"When you play the game of thrones,
you win or you die."

Cersei Lannister
  • Theon Greyjoy
    Theon Greyjoy

    Played by: Alfie Allen

    Character summary:
    Ned's ward, heir to House Greyjoy. He was brought to Winterfell after his father, Balon Greyjoy, tried to rise against King Robert. Although raised among the Stark children, he is keenly aware he is not one of them.

  • Cersei Lannister
    Cersei Lannister

    Played by: Lena Headey

    Character summary:
    Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and wife of King Robert. Fiercely protective of her three children, she also has an unusually tight connection to her twin brother, Jaime.

  • Jaime Lannister
    Jaime Lannister

    Played by: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    Character summary:
    The Queen's twin brother. It was he who murdered the previous King (Aerys), despite have sworn to protect him. This deed earned him his nickname: “Kingslayer.”

  • Tyrion Lannister
    Tyrion Lannister

    Played by: Peter Dinklage

    Character summary:
    Called "The Imp," because of his small stature, he is the youngest son of Tywin Lannister, the richest lord in the Seven Kingdoms and younger brother to Queen Cersei and Ser Jaime Lannister. What he lacks in height, he makes up in wit.

  • Jon Snow
    Jon Snow

    Played by: Kit Harington

    Character summary:
    Ned's bastard son. He joins the Night’s Watch, following in the footsteps of his Uncle Benjen. His direwolf is named Ghost.

  • Daenerys Targaryen
    Daenerys Targaryen

    Played by: Emilia Clarke

    Character summary:
    Princess of House Targaryen, living in exile in Essos with her brother, Viserys.

  • Joffrey Baratheon
    Joffrey Baratheon

    Played by: Jack Gleeson

    Character summary:
    The oldest of King Robert and Queen Cersei's children.

  • Sansa Stark
    Sansa Stark

    Played by: Sophie Turner

    Character summary:
    Ned and Cat's oldest daughter. Demure and ladylike, her dream is to marry Prince Joffrey. Her direwolf is named Lady.

  • Arya Stark
    Arya Stark

    Played by: Maisie Williams

    Character summary:
    The younger of Ned and Cat's two daughters. A tomboy, she would rather fence than dance. Her direwolf is named Nymeria, after a warrior queen.

  • Khal Drogo
    Khal Drogo

    Played by: Jason Momoa

    Character summary:
    The warrior leader of a vast tribe of horseman in Essos.

  • Margaery Tyrell
    Margaery Tyrell

    Played by: Natalie Dormer

    Character summary:
    Mace Tyrell's only daughter, she is as clever as she is beautiful.

  • Tywin Lannister
    Tywin Lannister

    Played by: Charles Dance

    Character summary:
    Father of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion, Tywin Lannister is the wealthiest man in the Seven Kingdoms. He serves as the Hand of the King to his grandson Joffrey.

  • Melisandre

    Played by: Carice van Houten

    Character summary:
    A Red priestess from Asshai, Melisandre worships the Lord of Light. Her visions have told her that Stannis is the true king and as his advisor, she has encouraged him to pursue the throne at all costs.

  • Sandor Clegane
    Sandor Clegane

    Played by: Rory McCann

    Character summary:
    The Hound was the personal bodyguard to King Joffrey and carried out his commands, no matter how monstrous.

  • Ramsay Snow
    Ramsay Snow

    Played by: Iwan Rheon

    Character summary:
    A bastard son of Roose Bolton, Ramsay's bloodlust is even stronger than his father's

  • Eddard Stark
    Eddard Stark

    Played by: Sean Bean

    Character summary:
    Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North. The childhood friend of Robert Baratheon, he was a key player in Robert's rebellion, helping him win the throne from the Targaryens. He is married to Catelyn Tully.

  • Hodor

    Played by: Kristian Nairn

    Character summary:
    One of Winterfell many loyal servants. Simple-minded and oversized, Hodor will serve as Bran's primary method of transport..

  • Brienne of Tarth
    Brienne of Tarth

    Played by: Gwendoline Christie

    Character summary:
    Brienne is a highborn lady who would rather be a knight. As Catelyn Stark's envoy, she is tasked with escorting Jaime Lannister back to King's Landing.

  • Petyr Baelish
    Petyr Baelish

    Played by: Aidan Gillen

    Character summary:
    Master of Coin and member of the King’s Small Council, he grew up with Catelyn Stark for whom he still harbors feelings. Beyond his official duties, he is the eyes and ears of King's Landing along with Varys.

