Ranking the Hottest Women on Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows in television history for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, it's one of, if not THE, best drama series ever produced. However, another big reason for Game of Thrones' success has to be the gorgeous women the show casts to play a wide variety of roles. The show has been criticized at times for being a bit too lax with showing nudity - particularly female nudity. Famously, actor Ian McShane, who actually had a minor role in last week's Game of Thrones episode, once characterized the show as being "just tits and dragons."

But with all of the beautiful women on Game of Thrones, the show's producers know what they're doing; with a primarily male viewing audience, they can rest assured that most viewers will appreciate these babes showing off their "assets" with regularity. I, for one, have no complaints when it comes to gawking at all of the gorgeous Game of Thrones ladies. So, I've taken on the difficult task (no, really, it's difficult to just pick five) of ranking the five hottest women on Game of Thrones. If claiming the Iron Throne was a matter of having the best looks, these five ladies would be waging the War of the Five Queens.

#5: Melisandre (Carice van Houten)

Melisandre Game of Thrones via E Online

Okay, so Melisandre would have probably been higher on this list were it not for her revealing her final form in episode one of this season. But I never said this list was going to be solely based on the characters, and the actress who plays Melisandre, Carice van Houten, is still plenty hot. Plus, I'm pretty sure we've been treated to more scenes including Melisandre's boobs than any other boobs on the show, and that's never a bad thing. Despite being approximately 400 years old in reality, when Melisandre is wearing that spiffy red choker necklace, she's a hottie. Plus, she knows magic and stuff and can bring people back from the dead, so that's all cool too.

#4: Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)

Sansa Stark Game of Thrones via Flavorwire

Sansa Stark may have had the worst luck of anyone that is still alive on Game of Thrones thus far, but through all the awful things she's been through, Sansa is still our favorite redheaded babe. The eldest Stark daughter has finally broken free from the cycle of misery (at least we hope) this season, and she's gone from a weak pawn in the game to a bad b*tch over the course of six seasons. In that time, Sansa has also gone from an awkward, gangly redheaded teenager to a gorgeous young woman. Game of Thrones doesn't always show off Sophie Turner's stunning looks, what with the whole fur-coats-and-no-makeup thing the North has going, but if you have any doubts that Sophie Turner belongs on this list, please consult this gif.

#3: Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)

Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones via Esquire

Queen Margaery is another Thrones character who we've had the privilege of seeing in her, um, natural state on several occasions, and it has never been a bad thing. Margaery is one queen who knows how to use her sexuality to empower herself and get what she wants, and we're all eager to see how her scheming this season is going to pay off; she has little Tommen wrapped around her finger, and we all know who in the "crown" is really pulling the strings. Plus, I think we're all excited to just see more of Margaery in general - Natalie Dormer is a babe.

#2: Tyene Sand (Rosabell Sellers)

Tyene Sand Game of Thrones via Vanity Fair

If you watch Game of Thrones, you probably agree that the entire Dorne storyline has been arguably the weakest point of the entire series...but at least it introduced us to Tyene Sand, and actress Rosabell Sellers. This is probably my most "controversial" inclusion  on this list, but if you've seen the episode that the above photo is from, then you cannot possibly disagree with my assertion that this "Sand Snake" is also ssssuper sssssexy (get it?! I did it in a snake voice!). Tyene Sand is another babe who uses her sexuality to her advantage, and if we ever return to Dorne on the show, I'm sure we will be seeing a lot more of Tyene Sand. And that is about the only part of the Dorne storyline that I'm looking forward to.

#1: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)

Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones HBO via HBO

I'm willing to bet that if you surveyed the majority of men who watch Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen would win the popular vote as "Most Beautiful Woman in Westeros," and I can't really disagree with that pick. Maybe I'm just a conformist, but I just cannot bring myself to pick anyone other than Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, to hold down the #1 slot on this list. Emilia Clarke is absolutely gorgeous, and we've seen plenty of Daenerys over the course of six seasons (props to Emilia Clarke for doing her own nude scenes again this year!). Daenerys is certainly a 10/10, and the fact that we're all rooting for her to reclaim the throne that is rightfully hers makes giving her the #1 spot even easier. Here's hoping Daenerys and her fire eventually conquers all of the ice.