Game of Thrones is George R.R. Martin’s famous work of literature, and with the new release of the adaptation of its prequel series “The House of the Dragon,” let us look back to some of the most memorable female characters in GOT.
GOT features multiple female characters who showcase the strength of will and wit throughout the story.
This article will showcase strong female characters in GOT based on their self-reliance.
Disclaimer: Huge spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.
Daenerys Targaryen is one of the last descendants of House Targaryen, who once were the rulers of the Seven Kingdoms. If you struggle with understanding their tangled family relations, check this Targaryen family tree before continuing.
On her quest to reclaim her birthright, the Iron Throne, she served as a liberator and a defender of the poor.
Daenerys also fought alongside Jon Snow against the Night King, setting aside her pursuit of the Iron Throne.
As soon as the battle was won, Danerys led her army to the citadel to take the throne. However, Cersei dealt significant emotional damage to Daenerys after the death of some of her closest friends and allies.
While she can finally defeat Cersei for good, she cannot save herself from madness, which eventually leads to her downfall and death in the arms of her lover.
Also known as the Red Woman or the Red Witch, Melisandre of Asshai is a Red Priestess who became the close advisor of King Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone, who was on his campaign to take the Iron Throne.
Initially, Melisandre believed King Stannis to be the hero Azor Ahai prophesied to defeat the Great other. Being a Red Priestess, Melisandre possesses strong magical powers that can summon shadows that can kill people, like how she gave birth to a shadow that assassinated Renly, the King’s brother.
Her magical powers were again proven when she resurrected Jon Snow after being killed by the White Walkers.
Although some may consider Melisandre to lack personality beneath her character as a Red Priestess, she can still redeem herself by using her power in the fight against the White Walkers.
Yara Greyjoy is the daughter of Balon Greyjoy and is considered to possess a stronger character than his brother, Theon. Because of this, she was chosen to be the next leader of the Iron Islands after her father.
Ygritte is a wildling woman Jon Snow met in his mission beyond the Wall. Initially, the two were mean to each other, but eventually, they formed a deep bond that turned into a romance.
Ygritte showcased great archery and hunting skills that match her fiery personality.
House Tyrell’s head, Lady Olenna Tyrell, had made her mark in the GOT series with her savage commentaries and character.
Aside from her sharp wit and intelligence, Olenna is also considered one of the strong characters in the series.
Margaery Tyrell’s role in the series is more than just the queen consort of King Joffrey; she is also one of the most cunning characters in the story, following after her grandmother, Lady Olenna.
Her actions in the story always have an ulterior motive, and although she can be unremorseful at times, her loyalty to her house is commendable.
One of the most iconic characters in the GOT series is Lyanna Mormont, who can raise an army of full-grown men despite her young age.
Known as the Lady of Bear Island, Lyanna is also a fearless warrior who chooses to join the battle against the White Walkers despite her cousin Jorah’s insistence that she hide in the crypts.
The character of Sansa Stark showed the most resilience from enduring various horrific events in her life.
Sansa had grown so much in nature that she was hailed as the Queen in the North.
There is no doubt that Cersei Lannister is among the female characters in GOT that have exhibited formidable strength of nature across the seasons, no matter how misguided her motivations may be.
Among her various roles in the story, what resonated most is her role as a mother to her three children, whom she loved dearly. However, the death of her three children turned her even more cruel, which ultimately became the cause of her misery.
Throughout the series, the character of Arya Stark has proven to be one of the most developed characters, from being a young girl from the North up to her head-to-head battle with the Night King, whom she managed to kill through her fantastic fighting skills.
The character of Brienne of Tarth is the true epitome of honor and loyalty, as evident in her service as a knight, initially to King Renly, and lastly, as a defender of Westeros against the common enemy.
Strong characters give a long-lasting impression to readers and viewers alike. When considering which characters are strong or not, it is essential to remember that it does not refer to physical strength alone.
A character’s resilience ultimately measures the strength of a character despite any adversity encountered in the story.
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