The 4 best (and 3 worst) character arcs in Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark - Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark - Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO /
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It’s easy to understand why the world of Game of Thrones is so popular. Based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, the HBO show was a pop culture phenomenon, and the success of the spinoff House of the Dragon has proven it’s still relevant to this day. And while many might’ve disowned the show after feeling let down by the final season, it’s still one of the best in TV history.

Beyond the incredible battle sequences, dragons, and unexpected deaths, Game of Thrones is beloved for its characters. Some of the villains are easy to empathize with while the heroes are imperfect. Viewers might find themselves rooting for a completely different character at the start of a season versus the end. This group always kept us on our toes.

That said, not every character has a satisfying journey. So let’s break down the best and the worst character arcs in Game of Thrones, starting with an obvious highlight:

Arya Stark - Game of Thrones
Arya Stark - Game of Thrones /

Best Game of Thrones character arcs: Arya Stark

Arguably the bravest character in Game of Thrones is Arya Stark, who we have the pleasure of watching go on an incredible journey throughout the series. After being separated from her family when her father Ned Stark is killed in King’s Landing, Arya travels through Westeros and beyond to Essos, meeting both friends and foes along the way. She has the most interesting and enjoyable storyline in the show because of how many things she experiences and because of her resilience. It’s impossible not to root for Arya.

From her unlikely journey and eventual bond with the Hound to her training to become a Faceless Man in Braavos, Arya has seen a lot by the end of the show…and has murdered many people. She constantly proves how fearless, determined, and heroic she is. Her scenes are some of my favorites.

Arya’s storyline ends with her deciding to leave Westeros and explore new lands. It’s understandable why fans would prefer a sequel spinoff about her rather than another prequel. Throughout the show, she goes through major changes but never loses sight of what’s important to her. Hands down, she has the best character arc in the series.