25 ways Star Wars is better than Game of Thrones

Star Wars Rey and Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen. Composite photo: Dork Side of the Force.
Star Wars Rey and Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen. Composite photo: Dork Side of the Force. /
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Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. Photo: LUCASFILM. /

20. The Princesses

There are only a couple of princesses with the actual title in Game of Thrones: Myrcella Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen. Both were born into royal families whose heads were kings and queens.

One could argue that Sansa and Arya Stark are princesses in a way, seeing as they’re the daughters of a ruling lord. But in this comparison, we’re sticking with characters who have the princess title.

Both Myrcella and Daenerys had tragic ends. Myrcella’s character wasn’t even fully fleshed out and she rarely had speaking lines. Like many other women in the series, she was chiefly a pawn in other people’s schemes. And while Daenerys had been a major character since Season 1, her years of hard work and sacrifice amounted to her being stabbed in the heart (literally) moments before claiming the Iron Throne.

Star Wars, on the other hand, has Princess Leia of Alderaan. A courageous, witty heroine from the first moment we saw her, Leia continues to be an inspiration for girls and women in the Star Wars fandom. Actress Carrie Fisher brought a sharp, sarcastic wit to her portrayal of Leia, who by the end of the Skywalker saga was a general in the Resistance against the First Order.

Like her mother, Padme Amidala, Leia represented compassion and strength in the face of impossible odds and was fully dedicated to her passion for trying to make the galaxy a better place. Leia wasn’t just a soldier during the Rebellion against the Empire, she was a leader who instilled hope in the Rebels. And she did the same thing for the Resistance fighters decades later.

At the end of the Skywalker saga, Leia’s story came full circle to a bittersweet end. It had been decades since she learned that Luke was her twin brother and that their parents were Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker. One of her final acts was helping bring her son, Ben Solo, back to the light so he could join Rey in ending Emperor Palpatine’s insidious legacy for good.

Leia wasn’t just a princess, she was a leader, a fighter, a general and a war heroine, and one of the most inspiring characters in all of Star Wars.