He truly does love his sister and will do anything, no matter how rash, to stay close to her. Margaret became powerful enough to be considered troublesome and had a knack for dabbling in European and English affairs. As the show opens, Ned has been content to remain in the north, but after the death of Lord Jon Arryn, he is convinced that it is his duty to accept the position of Hand of the King. He then takes his army east and is outside King's Landing when Daenerys and Cersei meet in the Dragonpit. Holinshed, Raphael. His corpse is apparently desecrated afterwards, as in season 4, Karl Tanner is shown drinking wine from a skull he claims is Jeor's. Hastings fell in love with Edward’s mistress, Jane Shore, after Edward died. Cecily Neville – Richard Duke of York’s wife and the mother of Edward IV and Richard III among others. If that sounds familiar, it's because the historical conflicts known as the Wars of the Roses served as the basis for much of the drama in Game of Thrones. Born to the Lord and Lady of the Riverlands, she is the elder sister of Lysa Arryn, Lady of the Vale and Mistress of the Eyrie, and Lord Edmure Tully, Lord of Riverrun. A narcissist, he is arrogant and self-centered, caring only about himself and looking down on others, especially his sister Daenerys. Shae attempts to kill Tyrion with a knife, but he strangles her to death both in self-defense and out of anger for her betrayal. Daenerys Targaryen portrayed by Emilia Clarke. He sends Theon to the Iron Islands hoping that he can broker an alliance with Balon Greyjoy, Theon's father. She was also the future bride of Prince Joffrey, and thus the future Queen of the Seven Kingdoms as well. However, the birth was likely too much for her tiny immature body. Thanks to a new TED-ED video by Alex Gendler, the similarities between the fictional character of Westeros and the historic figures that lived during the War Of The Roses … Robert Baratheon (season 1) portrayed by Mark Addy. Characters foreign to Westeros are often mysterious, mischievous and magical. In seasons three to five, Little Sam is portrayed by uncredited infant extras. Both Shakespeare and Martin use the events from the War of the Roses to explore how rulers seize and justify their power. Gendry refuses, to the shame of the master smith. For the main characters of the novels, see, In season six, Ned Stark is portrayed by recurring actors. Under his reign, the realm has been bankrupted and Robert is deeply in debt to his wife's family. Gendry shows promise as a smith and makes a helmet in the shape of a bull's head; Eddard compliments the helmet, offering to purchase it. She has a son with her father Craster. Now consider Game of Thrones. In season one, Beric Dondarrion is portrayed by David Michael Scott. Tommen Baratheon (seasons 1–2, 4–6) portrayed by Callum Wharry in seasons 1 and 2, and by Dean-Charles Chapman from season 4 onwards. As the wife of the duke, Jacquetta outranked all other woman at court except the queen. Sansa Stark portrayed by Sophie Turner. In turn, Shae becomes protective of Sansa and attempts to help her in any way she can. Jacquetta was possibly seen as haughty by her contemporaries. The Tudor house went on to rule until 1603. John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu and Earl of Northumberland. 2. An older debauched Edward IV may have inspired Robert Baratheon. In his smuggling days, he was said to handle a ship at night better than anyone. He is also a coward when confronted by those who aren't afraid of him. Daario is a confident and seductive warrior who is a lieutenant in the Second Sons, a group of 2000 mercenaries. If you’re like me, you’re still in denial that Game of Thrones is over. Hastings – Edward’s best friend, frequent wenching companion, chamberlain, and lieutenant to Calais. Hastings was born into a gentry family about ten years before Edward was born. Ever the tomboy, Arya would rather be training to use weapons than sewing with a needle. Grey Worm expects Casterly Rock to be hard to win and is surprised to find it barely manned: the capture is effected with ease. He is gravely injured in Meereen in an attack by the Sons of the Harpy, but ultimately survives. When the slave masters go back on the deal and attack Meereen with ships, only to be countered by Daenerys's dragons, Grey Worm kills Razdal mo Eraz and Belicho Paenymion, and later accompanies Daenerys and her retinue on their voyage to Westeros. Other children include Mary, Cecily, Margaret, Anne, George, Catherine, Bridget, and at least five illegitimate children. As soon as Margaret was legally old enough for intercourse, Edmund (likely) raped her. As they head towards the Riverlands, the group encounters the Brotherhood Without Banners, a group of Outlaws that defend the weak. Elizabeth’s parents may have been like the Posh and Becks (Victoria and David Beckham) of the day. Lord Bolton personally