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Benjen Stark was a Sworn Brother. Jon would be a son to him, the child he would never have. My uncle is not dead. Do you hear me? My uncle is not dead!
There's not a man on the Wall knows the haunted forest better than Benjen Stark. He'll find his way back. His blood ran black.
Made him my brother as much as yours. I've not seen Benjen Stark for three years. And if truth be told, I never once missed him. Navigation menu Toggle navigation A Wiki of Ice and Fire.
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This timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in the life of fictitious character, Benjen Stark, as shown in the TV series Game of Thrones.
See Also: History of Westeros Timeline. Heather Y Wheeler. Game of Thrones — Benjen Stark. Joseph Daniel Turner Mawle born 21 March is an English actor.
Mawle is best known for his roles as Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones , Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine in Ripper Street , Firebrace in Birdsong , Jesus Christ in The Passion and Odysseus in Troy: Fall of a City.
Mawle was born in Oxford , England. A farmer's son outside Shipston-on-Stour , Warwickshire. He is one of three children from a family with a history of farming.
His mother was a secretary. His father Richard still farms the land. He attended primary school on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon , where he was diagnosed as severely dyslexic ; consequently, he went from the ages of 13 to 16 to a boarding school for special needs.
Mawle left the school at 16 with a want to be an actor he did no acting at school but contracted labyrinthitis , leaving him 70 per cent hearing-impaired in the upper register and with tinnitus.
He persuaded the director of the local college at Stratford-upon-Avon to let him study for a BTEC in performing arts while doing an assortment of jobs such as fitness instructor and dishwasher.
He won a scholarship to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Mawle graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in , in the same year he appeared in the Irish Hurling TV adverts for Guinness.
He left in , with no agent, and worked as an assistant in a special needs school. During the return trip, Connington contracts Greyscale Plague when saving Tyrion.
The group lands in the Stormlands and captures several castles, including Griffin's Roost. Aegon plans to lead the attack on Storm's End , the next target.
Ser Jorah Mormont is the exiled Lord of Bear Island in the North , which he inherited after his father Jeor Mormont joined the Night's Watch.
His wife's lavish lifestyle led to debts, which led Jorah to engage in selling slaves. Escaping justice, he fled to Essos and eventually joined the service of Daenerys Targaryen , becoming one of her chief advisors.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Iain Glen. Missandei is a slave interpreter for Kraznys mo Nakloz when Daenerys Targaryen comes to inspect the Unsullied in Astapor.
After Daenerys strikes a bargain with the Good Masters of Astapor concerning payment for the Unsullied, Kraznys gives Missandei to Daenerys as an interpreter to give them commands.
Afterwards, she becomes a trusted confidante and handmaiden to Daenerys. In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Nathalie Emmanuel.
Daario Naharis is a leader in the Stormcrows mercenary company. Daario is won over by Daenerys and brings the Stormcrows over to her side. He becomes romantically involved with her, eventually becoming one of her advisors.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Ed Skrein in season three , and by Michiel Huisman from season four to season six.
Grey Worm, "Torgo Nudho" in High Valyrian , is an Unsullied purchased by and sworn to Daenerys Targaryen. He is the commander of Daenerys's Unsullied and one of her trusted advisors.
After Daenerys flees Mereen, Grey Worm becomes a member of the ruling council of the city. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Jacob Anderson.
House Lannister is one of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms and the principal house of the Westerlands. Its seat is at Casterly Rock and they are also given the title Wardens of the West.
Its coat of arms displays a golden lion rampant on a crimson field, and its words are "Hear Me Roar! The Lannisters ruled as Kings of the Rock until House Targaryen invaded Westeros.
They are the richest family in the Seven Kingdoms because of the gold mines located in their lands. Tywin Lannister is Lord of Casterly Rock , Shield of Lannisport , and Warden of the West.
He is a calculating, ruthless, and controlling man. In his youth, he witnessed his father grow old and weak. Eventually several nobles revolted against Lannister rule.
Disgusted with his father's inaction, Tywin personally led the Lannister army and utterly destroyed the rebellious vassals, placing the bodies of their entire families on display at Casterly Rock.
Impressed with his decisive actions in putting down the rebellion, Aerys II Targaryen appointed the young Tywin Hand of the King. Tywin proved himself a ruthless but capable leader and his tenure was marked by peace and prosperity.
In the HBO television adaptation , he is portrayed by Charles Dance. Cersei Lannister is the twin sister of Jaime , the elder of the two , and the only daughter of Tywin Lannister.
