As the long-awaited season 8 of Game of Thrones gets underway, it’s safe to say there may be a Westerosi or two you can no longer place across Seven Kingdoms of noble Houses, not-so-noble Throne seekers and more.
Can’t tell your Tyrells from your Targaryens? Your Boltons from your Baratheons? Your Jaime Lannisters from your Jorah Mormonts?
We don’t blame you. There are a lot of faces to remember and the show has actually re-cast many characters over the years; Tommen Baratheon, Daario Naharis, The Mountain, Dickon Tarly, The Three-Eyed Raven, et al.
Here’s our helpful, alphabetical guide to all the main characters and the cast who play them on HBO’s Game of Thrones – alive and/or dead.
Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan)
The long-serving Maester of the Night’s Watch was born Aemon Targaryen – the last known Targaryen in Westeros. His casting vote saw Jon Snow elected Lord Commander of the Watch. Master Aemon died as Snow fought Walkers north of the Wall.
Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
Brothel keeper and political dabbler, “Littlefinger” Baelish was among the best connected men in Westeros. But he gambled too far, trying to pit Sansa Stark against her shape-shifting assassin sister Arya. (The fact that she was a shape-shifting assassin really ought to have given him pause.)
Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson)
Joffrey was a product of the incestuous relationship between Queen Cersei and Kingsguard warrior Jaime Lannister and, even by Game of Thrones standards, irredeemably unpleasant.
Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free)
Joffrey’s sweet and naive younger sibling, Myrcella was a rare carrier of Lannister blood who seemed not to possess a calculating side. Not that it did her any good..
Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony)
The younger brother of King Robert and Stannis Baratheon, Renly was also the secret lover of Ser Loras Tyrell. He could be cunning and, with Robert dead, wisely urged Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell to kidnap Joffrey and rule the Seven Kingdoms.
Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy)
The once dashing leader of House Baratheon who toppled the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen and claimed the Iron Throne.
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)
Robert’s younger sibling was a man of principle, but one also fatally seduced by Red Witch Melisandre and her prophecy that the Lord of Light had marked him for greatness.
Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman)
As short-lived boy king of Westeros, wide-eyed Tommen was easily manipulated by both his wife Margaery and scheming mother Cersei.
Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon)
The utterly loathsome Ramsay was the illegitimate product of a union between Roose Bolton (not very likeable either) and a peasant woman raped by Roose after she wed without his permission (the husband he had hanged).
Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton)
Having owed fealty to House Stark, Bolton enjoyed his moment of betrayal. “The Lannisters send their regards,” he cackled, plunging a dagger into pregnant Talisa Stark.
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)
Brienne was introduced as a member of Renly Baratheon’s Kingsguard. She was haunted by his slaying at the hand of the smoke demon, holding herself responsible.
Bronn (Jerome Flynn)
The foul-mouthed mercenary saved Tyrion Lannister’s life by defeat Lysa’s champion in trial by combat at the Eyrie.
Other Characters include:
Gregor Clegane (“Thor” Björnsson)
Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann)
Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa)
Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide)
Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan)
Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson)
Gendry (Joe Dempsie)
Gilly (Hannah Murray)
Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju)
Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha)
High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)
Hodor (Kristian Nairn)
Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey)
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance)
Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal)
Melisandre (Carice van Houten)
Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
Qyburn (Anton Lesser)
Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)
Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma)
Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham)
Shae (Sibel Kekilli)
Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright)
Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)
Eddard Stark (Sean Bean)
Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson)
Robb Stark (Richard Madden)
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
Talisa Stark (Oona Chaplin)
Harry Strickland (Marc Rissmann)
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd)
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West)
Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg)
Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)
Varys (Conleth Hill)
Ygritte (Rose Leslie
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