Game of Thrones/Characters
Game of Thrones features a large ensemble cast. Listed here are Westeros' great houses, with every member that has appeared in the series, as well as every other character with at least two credited appearances.
The list is updated and complete as of Mother's Mercy, the 50th episode, and season 5 finale.
The great houses of Westeros
The nation of the Seven Kingdoms covers most of the continent of Westeros (only excluding the wildlands of the Far North). It is divided into nine regions (one of which has never been an independent nation - The Crownlands - and one that joined the union after the name was established - Dorne) and its capital is the city of King's Landing, with the Red Keep serving as royal castle. The king rules from the Iron Throne, a term also used to refer to the royal jurisdiction.
Historically, the kingdoms have been united since the Targaryen conquest, with eight great houses (see picture to the left) swearing fidelity to the Targaryens and the Iron Throne, while ruling over one region each (the ninth region, the capital region of the Crownlands, being directly governed by the king). The heads of six of these great houses are honorably titled Lord Paramount of their region (or, in case of the lord of the Riverlands - Lord Paramount of the Trident). The Iron Islands has proven to be notably rebellious, which might explain why the head of House Greyjoy is not entitled Lord Paramount, but Lord Reaper of Pyke. The kingdom of Dorne knelt to the Iron Throne several generations after the other kingdoms, and the head of House Martell is thus still granted the title Prince of Dorne, rather than Lord Paramount.
The Lord Paramounts of the Westerlands, the North, the Vale, and the Reach, additionally serve as Warden of the West, the North, the East, and the South, respectively. Responsible for protecting the realm from external threats, the Wardens were originally tasked to command their armies against Ironborn pirates in the west, Wildling confrontaitions in the north, Essosi raiders and Hill Tribe attacks in the east, and (prior to the kneeling of Dorne) Dornish conflicts in the south.
Note that, for this list, all characters are found under their respective ancestral house, i.e. women remain listed under their original house, even when married into another.
The nine original houses
For centuries following the Targaryen conquest, the same nine houses regained their power.
Words: "As High as Honour"
|Robin Arryn||Lino Facioli||7|
|Jon Arryn||John Standing||1|
Words: "Ours is the Fury"
Words: "We Do Not Sow"
|Theon Greyjoy||Alfie Allen||32|
|Yara Greyjoy||Gemma Whelan||6|
|Balon Greyjoy||Patrick Malahide||3|
Words: "Hear me Roar"
Words: "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"
|Oberyn Martell||Pedro Pascal||7|
|Doran Martell||Alexander Siddig||4|
|Trystane Martell||Toby Sebastian||4|
Words: "Winter is Coming"
|Sansa Stark-Lannister-Bolton||Sophie Turner||40|
|Arya Stark||Maisie Williams||39|
|Bran Stark||Isaac Hempstead Wright||25|
|Robb Stark||Richard Madden||21|
|Rickon Stark||Art Parkinson||12|
|Eddard Stark||Sean Bean||10|
|Benjen Stark||Joseph Mawle||3|
Words: "Fire and Blood"
|Daenerys Targaryen||Emilia Clarke||41|
|Aemon Targaryen||Peter Vaughan||11|
|Viserys Targaryen||Harry Lloyd||5|
Words: "Family, Duty, Honor"
|Catelyn Tully-Stark||Michelle Fairley||25|
|Brynden Tully||Clive Russell||5|
|Edmure Tully||Tobias Menzies||5|
|Lysa Tully-Arryn-Baelish||Kate Dickie||5|
Words: "Growing Strong"
|Margaery Tyrell-Baratheon||Natalie Dormer||21|
|Loras Tyrell||Finn Jones||19|
|Mace Tyrell||Roger Ashton-Griffiths||9|
The subsequent houses
Following the events of season three, two of the former great houses were defeated, and replaced by previous vassal houses.
