Don't know about 'Game of Thrones?' We've got you
April 1st, 2013
11:35 AM ET

Don't know about 'Game of Thrones?' We've got you

We know your secret shame.

All around you folks are talking about IT and you are clueless. Heard of it, but haven't watched it. Or it's backed up on your DVR and you keep meaning to get around to it but ...

Don't worry, we are here to help.

Season three of "Game of Thrones" premiered Sunday night and plenty of fans (old and new) are buzzing about it. Twitter was lit up with the #GameofThrones hashtag and fans dissected every little bit, even the "nipple scene."

The show is clearly popular, as EW reports it was the most illegally pirated TV series of 2012. But there are a few people out there who don't know much about the series based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels, so we are here to offer you an assist.

Rather than tell, we have looked around the Interwebs to show you where you can get caught up:

Back when season two was rolling out, this great video was released of the major players and events of season one:

There are also recaps of season two:

The Washington Post offered a pretty visual season three primer, and EW has a special section about the new season.

Let us know when you are ready to discuss.

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  23. angryblackman

    If you are seeking a book series to read that wont leave you hanging try the Weiss/Hickman series Deathgate cycle. Its 7 books and the series is excellent. Kinda based loosely on a futuristic earth being ripped apart and rebuilt into 7 worlds each with a major elemental theme.

    April 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Nalo Hopkinson ought to be famous already, and Nora Jemison deserves attention.

      April 2, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  24. bencoates57

    Is this the Medieval Ages on THIS planet?

    April 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Right; their planet has an extreme axial tilt with a wobble, so that no one can predict the seasons. They've just had a summer that lasted years, and a long fall, and this winter could last a decade. Extreme winters have frozen their civilization into a survival pattern. FIRE TIME by Anderson and HELLICONIA by Aldiss are other examples.

      April 2, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  25. Steve

    Love both the books and the show. Although, I'm not reading book 5 until late 2014. Anyone want to recommend another series to keep my busy that is as good or better. I don't usually read these type of books. I actually watched season one and then read 4 of the books in a hurry. I wanted to wait to spread it out until book 6 came out, but I couldn't do it; however, I will wait on book 5.
    The only other series I've read like this was Lord of the Rings 15 years ago.
    Thanks in advance for the recommendations

    April 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Definitely hold off on Book 5. I read all the books last summer in the middle of season 2 and I wish I had waited to read the books beyond that point. It kind of colors the story for you when you know what is going to happen, especially with this series, which has a high body count. Also, given the intricacies and huge cast of characters in the novels, the TV show is by necessity a little different. I know I am going to confuse the story lines between the two mediums and while the are generally the same, sometimes they differ in significant details. Plus, it may take a while for book 6, and by then, I won't remember all of the various elaborate plot details of book 5!

      April 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      If you are looking for another series that has compelling characters and is in the same genere try Shadowmarch by Tad Williams. He is a great author and his series have ends, typically 4 books.

      April 2, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Steve Erikson's MALAZAN books are great, but thick and complicated. Brandon Sanderson's MISTBORN trilogy is extremely clever, like all his books. Roger Zelazny was the master – his Amber books and LORD OF LIGHT will last centuries. The Belgariad by David Eddings is his best stuff, but he wrote a lot of books. Janny Wurts never wrote a bad book either; try the Cycle of Fire books.
      Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever are one of the gold standards of fantasy. They burn you when you read them, and the scars take a long time to fade, but be true and you need not fail.

      April 2, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  26. Javier D

    I got hooked to season One. Firsts episodes of season Two did not get me. We'll see what's up season 3
    Very funny to see different historic styles mixed up; Middle age, Renaissance, Baroque, GreecoRoman,etc. Also the absence of religion, which was too important in the past.

    April 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I don't think you watched it...there is definitely religion in GoT.

      April 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Their religion is more like the old pagan religions than it is like Christianity. Martin is showing us a worst-case feudalism on a world with deadly and unpredictable winters which last for years, and without the humanizing influence of Christian philosophy. I'm not especially religious, but most of our modern ideas come from the idea that each person has value, and that idea hasn't really occurred to this world yet. In other words, they have no way out of feudalism because they have no vision of a better life.

