The Cheat Sheet: 'Game of Thrones'

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'Game of Thrones'

Did you become addicted to the struggle for control of the Seven Kingdoms last year, but have no time to read George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, the basis for HBO's "Game of Thrones"? Forget exactly who was a Baratheon and who was a Targaryen in the months since Season 1 ended last year with the shriek of a newborn dragon? Here's a quick refresher of who's who in the mythical land of Westeros to bring yourself up to speed before the show's April 1 return. Roll over photos for a quick look at some of the series' major characters. Complete coverage on Hero Complex.

By Emily Christianson and Patrick Kevin Day.

House Stark | Castle: Winterfell; Sigil: Direwolf; Motto: Winter is coming.
  • Eddard Stark

    Known by the nickname Ned, Eddard is the Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North and father of six children. He was a close friend and ally of King Robert Baratheon and briefly served as the King's Hand (or assistant) until the king was killed by a stag and Eddard was branded a traitor and beheaded by the newly crowned King Joffrey.

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    Eddard Stark
  • Catelyn Stark

    Eddard's wife, Lady Catelyn, comes from House Tully and is the eldest daughter of the Lord of Riverrun. Her younger sister Lysa is married to the king's former Hand, Lord Jon Arryn, who died mysteriously. Overcome by grief, Lady Catelyn now travels with her son Robb has he wages war against the Lannisters.

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    Catelyn Stark
  • Robb Stark

    Robb is the heir of Winterfell. Much responsibility for the northern region fell to him after his father's death. He has declared himself King of the North and has vowed not to let the Lannister family control the entirety of the Seven Kingdoms.

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    Robb Stark
  • Jon Snow

    Eddard's bastard son Jon was raised as part of the family alongside his five brothers and sisters, although Lady Catelyn despises him. Eddard would not reveal who his mother was. Snow was sent off to join the Night's Watch when his father became King's Hand. He now travels with his brothers in the frozen lands north of the Wall, investigating reports of undead White Walkers and a possible Wildling army.

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    Jon Snow
  • Sansa Stark

    Sansa was a girly girl who harbored fantasies of one day marrying Prince Joffrey and becoming queen. Now that her father is dead and Joffrey is king, she's become more like a prisoner. Though she's still betrothed to the king.

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    Sansa Stark
  • Arya Stark

    The ultimate tomboy, Arya learned swordfighting as soon as she moved to the capital city, King's Landing. She narrowly escaped capture by the Lannisters and is now headed north with a band of prisoners bound for the Wall. She hopes to return to her home in Winterfell.

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    Arya Stark
  • Bran Stark

    Though he's a young boy, he's now the oldest male Stark at Winterfell, and so the governance of the territory has fallen on his shoulders (with an assist from Maester Luwin). Still paralyzed after being pushed from a tower by Jamie Lannister, Bran gets around on the back of family helper Hodor. He also has a particularly strong connection to his direwolf named Summer.

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    Bran Stark
  • Rickon Stark

    Rickon is the youngest Stark sibling. He's growing up without his parents around, and his increasingly wild nature is reflected in the behavior of his also increasingly wild direwolf, Shaggy Dog.

    Rickon Stark
House Baratheon | Castle: King's Landing; Sigil: Stag; Motto: Ours is fury.
  • Robert Baratheon

    King Robert I I was the ruler of Westeros, sitting upon the Iron Throne in King's Landing before a hunting accident claimed his life. Though he had many illegitimate children with many women around King's Landing, his supposed actual son with wife Cersei Lannister was not his.

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    Robert Baratheon
  • Joffrey Baratheon

    King Joffrey was seated on the Iron Throne after his father, King Robert, died. However, Joffrey is actually the son of Queen Cersei and her brother Jamie. Though this isn't widely known, rumors of it have begun to spread throughout the King's Landing. Joffrey has displayed an intense cruel streak, bordering on sociopathic.

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    Joffrey Baratheon
  • Myrcella and Tommen Baratheon

    Myrcella is the middle child of the Baratheon family and Tommen is the youngest.

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    Myrcella Baratheon
  • Petyr Baelish

    He's not an actual member of the Baratheon family, but the king's master of coin knows more about the inner workings of the king's house than even the king himself. Known as Littlefinger, a childhood nickname, Lord Baelish grew up in the Tully family home of Riverrun with Catelyn Tully. He was in love with her and once dueled Brandon Stark for her love.

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    Petyr Baelish
  • Stannis Baratheon

    King Robert's eldest brother, Stannis lives in the brooding castle known as Dragonstone. While his family has traditionally worshiped the Faith of the Seven, Westeros' dominant religion, Stannis has recently fallen under the influence of a priestess of R'hllor named Melisandre. He believes the Iron Throne should be his by rights.

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    Stannis Baratheon
  • Renly Baratheon

    King Robert's younger brother is married to Margaery Tyrell, but has a secret gay relationship with her brother, Ser Loras Tyrell. Renly has also declared that he is the natural heir to the Iron Throne, to Stannis' immense irritation.

