Game of Thrones, also known as HBO’s Game of Thrones is a hugely popular TV show. It is produced by the popular director and creator of the hit movie The Sopranos, artistic genius producers Nic Cage and Maryse Posner. The show chronicles the story of the noble families in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as they struggle to keep their realm together and face down threats from the Iron Throne, the Fanatic opposition, the wildfire-throwing kings and the religious zealots known as the Freys. It has been called by many critics the best show on television right now, and rightly so. I for one have enjoyed it since I started watching it in the first season.
However, many events and characters in the series have been introduced which begs the question, who died in that scene? In the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin, he introduced five major characters, all of whom had long since been well established by the time of the third book. The main ones were Cersei, the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, and her late husband King Robert Baratheon; his son and heir Cerion Targaryen; the undying Ser Lorath Greyjoy who was loyal to his family and fought proudly at their side; and the mysterious and powerful knight and champion Serwyn of the Stormlands who fought constantly with his brother Balder’s men, and won him a great prize after defeating a powerful king. After the battle, he returned to Winterfell with the other survivors of the battle.
Of course, not everything in the books is set in the present time. Events in the series also took place thousands of years later during the fifth and sixth books. We will not spoil those events in this article. However, the interesting thing is that while most of the major characters are dead in the books, we still have plenty of characters alive who continue the story, including Tywin, Cersei, Renly, and Stannis. Moreover, there are even minor characters whose fate we do not know in the books.
Of course, some events are known in the books, but not so much in the TV show. For example, in the book series, after Tyrion was killed by a member of the Faceless Ones, he was briefly revived by Brien, who then sent him to take over the city of Pentos from Joffrey. We saw this in the first few episodes of the TV show, as Tyrion returned to King’s Landing and joined the fight against Cersei. He later returned again to kill Cersei and was killed by Sansa during the Red Wedding. In the book, however, no one knew of his revival for several months.
As for Renly, he appeared in the book series as the Prince of wildfire but did not appear in the TV show. He was important, however, because he was the chief advisor to Renly and was responsible for the training of his new kings, Joffrey and Aerion. His death was crucial to Renly’s rise to power because if he had been present, Renly would not have been as ruthless as he was. This is also why we know so little about his character in the books.
Ser Barristan Selmy
Out of all the characters in the book series, Ser Barristan Selmy is the most famous. He was a knight of the Kingsguard, and he was known as a fierce warrior. His renown became notable during the War of the Roses when he took part in the battles at Torneaux and within the city of King’s Landing. He was also present during the sack of the royal seat of King Robert. Later in life, he served as a guard to Prince Rhaegar, so he knew King Robert personally.
Ser Barristan became a key to the series’ events, especially in the third and final book of the series, A Feast of Crows. He became very close to Eddard, the brother of Aerion, and they often attended events together. They also became good friends to the brothers of Aerion, with whom they shared many fond memories. These events were depicted in the book, A Dance with Dragons.
These are just some of the key players that were known to play a major role in the events of the series. It is believed by many people that there are quite a few more characters out there, but this is probably dependent on the extent of the interactive games the HBO releases. Each of these players has a background and a story to tell, and these characters have earned their place in the game of Thrones.