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The Women of "Game of Thrones"

Thanks to HBO, there is no episode for me to recap this week. Instead, on a suggestion from Deuce02, I'm going to run through the women from the world of Westeros

The Highborn

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Lady Catelyn Stark (Tully)

Birthplace: Riverrun

Allegiance: The North, The Riverlands

Status: Alive

Last seen: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

Catelyn is the widow of the late Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell. It was her actions that sparked the War of the Five Kings when she arrested Tyrion Lannister on the belief that he attempted to kill her son Bran. Since then, she has been by her son Robb's side throughout his campaign, advising him and negotiating on his behalf. She was also partly responsible for the current tension concerning the Karstarks and Lord Rickard's murder of Lannister prisoners when she released Jaime Lannister, a treasonous action.

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Queen in the North Talisa Stark (Maegyr)

Birthplace: Volantis

Allegiance: The North

Status: Alive

Last seen: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

Through no fault of her own, Talisa is the center of a bit of controversy concerning Robb. He chose the foreign beauty Talisa over a marriage contract with the Freys, causing the latter to abandon the Northmen's cause. Love over duty. Luckily, Robb was able to negotiate and solution with the stubborn Lord Walder Frey, with Edmure Tully instead marrying one of his daughters.

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Sansa Lannister (Stark)

Birthplace: Winterfell

Allegiance: The North

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

The daughter of Catelyn and Eddard Stark, Sansa has had kind of a shitty life since arriving in King's Landing with dreams of marrying Joffrey. Her father has been executed, her family is at war, she believes her younger brothers dead, and she has been a prisoner to her once-betrothed. Sansa has always been the Stark child that is most interested in the activities of noble ladies, but her dreams were crushed by the events of the War of the Five Kings. To top it all off, she was forcefully married to a member of the hate Lannisters, Tyrion.

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Margaery Tyrell

Birthplace: Highgarden

Alliegiance: The Reach, The Crownlands

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

Daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell of Highgarden, Margaery Tyrell entered the war in a marriage contract with Renly Baratheon. When Renly was assassinated and most of his army defected to Stannis' side, the Tyrells sided with the Iron Throne. She has since taken Sansa's place as Joffrey's betrothed, and is soon to be married to him.

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Former Queen Cersei Lannister

Birthplace: Casterly Rock

Allegiance: The Westerlands, Herself

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

Widow of the late King Robert Baratheon, Cersei is best known for her incestuous relationship with her twin brother Jaime. She is a scheming woman, who puts only her children before herself. With her son Joffrey currently on the Iron Throne, she has can use him to reach her goals. As of late, she has been part of a plot to seize power in The Reach through her betrothal to Loras Tyrell.

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Brienne of Tarth

Birthplace: Tarth

Allegiance: Renly Baratheon, Catelyn Stark

Last seen: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

The sole female member of Renly's Kingsguard, Brienne fled with Catelyn Stark following his death. She swore allegiance to her and agreed to escort the Kingslayer to King's Landing to exchange for Arya and Sansa. Though the two got off to a rocky start, they have since bonded, with Jaime even risking his own life to save hers.

The Lowborn

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Melisandre of Asshai

Birthplace: Asshai

Allegiance: The Lord of Light, Stannis Baratheon

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

Melisanre is a Red Priestess of R'hlorr, the Lord of Light. She came to Westeros with the intent of converting people to her religion, and she chose the court of Stannis Baratheon as the place to start. She has succeeded with many people, although some others regard her as evil. This perception can be attributed to her use of magic, most notably when she birthed a shadow assassin to eliminate Renly Baratheon.

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Shae

Birthplace: Lorath

Allegiance: Tyrion Lannister

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

Shae was introduced as a camp follower of Tywin's army, when Bronn found her upon Tyrion's request. Following their night together, Tyrion brings her back to King's Landing in secret. The two form a bond, which is tested when Shae finds out that Tyrion is slated to marry Sansa. Following the wedding, she becomes cold towards Tyrion.

