When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. Its time to find out who wins.
After eight years, seven seasons and 67 episodes, the eighth and final season of HBOs blockbuster TV show “Game of Thrones” is upon us.
The Night King and his army of wights have broken through the Wall and are about to wreak havoc on Westeros, with Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow united in their quest to defeat them. Meanwhile, Queen Cersei is plotting to maintain a tenuous grip on her crown.
Tracking key characters
Characters by house or affiliation
- Night's Watch
- Beyond the Wall
- The North
Known as the bastard child of Ned Stark, Jon Snow is the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Named the King in the North after uniting the Northmen, he has pledged his army to Daenerys Targaryen in their quest to defeat the Night King.
Ned Stark was a key ally to Robert Baratheon during Robert's Rebellion and would briefly serve as his Hand of the King. Ned would be executed by King Joffrey for treason, setting off the War of the Five Kings.
Originally betrothed to Joffrey Baratheon, she is forced to wed Tyrion Lannister. After Joffrey's murder, she escapes King's Landing, only to be married to Ramsay Bolton at Winterfell. After Ramsay's defeat, she becomes Lady of Winterfell.
After escaping King's Landing following her father's execution, Arya Stark's long journey eventually takes her to Braavos, where she is trained by the Faceless Men at the House of Black and White to become an assassin.
Bran Stark is paralyzed after Jaime Lannister pushes him out of a window, but as a warg, he can inhabit the minds of animals and can also see through space and time with greensight. He becomes the Three-Eyed Raven after the former is killed.
The wife of Ned Stark, Catelyn Stark is a Tully by birth and was originally supposed to marry Ned's older brother before his death. She was killed alongside her son Robb Stark at the Red Wedding massacre.
As the firstborn son of Ned and Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark was named the King in the North during the War of the Five Kings. However, after breaking a marriage pact with House Frey, he was betrayed and killed at the infamous Red Wedding massacre.
Called Hodor because it was his only spoken word, we learn he was told to "hold the door" to let Bran Stark escape the Night King, and a slurred version was seared into his mind during one of Bran's visions of the past.
Brienne of Tarth
Originally serving as Kingsguard to Renly Baratheon, Brienne pledged her sword to Catelyn Stark after Renly's death. After Catelyn was killed, she pledged her sword to protect Sansa and Arya Stark.
The younger brother of Ned Stark, Benjen Stark was the First Ranger of the Nights Watch and was saved by the Children of the Forest after being attacked by a White Walker. He sacrificed himself beyond the wall to save Jon Snow.
The youngest child of the Stark family, Rickon Stark was killed by Ramsay Bolton with an arrow at the Battle of the Bastards.
Daenerys Targaryen is one of the last remaining members of House Targaryen. Allied with Jon Snow, she has set aside her goal of conquering the Iron Throne and turned her attention to fighting the Night King and the army of the dead.
Ser Jorah Mormont is the disgraced son of Lord Commander Jeor Mormont. After recovering from a near-fatal illness, and he has earned a place back at Daenerys' side.
Trained in Astapor and elected to be the leader of the Unsullied — a fierce group of eunuch warriors renowned for their discipline and skill in battle — Grey Worm is one of Daenerys Targaryen's most loyal warriors.
Originally a slave, Missandei served as an interpreter to the masters of Astapor. After being freed by Daenerys Targaryen, she served as her handmaiden before becoming one of Daenerys' most trusted advisors.
Varys the Spider served as the Master of Whisperers (a master spy) on the small council to several kings. Varys escaped from King's Landing with Tyrion Lannister, and he now serves as a member of Daenerys Targaryen's small council.
The biggest of Daenerys Targaryen's three dragons, he is often the one she chooses to ride. He can be distinguished by his black and red scales and wings.
Named after Daenery Targaryen's oldest brother Rhaegar Targaryen, Rhaegal's scales are mostly green, while his wings have a yellow tint.
Status: Alive (Sort of)
Named after Daenerys Targaryen's brother Viserys Targaryen, the dragon Viserion was killed by the Night King and later resurrected under his control.
The commander of the Second Sons, Daario Naharis was Daenerys Targaryen's former lover. However, when it was time for her to sail to Westeros, he was ordered to remain in Meereen to keep the peace.
Viserys Targaryen was the second son of King Aerys II Targaryen and older brother to Daenerys. Khal Drogo later killed him for threatening Daenerys and their unborn child.
The only daughter of Tywin Lannister, Cersei had three children with her brother Jaime while she was married to King Robert Baratheon. She was crowned Queen of Westeros following the deaths of her sons King Joffrey, King Tommen and Queen Margaery.
The twin brother and incestuous lover of Cersei Lannister, Jaime has sired three children with her. Considered one of the kingdom's greatest swordsmen, he has served as a member of the Kingsguard for several kings.
