Just in case you don’t have time re-watch salso periods 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 seachild of the show to make sure vital occasions are fresh in your mind. Due to the fact that this is a rather daunting undertaking—it’s 67 episodes; what carry out you suppose of us?!—we’ve boiled each seachild down to the essential arc of each making it through main character set to carry out battle in Seaboy 8.

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If you feel a small more ambitious, there’s an extra-crmodify area below via added information that could be good to remember when the series returns. (Just bereason a character has passed away, for instance, that doesn’t expect they’re unimportant!) For a more in-depth look at some of the crucial episodes of Game of Thrones, you deserve to dive into Vanity Fair’s list of the 15 many crucial episodes of Game of Thrones to re-watch prior to the final seaboy. But for currently, here’s Season 5.

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Essential Information

Cersei Lannister, Queen Regent of Westeros, buries her father Tywin, is jealous of Queen Margaery Tyrell, is worried around her daughter, Myrcella, in Dorne, tries to make an effective ally in a religious figure known as the High Sparrowhead and his Faith Militant followers, and has Loras Tyrell arrested. Cersei is then taken prisoner by the High Sparrowhead, charged with adultery, incest, and also regicide. She has actually all her hair chopped off; takes a long, awful walk through the roadways of King’s Landing; and collapses in the arms of Qyburn and also her brand-new, undead bodyguard: the Mountain.


Jaime Lannister, Her Twin Brvarious other, groups up through the sellsword-turned-knight Bronn to take a trip to Dorne to rescue his daughter, Myrcella, from the Martells that are more than a small ticked about the death of Prince Oberyn. (You remember, sexy rakish guy who had actually his head popped?) Jaime’s stay in Dorne is a mixed success as he tangles with Oberyn’s daughters, the Sand also Snakes, and also his brother, Prince Doran—however ultimately, he winds up taking his daughter and her fiancé, Trystane Martell, earlier to King’s Landing. Just as they’re leaving Dorne and also Jaime confesses to Myrcella that he’s her dad (not her uncle), the girl dies in his arms thanks to a poisonous kiss she received from Oberyn’s paramour: Ellaria Sand also.

Tyrion Lannister, Her Other Brother, arrives in Essos, drinks some wine, throws up, drinks even more wine, starts traveling with Varys towards Meereen, visits a brothel in Volantis, is recorded by Ser Jorah, sails with Valyria, is virtually eliminated by Stone Men, is captured by slavers, convinces them to seek out a cock merchant, is marketed right into the fighting pits, meets Daenerys, wins her over via banter, watches her fly ameans on a dragon, and also gets left in charge of Meereen.

Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell, teaches Olly just how to 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 Hardhome, battles the undead, kills a White Walker with his Valyrian Steel sword, meets the Night King, gets earlier to Castle Babsence, lets the wildlings with the gate, learns of Stannis’s loss at Winterfell, and also is murdered (temporarily) “For the Watch.”


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Bran Stark, the Last Surviving Son of Winterfell, takes the seakid off, yet Sansa talks about him a bit. We deserve to assume he has actually been training with the Three-Eyed Raven. Also, at some point, he obtained a haircut.


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


Sansa Stark, His Other Sister, travels to Winterdropped with Littlefinger and refoffers the help of Brienne along the method. She finds out she’s involved to Ramsay Bolton, visits her aunt Lyanna in the crypts, has a tense bath scene with Ramsay’s girlfriend Myranda, sees Theon, has dinner with the Boltons, gets married—you understand what occurred next—and jumps off the embankments of Winterdropped to escape the clutches of Housage Bolton.


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Daenerys Targaryen, the Queen of Dragons, battles to store order in Meereen, gets hissed at by her freed servants, learns about her brvarious other Rhaegar’s singing career, mourns the loss of Ser Barristan, feeds among the wise masters to her dragons, sees Ser Jorah again, meets Tyrion, banishes Jorah aget, opens up the fighting pits, agrees to marry Hizdahr zo Loraq, gets attacked at the opening of Daznak’s Pit, is rescued initially by Jorah and then by Drogon, flies away, and also is scooped up by a Dothraki horde.

The Night King, a Big Scary Blue Guy, reflects up at Hardhouse, meets Jon Scurrently, and also sassily shows him his ideal party trick: bringing the dead earlier to life through a shrug of his shoulders.

Notable Deaths

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


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Defining Cultural Moment

This one is a three-way tie between the outcry over the rape of Sansa Stark, the media frenzy over the fate of Jon Snow, and the buzz roughly Cersei’s Walk of Atonement. Cersei’s walk synchronized via some serious conversation of just how online-shaming and social-media society were becoming an significantly powerful weapon. Jon’s death—which was and also is still a cliff-hanger in the books—noted the first time the present had tried to keep a major secret from its fandom. Actor Kit Harington provided interviews in which he asserted to have chopped off his tradenote Jon Scurrently locks—more of a trim, really—and also wasn’t coming back. The cast and also crew then invested numerous exhausting months lying to both the media and fans. It was just the beginning of the show’s extremely secretive new means of engaging via its audience, currently that it had run out of books to adapt. But as soon as we look ago, the true standout minute has to be Sansa’s sexual assault—and also the outcry and also occurring conversation of the occasionally reckless means rape had actually been provided to tell stories on the display screen.


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Extra Credit

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


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