Lets keep in mind that this is not a full breakdown of everything GOT, but more a primer of what has happened and what you need to know moving forward. (Example, the whole Drago storyline and Viserys? Not really needed since that’s a dead thread and everyone involved is dead.)
There are also a ton of minor players who will get their treatment.
Again, keep in mind, David has read the books, and Earl just read them waiting for Season Seven, and don’t be that asshole that spoils the series for no reason but evil glee. What the hell is wrong with you? So if we miss something IN THE SHOW, by all means let us know.
Tyrion Lannister is the smallest member of the Lannister family, and the younger brother of Cersei and Jaime. Not only does he have the drawback of being a dwarf in the late Middle Ages, but his mother died in childbirth, so before he even took a good look at sunlight, he had two major strikes against him, as both his father and his sister blame him for his mother’s death, but Cersei is even more blatant in her hatred.
If not for his name, Tyrion would have had a much different life. Tyrion has been allowed the run the realm, drinking and whoring his way through life, and has been able to thrive either using his wits or his name in tough situations, worse case scenario, he can call for a trial by combat and have his brother come out and kill whomever is dumb enough to take the other’s side. Tyrion gets called to the city since his father wants him to be the Hand of the King, so he can try and hold the capital since Jamie has been captured and Cersei is a female. Tyrion has a tough time starting, but soon becomes a great Hand, and does wonders learning the rules of the court. Tyrion does a masterful job in defending the city from Stannis’s attack. Giving us the Middle Ages version of Napalm, the Wild Fire.
Tyrion takes personal control after Joffery shows a yellow streak, and even survives an attack by one of the King’s Guard under orders from Joffery to kill him thanks to his Squire Podrick. He awakes after the battle, and has been stripped of being the Hand and is getting no credit for the win. Tyrion is just able to come back to court life when he is commanded by his father to marry Sansa, something neither wishes. The marriage is done, but not consummated, as Tyrion has no desire to sleep with a woman so young, or for the amusement of his family. He says he will not bed until she wants him too. Tyrion tries the best of his predicament, thinking that he belongs in King’s Landing, until Joffery is murdered and he is framed for the murder. Cersei puts him on trial, and everyone jumps on his casket, Jamie sacrifices his career to save Tyrion, agreeing to go back to the Rock and have Legitimate Lannister babies to carry on the family name and Tyrion can go to the Rock. When Shae, his lover, comes out and buries him, Tyrion demands a trail by combat. Jamie is unable to fight, and Bronn gets bought off by Cersei. Oberyn Martell volunteers to take the job for his own means, but loses due to his over-confidence and desire to extract information from the Mountain.
Tyrion is put in the prison to be executed but is freed by Jamie. While escaping, Tyrion comes across Shae in his father’s bed, and kills her when she attacks him, Tyrion later finds his father on the privy, and after he calls Shae a whore, Tyrion shoots him with a crossbow, and escapes to a waiting Varys, who puts him on a ship, but Tyrion’s delay has roused the City Watch, and Varys makes the snap decision to go with Tyrion. Tyrion is a broken man, but Varys tries to rebuild his confidence. Jorah kidnaps Tyrion on the way there, and brings him to Daenerys, who does accept him into her small council, where he is reunited with Varys after Daenerys is taken away by Drogon. The remnants of the council decide that Tyrion should stay behind and run the city with Varys as Jorah and Darrio go save the Queen. Tyrion doesn’t have much success with keeping peace in the city but finds out that the Sons of the Harpy, who have been causing the trouble, were financed by the three major slave cities. Tyrion again brokers peace, but is doublecrossed and his navy is burnt. Thankfully during the battle Dany shows up with Dragons to BURN EVERYTHING and soons gets a new navy from the arriving Greyjoys. Deciding to leave for her homeland, Dany officially makes Tyrion her Hand of the Queen, and they leave.
David: He started out as the Star Redemption story of the series, from a drunk rich bully to being torn down and rising to a true leader and thinker of men. Since joining the Dany Camp, I would say he’s tended to slide in the background. While not a military fighter, he does have a great strategic mind, so hopefully that means now that he is on his home turf he can do a bit more. Still waiting for that Sansa Reunion, however.
Former Royal Spymaster, known as the Spider. He is a Eunuch, and has raised himself up from slave slave status. He has been in the shadows early on, but has moved in when he needed to. Varys tried to save Ned Stark and send him to the Wall, but Joffery changed his mind and had Stark killed. Varys has a strong rivalry with Littefinger. Varys has a strong affection for Tyrion, saying he was one man that would save Westeros, recognizing his intelligence. Varys was delivered a Wizard that once owned him and had him cut, and used him as an example of how to play the long game to Tyrion- We have not been show what happened to the Wizard, a subplot I wish we had seen play out, but then again, we don’t see anything Varys doesn’t want us to see. Varys smuggles Tyrion out of King’s Landing after Tyrion’s Trial, and has Tyrion shipped in a box across the narrow sea. Varys makes the snap decision to leave with Tyrion, and goes with Tyrion towards Mureen, but Tyrion is kidnapped by Jorah enroute, but Varys again meets up with Tyrion again in Danareys’ court as Season 5 comes to an end. Season 6 doesn’t really see Varys do a lot, other than him being more and more Tyrion’s sidekick. While always a favorite buddy series, Varys left Meereen after the ships were burnt by the Sons of the Harpy to visit Dorne, and show up with the Sisters of the Sans and Olenna Tyrell to cement the alliance.
David: Same story as Tyrion here, when in King’s Landing, he was all over the place pulling strings and being awesome, but upon hitting Team Dany proper, he’s slid in the background, and damn near vanished at the end. When he showed up in Dorne, I almost forgot that he had left.
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