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Chapters of A Song of Ice and Fire are presented through different POV characters. Point of view is the way a story is written, determining through whose perspective the story is told.

George R. R. Martin strictly adheres to third-person narration. In each chapter the reader is presented with the thoughts and desires of one particular character, experiencing most of what he sees and hears, what he knows and remembers from the past, but not the thoughts of other characters and events occurring outside of his sight (this rule, however, has been so far violated once, when the narration shifted briefly to third-person omniscient near the end of The Iron Suitor chapter). Through the story we encounter number of POV's thus obtaining a multi-faceted view of the story.

POV Characters types

In the books the POV characters can be divided into three broad categories:

  • Prologue/epilogue POV characters: These are the characters whose perspective the prologue and epilogue chapters of each book have been told from. So far each book has had a prologue, whilst only the A Storm of Swords and A Dance with Dragons have had an epilogue.
  • Major POV characters: These are the main POVs from whom the bulk of the story has been related. Each main POV chapter is headed simply by the character's name.
  • Minor POV characters: Introduced in A Feast for Crows, this category includes POV chapters from minor characters rather than the major protagonists of the series. They are differentiated from the main POVs by having a descriptive title rather than just a name. As the books progress however, the distinction between major and minor characters is blurred; some less frequent POVs[1] have their names as chapter titles, whereas some more frequent ones[2] are given descriptive titles.

POV Characters

Major POV Characters

Minor POV Characters

Prologue POV's

All POV characters in prologues die at the end of the chapters or (in the prologue of aSoS) shortly after.

Epilogue POV's

All POV characters in epilogues die at the end of the chapters.

Appearances in the Books

A Game of Thrones

A Clash of Kings

  • Tyrion Lannister - 15 chapters
  • Arya Stark - 10 chapters
  • Jon Snow - 8 chapters
  • Sansa Stark - 8 chapters
  • Bran Stark - 7 chapters
  • Catelyn Stark - 7 chapters
  • Theon Greyjoy - 6 chapters
  • Daenerys Targaryen - 5 chapters
  • Davos Seaworth - 3 chapters
  • Maester Cressen - 1 chapter (Prologue)

A Storm of Swords

  • Arya Stark - 13 chapters
  • Jon Snow - 12 chapters
  • Tyrion Lannister - 11 chapters
  • Jaime Lannister - 9 chapters
  • Catelyn Stark - 7 chapters
  • Sansa Stark - 7 chapters
  • Davos Seaworth - 6 chapters
  • Daenerys Targaryen - 6 chapters
  • Samwell Tarly - 5 chapters
  • Bran Stark - 4 chapters
  • Chett - 1 chapter (Prologue)
  • Merrett Frey - 1 chapter (Epilogue)

A Feast for Crows

A Dance with Dragons

  • Jon Snow - 13 chapters
  • Tyrion Lannister - 12 chapters
  • Daenerys Targaryen - 10 chapters
  • Theon Greyjoy - 7 chapters
  • Quentyn Martell - 4 chapters
  • Davos Seaworth - 4 chapters
  • Barristan Selmy - 4 chapters
  • Asha Greyjoy - 3 chapters
  • Bran Stark - 3 chapters
  • Jon Connington - 2 chapters
  • Cersei Lannister - 2 chapters
  • Victarion Greyjoy - 2 chapters
  • Arya Stark - 2 chapters
  • Areo Hotah - 1 chapter
  • Jaime Lannister - 1 chapter
  • Melisandre - 1 chapter
  • Varamyr Sixskins - 1 chapter (Prologue)
  • Kevan Lannister - 1 chapter (Epilogue)

The Winds of Winter (so far confirmed)

  • Arianne Martell - 2 chapters
  • Barristan Selmy - 2 chapters
  • Tyrion Lannister - 2 chapters
  • Arya Stark - 1 chapter
  • Sansa Stark - 1 chapter
  • Theon Greyjoy - 1 chapter
  • Victarion Greyjoy - 1 chapter
  • Aeron Greyjoy - 1 chapter

Statistics

Statistics, detailing the appearance of POV chapters across the novels.

POV Character A Game of Thrones A Clash of Kings A Storm of Swords A Feast for Crows A Dance with Dragons The Winds of Winter Number Of Chapters
Eddard Stark 15 0 0 0 0 0 15
Catelyn Tully 11 7 7 0 0 0 25
Sansa Stark 6 8 7 3 0 1 25
Arya Stark 5 10 13 3 2 1 34
Bran Stark 7 7 4 0 3 0 21
Jon Snow 9 8 12 0 13 0 42
Daenerys Targaryen 10 5 6 0 10 0 31
Tyrion Lannister 9 15 11 0 12 2 49
Theon Greyjoy 0 6 0 0 7 1 14
Davos Seaworth 0 3 6 0 4 0 13
Samwell Tarly 0 0 5 5 0 0 10
Jaime Lannister 0 0 9 7 1 0 17
Cersei Lannister 0 0 0 10 2 0 12
Brienne of Tarth 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Areo Hotah 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Arys Oakheart 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Arianne Martell 0 0 0 2 0 2 4
Asha Greyjoy 0 0 0 1 3 0 4
Aeron Greyjoy 0 0 0 2 0 1 3
Victarion Greyjoy 0 0 0 2 2 1 5
Quentyn Martell 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Jon Connington 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Barristan Selmy 0 0 0 0 4 2 6
Melisandre 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

Notes and References


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