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'Game of Thrones' finale: Arc of characters who survived the bloody series until season 7

Updated : 2019-05-19 23:00:04

After the marathon eight-season run, 'Game of Thrones' will air its finale on Sunday. In the 73-episode epic, numerous characters have come and gone, while some managed to catch the audience fancy, others were better off gone. However, there are some who have endured through all eight seasons of the show despite its penchant for unexpected deaths. Here are the story arcs of some characters who will live in the memory long after the dust has settled on the show's finale

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. Jaime was introduced as an incestuous character who would go to the extent of pushing a young boy off a tower to hide his licentious relationship with his twin sister. On the professional front, he had stabbed the king he was sworn to protect right in the back. Jaime wasn't the character that one would root for, but he evolved into a more nuanced personality and by the eighth season, 'the  stupidest Lannister' was among the good guys. Incest aside. (HBO via AP)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. Jaime was introduced as an incestuous character who would go to the extent of pushing a young boy off a tower to hide his licentious relationship with his twin sister. On the professional front, he had stabbed the king he was sworn to protect right in the back. Jaime wasn't the character that one would root for, but he evolved into a more nuanced personality and by the eighth season, 'the  stupidest Lannister' was among the good guys. Incest aside. (HBO via AP)
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. The youngest Stark girl wasn’t lady-like, neither did she want to be. She was made for sterner stuff. Arya’s father indulged her childhood fantasies and got her a mentor to hone her fighting skills. The tragedies that befell her family saw Arya go through a journey that only the strongest would survive. With the friendships she forged and the skills she acquired, Arya evolved not just into the best of fighters but also a character with a consistent rectitude. (HBO via AP)
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. The youngest Stark girl wasn’t lady-like, neither did she want to be. She was made for sterner stuff. Arya’s father indulged her childhood fantasies and got her a mentor to hone her fighting skills. The tragedies that befell her family saw Arya go through a journey that only the strongest would survive. With the friendships she forged and the skills she acquired, Arya evolved not just into the best of fighters but also a character with a consistent rectitude. (HBO via AP)
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy. Theon, who grew up among the Starks at Winterfell, would fail them at a crucial juncture and paid a heavy price for it. No character suffered more torture through the course of the show than Theon. Whipped, thrashed, flayed and having his manhood amputated, Theon slived through it all, and on top of it, mental torture ensured that he even forgot his identity. But he withstood it all and redeemed himself with acts of loyalty towards his adopted family. (HBO via AP)
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy. Theon, who grew up among the Starks at Winterfell, would fail them at a crucial juncture and paid a heavy price for it. No character suffered more torture through the course of the show than Theon. Whipped, thrashed, flayed and having his manhood amputated, Theon slived through it all, and on top of it, mental torture ensured that he even forgot his identity. But he withstood it all and redeemed himself with acts of loyalty towards his adopted family. (HBO via AP)
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark. The elder Stark girl was the opposite of Arya: lady-like and with an ambition of marrying a prince. She would soon realise that some dreams are better left unfulfilled. Her time as a princess saw her go through the worst of abuses from being a witness to the unjust beheading of her father to the prospect of marrying his murderer and from being almost violated in public to being violently raped on her wedding night. Through it all, 'the little bird' evolved into a strong lady of Winterfell. (HBO via AP)
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark. The elder Stark girl was the opposite of Arya: lady-like and with an ambition of marrying a prince. She would soon realise that some dreams are better left unfulfilled. Her time as a princess saw her go through the worst of abuses from being a witness to the unjust beheading of her father to the prospect of marrying his murderer and from being almost violated in public to being violently raped on her wedding night. Through it all, 'the little bird' evolved into a strong lady of Winterfell. (HBO via AP)
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Jaime’s twin sister, his love interest and the mother of their three children, would spend most of her days sipping copious amounts of alcohol and scheming ways to secure more power for her family. Cersei's greed and lust for power would see her being paraded naked through the streets of King’s Landing, lose her only surviving son to suicide and push her lover away from her. But each setback only strengthened her evil tendencies until it all came crashing down. (HBO via AP)
