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It’s too late for you — the dragon has flown.

There is no way you can watch all 68 episodes of Foxtel’s epic drama series Game Of Thrones before the final season begins to air come Monday, April 15.

But fear not.

You don’t have to sulk in the corner while everyone else is talking about the TV event of our generation.

Just read our ultimate cheat sheet and you’ll know your direwolves from your Daenerys:


A patrol of the Night’s Watch, who guard the massive ice Wall that protects the northern border of Westeros, run into a White Walker, a cross between a yeti and a zombie.

They get cut to pieces, with just one escaping south.

Meanwhile Ned Stark, the Warden of the North, receives a visit from King Robert Baratheon, his wife and children as well as his wife’s family, the warrior Jaime Lannister and the drunken dwarf Tyrion Lannister.

The King’s Hand John Arryn — his top adviser — has died and Robert wants Ned to be the man.

King Robert Baratheon wants Ned Stark, pictured, to be the man.

King Robert Baratheon wants Ned Stark, pictured, to be the man.Source:Supplied

Ned’s son Bran sees the king’s wife Cersei having sex with her brother Jaime — but Jaime pushes him from a tower before he can tell anyone.

Against the wishes of wife Catelyn, Ned heads south with his daughters Sansa and Arya, planning to marry Sansa off to Robert’s sadistic son Joffrey.

Tyrion heads north to see the Wall with Ned’s bastard son Jon Snow, who wants to join the Night’s Watch.

Across the Narrow Sea, Viserys Taragryen, the slimy son of the last king — the delightfully named Aerys The Mad — wants the throne back and marries sister Daenerys off to war lord Khal Drogo to get his army of Dothraki (think Mongol horde with great hair and sickle swords).

Back at Winterfell, Catelyn Stark gets a message from her sister Lyssa claiming her husband John Arryn was killed by the Lannister family.

The Stark family line up to present themselves to the king.

The Stark family line up to present themselves to the king.Source:Supplied

She journeys south to warn Ned and persuade councillor Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish — her childhood crush — to help her husband.

A now pregnant Daenerys has won over her brutal husband and, when brother Viserys tries to put her in her place, he is killed by Drogo.

On the way back from King’s landing, Catelyn runs into Tyrion and has him arrested and dragged before her sister Lyssa.

But Tyrion persuades a mercenary called Bronn to fight for him and escapes after a trial by combat.

Robert is killed in a suspicious hunting accident and Ned is named Protector of the Realm until Joffrey comes of age.

But Ned has discovered all Robert’s children have actually been fathered by Jaime Lannister.

Arya Stark manages to escape the Lannisters clutches.

Arya Stark manages to escape the Lannisters clutches.Source:Supplied

He plans to arrest Joffrey and Cersei and put Robert’s brother Stannis on the throne — but is betrayed by Littlefinger and beheaded on the orders of Joffrey.

Sansa is arrested by the Lannisters but Arya escapes.

Up north, Ned’s son Robb raises the armies of the north against the Lannisters.

He outwits them, defeats Jaime’s army and captures him.

Across the Narrow Sea, Drogo is poisoned by a witch and his horde deserts Daenerys.

All seems lost for her — but she burns the witch on Drogo’s funeral pyre and walks into the flames carrying three dragon eggs.

Not only does she live, the eggs hatch and she becomes the Mother of Dragons.


While his father Tywin Lannister is fighting Robb Stark, Tyrion is made Hand to try and stop the excesses of cruel Joffrey.

Stannis claims the throne and seeks the help of the witch Melisandre to get it, using her to kill his younger brother Renly and create a bigger army.

Robb sends his friend Theon Greyjoy back home to make an alliance with his father, Balon Greyjoy, who has a massive pirate fleet.

But Theon betrays him, reunites with his family on the Iron Islands and captures Winterfell, forcing Bran to escape north.

Sophie Turner in her role as Sansa, left, and Jack Gleeson as the cruel Joffrey.

