Top 40 'Game of Thrones' Characters, Ranked

The strongest story arcs. The best one-liners. The most shocking demises. Whether they win or die, whether they're hero or villain or (like most people on this show) somewhere in between, each character on Game of Thrones can employ an entire arsenal of factors to win the game that matters most: the battle for being crowned the series' best character. As David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' smash-hit fantasy saga returns to HBO for its fourth season this weekend, we've ranked its 40 most memorable characters from worst to best. In a cast so sprawling that some kings didn't even make the cut (also: sorry, Hodor, we still love you!), who is the one true king or queen? By Sean T. Collins