The youngest child of Tywin Lannister, Tyrion was born a dwarf. After killing his father and escaping Kings Landing, he joined Daenerys Targaryen and serves as her Hand of the Queen.
The former patriarch of the Lannister family, Tywin Lannister served as Hand of the King to King Aerys II Targaryen and to King Joffrey. He was killed with a crossbow by his son Tyrion.
Lancel Lannister was the nephew of Tywin Lannister. He became one of the High Sparrow's most devoted followers and he was killed during Cersei's bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor.
Status: Alive (Sort of)
The elder brother of Sandor Clegane, The Mountain was nearly killed fighting Oberyn Martell. Qyburn managed to save him, and he has returned as a monstrous figure that is loyal only to Cersei Lannister.
A former maester, Qyburn replaced Varys as Master of Whisperers on the King's small council and now serves as Hand of the Queen to Cersei Lannister.
A brother of the Night's Watch and one of Jon Snow's closest friends, he is sent to the Citadel to become a maester. At Winterfell, he and Bran piece together Jon's true name.
The 997th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Jeor Mormont of Bear Island was killed during a mutiny at Craster's Keep.
He was the great uncle of Daenerys Targaryen and faithfully served the Nights Watch for several decades. He lived to be more than 100 and died at Castle Black of natural causes.
One of Jon Snow's closest friends, Dolorous Edd serves as the acting Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.
Status: Alive (Sort of)
Created by the Children of the Forest, the Night King was originally one of the First Men before he became the first-ever White Walker. He is leading an invading army of the dead on Westeros.
Formerly one of Mance Rayder's top Lieutenants, Tormund Giantsbane is a fierce warrior who has become one of Jon Snow's most loyal supporters as unofficial leader of the wildlings.
One of Craster's daughters and wives, she escaped from his compound beyond the Wall with the help of Samwell Tarly. She is now at Winterfell with Samwell and her son.
A wildling, Ygritte and Jon Snow became lovers beyond the Wall. She nearly killed Snow after discovering his betrayal but was later killed during the wildling attack on Castle Black.
A wildling, Osha was captured by Robb Stark after she attacked Bran Stark. She later helped Bran and Rickon Stark escape from Theon Greyjoy, but was killed by Ramsay Bolton.
The King beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder was a former brother of the Night's Watch. After joining the wildlings, he rallied them together to march south but was defeated by Stannis and eventually executed.
A former King of Westeros, Robert Baratheon started the war that ended the Targaryen dynasty. Married to Cersei Lannister, he would inadvertently die after she plotted his death.
Robert Baratheons brother, Stannis waged war against King Joffrey before turning his attention to the threat beyond the Wall. He was killed by Brienne of Tarth after his depleted army lost a battle to Ramsay Bolton.
The younger sibling of Robert and Stannis Baratheon, Renly Baratheon was assassinated by a spirit sent by the Red Priestess, Melisandre.
The bastard child of Robert Baratheon, Gendry is a skilled blacksmith that wields a war hammer like his father and has aligned himself with Jon Snow.
The eldest child of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, Joffrey succeeded Robert Baratheon as king and proved to be a sadistic ruler. He married Margaery Tyrell but was poisoned by Olenna Tyrell and died at their wedding feast.
The youngest child of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, Tommen was crowned king after the death of his brother Joffrey. He married Margaery Tyrell, but committed suicide after the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor.
The only daughter of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, Myrcella Baratheon was poisoned by Ellaria Sand.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
The former Master of Coin to all three Baratheon kings, Littlefinger was named Lord Protector of the Eyrie and the Vale of Arryn. He was later found guilty for numerous crimes, including betraying Ned Stark, and executed by Arya Stark.
The Hound served as Joffrey Lannister's personal bodyguard and later as a member of his Kingsguard. He has now joined the fight against the White Walkers and army of the dead.
Khal Drogo led a great Dothraki khalasar and was wed to Daenerys Targaryen. Daenerys used a pillow to suffocate him after the Lhazareen godswife Mirri Maz Duur put him into a vegetative state using blood magic.
Davos Seaworth, a former smuggler known as the Onion Knight, served as Hand of the King to Stannis Baratheon. Since Stannis' death, he has become Jon Snow's most trusted advisor.
Often called the Red Woman, Melisandre is a Priestess to R'hllor, the Lord of Light. She guided most of Stannis Baratheon's major decisions and resurrected Jon Snow after he was killed.
A sellsword, Bronn saved Tyrion Lannister's life after serving as his champion in a trial by combat at the Eyrie. He would later serve briefly as the Commander of the City Watch, and he now works for the Lannisters.
The High Sparrow
The High Sparrow was the leader of a religious group of zealots known as the Sparrows, and Cersei Lannister mistakenly empowered him by making him the new High Septon. He was killed after Cersei blew up the Great Sept of Baelor.