She serves as the third-person narrator of twelve chapters in A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. She became queen by marrying Robert Baratheon.
She has three children all of whom are in actuality fathered by her twin brother and two of whom eventually become king after Robert's death. In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Lena Headey.
Jaime Lannister is the 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 was widely considered one of the best swordsmen in all the Seven Kingdoms before having his right hand chopped off by Vargo Hoat. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Tyrion Lannister is the younger brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister , and serves as a third-person narrator for 47 chapters in A Game of Thrones , A Clash of Kings , A Storm of Swords and A Dance With Dragons.
He is the narrator with the most chapters in the books. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Peter Dinklage. Joffrey is the eldest of Queen Cersei Lannister 's children.
Though a Baratheon in name, Joffrey is actually a product of incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister , but unaware of his true parentage.
He is described as a strong-willed child with a vicious temper and a sadistic streak. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Jack Gleeson.
Princess Myrcella Baratheon is the second oldest child and only daughter of Queen Cersei Lannister. Like her brothers, she was fathered by Cersei's brother Jaime Lannister , but she is ostensibly unaware of this.
She is described as delicate, beautiful and courteous, and is said to have all her mother's beauty but none of her cruel nature.
To ensure that House Martell will support Joffrey, Myrcella is betrothed to marry Prince Trystane Martell when they come of age and is sent to Dorne in A Clash of Kings.
After Joffrey's death in A Storm of Swords , Princess Arianne Martell schemes to kidnap Myrcella and crown her queen of Westeros.
The plan goes awry, however, and Myrcella is severely injured in the kidnapping. In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Aimee Richardson in seasons one and two , and Nell Tiger Free in seasons five and six.
Myrcella dies in Jaime's arms moments after acknowledging him as her father. Prince Tommen Baratheon is the younger brother of Prince Joffrey and Princess Myrcella and is second in line for the throne.
Tommen is Queen Cersei Lannister 's youngest child and, like his siblings, he is also the son of Cersei's brother Jaime Lannister , but he is unaware of this, as he believes Robert Baratheon to be his father.
Like his sister, he shares none of his mother's ruthlessness, and is in fact, mild-mannered, courteous, and kind-hearted.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Callum Wharry in seasons one and two , and Dean-Charles Chapman from season four onwards.
Ser Kevan Lannister is Tywin Lannister 's younger brother and most trusted captain, known for his reliability and loyalty.
He serves as the third-person narrator for the epilogue of A Dance with Dragons. He is comfortable with carrying out Tywin's wishes and resigned himself to perpetually living in his brother's shadow.
In A Storm of Swords , he is appointed Master of Laws to his great-nephew King Joffrey Baratheon , and after Tywin's death, he is offered the position of Hand of the King in A Feast for Crows but refuses to serve under Cersei.
After Cersei's imprisonment, the council appoints him Lord Regent to King Tommen Baratheon , and he tries to solve the problems Cersei created.
Because his efforts to stabilize the kingdom threaten Aegon VI Targaryen's plans to take the throne, Varys murders Kevan. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Ian Gelder.
Lancel Lannister is the oldest son of Kevan Lannister and serves as squire to King Robert Baratheon at King's Landing , in A Game of Thrones.
He helps Queen Cersei kill Robert. In A Clash of Kings , Cersei knights him for his part in Robert's death. After Cersei takes Lancel as a lover, Tyrion discovers the affair and blackmails Lancel into spying for him.
During an attack on King's Landing, Lancel guards Cersei's son King Joffrey Baratheon and is seriously wounded in the fighting.
During his recovery in A Storm of Swords , he experiences a spiritual awakening and spends much of his time atoning for his sins.
When the Faith Militant, the military order of the Faith , is reinstated, Lancel renounces his wife and lands, and joins the organization.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Eugene Simon. Bronn is a skilled sellsword of low birth. He is described as having a sardonic sense of humor and a pragmatic, amoral philosophy.
He helps Catelyn take Tyrion to the Eyrie , where he befriends Tyrion. After fighting in the Battle of Blackwater, he is knighted and takes a burning green chain as his sigil,  though continues serving Tyrion.
During his trial for murdering Joffrey, Bronn refuses to champion for him again, instead taking an offer from Cersei to be married to the pregnant Lollys Stokeworth.
Shortly afterwards, Bronn becomes the head of House Stokeworth after all members ahead of Lollys die under mysterious circumstances. Cersei also worries that he is still in league with Tyrion.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Jerome Flynn. Ser Gregor Clegane, known as the Mountain That Rides, or simply the Mountain, is the older brother of Sandor Clegane and is a vassal to Tywin Lannister.
