Every character Game of Thrones has forgotten about
*Spoilers for Game of Thrones seasons 1-7*
Game of Thrones already has more characters than most viewers can keep track of. But as the show has progressed, some surprisingly significant supporting figures have fallen by the wayside.
Not all have met a gruesome end – a few have simply disappeared. Abandoned on the writing room floor.
Some of these forgotten characters could have a big part to play in the final season. If they ever return…
Who is he again? – Edmure is the head of House Tully, Lord of the Riverlands and younger brother to Catelyn Stark. He has had a pretty hard time of it so far, having been imprisoned at his own wedding and subsequently threatened with execution by the Freys.
Why does he matter? – As uncle to the Stark family and commander of the armies of the Riverlands, Edmure would come in handy in the battle for the Iron Throne and would be one of the North’s staunchest allies – were he around in the show.
What’s the explanation? – No official word, but with Arya having demolished the remnants of House Frey and the Unsullied having liberated Casterley Rock, there is presumably nowhere for Edmure to be imprisoned. So you imagine he’s a free man now, until confirmed otherwise.
Who is she again? – A ‘shadowbinder’ and mysterious seer encountered by Dany and Jorah way back in Season 2. Quaithe warned the would-be Queen of the plot to steal her dragons.
Why does she matter? – Holding similar powers to the Red Priestess, Melisandre, the masked Quaithe played a much larger role in George R.R. Martin’s book series, delivering prophecies to Dany on a regular basis.
What’s the explanation? – None. Quaithe’s role was cut to a minor two episode run way back when Dany was in Quarth. With a minimum amount of screen-time, it’s most likely the Priestess is still skulking around Quarth’s dark alleyways somewhere off-screen.
Who is he again? – The charismatic leader of the Second Sons, and one-time lover of Daenerys Targaryen. The Tyroshi sellsword was a regular fan-favourite right up until Season 6.
Why does he matter? – A skilled warrior, Daario would prove a useful general in the battle for the Iron Throne. His Second Sons forces wouldn’t go amiss either, if Dany needs an even larger army.
What’s the explanation? – Left behind in Meereen at the end of Season 6 to keep the peace in the city. Tyrion persuaded Dany that bringing her lover to Westeros would be detrimental to her cause. It didn’t take long for the Mother of Dragons to forget Daario once her nephew turned up on the scene.
Who is he again? – Jon’s faithful direwolf and the only one still part of the Stark family. His sister Nymeria, now feral and wild, made a brief cameo earlier in Season 7.
Why does he matter? – The loyal animal had been an ever present by Jon’s side for most of seasons 1 to 6, and the two have a strong connection. Ghost is as important to Jon’s story as Drogon is to Dany’s, but the wolf has fallen by the wayside in recent episodes.
What’s the explanation? – Not enough CGI budget for both dragons and direwolves. Sansa mentioned that Ghost was at Winterfell earlier in the season however, so at least Jon’s best friend is still alive. His whereabouts have been the question on everyone’s lips.
Who is he again? – The pirate lord and long-time friend of Davos Seaworth. This fleet commander was roped into an alliance with Stannis for Season 2’s Battle of the Blackwater. Last seen ferrying Stannis’ armies north to lift the siege on Castle Black.
Why does he matter? – As Davos’ life-long ally, Saan would be a useful figure to have around. His ships would have certainly come in useful during Euron’s attack on the Greyjoy siblings.
What’s the explanation? – No mention from the show’s writers. As a man that fights only for gold, it’d be fair to assume the gold dried up once Stannis met his grisly end.
Who is he again? – The Magister of Pentos and the man behind the Dany and Khal Drogo match-up. This Cupid in-the-making ‘sold’ the young queen to the Dothraki Khal way back in Season 1. Driven by his desire to see a Targaryen on the throne, Illyrio also presented Dany with her three dragon eggs, and introduced her to Jorah Mormont.
Why does he matter? – Illyrio effectively created the Mother of Dragons and set Dany on her path to Westeros. He might just about be one of the most important characters in Game of Thrones.
What’s the explanation? – None as such. Dany left her benefactor behind in Essos. However, Illyrio’s good friend Varys still sits among the Dragon Queen’s most trusted counsel.
Ser Illyn Payne
Who is he again? – The mute executioner that killed Ned Stark. The King’s Justice, as Illyn is known, is the sword of choice when the crown needs someone offing.
Why does he matter? – A fearless warrior, the tongueless Payne made his way onto Arya’s list when he beheaded her father with his own sword. Surely, some revenge is in order as Arya’s list grows ever shorter?
What’s the explanation? – Actor Wilko Johnson, of Dr. Feelgood fame, was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Due to his ill health, Johnson was unable to continue with his acting commitments. Happily, Johnson made a recovery in 2014 – and has even spoken about returning to the series before its final outing.
Who is he again? – The only surviving child of Jon Arryn, the immature Robin is now Lord of the Eyrie and would-be commander of the Knights of the Vale. Prone to tantrums, and with a penchant for throwing people through the Moon Door, Robin had something of a sheltered upbringing.
Why does he matter? – With step-father Petyr Baelish now out of the picture, Robin is the Vale’s most senior Lord and would prove a powerful ally for the Starks, as he is their cousin (the son of Cat’s sister, Lysa). The Knights of the Vale followed Sansa to Winterfell, but it’s ultimately up to Robin as to whether they stay there. Or more ride to join them.
What’s the explanation? – No official comment.Still a child, and a sickly one at that, Robin was left behind when the Knights rode to Winterfell.