executes Robb, stabbing him through the heart while taunting that "the Lannisters send their regards", in fact a promise made to Jaime (who had no knowledge of Bolton's impending treason) when leaving for the Twins. His son's shaming of their house weighs heavily on him. Since this page is organized by houses, I recommend using your browser’s search function (for example, using CTRL + F to locate the name you seek. When the wildlings finally reach Castle Black and attack, Ygritte kills many Night's Watch brothers with her archery skills, among them Pyp. Tommen Baratheon of House Baratheon is the prince presented as the youngest son of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister. Cannibalism in the Middle Ages, Harald Bluetooth & Black Friday’s Bastard, The Ironborn and the Viking Warrior: An Interview with Ian Stephenson, Tyrion Pushes Dany to Name a Successor & Elizabeth I’s Succession Troubles. Tormund takes a liking to Jon after he joins them and even gives him advice over his relationship with Ygritte. Elizabeth Woodville – Edward’s extremely controversial and, arguably, ill-chosen wife. He was sent to the Wall by his father, who disowned him for his cowardice. Ellaria Sand (seasons 4–7) portrayed by Indira Varma. Henry VI – the son of the glorious Agincourt war hero, Henry VI became king when he was only nine months old. Gendry is an apprentice blacksmith in King's Landing and an unacknowledged bastard of King Robert. The War of the Roses and just some of its influences on Game of Thrones. To win permission to cross, Robb agrees to marry a daughter of Walder Frey, Lord of the Twins. … During the trial, Bronn realises that Tyrion will most likely be executed by the insane Lysa Arryn despite the impossibility of his guilt, and volunteers to fight for Tyrion when he demands a trial by combat. Daario Naharis (seasons 3–6) portrayed by Ed Skrein in season 3, and by Michiel Huisman from season 4 onwards. After she reveals more of her past to him, they admit their shared feelings for one another and sleep together. With thousands of deadly White Walkers and even the good guys often murdering without cause, it may seem an impossible task to decide who is the worst war criminal in Game Of Thrones. He introduced the lavish court for which the Tudors became famous. The author of Game Of Thrones George RR Martin has said the War of the Roses inspired much of his plotline, and Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI, bears a scary resemblance to ice queen Cersei Lannister, and not just in appearance. She makes love with Grey Worm and worries for him when he is sent to attack Casterly Rock. Gendry was about to suffer this fate but is saved by the arrival of Lord Tywin Lannister, who chides Clegane's men for their reckless behavior. However, some nobles, notably Warwick, sneered at them as “parvenus.” Once Elizabeth’s mother married a commoner, she lost her pedigree and the Woodvilles were forever seen as grasping commoners and social climbers. Supposedly brilliant and Edward IV’s chancellor until Edward realized that George was working more in his brother Warwick’s interest and less in Edward’s. A Wildling girl with red hair ("kissed by fire", a sign of luck among the Wildlings) and a follower of Mance Rayder. Under the leadership of his Captain Mero and second in command Prendhal na Ghezn, the Second Sons were hired by the Slaver city Yunkai to fight against Daenerys' army. Nicknamed "the Imp" or "Halfman", Tyrion Lannister of House Lannister is the younger brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. He is taciturn and brutal, but not without compassion. Here’s One Reason Why, George RR Martin’s Symbolic Character Name Choices, Robert Baratheon Was Right about Daenerys, The Origin of Sansa May Lie in Elizabeth of York. Shae, however, does not leave King's Landing, and resurfaces at Tyrion's trial for murdering Joffrey, where she falsely claims that both Tyrion and Sansa were responsible for Joffrey's death. She names her direwolf Nymeria, after a legendary warrior queen. Charles Dance only appears in one episode of season five, although credited as a main cast member. Eventually, crossing the river at the Twins becomes strategically necessary. George Neville – Warwick’s youngest brother. His only had two daughters would inherit his spectacular wealth and some of his titles. To protect them, he sacrifices his honor and publicly declares that he was plotting to steal the throne and that Joffrey is the true king. In season 3, Talisa reveals that she is pregnant, although she and her unborn child are stabbed to death by Lothar Frey in the Red Wedding Massacre, the first in the hall to be attacked. Before he became king, he was known as Edward, Earl of March. In Season 7 Davos, on a clandestine visit to King's Landing, seeks out Gendry and finds him working as a smith. Joffrey appears on other lists of Game of Thrones characters