Game of Thrones For Newbies: Everything You Need To Know


We are sure you heard all of the raving reviews from all of your friends, family, coworkers and social media.  Since you have landed on this page we are assuming that you have finally given in and decided to watch HBO’s award-winning Game of Thrones to see what all of the hype is about. So on behalf of us….

Welcome To The Best Game of Thrones Fan Site For Newbies!

For most, it only takes the first episode to be instantly hooked into a binge watching addiction. This fantasy TV show has been such a big hit with people all over the world that we have decided to create the best fan based website for those who are new to the GOT community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help you catch up on what you have been missing.  Our fan blog and GOT Newbies Facebook page will act as a guide to help you easily digest each season, episode, scenes, plots, characters and their relationships. Our latest and greatest section provides recent news, cast updates, and stories.  We even have a Game of Thrones shop where you can buy some pretty cool gear.  This is basically the Wikipedia of Game of Thrones that will keep you in the loop.

As fellow newcomers to the realm of this fantasy show, feel free to contact us via our Facebook page with any questions or simply let us know what you’re thinking!  Keep following us and share with other new watchers.

What is the Game of Thrones?

By now you have more than likely heard about the Game of Thrones.  This HBO TV series absolutely took the world by storm when it premiered back in 2011.  It was created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss who based it off George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novel series called A Song of Fire and Ice.  It is set to conclude with an 8th season in 2018-2019.

Each season was created to represent a specific part of George R. R. Martin’s novel series.  Contrary to popular believe, each season does not correspond to a different novel.  In fact, some seasons are a combination of two.  Below is table mapping how the Game of Thrones TV series and Martin’s novels align:

Mapping of GOT Seasons to Martin's Novels

GOT SeasonsMartin’s Novels
GOT Season 1“A Game of Thrones”
GOT Season 2“A Clash of Kings”
GOT Season 3“A Storm of Swords”
GOT Season 4“A Storm of Swords” & “A Feast for Crows”
GOT Season 5“A Feast for Crows” & “A Dance with Dragons”
GOT Season 6“A Feast for Crows” & “A Dance with Dragons”

*The remaining next seasons (7 and 8) are now off of the novels and using new, unpublished material.

What era does the Game of Thrones take place?

The context of the Game of Thrones TV series depicts a Middle Age timeframe back when suits and armor, swords, and dragons were popular.  It is an engaging timepiece tv fantasy series that brings you back in time when women swooned over knights in armor, when men boasted their own swordplay, where defending your family’s honor and creating a legacy was the sole purpose of your existence.  If you are a fan of ancient wizardry, Dungeons and Dragons, or MMORPG, then you will find this show is the perfect fit.

Where does the plot of the Game of Thrones take place?

Westeros and Essos are the two main fictional continents where the Game of Thrones takes place.  

The 7 Kingdoms of Westeros

Westeros is divided into 7 different kingdoms:

  1. Kingdom of the North
  2. Kingdom of the Mountain and the Vale
  3. Kingdom of the Isles and the Rivers
  4. Kingdom of the Rock
  5. Kingdom of the Stormlands
  6. Kingdom of the Reach
  7. Principality of Dorne

The Cities of Essos

Across the Narrow Sea is the continent of Essos, which consists of many different cities listed below:

  1. Pentos
  2. Braavos
  3. Myr
  4. Volantis
  5. Lorath
  6. Lyth
  7. Tyrosh
  8. Norvos
  9. Qohor
  10. Sarnor
  11. Dothraki Sea
  12. Vayria
  13. Lhazar
  14. Mereen
  15. Astapor
  16. Yunkai
  17. Qarth
  18. Yi Ti
  19. Asshai
  20. Vaes Dothrak
  21. Old Ghis
  22. Elyria
  23. Tyria
  24. Tolos
  25. Mantarys
  26. Oros
  27. Ny Sar
  28. Bayasabhad
  29. Samyrian
  30. Sar Mell
  31. Bhorash
  32. Ar Noy
  33. Ibben

On each of these lands there are fantasy creatures such as dragons and supernatural creatures along with magic and other fantastic elements.

So now that you know where this show takes place and what era, let’s review the story line.  Here is a simple stripped down version that will allow you to easily follow along.  

Game of Thrones Story Lines

The Game of Thrones tv series focuses on 3 main plots from Martin’s book series:

  1. Battle for the Iron Throne to control the 7 Kingdoms of Westeros.
  2. Rise of Daenerys Targaryen In Essos to reclaim the 7 Kingdoms
  3. The Night Watch defending the Wall

Battle for The Iron Throne

The first story line is established In Westeros where a civil war is occurring. Each house (family) is competing for power to rule the 7 Kingdoms.  The primary houses involved in battle are the Starks of Winterfell, Lannisters of Casterly Rock, and Baratheons of Dragonstone who were in control until their king dies early in season one.  Below is a quick video to show what the throne looks like and the faces of the houses who are battling for total control.

The Rise of Daenerys Targaryen

The second main plot centers around Daenerys Targaryen.  She is the exiled daughter of the last surviving heir to the House Targaryen, which use to rule the Seven Kingdoms in Westeros before the House of Baratheon killed her father and took control.  She rises as a powerful Queen by building a strong army and enforcing justice as she makes her way across Essos to cross the Narrow Sea and return reign to the House Targaryen.  Her dominance is reinforced by her dragons, a species that commands respect and inflicts terror in all who stand in her way.  Watch the trailer of Daenerys Targaryen to help you get a better understanding of this critical plot line.

