A Handful of Character Profile Videos for HBO’s Game of Thrones

If you’re new to the world of Westeros as I am, then these 13 character featurettes should get you filled in on who all the main characters are. There are quite a bit of them, but apparently not nearly as many as in the George R.R. Martin novels themselves.

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue abound. The primary families are the Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon families. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard Stark to serve as his chief advisor. Eddard, suspecting that his predecessor had been murdered, accepts so that he can investigate further. It turns out more than one family is plotting to take the throne. The Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching an incestuous plot to take control. Across the sea, the last surviving members of the previously deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also plotting a return to power. The conflict between these families and others, including the Greyjoys, the Tullys, the Arryns, and the Tyrells, leads to war. Meanwhile, in the north, an ancient evil awakens. Amidst war and the political confusion, a brotherhood of misfits, The Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and the horrors beyond.

Starring Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Ciaran Bermingham, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Roy Dotrice, Michelle Fairley, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Finn Jones, Richard Madde, Rory McCann, and Jason Momoa.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark;

Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon

Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister

Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Ned Starks as Ned Stark

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo

Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark