Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Syrio Forel (Miltos Yerolemou), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson)
Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan)
Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann)
Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright)
Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale)
Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa)
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy)
Winterfell (in background)
Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony)
Khal Drogo (Momoa) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd)
Ser Rodrik Cassel (Ron Donachie)
Bran Stark (Hempstead-Wright)
Jory Cassel (Jamie Sives)
Harry Lloyd and Iain Glen
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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen)
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd), Daenerys Targaryen (Clarke) (front), and Magister Illyrio Mopatis (Roger Allam)
Arya Stark (Williams)
Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Littlefinger (Gillen), and Sandor Clegane (McCann)
Gregor Clegane (Conan Stevens)
Armored soldiers on horseback are a typical sight on location in the Northern Ireland countryside. ”It’s time-consuming, shooting riding,” says Mark Addy, who mounts a black stallion regularly as King Robert Baratheon.
Mark Addy stands tall as King Robert, but, he says, ”it’s hard to portray a fearsome warrior who was merciless in his pursuit of power. The online speculation about the Full Monty actor’s casting didn’t help either. ”There was talk like ‘Why are they turning the king into a clown?’ because I’ve been in funny stuff before. But I think once they see it, the fans will love this.”
Queen Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey) is known for her scheming ways. ”She’s really complex,” Headey says. ”She’s got a spiral down into a bit of madness.”
Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays one of the more provocative characters: Jamie Lannister, a knight and a brother of the queen. Coster-Waldau says his horrible deeds are all the better for character development. ”He has the chance to go from being Darth Vader to being something quite different.”
Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) is the Hand of the King, his closest adviser. ”The story is so different from what we’re used to seeing on television,” Bean says.
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright, left) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) share a father in Eddard Stark.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is one of only two surviving members (along with brother Viserys) of the Targaryen family that once ruled Westeros.
Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister, known as the Imp, is constantly getting into trouble because of his marauding ways.
Michelle Fairley (far right), who plays Catelyn Stark, says of the epic series, ”It’s not so much fantasy. It’s really gutsy and glorious. We just happen to be wearing costumes and armor.”
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