March Madness is upon us. In that spirit, we present to you our Game of Thrones voting bracket. Who’s the best character on the show? This tournament will conclusively determine the answer, for now and always.
To coincide with the second round of the men’s NCAA tournament, we have chosen 32 of the most popular Game of Thrones characters and seeded them just like those brackets making their way around your office. Each round, you can pick your favorite character from the matchups we have chosen. As each round of the men’s NCAA tournament ends, so does our voting. The winning character from each matchup advances forward, until finally we have one champion.
What criteria should you use? Whatever you decide. “Favorite character” is a subject proposition. Do you prefer Tyrion’s wit and wisdom to Robert Baratheon’s drunken debauchery? Choose Tyrion. Likewise, if you think Petyr Baelish is a better dresser than Margaery Tyrell, pick Littlefinger. This is not a tournament based on fighting skills or importance to the story. It’s just who you prefer.
Typical seedings were suspended as we only used 32 characters. There are some juicy matchups, though. It’s the battle of the significant redheads as Catelyn Stark squares off with Melisandre. Cersei Lannister and Ramsay Bolton duke it out to see who’s eviler. And in a shocking twist, Joffrey Baratheon and his former dog, Sandor “the Hound” Glegane, go head to head. And that’s just a taste.
Who will be the first bracket buster? Will this all end up coming down to Tyrion, Jon, or Dany? Just like the actual March Madness tournament, we won’t know until the end.
You’re in the great game now. And the great game is terrifying. Choose wisely. (Voting for round 1 closes Monday, March 22.)
Tyrion Lannister vs Robert Baratheon
Jaime Lannister vs Yara Greyjoy
Cersei Lannister vs Ramsay Bolton
Tywin Lannister vs Jorah Mormont
Eddard Stark vs Bronn
Robb Stark vs Theon Greyjoy
Sansa Stark vs Tommen Baratheon
Arya Stark vs Stannis Baratheon
Jon Snow vs Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
Bran Stark vs Davos Seaworth
Catelyn Stark vs Melisandre
Hodor vs Oberyn Martell
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane vs Joffrey Baratheon
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish vs Margaery Tyrell
Varys vs Daenerys Targaryen
Brienne of Tarth vs Olenna Tyrell
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the tournament. A new post will go up on the first day of the span of voting.
- Round of 32: March 18-22
- Sweet 16: March 23-24
- Elite 8: March 25-March 31
- Final 4: April 1-2
- Championship Round: April 3