How Well Do You Know Your Game Of Thrones Family Trees?
Do you really understand all the marriages in the Game of Thrones dynasties? And are you clear about the clandestine affairs and secret children who have their own roles to play in the unravelling of the saga? This is a tough ask even for the most avid fan. So to help you keep track, here’s a brief rundown of who’s who in the main houses of the sometimes perplexing GoT universe.
House of Stark
Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark (deceased) and his wife Catelyn had a family of five: Arya, Bran, Robb, Rickon and Sansa. Though Ned claimed Jon Snow was his illegitimate child, Jon was actually born the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Jon, with Sansa at his side, is now King in the North. Arya is heading for King’s Landing to eliminate Cersei, and Bran has reached The Wall following his experience with the Night King.
House of Targaryen
House Targaryen ruled Westeros before Aerys II, the Mad King, was murdered by Jaime Lannister. Believed to be the sole survivor of House Targaryen, Daenerys has come to Westeros to reclaim the Iron Throne. Her nephew Jon Snow could be a rival claimant – but only if he discovers the truth about his parental line.
House of Lannister
Beset by enemies at every turn, the Lannisters have been rendered heirless following the demise of King Joffrey, King Tommen and Princess Myrcella. In hiding at King’s Landing, Cersei and her brother-lover Jaime may be in peril now Tyrion their banished brother has joined forces with Daenerys in a bid to murder them.
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House of Greyjoy
Having killed his brother Balon, Euron Greyjoy has now seized Yara, his niece. Yara’s brother, Theon, has sworn to rescue her from her wicked uncle.
House of Baratheon
King Robert Baratheon and his wife Cersei have a family of three. However, all the children were actually fathered by Jaime, the brother of Cersei. Jaime had several illegitimate children, but all save one were put to death by order of King Joffrey. Though the Lannisters believe him dead, Gendry is the sole surviving Baratheon heir.
House of Tyrell
Following the death of Olenna Redwyne at the hands of Jaime Lannister, the House Tyrell became extinct. Before she died, Olenna admitted poisoning Jaime Lannister’s son Joffrey. When Queen Cersei destroyed the Sept of Baelor, she killed three Tyrells – Margaery, Loras and Mace.
House of Martell
GoT fans will recall Oberyn Martell’s death – just about the most grisly scene Game of Thrones has ever featured. This left his widow Ellaria and his daughters (the Sand Snakes) as the surviving members of his family. Euron Greyjoy dispatched Obara and Nymeria, and also seized Ellaria and Tyene and carried them off to King’s Landing. Cersei subsequently used poison to finish off Tyene, leaving Ellaria secured in a dungeon and forced to watch her daughter’s death – no doubt just before then being killed off by The Mountain.
House of Tully
The Tully clan are likewise perilously close to extermination. The late Lord Hoster has no heirs other than Edmure Tully and his wife Roslin (once a Frey). But since the Red Wedding, Edmure has been held captive at The Twins. Edmure’s misfortune increase when his niece Arya seemed unaware of her uncle’s predicament when she journeyed to The Twins in order to murder Walder and the Freys.
House of Arryn
Following the death of her first husband (Jon Arryn), Petyr Baelish took Lysa Tully as his wife. By this action, he gained influence over Robin (Lysa’s son), Lord of the Vale of Arryn.