There are fandoms where you can float near the outer perimeter and gently observe at a distance. You follow the general plot, you know the major players, but you’re not too invested. Then there are the fandoms where as hard as you resist, you get sucked into the madness. Each week you bite your lip and wring your hands hoping and praying that character you finally started to feel attached to makes it through the next 45 minutes. No, I’m not talking about Grey’s Anatomy (although Shonda, seriously, give it a rest ok?) that’s child’s play next to the emotional rollercoaster that is Game of Thrones. With the days getting longer and warmer, naturally it’s time for people all over the world to huddle in front of their TVs trying to prepare as “Winter is coming.”
With a per episode production budget of $10 million, creators will be sparing no expense in bringing George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece to life. Below are pictures of our favourite women from GOT both on and off screen. Some of these women are completely unrecognizable without their intricate dresses (although we are now certainly familiar with the assets of some. Here’s looking at you Natalie Dormer). The results are just as sexy. Just without the blood and dirt and stuff.
10 Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)
Brienne of Tarth is by far the strongest woman physically on this list. In his books, George R.R. Martin describes her as being extremely unfeminine in appearance.
"She is very tall, muscular, flat-chested and ungainly, with straw-coloured hair and broad, coarse features that are covered in freckles. Her teeth are prominent and crooked, her mouth is wide, her lips are swollen, and her nose has been broken more than once."
9 Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
8 Ygritte (Rose Leslie)
7 Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)
6 Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)
Catelyn Stark was the wife of Lord Eddard Stark. Portrayed by Michelle Fairley, she was unfortunately one of many casualties of the infamous “Red Wedding”. She was in 25 episodes, and was easily a fan favourite because of her love and devotion to her family, especially her children. When asked her thoughts on the “Red Wedding” Fairley stated “That was a lovely wedding! (laughs) I particularly liked the bride, I thought her dress was lovely.”
5 Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)
4 Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
3 Melisandre (Carice van Houten)
2 Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
Cersei Lannister, portrayed by Lena Heady, is the Dowager Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, and widow of King Robert Baratheon. Love her or hate her, she is clearly a polarizing character in this franchise and has survived an intense 46 episodes. Fans were amazed each week to see the intricate way Cersei Lannister’s cascading blonde hair was styled. Since Cersei’s arrest, her hair was cut short, which now more closely resembles Headey’s real life ‘do. Cersei has been on quite the journey this past season, and Headey is definitely excited for where the show is going. She said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly,
1 Daenerys Targaeryen (Emilia Clarke)
Played by Emilia Clarke, Daenerys Targaeryen has overcome obstacle after obstacle in her 42-episode life on Game of Thrones. Not only has she persevered through the tragic deaths of both her husband Khal Drogo, and their unborn child, but she also continues to outwit and out scheme the many men who try to take advantage of her. Apparently no one heard about what happened to her brother. Outside of the Realm of Westeros, Clarke appeared in Terminator Genisys as Sarah Connor. Emilia has no plans to return for future Terminator films. When asked about the project she said “No. Uh-uh. But I have some very different roles coming up.”
I guess it’s safe to say, she won’t be back.
Sources: winteriscoming.net, ew.com, gameofthrones.wikia.com
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