portrayed by Nathalie Emmanuel (season 3,4,5)
9. Walder Frey
portrayed by David Bradley (episodes 1x09, 3x09, 3x10)
"The King in the North arises..."
8. Alliser Thorne
portrayed by Owen Teale (season 1 - current)
"Tonight, we fight! And when the sun rises, I promise you, Castle Black will stand! The Night's Watch will stand! With me now! Now with me!"
portrayed by Noah Taylor (season 3,4)
"The fuck are you doing to my bear?!"
6. Maester Luwin
portrayed by Donald Sumpter (season 1,2)
"All of them, my Lord?"
It was nice seeing someone who cared about the Starks so much, giving the boys the support while Ned was in King's Landing and Catelyn joined Robb in his war. Maester Luwin was such a kind character and his death is still one of the saddest in the series. There were also so many great little touches in Sumpter's performance, my favorite being his pride of Robb's courage as he asks him to call all the banners to defend his father.
portrayed by Natalia Tena (season 1,2,3)
"The cold winds are rising."
George R.R. Martin liked Tena's portrayal so much he is writing a little more for the character in his new books. Tena is really great in the part, making the storyline somewhat interested singlehandedly. She plays a wildling who becomes the prisoner of the Starks and in the end a guardian of both Bran and Rickon. Last we saw her she was taking Rickon away to safety and she is said to return in the future seasons.
4. Viserys Targaryen
portrayed by Harry Lloyd (season 1)
"That's all I wanted, what was promised."
Looking back at the series, you realize how many great characters were there that are no longer alive in the show. And how surprising that Viserys, Daenerys' arrogant brother, was only in the show for six episodes - I still remember all of his scenes very well and Lloyd was just fantastic in the role, balancing the characters' cruelty, obsession with power and being a scared little boy inside so well.
portrayed by Anton Lesser (season 3,4,5)
"There will be pain."
Qyburn is one of the best cast characters in the show - he looks exactly like Martin described him - like a sweet, gentle, kind man. But in reality Qyburn is a monster, conducting experiments on alive subjects. We still haven't seen the depths of his evil, but we will soon.
2. Thoros of Myr
portrayed by Paul Kaye (season 3, please God season 5)
"I knelt beside his cold body, and said the old words. Not because I believed in them, but... he was my friend. And he was dead. And they were the only words I knew. And for the first time in my life, the Lord replied. Beric's eyes opened. And I knew the truth: our God is the one true God... and all men must serve Him."
Thoros of Myr is a fascinating character - red priest who was on the verge of losing his faith, who drinks way too much and who is a part of Brotherhood without Banners. He has a real power - time and time again he has brought his friend Beric Dondarrion back from the dead. Kaye, who resembles William Hurt to a freaky degree, was just excellent in the role and he was one of the very few males in the series not intimated when sharing the screen with luminous Carice van Houten. I really hope we will see him again, perhaps even in the new season.
1. Roose Bolton
portrayed by Michael McElhatton (season 2,3,4,5)
"The Lannisters send their regards."
McElhatton, just like Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister, makes his character so charismatic, interesting and compelling, you are almost disgusted at yourself for enjoying his scenes, because they are both such bad men. Roose, a member of cruel Bolton house which flays people and who himself killed Robb Stark and participated in Red Wedding, is one of the most clever characters in the show - what's great is that there is also a great deal of humor injected to his scenes as he berates his monstrous bastard son Ramsay and downright trolls people (who can forget that scene where Jaime literally fall to his knees after Roose leading him to believe, briefly, that something happened to Cersei?). If there is one character who deserves to meet his end from Stannis (which is something that I really hope happens in future books and the show) it's him. Funny bit here - there is some confusion in fandom as some keep mixing Dillane and McEhatton up.
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