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Daenerys is 13 years old at the beginning of the book, the youngest child of the deceased Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen. Her brother promises her to Khal Drogo hoping that he will receive and army that will help him take back the Iron Throne. She develops as a strong character after her marriage with Khal Drogo and slowly becomes more confident in herself. She stands up against her brother and becomes a khaleesi for her people. She is described as having silver hair and almost purple eyes, traits common in the Targaryen family.
Often called "Ned", Eddard Stark is the head of House Stark, Lord of Winterfell, and Warden of the North. Because of his friendship with King Robert, he is offered the position of Hand of the King after Jon Arryn dies. He is married with Lady Catelyn Tully with who he has five children and other bustard son that he raised at Winterfell. He is often described as being cold but extremely honorable and honest.
Sansa is the oldest girl in the Stark family. While Arya resembles her father, Sansa is similar to her mother both in looks and manner. She is an idealist and a dreamer, believing that everyone is as noble and good as in the songs told by the singers. She gets engaged with Jeoffrey, the crown prince, and she soon finds herself torn between her love for him and for her family. After her arrival in King’s Landing she discovers that the world she lives in is not what she believed it to be.
Brandon or just Bran is the second son of Eddard Stark and Lady Catelyn Tully. He has a younger brother and four older siblings. He is seven years old in the book Game of Thrones and just like his other siblings he shares a strong connection with his direwolf, Summer. He is loved by everyone at Winterfell and has a fascination for climbing. After his fall, he slowly loses cheerful attitude and becomes more serious.
Lady Catelyn is Eddard’s wife with who she has five children. She was supposed to marry Eddard’s brother but he was killed. She is described as having auburn hair, blue eyes, and long fingers. She loves her children dearly but can’t stand Eddard’s bastard son, Jon. She is a fierce woman, not afraid to act and extremely loyal to her family.
Arya is the third child in the Stark family and is often described as being boyish. She is the opposite of her sister, Sansa who is preoccupied with being a perfect lady. Her father compares her to his sister, Lyanna. Arya often prefers the company of the common folk and is fascinated by fighting and the life of a Knight. She is taken to King’s Landing and there she starts to learn how to fight with a sword. She is close to Jon, her father’s bastard son and they even have the same physical characteristics.
Jon is one of the major characters in the book. He is the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark and was raised at Winterfell with his other children. He is close to Arya but is not tolerated by Catelyn Tully, Eddard’s wife. After his father goes to King’s Landing he decides to become a Sworn Brother. At the beginning of the book, he is fourteen years old.
Robb is the eldest son of Eddard Stark and Catelyn Tully. He is the heir of the North and shares a bond with Grey Wind, his direwolf. He is attached to Theon, his father’s ward, and also to Jon Snow despite his mother’s adversity towards him. When his father leaves to King’s Landing he remains to rule over the north.
Ser Jamie Lannister
Jamie is Cersei’s identical twin and a member of the King’s Guard. He has blond hair and green eyes just like his sister. While Cersei hates Tyron, Jamie shows affection towards him. He became a Knight at the age of fifteen at the court of King Aerys. He is called the Kingslayer because he was the one that killed the mad King.
Joffrey is the King’s oldest son and his heir. His mother is Queen Cersei and he resembles her with his blond hair and green eyes. At the beginning of the book he is twelve years old and has an uncontrollable temper. He is always shadowed by Sandor Clegane . Sansa believes him to be the perfect prince with his manners but she discovers his cruel side once they leave Winterfell.
Tyron is the youngest child of Lord Tywin Lannister. He is hated by his family because his mother died during his birth. He is described as being a dwarf with blond hair and has mismatched eyes. He is extremely smart and witty and manages to get out of troubles using his intellect.
Also called the Hound, Sandor is the youngest son of house Clegane. Sandor is the bodyguard of Goffrey and he is extremely loyal to him. Sandor is huge and heavily-muscled man with the right side of his face badly disfigured after being burned. After Joffrey is crowned, he tries to protect Sansa from him and treats her with relative kindness.
Ser Jorah Mormont
Jorah Mormont is an exiled knight. He fled from Westeros to the Free Cities to escape from being executed after he traded slaves. He meets Daenerys at her weeding and becomes loyal to her accompanying her everywhere.
Ser Rodrik Cassel
A knight that serves at Winterfell and is the master-at-arms of Winterfell training Robb Stark, Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy.
Sometimes called Littlefinger, Petyr is the master of coins and a member of the small council. He is a cunning man and even admits that he can’t be trusted. Even if he was born in a small and insignificant house, he raised to power due to his intelligence and ambition. He was raised with Catelyn Tully and her siblings and ended developing romantically feelings for her.