Words: "Our Blades are Sharp"
|Roose Bolton||Michael McElhatton||17|
|Ramsay Bolton||Iwan Rheon||15|
Words: Yet to be revealed.
|Walda Frey-Bolton||Elizabeth Webster||4|
|Walder Frey||David Bradley||3|
|Lothar Frey||Tom Brooke||2|
|Merry Frey||Grace Hendy||1|
|Roslin Frey-Tully||Alexandra Dowling||1|
|Stevron Frey||Colin Carnegie||1|
By marriage only
While marriages are often arranged between members of the great houses, it is not uncommon that a great house member marries someone from a lesser house, or even from other continents.
|Petyr Baelish||Aidan Gillen||30||Lysa Tully||The Fingers, in the Vale. Lord of Harrenhal, in the Riverlands.|
|Talisa Maegyr-Stark||Oona Chaplin||11||Rob Stark||Volantis, in Essos|
|Olenna Redwyne-Tyrell||Diana Rigg||11||Luthor Tyrell||The Arbor, in the Reach|
|Selyse Florent-Baratheon||Tara Fitzgerald||10||Stannis Baratheon||Brightwater Keep, in the Reach|
|Drogo||Jason Momoa||10||Daenerys Targaryen||The Dothrakis of Essos|
|Joyeuse Erenford-Frey||Kelly Long||1||Walder Frey||Of a knightly house, in the Riverlands|
Additional people of Westeros
The series also features several other Westeros characters, from outside the great houses.
Note that members of the great houses (as listed above) are excluded from below. Also, King's Landing in particular inhabits several migrators from the eastern continent - these are listed separately below.
The Night's Watch
The Brotherhood of the Night's Watch guards the Seven Kingdoms from the threats of the Far North. Once the member of the Watch (which are nicknamed crows) have sworn their oath, their previous social status is disregarded (although they keep their names), and they are bound to the Brotherhood for life.
Headed from Castle Black by the Lord Commander, with the First Ranger acting his second-in-command, the Watch's primary duty is to man the Wall, separating the Seven Kingdoms from the Far North. Besides Castle Black, only two more castles of the Wall remains manned: Eastwatch-by-the-Sea and The Shadow Tower, both of which have a Commander in charge. A small landmass south of the wall, known as The Gift, belongs to the brotherhood, ever since it was given to them by House Stark. Most notably, The Gift includes the village of Mole's Town.
Once sworn in to the order, the members are assigned into a group, depending on his skills and the order's needs. The three main groups are rangers (patrolling the country from the horseback), stewards (supporting the rangers in their daily duties), and builders (maintaining the wall and its castles). Additionally, there are recruiters (nicknamed "wandering crows") travelling the realm searching for men to join the brotherhood.
|Jon Snow||Kit Harington||41||Lord Commander|
|Samwell Tarly||John Bradley||35||Maester's Steward|
|Eddison Tollett||Ben Crompton||24||Steward|
|Alliser Thorne||Owen Teale||16||First Ranger|
|Janos Slynt||Dominic Carter||14||Ranger|
|Olly||Brenock O'Connor||14||Lord Commander's Steward|
|Jeor Mormont||James Cosmo||12||Lord Commander|
|Othell Yarwyck||Brian Fortune||11||First Builder|
|Bowen Marsh||Michael Condron||7||First Steward|
|Unnamed Watchman||Will Fortune||2||TBA|
The Order of Maesters
The Maesters is an order of male scholars, educated in the Citadel in Oldtown, the Seven Kingdoms' oldest and second largest city. They are headed by a council known as the Conclave, whose individual members are entitled Archmaesters. The members of the order are recognized by their chains of metal rings, representing their personal diciplines, such as gold for accounting, silver for medicine, iron for warfare, black iron for ravenry, and valyrian steel for magic.
Most noble houses - both great and lesser - have a maester, whose duties include counseling the lord, educating the children of the house, and attending to medical concerns. The Maester of King's Landing, serving as royal counselor, has the title Grand Maester.
|Pycelle||Julian Glover||27||Grand Maester|
|Luwin||Donald Sumpter||14||Maester of Winterfell|
|Qyburn||Anton Lesser||11||Expelled maester|
The Faith of the Seven
Septons (male) and septas (female) are priests in the Faith of the Seven, the main religion in The Seven Kingdoms. The object of worship is one deity, symbolized by a seven-pointed star: the Seven-Faced God, which has seven aspects: Mother, Father, Crone, Maid, Smith, Warrior, and Stranger, each representing different areas of human life (mercy, justice, wisdom, love, craftmanship, courage, and death, respectively).
