Even if you don't end up murdered like Ned Stark or Jon Arryn before him, acting as the Hand of the King is a thankless job.
As Game of Thrones approaches its Season 2 finale Sunday (9/8c, HBO), the cast of the period-fantasy series weighs in on arguably the most powerful job in the Seven Kingdoms: The Hand of the King (or Queen, as it were). The Hand acts as chief advisor, executes the ruler's commands, is in charge of the army, drafts laws, dispenses justices, handles the day-to-day running of the kingdom, sits on the small council and even sits upon the Iron Throne to act on the king's behalf when he is indisposed (or hunting wild boar).
Selecting a good Hand is critical. Not only must he be loyal, hardworking, fair and competent, but he should also balance the king's less prudent notions or impulses. In short, the Hand must be better than the king! How's that for a heavy job description?
Check out who the cast trusts as their chief advisors:
Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) I think possibly I would go with somebody like Nietzsche. Somebody who was really a philosopher, a good advisor, a guider... But I would probably fight with him nonstop.
Robb Stark (Richard Madden) - My dad is pretty smart. I think he'd have my back. Yeah, keep it in the family. I'd put my dad there and keep an eye on what he's doing.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) as - I'd have my brother Jack probably. He probably would try to steal the throne from me actually, but I think if anyone's going to try to steal it off of me, I'd want it to be him. And he's an inherently a good person so I think he'd rule the kingdoms quite well.
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) - I would have to pick my mom because she gives me good advice all the time, as I'm growing up. I think she's been a brilliant Hand of the Queen.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) - I'd want someone funny, someone a bit like Bronn, a comedian maybe. I really like Lee Evans actually. He's kind of my same humor and does a lot of impressions that are funny, so yeah, probably Lee Evans.
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) - If I were on the Iron Throne and I had to choose a Hand, I would want Tyrion. He seems to have every angle covered. But assuming I can't have a Westerosi character, I would choose Sigmund Freud. He could get to work on Joffrey and Cersei's complex relationship, and I would get Joffrey an electric guitar and lessons from Metallica as he needs to channel his blistering fury into something less psychopathic.
Jaime Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) - If I were on the Iron Throne, I'd call my sister and say, "You want to be queen?"
Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) - I'd like to first point out that I've never sat on the Iron Throne set or otherwise. But if I were to sit on it, I would choose my best mate Don, who when I was at school, we were in prefects together. And he was a wonderful, wonderful right-hand man. I think he'd be brilliant at it.
Ygritte (Rose Leslie) - The novelist Georgette Heyer wrote my favorite book, These Old Shades. In the book, there's a character called the Duke of Avon. He's a seriously cool character, very slick. I think I'd have to go for him. I love him. I love reading that book over and over.
Gendry (Joe Dempsie) - I would pick legendary soccer manager Brian Clough who managed a football team that I support in the late '70s and '80s. He was quite a character and took no prisoners. One of his most famous quotes was when someone asked him if he as the best manager in the country. He said, "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the country, but I'm in the Top 1." Michael Sheen played him in a film years ago called The Damned United.
Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon) - If I could choose somebody to be my Hand to the King it would probably be, if he were alive, Peter Sellers. There you go. Peter Sellers, before he did Dr. Strangelove and went insane.
Irri (Amrita Acharia) - I was thinking of a superhero. Let's have Wonder Woman. She'd be by my side, she'd be my mentor, why not?
The Game of Thrones finale airs Sunday at 9/8c on HBO.
Which Hand do you like the best?