TV.com's Guide to Game of Thrones

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Ed. note: This guide has been updated based on Game of Thrones Episode 8.
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The effects of Ned's imprisonment and new label as a traitor of the realm ripple through the Stark family as everyone battles for their lives. On The Wall, Jon faces an inhuman threat. Across the Narrow Sea, Dany does not agree with a Dothraki tradition.



Westeros

Episode 8 bounced all around the kingdoms, with major events happening both in King's Landing and across the Narrow Sea, but we also spent some time in Winterfell and at The Wall.


Winterfell

With Ned's imprisoned, everything has changed. Robb had to leave Winterfell, leaving few behind to protect the castle. (Location 1 on the annotated map.)


House Stark

Eddard Stark (Sean Bean)
Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, also known as "Ned"
Betrayed by Littlefinger, Ned was thrown in the dirty dungeons of King's Landing, accused of being a traitor for denying Joffrey the Iron Throne. Varys relayed the bad news that Cat no longer holds Tyrion captive, so a swap isn't going to happen and that Ned is a dead man.

Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)
Wife of Eddard, born to House Tully
Cat left The Eyrie and has joined up with Robb at a camp somewhere between Winterfell and King's Landing. She told Robb that they have little choice but to fight the Lannisters and try and get Ned back.

Robb Stark (Richard Madden)
Eldest son of Eddard and Catelyn and the heir to Winterfell
With his dad rotting in a dungeon, Robb stepped up in a big way and called his father's buddies (the Bannermen) to raise arms and ride against the Lannisters. He's showing wisdom beyond his years, and has assembled a group of trustworthy (we hope) advisers. He also let a captured Lannister scout go free in order to deliver a message to Tywin: that they're riding south for him. But was that just misinformation and battle strategy?

Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
Bastard son of Eddard, mother unknown
Word Ned's imprisonment for treason has reached The Wall, and Thorne won't let him forget it. After being confined to his quarters for attacking Thorne, Jon later saved Mormont's life by torching the corpse of a Night's Watch man who rose from the dead after being touched by the White Walkers.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
Eldest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn, betrothed to Joffrey
Sansa was forced by Cersei to write a letter to Robb, asking him to bend the knee to Joffrey. Later, she begged Joffrey for mercy for her father, finally showing loyalty to her family instead of holding on to the dream that she's going to be a princess. At the end of the episode, she promised the Lannisters that Ned will swear loyalty to Joffrey.

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Youngest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn
Arya's dancing lessons were interrupted when Lannister men tried and take her away. While escaping, she was confronted by a boy looking to win Cersei's favor by turning her in. Under extreme duress, Arya's instincts took over and she plunged Needle into the boy's abdomen. Things will never be the same for Arya.

Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright)
Middle son of Eddard and Catelyn
Bran still lays crippled in Winterfell, alone and angry. Now that Robb's gone, he's feels even more abandoned during this troublesome time.

Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson)
Youngest son of Eddard and Catelyn
Rickon's back! Finally! He's a bit of a downer, thought: Rickon told Bran that Robb isn't going to be able to bring Mom and Dad back. Maybe he's smarter than he looks.

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
Ward of Ned Stark from House Greyjoy
Theon is with Robb on the whole war thing. He told Robb that it's good Robb is scared because otherwise, he'd be stupid.

Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter)
Counsel, healer, and mentor of Winterfell
What did Luwin do this episode? Probably acted snarky behind the scenes whenever the Stark kids moaned about something.

Jory (Jaime Sives) (DECEASED—Episode 5, by Jaime's hand)
Captain of the Guard at Winterfell
While defending Ned against Jaime, Jory met his demise by putting his eye around Jaime's dagger.

Hodor (Kristian Nairn)
Big Guy
HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR! PENIS! Wowza!

Nymeria
Arya's direwolf. She attacked Joffrey in Episode 2, when the prince was threatening Arya. Rather than let the Lannisters kill the wolf, Arya drove Nymeria away. She hasn't been seen since Episode 2.

