With season four of Game of Thrones coming to a close, we’re doing all we can to savor the time until the finale is here. It’s weird that we’ll miss watching beloved characters die every week, but that’s what Game of Thrones does to you. With all of the excitement that happened in Westeros and Meereen in the past few months, it’s easy to get confused about who did what. Some characters have taken a darker turn this season while others still retain a glimmer of hope. Let’s take a look at where some of the large cast of characters stand in regards to Dungeons & Dragons alignments.
Warning: spoilers through “The Watchers on the Wall.”
Tyrion Lannister – Neutral
The youngest child of Tywin Lannister is a mixed bag. He used to care about the overall kingdom, but no one listened to him. He’s incredibly smart, but I think even he was surprised to see how careless his sister was with the throne. He generally thinks good is better than evil, but he doesn’t devote himself to upholding what is right. Not anymore. He acts naturally and does whatever he thinks to be a good idea.
Daenerys Targaryen – Neutral Good
Daenerys Targaryen hasn’t had an easy path. She’s gone from a naïve girl to a queen in a few years. She’s conquered cities and freed slaves and had to mete out punishment to slavers. She tries to do the best good that she can do because she ultimately wants to help others. Sometimes her ideas of justice are extreme and cruel, but she wants to do what is best for those that are in need. She’s wavered into Chaotic Good territory, but we’ve seen Jorah pull her back. She may develop more in that direction now that he’s gone.
Jon Snow – Chaotic Good
Jon Snow is a difficult character to read. He’s honorable, but he doesn’t blindly follow those in charge. He isn’t afraid to question people like Alliser Thorne, and he’s stepped in when Thorne has bullied his brothers. He also broke the rules of the Night’s Watch by being with Ygritte. He follows his own moral compass even if it doesn’t necessarily agree with the Watch, and I think we’ll see more that now that he’s more or less in charge at Castle Black.
Cersei Lannister – Neutral Evil
Say what you will about Cersei Lannister, she loves her children. Tyrion called that her one redeeming quality. Everything she does is motivated by looking out for herself and her family. Well, not Tyrion. She doesn’t weep over those she has killed, and she knows what she is. She isn’t full on Chaotic Evil because she does keep politics in mind. For example, she wouldn’t have beheaded Ned Stark in order to keep the peace.
Brienne of Tarth – Lawful Good
Brienne of Tarth is one of few people I’d consider to be Lawful Good in the entire realm (Ser Barristan Selmy is another). She is honorable and opposed to evil, and she doesn’t give up on her missions. She’s committed to finding Sansa Stark even though the person who gave her that task – Catelyn Stark – is dead. While she hates to see the guilty go unpunished, she does have room for understanding and forgiveness.
Arya Stark – Lawful Neutral
The middle Stark has walked a darker path this season as she’s traveled with the Hound. Killing others is becoming easier for her, but she only uses Needle when she feels like the victim deserves it. She sees it as bringing justice to those who have wronged her and her family. She might kill in self-defense but other than that, she follows her own personal code and it’s important to her. She hasn’t reached a point where she’ll kill anyone like the Hound.
Joffrey Baratheon – Chaotic Evil
When I picture the worst of the worst in Game of Thrones, I think of Joffrey Baratheon. Tywin and Cersei Lannister are twisted and bad, but Joffrey was unstable and cruel. He did whatever his emotions demanded, and that usually ended horribly. He pumped Ros full of crossbow bolts, tormented his uncle, and had Ned Stark beheaded all because that’s what he wanted. He never cared how his actions affected his family or his kingdom.
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