Game of Thrones is known for being a slightly confusing show if you aren't paying close attention. With its huge cast and myriad of intertwining plotlines, it's easy to get lost/forget everything that's happened in the time off between seasons! Don't worry, though, SideReel is here to help you brush up before the fifth season premiere. Click on the house banners below to see which characters have ended up where, refresh your memory on their most recent exploits, and how the various houses' armies stack up against each other (note: these numbers are very sketchy, as George R. R. Martin is rather vague on army sizes, so please don't behead us if we're wrong!).

***WARNING: spoilers through season 4!!***

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Castle Black
The Night's Watch

Armies: 100 Night's Watch

Characters nearby:

  • Bran
    Stark
  • Meera
    Reed
  • Jon
    Snow
  • Samwell
    Tarly
  • Gilly
     
  • Stannis
    Baratheon
  • Melisandre
     
  • Davos
    Seaworth
  • Mance
    Rayder

Plotlines:

Jon Snow had recovered from his Ygritte-inflicted arrow wounds, and though he faced strong opposition from the Night’s Watch leadership, led a group of the Night’s Watch to Craster’s Keep to fight the mutineers who had taken over. Among his crew was Bolton’s man, Locke, who had been tasked with finding and killing Bran and Rickon. Locke did in fact run across Bran, Jojen, Meera, and Hodor, who had been captured by the mutineers, but Bran was able to warg into Hodor in order to snap Locke’s neck before he could make off with Bran. Bran and company continued their trek northwards towards his vision of the three eyed raven, ultimately arriving at the weirwood tree on the hill. Unfortunately, there was a field of wights between them and the tree, and Jojen was killed before a Child of the Forest came to their aid. She led them to the three eyed raven, who turned out to be a man fused with the weirwood tree, who stated that while Bran will never walk again, he will fly. Cue foreshadowing to warging with a dragon. Meanwhile, Jon had quelled the rebellion at Craster’s Keep and returned to the Wall to prepare for Mance Rayder’s impending invasion. Sam had likewise sent his lady-friend Gilly away from Castle Black in order to keep her safe, but her town was attacked by Wildlings (and her life was spared by Ygritte) and she ended up seeking refuge at Castle Black again. Castle Black withstood the first night of Mance’s onslaught, even taking down two giants, but sustained considerable damages and casualties - though the victory was bittersweet for Jon when Ygritte took an arrow through the heart. In order to prevent a second debilitating attack, Jon went out beyond the Wall to “negotiate” with Mance (ok, he was really planning on killing him), but his assassination attempt was almost botched until the timely arrival of Stannis Baratheon and his army demanded the surrender of the Wildlings.

The Eyrie
House Arryn

Armies: 20,000 bannermen

Characters nearby:

  • Sansa
    Stark
  • Petyr
    Baelish
  • Robin
    Arryn
  • Brienne
    of Tarth
  • Podric
     

Plotlines:

After she unwittingly transported the method of Joffrey’s murder to the Purple Wedding, Sansa was hustled out of King’s Landing by Baelish to the Eyrie, where her aunt Lysa was still creeping everyone out by breastfeeding her 8 year old son Robin. Baelish was there to marry Lysa, who had always had a thing for him growing up, though she didn’t realize that he really had the hots for her sister Catelyn Stark. Sansa bears more than a passing resemblance to her dead mother, so Baelish couldn’t help himself but to make a pass at her, which Lysa saw. In a moment of crazy jealous bitch, Lysa nearly threw Sansa out of the moon door, but at the last moment Baelish intervened and threw Lysa out instead. When Sansa and Baelish were interrogated about the event, Sansa showed some newfound skills at cunning and lying, saying that Lysa had jumped rather than been pushed. This left Robin as the Lord of the Vale, with Baelish as his guardian. Meanwhile, Arya and the Hound had headed off in the direction of the Eyrie after the Red Wedding, in hopes that the Hound could ransom Arya to her last remaining relative, Lysa. While en route Arya reclaimed Needle from the soldiers who had captured her back in Season 2, and Arya knocked her first name off her kill list. The Hound’s ransom plans were once again foiled when they learned of Lysa’s death; they were unfortunately unaware that Sansa was at the Eyrie. Meanwhile, Brienne, outfitted with a new suit of armor, a Valerian steel sword, and Tyrion’s faithful squire Podric - all courtesy of Jaime - had embarked from King’s Landing to continue her quest to find the Stark girls. They were tipped off to head in the direction of the Eyrie, and eventually crossed paths with the Hound and Arya. While Arya was at first impressed by the lady knight, she grew wary when the Hound pointed out Brienne’s Lannister armor, prompting a fight between Brienne and the Hound over the guardianship of Arya. Brienne ultimately won, but Arya managed to run off during the duel. Arya found the Hound, dying of his wounds sustained during the fight with Brienne, but refused his request to kill him quickly, instead taking his money and leaving him for dead (although on a show like this, unless you actually SEE a character die…). Arya found her way to a Braavos ship captain, and finally got the chance to use the coin given to her by Jaquen, and with the phrase “Valar morghulis”, was granted passage to Braavos.

