A Guide to Who’s Hooked Up on ‘Game of Thrones’

One of the many reasons Game of Thrones is a game changer for fantasy besides, you know, its propensity for killing off main characters — is the healthy amount of sex and nudity it injects into a genre that all too often confines itself to chaste romances between knights and ladies. In fact, the show sneaks in so many hookups between the gore and political intrigue that it can be difficult to keep track of dozens of characters’ various dalliances. So, to help our fellow fans, we’ve compiled a handy list of who’s hooked up with whom. (Sorry, Daenerys Targaryen, but marriages don’t count, no matter how hot your warlord husband is.)

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Jaime and Cersei

Perhaps the show’s most shocking coupling is between Queen Cersei Lannister and her twin brother, Jaime, a member of the Kingsguard sworn to protect her husband, King Robert. Viewers found out about the incestuous pair when intrepid climber Bran Stark spied them through a window at the end of the pilot — the same window that Jaime then proceeded to throw Bran out of, crippling him for life. More twisted still, all three of Cersei’s children are her brother’s, which might explain why Joffrey, their oldest, is basically the worst person ever. Gross as it is, the Lannisters’ relationship is, in a way, the ultimate expression of sibling-y love: Jaime’s admitted he’s never slept with anyone but Cersei, and Cersei basically killed her husband and started a war to protect her brother and their children.