Study Guide

A Game of Thrones Characters

By George R. R. Martin

Eddard Stark (a.k.a. Ned)

A great dad and a terrible politician, Eddard Stark is the head of the Stark family, one of the...

Catelyn Stark

Catelyn Stark is Mama Direwolf. She was born Catelyn Tully (rival family alert!) but became a...

Jon Snow

Jon Snow kind of gets the short end of the stick in this book. He is Eddard Stark's illegitimate...

Daenerys (a.k.a. Dany) and Viserys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen is the youngest survivor of the Targaryen family, the royal family that ruled...

Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo is the leader (khal) of a very big army/tribe (khalasar). He marries Daenerys, makes...

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister is the misshapen dwarf son of Tywin Lannister and the younger brother to Cersei...

Bran Stark

Bran Stark is the fourth child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark; brother to Robb, Sansa, Arya, and...

Sansa Stark

Sansa is the oldest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark; Sansa is younger than Robb Stark but...

Arya Stark

Arya is the middle child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark; she's younger than Robb and Sansa (and also...

Robb Stark

Robb is the oldest son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark; he's about the same age as Jon Snow and older...

Cersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister

Cersei and Jaime Lannister are twins…and lovers. Yeah. They are Tywin Lannister's children...

Robert Baratheon and Renly Baratheon

Robert Baratheon is king of the Seven Kingdoms after the Targaryens are kicked out (which Robert...

Petyr Baelish

Petyr Baelish is King Robert Baratheon's master of coin. Petyr was actually fostered with the...

Varys

Varys is the spymaster (coolest title ever) for King Robert, so he gets reports from all over the...

Ser Jorah Mormont

Jorah Mormont is an exile from the Seven Kingdoms for a crime he most definitely did commit. He's...

The Night's Watch

Sweet name, right? These guys are clearly dude-ish. The Night's Watch is the military order that...

Mirri Maz Duur

Talk about betrayal. Mirri Maz Duur is a priest and healer who is taken as servant/slave by Khal...

Sandor Clegane and Gregor Clegane

Sandor Clegane is a warrior who is sworn to protect and serve Joffrey. He does so, but he also...

The Tully Family

The Tully clan doesn't play a major role in this book, but since Catelyn Stark was once Catelyn...

The Lannister Family

Tywin is the father of Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion Lannister. He's the head of House Lannister and...

The Arryn Family

Lysa Arryn was originally Lysa Tully and get this: she wasn't always crazy. She and Catelyn used...

Walder Frey

Walder Frey believes that the person who dies with the most sons wins. That's the only possible...

The Baratheon Court

King Robert and later King Joffrey Baratheon both have courts, which means that they have people...

The Kingsguard

The Kingsguard is a group of elite knights who are meant to protect the king of the Seven...

Stark servants

Since this is pretty much a Stark book – so much of it is told from the POV of the Starks...

Stark Bannermen

The Stark bannermen are those noble lords of the north that follow the Starks; in this case, the...

The King's Knights and Warriors

When Gregor Clegane raids the Riverlands – well, he's not waving a flag, but we all know...

The Mountain Clans

The Mountain Clans are tribes of people who live outside of the whole social system of the Seven...

The Others

Clearly, we cannot start this section without referencing Lost. And if you have no idea what we...

Characters at the Hand's Tournament

Some of these characters are mentioned in other groups; but just in case this question comes up,...

Masha Heddle

Masha Heddle is a pretty minor character in this book: she's just the owner of the Old Crossroads...