Sophie Turner in her role as Sansa, left, and Jack Gleeson as the cruel Joffrey.Source:Supplied

Meanwhile, Catelyn Stark plans to exchange Jaime for her daughter Sansa and sends him south with warrior woman and Renly’s former bodyguard Brienne of Tarth.

At the Wall, the Night’s Watch heads out to investigate reports that the various tribes of Wildlings, wild men who live in the frozen north, have united to form a great army.

Jon Snow is captured and pretends to defect from the Watch while falling in love with a girl called Ygritte.

Arya’s attempt to get back home to Winterfell ends up with her working as a servant for Tywin Lannister, who thinks her a boy.

She escapes with the aid of Jaqen H’ghar, a Faceless Man — a legendary organisation of assassins.

Stannis attempts to invade King’s Landing but his forces are defeated by Tyrion using wildfire, a kind of napalm, as well as the arrival of the Tyrell army, who had backed Renly Baratheon and now hate Stannis.

Peter Dinklage in his role as Tyrion.

Peter Dinklage in his role as Tyrion.Source:Supplied

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys arrives at Qarth after nearly dying in the desert. She ends up imprisoned in the House of the Undying, along with her dragons.

She escapes and wins ships to sail to Slaver’s Bay.

Meanwhile, Theon is betrayed by his own men and handed over to Ramsay, the bastard son of Robb’s right-hand man Roose Bolton.


Tyrion is demoted from Hand by Tywin, who instead forces him to marry Sansa.

Joffrey is meanwhile engaged to Margaery Tyrell, Renly’s widow, to secure the Lannister-Tyrell alliance.

Jon Snow meets Wildling leader Mance Rayder, who tells him they have to get through the Wall before the White Walkers kill them all.

Robb had made a deal with Lord Walder Frey to marrying his daughter in exchange for being able to move his army through Frey lands.

So evil ... Joffrey.

So evil ... Joffrey.Source:Supplied

But instead he falls in love with Talisa, a healer.

Daenerys uses her dragons to gain an army of slave soldiers called Unsullied and begins to free slaves and build an empire.

Bran learns he is able to “warg” himself into creatures and begins to head north to meet a mysterious man called the Three-Eyed Raven who has the power to see the future and the past.

Jon Snow and Ygritte

Jon Snow and YgritteSource:Supplied

Robb decides to attack the Lannisters’ home of Casterly Rock and enlists both the Tullys — his uncles on Catelyn’s side — and the Freys.

But what he thinks is a wedding between Tully and Frey turns out to be a trap planned by Tywin and carried out by Walder Frey and Roose Bolton. Robb, Catelyn, the pregnant Talisa and their men are all killed.

Arya, who is now being watched over by Joffrey’s former bodyguard Sandor “The Hound” Clegane arrives just in time to see the killing.


Joffrey dies after being served poisoned wine at his wedding to Margaery​.

Sansa and Tyrion are blamed for his death, which was actually the plot of Littlefinger and Margaery’s grandmother Lady Olenna.

Littlefinger smuggles Sansa out of the city to her aunt, Lysa Arryn at the Vale.

Yas! Nasty Joffrey dies. Picture: Macall B. Polay

Yas! Nasty Joffrey dies. Picture: Macall B. PolaySource:Supplied

But Arryn proves to be crazy — and in love with Littlefinger.

When she turns on Sansa, Littlefinger kills her.

Tyrion goes on trial for his life but Oberyn Martell, a prince of Dorne, agrees to fight for him. Martell blames the Lannisters for killing his sister.

After seemingly defeating Tywin’s champion Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, he gets his head crushed.

This leads to a couple of seasons of pointless sub-plot in his homeland of Dorne that ends with the death of Cersei’s daughter Myrcella.

Oberyn Martell, pictured with Cersei Lannister, also dies.

Oberyn Martell, pictured with Cersei Lannister, also dies.Source:Foxtel

Just as it seems Tyrion will be executed, he is freed by his brother Jaime.

But Tyrion discovers his former mistress Shae in his father’s bed.

He kills her and then shoots his father with a crossbow while he’s on the toilet.

Tyrion leaves Westeros to serve Daenerys.

