The book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, I think, is the best book ever written. It has millions of characters, each with their own back story and significance. It has vivid description of every single place in Westeros.
Game of Thrones also has an intricately fabricated world history and culture for every kingdom!
It’s amazing how he not only created the book as an author, he immersed himself playing the role of a god in this book. Every detail of the story has got to take a lot of thinking. That’s probably why it took him forever to write every book and to this day, he hasn’t finished it yet.
I’m not fond of books myself and honestly I don’t have the patience to even finish the first chapter in The Lord of the Rings, but somehow this book had the capacity to bring out the geek in me. I mean seriously, the first, and only, book series I have ever read was A Series of Unfortunate Events and it’s a children’s novel. Somehow this book has reminded me that I’m an adult already and I can also enjoy reading novels written for adults, because fornication, profanities, and violence don’t overwhelm me anymore.
It’s basically a story in the medieval era set in an alternate Earth where the biggest continent is called Westeros, and the world is divided into seven kingdoms. The main ruling kingdom is in King’s Landing, originally ruled by Targaryens, overthrown by the siege of Robert Baratheon and currently ruled by the Lannisters. But after the death of Ned Stark, a great winter comes and revolution from all lesser kingdoms start brewing.
As you may have observed, there are a gazillion characters in this book, each with their own significance no matter how early in the story they get killed. Some we love, some we love to hate. Some bore us, some excite us. Most we assume aren’t going to last long. Here’s my list of favorite Game of Thrones characters. You may strongly disagree with me on some but whatever. I find these characters badass.
Brienne of Tarth
Why she’s badass: Brienne is a Game of thrones character that proves women can handle a man’s job even better. Although struggling with her feminine issues, she knows how to keep oaths to the grave which is ironic because she has not been successful with her tasks since Renly’s time.
But the thought is there. She believes in the honor of keeping promises, no matter what the consequences are. Brienne has passed loyalty from Renly to Catelyn to Jaime and unfortunately dies because she has confused her loyalty with wanting to be loved.
She hides behind an armor but deep inside she just wants to be respected as a woman and not looked down on for being a weaker sex. Pretty badass, right?
Why she’s badass: She has a personal connection with the god of light who tells her whatever she has to do to put Stannis Baratheon on the throne and her by his side. She’s not thirsty for power but she’s a woman to be feared.
Remember when Maester Cressen tried to poison her? The leeches? The evil shadow that slayed Renly?
She has a way of smiting Stannis’ enemies one by one, despite the fact that she’s merely a follower of Rh’lor. She’s a Game of Thrones badass because she knows how powerful she is but instead of wanting all the royal power to herself, she stays a faithful servant to Stannis. Dark magic is badass.
The older sister of Theon Greyjoy who was raised to be the manlier heir of Balon Greyjoy.
Why she’s badass: Asha defies the gender stereotype in her father’s kingdom by owning a ship and leading men to armies. Instead of being wed to some lord and raising an apple pie family, she carries an axe as her lover and a dagger as her suckling babe.
This is why a lot of men in her kingdom respect her as a leader. She represents the iron men better than the supposed heir to the throne, Theon. She knows she was raised by Balon as his heir but she chose to stand down for his uncle when his father died.
I love Asha because she’s fierce and even though she delights in humiliating Theon, she would still go out her way to save him. Being a tough sister in the Game of Thrones is badass.
Why she’s badass: If it’s a Cersei chapter in the book, I’m definitely going to read it in one sitting. haha! I’m a huge fan of Cersei because she’s such a bitch. I love reading about how she thinks everyone around her is stupid and she feels like she was truly born to rule, to the point of thinking she was a better man than Robert Baratheon could ever be.
She’s the queen. She knows it and would do everything in her power to keep her throne. Although she schemes a lot, she has the slightest idea who she could really trust in her kingdom. There has never been another character in the books who can level her fierceness.
Why he’s badass: Speaking of characters I love to hate, Joffrey was on top of my list. From his first encounter with Arya and the stable boy, to his countless douchebag moments, I couldn’t wait for him to die an excruciating death.
Unfortunately, when he died I felt as though I lost the most annoying character in the book. I admit, I kind of miss reading about his arrogance and his crazy thirst for power. I kind of miss wanting to pick his snotty little face from the books and crush his puny little skull with my own hands.
The way his character affects the readers is pretty badass despite his reputation.
Why he’s badass: He’s the only character in Game of Thrones who friggin’ made me cry. The Samuel chapter where he was laid to rest was just the most emotional.
Maester Aemon is probably the most admirable character. He chose the simple life of a maester despite having the birthright to the Iron throne. He does not thirst for power, only wisdom. In a book where every kingdom schemes and fights to rule, it’s ironic and at the same time humbling to have a character turn down power for a simpler life.
Technically speaking, he’s partly responsible for dooming Westeros by allowing his crazy brother to rule, but there wouldn’t be A Game of Thrones if he took it, will there? Kickstarting the whole shebang is badass.
Why he’s badass: To Game of Thrones readers everywhere, I couldn’t elaborate more on the badassness of Tyrion. His witty banters that shut Joffrey up is borderline awesome.
Despite being the most intelligent person on King’s Landing, it was hard for Tyrion to be respected for his mind because of his horrible appearance. Not many take him seriously and not many credit him for his battle strategy because apparently, people glorify only those who go to battle and win it and not those who thinks strategies and get their nose cut off in the field.
All his life he was ridiculed for being a hideous dwarf. This is why he makes up for it by being a nerd. My favorite part was when he sent a big Fuck You to everyone in King’s Landing. This happened after escaping prison and killing his father, Tywin Lannister. Letting it go is friggin’ badass.
The Master of Coins and the current ruler of the Eyrie. The puppet master of all schemes.
Why he’s the most badass character for me: He’s intelligent, so friggin’ intelligent that when he schemes, everything falls into place. Then everything else is gravy. He was not of a noble birth. However, he managed to work his way up the ranks using his financial genius and scheming.
He has a way of predicting outcomes based on people’s personality, and predictability. You can never win against him in a game of chess. He’s a complete package, like a more physically attractive version of Tyrion. Even Tyrion himself was a fan of Baelish’s power with money.
I wonder why Catelyn turned him down. I mean really. Petyr may not win in a fight but he could give her the world. I’m totally rooting for Baelish, haha! I’m gonna go mad if George kills him.
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