Game of Thrones is one of the most buzzed about series on television. Filled with barbaric battles, epic betrayals, palace intrigue and romance it has all the drama a soap fan could ask for. Here's a crash course comparison of our favorite daytime soap characters and their Westeros equivalents.
Love to Hate: King Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones / Nick Fallon, Days of Our Lives
Game of Thrones fans cheered Joffrey Baratheon's death, because of his countless evil deeds, and in no small part, Jack Gleeson's fantastic portrayal of the sadistic character. Though he isn't dead—not for a lack of trying on the parts of some Salem residents—the same can be said for Days of Our Lives' Nick Fallon.
Blake Berris has masterfully developed the Horton legacy character into a multifaceted villain. While I sincerely hope Nick isn't poisoned, like Joffrey, I emphatically want him to pay, and pay dearly.
Mother of Dragons: Daenerys 'Khaleesi' Targaryen, Game of Thrones / Sami Brady, Days of Our Lives
Daenerys 'Khaleesi' Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones. She would do anything to protect her dragons and the people she's freed from slavery as her army grows. Days of Our Lives' Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) may not have dragons hatching from eggs, but she can be one mother of a monster when those she loves are threatened.
In Sunday's "Oathkeeper" episode of GoT, Khaleesi delivered one of the best quotes in four seasons. When advised, "Sometimes, it is better to answer injustice with mercy," her firm reply was, "I will answer injustice with justice."
Sami Brady may not have an army of Unsullied, but when she feels injustice has been served, there is no one more dangerous to have on your side.
Power Hungry Father: Tywin Lannister, Game of Thrones / Victor Newman, The Young and the Restless
Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) may not sit on the Iron Throne, but he wields more power than a king. Not a single one of his children or grandchildren can escape his manipulations. He sounds an awful lot like Genoa City's ruler Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), now doesn't he?
Unholy Siblings: Cersei and Jaime Lannister, Game of Thrones / Ava and Julian Jerome, General Hospital
Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) make love and war, literally. The Queen Regent ensured her son Joffrey claimed the Iron Throne after her husband died, even though the Lannister's dirtiest little secret is that Joffrey is Jaime 'The King Slayer' Lannister's son, not Robert Baratheon's.
From Cersie and Jaime's infamous sex scene in Season One, through Jaime raping Cersei this season, these siblings have been a vipers nest of sex and power.
Ava (Maura West) and Julian Jerome (William DeVry) have proven no less deadly than Cersei and Jaime on ABC Daytime's General Hospital. From the first day they set foot in Port Charles, they shared amazing-if-inappropriate chemistry. Early on, it made me wonder if Kiki (Kristen Alderson) might be a Jerome on both sides of her family tree! Of course, she turned out to be Silas's (Michael Easton) daughter, so at least she doesn't have that in common with Joffrey.
Don't Mess With Her Milkshake: Melisandre the Red Priestess, Game of Thrones / Sharon Newman, The Young and the Restless
From Westeros to Genoa City, no two woman have magical vaginas as dangerous and powerful as Melisandre the Red Priestess (Carice van Houten) from GoT, and Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) from Y&R.
Second Son: Jon Snow, Game of Thrones / Morgan Corinthos, General Hospital
Brooding? Check. Dark and handsome good looks? Check. In love with a woman who could just as easily kill him as sleep with him? Check. A son who can never claim his birthright? Check. Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) from GoT and Morgan Corinthos (Bryan Craig) would likely grab a beer, and have lots in common to talk about, that is, of course, if they were in the same universe.
Simpleton: Hodor, Game of Thrones / Nathan West, General Hospital
Hodor (Kristian Nairn) still being alive is an impressive feat, given Game of Thrones has a nasty habit of killing off characters fans love. Hodor is beautiful in spirit and gallant. He is literally carries Bran Stark on his back during their quest. Unfortunately, the poor man never says anything other than "Hodor."
