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.
The Queen of Thorns. She is the grandmother of Queen Margaery, and while not the head of house Tyrell, her son Mace is, but everyone knows that the Queen of Thrones is in charge. She was born a bit too ahead of her time, not only dealing with her grandson’s homosexuality, but her position of power in the Seven Kingdoms. When she first shows up, its bailing out the capital with food and money, the breadbasket of the world. She first starts off with when Margaery is put in with Joffery, and she forms a relationship with Sansa to learn more about Joffery and the way he is. Horrified, she plots with Littlefinger to kill Joffery, and pulls it off, but unlike Littlefinger she sits there and watches it happen, cause Olenna don’t give a F*. She later gives Margaery some advice on how to get Tommen to fall for her before Cersei picks a different woman, and Margaery gets to be Queen. Now the Faith Militant has arrested both grandkids and the High Sparrow has told Olenna that her money and her power both mean exactly squat. Margaery is able to tell her grandmother that she is playing the Game, and has not been swayed by the High Sparrow, but Olenna needs to leave for her own safty. After being threatened by the High Sparrow, she does go back to the Tyrell lands to wait. She is the final survivor we know of in House Tyrell, as her son, grandson and granddaughter are all killed in the explosion of the Great Sept of Baelor. She shows up in Dorne to gain an alliance with Ellaria Sand, and when Varys shows up, with Daenerys as well.
Oberyn’s lover who went with him to King’s Landing and was there when he died. She wants revenge and calls Doran weak when he refuses her. She gets her four daughters to join her in her path to revenge. She wants to kill off the Lannisters, including Myrcella even though she is betrothed into the house of Dorne. Ellaria asks for forgiveness and Doran grants it. She later poisons Myrcella and kills her. Ellaria is finally tired of the weakeness and peaceful ways of Doran Martell, so she kills him and takes over the territory. Later in the season, we find out that she has been in contact with Olenna Tyrell, and both women have declared for the Targaryen against Cersei Lannister.
Oldest of the three Oberyn daughters, hasn’t done much yet to make her different.
Second Oldest of the three daughters, this one is the one with the whip.
Tyene is the daughter of Oberyn, and is the one that has gotten the most attention so far from the show, In a fight with her sisters vs Jamie and Bronn, she cut Bronn on the arm with a poisioned dagger and then made him swear she was the most beautiful woman in the world before giving him the cure in prison. She’s the most lethal of the three, as she also made the poison that killed Myrecella.
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