I love the fact that she’s an atypical heroine and I find her sense of honor and principled loyalty so gosh darn endearing.
Equally atypical is the ass-kicking Asha. Love her swagger and no-bullshit attitude.
Such a rich, textured and, ultimately, tragic character.
Sure, I love to hate her but, at the same time, I understand and even sympathize with her desire to do what’s best for her family. After all, it always comes down family.
You’d think it would be hard to sympathize with a character who, in his very introduction, tries to kill a child who stumbles across his incestuous secret rendezvous with his sister – and yet, he’s a charmer.
The enemy of your enemy is your friend. Usually. But I wouldn’t count on it if said frenemy is Littlefinger. The ultimate opportunist. It’s a joy to watch him “play the angles”.
A latecomer to the action (And, yes, I’ve read the books) who has become a fast favorite for his contrasting roguishness and noble spirit.
I can’t help but admire the Lord of Whispers and his ability to maneuver and maintain his position within the court. Knowledge IS power.
A mercenary through and through and yet he is capable of genuine affection, loyalty, and friendship. But of course not at the risk of his own life.
I loved the character in the books and love him even more on the television series. Cynical, rude, and debauched and yet, at the same time, humorous, considerate and vulnerable.
Honorable mentions: Arya Stark, Khal Drogo, Sandor Clegane (The Hound), Margaery Tyrell.