Friday, 31 August 2012

Season 2 Characters: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the Season 2 Characters as before let me know if there is any characters that I left out that you would like to see included! :)

Qhorin Halfhand: Qhorin Halfhand is a brother of the Night's Watch. He is a senior and experienced ranger. May also be called The Halfhand. He is based at The Shadow Tower but spends most of the time ranging.

Xaro Xhaon Daxos: He is a powerful merchant prince in Qarth. He is also a member of The Thirteen.

Kevan Lannister: Brother and loyal advisor to Ser Tywin Lannister. Fighting for his nephew the King Joffrey Baratheon in The War of The Five Kings. 

Lord of Bones: Also known as Rattleshirt he is a notorious raider of the Free Folk and part of the force under the leadership of Mance Rayder.

Balon Greyjoy: Balon Greyjoy is the Lord Reaper of Pyke and the head of House Greyjoy. He is also the father of Theon Greyjoy.

Irri: A young Dothraki woman given to Daenerys Targaryen as a handmaiden. Teaches Daenerys the Dothraki language and customs. Swears fealty to Danny after Khal Drogo dies and the birth of the dragons. Is murdered in Qarth.

Doreah: Handmaiden given to Daenerys and former bedslave.

Rakharo: Loyal Dothraki bodyguard to Daenerys. After the dragons are born he is named one of her bloodriders. Murdered by another Khalasar while scouting the Red Waste.

Craster: Is a member of the free folk (also called wildlings) who is an unsavoury ally of the Nightswatch. He marry's is daughters and gives his sons to wildlings. 

Gilly: One of Craster's daughters/wives. Sam asks Jon Snow if they can bring her with them when they leave Craster's keep!

Hot Pie: Was part of Yoren's party that he was bringing to the wall. Companion of Arya Stark.

Season 2 Characters: Part 3

Part 3 of Season 2 Characters! Again if I have left anyone out apologies. Let me know if you notice anyone missing that you think should be included! 

The Tickler: Soldier serving under Ser Gregor Clegane (The Mountain that rides). He specialises in interrogation and torture techniques.

Podrick Payne: Often called Pod. He is squire to Tyrion Lannister. A distant relative of Ilyn Payne.

Biter: Another of Yoren's recruits that were being taken to the wall. He was in the cage with Jaqen H'ghar when Arya let them out. He is one of the three lives she saved. Now recruited as a Lannister man.

Rorge: Another of Yoren's recruits that were being taken to the wall. He was in the cage with Jaqen H'ghar when Arya let them out. He is one of the three lives she saved. Now recruited as a Lannister man.

Yara Greyjoy: Known as Yara in the tv series and Asha in the books. She is the eldest living child of Balon Greyjoy and sister to Theon. She is a fearsome warrior and commands her own longship.

Janos Slynt: Commander of the City watch in Kings Landing. Was named Lord of Harrenhal by King Joffrey Baratheon but was then exiled to the Nightswatch by Tyrion Lannister, during his time as hand of the king, for his part in the massacre of Robert Baratheon's bastard children. 

Rickard Karstark: Lord of Karhold and head of House Karstark. Fighting under King Robb's banner who is his distant relative and liege lord. 2 of his sons were killed by Lannister's, one of which was killed by Jaime Lannister. 

So concludes the Characters for Season 2. Not yet sure if I will make a post for the new characters that will be in Season 3 as those who do not follow the books will not know who they are and I do not want to spoil the story! Lets just say Season 3 will be the best yet.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Season 2 Characters: Part 1

Most of the Characters from Season 1 are in season 2 also with the exception of Eddard Stark who was be-headed at the end of season 1 and Robert Baratheon who was killed by a boar. These posts will just include the new characters that we meet in season 2. Old characters can be found in Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

Some of the Characters you will see in these posts had minor appearances in season 1 but I didn't think them important enough to include until now.

Season 2 Characters: Part 1

Jaqen H'ghar: Jaqen H'ghar was recruited by Yoren from the dungeons of Kings Landing to be brought to the wall. He speaks about himself and others in the third person. When  Yoren and his party come under attack from Lannister men, Arya free's Jaqen and the other men from the wagon before they are burned. While they are in Harrenhal Jaqen tells her she must pick 3 people that she wanted dead to make up for saving Jaqen and the other 2 men from the wagon. 

