Game of Thrones is in its eighth and final season, and the show has featured many duos and pairs over the years. Some of these duos have been close friends and supporters, while others have been toxic and downright awful. With so many of the previous characters dead in this final season, it’s really down to the wire in the race to defend against the White Walkers and hopefully have someone good end up on the Iron Throne.
We’ve put together a list of 5 five of the best Game of Thrones duos and five of the worst featuring characters who are still alive in season eight.
10 WORST: JAIME AND CERSEI
Jaime and Cersei were never a great duo to begin with given that they are siblings, but they’ve continued to grow apart as the series progresses. While Cersei is still conniving and always has only her best interests at heart, Jaime has had many changes of heart throughout the show. Seeing him leave Cersei to ride north to help against the White Walkers at the end of last season was a triumphant moment for him. Overall, it’s best that these two stay apart because the damage they’ve done together in the past is significant.
9 BEST: JAIME AND BRIENNE
Jaime and Brienne seemed like two people who could never get along, but they grew to respect one another. While they haven’t been in the same space yet this season, now that Jamie is in the north, there could be a chance.
They forged a bond early on in season three when Brienne was escorting him back to King’s Landing, but Cersei has been an obstacle keeping them apart. These two together can do a lot of good and have a lot of chemistry, too. Hopefully, with Jaime breaking from Cersei’s hold, they will be able to work as a team again.
8 WORST: THEON AND YARA
While the sibling relationship between Theon and Yara has gotten better over the years, they still aren’t a great duo. Theon is another character that has been through a pretty horrific redemption arc, but even with this, it’s hard to find him likable. Yara is a lot more stalwart and put together, and while Theon has come to her rescue a couple of times now, they aren’t a particularly heartwarming duo to watch.
7 BEST: ARYA AND BRIENNE
Arya and Brienne are a duo that sparks a lot of fond feelings. They are both two very fierce people who have pushed back against the gender roles assigned to them in society. It’s clear that Brienne sees herself in Arya, and she also has taken very seriously the oath she made to Catelyn Stark.
Arya definitely needed someone like Brienne in her corner. Now that the two of them are both in the north, hopefully, fans will get to see more interactions between the two of them. These two powerful women are a lot alike.
6 WORST: BRAN AND EVERYONE
The internet loves to make fun of Bran Stark. While mostly these jokes are good-natured, it’s clear that most fans realize he’s just kind of a weird kid. Having the Greensight will probably do that to any person. Bran’s interactions with everyone, including his siblings, are just rather strange and awkward. He’s not a bad character by any means, but he definitely doesn’t make a dynamic dream duo with really anyone.
5 BEST: JON AND SAM
Jon and Sam have been brothers in arms and close friends for many seasons now. After serving together on the Night’s Watch, they have been through a lot together. Jon himself asks Sam to Oldtown to study at the Citadel. These two will clearly be friends and support each other to the end.
It was also Sam who revealed in the season eight premiere that Jon Snow was not Ned Stark’s son. This moment of sharing might not have been the most selfless move, however, but fans can be sure that Sam does care about Jon Snow.
4 WORST: CERSEI AND EURON
This pair is a rough one to watch together. While Cersei needs Euron for the Golden Company to provide her with an army, the dynamic between the two of them is pretty gross. In the season eight premiere, Euron insists Cersei have sex with him to fulfill her end of the bargain. Cersei reminds him that she said she would only marry him after the war but ends up letting him sleep with her anyway. While Cersei is by no means a character to feel sorry for, it’s still rough to see her once again being put in a position to sleep with men she doesn’t want to sleep with.
3 BEST: TYRION AND JAIME
These two brothers have a strong bond these days. Now that they are both free from Cersei, their bond can continue to grow stronger. In the second episode of season eight, it was rewarding to see these two meet up again and be part of the "good" guys gearing up to protect the north from the White Walkers.
Hopefully, they will both survive through the bottle so we can see more of these two interacting.
2 WORST: DAENERYS AND JON
Daenerys and Jon might seem like the perfect dream team, but this dynamic is unlikely to last. While it was necessary for the two to become allies in the fight against the White Walkers, their romantic relationship has complicated things in a way that could be detrimental for the good of Westeros. Now that Jon Snow has found out that they are related, it’s likely there will be drama in the relationship going forward. These two are likely to hold each other back from achieving their true power, and others around them see the flaws in this partnership and are untrusting.
1 BEST: ARYA AND SANSA
One of the best duos in the past couple of seasons is Arya and Sansa. Season seven faked fans out by setting them up as rivals, only to reveal that it was all an act to bring Littlefinger to an end. This was a satisfying moment, and it’s also exciting to see these two sisters supporting each other already in season eight. Game of Thrones has kept the Starks apart for so long, so it’s definitely rewarding to see two of the Stark siblings have a strong bond and care for each other.