Also called the Spider, Varys is the master of whispers and a spy master for King Robert. He is a member of the Small Council, described as being a plump man smelling of lilac. He was born as a slave in Lys and he was made a eunuch by a sorcerer. He first served under King Aerys as a spy master and after he was killed he began serving King Robert.
The head of house Greyjoy and the Lord of the Iron Islands. Theon is his son that was taken hostage after Balon rebelled.
He is the only son of Lord Jon Arryn and his wife, Lady Lysa Tully.
One of Lannister’s guards. He accompanies Tyron to the Wall.
Morrec is one of Tyron’s servants who accompany him in his journey at the Wall.
A sworn Brother in the Night’s Watch that is also a recruiter, travelling in the Seven Kingdoms and finding men for the Wall.
Moreo is the captain that takes Catelyn and Ser Rodrick to King’s Landing.
Halder is a strong boy that works as a builder at the Wall.
Donald Noye is an armorer, smith, and steward of the Night's Watch. He came to the Wall after he lost an arm in battle while fighting for Robert Baratheon. Donald is the one that advices Jon Snow to be more friendly towards the new recruits.
Lord Commander Jeor Mormont
Also known as the Old Bear, Jeor Mormont is the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He is always accompanied by his raven.
Grenn is a member of the Night’s Watch.
Jeren is a steward at the Night’s Watch.
A member of the Night’s Watch.
Dareon is a steward of the Night’s Watch.
Bowen Marsh is the Lord Steward of the Night’s Watch.
A ranger of the Night’s Watch.
Aemon is the Maester sworn to the Night’s Watch.
A member of Eddard Stark’s guard while in King’s Landing.
A member of Eddard Stark’s guard while in King’s Landing.
A guard sworn to house Stark.
A sword master paid by Eddard Stark to teach Arya how to use her sword and how to fight while in King’s Landing.
Aggo, Quaro, Jhogo, Rakkaro
Horseriders of Daenerys Targaryen's khas.
The captain of the guards at Winterfell.
A young builder at the Wall.
A member of the Night’s Watch.
Samwell or Sam is the eldest son of a powerful lord. He is instantly bullied because of his appearance and his apparent cowardice. Jon Snow starts to stand up for him and convinces the others to stop tormenting him and they end up becoming friends.
Janos Slynt is the son of a butcher that became the head of the City Watch.
A singer that Catelyn meets at the Crossroads Inn.
Masha is the innkeeper at the Crossroads Inn.
Hodor is a servant and stable boy at Winterfell. He is a gentle giant and is the great-grandson of Old Nan.
Also known as Pyp, he is a recruit at the Wall that becomes friend with Jon Snow.
Alliser is the master –at-arm of the Night’s Watch. He is hated by the new recruits because of his temper and cold personality. He gives Jon the nickname Lord Snow and between the two of them there is a permanent tension.
Renly is the King’s younger brother, serving in the Small Council as Master of Laws.
Mycha is the son of a butcher who becomes friends with Arya on the journey to King’s Landing.
Ser Ilyn Payne
Ser Ilyn Payne is the royal executioner. He frightens the vast majority because of his aspect and because of his cruel nature.
Ser Barristan Selmy
Ser Barristan is an old knight and a member of the Kingsguard. He has a kind nature and he is the only one stands by Eddard Stark and objects against the idea of killing Daenerys and her unborn child.
Vayon is the steward at Winterfell under Eddard Stark. He accompanies him to King’s Landing.
Tywin is the Lord of Casterly Rock and the father of Cersei, Jamie and Tyron. He served for a long time as the Mad King’s Hand and hoped that he will be able to marry Cersei with the regent prince. He loves Cersei and Jamie but hates Tyron, blaming him for the death of his wife.
Robert is the King of the Seven Kingdoms and Westeros, title he earned after taking the Iron Throne from Aerys II Targaryen. He is married with Cersei with whom he has three children. He is known for his strength and also for his libertine way of life.
Also called The King-Beyond-the-Wall, he was a Sworn Brother who deserted the Watch.
Edmure is the son of Lord Hoster Tully and the heir to House Tully of Riverrun, the liege lords of the riverlands. He is the younger brother of Catelyn and Lysa.
Beth is a member of House Cassel and is the only surviving child of Ser Rodrik Cassel, Winterfell's Master-at-Arms.
Septa Mordane is Arya and Sansa’s tutor, accompanying them to King’s Landing. Even though she is a strict woman, she cares for the girls and believes that a woman must always be courteous.
A member of the guard in Winterfell.
Doreah is one of Daenerys’ slaves given as a present by Illyrio. She was taken from a pleasure house in Lys and at the beginning of the book she is almost twenty.