Not unlike Hodor, General Hospital's Nathan West (Ryan Paevey) is also gallant. He is also beautiful, but in a different way. Another thing they have in common, is nothing Nathan says ever makes much sense.
Parlayer of Power: Littlefinger, Game of Thrones / Bill Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish (Aidan Gillen) walks the halls of power, and uses every connection to enlarge his influence on Game of Thrones. His involvement in Joffrey's death and whisking poor, innocent Sansa away to "safety", were daft touches.
Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) is also accustomed to power moves on The Bold and the Beautiful, though for the moment Katie (Heather Tom) has him by the corporate balls. Never fear, like his GoT counterpart, Dollar Bill is more than willing to gamble to get what he wants.
White Walker: White Walker, Game of Thrones / Faux Luke, General Hospital
White Walkers are mysterious beings with ulterior motives, preparing to destroy the good, law-abiding citizens of Westeros. Who knew White Walkers also roamed the streets of Port Charles, New York on General Hospital? One currently goes by the name Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary).
Death List: Arya Stark, Game of Thrones / Ciara Brady, Days of Our Lives
Arya Stark's (Maisie Williams) father and brother were beheaded and her mother's throat was slit. She hasn't seen her sister Sansa, or other brothers in ages. Thanks to the horrors she's endured, Arya is evolving into a woman of unbelievably lethal potential. She even has a death list of people she'll one day kill.
Ciara Brady's (Lauren Bowels) father Bo (Peter Reckell) is MIA, but thankfully her mother, Fancy Face (Kristian Alfonso), is still very much alive on Days of Our Lives. Even at such a young and innocent age, Ciara has already developed a penchant for the dark side. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if she has her own revenge list tucked away somewhere.
One Bed to Rule Them All: Margaery Tyrell, Game of Thrones / Brooke Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful
Melisandre the Red Priestess and Genoa City's Sharon Newman may have the most dangerous kit kats of all the realms, but Game of Thrones' Margaery Tyrell and The Bold and the Beautiful's Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) are the queens of getting kings and princes into bed.
Margaery is well on her way to becoming a black widow. Maybe she just has bad luck? Not one, but two of her husband kings have died. If I were Joffrey's younger brother, I'd be mighty suspicious of her late night intentions.
Like Margaery, Brooke Logan knows what it means to share beds with powerful men. She slept with the Forrester king Eric (John McCook), his two princely sons Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Thorne (Winsor Harmon) and heir to the Spencer fortune Bill Spencer. Throw in shipping magnate Nick Marone (Jack Wagner) and Brooke Logan might as well have a neon sign above Beverly Hills reading "Kings, Princes, Barons and Scions, Welcome Here!"
Granny From the Hood: Olenna Tyrell, Game of Thrones / Dr. Obrecht, General Hospital (Kathleen Gati)
There are a lot of people to be frightened of in Westeros. Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) should be at the top of the lethal list.
Olenna Tyrell's revelation to Margaery that she was the mastermind behind Joffrey's assassination was brilliant. Olena shared how she seduced Luthor Tyrell, as an example of how Margaery could work her charms on future king, Tommen Baratheon.
Thus far, Dr. Liesl Obrecht's (Kathleen Gati) master plans on General Hospital, haven't been as flawlessly executed as Olenna Tyrell's. She ended up losing both lover Faison (Anders Hove) and her grandchild Ben. However, like her Westeros counterpart, she has ensured her family is taken care of with one hood move after another.
Unsullied: Grey Worm, Game of Thrones / Shawn Butler, General Hospital
Game of Thrones' Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) may not be completely intact, but he is a fearless warrior-eunuch devoted to his men and the Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi. General Hospital's Shawn Butler (Sean Blakemore) may not be a eunuch—just ask Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn)—but he is loyal to mob kingin Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) to a fault.
