Season 4 of Game of Thrones starts at a galloping pace Sunday night (9 p.m. ET) on HBO – and with its twists, turns and dozens of characters, it won’t wait for you to catch up. So we’ve put together a handy, illustrated guide.
The game begins – and someday will end – with whoever can unite and rule a realm fragmented by war. The prize is a chance to sit upon the Iron Throne, forged from swords, in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in the capital city of King’s Landing.
In addition to being raised in a court that disregards the law, Joffrey is the result of an incestuous affair between his mother/aunt Cersei and father/uncle Jaime, who come from the powerful Lannister family.
A warrior heroine, Daenerys Targaryen has at least one tremendous advantage in the quest to rule: She is incorruptible. Plus she’s the only one with dragons. And she’s got three of them. And she loves to free slaves and turn them into soldiers.
While war rages on, all seven kingdoms fall under a very worrisome shadow – are these hideous, unstoppable soldiers heading south? And what do they want? The forecast is frightening! Check out the new season of Game of Thrones starting Sunday (9 p.m.) on HBO.