Brienne leaves Jaime at King’s Landing and goes in search of Sansa and Arya.

Roose Bolton returns to Winterfell from the Red Wedding to find Ramsay has tortured Theon to the point of madness.

Oberyn Martell battles The Mountain. The end is crushing.

Oberyn Martell battles The Mountain. The end is crushing.Source:Foxtel

So much so, when Theon’s sister Yara tries to rescue him, Theon refuses to go because he thinks it’s a trap.

In the north, Jon Snow escapes from the Wildlings to warn the Night’s Watch of Mance Rayder’s army.

Just when it seems the Wall will fall, Stannis Baratheon’s remaining men ride to the rescue.

Arya and The Hound are found by Brienne, who defeats Clegane in battle.

Arya runs away to study under Jaqan H’ghar at the House of Black and White in Braavos.


Stannis has the defeated Rayder burnt at the stake as Jon Snow is elected leader of the Night’s Watch.

Stannis marches on Winterfell but is trapped by huge storms.

He is convinced by Melisandre he has to sacrifice his daughter.

He burns Shireen alive and, while the weather clears, his troops desert and he is slaughtered by the Bolton forces.

Jon Snow is elected leader of the Night’s Watch.

Jon Snow is elected leader of the Night’s Watch.Source:Foxtel

Littlefinger persuades Sansa to marry Ramsay, who rapes and beats her in front of Theon.

However, Theon finally helps Sansa escape Ramsey’s clutches.

At King’s Landing, Cersei finds herself sidelined by her daughter-in-law Margaery, who has Joffrey’s naive younger brother Tommen, now king, wrapped around her finger.

Cersei tries to use a puritanical cult called the Sparrows to attack the Tyrells and Margaery’s gay brother Loras.

But while Loras and Margaery are imprisoned, the High Sparrow also turns on Cersei and she is forced to make a naked “walk of shame” through the capital.

Theon finally helps Sansa escape.

Theon finally helps Sansa escape.Source:Supplied

Daenerys makes the city of Mereen her capital of freed slaves but a rebel army called the Sons of the Harpy rise up against her.

Tyrion meets Daenerys and wins her trust.

Amid a battle between her guards and Harpies, one of Daenerys’s dragons is wounded and flies away with her — landing her in the middle of a Dothraki horde.

Tyrion meets Daenerys and wins her trust.

Tyrion meets Daenerys and wins her trust.Source:Supplied

Jon Snow decides to make an alliance with the Wildlings, much to the anger of the Night’s Watch.

As he tries to convince the Wildlings, the Night King (leader of the White Walkers) attacks and he rescues as many as he can.

But when he brings the Wildlings south of the Wall, a band of Watchmen kill him.


After Jon Snow is raised from the dead by Melisandre, he decides to leave the Night’s Watch and take back Winterfell from Ramsay after being reunited with Sansa.

He rallies those northerners who hate the Boltons.

In the ensuing “Battle of the Bastards”, Ramsay lures Jon into an attack by killing his young brother Rickon.

Just when it seems Jon will be killed, Sansa, Littlefinger and the knights of the Vale arrive to defeat the Boltons.

The body of Rickon Stark (played by Art Parkinson) is carried into Winterfell in front of Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).

The body of Rickon Stark (played by Art Parkinson) is carried into Winterfell in front of Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).Source:Supplied

Jon beats up Ramsay and Sansa feeds him to his own dogs.

Daenerys is a prisoner of the Dothraki but locks the other Khals into a hall and uses fire to kill them all.

She walks out unharmed and brings an army of Dothraki back to Meereen.

In King’s Landing, Cersei faces a fresh trial as the High Sparrow wields more power than young King Tommen.

But Cersei blows up the church with all the Tyrells and Sparrows inside by using wildfire.

A devastated Tommen commits suicide.

Theon returns to the Iron Islands to make his sister Yara the ruler.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister and Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister and Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister.Source:Supplied

But their evil uncle Euron takes the crown and they flee to join Daenerys — providing a fleet for her to sail back to Westeros.

