Back in 2011, when Game of Thrones Season 1 had just aired, there were some strong negative responses to it, especially because of the violent and sexist world that was depicted in the TV show. But, as George R.R. Martin – the author of A Song of Ice and Fire said, we kind of tend to ignore or sideline the true history of (sexual) violence against women.
So yes, the female characters from Game of Throne live in a highly disturbed world – very similar to the real historical one. But they are or they become strong characters. These women are true survivors!
We got used in TV shows to just watch pretty faces when it comes to female characters. Game of Thrones changed that! We have strong and very well developed female characters that we actually care about.
That being said, here are some of the best female characters from Game of Thrones.
#1 Arya Stark – Her character is actually twice more atypical than the usuals. Arya is not only a strong female character in a world where you might say women are vulnerable, but she is also a child.
#2 Daenerys Targaryen – Well, she has dragons – how cool is that? Seriously, Dany is so much more than being the Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea and so on. She’s Game of Thrones one of the best politicians!
#3 Cersei Lannister – We just love to hate her. She impressed us all with how much she cares about her children and creeped us with her cold heart when it comes to anyone who is not a part of the family (and yeah, Tyrion is not accepted in this happy family).
#4 Brienne of Tarth – Brienne is this huge female warrior and such a sweet person at the same time. She’s honest and naive, but you should definitely not mess with her. The audience love her for breaking the stereotypes. She is not a damsel in distress, she’s the savior and protector.
#5 Sansa Stark – Starting off as one annoying little lady, especially as we constantly compared her with her sister, Sansa grew and learnt how to survive in a cruel world. She’s not that naive little girl anymore, but a powerful leader that knows how to play the game…
#6 Melisandre – The Red Witch, a priestess of the Lord of the Light, Melisandre is as mysterious and beautiful as she is dangerous and deadly!
#7 Ygritte – You know nothing if you don’t know why she’s on this list 🙂
#8 Margaery Tyrell – This woman was meant to be a queen and she is willing to play the game. She is smart, gorgeous and manipulative.
#9 Yara Greyjoy – All GoT women are quite strong characters. Yara is no exception, but she seems truly made of something else. She is actually seen by her father and the Iron Isles people as a strong and truly capable heir to her father’s seat.
#10 Catelyn Stark – She is the Mother figure of the show. If Cersei wouldn’t get so much hate, you could see how these two women have so much in common. Catelyn is strong and emotional, just trying to protect her family.
Special mentions should go to Olenna Tyrell, as well, Meera Reed, Osha, Shireen Baratheon, Missandei or even Gilly.
Female characters from Game of Thrones are truly inspiring!