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Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. The episodes are mainly written by Benioff and Weiss, who are the executive producers alongside Martin, who writes one episode per season. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland, the United States and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment. Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its frequent use of nudity, violence and sexual violence has attracted criticism. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in both Long Form and Short Form, and a Peabody Award. Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Iron Throne: “The breath of the greatest dragon forged the Iron Throne…the swords of the vanquished, a thousand of them, melted together like so many candles…” ?Viserys Targaryen. The Iron Throne is the throne upon which the King of the Andals and the First Men sits, located in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in the city of King’s Landing. Besides the King himself (or Lord Regent) only the Hand of the King may sit on the Iron Throne. The term is also used colloquially to refer to the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms and the authority of the King (e.g. “Rebellion against the Iron Throne”). The Iron Throne was forged at the order of Aegon the Conqueror, the first of the Targaryen Kings, who conquered six of the seven independent kingdoms of Westeros and unified them under his rule – the seventh kingdom of Dorne was later joined through a marriage alliance. The throne was allegedly forged from the 1,000 swords that had been surrendered to Aegon in the War of Conquest by the lords who had offered their fealty, though the actual number of the swords is less than two hundred. These were subsequently melted down by the fiery breath of Aegon’s dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, then beaten and bent into a throne of imposing appearance. Olenna Tyrell, in typical fashion, has a low opinion of the throne itself, blithely referring to it as “that ugly iron chair”.Robb Stark is the eldest child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark. While he does not have any POV chapters of his own, he is mentioned frequently by the Stark POVs in A Game of Thrones and regularly appears in his mother’s POV chapters in the second and third books. As the first born child of Ned and fifteen years in age, he was already being groomed to take his place as Lord of Winterfell upon his father’s death. While he is not his mother’s favorite, Catelyn often remarks that she sees a great deal of herself in Robb. He is very close to his half-brother Jon Snow, whom he has never treated like an outsider in the family, and his father’s ward Theon Greyjoy, who had been living in Winterfell since they were ten. Robb is sometimes prideful and boyish, but he is also very dignified and shares the same views as his father on duty and honor. Like all his siblings except for his sister Arya and half-brother Jon Snow, he has his mother’s red hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. In Game of Thrones, gaining a direwolf that he named Grey Wind, Robb gets into a confrontation with Joffrey with Theon restraining him from attacking the prince. When his father and sisters depart for King’s Landing when Ned becomes Hand of the King, Robb stays behind to manage Winterfell with his mother. When she in turn leaves for the capital, Robb manages on his own, becoming an adult figure to his younger brothers Bran and Rickon. Bran notes that while Robb is his normal self around them, he becomes “Robb the Lord” when discussing business with the servants. He hosts Tyrion Lannister when he comes to visit Winterfell to see Bran, and is told by Tyrion to “learn a lord’s courtesies” while his father is away, given the cold reception Robb subjects him to, given his suspicions of the Lannisters’ part in his brother’s attempted murder. After Robb receives news that his father was arrested for treason after the death of King Robert, Theon encourages him to go to war against the new King Joffrey, claiming that the Lannisters have already started the war by arresting his father. Robb finally agrees and calls his father’s bannermen, forming an army and marching into the Riverlands. Catelyn meets him there and negotiates his crossing across The Twins on the condition that Robb marry one of Lord Walder Frey’s daughters. Upon learning of his father’s public execution by Joffrey’s orders, an emotional Robb formally declares war by naming himself King in the North. From there, he captures Jaime Lannister and holds him hostage to exchange him for Sansa and Arya’s safe return to Winterfell.

Daenerys Targaryen is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. In 2013 Emilia Clarke received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Daenerys in the TV series. Daenerys Targaryen is the daughter of King Aerys II Targaryen and is one of the last survivors of House Targaryen. She serves as the third-person narrator of thirty-one chapters throughout A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Dance with Dragons. Thirteen years before the events of the series, she was born on Dragonstone in the midst of a storm, earning her the nickname ‘Stormborn’. Shortly thereafter, Dragonstone was conquered by Robert Baratheon, and Daenerys and her brother Viserys were smuggled to Braavos. They spent the following years wandering the Free Cities. In A Game of Thrones (1996), Daenerys was brought to Pentos and forced into marriage to Khal Drogo, a Dothraki warlord, in her brother’s hopes of buying Drogo’s Khalasar to conquer Westeros.