Sandor Clegane, known as the Hound, is a retainer to House Lannister and the younger brother of Gregor Clegane. He is regarded as one of the most dangerous and skilled fighters in Westeros.
His face is distinguished by gruesome burn scars, which he received as a child when his brother pushed his head into a brazier.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Rory McCann. Podrick Payne, Pod for short, is a squire to Tyrion Lannister toward the end of A Game of Thrones.
In A Clash of Kings , he rescues Tyrion from an assassination attempt. He becomes Brienne's squire and serves her as faithfully as he did Tyrion.
His fate is currently unknown. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Daniel Portman. Shae is a Lannister camp follower who sleeps with Tyrion Lannister before the battle on the Green Fork.
To prevent discovery, Shae is set up as a handmaiden by Tyrion and Varys, serving Lollys Stokeworth and later Sansa Stark.
In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Sibel Kekilli. House Baratheon is the youngest of the great houses of the Seven Kingdoms and the principal house of the Stormlands.
It was founded by Orys, the bastard half-brother of the first Targaryen king. Under Robert, House Baratheon occupies the Iron Throne at King's Landing , with his younger brothers Stannis and Renly ruling Dragonstone and the ancestral seat Storm's End respectively.
The Baratheon coat of arms displays a black stag on a field of gold; a crown was added after Robert Baratheon took the Iron Throne. The house motto is Ours is the Fury.
Robert Baratheon is King of the Seven Kingdoms at the beginning of A Game of Thrones. He was the ward of Jon Arryn and was raised at the Eyrie alongside Eddard Stark.
Fifteen years before the novels, Robert was betrothed to Ned's sister Lyanna , and after Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen disappeared, Robert killed Rhaegar and seized the throne.
In the HBO television adaptation , he is portrayed by Mark Addy. Stannis Baratheon is the younger brother of King Robert and older brother of Renly.
He is regarded as a skilled but overcautious military commander. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Stephen Dillane.
Renly Baratheon is the youngest of the Baratheon brothers and Lord of Storm's End. He is described as handsome and charismatic, winning friends easily.
Renly serves on Robert's council as Master of Laws. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Gethin Anthony. Selyse Baratheon is the wife of Stannis, and was a Florent before her marriage.
She is described as being fairly unattractive with extremely prominent ears and a hint of a mustache on her upper lip.
Selyse has a cold relationship with her husband. She is the first of her family to be converted to the religion of the Red God by Melisandre.
In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Tara Fitzgerald. Shireen Baratheon is the only living child of Stannis Baratheon and Selyse Florent.
She contracted the lethal greyscale disease as a child, disfiguring her by leaving the left side of her cheek and most of her neck covered by grey, cracked, and stone-like skin.
In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Kerry Ingram. Gendry is one of Robert Baratheon 's many bastard children.
He lives in King's Landing as an armorer's apprentice and is unaware of his true parentage. Gendry later joins the Brotherhood without Banners.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Joe Dempsie. Edric Storm is Robert Baratheon's only acknowledged bastard. He was conceived on Stannis and Selyse's wedding night, when Robert seduced one of Selyse's cousins, Delena Florent, in Stannis' marriage bed.
Edric was sent by Stannis to be fostered by his other uncle Renly Baratheon. Edric was raised under the guardianship of Storm's End Castellan Ser Cortnay Penrose.
After Renly dies, Cortnay refuses to surrender Storm's End, fearing Stannis' intentions for Edric; as a result, he is assassinated by Melisandre.
Stannis then sends Edric to Dragonstone. Melisandre and Selyse tell Stannis to sacrifice Edric, claiming his king's blood will enable them to raise a dragon.
To prevent this, Davos sends Edric to Lys under the guardianship of one of Robert's cousins, Andrew Estermont. Melisandre of Asshai is a priestess of R'hllor in service to Stannis Baratheon.
She is introduced in A Clash of Kings and serves as the third-person narrator for one chapter of A Dance with Dragons.
She is described as a beautiful woman with red eyes, always dressing in red and rarely sleeping or eating. In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Carice van Houten.
Ser Davos Seaworth, called the Onion Knight after smuggling onions and salted fish into Storms End during Robert's Rebellion, is the common-born head of the newly founded House Seaworth and was formerly known as an elusive smuggler.
He is introduced in A Clash of Kings and is the third-person narrator for thirteen chapters throughout A Clash of Kings , A Storm of Swords , and A Dance with Dragons.
