The Game of Thrones television series closely follows the multiple storylines of the A Song of Ice and Fire series written by George R. R. Martin. The author Martin has stated that the shows pilot script was very faithful to his work. Game of Thrones is set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where it is said that summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Game of Thrones chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the kingdom’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne. As the series opens, additional threats from the snow and ice covered region north of Westeros and from the eastern continent across a narrow sea are simultaneously beginning to rise. The dominant families are the Houses Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between these clans, and with the remaining great Houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest North. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits.