This glossary serves as a quick reference to all of the people and places referenced in our Game of Thrones coverage. We'll be updating the glossary with each episode of HBO's show.
Eddard (Ned) Stark - Lord of Winterfell and old friend of King Robert Baratheon, he becomes the Hand of the King
Catelyn (Cat) Stark - Eddard's wife
Bran Stark - Eddard and Catelyn's second son, climber
Robb Stark - oldest son of Eddard and Catelyn
Arya Stark - Eddard and Catelyn's tomboy daughter
Sansa Stark - Eddard and Catelyn's girly daughter, she hopes to marry Prince Joffrey
Jon Snow - bastard son of Ned Stark
Benjen Stark - Ned's younger brother, Ranger of the Night's Watch
Theon Greyjoy - teenaged ward of Ned Stark, heir to Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands
Roz - prostitute at Winterfell
Cersei Lannister - Queen and twin sister to Jaime
Jaime Lannister - the beautiful golden knight and twin brother to Cersei
Tyrion Lannister (aka The Imp) - Cersei's "clever" dwarf brother
Robert Baratheon - the King
Joffrey Baratheon - the young Prince, son of Cersei Lannister and Robert Baratheon
Jon Arryn - Robert's Hand of the King, deceased
Khal Drogo - leader of the Dothraki
Jorah Mormont - Exiled knight who used to serve Daenerys' father
Daenerys Targaryen - sister to Viserys, wife to Khal Drogo
Viserys Targaryen - brother to Daenerys, desperate to reclaim the throne
Sandor (Dog) Clegane - Joffrey's bodyguard and retainer for House Lannister
Maester Luwin - the Advisor for House Stark, currently at Winterfell
Doreah - One of Daenerys' handmaidens, a slave and former whore.
Ilyn Payne - the mute King's Justice, executioner.
Grand Maester Pycelle - the highest ranking member of the order of the Maesters.
Petyr Baelish - also called Littlefinger. He serves the realm as Master of Coin(treasurer). He has feelings for Catelyn.
Varys - the spymaster for the kingdom who sits on the Small Council.
Renly Baratheon - younger brother of Robert Baratheon.
Syrio Forel - instructs Arya in the Braavosi water dancing style, similar to fencing.
Alliser Thorne - serves as the master-at-arms at Castle Black.
Jeor Mormont - the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He is also known as The Old Bear.
Barristan Selmy - aka Barristan the bold and the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Lancel Lannister - squire to Robert Baratheon.
Yoren - Night's Watch recruiter.
Hodor - the massive stableboy who serves House Stark.
Samwell Tarly - also often simply Sam. The fat and cowardly boy is forced by his father to join the Night's Watch.
Jory Cassel - Captain of the guard for House Stark.
Ser Rodrik Cassel - Master-at-arms in Winterfell, companion to Lady Stark on her journeys
Septa Mordane - nanny helping Ned Stark look after Arya and Sansa
Gendry - Robert's bastard child who works as a blacksmith.
Ser Gregor (The Mountain) Clegane - the older brother of the Hound and one of the most fearsome knights in Westeros.
Ser Loras Tyrell, Knight of the Flowers - fabulous young knight, heir of the second richest House in Westeros, linked to Renly Baratheon
Bronn - common fighter, champion of Tyrion Lannister
Mord - jailor at the Eyrie
Ser Vardis Egen - captain of the guard in the Eyrie
Ser Beric Dondarrion - charged with bringing Ser Gregor Clegane to justice
Lysa Arryn - Regent of the Vale and House Arryen, sister to Catelyn Stark, widow of Jon Arryn
Janos Slynt - commander of the Gold cloaks
Tywin Lannister - patriarch of House Lannister, former Hand of the King under Mad King Aerys
Osha - Wilding from north of the Wall
Mirri Maz Durr - Godswife to the lamb people, witch to the Dothraki.
Meryn Trant - a knight of the Kingsguard.
Robin - Robert Arryn, son of Lysa and Jon Arryn.
Grey Wind - direwolf of Robb Stark.
Jon "Greatjon" Umber - head of House Umber and sworn to House Stark.
Ghost - white direwolf of Jon Snow.
Places & Things
Westeros - the main continent where the Seven Kingdoms are
Winterfell - the home of the Stark family
The Wall - Separating the Seven Kingdoms from the uncivilized north
Night's Watch - Men who've sworn to protect the Wall, always wear black
White Walkers (aka The Others) - legendary enemies from beyond the Wall
Wildlings - the uncivilized people who live beyond the Wall
King's Landing - the home of King Robert Baratheon
Pentos - a free city "across the narrow sea" from Westeros
Dothraki - the horse warriors of the West, led by Khal Drogo
Iron Throne - a rather cold and hard throne constructed from surrendered swords.
Vaes Dothrak - the only permanent settlement of the Dothraki.
Small Council - akin to a cabinet of advisors.
Needle - Arya's sword. "Stick em with the pointy end."
First Ranger - leader of the rangers of the Night's Watch. The rangers are the members of the Night's Watch that actually defend the wall.
Gold Cloaks - the city watch of King's Landing.
Bloodriders - men who serve the Khal, swearing that if he should die they only live long enough to avenge him.
Maester - the learned scholars from the Citadel that frequently advice,teach and heal throughout the kingdom.
The Eyrie - seat of House Arryn, former Hand of the King