- King Edward - the focus of the episode
- Queen Edith - Edward's wife and moderately powerful force behind the throne
- Earl Eadwine - The mildly disloyal earl of Mercia
- Gruffydd ap Lywelyn - The first (and possibly only) king of Wales
- Harold Godwineson - The de facto leader of the Godwine clan
- Tostig Godwineson - Harold's younger, feuding, brother
- Earl Morcar - the "rebel's choice" earl of Northumbria.