Warning: Spoilers if you have not seen the newest episodes of “Game of Thrones.”
The words “Game of Thrones” normally bring death, destruction, and political intrigue to mind — but that’s not all that “Game of Thrones” has to offer.
There’s a lot of romance on “Game of Thrones” that tends to get overlooked in the midst of the battles, and wars between Houses.
The romantic relationships on “Game of Thrones” range from steamy and loving, to tempestuous and insidious.
Keeping all of that in mind, we decided to take a look at all of the romantic relationships featured on “Game of Thrones,” and rank them from worst to best.
Here they are:
Craster is a wildling, and former ally of the Night's Watch known for marrying and sleeping with all of his daughters. Craster also would sacrifice any male children his daughters bore.
Incest, sacrifice, and nonconsensual relationships aren't uncommon occurrences on 'Game of Thrones,' but the combination of all three makes Craster and his unfortunate daughters/wives the worst relationship on 'Game of Thrones.'
It's hard to consider Walder Frey's relationships with his endless stream of disposable child brides relationships at all.
The nonconsensual nature of Walder Frey's relationships with his young brides makes these so-called relationships some of the all time worst on 'Game of Thrones.'
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish arranges for Sansa to marry Ramsay, after the Boltons have taken over Winterfell.
Unsurprisingly, the man who castrated Theon Greyjoy for fun turned out to be a less than stellar husband, physically and psychologically tormenting Sansa.
Sansa exacts revenge upon Ramsay and has him eaten alive by his own dogs, restoring House Stark as the rulers of the North.
Stannis and Selyse have a loveless marriage, and sacrifice their daughter Shireen to the Lord of Light, at Melisandre's behest.
Before Joffrey brings Sansa to see her father's severed head on a pike, and threatens to shoot her with his crossbow, there was talk of the two marrying one day.
Lysa reveals in season four that she poisoned her husband Jon Arryn, and wrote a letter to her sister Catelyn blaming it on the Lannisters, to prove her love for Littlefinger.
Lysa's past actions led the Starks to the South, and to the untimely demise of Ned Stark. Lysa and Littlefinger are essentially responsible for all of the events that help catalyze the War of the Five Kings.
Littlefinger manipulates Lysa for his own political gain, and ultimately ends up killing her by pushing her out of her own moon door.
The high priestess Melisandre acts as a guide and spiritual advisor to Stannis.
Melisandre seduces Stannis, and has him impregnate her with a magic shadow that assassinates Renly Baratheon.
The relationship between Melisandre and Stannis is more goal-oriented than romantic. After Stannis dies in battle, Melisandre realises she bet on the wrong horse, and moves on to offer her advice to Daenerys Targaryen.
Despite being married to Cersei, Robert continued to pine away for Lyanna Stark, who had died shortly after being abducted (or was she?) by Rhaegar Targaryen.
Cersei, once excited by the prospect of marrying Robert, grows resentful of him over the years.
Cersei contributes to Robert's death by instructing her cousin Lancel Lannister to ply Robert with wine during a boar hunt. Robert in his slow and drunken state is stabbed by a boar charging at him, and ends up dying from his infected wound.
Cersei uses sex to manipulate her cousin Lancel into doing her biding (as mentioned previously).
Lancel eventually goes on to repent for his sins when he becomes a militant follower of the High Sparrow.
It seems like the two are a perfect pair before Shae becomes jealous of Tyrion's arranged marriage with Sansa.
Shae begins sabotaging Tyrion and sleeping with his father, Tywin Lannister. Tyrion, upon learning of Shae's deceit, strangles her and shoots his father with a crossbow.
Tywin tries to force Loras and Cersei to wed, but Cersei defiantly objects. Cersei and Loras never marry.
When Renly Baratheon, Margaery's first husband, is killed before he can fight to take over the Iron Throne, Margaery seeks out Joffrey Baratheon.
In an effort to rise to power, Margaery manages to seduce Joffrey Baratheon. Joffrey takes to Margaery, ignoring her previous marriage to his enemy Renly.
Joffrey and Margaery's marriage doesn't last long, as Margaery's grandmother, Olenna Tyrell, has Joffrey poisoned on their wedding day.
