Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Even by the standards of serialized prestige drama, Game of Thrones can be damn hard to keep track of. There are literally dozens of characters, spread over an entire continent’s worth of locations, and in any given episode you’ll find them setting up plans and falling into traps, forming new bonds and breaking old ones.
Nor does it help matters that there are about ten months between seasons, giving fans plenty of time to forget the finer details of this sick, sad world. Sure, you could brush up on your Westerosi history by revisiting the entire fourth season on Blu-ray — but at around 10 hours, that’s a pretty daunting proposition.
That’s where we come in. We’ve got everything you need to remember about where all your favorite characters left off in Season 4, whether it’s Bran Stark in the chilly North or Daenerys Targaryen in the temperate South. Hit the jump for your Game of Thrones Season 4 catchup.
First, a quick recap of the overall story. We’re still in the middle of the War of the Five Kings, which began after Robert Baratheon made the fatal decision to go drunk-hunting back in Season 1. Three of the five are dead (Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark, and Renly Baratheon), and sweet, innocent Tommen has succeeded Joffrey on the Iron Throne.
Of the two kings left standing, Stannis Baratheon is still gunning for the Iron Throne, and seems to be bouncing back after his defeat in the Battle of the Blackwater back in Season 2. Balon Greyjoy isn’t interested in the Iron Throne, but rather wants the Iron Islands to secede from the Seven Kingdoms.
Secretly, of course, there’s one more would-be monarch in the game. Daenerys Targaryen continues her march across Essos, freeing slaves and picking up followers wherever she goes. Once her dragons and her army are big enough, the plan goes, she’ll retake the Iron Throne.
Okay, now that you know the lay of the land, let’s move on to the more character-specific details. Click ahead for the latest on Bran, Jon, Sansa, and more.