Well, I feel like we have been writing this series forever, but we are finally at the end of our House of the Day posts. Ben and myself have tried to give you a little more detail about the characters in the series, so that you are ready for the upcoming episodes. But we are not quite done yet. There are a few characters that still need introductions and descriptions, so here is Part 2 of our House of the Day: Randoms post. Please Note: Medium to Mild Spoilers Ahead.
Sandor (The Hound) Clegane: Is the king’s protector and for the most part, his go to guy for all things rotten. As a child his brother Gregor found him playing with his toy and to punish him, shoved his face in the fire. Horribly scarred along one side of his face, the Hound frightens most people. But he isn’t all that bad, and has been seen to do some acts of kindness (very, very small acts mind you). He continues to do Joffrey’s bidding, but is also trying to help Sansa Stark from being brutalized by the king. He is portrayed in the HBO series by Rory McCann.
Gregor (The Mountain) Clegane: Sandor’s older brother, Gregor is a fierce knight and a real life hulk. He towers over anyone of his competitors and is even seen decapitating a horse with one swing of his sword. He doesn’t say much but does take orders, specifically from the Lannisters, since the Cleganes are sworn to their House. We last heard that Gregor was wreaking havoc in the Riverlands, and helping Lord Tywin’s war effort. In the show he is played by Conan Stevens.
Shae: Tyrion’s – well for lack of a better word, let’s call her his “lady of the night.” She has traveled with Bronn and Tyrion to King’s Landing and is definitely integral in Tyrion’s story. She is posing as a cook from Lord Tywin’s kitchen so no body knows who she really is or what she does, although some people in King’s Landing, know who and what she really is. She is played by Sibel Kekilli in the show.
Jaqen H’ghar: Made my Season Two Wishlist prior to the start to the season, we finally saw him in the last episode. He asks for Arya to give him some water but the other two in the cage with him cause some problems. When Arya helps him out for a completely different reason, he ends up owing her a favor (or three). He definitely plays a huge part in Arya’s story arc, which will hopefully be explored this season. He is played by Tom Wlaschiha in the HBO show.
Brienne of Tarth: Also made my Season Two Wishlist. She is sworn to Lord Renly and will protect him at all costs. She is very skilled with a sword, but no one takes her seriously because of her gender but she ignores them, and only cares about Lord Renly’s opinions. When she meets Catelyn Tully, her world gets turned upside down and she ends up playing a big role in many different characters’ story arcs. This season Brienne will be played by Gwendoline Christie.
Ygritte: A Wildling from beyond the Wall, she is a huge part of Jon Snow’s story line and that of the Night’s Watch and their interactions beyond the wall. She teaches Jon that “he knows nothing,” and she allows us to get more insight into the lives wildlings, and what exactly is happening beyond the Wall. She too should be seen at some point this season and will be played by Rose Leslie.
Xaro Xhoan Daxos: A merchant of Qarth, he becomes very interested in Danaerys and her dragons, but realistically who isn’t? But what his intentions are and how he fits into the story line from beyond the narrow sea is something you can look forward to later on in the season. He will be played by Nonso Anozie in the series.
Salladhor Saan: The Lysene pirate from the second episode this season, he ends up being corralled into helping Stannis fight the upcoming war against all of the “false” kings. For a price that is. He is a pirate, a smuggler, and he commands many ships, which he is lending to Stannis (more so for Davos…and for gold). He is portrayed by Lucian Msamati.
Ser Dontos: He is seen briefly in the first episode, and ends up being tortured by Joffrey’s lackeys, though not in the traditional way. He is saved when Sansa convinces Joffrey not to kill him but instead make him the court jester/fool. He also gains a much larger role in the series and is especially important in Sansa’s story line. He is played by Tony Way in the series.
Well there you have it. more than a week of Houses and trust me when I say, that is not even the beginning. As the show progresses, more characters appear, while others disappear. We haven’t even touched upon House Martell, but that will come during another season. Expect more recaps and House summaries as the seasons progress, but right now these House of the Days should provide you with everything you need to be ready for everything this season of Game of Thrones throws your way.
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