Margaery Tyrell: Margaery is Ser Loras Tyrell's sister. She is the only daughter of Mace Tyrell, ruler of the reach. Their seat is in High Garden. She is married to Renly Baratheon but at the end of season 2 after Renly has died we see her betrothed to King Joffrey.

Talisa Maegyr: Talisa is a healer on the battlefields of ''The War of the Five Kings" she is amputating a soldiers leg after a battle when Robb Stark comes to assist. She follows his camp treating the wounded and the eventually fall in love and marry in secret even though he is betrothed to a Frey. 

Davos Seaworth: Also called the Onion Knight. He is a landed knight and a former smuggler in the service of Stannis Baratheon.

Gregor Clegane: Also called the Mountain that Rides. Older brother to The Hound (Sandor Clegane). Raiding in the Riverlands in the service of Ser Tywin Lannister. 

Brienne of Tarth: Brienne is a warrior from the Stormlands. Became a member of King Renly's Kingsguard shortly before his assassination. Is now a sworn sword to Catelyn Stark.

Melisandre: Red priestess from the East and is an advisor of Stannis Baratheon.

Ygritte: Woman of the Free Folk that lives North of the Wall. Part of the force under the leadership of Mance Rayder. She is captured by Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand. Qhorin tells Jon to execute her and catch up with them when the deed is done. However Jon is unable to kill her because she is a woman, she escapes but he recaptures her. They are unable to find Jon's brothers and after a while she escapes again leading Jon into a trap.

Pyat Pree: He is a Warlock from Qarth and a member of The Thirteen. Lives in the House of The Undying. 

Roose Bolton: Lord of the Dreadfort and The Head of House Bolton. He is fighting under the banner of Robb Stark.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Lyanna, Rhaegar and Jon: Who's the Daddy?

Is Jon Snow the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen?

In the Game of Thrones tv series and The Song of Ice and Fire books we are told that Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark. However, many people believe this is just a cover-up and that Jon is in fact Lyanna and Rhaegar's son.

This has become a popular thought among fan's as there are a few discrepancies in the story of him being Eddard's son. To understand why, and to help you decide if you believe Jon is or is not Eddard's son, we need to go way back before where the books and tv series pick-up. 

Who's the Daddy?
First off who are Lyanna and Rhaegar, those who just follow the tv show might not be too familiar with these characters as it doesn't go into much detail about them:

Lyanna Stark was sister to Eddard, Brandon and Benjen Stark. She was betrothed to Robert Baratheon who loved her very much. She died during Robert's rebellion with Eddard by her side after making him promise her something that has not yet been disclosed.

Rhaegar Targaryen was the eldest son of Aerys II Targaryen (the mad King), and therefore prince of Dragonstone and Heir to the Iron Throne. He is the brother of Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen. He was married to Elia Martell and had 2 children with her.  

The story is, that, after winning the tourney in Harrenhal he showed his interest in Lyanna (who was at the tourney) by giving the winter rose crown to her and not to his own wife Elia. A year later Rhaegar allegedly kidnapped Lyanna for unknown reasons. This event then triggered Robert's rebellion and the event's that unfolded thereafter. 

During the Rebellion Rhaegar met Robert in combat at a ford during the ''Battle of the Trident" where Robert defeated and killed Rhaegar with his war hammer. Elia and their children were murdered by Gregor Clegane and Amory Lorch.

Eddard was with Lyanna when she died and she made Eddard promise her something before she died! As of yet it's unknown what this promise is. Many believe it was a promise to keep Jon safe because if he was known to be Rhaegar's son he would have been killed!

When I first heard about this theory I thought that's a load of rubbish who came up with that but the more I think about it the more I hope it's true. Take the following points into consideration: 

(Note not all are strong points but must be considered at the same time)

1. Eddard Stark isn't the type of man to randomly sleep with a woman that isn't his wife. He's the kind of person that is honourable in everything else so why not that? Makes more sense that he would risk his own reputation to keep a promise to his sister that he dearly loved. (So much so he buried her in the tomb beneath Winterfell that was only meant for rulers of Winterfell.) Raising his sisters child as his own to protect him from Targaryen haters seem far more like a thing Eddard Stark would do!

