Below is a slideshow detailing the 7 Essential Game of Thrones episodes to catch any non-viewer up before Sunday’s season 5 premiere.
The Kingsroad (S01-E02) – This episode does a better job than the pilot of introducing the longstanding history between the honorable Starks and the wealthy and royal Lannisters. Prince Joffrey shows his true colors when his cowardice, aided by Queen Cersei’s ruthlessness, leads to the death of Sansa Stark’s innocent Direwolf “Lady”. As seen above, Lady Catelyn Stark shows flashes of fierce family pride by holding off an assassin meant for her son Bran who had been crippled by Cersei and her brother/lover, Jaime Lannister.
Fire and Blood (S01-E10) – Evil Prince Joffrey is now Evil King Joffrey. Joffrey had Ned Stark beheaded and everyone in Westeros seems pretty sad about it. However in Essos, the exiled Daenerys Targaryen hatches 3 baby dragons. It’s on!
Blackwater (S02-E09) – King Robert’s brother (and the rightful King) Stannis Baratheon attacks Kings Landing with his BFF Davos. As seen above, things don’t go well for them thanks to the massive brain on super-dwarf Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion uses Wildfire to destroy Stannis’ fleet just before Tyrion’s evil father Tywin Lannister shows up to help save the day as Stannis flees.
Valar Morghulis (S02-E10) – My vote for best episode ever. The White Walkers show up! Robb Stark thinks with his penis and loses the war! The young daughter of Ned, Arya Stark, begins her path of vengeance with the help of Faceless Man Jaqen H’ghar. Daenerys loses her baby dragons only to get them back after setting an evil warlock on fire.
Rains of Castamere (S03-E09) – Also known as the Red Wedding. If you’ve had a hard time keeping up with characters you are in luck. If you liked the Starks you are out of luck. Robb Stark, his wife, their unborn child and his mother Catelyn are all murdered after Tywin Lannister arranges for their betrayal at a Wedding.
The Lion and the Rose (S04-E02) – Also known as the Purple Wedding. Payback is a bitch when King Joffrey is poisoned to death at his own wedding. Queen Cersei falsely accuses Tyrion of the murder. In other news one of the remaining Starks, Crippled Bran, learns that he has the ability to control animals and halfwits with his brain. So he becomes Luke Skywalker and seeks out an old Yoda-type called the 3-Eyed Raven.
The Children (S04-E10) – The last episode we were given before the wait for Season 5! Ned Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow is becoming a trusted warrior in the far North. The Hound and Brienne of Tarth duel for custody of Arya Stark in the best sword fight in Game of Thrones history. Jaime Lannister helps his brother Tyrion escape his jail cell and death sentence. Too bad Tyrion kills their father Tywin before escaping Kings Landing in hopes of meeting up with Daenerys and her dragons in season 5!
So there you go. 7 episodes for 7 days until the premiere. I tried to keep the descriptions brief which means important characters like Varys, Littlefinger and Melisandre were short changed. Oh well. Winter is Coming and everyone will be dead soon anyway.