Game of Thrones is over for another year, maybe closer to two, which means yes, sorry, I have started watching it from the beginning again. What do you mean there are more TV shows? What is ‘outside’? Just shut up, alright?
Season 7 saw the power rankings shift a little in Westeros, as Cersei and Daenerys struggled for ultimate control of the Seven Kingdoms, and while the season finale gave us a very satisfying end to the shorter, seven-episode stint, it also gave us something else – a new leader in overall screen time. Arise, King
Jon Snow Aegon Targaryen.
Jon has now snuck past Tyrion Lannister into the lead, with 338 minutes of total screen time, to Tyrion’s 337. That’s about five and a half hours. Daenerys is just over an hour further back in third, with 276 minutes in total.
The top five is rounded out by Sansa and Cersei, who have 239 and 236 minutes respectively. The rest of the top 10 are Arya (224), Jaime (199), Sam (144), Jorah (143) and Theon (135).
Here’s the chart of every character in the show so far, made by batman25663 on Reddit:
There are a number of shocks in there – one of the most notable is that Ned Stark is still in 13th, despite being dead for six seasons – it just goes to show how much he dominated Season 1. At that point it really felt like Game of Thrones had a single main character, something it’s never had since.
He’s been on screen more than Bran, The Hound, and Varys, all of whom have been around since the very beginning, and have made it into Season 8.
A few more surprising facts – Joffrey was only ever on our screens for a total of 70 minutes, and Ramsay for 66 – it’s a credit to both of their acting abilities that they managed to make us hate them so much in what is, actually, not all that much time.
On the opposite side of things, we were only treated to 44 minutes of Lady Olenna Tyrell, and just half an hour of Hodor, and yet they rank among a lot of people’s favourite characters.
King Robert Baratheon was only on screen for 31 minutes in total, Oberyn for 29, and Khal Drogo for just 25.
But the most surprising could be that we’ve only ever seen eight minutes of the Night King. Eight minutes. That’s less than the likes of Xaro Xhoan Daxos (who?), Rakharo (who?) and Alton Lannister (who?).
To be fair, it’s probably a good thing his screen time has been few and far between up until now – only seeing him rarely makes him feel scarier, if anything – but I bet his number will rocket up as the war between the living and the dead takes centre stage in Season 8.