  • Bran Stark
    Bran Stark

    Played by: Isaac Hempstead Wright

    Character summary:
    Ned and Cat's younger son, who has an inquisitive nature and a penchant for climbing Winterfell's walls. His direwolf is named Summer.

  • Robb Stark
    Robb Stark

    Played by: Richard Madden

    Character summary:
    The oldest of Ned and Cat's five children. His direwolf is named Grey Wind.

  • Daario Naharis
    Daario Naharis

    Played by: Michiel Huisman

    Character summary:
    Daenerys' advisor and lover.

  • Lord Varys
    Lord Varys

    Played by: Conleth Hill

    Character summary:
    A eunuch and a member of the Small Council. A master of disguise, he along with Littlefinger are always aware of what goes on in Court.

  • Stannis Baratheon
    Stannis Baratheon

    Played by: Stephen Dillane

    Character summary:
    A serious man who preferred the solitude of the family seat in Dragonstone to King's Landing, Stannis is still challenging his nephew Joffrey for the Iron Throne.

  • Catelyn Stark
    Catelyn Stark

    Played by: Michelle Fairley

    Character summary:
    Wife of Ned Stark, born Catelyn of House Tully, the ruling house of the Riverlands. Originally engaged to Ned’s older brother Brandon, she married Ned when he was killed.

  • Jorah Mormont
    Jorah Mormont

    Played by: Iain Glen

    Character summary:
    A knight now in exile in Essos who advises Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen as they make a life among the Dothraki.

  • Tommen Baratheon
    Tommen Baratheon

    Played by: Dean-Charles Chapman

    Character summary:
    The youngest of Cersei’s children, Tommen inherited the throne after the death of his brother Joffrey.

  • High Sparrow
    High Sparrow

    Played by: Jonathan Pryce

    Character summary:
    The High Sparrow leads a group of religious zealots determined to combat vice in King's Landing.

  • Maester Aemon
    Maester Aemon

    Played by: Peter Vaughan

    Character summary:
    The elderly, blind maester of the Night's Watch who is sympathetic to Jon Snow's plight.

  • Shae

    Played by: Sibel Kekilli

    Character summary:
    A prostitute-turned-mistress of Tyrion Lannister.

  • Davos Seaworth
    Davos Seaworth

    Played by: Liam Cunningham

    Character summary:
    A reformed smuggler, it was Davos who provided Stannis' forces much-needed provisions during the long siege of Storm's End.

  • Robert Baratheon
    Robert Baratheon

    Played by: Mark Addy

    Character summary:
    King of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and longtime friend of Ned Stark. Robert was engaged to Ned's sister, Lyanna, whose abduction by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen incited Robert's uprising against the throne. When Lyanna died during the war, Robert married Cersei Lannister.

  • Viserys Targaryen
    Viserys Targaryen

    Played by: Harry Lloyd

    Character summary:
    Prince of House Targaryen, whose father, the "Mad" King Aerys was usurped by King Robert. Viserys lives in self-exile with his sister Daenerys and is obsessed with regaining his family's throne.

  • Rickon Stark
    Rickon Stark

    Played by: Art Parkinson

    Character summary:
    Rickon is the youngest of the Stark children. His direwolf is named Shaggydog.

  • Samwell Tarly
    Samwell Tarly

    Played by: John Bradley

    Character summary:
    An overweight and timid, Night’s Watch recruit who is forced to join after being disinherited by his family. He falls under Jon Snow's protection and becomes his best friend.

  • Renly Baratheon
    Renly Baratheon

    Played by: Gethin Anthony

    Character summary:
    King Robert’s youngest brother, Master of Laws on the King’s Small Council and Lord of Storm’s End. He is a close friend of Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers.

  • Ros

    Played by: Esme Bianco

    Character summary:
    A prostitute from the North who journeyed to King's Landing.

  • Jeor Mormont
    Jeor Mormont

    Played by: James Cosmo

    Character summary:
    Father of the exiled Jorah Mormont and former lord of Bear Island. He is now the lord commander of the Night’s Watch and a friend to Jon Snow.

  • Gendry

    Played by: Joe Dempsie

    Character summary:
    An apprentice smith in King’s Landing who is of interest to Jon Arryn and Ned Stark.

  • Lysa Arryn
    Lysa Arryn

    Played by: Kate Dickie

    Character summary:
    Catelyn Stark's younger sister and the wife of Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King. Both she and Catelyn were raised with Petyr Baelish.

  • Robin Arryn
    Robin Arryn

    Played by: Lino Facioli

    Character summary:
    Lysa and Jon Arryn's son. He has not yet been weaned from his mother.

