While we have all resigned ourselves to George RR Martin’s writer’s block preventing us from ever getting our hands on The Winds of Winter (let alone A Dream of Spring), it is still a day for GoT fans to rejoice! Season five of the fantasy drama premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO. If you don’t have HBO, you may still be able to watch the premiere through the new HBO NOW streaming service. Right now, it basically only works for Apple products, but more options are supposedly being added soon.
This season’s plot will mainly come from book five of Martin’s series: A Dance With Dragons. Given the complexity and four dozen cast members in the series, you’d better brush up. You haven’t the time to binge watch them all if you’ve dithered, but this handy recap video from CNET will take you through all of season four in TWO minutes and prepare you to return to Westeros! Stay frosty, people. Winter is coming.