Brace yourself… The end of Season 3 of Game of Thrones is coming. It’s going to be a long, cold winter going through GoT withdrawal. However, it’s the perfect opportunity to read (or re-read) George R.R. Martin’s series or comb through the ol’ Wiki of Ice and Fire to brush up on your history of Westeros with plenty of time to spare before Season 4 gets underway.
For those who are more visual learners, a recently-released infographic details The History of Robert’s Rebellion, chronicling the events which lead up to the glorious bloodshed, bastardry, and backstabbing that laid the ground for Season 1 of HBO’s acclaimed sword n’ sorcery series.
A great starting point for those new to the show or those who hope to gain a deeper understanding of the epic mythology and history behind the series, the infographic lends insight into the (often gruesome) intertwined history of the Stark and Baratheon families, who were once allied as Robert Baratheon made his push to claim the Iron Throne.
A gander at the infographic allows readers to better grasp the bitterness behind Cersei Lannister-Baratheon’s grudge against the Stark clan, potentially due to her resentment of her husband Robert’s love for Eddard “Ned” Stark’s sister, Lyanna. Robert never quite let go of his love for dear, dead Lyanna Stark and no woman — queen of the realm or not — likes to feel as if she’s a consolation prize.
Other family histories of those currently playing an integral role in the Game of Thrones saga also crop up in the colorful infographic, as well. Readers can learn how Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons, ended up as the last of her house and just why she and her brother were sent into exile. Fans can also glean information on how Ser Jaime Lannister got his “Kingslayer” epithet; just how cunning Lannister patriarch Tywin can be; and how ruthless Ser Gregor Clegane — The Hound — is when given his orders during wartime… Or demonstrate why The Hound may harbor some shred of guilt for his past deeds where it concerns children.
As the third season of Game of Thrones is winding down to its close, so is a giveaway contest from satellite television providers, Connect Your Home. Three lucky Game of Thrones fans can win one of three copies of Game of Thrones Season 2 on Blu-ray. The contest ends May 24th, so get your entries in right away.