  • Bronn

    Played by: Jerome Flynn

    Character summary:
    A mercenary who joins Tyrion Lannister and becomes his right-hand man.

  • Grand Maester Pycelle
    Grand Maester Pycelle

    Played by: Julian Glover

    Character summary:
    The aged maester of King’s Landing and a member of the Small Council.

  • Loras Tyrell
    Loras Tyrell

    Played by: Finn Jones

    Character summary:
    A handsome and popular young knight, referred to as the Knight of Flowers, Loras is a close friend of Renly Barthenon.

  • Benjen Stark
    Benjen Stark

    Played by: Joseph Mawle

    Character summary:
    Ned's younger brother and First Ranger of the Night Watch, he is a hero of Jon Snow's.

  • Barristan Selmy
    Barristan Selmy

    Played by: Ian Mcelhinney

    Character summary:
    As a member of the Kingsguard under the former king, Aerys, he never wavered in his oath to protect. For his commitment, Robert pardoned him and promoted him to Lord Commander.

  • Lancel Lannister
    Lancel Lannister

    Played by: Eugene Simon

    Character summary:
    Robert's squire. A first cousin of Queen Cersei, he bears some resemblance to her brother Jaime.

  • Maester Luwin
    Maester Luwin

    Played by: Donald Sumpter

    Character summary:
    Maester of Winterfell, he provides wise counsel to Ned and serves as tutor to the children.

  • Alliser Thorne
    Alliser Thorne

    Played by: Owen Teale

    Character summary:
    Master-at-arms of Castle Black, it is his job to turn the undisciplined and obstinate recruits into rangers of the Night Watch. He resents Jon Snow.

  • Osha

    Played by: Natalia Tena

    Character summary:
    A wildling woman who helps raise Bran.

  • Talisa Stark
    Talisa Stark

    Played by: Oona Chaplin

    Character summary:
    A native of Volantis, Talisa is a healer.

  • Ygritte

    Played by: Rose Leslie

    Character summary:
    A wildling woman that Jon Snow encountered traveling beyond the Wall, Ygritte is fiercely proud of her free status. Her opinions have clouded Jon’s stance about the Night’s Watch.

  • Balon Greyjoy
    Balon Greyjoy

    Played by: Patrick Malahide

    Character summary:
    Head of the ruling house of the Iron Islands, Balon Greyjoy lost two of his sons in a failed revolt against Robert Baratheon. His only surviving son, Theon, was raised as a ward by the Starks.

  • Roose Bolton
    Roose Bolton

    Played by: Michael Mcelhatton

    Character summary:
    Lord of the Dreadfort and head of House Bolton, Roose takes pride in his family's sigil of a flayed man.

  • Gilly

    Played by: Hannah Murray

    Character summary:
    A wildling from Craster’s Keep, Gilly and her son Sam journeyed south of the Wall under the protection of Sam Tarly.

  • Podrick Payne
    Podrick Payne

    Played by: Daniel Portman

    Character summary:
    Quiet and unassuming, Podrick is Tyrion’s squire.

  • Yara Greyjoy
    Yara Greyjoy

    Played by: Gemme Whelan

    Character summary:
    Theon's older sister, she is the only child of Balon Greyjoy remaining on the Iron Islands.

  • Jaqen H’ghar
    Jaqen H’ghar

    Played by: Tom Wlaschiha

    Character summary:
    Jaqen helped Arya escape from Harrenhal and provided her with an iron coin to ensure her safe passage to Braavos.

  • Grey Worm
    Grey Worm

    Played by: Jacob Anderson

    Character summary:
    One of the highly-trained Unsullied fighters from Astapor, he was named by his fellow soldiers as their leader when they were set free by Daenerys Targaryen.

  • Beric Dondarrion
    Beric Dondarrion

    Played by: Richard Dormer

    Character summary:
    Lord Beric of Blackhaven, he was tasked by Ned Stark, then Hand of the King, to bring Gregor Clegane to justice. A follower of the Red faith, Beric has been brought back to life several times by Thoros of Myr.

  • Missandei

    Played by: Nathalie Emmanuel

    Character summary:
    Formerly a slave in Astapor, Missandei is fluent in the Common Tongue and High Valyrian.

  • Mance Rayder
    Mance Rayder

    Played by: Ciaran Hinds

    Character summary:
    Once a brother of the Night’s Watch, Mance abandoned his vows to join the wildlings. He serves as their King Beyond the Wall.

  • Tormund

    Played by: Kristofer Hivju

    Character summary:
    A legendary wildling leader who supports Mance Rayder, Tormund is a fair and formidable warrior.

