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Who’s Who In A Game Of Thrones
A guide to the clans of HBO’s fantasy epic

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Who’s Who In A Game Of Thrones | Who’s Making This Show Anyway?
Who’s Making This Show Anyway?

So the TV channel is HBO, purveyor of such essential TV as The Wire, Deadwood, The Sopranos and, er, Sex and the City (aside from boobies, this shares no creative DNA with the latter).

The whole thing is based on author George RR Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series, of which A Game Of Thrones is Book One. So far, four books have been published: A Game Of Throne, A Clash Of Kings, A Storm Of Swords and A Feast For Crows. The fifth book (technically the second half of the fourth) is A Dance of Dragons, and is due to be published this summer. Hopefully. And there are more to come.

The showrunners are D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Weiss is best known for his work on films that haven’t been made yet: the big-screen adaptation of Halo, for example, or the long-in-development Ender’s Game, or the I Am Legend prequel. Benioff worked on Troy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Brothers and The Kite Runner, as well as adapting his own novel, 25th Hour, for the screen. And he still found time to get married to Amanda Peet, the chronic overachieving bastard.

A Game Of Thrones has largely been shot in Northern Ireland and Eire, with some additional shooting in Malta. Yes, we also suspect that actors stampeded for the characters who see most of their stories unfold in Malta.

Actors we haven’t even mentioned in the character guides above include Aidan Gillen (Peter “Littlefinger” Baelish), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Julian Glover (Grand Maester Pyrcelle), Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) and Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegan). But seriously, we’d be here all day trying to explain how everyone knows each other.

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