Beric Dondarrion leads the rebel group the Brotherhood Without Banners. He has been killed six times in combat, but has been resurrected by Thoros of Myr through the power of R'Hllor, the Lord of Light.
The former head of House Frey, Walder Frey was responsible for the Red Wedding massacre that claimed the lives of Robb and Catelyn Stark. He was killed by Arya Stark.
Podrick Payne faithfully served as Tyrion Lannister's squire before being assigned by Jaime Lannister to serve as Brienne of Tarth's squire.
Grand Maester Pycelle
Pycelle served as the Grand Maester and on the small council to several kings. While he was loyal to the Lannisters, he was stabbed to death by Qyburn's little birds on orders from Cersei Lannister.
The son of Jon and Lysa Arryn, Robin Arryn is the Lord of the Vale and a cousin of the Stark family. Weak, temperamental and immature, Robin is easily manipulated and unfit to rule.
The son of Balon Greyjoy, Theon betrayed the Starks and took command of Winterfell. He was eventually taken captive by Ramsay Bolton. Theon is now on a quest to save his sister Yara from their uncle Euron.
The older sister of Theon Greyjoy, Yara Greyjoy was captured by her uncle Euron after he ambushed and destroyed her fleet.
Euron killed his brother Balon Greyjoy and has taken control of the Iron Islands. He serves Cersei Lannister and is on a mission to sail to Essos to ferry the Golden Company to Westeros.
Balon Greyjoy was the former Lord of the Iron Islands and father to Yara and Theon Greyjoy. He was killed by his brother, Euron Greyjoy.
The only daughter of Mace Tyrell, Margaery Tyrell has been married to Renly Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon and Tommen Baratheon. She was killed after Cersei Lannister blew up the Great Sept of Baelor.
The Queen of Thorns, Olenna Tyrell was the sharp-tongued matriarch of House Tyrell. Her castle Highgarden fell to Lannister forces after she allied with Daenerys Targaryen, and she died by poison given to her by Jaime Lannister.
The brother of Margaery Tyrell, Loras was the heir to Highgarden. He was killed alongside his sister and father at the bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor.
The father of Loras and Margaery Tyrell, Mace was the Lord of Highgarden and served on King Tommens small council. He was killed alongside his children after Cersei bombed the Great Sept of Baelor.
Also known as the Red Viper of Dorne, he briefly served on King Tommen's small council. He volunteered as Tyrion Lannister's champion during a trial by combat but was brutally killed by The Mountain.
Doran Martell was the Lord of Sunspear and the head of House Martell. Due to gout, he relied on a wheelchair. He was killed by Ellaria Sand during a coup.
The paramour of Oberyn Martell, Ellaria Sand staged a coup to take control of Dorne. After being ambushed and captured by Euron Greyjoy, she was imprisoned by Cersei in the dungeons of the Red Keep.
Obara, Nymeria and Tyene are the daughters of Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand. They help stage a coup in Dorne. Obara and Nymeria are killed by Euron Greyjoy, and Tyene is poisoned by Cersei Lannister.
The daughter of Howland Reed, one of Ned Stark's closest friends, Meera escorts Bran Stark north to the Three-Eyed Raven before escaping the Night King to journey south to Winterfell.
The brother of Meera Reed, Jojen had the gift of greensight. He was killed while escorting Bran Stark north to the Three-Eyed Raven.
The former Warden of the North, Roose Bolton helped Tywin Lannister and Walder Frey orchestrate the Red Wedding. He was killed by his own son Ramsay Bolton.
The sadistic bastard of Roose Bolton, Ramsay is wed to Sansa Stark. After her escape, he kills his father to take control of Winterfell. Following his defeat in the Battle of the Bastards, he dies when Sansa turns his own dogs on him.
Lyanna Mormont is the Lady of Bear Island and the young head of House Mormont. Former Lord Commander Jeor Mormont was her uncle, and Jorah Mormont is her cousin.
Key events by season
- Season 1
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Season 4
- Season 5
- Season 6
- Season 7
- Season 8
Ned Stark is named Hand of the King
King Robert Baratheon travels north to Winterfell with his family where he asks Ned Stark to be Hand of the King following Lord Jon Arryn's death.
Jaime Lannister pushes Bran Stark off a tower
While climbing the towers of Winterfell, Bran witnesses Cersei and Jaime Lannister having sex. In order to protect their secret, Jaime pushes Bran off the tower, thinking it would kill him. Bran survives but is paralyzed.
Catelyn Stark takes Tyrion Lannister prisoner
During a chance encounter at an inn, Catelyn Stark calls on Stark bannerman to take Tyrion Lannister prisoner, believing that he sent an assassin to kill her son Bran after Littlefinger revealed that the dagger used in the attack belonged to Tyrion. This would ramp up tensions between the Starks and Lannisters.
