December 6, 2023

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Gabbing Game of Thrones: Ten Best Guest Performances (Spoilers)

We are days away from the final season of Game of Thrones; one of the greatest shows of all-time!  In preparation for the season premiere on April 14th, we are looking back at the first seven seasons and making lists about…everything!

Today, we are looking at the best guest performances as indicated by the credits…

Here we go!

Ten Best Guest Performances

10. Randyll Tarley (Portrayed By: James Faulkner )

Hot Take: Gruff and angry, Faulkner’s Tarley lives up to the asshole reputation of a man who threatened to kill his son, Sam, if he declined to join the Night’s Watch.  The subtle looks he gave to his favored son just before their execution, anger/sadness/pride, was a master class in subtlety.

9 The Waif (Portrayed By: Faye Marsay )

Hot Take:  Marsay’s Waif was pure evil.  She so wanted to kill that he she couldn’t mask her hatred of Arya.

8 Qyburn (Portrayed By: Anton Lesser )

Hot Take: Lesser is SOOOOOOO creepy as Cersei’s Dr Frankenstein… who is “not even a Maester!”

7 Hodor (Portrayed By: Kristian Nairn )

Hot Take: Hodor?  Hodor!

6 Ros (Portrayed By: Esmé Bianco )

Hot Take: Bianco’s Ros demonstrates charisma, intelligence, and sexiness.

5 Walder Frey (Portrayed By: David Bradley )

Hot Take: The Harry Potter alum is positively ichy as the lecherous older schemer.  Frey is really a pathetic loser, who is head of a House full of losers.

4 Lady Lyanna Mormont (Portrayed By: Bella Ramsey )

Hot Take:  Poor Lord Robert Glover will likely never speak with her in the room again.  Every speech she gives is dripping with poison.  From her first appearance on Bear Island to her speeches in Winterfell that make Jon the King in the North, Ramsey owns this role.

3 Grand Maester Pycelle (Portrayed By: Julian Glover )

Hot Take:  After playing roles in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, Glover was ready for this plum geek role.  I was surprised to find he was never main cast, because he had a lot of screentime and really ran with it.

2 Oberyn Martell (Portrayed By: Pedro Pascal )

Hot Take:  My god he was amazing.  Every scene he was in was among the best in the series.  When he is a lusty bisexual noble?  When he was a poet mourning his sister?  When he is fighting the Mountain?  All wonderful.

1 Olenna Tyrell (Portrayed By: Diana Rigg )

Hot Take:  Dear God, this woman is a breath of fresh air.  Every line she delivers is gold.  There isn’t a down beat when she is chewing the scenery.  She holds her own with Charles Dance’s brilliant Tywin. She rips Cersei to shreds.  But it is her death monologue that nails her down as the best guest performance. That scene is as memorable as anything television has ever produced.