Season 8 of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones is finally set for a return in April 2019, and fans are speculating wildly on how the show will end until the final episode airs next year.

The first episode premiered almost a decade ago back in 2011, and the series has won countless Emmys, TCA awards, and Screen Actors Guild awards over the yearsand rightfully so. This dark fantasy draws people in with its cutthroat vibe, brutal action, mythical creatures, and layered personal drama. But anyone who loves GOT knows that the series wouldn’t be nearly as popular without its full cast of complex, ever-evolving female characters. It’s one of the highlights of the series, and these actresses provide the backbone of what makes HBO’s epic so addicting.

Here, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite actresses Game of Thrones has to offer.