Cersei is describes as a cruel and ambitious woman who has little respect for her husband King Robert and resents the restrictions put on her sexual appetite. She carries an incestuous relationship with her brother Jaime, which results in her three children Myrcella, Joffrey, and Tommen. Most of the people of the land including her husband King Robert believe that the children are the legitimate heirs to the Iron Throne. It is this shocking secret that leads to much of the unrest in the series.
Cersei knew very early in life (by means of a prophecy) that she was destined to rule the Seven Kingdoms. However, the prophecy also foretells that she would see the deaths of all her children before her own and that she would lose everything to a younger queen. Cersei however, is determined to change the latter part of her destiny and is seen taking very calculative and clever steps to change the course of her fate. In the TV adaptation of the Song of Ice and Fire series, Queen Cersei is played by Lena Headey.
Daenerys Targaryen, also known as Daenerys Stormborn or Dany is one of the last remaining Targaryens of the Targaryen Dynasty, the former royal family of Westeros. She is the nineteenth member of the Targaryen Dynasty to claim the Iron Throne but of course her right as queen is not recognized in Westeros. She is also another major Point of view character in the novels.
Dany is the daughter of the very last Targaryen king that actually sat on the Iron Throne – Aerys II Targaryen. As is customary among the Targaryens, King Aerys married his sister Rhaella who bore him Dany and her older brother Viserys. Dany was conceived during Robert’s rebellion called the War of the Usurper, shortly after her pregnant mother and young Viserys are sent away to Dragonstone, a free city, for safety. Shortly after her father is killed and Robert takes over the Iron Throne and her mother dies giving birth to her during a stormy night.
Dany and Viserys are later smuggled to safety to other free cities and they spend their lives in exile, roaming the nine free cities looking for aid to retake the Iron Throne. Dany is described as a very beautiful woman with golden hair and violet eyes – features called the blood of the dragon. She is shy and submissive as a young girl, and is frightened of her brother’s temper. But with her marriage to Khal Drogo, a warlord of nomadic Dothraki, she develops into a strong and confident woman who is no longer scared of standing up to her brother. In the TV series, Daenerys Targaryen is played by Emelia Clarke.
Catelyn Stark formerly a Tully is Hoster’s eldest child. By her marriage to Eddard she became a Stark and bore him five children – Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. She is also a major point of view character in George’s books.
Catelyn is described as an honorable and moral woman who believes that duty should take precedence over desire. Her love for her husband and five children run deep and her faith in the Seven Kingdoms is strong. She further described as a majestic beauty with auburn hair and blue eyes.
She is averse to Eddard’s bastard son Jon Snow and refuses to consider him a part of the Stark family even though Eddard insists he must take responsibility for the boy. We see that she has never really forgiven Eddard for bringing Jon into their family. In the TV adaptation of the novels Catelyn Stark is played by Michelle Fairley. The casting call was initially filled by Jennifer Ehle, but it was later announced (in March 2010) that she would be replaced by Michelle.
Sansa is the eldest daughter in the Stark household; she is Eddard and Catelyn’s second child and is thirteen when the events of the GOT begin. She is also a main point of view character in George Martin’s novels. She is described as a traditional beauty who strongly believes in the world of chivalry and grace talked about in stories and poetry.
She has thick red hair, high cheek bones and striking blue eyes. She very much enjoys her lady like life style of singing, dancing, fashion, social graces and baking lemon cakes. Her sister Arya who is just the opposite of her comes as a shock to her and she has a strained relationship with her because of that. Her beauty leads Cersei to believe that she is the “younger, more beautiful queen” of her childhood prophecy.
Sansa at first is thrilled to be betrothed to the spoiled Prince Joffrey naively believing that those at the royal court would be noble. She even unwittingly aids Cersei’s plot against her father, Eddard. After she sees Joffrey’s real nature of cowardice and cruelty she becomes disillusioned and wants nothing to do with him. In the TV adaptation of the novels, Sansa Stark is played by Sophie Turner.
Arya is the third and youngest of the Stark children. She is born to the Lord of House Stark Eddard (also known as Ned) and his wife Catelyn Stark. She is just eight years old at the start of the events of the series and is one of the main point of view characters in the novels.
Arya is described as a tomboy; a spirited, strong-willed child who enjoyed exploring and fighting more than learning how to be a lady. She is always seen hanging around the soldiers and servants and is in stark contrast to her graceful sister Sansa who she describes as being “stupid.” She has very strong Stark family features (long face and brown hair), and is skinny and athletic which often leads her to be mistaken for a boy.
In the series Arya displays great resourcefulness, shrewdness and an unwavering capability to accept hardships. She is a fiery go getter much like her aunt Lyanna. And after her father’s public execution she is also confined to a life of hardships. In HBO’s adaptation of the novels, Arya Stark is played by Maisie Williams.