Game of Thrones Character Guide

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Game of Thrones Character Guide

Eddard Stark played by Sean Bean

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Eddard Stark, informally called “Ned”, is Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North.

He and Catelyn Tully Stark have five children, and he claims a bastard son, Jon Snow. Eddard is known for his sense of honor and justice; he dislikes deceit, intrigue, and secrecy. Though his family finds him kind, some consider his reserved personality a sign of coldness and disdain. Ned is also a devout follower of the Old Gods, the gods of the First Men. These gods are also said to be the gods of the children of the forest, original inhabitants of Westeros.

Daenerys Targaryen played by Emilia Clarke

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Daenerys Targaryen, called Dany, and also known as Daenerys Stormborn, is the the daughter of King Aerys II and his wife Rhaella.

With most of her family slain during Robert’s Rebellion, when her mother died giving birth to her the Targaryen dynasty was reduced to only her older brother Viserys and herself.

Jon Snow played by Kit Harington

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Jon Snow is the supposed bastard son of Eddard, by a woman named Wylla of unknown lineage.

Jon is of an age with Robb. Ned brought him to Winterfell after Battle of the Tower of Joy, which only Ned and Howland Reed survived. Despite his wife Catelyn’s objections, Ned insisted on taking responsibility for the boy, and he grew up side-by-side with the trueborn Starks. He has a long face, grey eyes and lean build, with strong Stark coloring; in fact, he looked more northern than any of Lady Stark’s trueborn children (except Arya).

Robert Baratheon played by Mark Addy

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At the beginning Robert Baratheon has been king of Westeros for 15 years. During his youth he was a formidable warrior, but now he is described as a bearded fat man, fond of hunting, wenching, and drinking.

Robert was fostered at the Eyrie along with Eddard Stark of the North. The two became close to each other and also to their foster father Lord Jon Arryn. He later became betrothed to Ned’s sister Lyanna Stark, whom he loved deeply although from a distance.

Jaime Lannister played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Younger twin to Cersei, and son of Tywin and Joanna, Jaime Lannister is one of the most famous knights in all of Westeros. He became a knight and ascended to the Kingsguard. Two years after his induction he murdered the mad king during the sack of King’s Landing, earning him the epithet “Kingslayer”. He shares his sister’s arrogance, amorality, and striking good looks.

Cersei Lannister played by Lena Headey

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Older by mere moments, Cersei is the twin sister of Jaime Lannister with golden hair and bright green eyes. After Robert’s Rebellion she married the new King, Robert Baratheon, and became Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. A willful and ambitious woman, Cersei resents the restrictions put on her for her sex. She is always concerned for the safety of her children, Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen. She has no respect for her husband, King Robert.

Tyrion Lannister played by Peter Dinklage

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Tyrion Lannister is Tywin’s third child, a highly intelligent dwarf mockingly nicknamed “The Imp” and “Halfman”. Though Tyrion shares his father’s talent for political maneuvering, he receives little respect from Tywin because of his deformity, sharp tongue, penchant for whoring, and the death of his mother during his birth. He is capable of cruelty to his enemies, but also has great sympathy for fellow outcasts and the mistreated. Overall, Tyrion is a classical quick-witted trickster figure.

Catelyn Stark played by Michelle Fairley

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Catelyn Tully Stark is Hoster’s eldest child and once his heir until the birth of her brother. She is the wife of Eddard Stark of Winterfell and mother of their five children, Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. Catelyn is seen as honorable and upright by acquaintances, holding duty over desire as a governing principle of behavior. She has a deep love for family and a strong faith in the Seven. However, she regards Jon Snow as an outsider to her family, and has never forgiven Eddard for bringing him into her household.

Sansa Stark played by Sophie Turner

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Sansa Stark is the elder daughter of Catelyn and Eddard Stark. She possesses the traditional feminine graces of her milieu and is a strong believer in the world of chivalry portrayed in stories and songs. She is beautiful and excels at many female leisure activities, including singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, sewing, fashion, and social graces. She does not always have a good relationship with her sister Arya, whose interests are opposite in many respects and bewildering to Sansa.

Arya Stark played by Maisie Williams

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Arya Stark is the third child, and second daughter, of Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn Stark. She is nine at the start of A Game of Thrones. A spirited girl with an interest in fighting and exploring, she is a foil of her proper sister Sansa, whom she often describes as “stupid”. She is particularly close to her bastard half-brother Jon Snow. Throughout her travels, Arya displays great resourcefulness, cunning, and an unflinching ability to accept hard necessity. Like some of her siblings, she is a skinchanger, and bonded her direwolf who she named Nymeria, a reference to a Rhoynar warrior-queen.

