Can You Match the 'Game of Thrones' Actor to Their Character?

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

As Cersei Lannister once said, "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

So now we want to know, are you ready to take this quiz and show us what you've got? You either know these "Game of Thrones" favorites or you don't, and the time has come to find out! 

From Emilia Clarke to Kit Harrington and Peter Dinklage to Maisie Williams, the "Game of Thrones" series was stacked with talented actors who entertained us one season after another. And it doesn't matter if you read the entire book series or jumped on the "GOT" bandwagon and binge-watched your way to the series finale, we have a feeling you will love this quiz. So go ahead and test your knowledge with this ultimate character challenge. Think you have what it takes to ace it?

Whether you loved every single episode or you were disappointed in the way things ended (did you sign the petition, too?), the fact is that the show was comprised of actors who both individually and as an ensemble changed the television landscape.

In the words of House Stark, "Winter is coming!" Hop on your horse and take this quiz before someone calls, "Dracarys!" Good luck!

Jon Snow was born Aegon Targaryen to Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. He was raised, however, as the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark. Early on, he joined the Night's Watch and later became King in the North. It was not until season eight when his true identity was revealed to him.

Arya is the daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and Lady Catelyn Stark. She was responsible for the death of the Night King in season eight. Throughout the course of the show, Williams received numerous award nominations and won two Portal Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Young Actor.

Peter Dinklage won three Primetime Emmys for his role as Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion was Cersei and Jaime's brother who, despite troubled relations, showed loyalty and affection to them until the very end. Dinklage was one of several actors who appeared in every season of "Game of Thrones."

Ned Stark, the patriarch of House Stark, was a popular main character in season one. It would be five more seasons before the audience would see him again, however. He later reappeared in season six to help reveal, or at least suggest, the truth behind Jon Snow and the family tree.

Though he appeared in just seven episodes, Robert Baratheon made a name for himself in season one. With the help of Eddard Stark and Jon Arryn, Robert destroyed the Targaryen dynasty and took the Iron Throne as its first king. Though it was not too long before he was killed, his legacy lived on.

As a timid young girl, Daenerys Targaryen was forced to marry Khal Drogo in season one. She later emerged as a strong woman and leader, becoming the mother of three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. On her quest for the Iron Throne, Dany is eventually killed by her true love in season eight.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau appeared as Jaime Lannister in all eight seasons of "Game of Thrones." Though he appeared in the series finale, he did not have a speaking role. Instead, Tyrion found him dead with Cersei as they were buried together by the rubble in the crypt of the Red Keep.

Did you know that Isaac Hempstead Wright was just 12 years old when he was cast as Bran Stark? In total, he appeared in 40 episodes of "Game of Thrones," earning several award nominations and winning the TiBS Scifi Awards Best Young Actor honor in 2013.

Do you recall Catelyn Stark's final appearance? In the episode titled "The Rains of Castamere," Catelyn pleads with Walder Frey to spare her son's life. When he does not, she retaliates and kills his wife Joyeuse. That does not work out too well, though, as Frey's son Black Walder slits her throat.

Lena Headey may have gained notoriety in "The Brother's Grim" and "300," but it wasn't until "Game of Thrones" when her career took off. In fact, "Rolling Stone" once ranked Cersei Lannister the number one villain of "Game of Thrones" describing her as the "most dangerous human being in Westeros."

Ser Jorah Mormont appeared in 52 episodes of "Game of Thrones" over the course of its eight seasons. Fans recall Mormont as an exiled knight and only son of the former lord commander of the Night's Watch. His love for Daenerys, though never realized, had a valuable impact on her.

Viserys was the son of the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen and older brother of Dany. Upon his father's death, he claimed the Iron Throne and declared himself King Viserys III. His rule was not just cut short, it was non-existent. Khal Drogo, Dany's husband, killed him before he returned to Westeros.

Sansa Stark was the sister of Robb, Arya, Bran, Rickon and half-sister of Jon Snow. Did you know this was Sophie Turner's breakthrough acting role? Since starring in "Game of Thrones," Turner has appeared in "X-Men: Apocalypse," "Josie" and "Dark Phoenix."

Richard Madden was born in Scotland in 1986. In 2011, he was cast as Robb Stark in "Game of Thrones," marking his professional breakthrough role. In total, he appeared in 21 episodes, earning several award nominations as well as the Screen International Award for Star of Tomorrow in 2011.

Born into the House of Greyjoy, Theon died in the name of House Stark. He died protecting Bran Stark from the hand of the Night King during the Battle of Winterfell. Allen's character is last seen, albeit as a corpse, in the episode entitled "The Last of the Starks" in season eight.

King Joffrey I Baratheon was the 18th king of the Iron Throne. He appeared in 26 episodes of "Game of Thrones" until his untimely death by poison at his own wedding celebration. Do you remember who was to blame? Olenna Tyrell and Petyr Baelish!

You may know Sandor Clegane better as "The Hound." A main character in all but the fifth season of "Game of Thrones," Sandor was a force of strength and fight who had an ongoing rivalry with his brother Gregor. You would, too, if your brother gruesomely burned your face as children, right?

Khal Drogo was one of the fiercest, strongest and most feared khals of the Dothraki people. He starred in the first season of "Game of Thrones," and only appeared briefly in season two in Daenerys' dreams. Did you know that Jason Momoa performed a traditional Māori haka at his "GOT" audition?

