40 Best 'Game of Thrones' Characters – Ranked and Updated

From Arya to Yara, the Night King to the Mother of Dragons, we count down the 'Game's best and worst players

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Daenerys Targaryen

1. Daenerys Targaryen

She's the heir to a powerful, dysfunctional family with even more powerful and dysfunctional enemies. Her story is a non-stop confrontation with complex ideas about sex, war, gender, race, politics and morality. She's played by Emilia Clarke, an actor who went from unknown to star overnight, with the Rolling Stone cover to prove it. Oh, and she's a fireproof messiah with a trio of flying nuclear dinosaurs at her disposal. Now, after six seasons of waiting, she's headed to Westeros to take back the Iron Throne, and quite possibly save humanity from extinction at the cold hands of the White Walkers in the process. The Mother of Dragons is the human embodiment of everything that makes Game of Thrones great. Bow down.

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