Just in case you don’t have time re-watch seven seasons of Game of Thrones before the upcoming premiere—it’s only 67 episodes; what’s wrong with you?—we here at Vanity Fair will be recapping every single season of the show khổng lồ make sure key events are fresh in your mind. Since this is a rather daunting undertaking—it’s 67 episodes; what bởi vì you expect of us?!—we’ve sầu boiled each season down khổng lồ the essential arc of each surviving main character mix to vì battle in Season 8.

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If you feel a little more ambitious, there’s an extra-credit section below with additional information that could be good to lớn remember when the series returns. (Just because a character has died, for instance, that doesn’t mean they’re unimportant!) For a more in-depth look at some of the key episodes of trò chơi of Thrones, you can dive sầu inkhổng lồ Vanity Fair’s danh mục of the 15 most essential episodes of Game of Thrones khổng lồ re-watch before the final season. But for now, here’s Season 5.

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Previously on trò chơi of Thrones Season 7.

Previously on trò chơi of Thrones Season 6.

Previously on Game of Thrones Season 4.

Previously on Game of Thrones Season 3.

Previously on trò chơi of Thrones Season 2.

Previously on trò chơi of Thrones Season 1.

Essential Information

Cersei Lannister, Queen Regent of Westeros, buries her father Tywin, is jealous of Queen Margaery Tyrell, is worried about her daughter, Myrcella, in Dorne, tries khổng lồ make a powerful ally in a religious figure known as the High Sparrow and his Faith Militant followers, & has Loras Tyrell arrested. Cersei is then taken prisoner by the High Sparrow, charged with adultery, incest, và regicide. She has all her hair chopped off; takes a long, awful walk through the streets of King’s Landing; and collapses in the arms of Qyburn & her new, undead bodyguard: the Mountain.

Jaime Lannister, Her Twin Brother, teams up with the sellsword-turned-knight Bronn khổng lồ travel lớn Dorne to lớn rescue his daughter, Myrcella, from the Martells who are more than a little ticked about the death of Prince Oberyn. (You remember, sexy rakish guy who had his head popped?) Jaime’s stay in Dorne is a mixed success as he tangles with Oberyn’s daughters, the S& Snakes, and his brother, Prince Doran—but ultimately, he winds up taking his daughter và her fiancé, Trystane Martell, back to King’s Landing. Just as they’re leaving Dorne & Jaime confesses to Myrcella that he’s her dad (not her uncle), the girl dies in his arms thanks khổng lồ a poisonous kiss she received from Oberyn’s paramour: Ellaria Svà.

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Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell, teaches Olly how to lớn fight, has an awkward sex talk with Melisandre, kills Mance as an act of mercy, becomes Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, turns down Stannis’s offer of legitimization, executes Janos Slynt, travels to lớn Hardhome, battles the undead, kills a White Walker with his Valyrian Steel sword, meets the Night King, gets baông chồng to Castle Blachồng, lets the wildlings through the gate, learns of Stannis’s loss at Winterfell, and is murdered (temporarily) “For the Watch.”


Bran Stark, the Last Surviving Son of Winterfell, takes the season off, but Sansa talks about hyên a bit. We can assume he has been training with the Three-Eyed Raven. Also, at some point, he got a haircut.

Arya Stark, His Sister, arrives in Braavos, begins her internship at the House of Blachồng & White: School of Murder, gets smacked around by the Waif, sees the Hall of Faces, gets a job selling oysters, ignores her mission and murders Meryn Trant, is punished by Jaqen, and becomes blind.

Sansa Stark, His Other Sister, travels khổng lồ Winterfell with Littlefinger và refuses the help of Brienne along the way. She finds out she’s engaged to lớn Ramsay Bolton, visits her aunt Lyanmãng cầu in the crypts, has a tense bath scene with Ramsay’s girlfrikết thúc Myranda, sees Theon, has dinner with the Boltons, gets married—you know what happened next—và jumps off the embankments of Winterfell khổng lồ escape the clutches of House Bolton.


Daenerys Targaryen, the Queen of Dragons, struggles khổng lồ keep order in Meereen, gets hissed at by her freed slaves, learns about her brother Rhaegar’s singing career, mourns the loss of Ser Barristan, feeds one of the wise masters lớn her dragons, sees Ser Jorah again, meets Tyrion, banishes Jorah again, opens the fighting pits, agrees lớn marry Hizdahr zo Loraq, gets attacked at the opening of Daznak’s Pit, is rescued first by Jorah và then by Drogon, flies away, & is scooped up by a Dothraki horde.

The Night King, a Big Scary Blue Guy, shows up at Hardhome, meets Jon Snow, và sassily shows him his best tiệc nhỏ trick: bringing the dead bachồng to lớn life with a shrug of his shoulders.

Notable Deaths

Jon Snow (sorta), Shireen Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, White Rat, Mance Rayder, Janos Slynt, Ser Barrischảy Selmy, Maester Aemon, the Lord of Bones, a White Walker, everyone’s new favorite Wildling Karđắm đuối, Hizdahr zo Loraq, Selyse Baratheon, Myranda, Meryn Trant, Myrcella Baratheon.


Defining Cultural Moment

This one is a three-way tie between the outcry over the rape of Sansa Stark, the truyền thông media frenzy over the fate of Jon Snow, và the buzz around Cersei’s Walk of Atonement. Cersei’s walk coincided with some serious discussion of how online-shaming và social-truyền thông culture were becoming an increasingly powerful weapon. Jon’s death—which was & is still a cliff-hanger in the books—marked the first time the show had tried to lớn keep a major secret from its fandom. Actor Kit Harington gave sầu interviews in which he claimed lớn have sầu chopped off his trademark Jon Snow locks—more of a trlặng, really—và wasn’t coming bachồng. The cast và crew then spent several exhausting months lying to both the truyền thông & fans. It was only the beginning of the show’s highly secretive new way of engaging with its audience, now that it had run out of books khổng lồ adapt. But when we look baông chồng, the true standout moment has khổng lồ be Sansa’s sexual assault—and the outcry and ensuing discussion of the occasionally reckless way rape had been used to lớn tell stories on the screen.


Extra Credit

The fall of House Baratheon cannot be overlooked in this season. Stannis, a true favorite among book readers who is still alive sầu in Martin’s book narrative sầu, was the last to go down. But it was the death of the young princess Shireen that drew the most attention. Unlike the show’s treatment of Sansa, here the writers could shield themselves from critique by pointing out that this unholy barbecue was George R.R. Martin’s idea, not theirs.

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