Westeros is a big, bad place filled with big, bad people. It's hard enough to survive out there in the expansive Seven Kingdoms, and it can be just as difficult to know exactly where everybody is. Even though "Game of Thrones" ended its first season in a rather decisive manner, it's not easy keeping track of who's in King's Landing, who's up north and who's somewhere in between.
Can't remember where Jon Snow is currently journeying? Wondering where the various Starks have gone to? We've got you covered. Keep on reading for our handy guide to where all the major "Thrones" players are hanging out when season two begins.
Who's there, other than Ned Stark's head? Oh, relax, I kid, I kid. (But seriously, it's there, on a spike.) Clearly, this is Joffrey Baratheon's home turf, and lots of the regular fixtures are still around: Varys, Littlefinger, Grand Maester Pycelle, the Hound, Cersei and more. There are a few notable newcomers, too: Tyrion Lannister, for one, strolling into town to serve as Hand of the King in his father's absence. Along for the ride are Tyrion's lover Shae, his trusty but not-at-all trustworthy sellsword Bronn, and a few of those vicious tribesmen he met while traveling near the Eyrie. Oh, and let's not forget poor Sansa Stark: She's still in King's Landing, too, and none too pleased about it.
On the Road
The other Stark daughter, Arya, is running for her life and headed north on the Kingsroad, posing as a boy alongside a ragtag group of bastards, street rats and prisoners who have been recruited for the Night's Watch. Leading the party is Yoren, the sworn brother who traveled south to King's Landing to shore up some new recruits. Also in the mix is Gendry, one of Robert Baratheon's many bastards, and Jaqen H'ghar, a twisty-tongued convict who is much more than meets the eye.
King in the North Robb Stark and his bannermen have set up camp in the Riverlands, shockingly close to where Arya is currently traveling — though the odds of them running into each other are about the same as finding a needle in a haystack, pun intended. Along with Robb are some of his most loyal advisers: his mother Catelyn, the massive Greatjon Umber and the squirrelly Theon Greyjoy. Also part of the head count: Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, who was taken prisoner by Robb late last season. Jaime doesn't have much in the way of company, though he will get to know Robb's direwolf Greywind a bit better before the season premiere's end.
In the North
There must always be a Stark in Winterfell. To that end, Bran is the lucky lord filling in while Robb's away at war. The broken boy relies on simple-minded Hodor for transport and the wildling girl Osha for her storytelling. There are also the other Winterfell regulars, like Maester Luwin and Old Nan. Oh, and Rickon. Almost forgot about that one...
Way, Way North
Even further north than Winterfell — heck, even further north than the Wall itself — are Jon Snow and the men of the Night's Watch, ranging onward into the great icy unknown. Their purpose: to find out who or what is responsible for making dead men walk again. Jon is joined by sworn brothers Gren, Pyp and the cowardly Samwell Tarly. Lord Commander Jeor Mormont is with the crew as well, lending gravitas to their unbearably cold expedition.
Across The Narrow Sea
Looking beyond Westeros, exiled princess Daenerys Targaryen continues her trek through the mysterious land of Essos with her starving, dwindling khalasar. Her most loyal servent, Jorah Mormont, is still with Dany, as are only her most loyal servants, handmaidens and blood-riders. It isn't all bad news, of course: Dany has three dragons to keep her company now. That's three more dragons than anyone else in the world has!
Speaking of dragons, a brand-new location emerges in season two: Dragonstone, former seat of House Targaryen, current home to Stannis Baratheon. We've introduced you to Stannis already, but to quickly recap, he is late king Robert's younger brother, and therefore believes himself to be the rightful ruler of Westeros. With him are faithful advisers Davos Seaworth and Maester Cressen, as well as a mysterious new ally, Melisandre, the red priestess of Asshai. A dangerous, deadly group of individuals, as you'll soon see.
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