Decipher Game Of Thrones‘ Westeros and the origin points of its characters
I’m an absolutely massive fan of George R.R. Martin‘s A Song Of Ice And Fire series of books. Although I broke my Westeros virginity with the first season of the TV adaptation Game Of Thrones, I plowed through the five current books in the series before season two last year, and with the premiere of season three this weekend past on HBO, I’m firmly rooted in the GoT mindset and waiting to see how show runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff will handle book three, A Storm Of Swords.
Thing is, even three seasons in, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people still didn’t have a clue what was going on where. In episode one alone – “Valar Dohaeris” – the action jumps around from the Night’s Watch (north of The Wall) to Jon Snow (further north of The Wall) to King’s Landing to Dragonstone to Harrenhall to Astapor across The Narrow Sea, and despite the cool swoopy map in the intro, it never gives you a good look at the whole picture, or what places link to whom.
Fear not, then, for TV Duck.com have produced this excellent infographic, detailing each of the seven kingdoms by colour, ruling family and placement – and doesn’t limit itself to those currently in the show. Book fans will note the Martells of Dorne, who have not yet made an appearance, but whose importance will grow as the series goes on.
Not pictured are Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons, which would have been a nice touch. Her ancestral home (Dragonstone, in yellow) is currently held by the Baratheons, so there’s no mention of her lineage either, but rest assured that the Targaryens are not yet done.
It’s also slightly incorrect in that it attributes Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen to Robert Baratheon, when we all know who their real father is, but nevertheless, that’s the name they hold, so I guess it fits for continuity of assumed lineage.
Make sure you study this in detail, or keep a copy close to hand when watching, so that when characters crop up you’ll know to whom they’re related, and where the hell they are!