The septons might serve in a sept (temple) or a septry (monastery), or as begging brothers/sisters, traveling the realm. They are headed by the the High Septon and the council of the Most Devout, who serve at The Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing.
Not concidered septas, but devoted to the faith, are the Silent Sisters, an order of women sworn to service the Stranger. Their main duty is to prepare the bodies of the dead for funerals.
|The High Septon||Paul Bentley||6||High Septon|
|Mordane||Susan Brown||6||Septa of Winterfell|
|The High Sparrow||Jonathan Pryce||5||High Septon|
|Unella||Hannah Waddingham||3||Septa of the Most Devout|
The lesser houses
Aside the great houses, the Seven Kingdoms also holds hundreds of lesser - or vassal - houses of nobles, each holding fealty to the great house ruling the region. The head of a lesser house is titled Lord, or - if it is a woman - Lady.
Becoming knight is an honor given to skilled warriors, servicing either a lord or the faith. In addition to fighting skills, one must also be a devoted follower of the Faith of the Seven to be knighted. A knight uses the title Ser.
The knighthood is open for both nobles and smallfolk, although the lack of training possibilities makes it hard for most people outside the noble houses to gain the experience needed. However, over the centuries, several non-noble knightly families have gained the reputation and financial means to continue training their sons to become knights. Even the unsworn members of these knightly houses, while not given the benefits of the nobles or the knights, are usually very well favored, comparing to the general smallfolk.
The most skilled knights are chosen to form a troupe of royal bodyguards, the Kingsguard, consisting of seven men, sworn for life, and forbidden to wed, father children, or own land. Heading the Kingsguard is the Lord Commander.
|Character||Actor||#||Title and origin|
|Jorah Mormont||Iain Glen||39||Exiled knight and former Lord of Bear Island, in the North.|
|Bronn||Jerome Flynn||28||Sworn knight of smallfolk kin - formally Ser Bronn of the Blackwater.|
|Sandor Clegane||Rory McCann||27||Unsworn soldier, from the Westerlands.|
|Brienne Tarth||Gwendoline Christie||27||Heir to Evenfall Hall, in the Stormlands.|
|Barristan Selmy||Ian McElhinney||24||Sworn knight, from the Stormlands, and dismissed Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.|
|Podrick Payne||Daniel Portman||22||Unsworn squire, from the Westerlands.|
|Davos Seaworth||Liam Cunningham||21||Sworn knight, from the Stormlands.|
|Meryn Trant||Ian Beattie||17||Sworn knight of the Kingsguard, from the Stormlands.|
|Rodrik Cassel||Ron Donachie||13||Sworn knight, from the North.|
|Jojen Reed||Thomas Brodie-Sangster||10||Heir to Greywater Watch, in the North.|
|Gregor Clegane||Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson||91||Sworn knight, from the Westerlands.|
|Meera Reed||Ellie Kendrick||9||Of Greywater Watch, in the North.|
|Dontos Hollard||Tony Way||6||Dishonored knight, from the Crownlands.|
|Rickard Karstark||John Stahl||62||Lord of Karhold, in the North.|
|Jory Cassel||Jamie Sives||5||Unsworn soldier, from the North.|
|Beric Dondarrion||Richard Dormer||53||Lord of Blackhaven, in the Stormlands.|
|Amory Lorch||Fintan McKeown||4||Sworn knight, from the Westerlands.|
|Ilyn Payne||Wilko Johnson||4||Sworn knight, from the Westerlands.|
|Matthos Seaworth||Kerr Logan||4||Unsworn seaman, from the Stormlands.|
|The Royal Steward||Robert Sterne||4||Unknown|
|Greatjon Umber||Clive Mantle||3||Lord of Last Hearth, in the North.|
|Vardis Egen||Brendan McCormack||2||Sworn knight, from the Vale.|
|Yohn Royce||Rupert Vansittart||2||Lord of Runstone, from the Vale.|
|Donnel Waynwood||Alisdair Simpson||2||Sworn knight, from the Vale.|
|Willis Wode||Ryan McKenna||2||Sworn knight, from the Riverlands.|
|Hugh||Jefferson Hall||2||Sworn knight of smallfolk kin - formally Ser Hugh of the Vale.|
1 Ser Gregor Clegane was portrayed by Conan Stevens for Season 1 (2 episodes) and by Ian Whyte for Season 2 (3 episodes).
2 Lord Rickard Karstark was portrayed by Steven Blount for Season 1 (1 episode).
3 Lord Beric Dondarrion was portrayed by David Michael Scott for Season 1 (1 episode).
The baseborns are the acknowledged bastard children of the nobles (of great and minor houses alike). While not nobles themselves, the baseborns tend to be better off than the smallfolk, although their wearabouts are largly dependent on the good will of the father.
Each baseborn is given a region-specific last name: "Flowers" in the Reach, '"Hill" in the Westerlands, "Pyke" in the Iron Islands, "Rivers" in the Riverlands, "Sand" in Dorne, "Snow" in the North, "Stone" in the Vale, "Storm" in the Stormlands, and "Waters" in the Crownlands.
A lord wanting to legalize his baseborn child, can request it from the Iron Throne. This is fairly uncommon, but when such a request is granted, the child is given the name of the house he now belong to, and is legally regarded a highborn.
|Ellaria Sand||Indira Varma||9||Harmen Uller|
|Nymeria Sand||Jessica Henwick||5||Oberyn Martell|
|Obara Sand||Keisha Castle-Hughes||5||Oberyn Martell|
|Tyene Sand||Rosabell Laurenti Sellers||5||Oberyn Martell|
|Walder Rivers||Tim Plester||2||Walder Frey|
Smallfolk is the term used for any citizen of the Seven Kingdoms that isn't a noble, a knight, or a maester, nor sworn to the faith or to the Night Watch. This include peasants, craftmen, prostitutes, entertainers, orphan children, soldiers, outlaws, rouge warriors, etc.
|Hot Pie||Ben Hawkey||11||Baker's apprentice|
|Myranda||Charlotte Hope||7||Kennelmaster's daughter|
|Kayla||Pixie Le Knot||2||Prostitute|
|Old Nan||Margaret John||2||Storyteller|
|Shagga||Mark Lewis Jones||2||Warrior|
|The Tickler||Anthony Morris||2||Soldier|
|King's Landing whore||Xena Avramidis||3|
|King's Landing whore||Samantha Bentley||3|
|Sansa's handmaiden||Sara Dylan||3|
|Dreadfort torturer||Michael Shelford||2|
|King's Landing City Watch soldier||Sam Callis||2|
|King's Landing whore||Emily Diamond||2|
|King's Landing whore||Rosie Ruthless||2|
|King's Landing whore||Rebecca Scott||2|
|King's Landing whore||Em Scribbler||2|
|King's Landing whore||Dennis Stokes||2|
|King's Landing whore||Portia Victoria||2|
|King's Landing rioter||Reg Wayment||2|
|Lannister captain||Aiden Condron||2|
|Mole's Town madam||Lu Corfield||2|
|Mole's Town whore||Lois Winstone||2|
|Stark guard||David Sheehan||2|
|Winterfell shepherd||Donagh Deeney||2|
|Winterfell woman||Stella McCusker||2|
The Free Folk
The Free Folk - referred to as the Wildlings by the citizens of the Seven Kingdoms - is the people living in the far north of Westeros, beyond the Wall. They live in small fractions, in either minor villages and settlements - most notably Hardhome - in the Haunted Forest (the large forest immediately north of the Wall) and alongside the costline known as the Frozen Shore, or even further north (in and beyond the mountain range known as the Frostfangs) in etnical tribes such as The Thenn, The Hornfoots, The Ice-river clans and The Cave people. Beyond the Frostfangs are the Lands of the Always Winter, where few or no humans live.
