Game of Thrones Preview: Houses
Greetings Evil Geeks, winter is coming and you better get your house in order. The epic HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the popular book series “A Song of Fire and Ice”, is almost upon us. On March 31st, we will be thrust back into George RR Martin’s world of sex, lies, death, zombies, half-men, sorceresses and fucking dragons! But I’m getting ahead of myself. In case you’ve been living in some hole and somehow missed out on this amazing show, I’ll try to catch you up, by giving you a brief description of some of the major families in this series.
House Stark- Wolf
When the show begins, Ned Stark, a high lord, and well revered man, is greeted by his oldest friend and King, Robert Baratheon. After the “hand of the king” (the king’s right hand man), has died the King needs a new “hand” at his side. Who better to ask than his childhood friend, who he respects most among any other living man. Ned reluctantly takes the job. His wife’s (Catelyn Stark) sister was married to the last hand of the king. She sends a letter to Winterfell (home of the Stark family), informing them that she believes her husband was murdered. Although Ned takes the job, he plans on uncovering this dark mystery surrounding the death of the previous hand. Of their six children, Robb is the oldest. At one point in the series he becomes King in the North, while leading the rebellion against Joffrey, to avenge his father’s death. Next is John, Ned’s second eldest son, but he’s a bastard. John is the noble hero. He’s someone you route for from the beginning of this show. He’s an outcast looking for a place to call home. The Stark ladies, Sansa and Arya accompany Ned to King’s Landing (The capital). Sansa is older than Arya and in love, at first, with Prince Joffrey Baratheon. Arya may be a young lady, but she desperately wants to be a warrior like the Stark men. She may get her chance this season. Finally, there’s Bran and Ricon. Both boys stay behind, when Ned goes off to Kings landing. Bran has an unfortunate run in with Jamie and Cercei, which results in him becoming paralyzed from the waste down. He gets these visions in his dreams, which are connected to a crow with three eyes. The plot continues to expand regarding his special ability. Both boys are thrust into their adventure at the end of season two.
House Lannister- Lion
They are the richest and most powerful family in all of the seven kingdoms. Tywin Lanister is at the head of this family. He is ruthless, smart and ambitious. His daughter Cercei is a fierce as he and a bit twisted. She is the Queen and will never relinquish her hold on the kingdom. Jamie Lanister, one of her brothers, is interesting. One hand he’s a fucking jerk that bangs his sister and then throws kids out of windows. At the same time he is a noble warrior, who is regarded as the greatest knight in all of the seven kingdoms. Joffrey Baratheon is Cercei’s son, and heir to the throne. He is a mean son of a bitch. He is responsible for Killing Ned Stark and starting the great war. Never has there been a character that I want to see die a horrible painful death. Then there’s Tyrion. Ahhhhh, Tyrion. When you first meet our little friend, he’s covered, literally, in drunken whores. His transformation over the two seasons is remarkable. He first comes across as a brilliant, wealthy frat boy, who wants to drink wine and nail as many wenches as possible before he dies. By the end of the second season, he emerges as a great leader and hero. This dwarf kicks ass and is by far one of the coolest characters in this series. The Lanisters are about power and control. Tyrion is the master tactition/politician, and is the only good person in that entire family.
House Targarian- Dragon
Across the sea, an ancient family seeks to regain former glory. Daenerys and Vicerys Targaryen are all that remain of the once proud and powerful Targaryen family that ruled the seven realms with an iron fist and Dragons! Over time the dragons, died and there father, nicknamed the “Mad King” because he went, mad, brought shame to their house. He was responsible for countless innocent deaths. He was killed by his body guard, Jamie Lanister, during a rebellion led by Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon. Robert married Jamie’s sister, joining the houses of Baratheon and Lanister. The members of the Targaryen house were hunted down and killed, with the exception of Daenerys and Vicerys. In order to regain the kingdom, Vicerys, sells his sister into marriage to Kahl Drogo, King of the mighty Dothraki (horse lords of the East). In return for her hand, he is promised an army to retake his family’s throne. Along their journey, Darnerys, falls in love with Khal Drogo. She becomes their queen, the Calisi. She lost her husband and unborn son to the manipulations of the vengeful witch, Mirri Maz Duur. Her marriage to Drogo and subsequent interaction with the Dothraki people gives her the confidence and strength to lead and the belief in herself as the rightful queen of Westeros. She plans to claim the Iron Throne as her own and rule the Seven Kingdoms. She hatched three dragons by having her petrified dragon eggs placed on Drogo’s funeral pyre, before she walked into the flames to claim them. Her dragons are the first seen in the world for hundreds of years.
That’s a brief look into some of the characters and plot lines of season 1 and 2. More information on seasons 3 is coming. You have 19 days, and 24 episodes to watch. Get to it. If you want a better look into seasons 1 and 2 check out these video recaps.
Winter is coming nerds!
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