Game of Thrones – The History of the Houses of Westeros

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For those following HBO’s Game of Thrones series, I’m sure that by now you would have pledged your allegiance to one of the Houses represented. As Magdalena Maslowska demonstrates in the Illustration Guide, everyone in is connected by some means or the other.

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Another tricky aspect of the series is the Kingdom for which they all fight to rule, Westeros. In the image below, we see Westeros as the separated European island on the right, and the beginning of Essos (in which you will also find the Flatlands and Quarth, amongst others) on the right.

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Each of the Houses has their own history and path leading to the rise to power, or lack thereof. The most popular House is undoubtedly the House Stark of Winterfell, but where exactly does the phrase “the winter is coming” originate from? Here is a short history lesson on a few of the main Houses of Westeros, including House Targaryen. Enjoy.

House Stark:

House Lannister:

House Baratheon:

House Targaryen:

House Arryn:

George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. Game of Thrones is the depiction of two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. Martin is credited as a co-executive producer and one of the writers for the series, which was filmed in Northern Ireland and Malta.

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