2. Robert is the only person that speaks badly of Rhaegar Targaryen. True everyone has different opinions of people but can all of The Seven Kingdoms have it that wrong?

3. The dates don't add up! I got a lot of my information from here at westeros.org. I'll just try and simplify what I found here.

Basically Jon was born about 8 or 9 months before Daenerys. Daenerys was born almost exactly 9 months after Rhaegar's death and the sack of Kings Landing. Which means Jon was born within a month or so of the sack. 

We know the war last's close to a year and is often spoken of as a year suggesting it lasted about 10-11 months rather than 9. Considering this it would seem Jon's conception was about 1-3 months into the war.

However that contradicts suggestions from Catelyn and Ned that Jon was concieved some time after Robb (Which itself took place several months into the war). So either George R.R Martin made a mistake OR he accidently clarified some information that was meant to be hidden in the story. (I agree with the people who wrote this on the site I got it from, GRRM is too precise to make a mistake like that)

It's made quite clear in the book and tv series that Jon has a Stark look about him which makes it safe to say one of his parents had to be a Stark. But which one? We have to take into consideration his possible parents and where they were during the war. 

The most likely pairings for Jon's parents are Rhaegar and Lyanna, Eddard and Ashara Dayne, and Eddard and Wylla.

Rhaegar and Lyanna works best as there is very strong evidence that Rhaegar was with Lyanna for the entire time frame of Jon Snows conception. 

For the first few months of the war Eddard Stark was in the Vale or up North in Winterfell which means the Ashara Dayne and Wyalla would have had to have been in one of those places at the same time as Eddard. We are unsure of their where abouts during the war but because they are taking into consideration in the book it's impossible to rule them out entirely.

There is more reasons as to why Lyanna and Rhaegar could be Jon's parent's at www.westeros.org.

If you are as interested in this theory as I am it is definitely worth a read. I for one am a believer in the theory. 

But what do you think? 

Season 1 Characters: Part 3

Third and final part of the list of major and some minor characters in Season 1.

Characters across the Narrow Sea:

Daenerys Targaryen: Youngest child of Aerys II Targaryen and his wife/sister Rhaella. Sister to Rhaegar and Viserys. Daenerys was not born until after the death of her father and oldest brother Rhaegar. Her mother and brother Viserys fled to Dragonstone during Roberts rebellion and this is where Daenerys was born. Rhaella died in labour with Daenerys. Daenerys spent her life fleeing from Robert Baratheon because he wanted them killed. She was sold by her brother Viserys to Khal Drogo for an army.

Viserys Targaryen: Second child and son born to Aerys and Rhaella. Heir to the throne after Rhaegar. Spent most of his life living in exile with Daenerys after the man who smuggled them to Braavos died and his servants later evicted them . He became known as "The Beggar King". He believed he was due instant respect and adoration because of his lineage and became obsessed with his plot to regain the Iron Throne. As a result of this he sold Daenerys to Khal Drogo in exchange for an army that would help him regain the Iron Throne.

Khal Drogo: A powerful warlord of the Dothraki. He marries Daenerys Targaryen as payment for an army. He grows to lover her and promises to invade Westeros for her sake after killing her brother Viserys, however he dies before the invasion can begin.

Jorah Mormont: Ser Jorah Mormont is an exiled knight, the former head of House Mormont and lord of Bear Island. He fled Westeros to escape execution for trading in slaves and took up work as a mercenary in the Free Cities. During the wedding of Daenerys and Khal Drogo he entered the service of Viserys and became one of Daenerys most trusted companions.

Mirri Maz Duur: Was a wise woman of the Lhazareen. Daenerys rescued her from Khal Drogo's men after their attack on her city. Drogo was suffering from his battle wounds and Daenerys convinced Drogo to let Mirri make a poultice for him. Drogo tour it off when it began to itch so his wound festered. Daenerys convinced Mirri Maz Duur to use her blood magic to help Drogo but Mirri used this as an opportunity to get revenge for Drogo's attack on her city and turned Drogo into a vegetable state instead of saving him. As a result Daenerys burned her at the stake.

