1. Daenerys Targaryen
She's the heir to a powerful, fucked-up family with even more powerful and fucked-up enemies. Her story is a non-stop confrontation with complex ideas about sex, war, gender, race, politics, and morality. She's played by an actor who went from unknown to star overnight. Oh, and she's a fireproof messiah with a trio of flying nuclear dinosaurs at her disposal. The Mother of Dragons is the human embodiment of everything that makes Game of Thrones great. Bow down.