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Game of Thrones: the impact of its female characters

Game of Thrones left us with some of the best, most interesting and complex female characters we’ve seen on television in recent years. We review the most important ones.

Game of Thrones will always be remembered as one of the most divisive series of all time. Some loved the ending completely while others how many millions hated it and even started campaigns to re-record the last season (something that would only happen in dreams). But despite that, one thing is certain is that the series left us some of the best characters we have seen on television . Kings, knights, and even mystics left a place in the series, but the ones that no one will really forget are the female characters who showed how complex a character can be and show that life is not black and white. 

Although in Game of Thrones we saw Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, and other important women, this time we focused on the Queens we saw fight over 8 seasons (some less than others). These are those iconic women ( and we hope we’ll see more characters in the sequels ): 

Deanerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke went from complete anonymity to being one of the best known actresses in the world by taking on the role of Deanerys Targaryen (better known as the Khaleesi ). Her character begins as an innocent young woman who is manipulated by her older brother, who sells her to the Dothraki to aid him in his quest for the throne. However, Deanerys grows up learning from the people around her and decides to undertake her own quest and become Queen. And although at first she seems a savior, from a certain perspective she is an absolute villain as she seeks the throne at all times, until she becomes a complete obsession. The upcoming House of the Dragon series will follow its ancestors.

Cersei lannister

Lena Heady already had a long career before taking on the role of Cersei Lannister , another excellent character who seems to come out of a Shakespearean drama, as she is presented as a malevolent woman who feels dissatisfied with her marriage to Robert Baratheon. However, he does not begin to act so brutal and cruel until his family begins to suffer damage, starting with his son Joffrey Baratheon who is killed in a surprise way. That point is key to his character and the transformation he undergoes. 

Sansa stark

Sophie Turner plays the eldest daughter of the Starks , who also has one of the harshest twists we’ve seen on television. The young woman begins as a girl who believes in a philosophy similar to that of fairy tales, with her imagining a prince being happy in a castle, far from the cold of his family. However, once she actually marries her prince (who is a sadist who ordered her father’s death) she notices that life is not as simple as it seems, and she has a long way to go to become a tough woman, even distrusting of some members of his family. 

Catelyn Stark 

Michelle Fairley also gave one of her best performances as Catelyn Tully or Catelyn Stark , the family matriarch, who also makes tough decisions to protect her family (similar in many ways to Cersei Lannister ). She has an arc of failure, in which she serves as the voice of reason and advice in many cases. Its ending is one of the most tragic in the series and serves as the death of reason or light in the series. 

Yara greyjoy

Gemma Whelan plays Theon’s sister , Yara Greyjoy, who in a way is also a monarch in charge on the show. She represents everything that is not her brother, being completely respected within the Iron Islands until a turn takes her away from that place. Cunning and cruel, she makes difficult decisions and although her arc is not as interesting as others, she is one of the most adored characters in the series. 

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