Daenerys’ handmaiden given by Illyrio. She has the same age as Daenerys and had the purpose of teaching her the dothraki language.
A member of King Baratheon’ Kingsguard. He is very cruel and loyal to Cersei Lannister.
Boros is a knight and a member of King Baratheon’s Kingsguard. Just like Meryn Trant, he is loyal to Cersei Lannister.
A member of the household guard of Lord Eddard Stark at Winterfell.
One of Drogo’s bloodriders. Among the bloodriders he is the most cruel and feared.
Irri is a Dothraki handmaiden to Daenerys Targaryen.
One of Drogo’s bloodriders.
One of Drogo’s bloodriders.
Septon Chayle is the guardian of the sept and the librarian of Winterfell.
A member of the guard in Winterfell.
She is Sansa’s best friend and the daughter of a steward at Winterfell.
At the beginning of the book, Rickon is three years old, the youngest child in the Stark family.
She is the oldest servant in Winterfell, the one who tells the children stories about what lies North of the Wall.
The direwolf bonded to Bran. The two of them share a deep connection and Summer refuses to leave Bran after his fall. Summer saves Catelyn from the men sent to kill Bran.
The direwolf bound to Rickon.
Theon is the heir of house Greyjoy who was taken by Ned Stark after his father rebelled. He was raised at Winterfell as a ward to Lord Eddard.
The direwolf bond to Arya.
He is the captain of the household guard at Winterfell for House Stark who accompanied Ned to King’s Landing.
Ghost is the albino direwolf found by Jon Snow. He is the first pup to open his eyes and even if he was that smallest, he ended up growing more than the other pups. He shares a deep connection with Jon Snow just like the other pups.
He is the master of horse at Winterfell and a member of the Stark household.
He is a member of the household guard of Lord Eddard Stark at Winterfell.
Grey Wind is the direwolf bound to Robb Stark, the eldest son of house Stark.
Desmond is a member of the guards of Winterfell who accompanies Lord Eddard Stark to King's Landing when he assumes the position of Hand of the King.
A ranger in the Night’s watch who appears in the epilogue. He is considered as being a very experienced ranger, serving more than 40 years on the Watch.
Ser Waymar Royce
Ser Waymar Royce is a knight of House Royce. The third and youngest son of Lord Yohn Royce, he became a ranger of the Night's Watch. Waymar Royce is the one that leads the expedition in the Haunted Forest in the Epilogue.
A ranger in the Night’s watch who appears in the epilogue.
Prince Tommen Baratheon is known to the Seven Kingdoms as the youngest child of King Robert I Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister. A member of House Baratheon of King's Landing, his siblings are Prince Joffrey and Princess Myrcella.
Pycelle is a Grand Maester of the Citadel who has served in King's Landing and on the small council for over forty years.
He is the maester in the service of House Stark at Winterfell.
Lysa is Catelyn’s sister and the wife of the former Hand. After her husban’s death, she returns to Arryn with her son, Robert.
Jon was the Hand of the King before dying in suspicious circumstances. He was married with Lysa, Catelyn’s sister and together they had a son who unfortunately is very sickly. He was Eddard Stark’s father figure and was loved by the common people.
The head of house Tully and the father of Catelyn, Lysa and Edmure.
Also known as Brynden the Blackfish, Brynden is a knight from House Tully and is the younger brother of Lord Hoster Tully.
Cersei Lannister is the King’s wife and they have together three children. She has an identical twin brother and a younger brother that is a dwarf. Cersei is very protective of her children even if she doesn’t love her husband. She is a very ambitious woman and is not afraid to do whatever it takes to get what she wants.
Benjen is Eddard’s younger brother and a ranger in the Night’s Watch.
Eddard’ s older brother that was supposed to rule over Winterfell and marry Catelyn. He was killed by the Mad King, Aerys.
Drogo is a powerful khal that marries Daenerys. Despite being known as being very cruel, he treats Daenerys with care and the two of them end up developing feelings for each other and Drogo begins to value Daenerys’ opinions even if he doesn’t understand completely her way of life.
Ser Willem Darry was a knight from House Darry who served as the Red Keep's master-at-arms for King Aerys II Targaryen. He remained deeply loyal to House Targaryen during and after Robert's Rebellion.
Illyrio is a wealthy merchant that offers to host Daenerys and her brother. He is the one that arranges the marriage between Daenerys and Drogo.
Also called The Beggar King, Viserys is the heir of Aerys II. He is Daenerys’ brother and driven by a desire to take back the Iron Throne he lets Khal Drogo marry her. He is cruel, often abusing Daenerys and extremely proud. He had the Silver hair and almost violet eyes, the same traits as Daenerys.
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