Cersei Lannister of House Lannister is the older twin sister of Jaime, and the only daughter of Tywin Lannister. She serves as the third-person narrator for twelve chapters throughout A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. She is inseparable from Jaime, and the pair have maintained an incestuous relationship; but she blames her younger brother, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister, for their mother’s demise, and believes Tyrion fulfills a prophecy she was given as a child, of a ‘valonqar’ (“little brother”) that will be her downfall. Fifteen years before the events of the series, Cersei married King Robert Baratheon and became Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, but neither loved nor respected Robert because he called her “Lyanna” while consummating the marriage. She had three children, but all three are fathered by Jaime rather than Robert. In A Game of Thrones, Eddard Stark discovers the truth of her children’s parentage and offers her a chance to flee in exile before he informs Robert; but Cersei instead arranges Robert’s death, to crown her son Joffrey while naming herself regent. When Eddard tries to publicly reveal the truth, she has him arrested for treason. Throughout A Clash of Kings, Cersei takes other lovers than Jaime. When Tyrion is injured defending King’s Landing, having plotted to commit suicide in the event of Stannis’s victory, Cersei lies to Tywin of Tyrion’s actions; but when Tywin becomes Hand of the King in A Storm of Swords, Cersei learns that she is to be married to a son of House Tyrell, removing her from power in the capital. After Joffrey’s death, Cersei immediately accuses Tyrion of poisoning her son. Upon Tywin’s murder by Tyrion, Cersei reclaims regency and names herself Lady of Casterly Rock; but proves inept, and Jaime abandons her. In refusing to honor the Crown’s debts, Cersei makes enemies of the Iron Bank of Braavos and the Faith of the Seven. The Iron Bank retaliates by freezing the realm’s assets, calling in all debts, and refusing new loans, creating a banking crisis that almost cripples Westeros’s economy. When Cersei tries to alleviate the problem, she makes matters worse in allowing the Faith of the Seven to revive its military order, the Faith Militant, ignoring its opposition to herself until this becomes active. Cersei frames Margaery Tyrell, Tommen’s wife, for adultery and high treason; but one of Cersei’s lovers admits to his having been so, and she is arrested by the Faith. In A Dance with Dragons, she confesses to adultery with her cousin Lancel and three others. Before her trial, the Faith requires her to walk naked, head shaved, before the crowds. She breaks down in tears before the end of the ordeal, and is carried into the Red Keep by Ser Robert Strong, her champion in a trial by combat. Cersei Lannister is portrayed by Lena Headey in the television adaptation of the books. In July 2014 Headey was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the role.

Jaime Lannister is the younger twin brother of Cersei and the first son of Tywin Lannister. He serves as the third-person narrator of seventeen chapters throughout A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. He is inseparable from Cersei, and the pair have maintained an incestuous relationship. He treats his dwarf brother Tyrion with respect and kindness, though Cersei and Tywin do not. An immensely skilled warrior, he was knighted at a young age and has little interest in anything other than battle. To be close to Cersei, he renounced his claim to Casterly Rock and joined the Kingsguard, a group of knights sworn to protect the King, being raised to the position because King Aerys II Targaryen wanted to rob Tywin of his heir. In protest, Tywin resigned his position as Hand of the King and took Cersei from King’s Landing, leaving Jaime at court. When the King planned to burn the city instead of surrendering to rebels, Jaime murdered both the king and the agent sent to arrange the act. This gives Jaime a reputation as an evil and dishonorable man, and the nickname “The Kingslayer.” By A Game of Thrones, he and Cersei have three children, though the children believe that King Robert Baratheon is their father. Jaime accompanies Robert and Cersei to Winterfell, where Bran Stark discovers Jaime and Cersei in coitus, and Jaime throws the boy from a window to keep the relationship secret. When Tyrion is captured by Catelyn Stark, Jaime attacks Catelyn’s husband Eddard Stark. He then leaves King’s Landing and joins his father against Catelyn’s home in the Riverlands. He is given command of half of Tywin’s army; but his arrogance leads him into an ambush by Robb Stark and his army is scattered or slain. Despite his defeat, Cersei names him Lord Commander of the Kingsguard after Barristan Selmy is dismissed. At the end of A Clash of Kings, Catelyn releases Jaime after he swears to return her daughters to her, and thereafter never to take up arms against her family. He and Brienne of Tarth journey to King’s Landing, but they are captured by sellswords in the service of a Stark bannerman Roose Bolton. Jaime suffers torture and his sword hand (right) is cut off. After losing what he considers his only redeeming part, his sword hand, he loses the will to live, but recovers with Brienne’s help. He is discovered by Roose Bolton and given more dignified treatment. He is released, but Brienne is given over to the sellswords for “entertainment.” Turning his entourage around, he returns to Harrenhall to rescue Brienne from the Bear Pit and they both then return to King’s Landing. Bolton puts the sellswords who maimed Jaime to death to conceal his role from Tywin Lannister. Returning to the capitol, he once again refuses to resign from the Kingsguard and argues with his father, whose gift of a sword is taken as an insult. Jaime gives the blade, which he names Oathkeeper, to Brienne and orders her to protect Sansa Stark. When Tyrion is accused of the murder of Joffrey Baratheon, Jaime refuses to believe the claims and confesses that Tyrion’s first wife was not a prostitute, an act that enrages Tyrion. Before Tyrion departs, he tells Jaime that Cersei had been conducting numerous affairs while he was captured, casting a great shadow over the only other thing he lived for, his relationship with Cercei. Twice, Cersei asks him to become Hand of the King, and he refuses both times.

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