Traditionally, the Free Folk have been lacking any overall organization, although recently they were gathered under Mance Rayder, "the King-Beyond-the-Wall".
|Gilly||Hannah Murray||18||The Haunted Forest|
|Tormund||Kristofer Hivju||17||The Haunted Forest|
|Ygritte||Rose Leslie||17||The Haunted Forest|
|Osha||Natalia Tena||14||The Haunted Forest|
|Orell||Mackenzie Crook||6||The Haunted Forest|
|Craster||Robert Pugh||5||The Haunted Forest|
|Mance Rayder||Ciarán Hinds||5||The Haunted Forest|
|Lord of Bones||Ross O'Hennessy||41||The Haunted Forest|
|Unnamed warg||Joseph Gatt||3||Thenn|
|Johnna||Ali Lyons||2||The Haunted Forest|
|Morag||Deirdre Monaghan||2||The Haunted Forest|
|Sissy||Jane McGrath||2||The Haunted Forest|
|Johnna's sister||Karla Lyons||2||The Haunted Forest|
People of Essos
East of Westeros, separated by the Narrow Sea, lies the continent of Essos. Unlike Westeros, Essos is made up of several different peoples, which differ significantly from each other, in language, culture, and appearance.
Descendants of Valyria
The Valyrian Freehold was the dominant Essosi power for nearly 5000 years, due to their possession of trained dragons. Originally centered in the south of western Essos, on the Valyrian Peninsula, the Freehold is now long gone, and the peninsula is devestated due to a catastrophic event known as the Doom of Valyria. However - spread across the western part of the continent, in the large area dominated by the river Rhoyne, are nine city-states, former Valyrian colonies, known as the Free Cities. The five cities located along the western coast of Essos - Lys, Tyrosh, Myr, Pentos and Braavos - frequently interact with the Seven Kingdoms, and the other four - Norvos, Qohor, Lorath, and Volantis - are also known to trade with the western continent.
Being the oldest, largest, and most populated of the Free Cities, Volantis is arguably also the most powerful (only rivaled by the economic center of Braavos) with three surrounding minor cities serving as its vassals: Volon Therys, Valysar, and Selhorys.
While most of the Valyrian Peninsula remains in ruins, three minor city-states, Elyria, Mantarys and Tolos, remain, serving as waystops for travellers taking the landroute between the Free Cities and eastern Essos.
|Daario Naharis||Michiel Huisman||151||Tyrosh|
|Jaqen H'ghar||Tom Wlaschiha||12||Braavos|
|Areo Hotah||DeObia Oparei||5||Norvos|
|The Waif||Faye Marsay||4||Braavos|
|Syrio Forel||Miltos Yerolemou||3||Braavos|
|Illyrio Mopatis||Roger Allam||2||Pentos|
|Ternesio Terys||Gary Oliver||2||Braavos|
|Tycho Nestoris||Mark Gatiss||2||Braavos|
|Tobho Mott||Andrew Wilde||2||Qohor|
|The Thin Man||Oengus MacNamara||2||Braavos|
Dothrak and Lhazar
Across the middle of the continent lie the widespread grasslands known as the Dothraki Sea, populated by the Dothraki nomad clans, or khalasars. Each khalasar is led by a horselord, a khal, whose wife is referred to as the khaleesi. A warrior sworn to a khal is called his bloodrider.
The Dothraki's only city is Vaes Dothrak, which is the khalasar's place of peace, as no weapons are allowed within the city. The only full-time residents of Vaes Dothrak is the dosh khaleen - the wives of fallen khals - and their eunuch servants.
South of the Dothraki sea lie the green hills of Lhazar, inhabited by the Lhazareen, a minor, peaceful people of cattle herders, often tormented by the khalasars' raidings.
|Character||Actor||#||Title / origin|
|Mirri Maz Duur||Mia Soteriou||3||Lhazareen|
Descendants of Ghiscar
The area south of of the Dothraki Sea and Lhazar, and east of the Valyrian Peninsula, was once the center of the powerful Ghiscari Empire, which predates the Valyrian Freehold, being the oldest known civilization in the world. Now, with the empire long gone, the region is still named Ghiscar, but is more commonly referred to as the Slaver's Bay, due to the bay of the same name which geographically dominates this part of the continent. Along the bay's eastern coastline lie three cities, where the Ghiscari culture is still alive: Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen, all famous for their slave trades.
