HBO’s Game of Thrones series has always been quite a bit different on the small screen than the books. Characters and locations have been changed and information has been condensed on numerous occasions to fit the tight runtime of the show. Luckily, HBO has been pretty good at giving creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff extra minutes and plenty of budget money to make sure the narrative is everything fans expect and more each week. So, at this point, there’s no reason not to expect quality.

With Season 4 finally hitting the schedule, now seems like a good time to fondly look back at all that quality and specifically celebrate some characters who are even better than we expected in the TV version of the narrative. Without further ado, here are the five characters we love more on television. As usual, if you aren't caught up on Game of Thrones, there are some spoilers in the following paragraphs and you may want to avoid this list. Additionally, a few more characters would have probably made this list (Robb, Ros, Talisa), but we’re sticking to names that should pop up sometime during Season 4.

Margaery Tyrell
Margaery Tyrell popped up in George R. R. Martin’s series as more of a pawn than a prominent player. She’s a sweet girl whom the readers rarely get to see and who seems to be manipulated a bit by her grandmother into various marriage alliances. Onscreen, Natalie Dormer plays Margaery as a kind individual but also a shrewd one, willing to work with her grandmother to scheme. Her skill sets have helped her into several prominent marriages, but her behind-the-scenes machinations have had other effects, as when the two schemed to get Sansa to marry Margaery’s brother.

Most importantly, Margaery’s ability to sway Joffrey with a gentle and teaching manner has been pretty amazing to behold. We’ve seen her play up her ability to be excited about Joffrey’s inner viciousness and we’ve seen her find her way into the hearts of the common folk living outside the castle. She holds a pretty stacked deck, and we can’t wait to see how her storyline will continue to change from the sidelined character rarely mentioned in the books.

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