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10 Good Fathers In Game Of Thrones

Family is one, if the not the most important element in “Game of Thrones” and the “A Song Of Ice And Fire” Series it’s inspired from. While we may have witnessed some terrible fathers in the series, there are a some patriarchal figures that redeem themselves through either their kindness, their honor, and the love they bear for their children. Despite the challenge that finding them all entailed, we bring you 10 positive father figures present in Game of Thrones:

10 – Rickard Stark

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What Makes Him A Good Father:
– Honorable Man
– Marched For His Daughter & Family’s Honor

The Warden of the North during the last Targaryen reign whose death would be the spark that ignites Robert Baratheon’s Rebellion against the Crown. We only got to see a glimpse of him during a Flashback Vision of Bran. He tells his young son Ned, who’s about to head to the Eyrie to train under Jon Arryn (where he would meet and befriend the future king, Robert Baratheon, there for the exact same reason). As one would expect from a Stark, Lord Rickard was known as a kind and honorable man. The capture of his daughter Lyanna at the hands of the heir to the throne Rhaegar Targaryen would lead him to his death in Kings Landing where he sought justice from the Mad King.

09 – Doran Martell

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What Makes Him A Good Father:
– Smart & Strategic Leader (In The Books At Least)
– Loving Father To His Son (Sons & Daughter In The Books)

Another character that we didn’t see much of in the show, contrary to the books, Prince Doran Martell of Dorne is another peaceful and honorable father who taught these virtues to his son, and future heir, Trystane. In the books however, he has 3 children, including a daughter Arianne who attempts to avenge Oberyn’s death at the hands of the Mountain; a role that was given to his paramour Ellaria Sand instead in the series. Prince Doran from the books is known as a smart, calculating and strategic man, akin to Tywin Lannister. The show decided on the other hand to forgo this portion of the series, and have him killed in the opening episode of the 6th season.

08 – Mace Tyrell

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What Makes Him A Good Father:
– Willing To Cause Mayhem For His Children’s Safety
– Rather Dumb But Caring Father

While he does have buffoonish qualities, Mace Tyrell does not play around when it comes to the safety of his family. While he was sent to Braavos under Royal decree, both his children got captured and imprisoned by the Faith Militant. Upon his return, he summoned his army and was ready to attack the Faith and cause Carnage in the capital. All for the safety and honor of his children, especially his daughter, Queen Margaery.

07 – Davos Seaworth

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What Makes Him A Good Father:
– Humble & Intelligent Man
– Perfect Balance Of Love And Duty

Starting with humble beginnings in Gin Alley, to eventually being anointed by Stannis Baratheon for his bravery during the Siege of Storm’s End, and subsequently becoming his Hand should he have taken the Iron Throne, Davos Seaworth has had a tumultuous path so far. He was most proud of his son Matthos and guided him all the way. Davos, of all the characters in the story, is great adviser and a loyal man to have on one side. The same can be said about the love he had for his son. Sadly, Tyrion Lannister’s Wildfire trick would put an end to this relationship.

06 – Samwell Tarly

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– Loves Unconditionally
– Risked His Own Safety For Someone Else’s Son

While he has not fathered any children, Samwell Tarly is a great father to Gilly’s son. She even refers to him as such during their journey from the Wall to Oldtown. He is sworn to protect both Gilly and Little Sam, and arranged to have them stay in his home of Hornhill where he knew they would leave a peaceful and safer life than in the North. Unfortunately, the meanness of his father Randyll made him reconsider his decision, and made him take them both with him no matter where their journey takes them.

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