The (Remaining) Men of GoT – Part 1

The last season of Game of Thrones (Season 8) premiered last night on HBO. For those of us who are fans, there aren’t any spoilers here ’cause you’re already caught-up; and for those of you who are NOT fans – well, you know what you can do.

In Part 1 of this series, I’m covering the top-level male characters (as of Season 8, Episode 1). Secondary male characters will be discussed in subsequent Posts.

Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen
Arguably the “heartthrob” of GoT. Although viewers knew it long before he did, Jon Snow is not the bastard of House Stark, but the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne:  Aegon Targaryen.

Prior to receiving this knowledge, Jon bedded Daenerys Targaryen; but before you shout “incest”, it was common practice for the Targaryen men to wed their sisters in order to keep the bloodline pure – so no harm no foul.

Brandon Stark

After being pushed out a window by Jaime Lannister in Season 1, Brandon becomes crippled and unable to walk; but would discover that he was destined to become the next “Three-Eye Raven” – a clairvoyant with the ability to see past and present.

“With his dreams of being a knight dashed by the crippling attempt on his life… duty forces Bran to overcome his new limitations and embrace his new abilities.”

Jaime Lannister

Brother (and lover) of Cersei Lannister, he’s also known as “Kingslayer” and served as the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard in Kings Landing.

At the onset, Jaime was the epitome of a “knight in shining armor” and belongs to one of the most powerful (and richest) houses in Westeros. But as the series progressed he turned himself into an Anti-Hero.

Jaime Lannister remains a favorite of mine.

Tyrion Lannister
Brother of Cersei and Jaime, “The Imp” has been a fan favorite from the start. He is smart, ribald, and gets all the best lines! Tyrion’s journey through the 7 Seasons of GoT have seen him barely escaping with his life (numerous times) but somehow this shrewd and resourceful man manages to slip through everyone’s trap. Forced to flee Kings Landings after (justly) murdering his father, Tyrion’s path intersects that of Daenerys Targaryen:

“Tyrion goes on to admit that for years he has believed in nothing but…he has come to believe in Daenerys and that he is ready to live again. Touched, Daenerys presents him with a replica of the Hand’s brooch and formally names him Hand of the Queen. Moved to near-tears, Tyrion kneels before her.”

Theon Greyjoy

You know the kid that was always bullied by the bigger kids so he’d take it out on those smaller than himself? The one that talked a big game while the girls laughed at him behind his back? That’s Theon Greyjoy.

Theon continues to battle against his own weak nature and I have faith in him – that and the fact that he survived savage brutality while being held a captive (“Reek”) by Ramsay Snow/Bolton.

The Night King

Finally, there would be no A Song of Ice and Fire – and no Game of Thrones – without this guy.

Created by the Children of the Forest to help defend themselves against the First Men, The Night King is master and the first of the White Walkers, and commands an ever-increasing army of the dead (which includes animals as well as humans).

And now he has the biggest weapon of all:  Viserion.

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