During the Siege of Storm's End, Davos smuggled food to the starving Stannis Baratheon , earning him a knighthood and choice lands. Before knighting him, Stannis removed the last joints from four fingers on Davos' left hand as punishment for years of smuggling.
In A Clash of Kings , he supports Stannis' claim to the throne, making him Stannis' most trusted adviser,  but Davos is a follower of the Faith of the Seven and opposes Melisandre.
During the Battle of the Blackwater, his ship is destroyed but Davos survives while losing four sons. After Stannis sails to the Wall , he tasks Davos with enlisting the support of House Manderly, but Davos is taken prisoner.
After staging Davos' death, Manderly asks Davos to rescue Rickon Stark from Skagos. In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Liam Cunningham.
Brienne, the Maid of Tarth, serves as a POV narrator for eight chapters in the fourth book of the series, A Feast for Crows. A tall and imposing but extremely plain woman, she is mocked by many as "Brienne the Beauty".
She is a maiden on a quest. In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Gwendoline Christie. Beric Dondarrion is a gallant knight with great fighting skill.
In A Game of Thrones , Eddard Stark sends him to arrest Gregor Clegane and bring peace to the Riverlands. He is ambushed and killed by Lannister forces.
Thoros of Myr accidentally revives him with magic during the funeral service. By A Storm of Swords , he and his men have formed an outlaw band called the Brotherhood Without Banners.
The Brotherhood starts a guerrilla war against raiders in the Riverlands. The success of these ambushes earns him the nickname the Lightning Lord, also reference to his coat of arms.
He will be killed several other times, only to be repeatedly brought back to life. These continuous resurrections lead him to lose part of the memories related to his previous life every time.
In the third book, he and his men find the corpse of Catelyn Stark. He resurrects her with the last of his life force and dies for the final time.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by David Michael Scott in season one , and by Richard Dormer in seasons three , six , seven and eight.
House Arryn is one of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms and is the principal house in the Vale. It is descended from Kings of Mountain and Vale.
Its main seat is at the Eyrie , a small castle located at the top of a mountain and reputed to be impregnable, where they are the Wardens of the East.
Its coat of arms displays a white moon-and-falcon on a sky blue field, and its words are As High as Honor. Jon Arryn was the head of the Arryn family until he was poisoned shortly before A Game of Thrones.
His only child, Robert "Sweetrobin" Arryn, became Lord of the Vale with Lysa Tully acting as regent. Jon Arryn was the Lord of the Eyrie , Defender of the Vale, Warden of the East, and Hand to King Robert Baratheon before the events of A Game of Thrones.
When King Aerys II Targaryen commanded him to hand over his wards for execution, Jon rose up in rebellion.
In the HBO television adaptation , he is portrayed by John Standing. Lysa Arryn, formerly of House Tully, is the second child and youngest daughter of Lord Hoster Tully.
Enamored of Petyr Baelish , Lysa resented her older sister Catelyn Tully when he fell in love with her. Prior to the series, while Baelish was her father's ward, Lysa was impregnated by him after Catelyn spurned him.
Learning of this, Hoster sent Baelish home and tricked Lysa into drinking an abortifacient potion, using her unborn child as proof of her fertility while marrying her off to Jon Arryn.
Lysa has become a paranoid and an unstable, mercurial woman. Shortly before A Game of Thrones , Baelish convinced Lysa to poison her husband and write a letter to Catelyn to name House Lannister responsible for the act.
Lysa, fearing her husband was sending her child to be fostered in a far off land, agrees. Fearing for herself and her son's safety, Lysa returns to the Eyrie and becomes Lady Regent of the Vale.
At the Eyrie, Lysa becomes involved in Catelyn's kidnapping of Tyrion Lannister, then refuses House Stark 's plea for assistance and commits the Vale to a strict policy of neutrality in the war.
Lysa later accepts a marriage proposal from Baelish in A Storm of Swords. After finding Baelish kissing Sansa Stark , Lysa attempts to throw her to her death, but Baelish saves Sansa by murdering Lysa.
In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Kate Dickie. Robert Arryn, sometimes called 'Sweetrobin', is the only child of Jon Arryn and Lysa Tully.
In the absence of his mother, he becomes attached to his cousin Sansa Stark in her disguise of Alayne Stone.
In the television adaptation of the novels, the character is renamed 'Robin Arryn' to prevent confusion with Robert Baratheon. He is portrayed by Lino Facioli.
