Smartest Game of Thrones Characters:
Game of Thrones is a game that only a few people can play as it requires the use of wits. There are plenty of characters in the show that tried to win this game but ultimately lost. It requires more than a sword to survive in this world and these characters have proved that only the smart outlive their enemies.
#10: Margaery Tyrell
Played By: Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell exactly knew how to win the hearts of people who were around her and she used this skill to become the Queen (for a brief while). She was like a young Cersei in action and she realized that her body was her biggest weapon, which she used to manipulate Joffrey and his brother Tommen.
Played By: Anton Lesser
Qyburn had a big hand in Cersei’s success as he provided her with the tools of destruction. He was a ruthless mad scientist, and his skill was second to none. On top of being a Genius, he was loyal to a fault, which is a rare characteristic in the world of Game of Thrones and one could say that in the end, he lost his life due to his loyalty towards Queen Cersei.
#8: Davos Seaworth
Played By: Liam Cunningham
Davos was one of the few characters in the entire Game of Thrones universe to have a moral compass, even though he was introduced as a Smuggler. The Onion Knight was always calm and level-headed, and he always analyzed the situation before making a move. He was Street-smart, and thanks to that he managed to survive for so long.
#7: Samwell Tarly
Played By: John Bradley
John Bradley played the character of Samwell Tarly beautifully as he completely captured the innocence and sweetness of the character. Samwell Tarly was Book smart and even though he was useless in a fight, he had the brains to make up for it. He is also the best friend a person could ever hope to get.
#6: Cersei Lannister
Played By: Lena Headey
You might not like Cersei as a person but there is no one who could deny her mental prowess. She was cold, selfish and believed that she was born to rule, and she had the brains to back up her behavior. She devised several schemes to win the game and she would have won, if not for a ‘crazy lady’ with dragons.
#5: Olenna Tyrell
Played By: Diana Rigg
We will always applaud Olenna Tyrell for getting rid of Joffrey Baratheon as she devised the perfect plan to end the tyrant. The Queen of Thorns proved that she had the brains to protect her kingdom from the cunning Lannisters and she was an adversary that even Tywin respected.
#4: Tywin Lannister
Played By: Charles Dance
Tywin Lannister was the most powerful man in Westeros and even though someone else was sitting on the throne, we all know that who was actually ruling the kingdom. He was a master strategist and an expert in war tactics. He was a master manipulator and his presence was terrifying.
#3: Tyrion Lannister
Played By: Peter Dinklage
Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But unlike his father, Tyrion was caring and he actually thought about changing the world for good. Tyrion was the ‘clever’ Lannister and he managed to save himself from various perilous situations by using his wit. He drank and he knew things.
#2: Lord Varys
Played By: Conleth Hill
Lord Varys or “The Spider” was one of the most skilled manipulators in the entire Westeros. He operated in the shadows with the help of his extensive network of spies(Little birds), which is why he was feared even by the nobles.
#1: Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger)
Played By: Aiden Gillen
There was no one in the entire Game of Thrones universe who was as good a manipulator as the Littlefinger. He was a sociopath who played the Game of Thrones for high stakes. His character was completely botched by the writers during the end and we were robbed of a great ending.