Tyrion and Sansa are forced to wed, in an effort to create a makeshift union between the North and the South.
While the marriage is an unromantic and arranged one, the two share a mutual respect for one another, and become unlikely friends.
After Joffrey's death, Margaery moves on to the next Baratheon in line to sit on the Iron Throne, Tommen.
Tommen winds up truly loving Margaery, and when Cersei blows up the Sept of Baylor, killing Margaery among countless others, he takes his own life.
Renly is the first Baratheon that Margaery weds in an attempt to gain power. And despite the fact that Renly is sleeping with her brother Loras, the two seem to have a pretty good rapport with one another.
Their marriage meets an unfortunate end when Renly is murdered by the shadow that Melisandre gives birth to.
Cersei buys Bronn off to keep him from assisting Tyrion, by arranging for him to marry Lady Lollys Stokeworth.
The arrangement includes a castle and a bounty of riches, something the former sellsword just can't say 'no' to.
It's unclear if Bronn and Lollys ever did end up getting married.
On Bronn and Jaime Lannister's journey to retrieve Myrcella from Dorne, Jaime mentions that Cersei has arranged for someone else to marry Lollys. But Bronn is reassured by Jaime that he'll end up with an even richer woman. Nice.
Jaime, far too devoted to his sister, would never dream of being with Brienne.
But on Brienne and Jaime's journey to King's Landing, there is some undeniable chemistry, and quite an interesting bathing scene.
Nothing comes of their long journey together, but we still have hope for Brienne and Jaime.
Ros is an affable prostitute who used to see Theon in Winterfell, before making her way to King's Landing.
Ros meets an unfortunate end at King's Landing, when she winds up being used by Joffrey for target practice.
While nothing has happened between Tormund and Brienne yet, Tormund's clear attraction to Brienne, and the prospect of their potential budding romance alone is delightful.
Daenerys has a brief and steamy affair with her advisor and enforcer Daario.
Daenerys and Daario part ways when she sets sail for Westeros, leaving him behind in Meereen to keep the peace in her absence.
Even though Tyrion arranged Myrcella and Trystane's nuptials, Trystane and Myrcella end up falling in love.
Unfortunately the betrothed never make it to the alter. Myrcella is killed by Ellaria Sand with a poisonous kiss, and Trystane is stabbed by Ellaria's daughter Nymeria.
Littlefinger is known for loving Sansa's mother Catelyn, but in the wake of Catelyn's death, he becomes increasingly fond of Sansa.
The two have only shared one kiss, but Littlefinger admits to Jon Snow in a recent episode of 'Game of Thrones' that he loves Sansa. Jon threatens to kill Littlefinger should he even speak to Sansa again.
Sure, Sansa and Littlefinger don't seem like an ideal match. Littlefinger was obsessed with Sansa's mum, and their age difference is insanely creepy, but you have to admit they would make a super effective power couple. And they are both pretty cunning.
The couple that murders together stays together?
An evil couple to be sure, but Ramsay and Myranda's shared love of human suffering and murder made theirs a surprisingly strong relationship on 'Game of Thrones.'
Grey Worm and Missandei have secretly loved each other for the past four seasons of 'Game of Thrones' and have only just confessed their feelings to each other in a recent episode.
With Grey Worm in Casterly Rock, surrounded by Euron Greyjoy's ships, the odds of these two ever reuniting is looking dim.
Renly and Loras are lovers in private due to the stigma of being openly gay in Westeros, and Renly's desire to rule.
Even though their love is forced into privacy due to societal stigmas, the two share a great affection for one another. And who could ever forget when Loras shaves Renly's entire body?
Littlefinger's devotion to Catelyn, even after her death, is a reflection of the deep love and devotion he has always had for her.
Even though Catelyn never reciprocated Littlefinger's feelings in any measure, Littlefinger's undying love of Catelyn makes theirs one of the great unrequited romances on 'Game of Thrones.'
Gilly is one of the daughters/wives that Sam rescues from Craster's Keep, along with her son whom Craster wants to sacrifice.
Sam has always loved Gilly, and has sought to protect her. Initially Gilly doesn't seem to be interested in having a relationship with Sam, but his loyalty and protectiveness ultimately win her over.