like most satisfying death, worst king and nastiest little thing but he, and his mild-mannered brother Tommen appear in this list as another of George R R Martin’s little thought experiments: what if the princes in the tower had lived but that was a bad thing. He wins a succession of battles in Season 2, earning him the nickname the Young Wolf. He hired missionaries, landed in England, and overthrew Richard III at Bosworth Field. An ancestor with Cecily’s matrilineal DNA was used to identify Richard III’s remains. This blow to his ego and ambition led him to become so disillusioned and discontent that he rebelled against Edward – likely seeing him as ungrateful. He initially serves under Catelyn Stark and aids her in arresting Tyrion Lannister and taking him to the Vale to stand trial for the murder of Jon Arryn and attempted murder of Bran Stark. Cecily was known to be proud, have a temper, and be religious. On news of his grandfather, Lord Hoster Tully's, death, Robb and his party travel north to Riverrun for the funeral, where the young king is reunited with his great-uncle, Ser Brynden "Blackfish" Tully, and his uncle, Edmure Tully, the new lord of Riverrun. She names her direwolf Lady; she is the smallest of the pack and the first to die, sentenced to death by Cersei after Arya's direwolf, Nymeria, bit a violent Joffrey. I decided to take a look back at The real history that influenced A song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones. Ser Jaime Lannister of House Lannister is a member of the Kingsguard and an exceptionally skilled swordsman. John’s disinheritance) and property. In a fit of drunken rage, he threatens Drogo to give him his army now or he will kill his unborn son. One day as they talk they are interrupted by news that Catelyn has released Robb's key prisoner Jaime Lannister. While not physically powerful, Tyrion has a cunning mind and often uses to his advantage the fact that others constantly underestimate him. The Lannisters are the richest family in Westeros,[2] which is why Robert was interested in a marriage between them. Stannis Baratheon (seasons 2–5) portrayed by Stephen Dillane. 10 Petyr Baelish ", "Game of Thrones' Kristian Nairn Has 70 Different Ways of Saying 'Hodor, "There are 70 Ways to Say 'Hodor' on GAME OF THRONES and Here They Are | Nerdist", "Two More for S3: Ramon Tikaram, Dan Hildebrand Join Cast", "Game of Thrones Episodes: EP208: The Prince of Winterfell", "Game of Thrones: Ghost Returning in Season 8", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Game_of_Thrones_characters&oldid=999166654, Lists of American drama television series characters, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles that are excessively detailed from April 2016, All articles that are excessively detailed, Wikipedia articles with style issues from April 2016, Articles that may be too long from April 2016, Articles with multiple maintenance issues, Articles needing additional references from August 2018, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2016, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Antonia Christophers as Mhaegen (seasons 1–2), Josephine Gillan as Marei (seasons 2–6, 8), Sara Dylan as Bernadette (seasons 2–4, 6–7), Tyrone McElhennon as Torrhen Karstark (season 2), Clifford Barry as Greizhen mo Ullhor (season 3), George Georgiou as Razdal mo Eraz (seasons 3, 6), Dean S. Jagger as Smalljon Umber (season 6), Eddie Jackson as Belicho Paenymion (season 6), Isabella Steinbarth as Melara Hetherspoon (season 5), Matteo Elezi as child Benjen Stark (season 6), Sam Coleman as young Wylis / Hodor (season 6), Annette Tierney as young Old Nan (season 6), Fergus Leathem as young Rodrik Cassel (season 6), Wilf Scolding as Rhaegar Targaryen (season 7), This page was last edited on 8 January 2021, at 20:31. Tormund Giantsbane (seasons 3–8) portrayed by Kristofer Hivju. He becomes Jon's best friend after Jon conspires with the others in their trainee class to go easy on him. (Later in life, she initially refused to give precedence to Elizabeth of York and only walked a half pace behind her.) The real-life seeds of war were sewn by the death of King Edward III in 1377. He initially appeared as a recurring character in the first season and debuted in "Lord Snow". Westeros is supposed to suggest – loosely – England during the Wars of the Roses, the civil wars of the mid to late-15th century. Henry Tudor / Daenerys Targaryen. She effectively serves as the replacement of Doreah after she betrayed Daenerys in Qarth. Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport and Warden of the West, Tywin of House Lannister is a calculating, ruthless, and controlling man. Bronn defeats Lysa Arryn's champion and becomes Tyrion's companion and protector, accompanying him back to King's Landing. Aerys II Targaryen, the mad king who commanded his pyromancer to set King’s Landing ablaze (before Game of Thrones began), may be inspired by a couple of kings: Charles VI of France and his grandson, Henry VI of England. Isabel Neville-the eldest daughter would marry Clarence despite Edward’s attempts to stop the match. Realizing that Daenerys is loved by the Dothraki and her and Drogo's unborn son is prophesized to unite the world, Viserys realizes that it is not he, but Daenerys who will reclaim the Iron Throne. Elizabeth had twelve siblings in total who make occasional appearances. Having enough of his behavior, Drogo kills Viserys by giving him a "Golden Crown"; molten gold poured over his head. "Jaqen H'ghar" (seasons 2, 5–6) portrayed by Tom Wlaschiha. John Clifford, the “butcher” of Lancaster, executed him or ordered him executed after the Battle of Wakefield, allegedly to avenge the death of Clifford’s father. She is a highly trained and skilled warrior made dangerous by the fact that men underestimate her. To fund his wife's extravagant lifestyle, he sold poachers on his land to slave traders, which is illegal in the Seven Kingdoms. Despite this, Grey Worm chose to keep his current name because it was his name on the day Daenerys freed the Unsullied, so he considers it to be a lucky name. Her father committed suicide when she was a child – a deeply shameful act for the entire family in the middle ages. Consequently, Warwick lured him into rebelling against Edward. In season one, Rickard Karstark is portrayed by Steven Blount. Catelyn Stark (seasons 1–3) portrayed by Michelle Fairley. She claims to be from the Free City of Volantis. His name is pronounced Torgo Nudho in Valyrian and was chosen by his Astapor slave masters, who choose new names for the Unsullied which are designed to humiliate them and make them think they are not human. Ralph Neville also successfully managed to marry most of this enormous brood into the major noble families across England, particularly in the North, creating a spectacular land/power grab. In keeping with family tradition, he wanted them to make brilliant marriages and increase the family’s power and wealth even more. Talisa and Robb marry in secret before a septon and she becomes a Stark. Without much ado, let us delve deeper into the British history and see how Game of Thrones have brought the historic characters and battles to life! But in truth, Melisandre and Stannis planned to use him for her blood magic where Stannis uses his nephew's blood to make a death curse on the usurpers to his throne, Joffrey, Robb, and Balon Greyjoy. ... uncles and nephews, to war… Who Will Win the Game of Thrones, The Winds of Winter: Historic Recap (Season 6, Episode 10), Learn More Than Jon Snow: “It’s Okay To Be Smart” Joe Hanson on the Science of Game of Thrones, The 1500 Year Old Murder Mystery: An Interview with Historian Michael Babcock, The Secret Love of Henry Percy and Anne Boleyn: An Interview with Elizabeth Norton, real Viking history behind Theon's castration. During the mission, he is sent back to the Wall to summon help. Ned claims that Jon's mother was a wet nurse named Wylla. The granddaughter of the formidable Yolande of Aragon, she shared Catherine of Aragon’s indomitable will and sense of duty. He was named after his deceased uncle, Brandon. His dire wolf is called Ghost due to his albinism and quiet nature. Martin’s masterpiece has its parallel in one of the bloodiest war of England- The War Of The Roses! Jeor Mormont (seasons 1–3) portrayed by James Cosmo. Also called "the Stormborn", she and her brother Viserys were smuggled to Essos during the end of Robert's Rebellion. Before knighting him, Stannis removed the last joints from four fingers on his right hand as punishment for his years of smuggling; believing these joints bought his family a better future, Davos keeps them in a pouch around his neck for luck. Ned's actions thus set into motion the War of Five Kings against House Lannister and the Iron Throne. Elizabeth Woodville is the main character in Phillippa Gregory’s The White Queen. The night before Grey Worm admits to Missandei that now he has her to love, he has begun to know what fear is. Many characters on the show have a unique and intense fashion sense, plus many costumes also reveal and foreshadow future events in the show. Unlike many other people in Westeros with access to prophecy, Melisandre has absolute faith in her own interpretation, even though she is sometimes wrong. A devout and pious man, the High Sparrow came to King's Landing after Tywin Lannister's death to serve the poor, downtrodden and infirm. She was one of twenty two children who married into other noble houses. Cersei works quickly to instate her oldest son, Joffrey, on the throne, with her as his chief political advisor and Queen Regent.[3]. Learn about the real history behind Game of Thrones! Ned is not interested in politics, and prefers to rule with honor and follow the law. 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