Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, becomes the Hand of the King after the previous hands death. He is a man of honor and has no interst in politics. When Ned investigates Jon Arryn's death he finds out that non of the Cersei's children are Roberts and they are infact Jaime's. He is imprisoned after Roberts death after being betrayed by 'Littlefinger' and the City Watch. He is forced to sacrifice his honor in order to save his two daughters.
Tyrion Lannister, also known as 'The Imp' is the younger brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. His sister and father hate him as his mother died giving birth to him. He is not physically strong, however he has a cunning mind and isn very clever especially when it comes to people. After Joffrey leaves the battle Tyrion takes over command and leads a counter attck. Cersei orders a member of the kings guard to kill him during the battle however Tyrions squire saves him. He is responsible for destroying nearly half of Stannis' fleet and yet recieves no recognition.
Arya Stark, youngest daughter of Ned Stark, prefers pacticing with weapons instead of doing the girly stuff they are forced to do such as knitting. She is given a sword by Jon Snow, her half brother, and she names it 'Needle'. She escapes from King's Landing with Yoren, after her father's execution, disguised as a boy heading for the wall. Plus she disarms Joffrey with a stick and her Wolf bites his arm!
Jon Snow, he is the bastard of Ned Stark and he joins the Nights Watch to protect the realm. Great character, just find yourself wanted something good to finally happen to him! Has Snow the wolf for protection too.
Robb Stark, eldest son of Ned Stark, leads the North to battle when his father is taken prisoner. Refered to by his bannermen as 'The King in the North'. He is slightly naive and so soft when it comes to his prisoners as he thinks this will affect how his enemies prisoners are kept.
Daenerys Targaryen, also known as 'The Stormborn', she is the daughter on King Aerys II Targaryen, 'The Mad King'. Her brother Viserys is abusive to her and marries her off to Kahl Drogo in order to use his army however he is killed by the Kahl. Daenerys becomes a Khaleesi, a queen of the Dothraki and eventually falls in love with Drogo, she becomes pregnant with Drogo's son who is prophesied by the Dothraki to be the 'Stallion Who Mounts the World', however a witch betrays her and is responsible for Drogo being in a coma and the death of her baby. She finds her way to Qarth, where she eventually prospers. It hard to dislike Daenerys, she may have been a little naive but theres no question shes got fight and, now she has her dragons, knows how to use it!
Sandor Clegane, better known as 'The Hound'. He was the personal bodyguard of Joffrey Baratheon and despite serving the House Lannister, decides he's had enough when fire is used (which he is afraid of) and abandon's the city. He's given some badass speaches to particular people too:
"If any of those flaming fucking arrows come near me, I'll strangle you with your own guts"
"If any man dies with a clean sword, I'll rape his fucking corpse!"
Ser Jorah Mormont, an exiled knight and son of Jeor Mormont, the comander of the Knights Watch. He has inevitably fallen is love with Daenerys and has sworn to protect her and becomes the first knight in the Queensguard. He is a great fighter and even killed the Dothraki second in comand when he threatened Daenerys.
Yoren, a member of the Nights Watch. He travels around the kingdom collecting scum to convert into men of the Nights Watch. Helps Arya escape King's Landing by disguising her a boy in heading for the wall. A great fighter who dies refusing orders from Lannister bannermen, not before taking many of them out.
Jaqen H'ghar, a sly and dangerous criminal, he is saved from a fire by Arya and so offers to kill 3 people for the red god, on her request. He also helps Arya escape from Harrenhal, and then changes his appearance. He gives Arya a coin and tells her to say valar morghulis if she requires help again.