“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.” – Cersei Lannister
What better way to describe a series that’s been on everyone’s mind right from its inception. After seven mammoth seasons, countless deaths and a wait of two long years—Winter is Finally Here! Everyone’s been waiting for the penultimate season of Game of Thrones with bated breath. And what makes it a crowd favourite are the characters, especially its elderly characters who’ve in some way or the other made the show what it is today.
1. High Sparrow played by (Jonathan Pryce, 71 years)
Let’s face it, if there was any character who gave Cersei some tough competition, then it has to be the High Sparrow. A man on a mission, the High Sparrow forced Cersei into having the walk of shame. There couldn’t be a better actor than 71-year old Jonathan Pryce to portray such a complex character.
2. Tywin Lannister played by (Charles Dance, 72 years)
Calculative and cunning—Tywin Lannister is a character that you would love to hate and definitely wouldn’t want to be in his bad books. His ruthlessness and conniving attitude are what makes the Lannister’s one of the most formidable forces in the whole of Game of Thrones.
3. Olenna Tyrell played by (Diana Rigg, 80 years)
You have to agree that in the initial few seasons it was Olenna Tyrell who was dominating this game and had everyone at the snap of her finger. Her ploys and schemes made her a force to be reckoned with. She has managed to dominate every time she’s been on screen.
4. Qyburn played by (Anton Lesser, 67 years)
Whoever has watched Game of Thrones can vouch for the fact that handling Cersei and being the hand of the queen isn’t an easy task, but Qyburn has always held his own in front of her. Played by the 67-year old Anton Lesser, Qyburn is conniving, talented and a key member of the Lannister house.
5. Walder Frey played by (David Bradley, 77 years)
No one can look at weddings on Game of Thrones in a positive way, thanks to Walder Frey. Everyone remembers the Red Wedding that also became the reason for the fall of House Stark. This was orchestrated by Walder Frey, one of the most hated elderly characters on GOT. This character was portrayed effortlessly by the brilliant David Bradley.
6. Aemon Targaryen played by (Peter Vaughan, died at 93 years)
One of the silent yet the most sincere characters in Game of Thrones—Aemon Targaryen is a bundle of knowledge. When Jon Snow was confused and in his most vulnerable state, it was Aemon who helped him make the right decisions.
When it comes to these elderly characters—you may love them, you may hate them, but you definitely cannot ignore them. The central characters might be on the race for the throne, but these older characters and their contribution to the whole plot line is what make Game of Thrones a series to watch out for.
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