As you know, when you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. And there are a number of treacherous lords and ladies is HBO’s A Game of Thrones who will make sure of that fact. To say that the characters in this show are dangerous is an understatement, but who presents the most danger in the world of Westeros?
The first names to come to the minds of watchers might be the Clegane brothers. Sandor and Gregor are unmatched for the size and ferocity in battle. They both make for imposing figures, but I’d run from Gregor before his younger brother. In the show, Sandor seems to at least exercise some restraint with his power. This is more than can be said for Gregor, who chops the head off his horse after losing in a joust.
Gregor is brutish in the worst way, and he seems to lack that all important virtue in Westeros: honor. His raw power and rage paired with his inability to suppress either make him a seriously dangerous character.
But it’s not always physical prowess that makes a character truly dangerous. It is the calculating, clever characters in places of power that worry me most.
These characteristics are what make Varys and Littlefinger two of those most dangerous characters in A Game of Thrones. These two men are extremely smart and they both seem to have mysterious motives. Who they truly serve within the realm is brought to question, but never truly answered in season one. It’s these questionable allegiances that make them top my list.
Cersei is another character that portrays this cunning, manipulative nature. With King Robert dead and Joffery, the heir to the Iron Throne, too young to rule the kingdom alone, the lady lion is now top of the food chain. She has all the power necessary to fulfill her purposes, which are generally in her and her family’s best interests, and not necessarily the realm’s.
Even more dangerous, are those characters in places of power that show a complete lack of sense and/or moral compass. At the top of this list would be the demonic spawn of the Lannister twins, none other than Joffery Baratheon. He is in a position that allows him do whatever he’d like to whoever he’d like… or he can make his sworn swords, the Kingsguard, do it for him.
Either way, he is one of the most dangerous characters in the Game of Thrones right now. As we saw in season one and from the new trailer, he runs amuck, threatening (and taking) lives with no one to check him.
While Daenerys is not particularly strong, at least in the physical sense like the Clegane’s, or manipulative way like Littlefinger, a few Dragons can make you pretty dangerous. Dany was always a strong character, but with only a small army of Dothraki who are terrified of crossing the sea, she posed little threat to Westeros.
Before his death, King Robert ordered Daenerys killed because he saw her claim to the Iron Throne as a danger to his crown. Ned dismissed this ‘risk,’ but it seems that Robert wasn’t wrong after all. Her lineage and her parentage of three dragons make her seriously dangerous.
Danger seems to lurk around every corner in this world George R. R. Martin created. Danger can be seen more subtly in characters like Cersei and Varys, or the crazy can be right out there for everyone to see in Joffery’s case. In any case, the people of Westeros better be prepared.
Who do you think is the most dangerous character in A Game of Thrones?