The Complete Game of Thrones Family Tree

Do you love Game of Thrones and genealogy? If so, this article is for you. We'll cover all the important Game of Thrones characters and map out their family trees for your viewing pleasure!

If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones series you surely know how complicated the family trees in the series can be. There are so many different families that play a role in the series that it can be pretty hard to keep up with who is related to who and their impact on current and past events.

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It is even more complicated when you consider the fact that these family trees go back centuries before the first book and tv episode took place. Some characters are mentioned throughout the books and in the tv, series that were long dead by the time that the series was taking place, but were still important to the story.

Being able to understand the different dynamics of each of the important families can give you a much deeper understanding than before. If you were looking for something to give you some more context to understand the complex family trees in Game of Thrones then you have come to the right place. Be aware that there will be some spoilers in the sections below, so you should proceed at your own risk.

Book vs TV show

For these family trees, we will mainly be covering the characters that are mentioned in the tv series and their direct relatives. If we were to include all of the characters that are mentioned throughout the books it would be very complex and at the end of the day, a vast majority of people watch the tv show but don’t read the books.

The Main 3

If you are an avid Game of Thrones fan this might seem a little too obvious, but for those of you who just started watching the show the three most important houses at the beginning of the show are Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon.

However, nine houses are recognized as the great houses of Westeros. These include Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Targaryen, Tully, Greatjoy, Arryn, Tyrell, and Martell. Despite these houses or families, being recognized as the great houses of Westeros not all of them play an important role in the tv series right from the beginning.

For example, despite being recognized as one of the nine great houses, the house of Targaryen only has two survivors when season one begins. With that being said, below are the family trees for the main 3 houses when the show starts.

House of Stark

House of Stark is one of the oldest families of Westeros. Their house began thousands of years before the start of the show back when the first humans discovered the continent of Westeros. As you can imagine they have a very long history and an even longer family tree.

Due to how long their history is, a lot of their family tree is unknown, but here are some of the most recent members of the House of Stark.

This first section of the family tree includes Rickard Stark who is the grandfather of the Stark children that star throughout the show. You might have heard about Brandon Stark at some point during the show, but in case you forgot about him he was Ned’s brother and was killed alongside his father by King Aerys II.

You can also see that Ned also has a sister who was killed by the Mountain when Robbert Baratheon took over the throne from the mad king Aerys II. Lastly, you will also find Benjen Stark who as you may recall was a member of the night’s watch and eventually dies while saving Jon Snow in the North beyond the Wall.

You will likely be much more familiar with this family tree as all of these characters appear on the show. Starting with Catelyn Tully, Ned’s wife, she is the mother to all of the Stark children and is killed at the Red wedding. Their oldest son Rob Stark is also killed at the Red wedding after he crowned himself the King of the North and began his march south towards King’s Landing.

Sansa is the oldest of the Stark daughters and becomes the Queen of the North after the Battle of King’s Landing is over and Jon Snow kills Daenerys Targaryen. Bran is the second oldest son of the Stark family and becomes the first elected King of Westeros following the defeat of the white walkers and the Battle of King’s Landing.

Arya Stark is the youngest daughter and was the one responsible for killing the Night King which put an end to the Great War. Following the Battle of King’s Landing, she sets on an adventure westward to discover what lies where the maps end. The last member of the Stark family is the youngest son Rickon who is killed by Lord Ramsey Bolton before the Battle of the Bastards.

As you may realize, Jon Snow does not appear in this family tree since his actual family heritage is revealed towards the end of the show.

House of Lannister

The House of Lannister is one of the most powerful houses, if not the most powerful, in all of Westeros at the beginning of the show and throughout the entirety of the show. The reason behind the power of the Lannister house is not only their seemingly unlimited supply of gold but the fact that Cersei Lannister is the Queen of Westeros when the show first begins.

The House of Lannister has one of the most complicated and complex family trees out of the main 3 families, so get ready to get your brain scrambled.

