Here is a summary I found online of where we left the major characters:
Derided as “the imp” and the perennial underdog, Tyrion was on death row for the murder of evil King Joffrey. He was let out of jail by his big brother Jaime Lannister but instead of immediately escaping, Tyron strangled his girlfriend and killed his father Lord Tywin Lannister. Tyrion made his get away with the assistance of Varys, a eunuch, who parcelled him in a small box, to be shipped to Pentos. His destiny will be of major interest.
The young tough nut has set sail for the city of Braavos after her captor, Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound, appeared to be mortally wounded during a rumble with Brienne of Tarth. Brienne had made a vow to the deceased Catelyn Stark that she would protect Arya but the young Stark took off after the rumble confounding Brienne, and her offsider Podrick. It remains to be seen what became of the Hound.
Queen Daenerys Targaryen
The Mother of Dragons is overseeing Meereen – home to mercenaries, freed slaves and dragons. However she’s had to chain two of her three fire breathing friends after one of them baked a young child. But the third, largest and most aggressive of the trio, is still on the loose. Rounding that dragon up will no doubt be high on her list of things to do.
Arya’s older sister was married against her will to Tyrion but fled following the murder of King Joffrey. She was spirited away to the conniving Lord Petyr Baelish, aka Little Finger. In the last episode the sultry and demure Sansa had a goth makeover and remains pivotal to the plot. Will she fall under the spell of Littlefinger?
Lord Petyr Baelish bumped off his wife Lysa, who was also Sansa’s aunt. Along with Lady Olenna Tyrell, he was behind the murder of Joffrey. Littlefinger cannot be trusted and murdering anyone in his way is his hobby. Taking Sansa as his next wife looks to be high on his agenda.
Cersei and Jaime Lannister
This incestuous pair are twin brother and sister by day, reunited lovers by night. They are the biological parents of King Tommen Baratheon. How they react to the death of their father Tywin, who was also the Hand of The King, will be a major turning point. Especially since Jaime let the caged imp out and Cersei wanted him dead. Someone will need to replace Tywin and guide Tommen, who is not old enough to rule in his own right.
The wannabe king turned up at Castle Black at the right time to help Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch bring down the Wildlings. Stannis, who is supported by his priestess Melisandre and his loyal Hand and confidant Ser Davos, borrowed a cart load of money to finance a new army so they can march toward King’s Landing where the Lannisters are based. Stannis is the younger brother of late King Robert Baratheon, who married Cersei, and he claims to be the rightful king because he knows Joffrey was born out of incest.
The bastard child of the House of a Stark and a steward of the Night’s Watch, ended up burying, make that burning, his Wilding love Ygritte. She died after the Wildlings attacked Castle Black which Snow was defending and in danger of losing until Stannis rolled-up.
Snow’s little brother (or who he considers his brother), who is unable to walk and is guarded by Hodor, is now north of the Wall and inside a tree. Apparently he doesn’t appear in season five, although last we saw he was told he would never going to walk again, but fly.
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