Game of Thrones Season 7: Still Standing

23 August 2017
Who's still standing after seven seasons on Game of Thrones?

(spoiler alert!)

Theatre maestro Konstantin Stanislavski said: “There are no small parts, only small actors.” Game of Thrones stands testament to this, because whether their character is great or small, the actors throw their all into the parts they play.

Nevertheless, we wanted to take a moment to honour the actors who ostensibly do not form part of the main cast, but have been around for seven seasons – which as we well know is no mean feat on Game of Thrones. Without further ado, here they are.

Samwell Tarly

Played by John Bradley

Sent to the Wall by his father, who deemed him unfit to be either lord or knight, Samwell has proved his worth tenfold. Dubbed Sam the Slayer after he killed a white walker, for seven seasons he has remained a faithful companion to Jon Snow, as well as Gilly and her son. A character that could easily have been exasperating, Bradley plays him with warmth and humour.

Ser Jorah Mormont

Played by Iain Glen

If you’re a fan of Resident Evil or Downton Abbey, you’d have spotted this Scottish actor before. In Game of Thrones he has a much friendlier role to play as friend and advisor to Daenerys Targaryen since Season 1. Being exiled and contracting greyscale didn’t keep this Mormont away from his Queen, and even when he wasn’t at her side, we watched him fight his way back. Whether smarmy in Downton Abbey or sweet in Game of Thrones, Glen always remains distinguished.


Played by Jerome Flynn

Did you know Flynn used to be a pop star? Maybe that’s how he manages to make Bronn ooze a charm that wins over characters and fans alike, despite his rascally nature. He may be a scoundrel, but he’s always straightforward about his aims and ambitions, which is more than we can say for a lot of other characters.


Played by Conleth Hill

If you know all the secrets of King’s Landing it becomes a little easier to stay alive. Well, not so much if you’re Ned Stark; but unlike Stark, Varys uses secrets to his advantage and it’s kept him alive this long. However, thanks to Hill’s performance, the character has grown to become more than a mere whispering spider.

Theon Greyjoy

Played by Alfie Allen

We never know what to think about Theon, but that’s part of what makes him so interesting. He certainly was an annoying weasel in the first season, turning into a despicable coward in Season 2. But the treatment he received at the hands of Ramsay Snow was worse than even he deserved. He did redeem himself later when he helped Sansa escape in Season 5, and even though he abandoned Yara on Euron’s ship this season, we don’t know whether it was out of shock or cowardice. We’ll have to wait and see if further redemption awaits him in what’s left of the show.

Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

Played by Aidan Gillen

Speaking of weasels, Littlefinger is master of them all. Much like Cersei, he’s not directly murdering men, but he’s been the reason behind their downfall. Still, his dark charm, played so cunningly by Gillen, makes him irresistibly watchable.

Honorable Mentions

We thought it only fair to include the names of the still living characters  (and the actors who play them) who have been around for six out of the seven seasons. After all, that’s still a good record on Game of Thrones , and the only reason they skipped a season is either for story reasons or because they were only introduced in Season 2. Here they are:

Ben Crompton as Eddison Tollett

Carice van Houten as Melisandre

Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane (although he was played by Conan Stevens in Season 1 and Ian Whyte in Season 2)

Hannah Murray as Gilly

Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark

Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth

Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

And, of course, we cannot conclude without mentioning the main players (pun fully intended) who’ve stayed alive for seven seasons: 

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Kit Harington as Jon Snow (although he did die in Season 5)

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

And finally, the dragons: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion who've been with us since the Season 1 finale. Viserion may have met a terrible fate in Season 7, but we're sure he'll show up again, although not quite like we remembered him...

Who will make it all the way through Season 7? There’s only one episode left in this season. Check out the promo here and tune into the Season 7 finale on Monday 28 August simulcast at 03:00 and in prime time at 21:30 on M-Net.

You can also watch it on DStv Now or on DStv Catch Up.

For more on Season 7, click here.