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Jaime’s twin sister, his love interest and the mother of their three children, would spend most of her days sipping copious amounts of alcohol and scheming ways to secure more power for her family. Cersei's greed and lust for power would see her being paraded naked through the streets of King’s Landing, lose her only surviving son to suicide and push her lover away from her. But each setback only strengthened her evil tendencies until it all came crashing down. (HBO via AP)
Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. The visions of the crippled Stark heir would take him on an unchartered journey and gain unprecedented insights that would tilt the odds in favour of the living against the dead. (HBO via AP)
Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. The visions of the crippled Stark heir would take him on an unchartered journey and gain unprecedented insights that would tilt the odds in favour of the living against the dead. (HBO via AP)
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly. Young Samwell wanted to be a scholar or maester in Game of Thrones-speak, but it wouldn’t be a worthy pursuit in the eyes of for his father and Tarly family patriarch, Randyll, who disparages his dreams by calling it
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly. Young Samwell wanted to be a scholar or maester in Game of Thrones-speak, but it wouldn’t be a worthy pursuit in the eyes of for his father and Tarly family patriarch, Randyll, who disparages his dreams by calling it "spending your life reading about the achievements of better men”.  The overweight and ill-equipped Samwell was shipped to the north as one of the Night's Watch to guard the Wall. He wouldn’t survive but for the friendships he forged. Samwell would ultimately set sail to Old Town for his scholarly pursuits. However, he would be bogged down by the bureaucratic regime of the hallowed institution and realise his autodidact ways were the way to go. One of the few morally-consistent characters in the show, he also killed a White Walker and a Thenn, as he would remind anyone doubting his fighting prowess. (HBO via AP)
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. The only surviving Targaryen woman suffered at the hands of her evil brother, who would go any lengths in his hunger to win the Seven Kingdoms. Young Daenerys was married off to a Dothraki and suffered repeated marital rape before she was ultimately consumed by the dream of becoming the queen. But the Mother of Dragons wouldn’t do it the old evil way. Hers would be a rule based on justice and equality even if it would come at the expense of delaying the battle for accession. That was before the battle began... (HBO via AP)
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. The only surviving Targaryen woman suffered at the hands of her evil brother, who would go any lengths in his hunger to win the Seven Kingdoms. Young Daenerys was married off to a Dothraki and suffered repeated marital rape before she was ultimately consumed by the dream of becoming the queen. But the Mother of Dragons wouldn’t do it the old evil way. Hers would be a rule based on justice and equality even if it would come at the expense of delaying the battle for accession. That was before the battle began... (HBO via AP)
Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Eddard Stark’s bastard wasn’t the most-loved member of the Stark family for the seemingly unfortunate circumstances of his birth.  Nevertheless, he had his moral arc unblemished. Snow would realise his dream of becoming a Night’s Watch but his rectitude would see him make the unforgiving journey further north, fall in love with a wildling, understand and make others recognise that the living beyond the wall aren’t savages as everyone thinks. He would go on to take back Winterfell, ward off the dead and ultimately help Daenerys’ quest for the iron throne. In the process, he also realises his true identity. (HBO via AP)
Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Eddard Stark’s bastard wasn’t the most-loved member of the Stark family for the seemingly unfortunate circumstances of his birth.  Nevertheless, he had his moral arc unblemished. Snow would realise his dream of becoming a Night’s Watch but his rectitude would see him make the unforgiving journey further north, fall in love with a wildling, understand and make others recognise that the living beyond the wall aren’t savages as everyone thinks. He would go on to take back Winterfell, ward off the dead and ultimately help Daenerys’ quest for the iron throne. In the process, he also realises his true identity. (HBO via AP)
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. One of the cleverest characters in the show, the youngest Lannister didn’t win the genetic lottery. Born a dwarf, he was despised by his own family and found affection only from his brother Jaime. Tyrion, who has a predilection for alcohol and women, is blessed with the sharpest of brains and knows which cards to play and when. He needed that to survive as a dwarf. The most moral of the Lannisters, Tyrion would go on to become the hand of the queen Daenerys and probably has a few tricks up his sleeve in the season finale. (HBO via AP)
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. One of the cleverest characters in the show, the youngest Lannister didn’t win the genetic lottery. Born a dwarf, he was despised by his own family and found affection only from his brother Jaime. Tyrion, who has a predilection for alcohol and women, is blessed with the sharpest of brains and knows which cards to play and when. He needed that to survive as a dwarf. The most moral of the Lannisters, Tyrion would go on to become the hand of the queen Daenerys and probably has a few tricks up his sleeve in the season finale. (HBO via AP)
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