20 Strong Facts About the Tough Women of Game of Thrones

1Melisandre

In season 6, when she takes her necklace off and becomes an extremely old woman, it was finally confirmed that Melisandre’s ruby necklace is the source of her youth and likely the source of at least some of her power.


2Unella

You might remember Unella from Cersei’s walk of shame; she was the one ringing the bell and yelling “Shame!” so she was kind of hard to miss. You might not know, however, that Unella is also a member of the Most Devout, who elect the High Septon.


3Lyanna Mormont

Lyanna Mormont is only 10-year-old, and yet she has already stood up to Stannis and was the first in the new landscape of the North to declare for a Stark.


4Cersei Lannister

Despite her renowned beauty, Cersei Lannister was rejected as a bride for both Rhaegar and Viserys Targaryen. Robert Baratheon didn’t want her at first either, and even accidentally called her Lyanna on their wedding night.


5Lady Stoneheart

In the books, the dead Catelyn Stark is brought back as a vengeful zombie named Lady Stoneheart, a fearsome being who kills anyone associated with the Red Wedding. Because Catelyn’s throat was slit during the Red Wedding, Lady Stoneheart is unable to speak.


6Game of Thrones phrase

The phrase “Game of Thrones” is said only once on screen, and the speaker is Cersei Lannister. “When you play the game of thrones,” she says, “you either win or you die.”


7Margaery Tyrell

Margaery Tyrell once told Littlefinger that she wanted to be the queen, not just a queen. And she was. Three times in fact. The socially mobile royal became the queen of Kings Renly Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon, and Tommen Baratheon.


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8Lysa Arryn

Lysa Arryn and her sister Catelyn Stark used to kiss their father’s ward, Littlefinger, for practice when they were children. They also once made mud cakes for him, and he was sick for a week after eating them.


9Nymeria

Nymeria is long dead when the TV series starts, but she was a revered warrior queen who led the Rhoynar refugees and founded one of the seven kingdoms–a unified Dorne. Arya Stark is so inspired by Nymeria, she names her direwolf after her.


10Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen, famous for her long silver hair in the TV series, is actually bald for much of the book series. Her hair was burnt off along with her clothes when she walked into Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre.

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