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    Who's Who on GoT - a guide for newbies

    I figured I might not be the only one who has not read the books, and who is a bit overwhelmed by all these families and their relationships among each other. So I figured we could use a thread that provides an overview, and where you can post any questions you have about the characters.

    Here's what I have so far. Feel free to add and/or correct. As I said, I'm still trying to wrap my head around this.

    Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros. Took the throne from a Targaryan king, and almost wiped out that family since they were responsible for the death of his love, the sister of Ned Stark. Has a son called Joffrey, who is supposed to marry Ned Stark's older daughter. Married to Cersei.

    Cersei from the Lannister family has a twin brother called Jaime she's having an incestuous relationship with, and another brother called Tyrion who's a dwarf.

    The Lannisters are said to have killed the 'Hand of the King' Jon Arryn, who was married to the sister of Ned Stark's wife Catelyn from the Tully family. They have a son.

    Ned and Catelyn Stark have five children, three sons (one of them called Bran) and two daughters, Sansa (who is supposed to marry the King's son) and Arya, who's a real tomboy. Ned also has an illegitimate son called Jon Snow, who lives in his household. Ned has a brother called Benjen who is a member (or even the leader?) of the Night's Watch that guards the wall to the North.

    Viserys Targaryen wants to re-take the throne from Robert. To raise an army, he marries off his sister Daenerys to Khal Drogo, lord of a nomadic Dothraki tribe of horsemen.
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    Ned and Catelyn's oldest is named Robb, and the youngest boy is named Rickon - though knowledge of the latter has come from the pre-release info I checked, but I think the former's was mentioned in the episode itself.

    But yeah, good job summarising the basics.

    EDIT: Also, I'd recommend we work on a picture to character guide.
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      #3
      Good work so far. Shall we have a seperate picture to character guide thread or shall I post in here?

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        #4
        Originally posted by The Mighty 6 platoon View Post
        Good work so far. Shall we have a seperate picture to character guide thread or shall I post in here?
        I was thinking of doing one with character pictures and split up based on which House they belong to. But that's going to take a bit of time.

        Good summary so far after one episode. There's an overwhelming amount of characters introduced with more to come!
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          Originally posted by The Mighty 6 platoon View Post
          Good work so far. Shall we have a seperate picture to character guide thread or shall I post in here?
          Unless you want your own thread, go right ahead. Pictures would be very helpful.

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            #6
            Originally posted by starg8fans View Post
            Unless you want your own thread, go right ahead. Pictures would be very helpful.
            Righto here are some of the major characters then, I'll start with the 3 Night Watch Rangers in the prologue and the Stark Household and it's retainers.

            Ser Waymar Royce, member of the Night's Watch played by Rob Ostlere
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...ymar_Royce.jpg

            Will, a member of the Night's Watch played by Bronson Webb
            http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...250px-Will.jpg

            Gared, a member of the Night's Watch played Dermot Keaney.
            http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...50px-Gared.jpg

            Lord Eddard Stark played by Sean Bean
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...rd_and_Jon.jpg

            His Wife Catelyn Stark, played by Michelle Fairley
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...elyn_Stark.jpg

            Robb Stark, their eldest son, and heir, played by Richard Madden
            http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__...Robb_Stark.jpg

            Sansa Stark, the eldest Daughter, played by Sophia Turner
            http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...ansa_Stark.jpg

            Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams
            http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...th_a_knife.jpg

            Bran Stark (the boy with the bow in the pic) played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright
            http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...n_and_Bran.jpg

            Rickon Stark, the youngest child played by Art Parkinson
            http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__...ckon_Stark.jpg

            Eddard Stark's illegitimate son, Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...x-Jon_Snow.jpg

            Benjen Stark, (on the right) First Ranger in the Night's Watch and younger brother to Eddard Stark played by Joseph Mawle
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...njen_Stark.jpg

            Theon Greyjoy, Ward of Eddard Stark, played by Alfie Allen
            http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...reyjoy_bow.jpg

            Ser Rodrik Cassel, Master at Arms at Winterfell, played by Ron Donachie
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...rik_Cassel.jpg

            Jory Cassel, nephew of Ser Rodrik, and Captain of the Stark Household Guards played by Jamie Sives
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...ory_Cassel.jpg

            Maester Luwin played by Donald Sumpter
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...00px-Luwin.jpg

            Old Nan played by Margaret John
            http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__...px-Old_Nan.jpg

            Hodor (the big guy in the pic) a stable boy played by Kristian Nairn
            http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...80px-Hodor.jpg
            I've included some of the more minor characters such as Old Nan and Hodor for completeness, and they were glimpsed in the scene where the King arrives. They'll come to prominence in later episodes. If anyone else wants to do similar posts for groups like the Lannisters, feel free, I shall be away for a few days and with limited internet access, but I'll try and add in more posts with other characters later on if I can.
            Last edited by Bagpuss; August 19, 2014, 01:42 PM. Reason: Wikipedia links edited to URL ,but some pics still won't show up.