The Night’s Watch

The third main story takes place in the northern part of Westeros at the Wall, which is a mountainous fence of ice that the Night Watch defends in order to protect the southern cities from the Wildlings and White Walkers (undead creatures with supernatural powers) who seek to overtake the Seven Kingdoms and all of Westeros.  Here is a trailer of the Night’s Watch to give you an idea of what they are up against.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand as it will all come into place as you continue to watch each season.

Who are the main characters of Game of Thrones?

Below is a table of the main characters characters from Game of Thrones with their corresponding houses (family). We have also provided the cast of Game of Thrones.

Character Actor Name Description House
Eddard (Ned) Stark Sean Bean Lord of Winterfell and Hand of the King Stark
Catelyn (Cat) Tully Michelle Fairley Wife of Ned Stark Stark
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke “Khaleesi”, “Mother of Dragons” Targaryen
Jon Snow Kit Harrington Ned’s bastard son Stark / Night’s Watch
Tyrion Lannister Peter Dinklage The Imp; Daenerys’s advisor; Jaime’s and Cersei’s brother Lannister
Bran Stark Isaac Hempstead Son of Ned Stark
Sansa Stark Sophie Turner Eldest daughter of Ned Stark
Arya Stark Maisie Williams Youngest daughter of Ned Stark
Cersei Lannister Lena Headey Queen of the realm; sister of Tyrion and Jaime Lannister
Jaime Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Brother to Tyrion and Cersei Lannister
Peter (Littlefinger) Baelish Aidan Gillen Red Keep’s master of coin King’s Council
Varys (The Spider) Conleth Hill Red Keep’s master of whispers King’s Council
Jorah Mormont Iain Glen Daenerys’s advisor
Prince/King Joffrey Jack Gleeson Son of Cersei Baratheon
Theon Greyjoy Alfie Allen Brother of Yara Greyjoy
Yara Greyjoy Gemma Whelan Sister of Theon Greyjoy
Brienne of Tarth Gwendoline Christie Warden of Jaime Baratheon
Davos Seaworth Liam Cunningham King’s advisor Baratheon
Mellisandre Carice van Houten Evil temptress Baratheon
Ramsay Bolton Iwan Rheon Bastard son of Roose Bolton; Formerly a Ramsay Snow Baratheon
Sandor Clegane Rory McCann The Hound Clegane
Bronn Jerome Flynn Tyrion’s protector Lannister
Samwell Tarly John Bradley-West Wants to be Grand Maester Night’s Watch
Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer Marries Lannister Tyrell
Tormund Giantsbane Kristofer Hivju Leader of the Free Wildling
Ygritte Rose Leslie Jon Snow’s lover Wildling
Osha Natalia Tena Travels with Bran Wildling
Oberyn Martell Pedro Pascal Firghts the mountain Martell
The Mountain Hafpor Julius Bjornsson Cersei’s guard Clegane
Hodor Kristian Naim Transports Bran Stark Stark
Grey Worm Jacob Anderson Lead Warrior Astapor slave
High Sparrow Jonathan Pryce Head of sparrows Sparrows

When does Game of Thrones Air?

HBO releases the new episodes every Sunday night at 9pm. HBO has been airing Game of thrones in mid to late spring where it runs to the middle of the summer.  However, for season 7, the initial episodes airs mid way through summer on July 16th, which is relatively late compared to the previous seasons.

Game of Thrones Recap Video (Season 1 – 6)

We have covered the plot and main characters so now you should have a much better understanding of the Game of Thrones!  Below is a video that recaps seasons 1 through 6 to bring you fully up to speed if you are new or forget what happened.

Game of Thrones Viewers Guide

Need to stay up-to-date on the Game of Throne seasons and episodes?  Maybe you need a little refresher on what happened or better understanding?  Don’t worry. We got you covered.  As newbies to the GOT community it can be very difficult to keep track of what happens in each season.  That is why we created this extensive viewers guide in which you will find the following:

  • Game of Thrones season guide, quick recap, and Trailer
  • Game of Thrones episode guide, quick recap, and pivotal scenes
  • Game of Thrones soundtrack guide by season and episode

There is so much going on in each episode of every season that it can be overwhelming and challenging to catch everything. Use our Game of Thrones viewer guide so you don’t miss anything!

Favorite Game of Thrones Scenes

We have compiled some of our favorite scenes from Game of Thrones for your viewing pleasure.  We have researched some cool deleted scenes, hilarious bloopers, behind the scenes with the actors, best Game of Throne battles scenes, and so much more (Coming Soon)!

Favorite Game of Thrones Quotes

Who doesn’t love quotes?  We compiled a list of quotes from Game of Throne characters.  Tyrion has quite a few that we love to recite along with many others.  So if you need a quote of the day, then check out our Game of Thrones quote page as a good resource (Coming Soon)!

Game of Thrones Merchandise

What better way to stay connected with the Game of Thrones TV series than to own some merchandise.  In our Game of Thrones shop, we review the best merchandise for sale on the web.  You can find Game of Thrones figurines, Game of Throne House Banners, Game of Thrones costumes, Game of Thrones Puzzles, and so much more.  Make sure to visit our GOT shop to get the best GOT merchandise and product reviews on the internet.