South of Ghiscar, in the ocean named The Summer Sea which separates Essos (and Westeros) from the southern continent, lies an island which holds the city-state of New Ghis, proclaiming itself the present-day heir to the Ghiscari Empire.
|Hizdahr zo Loraq||Joel Fry||8||Meereen|
|Kraznys mo Nakloz||Dan Hildebrand||3||Astapor|
|Yezzan zo Qaggaz||Enzo Cilenti||2||Meereen|
|Greizhen mo Ullhor||Clifford Barry||2||Astapor|
|Unnamed Great Master||Emilio Doorgasingh||2||Meereen|
|Unnamed manservant||Conor Watters||2||Meereen|
|Unnamed whore||Meena Rayann||2||Mereen|
The far east
East of the Slaver's Bay, is the Red Waste, a widespread dessert avoided by all of the continent's people.
While Essos continues east of the Red Waste, the nature of these lands is largely unknown to the people in Westeros, and quite exotic even to the Dothraki and the inhabitants of the Free Cities and Slaver's Bay. Dominating the area is the Jade Sea, an exotic body of waters, known in Westeros for its valuable (but risky) trades, with at least four major ports: Qarth, Bayasabhad, Samyrian, and Asshai. Beyond Asshai is an unexplored and feared area, known only as the shadow lands.
|Melisandre||Carice Van Houten||19||Asshai|
|Pyat Pree||Ian Hanmore||4||Qarth|
|The Silk King||Slavko Juraga||3||Qarth|
|The Spice King||Nicholas Blane||3||Qarth|
|Quaithe||Laura Pradelska||2||The shadow lands|
People of Sothoryos
South of both Westeros and Essos is the third known content, Sothoryos. While the vast majority of Sothoryos remains unexplored by the people of the northern continents, only rumored to inhabit strange wild animals and exotic people, some of the islands outside the northern cost are relatively well know in Westeros and Essos.
South of the Slaver's Bay are the Basilisk Isles, a large island chain, and west of them, off Sothoryos' northwest coast line, are Naath, whose inhabitants are known for their strong pacifist beliefs. Even further west, in the middle of the Summer Sea, halfway between Westeros and Sothoryos, is the archipelago of The Summer Isles.
|Grey Worm||Jacob Anderson||17||The Summer Isles|
|Xaro Xhoan Daxos||Nonso Anozie||5||The Summer Isles|
|Salladhor Saan||Lucian Msamati||3||The Summer Isles|
While non-human humanoid species are a well known part of Westerosi myths and legends, they are generally believed to be nonexistent creatures of fairytales. However - throughout the show, people begin to realize that they are indeed real, and still exist.
Note that the actors portraying both walkers and giants, generally don't play the same individual in every episode - eg., while the walker portrayed by Ross Mullan in his second appearance is killed, the actor still returns in subsequent episodes, playing other walkers.
While the giants have not been seen south of the Wall for generations, they still live amongst the more northern Free Folk, and recently joined Mance Rayder's army. They are more than twice the hight of humans, and increadibly strong. Like the Free Folk, the giants speak the Old Tongue.
|Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun||Ian Whyte||2|
According to Seven Kingdoms legends, the white walkers once caused war across Westeros, until being driven back north, beyond the Wall. As they begin to reappear, they are shown to be taller than the average human man, with white skin and blue glowing eyes, and have the ability to re-animate the dead. They speak a language known as Skroth, which sounds like the cracking of ice. They are lead by The Night's King - a legendary Night Watch commander turned White walker thousands of years ago.
|The Night's King||Richard Brake||2|
|Various white walkers||Ross Mullan||3|
|Various white walkers||Ian Whyte||2|