I can admit it, HBO’s Game of Thrones sold me first episode. For a couple of months my brother would keep bringing up Game of Thrones. Whoop de fucking dooo. Didn’t care. He burned the first season onto DVD for me and he had to hound me to watch them. So I finally did. Watched all of season one in a single sitting.
With YouTube being the wonder that it is, I have assembled a guide for those who are audio/visual learners. Those who have read the novels (Admittedly, I’m on A Clash of Swords right now) will appreciate the nuances that narration can bring. Those new to the wild land of mind games in hopes of scoring a throne will enjoy a perspective not really expounded upon in the series.
And for those of you who haven’t yet seen GoT for yourself, give it a whirl. It’s fantasy, but a more gritty version of Lord of the Rings. A version filled with lust, violence, and songs of pwning disrespectful families. It’s very character driven. And Tyrion is my favorite.
On that note, let me get down to business.
Westeros has a history that goes back twelve thousand years. Yeah. So I’ll use THIS VID as a way to bring you up to speed before you get going below.
[each link will open into a new window. heads up on that.]
WAY IN THE PAST
–History and Lore The Children of the Forest, The First Men, and the Andals. [Indigenous peoples, treaties and invasions]
–The Age of Heros [300 years before the start of Book/Series]
– History and Lore of Valyria [ Where the last invaders came from ]
–The Free Cities [ Cities in Essos, a continent across the Narrow Sea ]
– Qarth [ City and harbor in Essos ]
– Old Ghis and Slaver’s Bay [ Essos ]
– The Red Keep [ Home of central government in Westeros ]
– The Wall [ Gigantic ice-and-magic shield to protect the North from The Land of Always Winter ]
– The Vale
– Old Gods and New
ORDERS OF PEOPLE WORTH NOTING
– The Night’s Watch
– as told by House Stark
– as told by House Lannister
– Tyrell – The Reach
– Martell – Dorne
– Greyjoy – The Iron Islands
– Arryn – The Vale
– Frey – The Twins
– Tully – The Riverland
– Reed – The Neck
– Bolton – North
20 YEARS BEFORE THE BOOKS/SERIES START
THE MAD KING, AS TOLD BY:
ROBERT’S REBELLION, AS TOLD BY:
THE FIELD OF FIRE, AS TOLD BY:
– House Targaryen
THE SACK OF KINGS LANDING, AS TOLD BY:
– House Targaryen
After the rebellion
THE GREYJOY REBELLION, AS TOLD BY:
– Theon Greyjoy