit (Harington) that my mother would have been really jealous.”
8. Roxanne McKee – Doreah
Roxanne McKee may not have been in the series since the end of season 2, but we’re sure you’re still glad to see this beautiful Canadian earn a spot on our list.
“She’s bright, quick-witted, and she’s got an instinct to survive. And she knows that that’s a way to control people, with sexuality. People do it all the time. She uses her femininity and her sexuality because she doesn’t have anything else,” said McKee when talking about her character and the intimate scenes that she found herself in.
Though granted when you consider McKee gets all up and personal with Emilia Clarke, you better hope McKee felt comfortable on set!
7. Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister
While Lena Headey‘s character Cersei may do some things that are a knock to anyone’s overall attractiveness (you know, like incest), there’s still no denying that Headey looks absolutely beautiful in her role (still not hot enough to do if you’re related to her, but that’s just our call).
One of the more characteristic elements of Headey’s character was her iconic long hair, which thankfully was a wig.
“If I put the wig on, that’s massive. That’s an immediate feeling. It’s really important,” but when talking about her hair following the walk of shame, Headey admitted,
“What was slightly daunting was what was going to be taken away. It can change how you feel, but it can’t change how she is.”
6. Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark
Sophie Turner may be the most recognizable ravishing redhead in Westeros, but she isn’t the only one to make a spot on our list. But we definitely wouldn’t blame you if Sansa is one of your favorite characters, especially as she’s clearly learning to embrace her badass side while still looking absolutely gorgeous.
Turner deserves a lot of credit for her work outside of Westeros as well, as even if the X-Men: Apocalypse movie wasn’t loved by critics (48% on RottenTomatoes) at least she got to play Jean Grey and that’s even more badass than Sansa.
5. Nathaniel Emmanuel – Missandei
While there are definitely moments where it looks like Emmanuel’s character Missandei may meet her end, we’re sure you’re as happy as we are that she’s still alive and kicking as season 7 rolls in.
Emmanuel is an incredibly talented actor, who may also standout for her incredible good looks; which she’s also put on full display in Game of Thrones, but don’t think that means you’re always going to catch Emmanuel without her clothes on in front of the camera
I’ve done a nude scene and I felt it was appropriate to the storyline and I thought it was done in a respectful way and I felt comfortable doing it. But there are obviously going to be scenarios – not necessarily in this job, but in other jobs to come – where the question will be posed to me ‘Will I want to do nude scenes?’ and I would have to consider that as its own thing,” said Emmanuel in a past interview.
4. Natalie Dormer – Margaery Tyrell
Natalie Dormer may no longer be gracing our presence on Game of Thrones, but we’re sure you don’t mind being reminded of the beautiful blue outfit that we have selected from one of her days in Westeros.
While you know how Dormer meets her end on the series, she was actually asked about how she wanted to die on the series prior to them actually pulling the plug.
“Well, I’ve been beheaded before, old story. So poison, that’s how Jack went as Joffrey–that looks really painful even to act. I dunno, maybe by a dragon would be good? A white walker or a dragon would be good,” said Dormer.
3. Charlotte Hope – Myranda
Charlotte Hope was originally only going to appear for a small part of season 3, but her talent in front of the screen made it clear that she deserved to be a returning character, even if like most women on this list, she eventually met her end.
Her role with Game of Thrones, however, was preceded by perhaps one of the most disappointing moments of Hope’s career,
“At the time I was up for another series, which I thought was going to be my big break, but I didn’t get that. My agent said to me that there was an opportunity to do Thrones, but it was one scene with a lot of nudity, and I loved the show.”
2. Esme Bianco – Ros
It was said by Theon that if you are partial to redheads, make sure you ask for Ros and given her high placement on our list, you can imagine that is a sentiment that we also agree with.
And while she may not look too beautiful when her character meets her end at the hands of a Joffrey crossbow, we’re sure you also love the reminder of how beautiful she looked.
When talking about the role, and in particular a scene in the brothel with other beautiful women, Bianco said,
“It would be naïve to think that HBO would take a story in that genre and just do the safe version of it. That scene is beautifully shot and shows quite clearly the kind of world that the characters are living in,” as well as pointing out that there is plenty of sex in the books as well.
1. Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen
While you may be used to seeing Emilia Clarke with less clothing on than in the moment we’ve captured for you above, we’re sure that seeing her standing there in chains is still one of the hottest moments that has come out of Game of Thrones and well deserving of our #1 spot for our #1 girl.
Clarke has opened up about the various wardrobes that she finds herself in for Game of Thrones, including the fact that all of her time wearing corsets has helped her learn that breathing totally is overrated!
It isn’t clear what situations Clarke is going to find herself in during the upcoming season, but something tells us she definitely isn’t going to stop burning up the screen (both literally, and figuratively).