  • Olenna Tyrell
    Olenna Tyrell

    Played by: Diana Rigg

    Character summary:
    Matriarch of House Tyrell, Lady Olenna is not shy about sharing her opinions. Although fond of her granddaughter Margaery, she feels less generous toward the men in her family.

  • Thoros of Myr
    Thoros of Myr

    Played by: Paul Kaye

    Character summary:
    A native of the Free City of Myr and a famous soldier, he has since joined the outlaw group the Brotherhood Without Banners. Although Thoros serves as a priest for the Lord of Light, he is fond of drink.

  • Orell

    Played by: Mackenzie Crook

    Character summary:
    A wildling scout, he travels with an eagle.

  • Qyburn

    Played by: Anton Lesser

    Character summary:
    Although trained in the medical arts, Qyburn was censured by the Citadel for his unauthorized experiments and does not wear the chains of a maester.

  • Brynden Tully
    Brynden Tully

    Played by: Clive Russell

    Character summary:
    Brynden is known as “the Blackfish,” due to the strained relationship between him and his older brother Hoster. Alongside Barristan Selmy, Brynden showed great heroism during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, a rebellion in the East that threatened the Seven Kingdoms.

  • Oberyn Martell
    Oberyn Martell

    Played by: Pedro Pascal

    Character summary:
    A prince of Dorne, Oberyn Martell is also a fierce fighter who earned the nickname, the "Red Viper."

  • Ellaria Sand
    Ellaria Sand

    Played by: Indira Varma

    Character summary:
    Prince Oberyn Martell’s paramour.

  • Myrcella Baratheon
    Myrcella Baratheon

    Played by: Nell Tiger Free

    Character summary:
    Fair-haired and demure, Myrcella now lives in Dorne as part of a deal her uncle Tyrion made with House Martell to align their houses and keep the princess safe.

  • Obara Sand
    Obara Sand

    Played by: Keisha Castle-Hughes

    Character summary:
    The eldest of Oberyn Martell's bastard daughters, Obara is as dangerous with a spear as he was.

  • Nym Sand
    Nym Sand

    Played by: Jessica Henwick

    Character summary:
    Half-Dornish and elegant, she uses the whip as her weapon of choice.

  • Tyene Sand
    Tyene Sand

    Played by: Rosabell Laurenti Sellers

    Character summary:
    The youngest of the Sand Snakes, Tyene is proficient with daggers.

  • Trystane Martell
    Trystane Martell

    Played by: Toby Sebastian

    Character summary:
    A prince of Dorne and heir to Doran Martell, Trystane is engaged to Myrcella Baratheon.

  • Doran Martell
    Doran Martell

    Played by: Alexander Siddig

    Character summary:
    A firm and diplomatic leader, Doran stayed largely neutral in the War of Five Kings.

  • Euron Greyjoy
    Euron Greyjoy

    Played by: Pilou Asbaek

    Character summary:
    The younger brother of Balon Greyjoy, he has recently returned to Pyke to take the Salt Throne.

  • Lady Crane
    Lady Crane

    Played by: Essie Davis

    Character summary:
    An actor with a Braavosi traveling company, she plays Cersei Lannister in their production of “The Bloody Hand.”

  • High Priestess
    High Priestess

    Played by: Souad Faress

    Character summary:
    The leader of the Dosh Khaleen, and herself the widow of a great khal, she was among those present when Daenerys ate a stallion’s heart.

  • Randyll Tarly
    Randyll Tarly

    Played by: James Faulkner

    Character summary:
    A legendary soldier, Randyll Tarly has no patience for his son Samwell’s studious nature. He forced Sam to join the Night’s Watch, making his second son Dickon heir to Horn Hill.

  • Izembaro

    Played by: Richard E. Grant

    Character summary:
    The playwright of a traveling company who wrote and directs “The Bloody Hand,” a theatrical production of The War of Five Kings currently running in Braavos. Izembaro also stars as Robert Baratheon and Tywin Lannister.

  • Brother Ray
    Brother Ray

    Played by: Ian Mcshane

    Character summary:
    A former soldier haunted by the atrocities he committed on the battlefield, Brother Ray is a septon of boundless compassion and kindness.

  • Archmaester Ebrose
    Archmaester Ebrose

    Played by: Jim Broadbent

    Character summary:
    A Citadel archmaester, Ebrose is highly knowledgeable in medicine and the human body. He oversees several of Samwell Tarly’s duties, and is stern but affectionate to the new trainee.