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Can We Please Talk About How ‘Game Of Thrones’ Has An Afro-Latina Actress As One Of The Key Characters??

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Missandei, Queen Daenerys Targaryen’s right-hand woman and best friend, is one of those secondary characters on “Game of Thrones” that has developed a cult following. Captured by slavers when she was a young girl and raised in indentured servitude, Missandei was freed by Daenerys with the intent on having her become her translator. Five seasons later, she has risen in the ranks to become Daenerys’s closest adviser and most steadfast champion.

As if we needed another reason to love Missandei, Nathalie Emmanuel, the actress who brings her to life, is actually of Dominican descent. That means that one of the best characters on “Thrones” is Afro-Latina! In honor of the return of GOT, we’ve compiled a list of 20 times Missandei was the best character on the addictive series. Take a peek below!

1. When she got drunk with Tyrion

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Missandei may be famous for her silent reactions, but she’s not exactly the most talkative character on GOT. That’s why it was nothing short of delightful when “Thrones” treated us to an adorable scene of her day-drinking with Tyrion and swapping corny dad jokes. We wish we could see her smile more often!

2. When she had no patience for misogynistic pigs

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After growing up under the hand of abusive slave-owners, Missandei’s newfound freedom as second-hand to the Queen makes it hard for her to tolerate ignorant and degrading comments from men–no matter what title they hold.

3. Her reaction when the Northerners looked at her like “Build the Wall”

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When Missandei and Greyworm find themselves among white people who, by the looks of it, have never seen brown skin before, the look they exchange is priceless.

4. When she acted as a TSA agent at Dragonstone

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We can’t help but feel a surge of pride whenever Missandei gets to boss people around–she’s been through enough to have the absolute right.

5. When she had a passionate sexual encounter with Greyworm

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The tension between Missandei and Greyworm had been building for so long, that we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when they finally consummated their love.

6. When she talks about said sexual encounter with her BFF right after

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Just two girls bent on reclaiming their rightful thrown and eventually world domination while also talking about how good the sex was with the boy-toy last night.

7. When she consistently gave us #hairgoals

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We don’t know how Missandei kept her rizos so moisturized and defined while she was living in the desert, but we’d love to know her secret.

8. When she ALLOWED her friend to touch her hair

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Missandei is close enough to Daenerys to give her permission to do her hair–but we’re sure she laid down some ground rules beforehand and maybe even gave her a talk about privilege.

9. When she introduced Daenerys in the most extra way possible and kept a straight face the whole time

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This scene will never get old.

Missandei: “You stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, rightful heir to the Iron Throne, rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains.

Davos: “This is Jon Snow…He’s King in the North.”

10. When she constantly proved she’s Daenerys’s best ally

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No one gives a better first-hand account of how much power Daenerys has to change lives than her OG devotee, Missandei. Missandei’s testimonial would make the biggest skeptic a Khaleesi-convert.

11. When she wore this outfit that will serve as our Halloween costume for years to come

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Missandei: offering inspiration to Afro-Latina cos-players since 2013.

12. When she taught viewers what REAL side-eye is

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There are whole Tumblr galleries devoted to the savage looks that Missandei doles out the idiotic men who populate GOT’s world. She’s truly the Queen of Dirty Looks.

13. When she revealed she speaks nineteen languages

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In Season 3, episode 8 of “Thrones”, Missandei reveals to Daenerys that she speaks nineteen languages. She even gives Dany a humbling little lesson on Dothraki grammar.

14. When she served us this outfit

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Missandei has come a long way since her days of cleavage-bearing billowing robes. Now, she dresses in leather and armor.

15. When she turned to her BFF when she thought she was done for

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In times of danger, Missandei and Dany always turn to each other for comfort–like this touching time when they held hands before they thought they were going to die.

16. When she gave us this perfect “bless your heart” face

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One of the best parts about watching Missandei’s character arc is the newfound confidence she has when reacting to newcomers. Like this “bless you heart” look she gave to Jon Snow and his men in Season 7. episode 3.

17. When she had a tender moment with Greyworm after he was wounded in battle

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It was incredible touching to see how a man with self-proclaimed “no fear” admitted that since he met and fell in love with Missandei, he now was more afraid than he’d ever been.

18. When she first meets
Daenerys and is like “I like this girl”.


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We’ll never forget the look on her face when Missandei realizes what a badass Daenerys is. Priceless.

19. When she truly could not comprehend the concept of traditional marriage

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When Jon Snow tries to explain why his last name is different than his father’s, Missandei is completely confused and explains: “We don’t have marriage in Naath, so the concept of a bastard does not exist”. Poor Jon.

20. When she shut down Tyrion’s attempt at whitesplaining

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“I appreciate you explaining to me the horrors of slavery, Tyrion, but I think I’m a bit more qualified to speak on the subjects. Thankssss.” – actual quote from Missandei

The Latest 'Game Of Thrones' Fan Theory Has Mariah Carey At Its Center And Fans Can't Deal

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The Latest ‘Game Of Thrones’ Fan Theory Has Mariah Carey At Its Center And Fans Can’t Deal

Two years ago when Game Of Thrones was featuring its Season 7 premiere and fans were watching Arya Stark make her way to the Riverlands with bated breath, fans nearly lost their cool when  Ed Sheeran made an appearance. Some were thrilled, some threw Joffrey- style tantrums. In either case, the appearance left quite a few fans divided. However, when it comes to an appearance by one true Afro-Latina queen, the world has found common ground.

