You would think HBO knew what it was getting itself into last week, given the rapid fandoms attached to so many of its original programming. HBO's Twitter account has been especially playful in the past few months, pitching out question and debate prompts to its nearly two and a half million followers. But it stepped in something it wasn't prepared for when it pitched out the simple prompt: Top 3 HBO characters of all time. Aaaaand go.
People immediately started chiming in, and while there are some frequent favorites, there's no clear cut winner in the crowd. Omar Little from The Wire, Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones, and of course Tony Soprano of The Sopranos have come up quite a few times, but that doesn't eliminate any fringe favourites. People have a particularly soft spot for Selina Meyer of Veep and Cousin Gregg from Succession. Getting little to no love at all is Nora Durst from The Leftovers, which is a shame because you guys saw what she went through during The Departure. How dare you. How dare all of you.
That being said, the poll is a really solid reminder that HBO has put out a lot of excellent television over the past thirty or so years. As for a consensus? Don't wait for it any time soon.
Tony Soprano— Osama (@Tribbiani115) September 17, 2019
He's The Fucking Boss ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Y2e0g48oIq
Daenerys— Vico (@victoriagab62) September 17, 2019
Mother Of Dragons pic.twitter.com/Oz9YpXWwow
Selina Meyer, then whoever else you want https://t.co/9turruwa6U— Chris Mirigliani (@ChrisMirig) September 17, 2019
The three guys that went under the Chernobyl reactor to drain the water obvs https://t.co/GwG83Hcrzv— Mark Riffenburg (@ItsJustMarkNV) September 17, 2019
Livia Soprano— Little Homosexual Boy (@ToddHaynesVEVO) September 17, 2019
Jennifer Melfi https://t.co/FIcL9fVB0G
The easy answer has to be Tony Soprano, Larry David and Omar Little (Kenny Powers a close fourth).— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) September 17, 2019
If I had to pick three non-obvious ones: Tim from The Life and Times of Tim, Russ Hanneman, Leon Black. https://t.co/UpEzZx4rHT
Me when people say Tony Soprano was the best HBO character. pic.twitter.com/Z2pOamiTyF— Dave The Happy Singer (@HappySinger) September 18, 2019
Idk why everyone is arguing best HBO characters when Daenerys literally exists????? pic.twitter.com/btV28BPWMN— 𝖆𝖇𝖎𝖌𝖆𝖎𝖑 🐉 (@abbylhollon) September 18, 2019
Omar Little— Marcus (@ULTRAMARMAC) September 17, 2019
Some of the most complex and interesting characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching on tv pic.twitter.com/dIFAB1bO10
1)Jon Snow— ThatOneGeminiHoe (@Angelina120699) September 17, 2019
2)Aegon Targaryen VI
3)The 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch
A lot of Game of Thrones love in there, but nary a shoutout to Valerie Cherish. And note to self: after a long day on Twitter debating which HBO character is the best of the bunch, I don't want to see that.
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