Bran's Direwolf
Still chillin' on Bran's bed. Not seen in Episode 5-8.

Ghost
The hand that Ghost found in Episode 7 belonged to a fallen member of the Night's Watch. In Episode 8, Ghost helped warn Jon that trouble was brewin' in Mormont's bedchamber.

Lady (DECEASED—Episode 2, by Ned's hand under order of Robert)
Lady was sentenced to death in Episode 2 because someone had to pay for Nymeria mauling Joffrey's arm. Ned chose to do the deed himself. She's still dead, and we're guessing she always will be.


King's Landing

King's Landing is the capital of Westeros, and home to both the Iron Throne and the King of Westeros. It sits slightly south of central Westeros on the east coast. A densely populated city, it is rich with culture, corruption, and poverty. It's in total chaos right now, with Joffrey taking the throne and his loyal men slaughtering all those who deny him the kingdom's crown. If you're a Stark and in King's Landing, you're screwed. (Location 2 on the annotated map.)


House Baratheon

Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) (DECEASED—Episode 7, killed accidentally on a hunting trip)
King of Westeros
Oh boy. Robert went hunting, got drunk, and got a hole poked in him by an angry boar. But Robert's sobriety had stayed behind in King's Landing, and there is some suspicion that he may have been purposely plied with wine to make him move a step slower than usual. He named Ned acting ruler of Westeros upon his death, which supposedly happened near the end of Episode 7. I say "supposedly" because I never saw a body—did you? After Episode 8, it's safe to say he's actually dead.

Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey)
Queen of Westeros and wife to Robert, born to House Lannister
Cersei's plan to put the Lannisters into power is working. She's got her puppet son on the throne and her enemies backpedalling. She is playing Sansa as a pawn, and forced the girl to write a letter to Robb, telling him to surrender. Devious bitch!

Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson)
Eldest son of Robert and Cersei, heir to the throne, betrothed to Sansa Stark (not pictured: younger sister Myrcella and younger brother Tommen)
Ugh, I HATE Joffrey's face! He's still acting like the jerkiest king in the history of kings, and he favors the idea of killing Ned even though Sansa is begging him to take mercy on her father.

Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony)
Youngest brother to Robert
Renly told Ned that he should be king instead of his brother Stannis. Later, he left the city with Ser Loras without telling anyone. (Not seen in Episode 8)

Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
King's treasurer
Littlefinger has settled back into the shadows. He's set for a long time, now that he's hand-delivered Ned to the Lannisters. And what a delicious zinger he spouted off to Ser Barristan when he was resigning! Good one, Littlefinger!

Varys "The Spider" (Conleth Hill)
Eunuch, Master of Whispers—or the kingdom gossip
Varys' intentions are unclear. He claims he operates for the good of the realm, but do we believe him?

Sandor "The Hound" Clegane (Rory McCann)
Protector of Joffrey
The Hound brought Sansa to Cersei. Good doggy.

Ilyn Payne (Wilko Johnson)
The Royal Executioner
This creepy guy has the privilege of being the King's Justice. He scares Sansa, and if I'm being honest, me too. (Not seen in Episodes 5-8)


House Lannister

Jaime "The Kingslayer" Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau)
Son of Tywin, member of Robert's elite Kingsguard (protectors of the king), twin brother of Cersei
Jaime wasn't seen in Episode 8. He's off to battle, preparing to meet Robb in the field.

Tyrion "The Imp" Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Dwarf son of Tywin, younger brother to Cersei and Jaime
Tyrion was traveling with Bronn when he was ambushed by a hill tribe. To save his life, he promised that he'll give them The Vale, gold, armor, and weapons from the Lannister armory. When he introduced his new pals to Tywin, Tywin asked them to fight for him and King Joffrey. They tribe agreed, as long as Tyrion fights with them (kind of like collateral).

Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance)
Lord of Casterly Rock, head of House Lannister
Tywin asked Tyrion's hill tribe buddies to fight for the Lannisters, and they agreed.

Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane (Conan Stevens)
Older brother of The Hound
The Mountain has allegedly been busy bringing destruction to innocent farmers under Tywin Lannister's command. He left pieces of fish behind, as the fish is the sigil of Catelyn's house, the Tullys. The message was obvious: Free Tyrion! Ned, while standing in for Robert, has issued a rash death sentence for The Mountain. (Not seen in Episode 8)


The Wall

The Wall, located at the northernmost point of The Seven Kingdoms (which is north of Winterfell), is essentially a glacial barrier that separates the Seven Kingdoms from their threats to the North. It is hundreds of feet high and guarded by an order of men known as the Night's Watch, comprised mainly of outcasts and prisoners who opt to "don the black" rather than carry out prison sentences. Members of the Night's Watch are not allowed to desert the Watch, hold land, take wives, or have children. Breaking that oath is punishable by death—as we saw in Episode 1 with Will, the man who claimed he saw the White Walkers. (Location 3 on the annotated map.)

Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo)
Lord Commander of the Night's Watch
Jon saved Mormont's life when he killed an undead corpse that rose as a result of being touched by a White Walker.

Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan)
Maester of The Wall
Maester Aemon has assigned Sam to be his personal steward. (Not seen in Episode 8)

Grenn (Mark Stanley)
Ranger of the Night's Watch
Grenn and the others gathered 'round to see the bodies of their comrades come back to The Wall.

Pypar (Josef Altin)
Member of the Night's Watch
Pyp and the others gathered 'round to see the bodies of their comrades come back to The Wall.

Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale)
The cranky "drill sergeant" (or a medieval equivalent) at The Wall
Thorne really got under Jon's skin when he started ragging on him over Ned's imprisonment. Jon was ready to throw down, but Mormont sent him to his room without dessert.

Samwell Tarley (John Bradley-West)
Member of the Night's Watch
Sam's proving to be of some worth, as he's the only person on The Wall who's read any history books. He gave everyone the download on the White Walkers.

The White Walkers: Holy Mother of Westeros, these things are creepy! Seen in the prologue north of The Wall, these creatures of legend haven't been seen for thousands of years. Are there different kinds of White Walkers? One looked like a reanimated corpse (pictured), but the others were like snowy Predators. What gives? Not seen since Episode 1. Samwell says the White Walkers sleep underneath the ice for thousands of years before waking up to raise hell.

Direwolves: Much larger than your normal wolf, these mythical creatures are ferocious killers (see how dangerous the one in the picture looks!?). Direwolves have not been seen South of The Wall for some time, but in Episode 1, Ned and his men came upon a dead mother direwolf and her six pups. Jon Snow convinced Ned to give the pups to his children, as direwolves are the sigil of House Stark. Jon the Bastard got the albino pup with glowing red eyes. Bonus trivia: Producers chose the Northern Inuit dog breed to play the direwolves.


Across the Narrow Sea

Southeast of The Seven Kingdoms and across the Narrow Sea lies the continent of Essos. If Westeros resembles Europe (and particularly the United Kingdom), Essos resembles Northern Africa and Eurasia, with great plains, forests, and deserts. The people here are fond of trading, and the continent is home to many bazaars selling all sorts of goods from around the world.


House Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Exiled princess, sister to Viserys, wife of Khal Drogo
Dany doesn't agree with the Dothraki tradition of raping the women of pillaged villages. Buzzkill! She got Drogo to back her up, and he fought one of his bloodriders, who disagreed with him.

Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) (DECEASED—Episode 6, killed by a molten gold "crown" presented to him by Khal Drogo)
Exiled prince, older brother to Dany
Tired of Dany getting all the attention, Viserys hatched a plan to steal her dragon eggs and gather his own army. Jorah stopped him with ease, and Viserys ran off in a huff. Later, he showed up at a Dothraki celebration drunk, and demanded what's rightfully his: a crown. Khal took this demand literally and poured molten gold on Viserys' head, making him the king with the shortest reign in history.

Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa)
Leader of a barbarian Dothraki horde.
Typical Drogo! Ripped a guy's tongue out through his throat—you know, the usual. He suffered a cut on his chest as a result of the kerfuffle. At Dany's insistence, he agreed to be treated by a villager (who may be a witch).

Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
Exiled knight, sworn protector of Dany
Jorah didn't do a whole lot other than tell Dany that the Dothraki rape women because hey, that's what they do.


The Eyrie

Northeast of King's Landing is The Eyrie (EE-ree), located in the region known as The Vale. The Eyrie is thought to be one of the hardest castles in Westeros to siege because of its advantageous positioning in the mountains. (Location 4 on the annotated map).


House Arryn

Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie)
Lady of The Vale
Cat went to Lysa to ask for her help saving Ned. Lysa was like, "Phsaw! Yeah, right!" Lysa didn't give Cat the men she requests, saying they need to stay put and protect her son.

Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli)
Young son of Lysa, Lord of The Vale
Robin just wants to get some more of that wonderful boob-juice from mom.

Miscellaneous Characters

Bronn (Jerome Flynn)
Sword for hire
Bronn has been traveling with Tyrion as the dwarf's right-hand man, and now has more company with Shagga, Timmet, and Chella, the hill-tribe wackos.

Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney)
Leader of the Kingsguard
With the Lannisters ascending quickly, Cersei essentially fired Ser Barristan from his post as head of the Kingsguard. Barristan took this as an insult, and threw his symbolic cloak to the ground in disgust.

Ser Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones)
"The Knight of the Flowers"
Loras reportedly left King's Landing with Renly. In Episode 5, he put the idea in Renly's head that Renly should be king. (Not seen in Episodes 6-8)

Yoren (Francis Magee)
Recruiter for the Night's Watch
In Episode 5, Yoren went to King's Landing in an attempt to get new men from the dungeons for the Night's Watch. He also had news for Ned: Cat had taken Tyrion captive. (Not seen in Episodes 6-8)

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Ed. note: This guide has been updated based on Game of Thrones Episode 7.
... For guides to Episodes 4-6, skip to
TV.com's Game of Thrones Guide, Season 1, Episodes 4-6.
... For everything else, skip to
TV.com's Game of Thrones Guide, Season 1, Episodes 1-3.


It seems like I say this after every episode: Things are getting tense! King Robert has died, Ned is accused of treason, Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, and Khal Drogo is ready to burn Westeros to the ground.



Westeros

Episode 6 bounced all around the kingdoms, with major events happening both in King's Landing and across the Narrow Sea, but we also spent some time in Winterfell and at The Wall.


Winterfell

Winterfell is under no physical threat at the moment, but with Ned Stark off in King's Landing and the recent attempt on Bran's life, it's become a dark place. Robb Stark is currently the acting Lord of Winterfell. (Location 1 on the annotated map.)


House Stark

Eddard Stark (Sean Bean)
Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, also known as "Ned"
Ummm, will something good happen to Ned Stark, please? A critically wounded Robert named Ned acting King upon his death—or at least until Joffrey comes of age to rule. Clever Ned, who understands that Joffrey is not Robert's son, wrote "rightful heir" into the official decree instead of Joffrey's name. But some good that did him, as he was betrayed by Littlefinger when he disputed Joffrey's claim to the throne. Ned believes Robert's younger brother Stannis should be king.

Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)
Wife of Eddard, born to House Tully
Still in The Eyrie, she's now witnessed her sister Lysa's bizarre form of justice. But after the trial by combat, her captive Tyrion was set free. Uh-oh. (Not seen in Episode 7)

Robb Stark (Richard Madden)
Eldest son of Eddard and Catelyn and the heir to Winterfell
Robb is being pressured by Theon to strike back at the Lannisters for what Jaime did to Ned, but Robb isn't ready to start an all-out war. (Not seen in Episode 7)

Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
Bastard son of Eddard, mother unknown
The horse of Jon's uncle (Benjen) returned to The Wall, with no Benjen. Jon was, of course, concerned—and pledged to find him once he was made a Ranger (the Marines of The Wall). But he was not made a Ranger; he was assigned to be Lord Mormont's steward. And he's none too happy.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
Eldest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn, betrothed to Joffrey
In Episode 6, Joffrey came back to Sansa, apologizing for being such an insensitive jerk and killing her pup. Sansa was over-the-moon to have him back, and things between them are on again. (Not seen in Episode 7)

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Youngest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn
Arya is starting to look pretty comfortable with a sword in her hand! She still thinks Joffrey is gross. (Not seen in Episode 7)

Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright)
Middle son of Eddard and Catelyn
In Episode 6, Bran got his saddle—and then immediately ended up in trouble when some Wildlings threatened him. He was saved by Robb and Theon, and one of the Wildlings, a shaggy female, was spared. (Not seen in Episode 7)

Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson)
Youngest son of Eddard and Catelyn
Is this kid ever coming back? (Not seen in Episodes 2-7)

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
Ward of Ned Stark from House Greyjoy
Theon was about to do something naughty to Osha, the captured Wildling woman, but he was stopped by...

Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter)
Counsel, healer, and mentor of Winterfell
Maester Luwin stopped Theon from doing whatever it was he was about to do. Osha told him more about weird things from beyond The Wall.

Jory (Jaime Sives) (DECEASED—Episode 5, by Jaime's hand)
Captain of the Guard at Winterfell
While defending Ned against Jaime, Jory met his demise by putting his eye around Jaime's dagger.

Hodor (Kristian Nairn)
Big Guy
HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR! (Not Hodor'd in Episode 7)

Nymeria
Arya's direwolf. She attacked Joffrey in Episode 2, when the prince was threatening Arya. Rather than let the Lannisters kill the wolf, Arya drove Nymeria away. She hasn't been seen since Episode 2.

Bran's Direwolf
Still chillin' on Bran's bed. Not seen in Episode 5-7.

Ghost
We see a glimpse of this awesome albino direwolf, and we also get his name. Ghost brings a dismembered hand out of the woods. What the!?

Lady (DECEASED—Episode 2, by Ned's hand under order of Robert)
Lady was sentenced to death in Episode 2 because someone had to pay for Nymeria mauling Joffrey's arm. Ned chose to do the deed himself. She's still dead, and we're guessing she always will be.


King's Landing

King's Landing is the capital of Westeros, and home to both the Iron Throne and the King of Westeros. It sits slightly south of central Westeros on the east coast. A densely populated city, it is rich with culture, corruption, and poverty. With Robert dead, who knows WHAT is going to happen to the place. (Location 2 on the annotated map.)


House Baratheon

Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) (DECEASED—Episode 7, killed accidentally on a hunting trip)
King of Westeros
Oh boy. Robert went hunting, got drunk, and had a hole poked in him by an angry boar. But Robert's sobriety had stayed behind in King's Landing, and there is some suspicion that he may have been purposely plied with wine to make him a step slower. He named Ned acting ruler of Westeros upon his death, which supposedly died near the end of Episode 7. I say "supposedly" because I never saw a body, did you? (But maybe he was buried in the Narrow Sea?)

Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey)
Queen of Westeros and wife to Robert, born to House Lannister
This lady is up to no good! Cersei didn't deny Ned's accusation that Joffrey is Jaime's son and not Robert's. At her insistence, Joffrey is now sitting on the Iron Throne. Cersei ripped up Robert's proclamation that Ned be named protector of the realm while Joffrey learns the ropes.

Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson)
Eldest son of Robert and Cersei, heir to the throne, betrothed to Sansa Stark (not pictured: younger sister Myrcella and younger brother Tommen)
Did Joffrey really just become King? We're all in trouble.

Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony)
Youngest brother to Robert
Renly told Ned that he should be king instead of his brother Stannis. Later, he left the city with Ser Loras without telling anyone.

Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
King's treasurer
In Episode 7, Littlefinger delivered a great monologue while teaching some of his whores how to please a man. Later, Ned asked Littlefinter to ensure that the City's guard would stand behind Ned during a critical meeting with Cersei and Joffrey. But Littlefinger was scheming against Ned, and had the guards turn on Ned. At the end of the episode, he had a dagger to Ned's throat and was saying something about how Ned should never have trusted him.

Varys "The Spider" (Conleth Hill)
Eunuch, Master of Whispers—or the kingdom gossip
Varys asked who kept Robert's cup of wine full during the hunt that ultimately killed him (it was Lancel Lannister, his squire). Later, he told Ned that Renly left the city.

Sandor "The Hound" Clegane (Rory McCann)
Protector of Joffrey
Did you see The Hound in his armor in the throne room? That was cool.

Ilyn Payne (Wilko Johnson)
The Royal Executioner
This creepy guy has the privilege of being the King's Justice. He scares Sansa, and if I'm being honest, me too. (Not seen in Episodes 5-7)


House Lannister

Jaime "The Kingslayer" Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau)
Son of Tywin, member of Robert's elite Kingsguard (protectors of the king), twin brother of Cersei
Jaime is with his father, Tywin. He left King's Landing after getting in a fight with Ned at the end of Episode 5.

Tyrion "The Imp" Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Dwarf son of Tywin, younger brother to Cersei and Jaime
In Episode 6, after saying that he wished to confess his crimes, Tyrion stood before Lysa and proceeded to make a mockery of the court by confessing the perverse crimes of his youth. Tyrion then requested trial by combat, and asked for a champion to represent him. Bronn obliged, and won, which means Tyrion is free... but is he safe on the road alone? (Not seen in Episode 7)

Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance)
Lord of Casterly Rock, head of House Lannister
Tywin is the father of Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion. What lovely children! He's currently upset with Jaime because Jaime picked a fight with Ned but didn't kill him. He says now is the time for the Lannisters to take power.

Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane (Conan Stevens)
Older brother of The Hound
The Mountain has allegedly been busy bringing destruction to innocent farmers under Tywin Lannister's command. He left pieces of fish behind, as the fish is the sigil of Catelyn's house, the Tullys. The message was obvious: Free Tyrion! Ned, while standing in for Robert, has issued a rash death sentence for The Mountain. (Not seen in Episode 7)


The Wall

The Wall, located at the northernmost point of The Seven Kingdoms (which is north of Winterfell), is essentially a glacial barrier that separates the Seven Kingdoms from their threats to the North. It is hundreds of feet high and guarded by an order of men known as the Night's Watch, comprised mainly of outcasts and prisoners who opt to "don the black" rather than carry out prison sentences. Members of the Night's Watch are not allowed to desert the Watch, hold land, take wives, or have children. Breaking that oath is punishable by death—as we saw in Episode 1 with Will, the man who claimed he saw the White Walkers. (Location 3 on the annotated map.)

Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo)
Lord Commander of the Night's Watch
Mormont has requested the Jon Snow become his personal steward. Sam thinks it's because Mormont wants to groom Jon to be a commander.

Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan)
Maester of The Wall
Maester Aemon has assigned Sam to be his personal steward.

Grenn (Mark Stanley)
Ranger of the Night's Watch
Grenn was made a Ranger! Way to go, you numbskull!

Pypar (Josef Altin)
Member of the Night's Watch
Pyp was named a steward at Night's Watch graduation. He'll work in the kitchens.

Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale)
The cranky "drill sergeant" (or a medieval equivalent) at The Wall
We don't know if it's actually the case, but Jon Snow seems to believe that Thorne is responsible for Jon not being made a Ranger.

Samwell Tarley (John Bradley-West)
Member of the Night's Watch
Holy crap the fatso did it. He took the oath of the Night's Watch and will serve as steward to Maester Aemon.

The White Walkers: Holy Mother of Westeros, these things are creepy! Seen in the prologue north of The Wall, these creatures of legend haven't been seen for thousands of years. Are there different kinds of White Walkers? One looked like a reanimated corpse (pictured), but the others were like snowy Predators. What gives? Not seen since Episode 1.