The pair seem to be happy living together at the Citadel raising her son, little Sam.
Ser Jorah has loved Daenerys since the moment they met, and has proven countless times that he is willing to do anything for her.
It isn't until season six that Ser Jorah finally tells Daenerys how he loves her, but his worsening greyscale forces him to leave her side and find a cure.
Miraculously Samwell Tarly is able to cure Ser Jorah of his greyscale, and Ser Jorah returns to Daenerys' side once more in Dragonstone.
Unfortunately, soon after reuniting with Daenerys in Dragonstone, Ser Jorah heads to The North beyond The Wall with Jon Snow to capture a White Walker for Daenerys. Should Ser Jorah make it back from beyond The Wall, we can most likely expect him to find his way back to Daenerys.
Oberyn and Ellaria have an indulgent, and passion-heavy relationship.
After Oberyn is killed by Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane in a duel, a distraught Ellaria goes on a revenge driven mission to kill all of the Lannisters whom she holds responsible for Oberyn's death.
Ellaria kills Cersei's daughter Myrcella, and rallies behind Daenerys to overthrow Cersei on the Iron Throne. Ellaria ultimately gets captured by Euron Greyjoy, and is delivered to Cersei to meet a dark and disturbing end.
Robert continues to love Lyanna for years after her death. In the very first episode of 'Game of Thrones,' Robert asks Ned to take him to her tomb.
Robb and Talisa fall in love on the battlefield of the Westerlands. They get married even though Robb promises Walder Frey he will marry one of his daughters in exchange for his allyship.
Even though Robb apologizes profusely to Walder Frey for breaking his promise, Robb, Talisa, and Catelyn Stark are all executed viciously at what is known as the Red Wedding.
Ygritte and Jon fall in love when Jon goes north of The Wall with the Night's Watch, and ends up getting separated with Ygritte who was originally his wildling captive.
Ygritte brings Jon to a wildling camp, and while he's there the two form a bond and become intimately involved with one another. Jon pretends to back the wildlings' cause to survive.
Eventually, Jon reveals to Ygritte that he was working undercover, and heads back to Castle Black, leaving on bad terms.
Ygritte and the wildlings make their way south and attack Castle Black. Ygritte seeks out Jon in an attempt to kill him but is shot and killed by a member of the Night's Watch.
Even though Daenerys is sold to Khal to be his bride by her brother, the pair end up falling in love.
Daenerys loves him so much that she even attempts to bring him back from the dead, and names one of her dragons after him.
R.I.P. Khal Drogo.
Sure, they're brother and sister, twins if you really want to be precise, but Jaime and Cersei have stuck it out together for literally their entire lives, and had three children (soon to be four) together.
As far as 'Game of Thrones' couples go, they're pretty loyal, and care for each other.
Ned and Catelyn genuinely seem to love and care for one another. They share a mutual respect for one another, and had five children together.
While both characters die fairly early on in the series, they remain the most solid relationship ever to appear on 'Game of Thrones.'
Rhaegar becomes infatuated with Ned's sister Lyanna during a tourney at Harrenhal. Rhaegar allegedly abducts Lyanna and brings her to Dorne, ignoring the fact that she's betrothed to Robert Baratheon, and that he is married to Elia Martell (with two children).
Many believe that Rhaegar and Lyanna, however, share a mutual attraction and love for one another -- but no one knows for sure.
Lyanna dies due to birthing complications having Rhaegar's son. Ned finds Lyanna hidden away in the (ironically named) Tower of Joy right before she dies. Lyanna makes Ned promise her he will look after her son -- who happens to be Jon Snow.
In the most recent episode of 'Game of Thrones,' Gilly finds a note in an old maester's records that says that Rhaegar annulled his first marriage, and remarried someone else at the same time. While the note does not state who Rhaegar married, it's probably a safe bet that he was wedding Lyanna.
Should this be the case, that would mean that Jon is the legitimate Targaryen heir, and that he has more of a right than Daenerys to claim the Iron Throne. Although, neither Daenerys or Jon is aware of his true heritage, so it doesn't look as though they will be fighting over the Iron Throne any time soon.
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