Everyone is freaking out about the season seven premiere of Game of Thrones -- and you're totally behind. Don't worry, you can catch up and be ready to watch with all your friends in no time.
If You've Never Watched Game of Thrones (or Want a Refresher for the Whole Series)
Maybe you've never seen Game of Thrones but for some reason decided the final season of the show is the best time to get in on it. Or maybe you've been invited to a premiere party and you'd just like to kind-of know what's going on so it isn't super boring for you. Don't worry, you don't have to feel left out this Monday.
First, watch some good recap videos that give you a quick explanation of the plot thus far. This rundown from the folks at GamesRadar covers the major plot points, is entertaining, and only takes about 10 minutes:
Or this rundown from YouTuber Alt Shift X, which only takes about five minutes:
Or this one from HBO, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. This one is the most entertaining, for sure, but not quite as thorough as the others. Also, it doesn't have info on season six:
Extra credit: It might also help to watch a recap video such as this one from YouTuber Finaly Dishonored, which basically just strings every single episode's "previously on..." segments together in one roughly 40-minute video.
If you're more of a reader, you can check out this thorough breakdown from Ed Power at The Telegraph, or read through each season's summary at the Game of Thrones wiki.
Game of Thrones fans, you might not know what to do with yourself now that season six is over (here are 10 similar movies and TV shows to tie you over.) Alternatively, this interactive map will help you get your fix until the next season starts.
If You Didn't Watch Last Season (or Just Need a Season Six Refresher)
If you're familiar with the world of Game of Thrones and have watched most of the show, you can probably get away with a quick recap of season six. This rundown from GameSpot Universe is solid:
And so is this one from GamesRadar:
If you'd rather read, go right for the season six summary on the Game of Thrones wiki. You'll be ready to enjoy the bloodshed in no time.