Characters from The Eyrie

John Arryn: Was the Lord of The Eyrie, Defender of The Vale and Warden of the West. He served as Hand of the King for Robert Baratheon but was poisoned and died. Was married to Lysa Tully sister of Catelyn Stark(Tully).

Lysa Arryn: Wife of Jon Arryn and sister too Catelyn.

Robert Arryn: Only child of Lysa and John Arryn. He is a very sick and weak child. Lysa had a number of miscarriages before Robert was born.

Characters that move around a lot in Season 1 (Are never really in one place for long)

Tyrion Lannister: Also known as "The Imp" or "Half-man". Youngest son and child of Tywin Lannister. Is disliked by his sister and father because they blame him for his mother's death while she gave birth to him. Jaime is quite fond if him.

Tywin Lannister: Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport and Warden of the West. He is one of the most powerful lords in Westeros. Father to Jaime, Cersei and Tyrion. 

Renly Baratheon: Youngest brother of Robert Baratheon. Served on Roberts small council as Master of Laws. Flee's to Highgarden with his lover Loras Tyrell when Robert dies.

Stannis Baratheon: Younger brother to Robert Baratheon. Served on Roberts small council as Master of Ships. Also Lord of Dragonstone.

Loras Tyrell: Third son of Mace Tyrell. Served as squire and page to Renly Baratheon. This is probably how their love affair began.

Bronn: Low-born sellsword that offers to fight for Tyrion Lannister during his trial in The Eyrie. Works for Tyrion after winning the battle.

Shae: Young woman who was a camp follower and came into the service of Tyrion Lannister.

I went into a little too much detail on Daenerys and Viserys and Mirri Maz Duur I think but I couldn't help it! My bad! As usual I hope you like this and find it a help. If there are any characters you feel I left out but should be included just let me know in the comments below! :)

Season 1 Characters: Part 2

Characters in/from Kings Landing

Robert Baratheon: The first if his name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm. Was meant to wed Lyanna Stark. After Lyanna died Robert married Cersei Lannister to ensure political stability.

Cersei Baratheon (Lannister): Queen Cersei, married to Robert Baratheon. Daughter of Lord Tywin Lannister. Twin sister of Jaime Lannister the kingslayer.

Joffrey Baratheon: Eldest son and child born of incest to Cersei and Jaime. Reared as Robert's son and heir to the Iron Throne.

Myrcella Baratheon: Only daughter, second oldest child born of incest to Cersei and Jaime. Reared as Robert's daughter.

Tommen Baratheon: Second son and youngest child born of incest to Cersei and Jaime. Reared as Robert's son. Heir to the Iron throne after Joffrey.

Jaime Lannister: Knight of the Kingsguard, Eldest son of Tywin Lannister. Twin brother to Cersei Lannister. Known as the Kingslayer for his murder of The Mad King Aerys.

Lord Petyr Baelish: Master of Coin on the Kings small council. Also known as Littlefinger. Was in love with Catelyn Stark when they were children and still is.

Varys: Sometimes called "The Spider". He is a eunuch and The Master of whispers on the Kings small council.

Sandor Clegane: Also known as "The Hound". Brother of Gregor Clegane (The Mountain). Personal bodyguard of Joffrey Baratheon. Recognisable by the burn scars on his face from where his brother shoved his face in a fire when they were children.

Ilyn Payne: Had his tongue ripped out by King Aerys II and served as the Kings Justice under Robert Baratheon.

Lancel Lannister: Cousin to Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion Lannister. Was Robert's squire before he died. 

Grand Maester Pycelle: He was the Kings grand Maester and a member of the Kings small council.

Syrio Forel: Arya's "dancing master" when she is in Kings Landing. Her sword lessons are kept a secret and her sister believes she is getting dancing lessons. 

Gendry: Bastard son of King Robert Baratheon. Only Jon Arryn and Eddard Stark knew who his father was. Even Gendry is unaware! He is an apprentice blacksmith.

Barriston Selmy: Lord Commander of The Kings Guard during Robert's reign. Served in the Kingsguard for almost forty years!

If I've left out any characters you think are important let me know. Keep in mind there is going to be at least 1 more part for this for Daenarys and other characters!!