"Littlefinger is so perfectly cast."
"The Mountain isn't as big as I thought he would be."
"Did you see Renly?! And Ser Barristan the Bold?"
"Where has Ghost been?"
"Was that part with Theon like that in the books? I can't remember."
Every question is followed by the rest of the group saying, who is that? There are a lot of characters and because the stage is being set for many epic moments, the introductions are skipped or rushed. It's okay that you don't know each person and his or her relation to everyone else. Really.
However, a fabulous lady I know has made an infographic that shows the characters and how they fit in. Here's a peek at House Stark:
What I particularly love about this infographic is that she created it only based on the TV show. She hasn't read the books. She's updating this character and relationship map as the episodes air, so you don't have to worry about being spoiled. Genius, right? She's used information from HBO to fill in some blanks so you might see some character names that haven't come into the show yet - but I'd hardly call that spoilers. I would call this illustrated guide Game of Thrones for Dummies, but if I hadn't read the books, I know I would have a hard time keeping track of who is who.
Check out the Game of Thrones infographic in all it's detailed glory. If you find it useful, please pass the link along.
You can follow the creator of this illustrated guide on Twitter: @fabgeekling