To my eternal fannish delight, there will be a new series of Game of Thrones, the HBO adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire this weekend. Since I’ve already promised a book review a week, I thought I’d post a preliminary catch up for anybody who feels like jumping into the series but hasn’t set foot in Westeros previously, and anybody who wants to be able to hold a conversation without suffering the pleasure of watching it.
If I have to warn you about spoilers, you shouldn’t be allowed on the internet unsupervised.
Book One/Series One
This book has the fewest viewpoint characters, and follows the Stark family fairly closely. There are a lot of older white men with beards, but don't worry if you get confused. They're not all that important. The books are told from the viewpoint of the key characters. In book one, it's these people:
Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark- Played by Sean Bean
|Lord Stark- Often seen looking sternly into the middle distance|
Things to remember: He thinks a lot about a promise he made his sister on her deathbed. His honour makes him stupid.
Lady Catelyn Stark (nee Tully)- Played by Michelle Fairley
|Catelyn Stark- MLFWLF (Mother Little Finger would like to fuck)|
Goes mad for a bit when her son Bran is pushed from a tower. Hates Jon Snow, Ned's Bastard, who was born when Ned was fighting in the rebellion that gained King Robert the throne. Later in the story, she arrests Tyrion Lannister for the attempt on Bran’s life and causes all kinds of trouble.
Things to remember: Lord Peter Baelish (Littlefinger) is in love with her.
Sansa Stark- Played by Sophie Turner
|I love Sansa. Don't care what anyone says.|
Things to remember: Sandor Clegane (The Hound) has a soft spot for her.
Arya Stark-Played by Maisie Williams
Things to remember: The Writer of this Blog has a soft spot for her.
Bran Stark- Played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright
|Kind of annoying. Get him, horse!|
Things to remember: Has weird dreams. There must always be a Stark in Winterfell.
Jon Snow- Played by Kit Harrington
|As cheerful as he gets.|
Ned Stark’s bastard son. Goes to the wall. Hates the cold. Bit of a whiner. Makes friend with Samwell Tarly, cutest dude ever. Has a Direwolf called Ghost.
Things to remember: He talks about being a bastard a lot.
Tyrion Lannister- Played by Peter Dinklage
|Tyrion Lannister- Baddest of Asses.|
AKA Tyrion the Imp. Younger sibling of Queen Cersei and Ser Jaime. He reads, drinks and whores a lot. Once loved a woman named Tysha. His father and brother revealed she was a whore hired to trick him. He’s all bitter now.
Things to remember: Lannisters always pay their debts.
Daenerys Targaryen- Played by Emilia Clarke
|Fire and Blood, but mostly fire.|
AKA Daenerys Stormborn - The last of the Targaryen bloodline, along with her insane brother Viserys. Daenerys is sold as a wife to Khal Drogo, a Dothraki horselord. Her brother expects an army in return. At the end of this book/series, she becomes the mother of three dragons. Viserys is killed by Drogo for being a little shit.
Things to remember: fire cannot kill a dragon.