Looking forward to Game of Thrones season 6? Us too. But with so much going on in Westeros and Essos, you may be in need of a refresher. Here's everything that's happened thus far...

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It’s that time again – time to cross your fingers and hope that your favourite character doesn’t suddenly up and die in a most gruesome fashion. Yep; rejoice, TV fans: Game of Thrones season six will finally be upon us this month!

But with a year having passed since season five aired, what if you can’t remember what’s happened? There’s just so much going on in Westeros and Essos, and so many violent deaths, that it can be difficult to get it all straight in your head – not to mention that explaining it all in detail would take more ink than we’re ready to spill. But don’t worry: we’re here with a host of the best recap videos from around the web. Read on to brush up.


Game of Thrones Seasons 1-5 recap

In a hurry? Forgot what’s occurred? Watch this one-stop-shop video which’ll clue you in on everything that’s happened so far without requiring you to give over another 50 hours of your time. If you want something more in-depth, we’ve got season-by-season, blow-by-blow videos below.

Game of Thrones Season 1 recap

Houses Stark, Baratheon and Lannister come together in the north following an important death – the Hand of the King’s dead, and it reeks of murder. The Starks, along with illigitmate son Jon Snow, play the underdogs (or underwolves), while the wealthy Lannisters plot and slither their way into power. Meanwhile, the young Daenerys – one of many ‘rightful’ heirs to the iron thrown – begins her march across the Eastern continent of Essos. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, but with a long dark winter (and an ancient evil) coming, does all this petty squabbling mean much?

Game of Thrones Season 2 recap

Following the devastating events at the end of season one, a myriad of houses set their sights on the iron throne. Stannis Baratheon – brother of the dead king Robert – readies an invasion of the capital only to be thwarted by some clever Lannister tactics. Meanwhile Robb Stark mutinies, declaring himself the King in the North. And there’s a whole lot more besides…

Game of Thrones Season 3 recap

The Stark-Lannister war dribbles on for much of the series, while Daenerys continues to amble her way west. The Stark’s illegitimate son Jon Snow gets embroiled in Wildling affairs, while several members of his family meet their end in one of the grimmest scenes in television history. You’ve been warned…

Game of Thrones Season 4 recap

Jon Snow must convince his brothers that he’s not the turncoat some claim he is while preparing to fend off Mance Rayder and his Wildling hordes. The civil war rumbles on in the North as Roose Bolton seizes control, while Arya Stark heads to Bravos and her young brothers – guided by the Reed siblings – head beyond the Wall to unlock the true potential of Bran’s psychic skills. Meanwhile in King’s Landing, tensions rise as the Dornish contingent arrive in the city, led by the deadly Prince Oberyn…

Game of Thrones Season 5 recap

Tyrion ends up in Essos and eventually wins over the favour of Daenarys, but she soon faces an insurrection of her own. Jon Snow is appointed commander of the Night’s Watch, and has to face the undead and trouble in the ranks alike. Meanwhile Cercei Lannister struggles to maintain power, and has to contend with the rise of an extremist religious sect in King’s Landing known as the Sparrows. Here’s what else went down…

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