Am I the only one? . . . who has regular conversations with TV-loving friends about who’s who in Game of Thrones? Are you also double-checking your Tywin from your Tyrion, who’s part of what house and who lays claim to which area?
I suspect we’re not alone as it’s a lot of information thrown at us every week. There are so many characters some don’t even feature in every episode, while others get only a few minutes each week. A recent conversation about what’s the deal with Riverrun resulted in phone googling (it’s the stronghold of House Tully, so it’s the family home of Caitlin Stark, wife of the late Ned and mom of king-of-the-north Robb, in case you were wondering).
Reading the books has helped hugely (though I’m only starting book four when this season finishes) as the minor characters are numerous and so many names sound the same (Podrick? Polliver?). Plus once you have finally worked out which minion belongs to which would-be king, they’re taken out rather violently.
I do wish the powers behind the TV series would give us more of Arya Stark as she’s the coolest little survivor. But who would they cut back on to do that? I want to say less horrid boy-king Joffrey and wimpy Sansa Stark but they’re so entertaining, especially when Joffrey’s new wife-to-be, Margaery Tyrell, and her awesome granny Olenna are in the picture. In fact I want more of those two Tyrell women as they make poor nasty incest-loving Cersei feel insecure. And I definitely want more Tyrion – his wit is memorable stuff (to sister Cersei: “You love your children. It’s your one redeeming quality. That and your cheekbones”. And to nephew Joffrey: “We’ve had vicious kings and we’ve had idiot kings, but I don’t know if we’ve ever been cursed with a vicious, idiot boy king”).
So what to do if you’re also having those “who-does-the-Onion-Knight-support” conversations? If you’re wanting online options there’s towerofthehand.com which has a breakdown of characters, houses, places, creatures and more from the books and series, or try http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/
I’ve found it’s easier to use an app and have it handy on your phone as you watch. There are a few free ones which aren’t bad (try Kings Road Companion, for iPhone and iPad). But The Game of Thrones Companion (iPhone, iPad and Android) is perfect if you’re battling to tell your Targaryens from your Tyrells. It costs R24,99 but it’s loaded with information. It’s easy to navigate and has a “spoiler setting” which allows you to select details based on whether you’re only watching the series or whichever book you’ve read, and breaks down by house and character, places and even religions. Maybe it will tell me when exactly that famous Winter is Coming will finally arrive...
PS: The Onion Knight is Davos Seaworth and he’s backing Stannis Baratheon ? brother of Robert, the now dead former king ? and Reny, the also-dead, gay former husband of Margaery. Podrick is Tyrion’s shy squire. Polliver is a sidekick to the vicious Ser Gregor Clegane, brother of the huge, scarred Hound.
Game of Thrones is on M-Net on Fridays at 9.30 pm.
- Natalie Cavernelis