The Game of Thrones trailer for Season 8 was released on Tuesday and fans cannot keep calm.
But for the clueless folks who don’t understand the award winning series, we’ve got you covered with a summary.
Game of Thrones is based on a series of novels called A Song of Ice and Fire, first launched by award-winning author George R.R. Martin in 1996.
If you just got through the first episode and you’re intrigued (especially after that ending), but confused as hell because you just got introduced to a bunch of characters, locations, and storylines. This guide is for you.
In the years since Game of Thrones premiered, phrases like “winter is coming” and “Valar morghulis” have entered the modern lexicon, leaving fans eager for the Sunday-night show full of backstabbing, bloodletting, and fiery dragons.
What it’s all about
Game of Thrones tells the story of a medieval country’s civil war. The series, which premiered in April 2011, is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos in a world where seasons stretch on for years.
The show is divided into three major plot lines. The first covers the battle between the lords of the continent of Westeros.
The second follows the rise of Daenerys Targaryen, the last member of an exiled family as she builds an army in Essos to reclaim her throne.
The third plot takes place in the North of Westeros among the Night’s Watch, an armed unit that guards the 300-mile-long, 70-foot-tall wall that protects the rest of the continent from the mythical creatures that lurk there.
There have been so many changes in the great Houses of Westeros over the past few seasons that it’s difficult to keep track.
Here’s a Breakdown of Alliances and Feuds in Game of Thrones for anyone who’s still confused about who wants to kill who.
From the beginning of the show, the bond between the Starks and the Baratheons was shown as strong and unshakeable.
As young boys, Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon started a war that changed the landscape of Westeros forever.
The Starks and Arryns have been allied for decades, dating back to Ned Stark living with Jon Arryn as a young boy. The Arryns have always had the backs of the Starks.
After his true love Lyanna Stark was abducted by Rhaegar Targaryen, Robert Baratheon called for war on the Targaryen’s.
At the end of Robert’s Rebellion, the Targaryen’s were in dire straights, forced from their homes and eventually slaughtered.
After the end of the Rebellion, Cersei Lannister was to tie the knot with Robert Baratheon, making her Queen and their Houses united in marriage. This shining ideal of Houses immediately soured upon Robert’s descent into a drunk, lecherous ruler.
A very recent and surprising alliance, all things considered. The two houses have put aside their differences and pledged to work together to fight off the White Walker threat. Despite their Houses being enemies for decades, Jon Snow and Daenerys have learned to understand and respect one another.