HBO’s wildly successful and beloved fantasy drama series Game of Thrones may be best known for its incorporation of dragons, direwolves, and epic battle scenes, as well as the high caliber acting turned in from its cast of main and supporting characters. But another clear highlight of the series has always been its depiction of passionate relationships between people who love each other, despite the odds they face and the world crumbling around them.
In recent years, Myers-Briggs® Personality Types have become all the rage on the internet and in fandoms in particular. Finding characters that you can relate to and share your personality type with is often a vindicating feeling for people, as it helps them make sense of why they root for certain characters – especially in such a highly volatile, conflict-driven series like Game of Thrones.
But what some people may not know is that, once a personality type is assigned, the story doesn’t stop there. Certain personality types are romantically compatible with other types, and only those other types. So after typing all your favorite Thrones characters, we checked their romantic compatibility with other characters – and the results may shock you.
10 Shae (ESFJ) and Jaime Lannister (ESTP)
The character of Shae, as portrayed by Sibel Kekilli, is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and most tragically fated in the entire series. After falling in love with Tyrion Lannister, Shae – an ESFJ personality, known as The Provider or The Consul – would wind up feeling betrayed by Tyrion, and in turn betray him, breaking his heart and leading to her own death.
As it turns out, Shae’s story could have possibly had a much different ending, if only she’d chosen a different Lannister brother. Jaime Lannister, whose MBTI type is ESTP – The Entrepreneur – is perfectly romantically compatible with Shae’s type. As individuals who are both looked down upon because of their good looks, with tragic histories and plenty of blemishes on their record, it’s not unlikely that these two could have hit it off well, in another lifetime.
9 Ygritte (ESFJ) and Jon Snow (ISFP)
Sorry, Jon and Dany fans: there’s only one woman that Jon Snow is perfectly romantically suited for, and it’s none other than his true love, Ygritte. Jon Snow is, in effect, the very prototype of an ISFP: kind, adventure seeking, deceptively quiet, and passionate. As an ESFJ, Ygritte is, in many ways, everything that Jon is not: loud, hyper social, well liked in most places.
From the very beginning, Jon and Ygritte work so well because they’re so different. What starts as a love hate relationship soon blossoms into a true love story, even if Ygritte thinks that Jon Snow knows nothing. While they could never fully make it work due to their loyalties being on opposing sides of the Wildlings vs. Wall divide, the forbidden nature of their tragically fated romance just makes their fundamental compatibility all the more poignant.
8 Ned Stark (ISTJ) and Catelyn Stark (ISFJ)
Speaking of couples that were tragically fated and definitely deserved a lot better, perhaps one of the most welcome surprises is that Ned Stark and Catelyn Stark are perfectly compatible with one another. As an ISTJ, Ned is about as old fashioned and honor bound as they go. He is strict and driven and true, ruled by the commitment to the moral good and the logically sound.
As an ISFJ, Catelyn is a true protector, driven by her emotions and her need to defend what belongs to her and her family alone. The difference in Ned’s and Cat’s approaches to the world occasionally leads them to conflict, in the few key scenes they share together. But it also makes them a powerful team, wielding both head and heart, and always acting in the best interest of those they love.
7 Petyr Baelish (ISTP) and Sansa Stark (ISFP)
One of the more controversial elements of Game of Thrones, despite being even more explicit in the A Song of Ice and Fire books, is the suggestion of a romantic connection between Littlefinger, Lord Petyr Baelish, and the impressionable young Sansa Stark. So it may come as a real shock, then, to learn that these two are entirely romantically compatible, if the MBTI is to be believed.
Petyr is a true ISTP, a master of mystery and deception whose interests and intentions are very seldom publicly known. As an ISFP, Sansa enjoys a different world of illusions all her own, relishing in sensory and surprisingly social pleasures. These two may seem like they couldn’t be more different from one another, but sharing so many key MBTI traits make them perfectly suited for each other – no matter how appearances might seem.
6 Cersei Lannister (ENTJ) and Tyrion Lannister (ENTP)
Arguably one of the most infamous aspects of Game of Thrones is the incestuous – dare we even say twincestuous – relationship between spoiled twin siblings Cersei and Jaime Lannister. As disgusting albeit significant as their dynamic may be, Jaime and Cersei’s relationship is, as it turns out, not one that is described as romantically compatible, according to MBTI types.