Flashing her love for the big HBO series, Carey dropped a major fanfic spoiler that Twitter could just not handle.

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In a post with a caption that read “Major Game of Thrones spoilers….” Carey shared a photo of herself on the Iron Throne and holy hell did it cause a stir.

Fans had all kinds of fun with the post but mostly replies to it were begging for this to come to fruition.

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Because let’s be real having “I Don’t Know Her” Carey on the Iron Throne at the end is the ideal.

Of course with all of her star power, Carey’s tweet went viral pretty quickly with nearly 20K retweets and over 76K likes.

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And of course, the replies brought up all of Carey’s best GOT-like moments that were absolutely savage.

Of course with Mariah Carey now part of our fantasy casting, we couldn’t help but pull for a little more Latinos in the show.

GOT is STARVED for Latino representation, this is why we decided to reimagine this epic saga with an all-Latino cast. If you think you can come up with better GoT Latino casting choices let us know in the comment section below.

Daenerys Targaryen: Tessa Thompson

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Who better to play the role of Daenery than the badass Tessa Thompson. We already know that she is able to rock out as a superhero like she did in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Jon Snow: Diego Boneta

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Mexican actor, Diego Boneta, not only has some resemblance to Jon Snow but he’s also been trained in sword fighting. He did play the role of a Jewish rebel in the miniseries “The Dovekeeper.”

Sansa Stark: Bella Thorne

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What better redheaded Latina than Bella, who looks more like a Season 7 Sansa. Definitely less childlike and more like a woman ready to take charge of her kingdom.

Cersei Lannister: Shakira

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Blonde wavy hair, beautiful and known all around the land.. Those are all things the Colombian superstar has in common with the Queen Cersei.

Khal Drogo: Marlon Teixeira

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There’s no denying it, Brazilian model Marlon Teixeira looks like Khal’s baby [hotter] brother. All you need to do is add some beard hair extensions and some heavy smokey eye makeup and you have an instant Dothraki.

Jamie Lannister: William Levy

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What about Cuban actor William Levy? Not only is he tall, blonde and well-built but he and Shakira would make a great couple… can you imagine how beautiful the “Baratheon“ kids would look?

Lord Varys: Juan Gabriel

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Flashy outfits? Loving personality? There’s no question about it, Juan Gabriel would be the perfect choice to play the role of Lord Varys. Obviously he is dead, however, they do have holograms nowadays so, there you go.

Arya Stark: Selena Gomez

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The short-haired brunette could easily become the youngest of the Stark clan. Maybe this could be Selena’s crossover to more dramatic roles on TV. Plus, she’d be able to contribute to the soundtrack.

Grey Worm: Bruno Mars

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You might be asking why are we pairing these two Afro-Caribbeans musicians but have you noticed how much they look alike? It’s like they’re actually related to one another.

Missandei: Nathalie Emmanuel

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Who better to play the role Missandei than the OG Missandei actress Nathalie Emmanuel who is also Dominican???

Catelyn Stark: Salma Hayek

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Who better to play the role of the Fierce Lady of Winterfell, who will do whatever it takes to protect her kin, than Mexican beauty Salma Hayek. Coincidentally, she has already played the part of a medieval Noblewoman in “Tale of Tales.”

Margaery Tyrell: Alexis Bledel

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When you need a Latina with big blue eyes and a porcelain-like complexion, just like Margeary, it has to be Alexis Bledel.

Joffrey Baratheon: Frankie Muniz

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There’s probably no actor that looks more like Joffrey Baratheon than “Malcolm In The Middle” star, Frankie Muniz. As such, he would make the perfect match to play this brat.

Ellaria Sand: Eva Mendes

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These beauties might not be twins but they sure have the same goddess-like poise needed for the role of strong and beautiful Ellaria Sand.

Lady Olenna Tyrell: Ivonne Coll

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Remember Jane’s abuelita from Jane The Virgin? Well, we think she would make a great (maybe a bit younger) version of bad**s Lady Olena.

Bran Stark: Tyler Alvarez

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They may not be up at the beginning of the list but Isaac and Tyler are probably one of the pairs who have the strongest resemblance. Honestly, it’s hard to tell them apart.

Melisandre: Camille Belle

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The Indie star, Camilla Belle and her piercing eyes are definitely the perfect choice for the all-powerful Red Woman. Just look at how well she would be able to pull the look off.

Hodor: Luis Guzman

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Maybe Hodor and Guzman don’t have the same height but they sure can pull that scruffy medieval look. It also helps that everyone loves Guzman.

Petyr Baelish: Raul Esparza

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Some might not know who this Littlefinger look-alike is but if you’re a fan of “Law & Order: SVU” then surely you’ll notice that Esparza is none other than ADA Rafael Barba.

Theon Greyjoy: Diego Luna

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The Mexican actor may not be a dirty blonde with super pale skin but he sure would make a great Theon.


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