For this family tree, the ancestors of Tywin Lannister will not be covered since there are far too many and they have no impact on the show. Lord Tywin Lannister is the head of the House of Lannister until he is shot with a crossbow by his son Tyrion for sleeping with his girlfriend. His wife, Joanna Lannister died before the beginning of the show after giving birth to their youngest son Tyrion.

Jamie and Cersei Lannister are twins. Jamie is Tywin’s pride and joy as he was one of the best warriors in all of Westeros until he had his hand cut off. Jamie was a member of the King’s Guard which is considered to be one of the most honorable positions one can hold in all of Westeros.

Cersei on the other hand got married to Robert Baratheon after he took over the throne from King Aeryis II. She was forced into this marriage by her father which explains why Cersei never loved Robbert and why she had him killed during the first season of the show. It is also part of the reason why she had a love affair with her brother Jamie.

As you may realize, the family tree above shows that all of Cersei’s children are Robbert’s, but in reality, it is revealed much later in the show that all of her children are actually her brother Jamie’s.

The first of their children is Joffrey Baratheon who becomes King of Westeros following Rob’s death. He is later poisoned by Sansa Stark and dies at his wedding with Margaery Tyrell. Myrcella Baratheon is poisoned by Ellaria Sand when she is headed back home to King’s Landing from her stay in Dorne.

The last of their children, Tommen also gets married to Margaery Tyrell and then later kills himself by jumping from the top of a tower after his wife Margaery was killed in the Wildfire explosion that was planned by Cersei to get rid of her enemies.

Other members of the Lannister family make brief appearances throughout the show like Lancel Lannister who is Jamie’s, Cersei’s, and Tyrion’s cousin. However, these characters aren’t as important as any of the ones mentioned above.

House Baratheon

Despite being one of the most powerful houses when the show begins because the King of Westeros at the beginning of the show is Robbert Baratheon, the House of Baratheon loses a lot of its power in the later stages of the show. Due to the fact that Robbert didn’t actually have any of his own children with Cersei, the Baratheon family tree is not very long.

One of the first things you may notice about the Baratheon family tree above is that there is only one son of Robbert that appears on the tree. This is because as it was mentioned earlier, Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen weren’t Robbert’s children. However, you might find it intriguing that there is a son named Gendry listed as Robbert’s son.

Gendry is one of Robbert’s many bastard children that is later legitimized by Daenerys Targaryen. However, the show doesn’t answer the question of who is Gendry’s mother. Many people speculate that Cersei is Gendry’s mother, but there is no way of knowing for sure.

Robbert’s younger brother Stannis was the Lord of Dragonstone and Storm’s End after Robbert took the throne. He attempted to take over the throne following Robbert’s death but was unsuccessful in doing so. He was ultimately killed at the failed Battle of Winterfell. His only daughter Shireen was burned alive at the stake by the red witch Melisandre. Following her daughter’s death, Selyse hanged herself.

Lastly, Robbert’s youngest brother Renly was the Lord of Storm’s End and also laid his claim on the throne following the death of Robbert. Renly was killed by a shadow which presumably was sent by the red witch Melisandre following Lord Stannis’ wishes. Before his death, Renly got married to Margaery Tyrell who then married both Joffrey and Tommen Lannister.

These are all of the important members of the Baratheon family in the show. They lost a lot of their power when the house was divided between Stannis and Renly as they fought for the throne of Westeros following Robbert’s death. Even after Renly died, Stannis was utterly unsuccessful at fulfilling his claim to the iron throne.

Neil Edwards

Neil Edwards

Genealogist and family-tree research specialist

Neil was born in Shropshire, England surrounded by centuries of living history. His interest in the past has been a lifelong passion leading to undergraduate degrees in both Economic History & Geography and History & Politics.

This interest in history quickly translated to family history when he moved to the U.S. in 2010. It was here that he began working on his own family tree as well as that of his American wife. That research allowed him to gain a wealth of experience working with both U.S. and European genealogical documents and studying their best uses in researching family history.

Following 9 years of honing his genealogical research skills, Neil was proud to have earned a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in late 2019. Neil also took part in the research process for a Duke University study into the families of 19th Century UK Members of Parliament.

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