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See your favorite Game of Thrones characters played by notable New Yorkers

At last! Two of our favorite things—New York City and Game of Thrones—come together in perfect harmony

Written by
Sophie Harris

We’re not sure it’s possible to be any more excited about the new season of Game of Thrones than we already are (we’re actually designing our own Time Out New York sigil right now). So, in order to whip ourselves into a complete frenzy, we’ve imagined our favorite GoT characters as played by our favorite notable New Yorkers—including Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris and Debbie Harry. The results make us feel quite giddy. Valar dohaeris, New York!

Chelsea Clinton / Daenerys Targaryen
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1. Chelsea Clinton / Daenerys Targaryen

Presidential power daughter Chelsea—whose FBI code name was “Energy”—is the perfect match for Targaryen princess turned Mother of Dragons Daenerys, who is too cool for a code name.

Bill Murray / Jaqen H’ghar
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2. Bill Murray / Jaqen H’ghar

There is only one New Yorker who can play mysterious, awesome Jaqen, the shape-shifting assassin from Braavos—and that's mysterious, awesome Bill Murray. Remember that scene at the end of season two, where Jaqen’s face changes? Now imagine it’s Bill’s face changing. Shivers city!

Taylor Swift / Margaery Tyrell
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3. Taylor Swift / Margaery Tyrell

Posh power player Margaery Tyrell is one smooth operator, as calculating as she is cool; Ms. Taylor Swift, it is clear, is also a woman with a plan for world domination. A match made in heaven.
Debbie Harry / Melisandre
Photograph: Game of Thrones: HBO/Helen Sloan

4. Debbie Harry / Melisandre

Just look at their frickin’ faces! This one is all about bone structure and being ice cool. And smokin’ hot. Debbie would do an awesome job with Melisandre’s potions and Lord of Light spells. Melisandre would probably also do a mean version of “Denis” at karaoke.

Bruce Springsteen / Khal Drogo
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5. Bruce Springsteen / Khal Drogo

If the Hudson River is the Narrow Sea to the wilds of Jersey, then Bruce Springsteen must be Khal Drogo—the Boss of the Dothraki Sea. Or Shore.

Bill de Blasio / Ned Stark
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6. Bill de Blasio / Ned Stark

Well-intentioned, morally sound Ned Stark couldn’t keep his head. Well-intentioned, morally sound NYC mayor Bill de Blasio has certainly had his share of “heady” moments, by his own admission.
Donald Trump / Tywin Lannister
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7. Donald Trump / Tywin Lannister

Power-hungry, ethics-bereft rich despot plays…you get the point.

Yoko Ono / Bran Stark
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8. Yoko Ono / Bran Stark

So Yoko’s a lady and Bran’s a teenage boy! Who cares? Both are enchanted and have special magical powers. Seriously, if there’s any New Yorker who has "the sight," it’s Yoko.

Sandra Bernhart / Cersei Lannister
Photograph: Game of Thrones: Courtesy Helen Sloane/HBO / Sandra Bernhard: Erik Pendzich/REX USA

9. Sandra Bernhart / Cersei Lannister

Like Cersei, Sandra’s not a woman who takes any shit. And you know she’ll have another glass of wine and make an utterly inappropriate joke.

Anna Wintour / Olenna Tyrell
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10. Anna Wintour / Olenna Tyrell

Do we even need to explain this one? Sophisticated, indomitable Vogue editrix plays crisp, master matriach Olenna Tyrell. The devil wears a wimple, people.

Alec Baldwin / Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane
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11. Alec Baldwin / Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane

You can imagine Alec Baldwin would be kinda scary when he’s mad, no? Maybe not grunting, prince-slaying “The Mountain” mad. But it’d be nice to have a bit of warmth in the gladiatorial ring for once, wouldn’t it?

Lena Dunham / Yara Greyjoy
Photograph: Game of Thrones: Helen Sloan/HBO / Lena Dunham: HBO

12. Lena Dunham / Yara Greyjoy

Only someone as unafraid to be herself—bold, clumsy, sexy, all of it—could play Theon Greyjoy’s wild-hearted warrior sister. She’ll add a nice bit of Woody Allen–style New York anxiety to the part, too.

Neil Patrick Harris / Loras Tyrell
Photograph: Game of Thrones: Helen Sloan/HBO

13. Neil Patrick Harris / Loras Tyrell

Ah, Ser Loras Tyrell, able knight and jouster and lover of would-be king (except he ended up dead) Renly Baratheon. Loris is pretty, aloof and secretly very naughty: the perfect role for Neil Patrick Harris.

Taylor Schilling / Brienne of Tarth
Photograph: Game of Thrones: Courtesy HBO

14. Taylor Schilling / Brienne of Tarth

One of the joys of Game of Thrones is its strong women characters, of whom the mighty Brienne of Tarth is one. Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling would fit right into Brienne’s suit of armor, and give Brienne a welcome dose of vulnerability to boot.

Liev Schrieber / Hodor
Photograph: Game of Thrones: Courtesy Helen Sloan/HBO

15. Liev Schrieber / Hodor

If you were being pushed around on a sled with scary White Walkers lurking at every turn, which New Yorker would you have protecting you? Sturdy, dependable Liev Schreiber, of course! There's just not too much dialogue for Liev…

Peter Dinklage / Tyrion
Photograph: Game of Thrones: Courtesy HBO / Peter Dinklage: Jim Knowles/REX USA

16. Peter Dinklage / Tyrion

Look. Tyrion is Tyrion. As this amazing Peter Dinklage ringtone mash-up attests, Dinklage is Tyrion is Dinklage is Tyrion, and that's just how it is.

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