Khal Drogo kills Viserys Targaryen
After Viserys threatens a pregnant Daenerys, Khal Drogo kills him by pouring molten gold over his head.
Robert Baratheon dies
While hunting boar, Robert is mortally wounded. It is later revealed that Cersei ordered Lancel Lannister to ply Robert with wine to get him drunk, which led to his eventual death. Joffrey becomes King.
Ned Stark is arrested
After Robert's death, Ned confronts Cersei and Joffrey in an attempt to have them arrested, only to be betrayed by Littlefinger and the City Watch and thrown in the black cells.
Battle of Whispering Wood
Robb Stark deceives Tywin Lannister by sacrificing a smaller force to fight against him while he lures Jaime Lannister and his army into the Whispering Wood. There, Robb wins a decisive victory and takes the Kingslayer prisoner.
Ned Stark is executed
To protect his daughters, Ned agrees to Cerseis terms to publicly confess to treason and to be sent to the wall to become a member of the Nights Watch. King Joffrey has Ned Stark beheaded anyway, setting off the War of the Five Kings.
Tyrion Lannister named acting Hand of the King
Following the execution of Ned Stark, Tywin Lannister names his son Tyrion as acting Hand of the King to help rule in his stead and to rein in King Joffrey and Cersei.
Robb Stark proclaimed King in the North
Following the death of Ned Stark, the northern lords declare Robb Stark King in the North as they break off from the Seven Kingdoms and wage war against King Joffrey and Tywin Lannister.
Daenerys Targaryen's dragons are born
After the death of Khal Drogo, Daenerys enters his burning funeral pyre along with her three petrified dragon eggs and walks out unscathed along with three newly born dragons.
Arya Stark captured and taken to Harrenhal
Arya Starks party is ambushed while traveling to the Wall. She is captured and taken to Harrenhal, where she serves as Tywin Lannisters cupbearer. It is there that Jaqen HGhar, a member of the Faceless Men, pledges to repay Arya for saving his life, eventually freeing her and leading her to train at the House of Black and White to become an assassin.
Renly Baratheon murdered by a spirit
After having sex with Stannis Baratheon, Melisandre gives birth to a spirit that assassinates Renly Baratheon. Renlys remaining forces join Stannis, while the Tyrell army leaves for Highgarden.
Catelyn Stark frees Jaime Lannister
Defying her son Robb, Catelyn Stark frees Jaime Lannister and has Brienne of Tarth escort him to Kings Landing in order to exchange his life for her daughters.
Theon Greyjoy betrays the Starks
Betraying the Starks, Theon Greyjoy takes control of Winterfell with an Iron-born force and fakes the deaths of Bran and Rickon Stark after they evade capture.
Battle of Blackwater Bay
Leading the defense of Kings Landing, Tyrion Lannister uses wildfire to destroy most of Stannis fleet of ships, forcing Stannis to attack on land. The city nearly falls before Tywin Lannister and the Tyrell forces arrive and force Stannis to retreat.
Daenerys Targaryen enters the House of the Undying
After her dragons are stolen by the warlock Pyat Pree, Daenerys Targaryen enters the House of the Undying in Qarth, where she sees multiple visions before being reunited with her dragons. She escapes after Drogon burns down the tower.
Jon Snow is forced to kill Qhorin Halfhand
Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand, lead ranger for the Nights Watch, are captured by the wildlings. Halfhand forces Snow to fight and kill him in order to infiltrate the wildlings.
Robb Stark marries Talisa Maegyr
Despite agreeing to marry one of Walder Frey's daughters, Robb Stark defies his mom and secretly marries Talisa Maegyr, a nurse he meets on the battlefield.
Battle of the Fist of the First Men
We get our first glimpse of the army of the undead as a horde of them descend on a group of the Nights Watch encamped at the Fist of the First Men. The Nights Watch is forced to flee after being overrun.
Bran Stark meets Jojen and Meera Reed
On a mission to take Bran north of the Wall, Jojen and Meera Reed find him along with Rickon Stark, Osha and Hodor in a forest near Winterfell. Rickon and Osha separate from the group, heading to the Umbers for protection while the rest go north of the Wall.
Jaime Lannister has his hand cut off
En route to Harrenhal, Jaime manages to prevent Brienne of Tarth being raped by Locke and his men. However, Locke cuts off Jaimes sword hand.
The Unsullied join Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys makes a deal with the slave masters in Astapor to exchange one of her dragons for an army of Unsullied warriors. However, after taking command of the Unsullied, she turns Drogon and her new army on the masters and kills them all.
Mutiny at Craster's Keep
The surviving members of the Nights Watch make their way to Crasters Keep after the Battle of the Fist of the First Men, but a number of deserters mutiny, killing Jeor Mormont andRead More – Source