      April 2, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  27. steve conners

    read the books,,duh

    April 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      You have obviously not seen the show since she appears nude during many episodes and they aren't that big.

      April 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  29. mike

    who is john snow's mother?

    April 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gavin

      Some say Lyanna Stark who is Eddard Starks sister is Jon Snow's mother. LYanna was supposed to be King Robert's wife but was "kidnapped" by Rhaegar Targaryn. Many say that Jon Snow is actually Rhaegar Targaryn's son with Lyanna and was secretly adopted by Eddard to save his life when the Robert Rebellion killed all of the Targaryn decendants.

      April 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Jon Snow's mother is not Lyanna Stark. Lyanna is his aunt, sister of Jon's dad, King Stark. Stark cheated on his wife while at war, with a lady from a powerful family, TBD.

      April 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Ned never acknowledges Jon Snow as his son only his "blood." I think Gavin is right having read various other sites analyzing the book.

      April 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Hogan's Goat

    Next, Steven Erikson's Malazan books. Start with GARDENS OF THE MOON. When you finish Erikson, look for Esslemont, who is writing the other Malazan series. If you have the nerve, read Stephen R. Donaldson's Thomas Covenant books, or Glen Cook's BLACK COMPANY.

    April 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdrel

      Don't forget about the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan; enough there to keep someone going for years.

      April 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Cap, my friend Anon used to get $1500 apiece for those things. Put himself through grad school.

      April 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Martin was a protege of the late Roger Zelazny, whose Amber books are awesome. Never be a series, because no one is cool enough to play Corwin. If you hate this kind of stuff, go read China Mieville. He hates it too, and somehow makes PERDIDO STREET STATION work anyway.

      April 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. jj

    Can't wait for the next book to be published!

    April 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Lucian

    The best recap and catch-up can be found at "A Song of Ice and LOLS"

    April 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Hogan's Goat

    One of the minor and barely-examined facets of this world is that there is nothing resembling Christianity. We grew out of feudalism because in the end, it was incompatible with humanism, and we wanted to grow as a species. Until these people achieve a high enough technology, winter's foot on their necks is going to keep them locked into medieval feudalism. No one has started them wondering if an individual has an absolute value.

    April 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Christianity perpetuated feudalism. Or did you forget that little part about divine right? People grew out of feudalism as technology advanced to the point where enough food was created to feed the population, allowing people to do something besides work the fields such as, you know, build towns, go to school or become craftsmen, etc.

      April 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Yeah, but we hit the Enlightenment way before we should have, because no matter how hard kings and priests tried, they couldn't get people to overlook the contradictions. If God cares about YOU and not just your tribe, then why are you living in misery? It was a new idea, and it's an idea they haven't had yet in Martin's world. And I'm not saying this to be a bible-banger; I think Christianity has pretty much failed in the modern world because so much of it is obviously untrue. Flat earth, virgin birth, loaves and fishes? Fairy-tale stuff. But it was there when we needed it.

      April 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Searcher

    I made up my own MARATHON and watched the first 2 seasons "on demand". I'm psyched for this new season. DRAGONS!!!!!

    April 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Ayatollah ben Dover

    Don't respond to the school kids, vote them down quickly. They are in class, being blocked from their usual chat rooms, so they all go to a news story and use the comment field. Shoot them down like vermin.

    April 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Scholar

    The army of eunuchs thing was a bit over the top, not to mention counter-productive because eunuchs tend to lose muscle tone over time along with aggression, but that said, it keeps them from making babies and distracting them.

    April 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      "eunuchs tend to lose muscle tone over time along with aggression" You know nothing, Jon Snow. If they are neutered before puberty, they often become the huge harem guards you see in cartoons. Also, this is a world full of magic swords and fire-breathing dragons, and the process of making the Unsullied is secret.

      April 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Darh Jedi

    Could not get past the 3rd ep of the first season. I literally fell asleep watching it the 3 separate times I tried.
    What gets me is that I am THE target audience for this show and it literally bores me to sleep.

