seraravi They do a little bit! :) Especially after I finished all of the books. In no real order, and often subject to change:
1. Asha Greyjoy. I adore Asha. There are no words. While I love elements of her show counterpart Yara (Gemma Whelan is a gift), the writers really haven’t done her justice at all. THAT FUCKING DOG SCENE, FUCK YOU GoT, FUCK YOU. Asha is the best, go go go Queen Asha.
2. Sansa Stark. I will NEVER UNDERSTAND the extreme hatred this character gets. She, along with Theon, are probably the most realistic characters in the entire series. Her POVs are quiet and contemplative, which I think may be the reason people dismiss her (apparently characters are only worthwhile if they are in constant action mode?) She’s a subtle and complex young woman with a really interesting story arc, GO TEAM SANSA.
3. Littlefinger. What’s he going to do next? Fuck shit up, that’s what. He’s too devious for his own damn good. It’s hard keeping the lies and truths straight with this one. Will we get a POV some day? I don’t think the world is ready yet.
4. Brienne. I love Brienne. She’s such a unique character. She’s one of the few decent human beings in all of Westeros, but still burdened with faults like anyone else. She has her strengths, her weaknesses, her convictions and doubts… you can’t help but wish her well, sigh.
5. I really love the Boltons. Well, love to hate in the case of Ramsay. They make for some of the most compelling and horrifying reading in the entire series. Why has anyone ever in the history of ever trusted Roose? Every time we see him he’s acting cartoonishly villainous. I love this evil trash family so much. Counting Walda here because SHE’S GREAT.
Bonus: Arianne, Val, Theon, Davos, Melisandre, Tywin, the sand snakes, Alysanne Mormont, Dolorous Edd, Mya Stone, Arya, Euron Greyjoy, Genna Lannister
1. Tywin Lannister. While I really enjoy book Tywin, Charles Dance brings the character to life in a more compelling way than he plays out on the page. This may just be my extreme Charles Dance bias speaking, ahem, BUT. He just… Charles Dances it the fuck up. He can castrate with a single steely glance, or an abrupt ‘hmmm.’ Constantly mesmerizing. One of my favourite assholes ever. RIP you precious, awful angel.
2. Sansa, again. Sophie Turner does such a great job. There’s a LOT of debate around the changes to her character at the end of last season, but… I’m intrigued to see where they go with it. People seem to be forgetting the fact that she’s adapting and evolving in AFFC as well, ya know? Sansa’s not naive anymore.
3. Margaery Tyrell. I enjoy Marg in the books, but she’s a character we never really get close to. You have to put the pieces together from many different view points. While we do get a better picture of her as AFFC goes on, I absolutely love Natalie Dormer’s “beauty queen with a knife behind her back’ performance. She’s politically savvy, and knows how to play the game. Yesssssss good.
4. Littlefinger. Aidan Gillan is as weird and sleazy and crafty as the character deserves. I think he’s one of the most successful book-to-show translations. He’s gross and great and gross and GROSS and great and I love him so much.
5. Roose, what a guy. I actually really love the show’s interpretation of this character for entirely different reasons than the book version. I didn’t start reading the novels until the end of the second season, and I had thought that he seemed like a pretty stand up guy haha. The betrayal in the show plays out for very logical and clinical reasons, which become much more apparently after a re-watch. There’s a gradual build up of ‘this fucking Stark kid is gonna get us all killed, time to jump ship’, paired with the, uh, less-than-morally-upright nature of the character, that feels a little more natural than ‘we shouldn’t have trusted than cartoonishly evil man covered in leeches.’
Bonus: Blackfish, Davos, Stannis, Edd, Brienne, Theon, Arya, Tormund, Ygritte, Varys, Missandei