Arya, now a skilled assassin, falls foul of the House of Black and White and leaves to return to Westeros, where she avenges her brother and mother by slitting the throat of Walder Frey after making him eat a pie filled with his dead sons.

Bran, who has been training with the Three-Eyed Raven, unwittingly leads the Night King to his refuge.

The undead kill the old Three-Eyed Raven, making Bran the new one.


Daenerys heads to the Targaryen ancestral home of Dragonstone but is persuaded by Tyrion not to unleash her dragons on King’s Landing.

After receiving an invitation from Daenerys, Jon Snow goes to meet her at Dragonstone.

The pair grow close as they plan how best to defeat the Lannisters and White Walkers.

They decide to send half the Greyjoy fleet to Dorne, to bring back an army led by Prince Oberyn’s widow.

The other half will take the Unsullied to take Casterly Rock, using a secret entrance built by Tyrion.

Daenerys and Jon Snow grow close. Picture: HBO

Daenerys and Jon Snow grow close. Picture: HBOSource:Supplied

Meanwhile, Euron offers Cersei his fleet in exchange for marriage.

She counters by telling him to bring her a “wedding gift” first.

He destroys the Greyjoy fleet heading for Dorne and captures Yara, while Theon abandons her and jumps overboard.

While the Unsullied take Casterly, Euron destroys the other half of the Greyjoy fleet, trapping the Unsillied in the castle.

Meanwhile, Jaime destroys the Tyrell castle of Highgarden and takes their gold.

But a furious Daenerys unleashes her dragons and Dothraki on the Lannister army, destroying it.

Jon and Daenerys decide to call a truce with Cersei and head north to capture a White Walker to prove that they should all unite to fight the Night King.

A furious Daenerys unleashes her dragons and Dothraki on the Lannister army, destroying it. Picture: Foxtel

A furious Daenerys unleashes her dragons and Dothraki on the Lannister army, destroying it. Picture: FoxtelSource:Foxtel

Jon falls into the Night King’s trap and while his band captures an undead wight, they need to be rescued by Daenerys.

The Night King kills her dragon Viserion and resurrects him as an undead creature.

Jon and Daenerys head to King’s Landing to discuss an alliance with Cersei and think the wight has convinced her.

Secretly, however, she has sent Euron and the captured Tyrell gold to the east to buy a mercenary army.

In disgust, Jaime abandons her and heads north to help Jon.

Now that’s a dragon. Picture: Foxtel

Now that’s a dragon. Picture: FoxtelSource:Supplied

Jon, Daenerys and Tyrion head back to Winterfell, where Jon and Daenerys have sex on the ship, not realising his true background.

But, thanks to Bran, we learn Jon is not Ned Stark’s bastard but the son of Daenery’s older brother Rhaegar, making him her nephew and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.

Theon discovers a backbone and heads after his uncle Euron to free Yara.

Meanwhile, at Winterfell Arya and Sansa are reunited.

Jon and Daenerys have sex on the ship, not realising his true background. Picture: Foxtel

Jon and Daenerys have sex on the ship, not realising his true background. Picture: FoxtelSource:Foxtel

Littlefinger tries to set them against each other but the sisters outwit him and Arya slits his throat.

But not before Bran reveals it was Littlefinger who killed Jon Arryn — the murder that instigated the entire game of thrones.

The Night King and the White Walkers breach the Wall thanks to Viserion.

Winter has come.


THE VALONQAR: This is the person prophesised to kill Cersei. It means “Little Brother” and could be either Tyrion or Jaime

THE AZOR AHAI: The Prince/Princess That Was Promised. Another prophecy, this time that this person will kill the Night King — but first they have to kill their true love. It could be Daenerys, it could be Jon Snow, it could even be The Hound.

SAM TARLY: He’s Jon Snow’s chubby mate who’s been carrying around a mythical device called the Horn Of Winter since season 2. He’s also got a stack of secret books, presumably including one called The Dummy’s Guide To Killing White Walkers and may just hold the key to saving the world.

Source: Duncan Lay