Game of Thrones stamps from the U.K.: Did the right characters get chosen?


Did the Royal Mail get it right when it chose 10 Game of Thrones characters to be put on stamps? Or is this set missing a few standouts and fan favorites?

Now, here’s a problem that could inspire a good long debate for Game of Thrones fans. There are 10 slots available to put characters on actually usable-for-mailing-things stamps, and, based primarily on the show, which 10 characters do you choose? Let’s face it, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow automatically qualify for the list. For a certain subset, Arya Stark and Tyrion Lannister are the automatic selections.

So there’s four of the 10, leaving six slots open. Now it gets a little harder. Who best represents Game of Thrones as a show? What characters are still memorable after seven seasons?

The Royal Mail in the U.K. has put together its list, with a tip of the hat to Entertainment Weekly. And, before you worry that perhaps the other most iconic characters on the show haven’t gotten any representation … there are stamps for the Iron Throne (which has a character even if it’s not a character in the strictest sense), the Night King, dragons, direwolves and giants. (R.I.P. Wun Wun, we still miss you.)

But you’re more worried about who actually made the cut. It’s okay, so are we.

Our four slam-dunk picks all made it onto the list, joined by Ned Stark (referred to by his full name of Eddard here), Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Jaime and Cersei Lannister, Olenna Tyrell and Tywin Lannister.

Why did Olenna Tyrell make it? Presumably because if you have a chance to honor Dame Diana Rigg and you’re the Royal Mail, you do it. She also fills in a hole in the color scheme of the upper row of stamps with a purple-tinted background. Who could have gone in her place? Other memorable supporting characters like Khal Drogo, Ellaria Sand, Davos Seaworth, Oberyn Martell or even the Greyjoys (which, where are the Greyjoys?) would have really fit with the color used for Olenna’s stamp.

Actor Charles Dance, the man behind Tywin Lannister, has an OBE, so it makes sense that he’s there too. Besides, it helps balance out all the Starks here — counting Jon as a Stark, there are four Starks and four Lannisters.

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At least Ned gets to keep his head on his stamp, right?

So, who’s missing for you? Should there be a second round of stamps just to cover everyone who didn’t make the first cut?