Even more hilariously, and uncomfortably, Cersei is indeed romantically compatible with a Lannister. It just so happens to be the younger brother whose very being she despises. The cold, commandeering, decisive ENTJ in Cersei is entirely compatible with Tyrion’s troublemaking, intellectually driven ENTP. The duo certainly engage in quite dramatic back and forths, so the potential for that sort of interpretation is certainly there – whether George RR Martin intended or not.
5 Brienne (ISFJ) and Davos Seaworth (ISFP)
If there are two people in all of Game of Thrones who deserve happy endings filled with love and support after all they have been through and all they have lost, Brienne of Tarth and Ser Davos Seaworth may just be those two people – or, at the very least, contenders for such a distinction. Having loved and lost and been rebuffed by multiple people, the sensitive but fiercely protective ISFJ in Brienne of Tarth deserves someone strong and supportive and loving.
And after enduring the loss of his own son, as well as girl he adored more than anything in Shireen Baratheon, Davos’s introspective, adventurous, hard working ISFP self could certainly benefit from the romantic and emotional support from someone as sturdy as Brienne of Tarth. An off screen wife has been mentioned in Davos’s case, which could preclude this from ever happening. But these two are romantically perfect for each other, at least as far as the MBTI is concerned.
4 Tyrion Lannister (ENTP) and Daenerys Targaryen (ENFJ)
Since joining sides with Daenerys Targaryen after his unceremonious escape and expulsion from King’s Landing, Tyrion Lannister has been fiercely loyal to the queen also known as khaleesi. Peter Dinklage has even discussed the possibility of Tyrion already being in love with Daenerys, and therefore envious of her otherwise directed romantic affections. If the MBTI could have its say, it seems like these two might just be a match made in heaven.
As an ENTP, Tyrion is driven to debate, to question, to wonder and learn and understand. As an ENTJ, Daenerys is a driven leader who likes to think she has all the answers. These two have confided in one another countless times over the years, often as a result of good natured bantering. A romantic upgrade really isn’t that far out of the realm of reason for them.
3 Daenerys Targaryen (ENFJ) and Melisandre (ENFJ)
Melisandre may not be the most trustworthy person in all of the Seven Kingdoms. She’s certainly done plenty of outright dastardly things in her day. But then again, so has Daenerys Targaryen, from a certain point of view. So while it may be initially shocking to learn that both of these fearsome women are typed as ENTJs, it does make some sense upon further reflection.
And it also certainly makes sense that the self-inflated ego of an ENTJ would be drawn to a like-minded partner, preferring a fellow ENTJ over any other potential romantic partner. Almost nothing good could come of this potential partnership, whether romantic or otherwise. But the MBTI doesn’t lie.
2 Gendry Waters (ISTP) and Sansa Stark (ISFP)
From very early on in the series, fans have been excited about the potential of a romance of the fierce little warrior in training Arya Stark and Robert Baratheon’s bastard son, Gendry Waters. But, as it turns out, Arya isn’t the Stark sister that Gendry is romantically compatible with, according to their MBTI types.
As an ISTP, Gendry is a true master of his trade of smithing, as well as a complete enigma. And also as an ISTP, he is drawn romantically toward an ISFP – none other than Sansa Stark, for example. With their totally clashing worlds of roughhousing and genteel femininity, Gendry and Sansa represent yet another incidence of the MBTI favoring opposites attracting. It may not ever work out, realistically, in the series, but it sure is interesting to think about.
1 Varys (INTP) and Tyrion Lannister (ENTP)
Every scene that the bickering duo of Varys and Tyrion Lannister share is all but guaranteed to lead to some hilarious one-liners and witticisms. As two of the smartest and most cunning players in Game of Thrones, Varys and Tyrion have both endured and seen far more than most of the characters in the series have. And, hilariously and fittingly enough, it isn’t really much of a surprise to learn that they would be perfectly suited as a couple.
As an INTP, Varys is a thinker and questioner. As an ENTP, Tyrion is a visionary and debater. With the only trait separating them being their level of introversion and extroversion, these two are truly two sides of the same coin. It’s all but impossible for them to become a couple – for many reasons – but they certainly make quite the fearsome, hilarious duo all the same.ex
NEXT: 25 Unresolved Mysteries And Plot Holes Game Of Thrones Still Needs To Answer