An Inforgraphic for HBO‘s Game of Thrones – entitled Westeros 101: The Houses of Game of Thrones – has premiered. The Game of Thrones infographic depicts the various, initial houses of Westeros the viewer of the series will encounter: HOUSE STARK, HOUSE BARATHEON, HOUSE LANNISTER, HOUSE TARGARYEN, HOUSE ARRYN and their various members. The Game of Thrones infographic also shows how the members of the houses are related to each other in flow chart form. There are other houses in Westeros and may be included on later infographics when they are introduced on the HBO series. Game of Thrones has already been renewed for a second season. We wrote about it here: Game of Thrones: Season 2 Renewed, HBO Series Premiere Ratings. Look at the Westeros 101: The Houses of Game of Thrones infographic below and leave your thoughts on it. Click to enlarge.
Westeros 101: The Houses of Game of Thrones Infographic
A note to those who’ve read the A Song of Ice and Fire novels: a few details have been changed. So far, most of the children are slightly older, and a few names have been tweaked (like Robert/Robin Arryn) to help viewers distinguish between characters.
HBO has compiled a short history of each House:
The Stark family traces its lineage back to the First Men, who landed in Westeros more than 10,000 years ago and eventually forged a lasting peace with the continent’s druidic natives, the Children of the Forest. The Starks still worship the Old Gods of their forbears at the heart tree in Winterfell, one of the last vestiges of their faith on Westeros. The Starks ruled as kings in the north (beginning with Bran the Builder, who erected the Wall) until the Targaryen conquest.
Their Words: “Winter Is Coming”
The House of Baratheon was founded after the conquest of Aegon Targaryen, by the conqueror’s general (and rumored bastard brother) Orys Baratheon. The blood of the Storm Kings – a line of royals dating back to the Age of Heroes – has run through the Baratheon line ever since Orys killed the final Storm King, Argilac the Arrogant, and took his daughter as a wife. Recently, following Robert’s Rebellion, the Baratheons seized the Iron Throne from the Mad King Aerys Targaryen and have ruled the Seven Kingdoms since.
Their Words: “Ours Is the Fury”
The Lannisters descend in part from a group of Andal adventurers who invaded Westeros more than 6,000 years ago and settled at Casterly Rock. The Andals married the daughters of the King of the Rock (an ancestor of Lann the Clever, the legendary trickster who acquired the Rock through his wiles during the Age of Heroes). The Lannisters ruled as kings in their realm until the Targaryens brought dragons to conquer the continent, placing all the lords of Westeros under control of the Iron Throne.
Their Words: “Hear Me Roar”
The Targaryens came to Westeros from the ancient civilization of Valyria, bringing dragons from the eastern continent and settling on the island of Dragonstone in the Narrow Sea. After an unknown disaster known as the Doom of Valyria wiped out their ancestral homeland and killed most of the world’s dragons, the Targaryens invaded the mainland of Westeros. Aegon the Conqueror ruled from King’s Landing, where his family lived on for generations, marrying brother to sister to preserve “the blood of the dragon.”
Their Words: “Fire and Blood”
Located in the Vale, the Arryns serve as wardens of the East. The Arryns’ ancestry lies in the first Andals to arrive in Westeros. According to lore, the knight Ser Artys Arryn took the Vale from the First Men, fighting from the back of a giant falcon.
Their Words: “As High As Honor”
The season one cast includes (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams. Game of Thrones is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger.