'Game of Thrones' Characters In Season 1 Vs. Now

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Game of Thrones is so close to returning, I can feel the dragon's breath on my back. For a show with so many Houses and so many names to remember, a surprising few have been with us since the very beginning. It's fascinating to see how Game of Thrones characters have changed since Season 1, and will give you more than one feel.

Not all of the Season 1 characters who may not be in Season 7 have died, surprisingly enough. I'm looking at you, Gendry Waters, rowing champion of Westeros. Plus, some surviving fan favorite characters who will appear in Season 7 like Davos Seaworth, Melisandre, Gilly, Brienne of Tarth, and Podrick were not introduced until Season 2. Meanwhile Tormund, Greyworm, Missandei, Meera Reed, and all of Dorne didn't show up until Season 3 or later. A lot has changed over seven years. That's for certain.

The following 17 characters are the real heroes and hangers-on of Game of Thrones, if you will. We've truly grown with them over the years. Follow me down memory lane.

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