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    Renly Baratheon
  • Melisandre

    Little is known about the mysterious red priestess of R'hllor. She has considerable influence with Stannis Baratheon and seems to have powers that some would classify as supernatural.

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  • Davos Seaworth

    Once a smuggler, Davos has become a knight and a trusted advisor to Stannis Baratheon. As a reminder of his outlaw past, however, Stannis cut off Davos' fingers on his left hand. Davos keeps those finger bones in a pouch near his chest.

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    Davos Seaworth
House Lannister | Castle: Casterly Rock; Sigil: Lion; Motto: Hear me roar!
  • Tywin Lannister

    Tywin is the lord of Casterly Rock, the Lannister family's home on the west coast of Westeros. His family is the wealthiest of the great houses of Westeros and his influence reaches as high as the Iron Throne, where his daughter Cersei was married to King Robert and his grandson is now king. Though he has been named the King's Hand, he is off waging war against Robb Stark and has placed his son Tyrion in the role in his absence.

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    Tywin Lannister
  • Cersei Lannister

    Jaime's twin sister was married to Robert Baratheon, making her Queen of Westeros. Her son with Jaime is now the king. And though she wants nothing more than to wield her power over all of Westeros, she now must contend with her monstrous son and her conniving brother.

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    Cersei Lannister
  • Tyrion Lannister

    Tywin's second son is a dwarf and the black sheep of the Lannister family. Besides his short stature (people call him the Imp), he has mismatched eye color (one green and one black) and a highly developed intellect. Despite his intelligence, he receives little respect from his father because his mother, Joanna, died giving birth to him. He's been asked to serve as the King's Hand in his father's absence and works to keep his nephew's evil nature from destroying the kingdom.

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    Tyrion Lannister
  • Jaime Lannister

    The heir to Casterly Rock, Jaime is Tywin's first-born son and the twin brother of Cersei. Though he was a sworn member of the Kingsguard, he killed Mad King Aerys during the uprising, earning him the title Kingslayer. He's now a prisoner of Robb Stark, locked in a cage.

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    Jaime Lannister
House Targaryen |Castle: Dragonstone; Sigil: Three-headed dragon; Motto: Fire and blood.
  • Viserys Targaryen

    Known as the Beggar King, Prince Viserys was the son of mad king Aerys and the last heir of the Targaryen dragon kings. Viserys schemed to marry his sister to the Dothraki horselord Khal Drogo in order to gain an army with which to retake the Seven Kingdoms, but Drogo grew tired of his behavior and dumped a pot of molten gold over his head.

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    Viserys Targaryen
  • Daenerys Targaryen

    Daenerys Targaryen was married off to the Dothraki horselord Khal Drogo in a bid by her brother to regain control of the Seven Kingdoms. But now that both her brother and Khal Drogo are dead, she finds herself leading a band of Dothraki warriors who are in awe of the three dragon hatchlings she carries with her.

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    Daenerys Targaryen
  • Ser Jorah Mormont

    A friend and confidant of the Targaryen siblings, Ser Jorah Mormont is an exiled knight living across the Narrow Sea. He was accused of selling poachers into slavery rather than turn them over to his father, Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, and his Night's Watch -- guardians of a 700-foot ice wall between the northern territory and the magical forest, a region controlled by the feared king-beyond-the-wall Mance Rayder.

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    Ser Jorah Mormont
  • Khal Drogo

    A powerful warlord in the land across the Narrow Sea, Khal (that's his title) led an army, called a khalasar. As part of his marriage pact to Daenerys, Khal had promised to lead an invasion of Westeros to help Daenerys and her brother, Viserys reclaim the Iron Throne. But a sword wound became infected and he finally died.

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    Khal Drogo
House Greyjoy |Castle: Pyke; Sigil: golden kraken; Motto: We do not sow.
  • Balon Greyjoy

    The Lord of the Iron Islands once attempted to overthrow King Robert Baratheon, but was put down and made to give up his son, Theon, as punishment. He remains on the Iron Islands, waiting for his chance to retake the mainland.

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    Balon Greyjoy
  • Theon Greyjoy

    Balon Greyjoy's only son, he is the heir to the Iron Islands, but has been living as a ward of Eddard Stark for years. Now he travels with Robb, who is almost his brother, as he wages war against the Lannisters.

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    Theon Greyjoy
Night's Watch |Castle: Castle Black; Sigil: Black; Motto: No motto.
  • Samwell Tarly

    The pudgy son of Lord Randyll Tarly who was sent off to join the Night's Watch as punishment for being introverted and unathletic. He was quickly taken under the wing of Jon Snow, who has become his friend and confidant.

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    Samwell Tarly
  • Jeor Mormont

    The Lord Commander of the Night's Watch is gruff and direct, but also honorable. He personally led the expedition of Night's Watch men into the north to investigate reports of White Walkers and Wildlings massing an army.

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    Jeor Mormont
  • Maester Aemon

    The blind Maester of the Night's Watch is actually the brother of the mad King Targaryen.

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    Maester Aemon
  • Craster

    The Wildling has fashioned a bizarre cottage for himself in the wild north of the Wall, called Craster's Keep. His daughters become his wives. His sons ... disappear.

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