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The Complete ASOIAF Chapter Rankings

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Loathed Characters Final Rankings

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Most Influential Characters Final Rankings

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to our project profiling the Most Influential Characters from the history of A Song of Ice and Fire. Below is a summary of the results, in case you missed any of the profiles, or if you'd like to re-read them again. We also included a list of the characters who just missed being a part of the Top 20.

One qualification for making our Most Influential list was that the characters had to have died prior to the start of the books. Last year, we identified the Top 50 Characters from the books. And be sure to check back in with us in the coming weeks, as Tower of the Hand will also be counting down the most loathed characters. This should be a fun one.


The Dead of Winter. George R. R. Martin has been notorious for killing off characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, and we fully expect that trend to continue in The Winds of Winter. So tell us now: whose head will next be on the chopping block, whose back will soon be stabbed, whose last words are about to be uttered? Once again, we turn to our favorite device to identify those most doomed: lists!

Once you've considered the question, fill out your list (members only; join here). You don't need to fill out all ten slots, but the order does matter. Make sure the characters you most expect to die in The Winds of Winter are listed near the top. The exact time and means of a character's demise aren't necessary for the purposes of this exercise, but you're welcome to use the comments to justify why you think TWOW will be the last call for your chosen few. We'll reveal the cumulative results in a few months.


Which characters do you loathe? Now that we've updated our list of favorite characters, it's time to revisit the other end of the scale. Last time you identified Joffrey Baratheon, Walder Frey, and Cersei Lannister as the Most Hated. Who goes on your loathed list now, post A Dance with Dragons? To be clear, we're not asking you to name the best villains or the characters you love to hate. We simply want to know your least favorite characters, for whatever reason. They can be monstrous villains, good guys who make terrible decisions, or boring characters who take precious page time away from your favorites.

So think about it, then fill out this form (members only; join here). You don't need to fill the entire list, but the order does matter. Make sure your most loathed characters are listed near the top. We have one additional restriction this time around: only characters who are alive at the start of A Game of Thrones (or those who are revealed to be alive in later books) should be considered for this list.


Top 50 Characters (2015)

Tower of the Hand counts down the top characters of A Song of Ice and Fire, as voted by our members. These rankings are through the fifth ASOIAF book, A Dance with Dragons; we previously ranked characters through AFFC. Click on a character below to read their profile.

Who are history's most influential characters? Every week for the next two months, we'll be revealing two characters from the Top 20 Characters countdown, as voted by our members. But now we'd like you to consider one new question: Who are the most influential characters from the past? A Song of Ice and Fire is rich in history, even more so now that George R. R. Martin has released so many prequel stories. Which historical characters have had the greatest impact on the present? They can be legends of yore, whose tales Old Nan loved to tell; kings and queens, whose policies affect Westeros to this day; ancestors of our beloved protagonists, whose actions are most responsible for current events; or any other influential character in between, for better or for worse.

Once you've considered the question, fill out your list (members only; join here). You don't need to fill out all ten slots, but the order does matter. Make sure the most influential characters are listed near the top. We have one additional restriction: all characters on your list must have died prior to the start of A Game of Thrones; Jon Arryn is eligible here, but don't include anyone who died on page one of book one or thereafter.

We'll reveal the cumulative results later this summer. And, just as we've done with our Top Characters countdown, we intend to profile all the characters who make this list. If you're interested in writing an essay for the next countdown, please contact us; be sure to include your email address so we can send you more details later. Thanks!


ADWD Narrative Rankings Results

Warning! This post may discuss events from beyond your current scope. If you're fully caught up, you can remove this spoiler warning from all similar blog entries, or view this post without bypassing the warnings of other entries.

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