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              #7
              HBO's handy dandy official guide to the houses can be found here
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                There is also a guide here showing how people are connected.

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                  Originally posted by The Mighty 6 platoon View Post
                  Righto here are some of the major characters then, I'll start with the 3 Night Watch Rangers in the prologue and the Stark Household and it's retainers.

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                  I've included some of the more minor characters such as Old Nan and Hodor for completeness, and they were glimpsed in the scene where the King arrives. They'll come to prominence in later episodes. If anyone else wants to do similar posts for groups like the Lannisters, feel free, I shall be away for a few days and with limited internet access, but I'll try and add in more posts with other characters later on if I can.
                  Wow, great work, thanks! I look forward to finding out how those people we haven't really met yet come into the story.

                  I'll be gone the second half of this week and all of next week as well, so no rush where I'm concerned.

                  Originally posted by DigiFluid View Post
                  HBO's handy dandy official guide to the houses can be found here
                  Of course there are plenty of existing resources, but I started this thread mainly for newbies, where we can introduce the characters as they appear on the show so you're not overwhelmed.

                  I just remembered another character. The guy who gave the books to Deanerys at her wedding introduced himself as Ser Jorah (sp?) Mormont from Bear Island. He said he served her father, which is strange, because according to the viewer's guide (yes, I did check it out, and thanks for the tip!) his house is allied to the Starks, who are on the current king's side. He may be a spy, because when he said he would always serve 'the rightful king' it was a bit ambiguous.

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                    Originally posted by starg8fans View Post
                    I just remembered another character. The guy who gave the books to Deanerys at her wedding introduced himself as Ser Jorah (sp?) Mormont from Bear Island. He said he served her father, which is strange, because according to the viewer's guide (yes, I did check it out, and thanks for the tip!) his house is allied to the Starks, who are on the current king's side. He may be a spy, because when he said he would always serve 'the rightful king' it was a bit ambiguous.
                    All the Houses, including the Stark's and the Baratheon's were under Targaryen rule, prior to Robert's Rebellion. So yes, he did serve under Daenery's father, but then technically so did Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon before they killed the previous King.

                    Jorah Mormont himself is really buttering up Viserys, without wanting to spoil too much
                    Spoiler:
                    he's not an exile because of any loyalty to the Targaryens

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by starg8fans View Post
                      Of course there are plenty of existing resources, but I started this thread mainly for newbies, where we can introduce the characters as they appear on the show so you're not overwhelmed.
                      Yup, and what better place to post HBO's own character guide?
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                        Originally posted by The Mighty 6 platoon View Post
                        All the Houses, including the Stark's and the Baratheon's were under Targaryen rule, prior to Robert's Rebellion. So yes, he did serve under Daenery's father, but then technically so did Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon before they killed the previous King.
                        Speaking of that I'm surprised that they didn't mention the fact that.
                        Spoiler:
                        Jaime is known as the "Kingslayer" for killing the previous king


                        I guess all in due time.

                        Thanks for the posts and linkage to the HBO site, those breakdowns are really useful. Even reading the books you lose track of characters because there are so many!
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                          Originally posted by magictrick View Post
                          Speaking of that I'm surprised that they didn't mention the fact that.
                          Spoiler:
                          Jaime is known as the "Kingslayer" for killing the previous king


                          I guess all in due time.
                          I know from the trailers and behind-the-scenes videos that Jaimie's infamous title will be mentioned and discussed
                          Spoiler:
                          once they are in King's Landing


                          Thanks for the posts and linkage to the HBO site, those breakdowns are really useful. Even reading the books you lose track of characters because there are so many!
                          The best source for everything, including all the characters, about the TV series in winter-is-coming.net
                          Another great source is towerofthehand.com , though I wouldn't recommend the site to those who haven't at least read the first book. They a great selection option (for spoilers) for information about the characters, families, locations and the history of the aSoIaF series which can be adjusted by each book.
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                            Thanks for starting this thread. It's like one-stop shopping for newbies.
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                              Originally posted by starg8fans View Post
                              I just remembered another character. The guy who gave the books to Deanerys at her wedding introduced himself as Ser Jorah (sp?) Mormont from Bear Island. He said he served her father, which is strange, because according to the viewer's guide (yes, I did check it out, and thanks for the tip!) his house is allied to the Starks, who are on the current king's side. He may be a spy, because when he said he would always serve 'the rightful king' it was a bit ambiguous.
                              They answered the question in the 2nd ep
                              Spoiler:
                              He will be beheaded by Eddard Stark if he is caught in the 7 kingdoms. For selling a man to slavers
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