King's Landing
House Baratheon (Joffrey)

Armies: 80,000-100,000 bannermen (combined with Casterly Rock)

Characters nearby:

  • Tommen
    Baratheon
  • Cersei
    Lannister
  • Jaime
    Lannister
  • Margaery
    Tyrell
  • Olenna
    Tyrell
  • Loras
    Tyrell
  • Bronn
     

Plotlines:

There’s been an exodus of characters from King’s Landing in the last season, and the final episode left a lot of vacancies in powerful seats. After Joffrey’s epic death at the Purple Wedding (ding dong the witch is dead!), the seat on the Iron Throne has passed to his younger brother, Tommen. Margaery is getting ready for wedding #3 (considering how deadly weddings are in Westeros, it’s a miracle she’s stayed alive this long), and has already made some progress on making Tommen her pawn instead of Cersei’s through some - so far platonic - late night visits to his bedchambers. Her brother, Loras, had a standing engagement to Cersei, but Cersei finally confronted Tywin with her and Jaime’s relationship and refused to go through with the wedding. Loris and Margaery’s grandmother, Lady Olenna, continued to pull strings behind the scenes with Varys and Baelish, culminating in Joffrey’s poisoning. Aside from a couple of unfortunate cough*satisfying*cough deaths in his family, Jaime had a pretty good season: he was back in King’s Landing, reinstated to the Kingsguard, received a golden hand from Cersei to replace the one that got chopped off, got Bronn to teach him how to sword fight using his other hand, resumed his incestuous relationship with his sister (ok, it started out a little rapey, but she didn’t seem to hold it against him), bonded with his little brother, and finally stood up to his father by turning down ruling Casterly Rock in favor of remaining in King’s Landing with Cersei. Is it wrong that I really hope Jaime becomes the new Hand of the King? Because he has no hand… Ok I’ll stop making bad jokes now. Tyrion, on the other HAND - no, really, I’m done now - had an awful season. He started out attempting to balance his unhappy wife, Sansa, with his unhappy mistress, Shae. Unfortunately that was just the beginning of his problems. After being framed for Joffrey’s death, he was put to trial by a vengeful Cersei, who stacked the witnesses against him, even successfully bribing his sellsword Bronn, though the ultimate betrayal came from a turncoat Shae. Knowing he wouldn’t receive a fair trial, Tyrion demanded trial by combat, and while Jaime declined to represent him, Prince Oberyn of Martell stepped up. Oberyn had come to King’s Landing ostensibly to represent his family at the Purple Wedding, but also in hopes of avenging his sister’s death at the hands of the Mountain, who happened to be Cersei’s champion in the trial. Alas, the fight did not end well for Tyrion and Oberyn, who had his head smashed in by the Mountain (there may not have been many beheadings this season, but one exploding skull has to make up for that, right?). Oberyn did manage to stab the Mountain with his poisoned spear, but Cersei hustled the Mountain off to the deviant Maester Qyburn, who seemed to think the Mountain could be saved. Tyrion was sentenced to death, but later rescued by Jaime and Varys, with a little detour on the way to murder Shae and Tywin, who had taken up with each other whilst plotting against Tyrion. Varys put Tyrion on a ship bound for Braavos, and upon learning of Tywin’s death, decided to go with Tyrion.

Click on the house banners on the map to see summaries of the recent plotlines, which characters are in the area, and what military forces the houses have available to them.