Game of Thrones – A Simple Guide

We at Angels love Game of Thrones, and have had the privilege of providing some of the shows costumes. We can’t wait for the fourth season to get underway. Did you see the trailer? Isn’t it literally the most exciting thing ever?

Either your silence indicates that you agree or you have committed the ultimate crime of not watching it. If it’s the latter then you’re in the right place because I’m going to break you in right now, so get comfortable because we have a lot of ground to cover.

What is it?

Game of Thrones began life as an ongoing series of books written by George R. R. Martin, known as A Song of Ice and Fire, but we’re going to focus on the TV adaptation here because it looks pretty and there really isn’t room to take you through the five existing books (or six but let’s not get into that).

Game of Thrones is a truly epic, sprawling fantasy saga set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros – think Medieval Europe – and the plot centres around the struggle of various noble families for ultimate control of the iron throne. You could say they are playing a type of game, one that revolves around thrones. I’ll think of a name for it later.

It’s all about the throne … apparently.


There are many, many characters in Game of Thrones, and I hope one day someone organises a flash mob that covers each and every one of them. Here are the main families:

The Starks

Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark – Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North, direwolf enthusiast. He helped win the titular throne from the Targaryens and is one of the few ‘good’ guys in this story. Played by Sean Bean, he dies. Oh, spoiler alert there.

Lady Catelyn Stark – Ned’s wife, betrothed to Ned’s brother Brandon until he inconveniently died, so she just married Ned instead.

Robb Stark – Eldest son, heir of Winterfell, particularly good with a sword. I wonder if that will come in handy later on…

Sansa Stark – Eldest daughter who just can’t wait to be queen, by marriage of course.

Arya Stark – Youngest daughter who would much rather work and earn power herself.

Bran Stark – Second son, natural-born adventurer, unfortunate incest witness, that is, until he gets shoved off a wall for his troubles.

Jon Snow – Ned’s bastard son, unpopular with Catelyn so he leaves to join the Night Watch, and ultimately present the Channel 4 news.

The Baratheons

Robert Baratheon – Longtime friend of Ned Stark and new King of Westeros following a successful political campaign that basically involved fighting and winning a war.

Cersei Lannister – Married to Robert but still very much aligned with her own family. Think Lady Macbeth on a bad day.

Joffrey Baratheon – Joffrey is just the worst. I’m getting angry just writing his name.

Joffrey Baratheon – most hated character ever?

The Lannisters

Tywin Lannister – A force to be reckoned with, Tywin is the richest man around and takes full advantage of the fact that his daughter is queen.

Jamie Lannister – Eldest son and slayer of the previous king, fortunately he is loyal to the current occupier of the throne.

Tyrion Lannister – Youngest son, a dwarf who might lack physical strength but is awesome in pretty much every other way, especially when he slaps Joffrey repeatedly.

The Targaryens

Viserys Targaryen – A truly detestable ‘Joffrey’ of a man who has his eye on the throne and will stop at nothing to get it. His father was the now-deceased mad king after all.

Daenerys Targaryen – Exiled sister of the abusive Viserys, but far more likeable and therefore doomed to hardship.


Of course, I’ve barely scratched the surface but let’s move on to the plot:

Season 1

Now, there is a lot going on in Game of Thrones literally all the time, so I may have to leave the finer details out. My advice to you is to stop reading now and just watch it. No? Alright…

As season one begins, Robert Baratheon has just become king and asks Ned Stark to be his ‘Hand of the King’. Ned sets out to investigate whether the Lannisters murdered the previous hand and finds out the truth the hard way.

In Essos, exiled Viserys Targaryen forces his sister Daenerys into marriage in exchange for an army to help him reclaim the throne. Daenerys rebels.

Meanwhile, Jon Snow joins the Night Watch and zombies-but-not threaten the land.

Season 2

Robb Stark tries to keep the peace with the Lannisters but Cersei declines any negotiations. The Starks are betrayed and lose Winterfell, so they attempt to take it back.

Everyone wants the throne, everyone fights for it. I know this sounds simple but it really, really isn’t.

Meanwhile not-zombies the White Walkers continue their attack on the world.

Season 3

Oh my. Everyone dies. EVERYONE. Apart from some who don’t. Say ‘Red Wedding’ to any fan and they will break down.

The Starks suffer, the Lannisters prevail and Daenerys adopts an entire tribe, so she may have a bright future yet. But probably not.

I really can’t stress just how much I have oversimplified this.

Season 4

It starts April 7th so you really are going to have to burn through the first three seasons to catch up!

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