HBO’s Game Of Thrones wowed audiences last spring with the ongoing tribulations in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. While plenty of viewers would look at the show’s male characters as the driving force of the series, it’s actually the women who give real depth to the story line, displaying grit, perseverance, and doing whatever it takes to protect themselves and their families. These incredible characters manage to do this despite the fact that they are often treated as second-class citizens.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the women warriors of Westeros.
Daenerys Targaryen is arguably the most developed character of the first season. She begins the show as a feeble, frightened girl forced to marry a warrior so that her brother Viserys’s desire to recapture the throne can come to fruition. However, as each episode progresses, Dany realizes that she is actually stronger than all of the males around her, especially her brother. In the fourth episode, she finally stands up to her sibling, slapping him and threatening his life should he ever abuse her again. Soon after, her brother is slain, and it is Dany who is the last hope of the Targaryen line.
This wicked snow queen (figure of speech, not a reference to Winterfell) is quite possibly the most interesting character on Game Of Thrones. She wants nothing more than her children to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Too bad all of her kids were fathered by her twin brother, Jamie Lannister, who as you may have guessed, is also her lover. Initially, when Ned confronts Cersei with allegations of martial infidelity and incest, she warns him, “In the game of thrones, you win or you die.” It’s only a few episodes later that Ned’s decision to tangle with the queen results in the loss of his head.