The Women Who Rule ‘Game of Thrones’

The ladies, past and present, who have helped shape HBO's hit fantasy series.

August 27, 2017 5:00 am

There was a time not long ago when HBO’s Game of Thrones came under dragon-fire from feminist critics over the show’s depiction of rape and male-dominated action. But as the fantasy series heads into Sunday’s Season 7 finale, the landscape of Westeros has changed considerably.

A woman sits on the Iron Throne, albeit the evil Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), and her biggest threat to that seat of power is the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). And arguably the fiercest warrior in the land is pint-sized Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

So to help keep Game of Thrones fans warm through the long winter that’s coming before the series’ eighth and final season, RealClearLife celebrates the 19 women (or at least 19 featured actresses) of the Seven Kingdoms.

Daenerys Targaryen-Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

Sansa Stark-Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner

Arya Stark-Maisie Williams

Maisey Williams

Cersei Lannister-Lena Headey

Lena Headey

Gilly-Hannah Murray

Hannah Murray

Melisandre-Carice van Houten

Carice van Houten

Meera Reed-Elle Kendrick

Ellie Kendrick

Brienne of Tarth-Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie

Missandei-Nathalie Emmanuel

Nathalie Emmanuel

Yara Greyjoy-Gemma Whelan

Gemma Whelan

Margaery Tyrell-Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer

Olenna Tyrell-Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

Ygritte-Rose Leslie

Rose Leslie

Shae-Sibel Kekilli

Sibel Kekilli

Catelyn Stark-Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley

Ellaria Sand-Indira Varma

Indira Varma

Nymeria Sand-Jessica Henwick

Jessica Henwick

Tyrene Sand-Rosabell Laurenti Sellers

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers

Obara Sand-Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle Hughes

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