The title of the book that the game of Thrones series on which it is based is known as A song of ice and fire, which many fans believe refers to Jon Snow (from the frozen north) and Daenerys Targaryen (born of the flames). It’s pretty obvious that these two characters are probably the most important in the story, given that they eventually reshape the politics of Westeros.

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Jon is the legitimate son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, which grants him the right to the Iron Throne before his aunt, Daenerys. At the same time, it is she who possesses superior military power, not to mention three ferocious dragons, which basically allow her to get away with most things. However, which of them is more significant?

10 Jon Snow: is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark

Fans had been predicting that Jon Snow is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (R + L = J) for years before the reveal, but seeing how it happens over the course of the show is so much better.

This means that Jon has the absolute authority to denounce Daenerys’ claims to the Iron Throne and take the sword-forged seat for himself, due to being the only remaining son of Rhaegar, the Crown Prince of Targaryen before the Robert’s rebellion.

9 Daenerys: she is the mother of dragons

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Daenerys receives three dragon eggs as a wedding gift, although it is believed that they were fossilized at the time. When she enters her late husband’s funeral pyre, Khalasar believes that she plans to immolate herself along with Drogo’s corpse.

And then she emerges from the ashes completely unscathed, carrying three baby dragons upon her, a sight that instantly turns the Dothraki into her service.

8 Jon Snow: His honor and honesty are truly unmatched

Jon Snow is best known for his honor, as a man who never backs down on a promise (at least in most circumstances). You are painfully honest about your experiences, even if others may view them negatively.

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Most importantly, however, is the fact that knowing your Targaryen ancestry has not affected your political or patriotic views. Jon continues to fight on behalf of the North, paradoxically proving his suitability for the role of ruler of all Westeros.

7 Daenerys – Control the largest military force ever seen

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Daenerys and her hundred thousand Dothraki already sound overwhelmed, so including the eight thousand Unsullied makes her even more fearsome.

With his land army, he has proven capable of several impressive feats, including defeating the combined forces of House Lannister and House Tarly. And then there are Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal, the only three known dragons in the world, each as capable as several battalions.

6 Jon Snow: Negotiate Peace Between Westerosi and The Wildlings

Better known as the Free People, this group of people often clashes with the Night’s Watch, further worsening the views that the people of Westerosi already have of them.

Jon Snow’s tireless actions help convince Castle Black to give them a chance. In fact, it can be argued that he is the main reason why the Wildlings, until then considered violent savages, get a home within the limits of Westeros. Jon’s boundless compassion is rewarded with loyalty.

5 Daenerys: Free thousands of slaves on principle

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Daenerys travels along the coast of Essos, freeing slaves from each of the city-states she visits. When in Meereen, he discovers that one of his previous victories has been tainted by a hit.

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Interestingly, their first instinct is to stay behind and make sure slavery is permanently abolished. Daenerys’ decision is incredibly benevolent since it puts her desire to reconquer Westeros for this purpose on hold.

4 Jon Snow: elected King of the North

After Ramsay Bolton’s defeat in the Battle of the Bastards, Jon Snow calls a meeting involving all the major Houses in the North (and several associated allies).

When most adult leaders murmur about their future in confusion, Lyanna Mormont puts everyone in a bind for not instantly declaring Jon King in the North, especially after his accomplishments. Following her, several others chime in with similar appraisals, concluding with Jon effectively given control of the North.

3 Daenerys: faces the King of the Night to protect his people

Daenerys Targaryen is smart enough to understand the threat of the impending Night King apocalypse, something that Cersei Lannister rudely dismisses as inconsequential.

Two of her dragons die, but she goes through the pain of losing her children to ensure a better future for the rest of humanity. While Daenerys’ motivations may be based in part on restoring her lost legacy, the fact remains that she knows there is no legacy to protect without a living, breathing Westeros.

two Jon Snow: Defeat the final antagonist of the story

Daenerys and Jon's final hug

Daenerys succumbs to Targaryen “madness” at the gates of King’s Landing, leading Drogon on a mission to subjugate his enemies by burning most of the city to ashes. This horrifies everyone, even his closest allies, Tyrion and Jon, who ultimately conclude that the best course of action would be to kill Daenerys.

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Jon rightly hesitates, given his multi-layered relationship with her, but he cares about the world’s best interests anyway. He’s very lucky that Drogon wouldn’t roast him in revenge.

1 Daenerys: she is literally fire

Daenerys is not a pyromaniac, nor can she produce torrents of blazing flames with her fingertips or make her body glow with the force of a thousand suns.

However, it is completely immune to the destructive potential of fire, which means that it can enter and exit the underworld as if it were passing through a pool of warm water. Daenerys forces the collective Dothraki horde to submit to her when she incinerates the other Khals and emerges victorious from the blaze.

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