    April 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  38. MRHD

    Haven't watched the HBO series, only because I got into the books a decade ago and don't want to muddle up the visualizations I've created in my mind for the settings and characters with the HBO versions.

    April 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fer

      I read the books when they came out, and most recently A Dance with Dragons. I have also seen the show, and even though it's impossible for it to be 100% true to the books, it is definitely worth watching

      April 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      You should watch one episode just to see the guy who plays Tyrion – perfect! Face like an old coin until he grins. Google for him slapping Joffrey, who is also perfectly cast. Remember, George RR Martin is helping with the show.

      April 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ajax

      Did you ever read a book when you were younger and then when re-reading it years later, come away with a completely different understanding of the material? What your suggesting sounds as if any fan of Sherlock Holmes for instance, should never see a SH movie because it might be different from the books. Pretty limiting and isolationist when it comes to entertainment. You could be missing out.

      April 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • totenkopf

      you shouyldnt have to worry about that. most of the dialogue from the show comes directly word for word from the books. haveing been a fan of Martin forever, i am very pleased

      April 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brennan

      i read the books after i watched the first season twice. they remain pretty faithful in the first season to the book. there's a few scenes lifted directly from the book. you can't ever make it 100%, but they come as close as they can with a 10 episode season

      April 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Wolfrayet

    So, I guess your so smart you watch the Mickey Mouse club or the SyFy channel. your comment is moronic, and I think it describes you perfectly.

    April 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Buck

    "Embeciles" Oh the irony....

    April 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  41. cw

    X27, if you're going to use the term imbecile, at least spell it correctly, lest you look like one.

    April 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Richard

    The show is amazing, I love it so much. I'm surprised this article did not mention the great timeline / refresher course that HBO posted on their website. It realy help, IMO.

    April 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  43. slowbowitzz

    How about those of us who have read all 5 books and are now comparing the HBO version to the books? We are dumb too? I have to disagree this is perfect entertainment for me, a nice mix of fantasy, story line, mystery, action, and a huge caste to keep track. Fun in all regards!!!

    April 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Ayatollah ben Dover

    Why don't you kids go comment on a My L'il Pony website instead? You bore us.

    April 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jessica

    my biggest issue with Season 2 was the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and a few events leading up to it. Though spectacular, the wildfire was supposed to be used in 3 ways per the book, AND there was a LOT more of it under the Sept of Baelor; caches of tens of thousands of pots of Wildfire. the boat was used, but only AFTER Tyrion pulled the chain in trapping all the ships inside the bay.
    Most disappointing.

    April 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cass

      The chain trick served three purposes in the book, from a meta-perspective. One, to show that Tyrion is very intelligent and cunning. Two, to give Tyrion a slow-burn sort of "what's he cooking up now" plot throughout the second book, and three, to be a really badass image.

      Only one is really applicable in the show. They simply don't have the time to put his plot arc on that slow a simmer in the show, so two is out, and they do not have the budget for the burning bridge of ships. The wildfire ship is still a good demonstration of Tyrion's abilities, though.

      The other thing is that in the show, they put Davos in charge of the fleet as the Hand-to-Be. In the books, he was still just the Onion Knight, sailing under someone else's command. For Davos to sail into a trap as egregiously predictable in medieval warfare as a harbor chain while having serious misgivings but ultimately following orders is one thing. For him to be in charge of the whole fleet and sail them straight into it would be another. It would seriously undermine his credibility in the eyes of the audience. Just the wildfire, though–that's not really especially predictable. No one even knew it was still being made. I suspect the writers changed things both to save the CGI budget and to balance the audience's opinion of Tyrion's competence against Davos'.

      April 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TryAgain

      You're aware there is a limited budget for TV right? While it would have been awesome to see wildfire raging through the castle and explosions and such, this doesn't have a 100 million dollar budget.

      April 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I liked the chain from the books, but you should downgrade its omission from "most disappointing" to "mildly disappointing" considering all the other things they do well. For example, how were they going to keep Barristan Selmy secret for months on a TV show like they did in the books? I think the reveal in Season 3 worked very well.

      April 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  46. BobMrly

    Glad to hear. You're missing out and don't deserve to watch it anyway.

    April 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

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