The second season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" introduced us to some very fascinating characters, characters that are as fully-drawn and as compelling as any that have yet appeared in television. The second season in particular introduced us to some of the most fascinating characters yet, and we can hope that they will make a triumphant return in the third season.
Although a relatively minor character in the books, Margaery (played by the inimitable Natalie Dormer) has shown herself to be a very cunning and complex character. Of course, she has to be if she hopes to ascend the throne and survive the wiles and scheming of her soon to be mother-in-law Cersei. This Margaery is certainly shaping up to be one of the crucial players in this political drama, and as of right now she is something of a wild card. Hopefully, we'll get to see more of her and find out what her motives really are.
With her fiery-red hair and sarcastic attitude, Ygritte has also shaped up to be one of the more interesting female characters in "Game of Thrones." She clearly has romantic feelings for Jon Snow, but that doesn't mean she's going to put up with anything resembling dominance from him. She is, however, a strong character in her own right, and with any luck we will get to see more of her witty banter and her ability to put Jon Snow in his place.
Ah, what to say about Melisandre, the red woman who has come to dominate Stannis and has the blood of Renly on her hands? Well, quite a lot, actually, as she is one of the great behind-the-scenes manipulators of both the books and the series. Although she moved into the background in the later episodes of this season, I think that we are going to be seeing a great deal more of her as she comes to play an increasingly prominent role in Stannis' attempt to gain the throne for himself. We can but hope.
There are, clearly, a number of fascinating female characters that have taken on powerful, breathing life in this breathtaking drama. As the action and the plotting heats up in the forthcoming season, I predict that we will see these female characters come to play an increasingly important part as the men in their lives to seek to take the power that they see is theirs. The question is: who will be left standing when it's all over?