Direwolves: Much larger than your normal wolf, these mythical creatures are ferocious killers (see how dangerous the one in the picture looks!?). Direwolves have not been seen South of The Wall for some time, but in Episode 1, Ned and his men came upon a dead mother direwolf and her six pups. Jon Snow convinced Ned to give the pups to his children, as direwolves are the sigil of House Stark. Jon the Bastard got the albino pup with glowing red eyes. Bonus trivia: Producers chose the Northern Inuit dog breed to play the direwolves.


Across the Narrow Sea

Southeast of The Seven Kingdoms and across the Narrow Sea lies the continent of Essos. If Westeros resembles Europe (and particularly the United Kingdom), Essos resembles Northern Africa and Eurasia, with great plains, forests, and deserts. The people here are fond of trading, and the continent is home to many bazaars selling all sorts of goods from around the world.


House Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Exiled princess, sister to Viserys, wife of Khal Drogo
She and Drogo are starting to become TV's cutest couple. But assassins are trying to kill her, and a wine merchant at the market tried to sell her poisoned wine. She asked Drogo to take his men across the sea so they can claim the throne. Everyone wants this thing, don't they?

Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) (DECEASED—Episode 6, killed by a molten gold "crown" presented to him by Khal Drogo)
Exiled prince, older brother to Dany
Tired of Dany getting all the attention, Viserys hatched a plan to steal her dragon eggs and gather his own army. Jorah stopped him with ease, and Viserys ran off in a huff. Later, he showed up at a Dothraki celebration drunk, and demanded what's rightfully his: a crown. Khal took this demand literally and poured molten gold on Viserys' head, making him the king with the shortest reign in history.

Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa)
Leader of a barbarian Dothraki horde.
Whoa! Khal was awesome in this episode, wasn't he? After he discovered that someone tried to kill his wife and his unborn son, he got all fired up about crossing the sea and killing just about everyone he sees so Dany can have this throne thing she wants so much.

Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
Exiled knight, sworn protector of Dany
Jorah has received a royal pardon from Varys, presumably in exchange for the information Jorah's been sending him. Was he scheming against Dany? Apparently not, as he saved her life when a merchant tried to poison her with wine. We're still cool with Jorah, right?


The Eyrie

Northeast of King's Landing is The Eyrie (EE-ree), located in the region known as The Vale. The Eyrie is thought to be one of the hardest castles in Westeros to siege because of its advantageous positioning in the mountains. (Location 4 on the annotated map).


House Arryn

Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie)
Lady of The Vale
In Episode 6, Lysa granted Tyrion an audience to confess his crimes, and was incensed when he used the opportunity to make a mockery of the court. She agreed to his request of a trial by combat, and got one of her best men to stand for her. Tyrion's representative won, though, and she was forced to free Tyrion. One more thing: She's still mad as a hatter. (Not seen in Episode 7)

Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli)
Young son of Lysa, Lord of The Vale
Robin is still a typical idiot kid who's drunk with power. He just wants to see people fight and be thrown out the Moon Door. (Not seen in Episode 7)

Miscellaneous Characters

Bronn (Jerome Flynn)
Sword for hire
Bronn stood in for Tyrion during his trial by combat and won by being more agile than his opponent. After winning, he headed off with Tyrion, wherever he's going. Is he after Tyrion's money, or more? (Not seen in Episode 7)

Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney)
Leader of the Kingsguard
Noble Ser Barristan is an older knight of great respect. Barristan serves as the leader of the Kingsguard, an elite squad of knights sworn to protect the king. Ned thinks he's a good man, so I do too.

Ser Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones)
"The Knight of the Flowers"
Loras reportedly left King's Landing with Renly. In Episode 5, he put the idea in Renly's head that Renly should be king. (Not seen in Episodes 6-7)

Yoren (Francis Magee)
Recruiter for the Night's Watch
Yoren went to King's Landing in an attempt to get new men from the dungeons for the Night's Watch. He also had news for Ned: Cat had taken Tyrion captive. (Not seen in Episodes 6-7)

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