Yohn Royce sometimes called 'Bronze Yohn' is Lord of Runestone and head of House Royce. After the death of Lysa Arryn, Lord Yohn forms the Lords Declarant in opposition to Petyr Baelish 's rule of the Vale.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Rupert Vansittart. Lady Waynwood is the lady of Ironoaks, and the head of House Waynwood, a powerful vassal to House Arryn of the Vale.
Lady Anya is part of the Lords Declarant, who oppose Baelish's rule of the Vale. In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Paola Dionisotti.
Nestor is a cousin of Yohn Royce, from a lesser branch of House Royce. He ruled the Eyrie as High Steward of the Vale during Jon Arryn's absence and acted as Keeper of the Gates of the Moon and feels he is owed for his years of service.
Littlefinger later makes him the hereditary Lord of the Gates of the Moon to keep him loyal, signing the paper declaring this so Nestor holding the Gates depends on Baelish' power.
House Greyjoy is one of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms and is the principal noble house on the Iron Islands , home to the Ironborn.
Its seat is on Pyke. Its coat of arms displays a golden kraken on a black field, and its words are We Do Not Sow. Bastards born in the Iron Islands are given the surname "Pyke".
The Greyjoys became Lords Paramount of the Iron Islands after House Targaryen conquered the Seven Kingdoms and allowed the Ironborn to choose who would have primacy over them.
Balon Greyjoy is the current Lord of the Iron Islands. He has two surviving children, his only daughter, Asha, and Theon. Balon Greyjoy is the Lord of the Iron Islands , King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, and Lord Reaper of Pyke.
Ten years before A Song of Ice and Fire , he led a rebellion against King Robert Baratheon. The rebellion failed and his youngest son Theon Greyjoy was taken as a hostage and raised in Winterfell by Lord Eddard Stark.
After Robert's death, Balon spurns Robb Stark 's offer of an alliance in A Clash of Kings and declares himself King of the Iron Islands and the North.
He dies in A Storm of Swords after falling off a bridge during a storm. Euron later admits to Aeron he was responsible for Balon's death, though not in person.
In the HBO television adaptation, he is portrayed by Patrick Malahide. Asha Greyjoy is Balon Greyjoy 's only daughter and oldest living child.
She serves as the third-person narrator for four chapters throughout A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Asha was raised as Balon's heir despite a custom forbidding female rule, and has otherwise defied traditional gender roles by captaining her own ship and leading men into battle.
When Balon orders an invasion of the North in A Clash of Kings , she captures Deepwood Motte. She returns to the Islands in A Feast For Crows after her father's death and claims her father's throne, which she loses in favor of her uncle Euron.
In A Dance with Dragons , she returns to Deepwood Motte and learns that Euron has married her off by proxy. In the HBO television adaptation, the character is renamed Yara Greyjoy to avoid confusion with the character Osha.
Yara is portrayed by Gemma Whelan. Theon Greyjoy is the only living son, and heir apparent of Balon Greyjoy.
He is the third-person narrator for thirteen chapters throughout A Clash of Kings and A Dance with Dragons.
He is arrogant, cocky, and proud. Ten years before the events of the series, he was taken hostage by Ned Stark to be executed if Balon displeased the king.
Theon was raised at Winterfell with the Stark children and became a close friend to Robb Stark in particular. In the HBO television adaptation , he is portrayed by Alfie Allen.
Euron Greyjoy is the younger brother of Balon and is hated by all his brothers. He wears a patch over his left eye, for which he is nicknamed "Crow's Eye", and is more ruthless and sadistic than his brothers.
Before the events of the series, he was banished from the Iron Islands. During his exile, he lived as a pirate and became extremely wealthy and became involved in dark magic, culminating in his gaining ownership of a horn that can control dragons.
In A Feast for Crows , Euron's return from exile coincides with Balon's death, encouraging speculation that he played a role in his brother's demise.
After becoming King of the Iron Islands at a Kingsmoot by telling the Ironborn he knows where there are dragons and that he intends to conquer Westeros, he begins successful raids along the Reach.
He sends his brother Victarion away to court Daenerys Targaryen in his name and bring her and her dragons to Westeros. Victarion Greyjoy is the second youngest of Balon's surviving brothers and is Lord Commander of the Iron Fleet.
He first appears in A Clash of Kings and is present as his brother, King Balon Greyjoy, reveals his plans to invade the north; Victarion is given overall command of the invasion.
He appears next in A Feast for Crows and serves as the third-person narrator for four chapters throughout A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
Victarion is a devout follower of the Drowned God.