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This is the official HBO pronunciation guide developed by the series' production staff and given to the actors during the filming of Game of Thrones. The guide was later released on the official HBO website for the series.[1]

Note that this article is not a comprehensive guide to name pronunciation on the TV series, but is an archive of the specific pronunciation guide that the production team developed and circulated to the actors in Season 1. As such, it covers most but not all of the names used in Season 1, particularly major characters and locations. Moreover, it doesn't include characters introduced after Season 1.

On the fansite, writer Bryan Cogman clarified that some pronunciations would differ due to the accents and languages of the speaker. "Ser" in particular will vary.

Character names




According to the pronunciation guide, "Qarth" is pronounced "QUARTH". However, in "Garden of Bones" when Daenerys first pronounces it as "Kwarth" she is corrected by the Spice King that it is actually "KARTH". The original pronunciation guide may have been in error. Either way, "Karth" is the pronunciation that is actually used on-screen.

Also, in Season 3 the pronunciation of "Tyrell" has become notoriously inconsistent: actors have been pronouncing it different ways even within the same scenes.


  1. Cogman, Bryan (February 11, 2011). Pronunciation guide. Making Game of

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