Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie and More Discuss the Powerful Women of GoT

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There has been no shortage of interesting women in Game of Thrones. Each season, viewers meet more female characters who amaze, shock and inspire. At San Diego Comic-Con, members of the cast share what they find so compelling about the strong women of Game of Thrones.

The Stories We Tell

For Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, the magic of the characters comes from their rich storylines. “I was so fascinated when I first read the books, I thought these are some of the most unconventional narratives that I’ve ever read — particularly within the realm of a television show — but I assumed they’d only focus on the male storylines. When they didn’t, I was shocked, and so delighted. Wonderfully, the world has shown that that’s what viewers all want.”

Women on the Rise

The women of Game of Thrones are not satisfied with the status quo, according to actor Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei. “Women are calling for equality and to be heard, and this show has strong women who have been oppressed and silenced, who are now taking control,” says Emmanuel. “I’m so proud to be a part of that, especially as a woman of color; representing someone who’s admired for her talents, and strength and ability to overcome.”

The Full Picture

Jacob Anderson maintains that the women of Game of Thrones can’t be painted in broad strokes. “The show creates a diverse spectrum of female characters; it’s not just strong female characters, but vulnerable female characters,” says Jacob Anderson. “The show is full of strong women, vulnerable women, human women. The women in Westeros go through a lot of s**t, but they’ve shown they are survivors.”

Resilient Over All

Sometimes characters rise to the occasion and become their own hero. Sophie Turner says: “We have such incredible roles for women, especially in Sansa’s case where she was a victim, or just seen as an annoying, young girl.” No situation is too tough, Turner explains:. “All these female characters have these incredible situations put upon them and they all seem to break out.”

Reporting by Ashley Morton and Rachel Wanat