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'' Game of Thrones '': The who's who for season five

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Based on the successful novel by George R. R. Martin, the series captivates with an abundance of characters. Who is important in season five, which starts on Sunday - and who will be important.
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The HBO hit streak "Game of Thrones" Returns from April 12th. The series based on the successful novel "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin is set in a medieval fantasy world, in which several families fight for the throne in the fictional country of Westeros.
"Game of Thrones" captivates with complex stories and an abundance of characters. But it is slowly becoming confusing. Therefore follows a Overview of the most important figures in season five:

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Pictured: The Queen examines the Iron Throne
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Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
The widow of King Robert Baratheon comes from the House of Lannister and is far more ambitious than her gentle manner suggests. Mother of the late King Joffrey, the reigning King Tommen and Myrcella, who was shipped to Dorne. Has an unhealthy close relationship with her twin brother Jaime.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
The Queen's brother, her closest confidante and the (unofficial) father of her three children. He belongs to the King's Guard and is therefore not allowed to marry.
In a past well before season one, he killed the insane King Aerys Targaryen, which earned him the nickname "Kingslayer".

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
The younger brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister likes to indulge in various vices - and is a very smart man. In the absence of his father, he acted as the "Hand of the King", so a kind of Prime Minister, and led a victorious battle for the capital. For his father, Tywin Lannister, the "Imp" was just a shame and he never missed an opportunity to humiliate his son. At the end of season four, Tyrion killed his father (and his former lover Shae, played by Sibel Kekilli) - and had to flee.
John Snow (Kit Harington)
The "bastard" Ned Starks grew up with his six half-siblings at the court of the Lord of Winterfell, but was turned down by his stepmother. So he moved to Wall, the gigantic wall of ice and snow, and became a brother of the Night's Watch. During a trip to the regions north of the Wall, he sneaked into the Wildlings as a kind of undercover agent and fell in love with the wildling woman Ygritte. She died trying to capture Castle Black.
Brandon '' Bran '' Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright)
The second youngest son of Ned and Catelyn Stark, brother of Robb, Arya and Sansa Stark, half-brother of Jon Snow. He watched the incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister in episode one and was pushed out of a window by Jaime.
Since then he has been paralyzed waist down, but has prophetic dreams and can empathize with his pet wolf. And under a red-leaved Weirwood tree north of the wall he should now learn to "fly". However, his brother Rickon, the youngest son of the Stark clan, has disappeared from the scene.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
The eldest daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark is a real lady. She was the fiancée of the teenage king Joffrey, but she ignored him because of Margaery Tyrell.
Thereupon she was married to Tyrion Lannister (who never consummated the marriage) - and fled with Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish to her aunt Lysa Arryn in her airy castle in the mountains.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
The youngest daughter of Ned and Catelyn has always had sword fighting and archery among her hobbies. Practical, because she has been on the run since the violent death of her father.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
The sole survivor of the former Targaryen royal family increases her power in exile on the continent of Essos. First she married a Dothraki warlord, after whose death she hatched three dragon eggs, bought the Unsullied army, freed slaves and learned the bloody queen's trade in the slave city of Meereen.
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
He is the only surviving son of Lord Balon Greyjoy - and actually a hostage of the Starks, but also a kind of friend of the sons. At least until season two. In it, he was supposed to get the Greyjoys to join the Starks. But he preferred to attack Winterfell. Then he was betrayed by his own people. He had to pay for more than that: The "Bastard of Bolton" Ramsay Snow emasculated him and kept him like a pet - and called him "Reek".
In the "Red Wedding" in season three three of the main characters of the series died: the young Ning in the North Robb Stark, his wife Talisa and his mother Catelyn. Robb was betrayed by Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton, left). Together with his son, the "Bastard of Bolton" Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon), he is one of the series' most obvious villains.
Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)
Sister of the clairvoyant Jojen Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and his protector. Nevertheless, Jojen was slaughtered by the ice zombies, the wargs. Now she takes care of Bran Stark and Hodor. Her father Howland Reed was a close friend of the late head of the family, Ned Stark.
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)
The brave knight was supposed to exchange hostages for Catelyn Tully: Sansa, captured by the Lannisters, and Arya Stark for Jaime Lannister, captured by Catelyn. Didn't work out that way. After making friends with Jaime, she's still looking for the Stark girls across the country. Arya found her. The girl did not want to go with her. Only squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) does not want to leave Brienne's side.
Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds)
The self-proclaimed king north of the ice wall achieved the almost impossible: He united the peoples north of the wall. And launched an attack. Thanks to Jon Snow and the army of Stannis Baratheon, this did not work out.
Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)
The pretty Margaery has no luck with her husbands: First her first husband Renly Baratheon dies before he can / wants to consummate the marriage, then husband number two Joffrey Baratheon was poisoned at his own wedding.
Perhaps she will have better luck with potential husband number three, Tommen Baratheon, the current king. Because Margaery wants one thing: The Be queen.
Olenna Redwyne of the House of Tyrell (Diana Rigg)
She was not entirely innocent of the death of the psychopathic teenage king and husband of her granddaughter Joffrey Baratheon. She poisoned the guy. In general, the head of the noble house with the rose in the coat of arms doesn't think much of men.
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)
The older brother of the late King Robert Baratheon had his younger brother Renly murdered because he wanted to be king too (with the help of a "shadow birth" by the red priestess Melisandre). Married to Selyse Florent, blinded by faith, father of the disfigured daughter Shireen Baratheon.
He wants to usurp the throne from the north, from the wall.
Melisandre, the red priestess (Carice van Houten)
Melisandre worships the god of light R'hllor. She is a fan of burns at the stake and the main "adviser" to the self-proclaimed King Stannis Baratheon. She thinks he is Azor Ahai, the reborn great warrior and rightful ruler of Westeros.
Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman)
He came to Daenerys Targaryen as a mercenary, then became her lover. Between seasons four and five, the actor was replaced by Daario Naharis. Instead of Ed Skrein (now an action film star), the Dutchman Michiel Huisman plays the dashing fighter.
Ser Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale)
The current boss at Night’s Watch and the intimate enemy of Jon Snow. He caught Ser Alliser Thorne on the wrong foot from the start. Throne coined the "nickname" Lord Snow and does not excel with charity either. In the Battle of Castle Black, however, he fought on the front lines.
Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju)
The wildling is a confidante of Mance Rayder, the king north of the wall. Jon Snow and Ygritte climbed over the wall with him.
Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
Varys is often called "Spider" or "Eunuch". The royal chief spy gets information from across the kingdom - and beyond. He helped Tyrion to escape and left the capital King's Landing with him.
Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is the kingdom's other chief spy. The self-made man seems to be steadily climbing the career ladder. He fled with Sansa from King's Landing to her aunt Lysa Arryn, whom he married and soon also killed. In addition to Sansa, he now has her son Robin Arryn as a ward. Fell in love with Sansa's mother, Catelyn.
Tommen Baratheon (Leonard Rosemann)
The gentle, dear Tommen ascended the Iron Throne after the death of his psychopathic brother Joffrey.
Here, too, the actor was replaced: Dean-Charles Chapman has been playing the child king instead of Callum Wharry since season four.
Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma)
A widow who is not: the mistress of the prince from Dorne, Oberyn Martell, is the mother of four of his seven daughters. Season five takes viewers to Dorne, south of Westeros, where women are also entitled to inheritance.
Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig)
Prince Doran Martell is the ruler in Dorne - but his health is badly damaged. His daughter Arianne is his heir. Oberyn Martell, who got his head crushed in the season four duel, was his little brother.
Gray Worm (Jacob Anderson)
The leader of Daenerys Targaryen's Unsullied Army will never have sons. Neither do daughters. Nevertheless, Gray Worm forges delicate bonds with the translator and consultant Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel).