Game of Thrones: 5 Surprisingly Wholesome Friendships (& 5 That Were Toxic)
Throughout the series of Game of Thrones, there were some friendships that were actually totally pure and some that were toxic.
Game of Thrones may be over, but fans certainly aren’t done analyzing and debating every single aspect of this hit HBO series. One of the best to ever hit the small screen, one of this show’s biggest appeals is its dynamic characters – and that there are so many of them to hate or to love.
There’s a lot of violence and bad blood going around, but a lot of these characters still rely on alliances to get through the day. Throughout the series, there were some friendships that were actually totally pure, strong, and wholesome. Of course, there were also some toxic ones that definitely resulting in some back-stabbing.
10 Toxic: Ramsay Bolton & Myranda
There isn’t really anything that isn’t toxic when it comes to either of these characters, but it was more upsetting that they were actually supposed to be lovers and companions. All fans knew that Ramsay was abusive and Myranda was envious and manipulative.
Neither of these two were ever remotely liked by fans, and they certainly deserve to go down in the show’s history as one of the most toxic and hated duos it had to offer.
9 Wholesome: Samwell Tarly & Jon Snow
This is probably inarguably the most positive friendship on the series. Sam and Jon were there for each other since day one, and they continued to be until the very end. They never betrayed each other’s trust, and they sought to help each other in every way possible.
They really cared for each other, and Sam and Jon are actually friendship goals – even in such a crazy and violent world. Among all the death and war, these two stayed strong.
8 Toxic: Robert Baratheon & Ned Stark
Honestly, the entire series probably wouldn’t have happened if these two weren’t friends. Ned put way too much loyalty and effort into this friendship – when it’s unclear that the king ever really had his friend’s best interest at heart.
Plus, he did nothing for Sansa or Arya when Cersei was bullying them, and he basically just used Ned as a pawn in his game. These two were totally toxic, and Ned literally paid his life for it.
7 Wholesome: Brienne Of Tarth & Jaime Lannister
Jamie’s character arc was probably one of the most satisfying (if fans forget the final season), and a large part of this is because of Brienne. She taught him humility and loyalty, and he supported her bravery and ambitions.
They weren’t very open about their friendship, but it was more than clear they cared deeply for each other. They saved each other countless times – and fans will always ship these two as friends, and even as more than that.
6 Toxic: Sansa Stark & Petyr Baelish
It’s hard to really say these two were truly friends, but they definitely acted like it. Little Finger saved Sansa from Joffrey, and he also had the Knights of the Vale intervene in the Battle of the Bastards. They certainly helped each other along their journeys.
However, it was all inherently selfish, and neither ever truly cared about the other. Sansa did what she had to in order to survive, and it was pretty satisfying when she finally called out (and killed) Baelish for his actions.
5 Wholesome: Arya Stark & Sandor Clegane
Arya and the Hound certainly had a rocky start to their friendship, and they were also a pretty unlikely pair. Arya left the Hound for dead, and the Hound pretty much just wanted to keep Arya for a reward.
However, by the end of their wild and difficult journeys, it was more than clear that they cared deeply for one another. Arya was a big part of Clegane’s character arc, and he also taught Arya that there is no use in holding on to anger and revenge. Ultimately, they were totally wholesome.
4 Toxic: Tyrion Lannister & Lord Varys
This friendship definitely breaks hearts. They could easily also be one of the wholesome friendships on this show, but ultimately, they betrayed each other’s trust. After crossing the seas and being the only person in the world the other could trust – they broke it in the end.
Varys spread the news of Jon’s lineage, and Tyrion ratted out this information to Daenerys, who ended up burning the Spider alive. This was one of the most crushing moments of the series.
3 Wholesome: Daenerys Targaryen & Missandei
The Mother of Dragons certainly burned a lot of bridges, but she had a strong relationship with Tyrion, Grey Worm, and Missandei. Of course, nothing was as powerful as these two strong and brilliant women side by side.
It wasn’t often that Daenerys let down her walls, but she did with Missandei. Their endless support for each other was a breath of fresh air in this show, and we all felt Daenerys’ pain when Missandei met her demise.
2 Toxic: Euron Greyjoy & Cersei Lannister
It’s hard to really call these two ‘friends’, but their relationship was almost as toxic as Cersei and Jaime’s. They both craved power and cruelty – and they basically just entertained each other in their quests to achieve it.
Neither of them actually cared for the other in any way, and they both met their demise despite their attempt to create a powerful alliance. Euron and Cersei are two of the biggest villains of the show, and they were just as villainous together.
1 Wholesome: Jon Snow & Tyrion Lannister
This is one friendship that was actually pretty underrated. They met way back in the first season, and even after so much time apart, they somehow still had unwavering respect for each other. They were a casual duo, but somehow it was still one of the best of the series.
Jon and Tyrion are two of the most loved characters the series had to offer, and neither have bad intentions, so it makes sense that their friendship actually had a positive end – and that fans were totally behind it.