After starring in 41 episodes of "Game of Thrones," Littlefinger's story came to an end in season seven's "The Dragon and the Wolf" episode when Arya slit his throat with his own Valyrian dagger. Irish actor Aiden Gillen is also remembered as Tommy Carcetti in HBO's "The Wire."

Born on June 2, 1961 in Ireland, Liam Cunningham is best known for his award-nominated performance as The Onion Knight, or Davos Seaworth, in "Game of Thrones." A former adviser to Stannis Baratheon and a smuggler at heart, his fingers were cut off as punishment for smuggling food to Stannis.

Surprisingly, John Bradley was cast as Samwell Tarly in "Game of Thrones" just three months after graduating from Manchester School of Theatre in England. Cast in a main role and soon nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award? Not too shabby for an actor's first audition ever!

Dillane starred as Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone from 2012 - 2015. He claimed the Iron Throne following the death of his brother King Robert and his other brother Renly, who he admittedly killed. Stannis was later killed by Brienne, who believes Renly was the rightful heir to the throne.

Carice van Houten is an accomplished actress who hails from the Netherlands. She gained international notoriety after she was cast as Melisandre of Asshai in 2012. Often referred to as the Red Woman because of her red clothes and hair, she served as a close adviser to King Stannis Barthenon.

Prior to his role as Jeor Mormont on "Game of Thrones," James Cosmo was best known for his roles in "Highlander," "Braveheart," "Ben-Hur," "Troy" and "Wonder Woman." As the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch in the North, he paved the way for Jon Snow as his potential successor.

Jerome Flynn appeared as Bronn in each of the eight "Game of Thrones" seasons. He soon became Tyrion's protector and companion. By the end of the series, King Bran Stark had named him Master of Coin.

For years, Varys practiced what he preached: he served not one king or queen but the people. Though Daenerys warned him not to betray her, he did not heed her words. Instead he chose to suggest that Jon become king and Dany be poisoned. He was soon burned alive by Drogon at the Queen's command.

Sibel Kekilli portrayed a camp follower from Lorath from season one through until her death in season four. From Tyrion to Sansa to Tywin, Shae didn't stand a chance as her jealousy over the marriage of Tyrion and Sansa defeated her. She attempted to kill Tyrion who in turn strangled her to death.

Margaery is the twin sister of Loras Tyrrell, both the grandchildren of Olenna Redwyne. In season two, she marries Renly despite his romantic interest in her brother Loras, not her. Following Renly's death, she intends to become Queen of Westeros but only true fans know how that worked out for her!

Tywin is the patriarch of the House Lannister of Casterly Rock. He is also the father of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion, who gives him the most trouble of all. When it comes to prostitutes and heirs, nothing can end well. Tyrion not only strangled his former mistress, he also shot his father in her name.

Talisa Maegyr appeared as a healer in seasons two and three during the War of the Five Kings. She fell in love with Jaime Lannister on the battlefield and later married him in secret. Soon after becoming a Stark and pregnant with Jaime's baby, however, she was killed during the Red Wedding Massacre.

Ygritte was a Wildling from beyond the great Wall. She did not just fall in love with Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones," actors Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington fell in love on set in real life! The happy couple married in 2018. An avid archer, Leslie performed her own archery scenes on "GOT."

After leaving King's Landing in a row boat at the end of season three, Gendry returned in season seven as the only surviving member of the House Baratheon. He was tasked with making dragonglass weapons for Daenerys' army, including a special staff for Arya for whom he later professed his love.

Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju sure knew how to bring the comic relief to set on "Game of Thrones." Perhaps it was his wildly obvious advances on Brienne of Tarth, or his humor in the darkest times of war, Tormund Giantsbane was a fan favorite throughout his 32 episodes in the series.

Brienne of Tarth was portrayed by "Star Wars'" own Captain Phasma, also known as Gwendoline Christie. Christie appeared in 42 episodes of "Game of Thrones" and was nominated in 2013 for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television.

The audience may not have always liked Ramsay Bolton, but that is a testament to Iwan Rheon's talent. In 2016, "The New York Times" called his character "the most hated man on television." His demise came in season six's "Battle of the Bastards" in which he fell to none other than Jon Snow and was finished off by Sansa Stark.

English actress Hannah Murray appeared as Gilly in all but the first season of "Game of Thrones." Though her character had a baby by her own father, Samwell Tarly was there to help protect her. Who could complain about that?

Did you know that Michiel Huisman also played Liam McGuinnis on "Nashville" and Cal Morrison on "Orphan Black?" Though Daario Naharis' character was originally portrayed by English actor Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman came into the role in season four.

In the final episodes of the "Game of Thrones" series, there were only two minority characters remaining, Missandei and Grey Worm. When Missandei was beheaded, Grey Worm was the only minority remaining on set. This was not appreciated by some fans and they lashed out at the producers.

Ellaria Sand was portrayed by British actress Indira Varma. Varma got her first major film role in "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love," and has appeared in dozens more films and television series throughout the '90s and '00s. She was nominated with the cast of "GOT" for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Tommen Baratheon was the youngest son of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, though he believed his father to be Robert Baratheon. He was portrayed by Callum Wharry as a young 7-year-old in seasons one and two, and recast with older actor Dean-Charles Chapman from season four and beyond.

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