Bran Stark played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright

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Brandon Stark, typically called “Bran”, is Eddard and Catelyn’s second son. He is named after his uncle, whose death was one in the series of events that led to Robert’s Rebellion. Bran enjoyed climbing and exploring Winterfell until he was crippled. Like his siblings, he is dutiful and tough-minded. He is usually accompanied by a direwolf named Summer, with whom he shares a strong warg connection.

Robb Stark played byRichard Madden

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Robb is Eddard Stark’s eldest legitimate child, and the heir to Winterfell. He is the only major Stark that is not a POV character. He bears great responsibility with scant complaint, and shares his father’s devotion to honor and justice. His appearance favors his Tully side, with a stocky build, blue eyes, and thick auburn hair. His companion direwolf is named Grey Wind.

Rickon Stark played by Art Parkinson

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Rickon Stark is Eddard and Catelyn’s youngest child, only three years old when the series begins. Rickon is a naturally aggressive and strong-willed child, but his youth makes it difficult for him to cope with the terrible changes that come to his family and life.

Joffrey Baratheon played by Jack Gleeson

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Joffrey Baratheon is the eldest of the three royal Baratheon children, and Robert’s heir. He is 12 years old at the beginning of the series. Joffrey is a strong-willed child and has a vicious temper and an unchecked sadistic streak. As a Lannister, he is tall, blonde, and handsome. Raised as Robert’s son, he was actually fathered by Jaime Lannister. Robert never questioned Joffrey’s parentage, but he was never fond or close to the child.

Bronn played by Jerome Flynn

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Bronn is a mercenary of great skill. He has a lean, wolfish appearance, a black sense of humor, and a pragmatic, thoroughly amoral philosophy.

Viserys Targaryen played by Harry Lloyd

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Viserys Targaryen, called the Beggar King, was the heir of his father Aerys II and brother Rhaegar before Robert’s Rebellion turned him into an exile.

Ser Jorah Mormont played by Iain Glen

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Ser Jorah Mormont, an exiled knight, was one of the most trusted companions of exiled princess Daenerys Targaryen. Middle-aged but still strong and fit, Ser Jorah is a capable warrior. Mormont fled Westeros to escape execution for trading in slaves, and entered the service of the last Targaryens, Viserys and Daenerys.

Khal Drogo played by Jason Momoa

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Drogo is a powerful khal, or warlord, of the Dothraki people, a tribal nation of expert riders and raiders in the steppes beyond the Free Cities. He is an accomplished warrior and has never been defeated in battle. Early in the series, he takes Daenerys Targaryen as his wife.

Sandor Clegane played by Rory McCann

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Sandor Clegane is a member of House Clegane. He is the younger brother of the current head, Ser Gregor Clegane. He is nicknamed “The Hound,” in part because his family arms feature three dogs, and in part for his savage nature and unquestioning obedience to his masters. He is considered one of the most dangerous fighters in Westeros, though he frequently drinks himself into stupors. As a child, Sandor received gruesome facial burns when Gregor shoved his face into a brazier. He came to loathe fire, his brother, and the hypocrisy of knighthood in general.

Tywin Lannister played by Charles Dance

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Tywin Lannister is Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport and Warden of the West. A calculating, ruthless, and controlling man, Tywin is one of the most powerful lords in Westeros. He is the father of Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion Lannister. He loves his children Jaime and Cersei, but despises Tyrion. This is partly because Tyrion is deformed, but also Tywin blames his son for causing his beloved wife Joanna’s death during his birth, as well as for shaming the family name with his frequent whoring.

Petyr Baelish played by Aidan Gillen

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Lord Petyr Baelish, popularly called Littlefinger, is an extremely minor lord, ruling over just a small area of the shores of the Vale of Arryn. Despite this, his extreme financial acumen has seen him rise to the rank of Master of Coin, the treasurer of the Seven Kingdoms, under King Robert Baratheon. He is a dear friend of Lady Catelyn Stark, one of the few contacts she has at court.

Rodrik Cassel played by Ron Donachie

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Ser Rodrik Cassel is a member of the Stark household. He is the Master-at-Arms at Winterfell.




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