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Ros

Birthplace: Winterfell (presumably)

Alliegiance: Littlefinger, Varys

Status: Dead

Last seen: "The Climb"

A whore from Winterfell, Ros travelled to King's Landing and found work in Littlefinger's brothel. She quickly became on of his most popular prostitutes, and even became a close confidant to Littlefinger. However, Littlefinger found out about her informing on him to Varys. As a result, she was given to Joffrey to be used as a target for his crossbow practice.

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Osha

Birthplace: Beyond the Wall

Allegiance: Bran Stark

Status: Alive

Last seen: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

Osha was captured after attempting to rob and kill Bran Stark while he was on a hunting trip. She was spared and now serves House Stark. Following the sack of Winterfell, she escaped with Bran, Rickon and Hodor and are now on their way North.

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Gilly

Birthplace: Craster's Keep

Allegiance: Samwell Tarly

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

One of Craster's many daughter-wives, Gilly finds a friend in Sam Tarly. When she gives birth to a son, she fear for his life due to Craster's barbaric offerings to the White Walkers. When the mutiny occurred at Craster's, Sam took her and escaped, and later saved her son from another Walker.

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Missandei

Birthplace: Island of Naath

Allegiance: Daenerys Targaryen

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

Missandei was a slave girl to Kraznys mo Nakloz in Astapor when Daenerys Targaryen arrived in search of an army. She served as translator between Kraznys and Dany throughout their negotiations, often altering what her master would say to Dany. After the sack of Astapor, Missandei joined Dany's forces and serves as her aid during her march toward Westeros.

The Fan-Favorites

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Lady Olenna Tyrell (Redwyne)

Birthplace: Arbor (presumably)

Allegiance: The Reach

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

Often called the female Tyrion Lannister, Olenna is the grandmother of Margaery and has shown she will do anything for House Tyrell. She tried to marry Sansa to her grandson Loras, but the plan fell through when the Lannisters found out. She is skilled enough with her words to hold her own against Varys, and has even been called his better.

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Arya Stark

Birthplace: Winterfell

Allegiance: The North

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

The youngest Stark daughter, Arya is known as the wildest of the bunch. Her passion for swordplay and archery and in stark (heh) contrast to her sister's passion for ladylike activities. On the run following her father's beheading, she eventually joins up with the Brotherhood without Banners. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out as the Brotherhood has other priorities than she does, causing her to leave. However, she stumbles into the waiting arms of the Hound, and is now on her way to be ransomed back to her mother and brother.

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Ygritte

Birthplace: Beyond the Wall

Allegiance: The Free Folk, Mance Rayder

Status: Alive

Last seen: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

My personal favorite, Ygritte is a wildling in the company of Mance Rayder, and is captured by Jon Snow while Beyond the Wall. She then turns the tables and captures him, and he is accepted into the wildling forces. The two eventually kindle a romance, and she takes Jon's virginity. She was last seen South of the Wall in a raiding party with Jon, on their way to ambush the Night's Watch.

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Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, Stormborn, Mother of Dragons

Birthplace: Dragonstone

Allegiance: House Targaryen

Status: Alive

Last seen: "Second Sons"

Last, but certainly not least, is everyone's favorite exiled princess, Daenerys Targaryen. Daughter of the Mad King Aerys, Dany and her brother Viserys were exiled across the Narrow Sea to Essos. When she was of age she was married to Khal Drogo in exchange for 40,000 Dothraki horsemen. She eventually made her way to Qarth, albeit without her khalassar, where she secured a ship and sailed to Astapor. There she acquired her army of 8,000 Unsullied to take back Westeros with. But first, she must free any and all slaves she comes across, starting with those in the well-defended Yunkai.

So those are the many women of Westeros. Did I miss any favorites? If so, be sure to include them in the comments.

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