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The 9 Most Surprisingly Awesome 'Game Of Thrones' Team-Ups

From Jaime and Brienne to Arya and the Hound, these are our favorite dynamic duos in Westeros.

Will Sansa Stark ever see Arya again? Will Daenerys Targaryen ever make it to Westeros and meet the heroes and villains we've come to love and hate? Maybe, maybe not; it's "Game of Thrones," after all, and instant gratification is not always on the menu.

But as frustrating and tragic as it's been to watch the Stark siblings pass each other like ships in the night, it's equally delightful and shocking to see which characters pair up with each other in the meanwhile. Who would have imagined Jaime and Brienne's road trip would be one of the highlights of season three, for instance? Not exactly a peanut butter and jelly-on-lemon cakes combination on paper, but it worked.

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Likewise, here are nine of our other favorite and most surprising "Game of Thrones" team-ups to date:

  1. Jaime and Bronn
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    In the books, it's tongueless Ilyn Payne who teaches Jaime how to wield a sword with his left hand, after his right hand was cruelly removed. On the show, sellsword Bronn takes over Payne's role, leaving us with two of the best and most badass warriors in Westeros trading swings and snark. We can't wait to see more of them now that they're on the road to Dorne.

  2. Brienne and Podrick
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    The lumbering not-a-knight and her bumbling not-a-squire aren't the most electrifying characters on "Thrones," but they've fallen into a familiar rhythm after nearly a full season on the road together. Nothing will stop Brienne and Pod's mission to find the Stark girls, not even a kick to the crotch from the Hound.

  3. Sansa and Littlefinger
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    It's not surprising that Petyr Baelish is so interested in Sansa, given his affinity for her mother. What is surprising is how willingly Sansa plays ball with the chaotic mover-and-shaker. After turning into Darth Sansa at the end of season four, and rejecting Brienne's aid early on in season two, Sansa has no problem dealing with the Westerosi devil known as Littlefinger.

  4. Bran and Hodor
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    There's nothing shocking about hulking Hodor protecting the crippled little lordling of Winterfell — but it was an absolute jaw-dropper when Bran paired up with Hodor, by taking over Hodor's body and turning him into an instrument of war — or warg, more like. We won't see Bran this season, unfortunately, but we fully expect further Hodor takeovers whenever he returns to the show.

  5. Grey Worm and Missandei
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    Can we go over the "stones and pillars" thing again?

  6. Roose Bolton and Walder Frey
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    Add Tywin Lannister in there for good measure, as the three of them formed an unholy alliance to bring the Northerners to their knees. It was Walder Frey's invitation, and Roose Bolton's sword, that finished Robb Stark once and for all, in what remains the defining plot twist in all of "Game of Thrones."

  7. Tywin Lannister and Shae
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    Of all the things Tyrion expected to find in his father's bedchamber on that fateful night, his estranged lover was probably not anywhere near the list. We never saw the extent of Tywin and Shae's relationship, only its conclusion — and what a violent conclusion it was.

  8. Arya and the Hound
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    The best unexpected couple of them all. Who could have ever imagined the volatile Stark joining forces with the foul-mouthed Clegane? While she never forgave him for murdering the butcher's boy, there was a tepid friendship between the two of them that brought out the best — and deadliest — traits in the other. The worst part about "Game of Thrones" right now is that Arya and the Hound aren't together anymore, and likely never will be again.

  9. Ned Stark and Ice
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    Too soon?