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    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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    Good work so far. Shall we have a seperate picture to character guide thread or shall I post in here?

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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
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    Sansa Stark, the eldest Daughter, played by Sophia Turner
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    Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams
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    Bran Stark (the boy with the bow in the pic) played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright
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    Rickon Stark, the youngest child played by Art Parkinson
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    Eddard Stark's illegitimate son, Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington
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    Benjen Stark, (on the right) First Ranger in the Night's Watch and younger brother to Eddard Stark played by Joseph Mawle
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    Theon Greyjoy, Ward of Eddard Stark, played by Alfie Allen
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    Ser Rodrik Cassel, Master at Arms at Winterfell, played by Ron Donachie
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    Jory Cassel, nephew of Ser Rodrik, and Captain of the Stark Household Guards played by Jamie Sives
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    Maester Luwin played by Donald Sumpter
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    Old Nan played by Margaret John
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    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.
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    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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    Quote 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.

    <snipped for length>

    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.

    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by maxbo View Post
    Thanks for starting this thread. It's like one-stop shopping for newbies.
    I'm a newbie myself, so this thread is rather self-serving. Also, those other threads and forums mentioned here are great, but for once I don't want to be spoilered, so I tend to stay away.

    Quote Originally Posted by dragongirl View Post
    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
    <Edit> Corrected all the names from my earlier version, after a little help from my friends here.

    Ah, thanks for that. It was also mentioned in ep 3, IIRC.

    Mighty6 gave us the Winterfell characters, so I thought I'd do the same for King's Landing. I'll need help with some of the names, though. Either I don't pay enough attention, or they really don't mention them that prominently on the show. I'll start with the ruling family, or rather families.

    So, there's King Robert Baratheon. Was in love with Ned Stark's sister, but she was killed under the Targaryen 'Mad King', so Robert led a rebellion and usurped the throne. Lives a life of debauchery that has led to enormous debts, most of them to the Lannisters.



    And then the Lannisters. Queen Cersei. The Ice Maiden, considers everybody outside her own family an enemy.



    Her twin brother Jaimie (sp?) who has an incestuous relationship with the Queen. Also called 'Kingslayer' since it was he who killed the 'Mad King'.



    And their other brother, Tyrion, the imp. Easily the most colorful character on the show.



    The oldest son Joffry. A bully and a coward. Is supposed to marry Ned Stark's oldest daughter.



    There are two more children Myracella and Tommen.



    Then there's the 'small council'. There's King Robert's brother Renly.



    Lord Varis - his specialty is information, and his spies are everywhere.



    'Littlefinger' or Lord Petyr Baelish. Has a history with Cathlyn Stark, and runs several brothels.



    And the 'grand meister', Pycelle. My guess is that he's not as forgetful as he claims.

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    It's Robert Baratheon, the kids are Myracella (Girl) and Tommen (Boy), Robert's brother is Renly, Littlefinger is Lord Petyr Baelish, and the Grand Maester is Pycelle.

    But you've forgotten the most important character of them. SYRIO FOREL.



    It's okay. Syrio Forel is forgiving.

    Also, he was first sword to the Sealord of Bravos, one of the free countries or whatever, and is totally awesome.
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    Nice work starg8fans, just two corrections, King Roberts brother is Renly, while Littlefinger's real name is Petyr Baelish.

    Unfortunately as I struggle to finish up a dissertation, I don't really have time to do big lists of characters at the moment, so thanks for doing my work for me.

    One thing I will quickly post though is a interesting little character connection people might have missed. Jorah Mormont, the Knight exiled for slave trading and companion to Daenerys Targaryen.
    http://www.scifiupdates.com/main/ima...ah_mormont.jpg

    He mentioned his father being alive. I'm not sure if all viewers picked up on this, but we actually see his father on the show, this guy, Jeor Mormont,
    http://www.theironthrone.it/it/image...ttori/jeor.jpg

    who is commander of the Nights Watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattSilver 3k View Post
    It's Robert Baratheon, the kids are Myracella (Girl) and Tommen (Boy), Robert's brother is Renly, Littlefinger is Lord Petyr Baelish, and the Grand Maester is Pycelle.

    But you've forgotten the most important character of them. SYRIO FOREL.

    http://i.cdn.hbo.com/assets/images/s...-forel-160.jpg

    It's okay. Syrio Forel is forgiving.

    Also, he was first sword to the Sealord of Bravos, one of the free countries or whatever, and is totally awesome.
    Thanks for this, I'll correct the names in my earlier post so as not to confuse anybody. It's tricky with the spelling if you've only heard the names said on the show.

    Well, I said I was going to start with the 'ruling family', that city is a bit overwhelming at first. But thanks for adding this guy, I don't even think his name was mentioned on the show. And while we're at it, it seems there are not that many other characters for King's Landing. There's The Hound - is he some kind of watchdog for the prince? From what I've read on some pages he seems to play a much bigger role in the books.



    Then there was that other Lannister, the one with the funny name - Lansel or something, who served Robert wine.



    And finally the guy who greeted Ned when he arrived. Not sure if he's of any importance, but here he is.



    Quote Originally Posted by The Mighty 6 platoon View Post
    Nice work starg8fans, just two corrections, King Roberts brother is Renly, while Littlefinger's real name is Petyr Baelish.

    Unfortunately as I struggle to finish up a dissertation, I don't really have time to do big lists of characters at the moment, so thanks for doing my work for me.
    Thanks for this - and good luck with your dissertation! I just found out that I lost my job, so I have some time on my hands until I find something else. Having more time to spend here is the proverbial silver lining, I guess.

    One thing I will quickly post though is a interesting little character connection people might have missed. Jorah Mormont, the Knight exiled for slave trading and companion to Daenerys Targaryen.
    http://www.scifiupdates.com/main/ima...ah_mormont.jpg

    He mentioned his father being alive. I'm not sure if all viewers picked up on this, but we actually see his father on the show, this guy, Jeor Mormont,
    http://www.theironthrone.it/it/image...ttori/jeor.jpg

    who is commander of the Nights Watch.
    THAT'S where I'd heard the name Mormont before, thank you. Plenty more groups for you to introduce when you have more time. We still need the Targaryens, the Dothraki, the Night's Watch, and whatever other families we'll meet over time...

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    starg8fans,

    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 the nomadic Dothraki tribe of horsemen. [emphasis added]
    No. Khal Drogo is not the lord of all the Dothraki. He's lord of one of many Khalasars. When two Khalasars meet, all hell breaks loose.

    So, there's King Robert Baratheon. Was in love with Ned Stark's sister, but she was killed under the Targaryen 'Mad King', so Robert led a rebellion and usurped the throne.
    Muwahhahahahahahahahahaahahahah: Big spoiler, huge, but not true with certianty:

    Spoiler:
    R+L=J
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