There is no doubting that Game of Thrones is one of the most popular and important shows currently airing right now, as fantasy and non-fantasy fans alike are enthralled with the series. Something the show does really well is introduce a lot of morally ambiguous characters that fans can relate to. But who is the most important of those characters?
The series creator George R.R Martin’s has always argued that A Song of Fire and Ice does not have a lead character, that each is as important as the other. But according to analytics compiled by the firm Looker, everyone’s favorite drunken dwarf is at least the most important character in all of Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos. Tyrion Lannister was introduced to fans in the very first episode of the series and quickly became a fan favorite as a result of his wit, charm, and crassness, especially in comparison to his other family members.
As the Song of Fire and Ice goes on, we also see the dwarf go down an interesting road regarding character development, as we see that he is far more than just a smartass drunk. Tyrion struggles with the pain of a family that despises him, constant mockery of his size and even almost dying in the “Battle of Blackwater.”
All of that alone merits a solid argument that he is the show’s most important character, but another of other important data supports the claim as well. Tyrion Lannister has appeared in the most number of episodes throughout Game of Thrones – Appearing in 54 of 60 episodes – and also has the most screentime through seasons 1-6 with 293 minutes of airtime.
Not only that, the little Lannister has interacted with almost every other lead character at some point or another and had an effect on, or at least an interesting conversation with, them. Tyrion has interacted with Jon Snow, Bran Stark Ned Stark, Cersei Baratheon/Lannister, Bronn, The Hound, Joffrey Baratheon, Sansa Stark, Jamie Baratheon, Catelyn Stark, Varys, Illario, Jorah Mormont and even Daenerys Targaryen and her Dragons.
HBO’s Game of Thrones is nearing its end, as it’s penultimate season is set to air July 16, 2017, and conclude six weeks later on August 27, 2017. Be sure to stay tuned to the show to find out how our favorite dwarf fairs, as though he may be deemed as the most important character, Martin and company have proven that doesn’t guarantee anyone’s safety.