Bisexual Thirsting For Revenge: Oberyn Martell, Game of Thrones / Adam Newman, The Young and the Restless
The title sort of explains it all. Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) is opening bisexual and arrived at Kings Landing in search of revenge. Adam Newman (Michael Muhney) arrived in Genoa City and was willing to sleep with anyone—man or woman—to get what he wanted.
Claimant to the Throne: Stannis Baratheon, Game of Thrones / AJ Quartermaine, General Hospital
The black sheep of the Baratheon brothers, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), was skipped over when his brother Robert named Renly Lord of Storm's End. After Robert's death, Renly staked his claim, but Stannis and Melisandre's evil vagina got in the way. Now Stannis is marshalling his forces to retake the Iron Throne from the incestuous Lannisters.
AJ Quartermaine (Sean Kanan) was the black sheep of the Quartermaine family for decades. The firstborn son of Monica (Leslie Charleson) the late Alan (Stuart Damon) battled his cousin Ned (Wally Kurth), his aunt Tracy (Jane Elliot), brother Jason (Steve Burton) and finally—and fatally—mobster Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) for what rightfully belong to AJ.
Secret Keeper: Lord Varys, Game of Thrones / Eric Brady, Days of Our Lives
Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) started out a slave boy sold to a sorcerer, who castrated him for a ritual. After that horror, the sorcerer left him in the streets to die.
Varys didn't die. He rose through the slums, stealing men's secrets to become influential.
Eric Brady's (Greg Vaughan) privates were never used for a sorcerer's ritual, but a sorceress by the name of Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson) did work her own unholy magic on the Man of God. Now that I think of it, raping a priest to destroy his mother is probably the most GoT-esque storyline in soap history!
Innocent: Sansa Stark, Game of Thrones / Abby Deveraux, Days of Our Lives
The first thing I think of when I hear the name Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is "innocent", followed quickly by "poor girl." While her father, mother and brother met quick fates, Sansa has been through a living hell.
She was promised to Joffrey, before being forced into marrying his uncle Tyrion. Joffrey toyed and tortured her before and after. Now the Queen Regent is hunting her and Littlefinger is aiding in her escape.
Abby Deveraux (Kate Mansi) is the first soap character I think of when I think of "innocent." That being said, she'll be running for her life too, when Salem's dragon mother, Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney), learns she's pregnant with EJ's (James Scott) child.
Honor Bound: Brienne of Tarth, Game of Thrones / Paul Williams, The Young and the Restless
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is an impressive woman and as Olenna Tyrell said when they first met, "Aren't you just marvelous. Absolutely singular." Brienne is the most honorable individual in all of Westeros.
During her travels with Jaime Lannister, she was even able to help redeem him a bit. That was, until he raped his sister.
The Young and the Restless' Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) is the most honorable man in Genoa City, Wisconsin. He's saved many a distressed damsel over the decades, including Queen Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), fashionable Lady Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Counselor Empress Cricket (Lauralee Bell).
Responsibility in the Face of Danger: Bran Stark, Game of Thrones / Spencer Cassadine, General Hospital
Game of Throne's Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) was born to nobility. Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Bechtel) was born a prince on General Hospital.
Bran is on an epic quest north of the wall. Spencer is trying to save Emma and Sonny from Port Charles' White Walker. Bran has been captured. Spencer has been blackmailed into silence. Let's hope each overcomes the evil along their twin paths to destiny.
He Who Will Never Win: Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones / Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) has evolved since we were first introduced to him four seasons ago. The careless intellect, hated by his father and burdened by the Lannister legacy, once gambled, drank and whored with abandon. Over the years, he has grown into someone capable of shouldering great responsibility.
Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is burdened by the legacy of the Abbott name and the family's company Jabot on The Young and the Restless. He is constantly trying to live up to his father's example, and live down his reputation as a privileged playboy prince.
Much like Tyrion, Jack is a much different man than he once was. Wisdom comes with age, and surving many a battle for the throne, whether it be against a dragon, a sorcerer, an evil king or Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).