But in case you don’t have the time to binge watch last season, we’ve put together this helpful guide to bring you up to speed.
Warning: This article does contain spoilers from season six.
JON SNOW LIVES
After a dramatic death scene in season five, leader of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow, is stabbed to death in a mutiny. At the beginning of season six, Ser Davos, former adviser to Stannis Baratheon, finds Snow’s body and brings it inside Castle Black. The red priestess, Melisandre, resurrects Snow - though he isn’t exactly happy with their decision to bring him back from the dead.
Snow reunites with his half-sister Sansa and they join forces to retake the north from the Bolten family. After a vicious battle, the Stark army defeats the Boltens and retakes Winterfell. Sansa, the former wife to Ramsey Bolten, seeks revenge on his abuses against her and feeds Ramsey to hounds. Jon Snow is declared king of the north.
We also learn through Bran’s visions, Snow is the son of Eddard Starks sister, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. This makes him half brother to Daenerys.
THE MEANING OF HODOR
Bran Stark spends time with the Three-Eye Raven beyond the Wall, training as a warg. He learns while taking part in visions of the past, he can alter events or become trapped and never return. At the beginning of season six, Bran enters a vision without the Three-Eye Raven. As a result, the White Walker Night King can sense Bran and launches an attack on the tree cave home of the Three-Eyed Raven.
During the attack, Bran remains in his vision and a young Hodor appears to recognize him. Outside of his vision, Hodor and Meera try to flee the White Walkers attack by exiting a tunnel and closing a fickle wooden door behind them.
Meera shouts the command “hold the door.” Simultaneously, her instruction is echoed inside Bran’s vision and young Hodor collapses to the ground in a fit, shouting “hold the door” repeatedly. As the fit draws to an end, his speech alters and he beings to say “Hodor.”
The scene switches back and forth between the past vision and present day as Hodor sacrifices his life to “hold the door” and save Bran.
ARYA STARK, A GIRL WITH A NAME
At the beginning of season six, we see Arya living blind as a beggar on the streets of Braavos. The Faceless Man, Jaqen H'ghar, recruits Arya to be an assassin again. Her vision is only restored once she truly believes herself as “no one.”
She is given a mission to kill an actress but has a change of heart and saves her life. H’ghar orders his follower to kill Ayra and she is badly wounded in the fight.
Arya is then saved by the actress whose life she spared. Once her health is restored, she returns to kill H'ghar’s follower. She declares herself Arya Stark and announces her departure from the clan of assassins to return home.
On her journey north, she stops at Walter Frey’s home, the man responsible for killing her mother and older brother during the “Red Wedding.” Disguised as a member of his household, she serves Frey his dinner (we'll let you watch to recap exactly what he ate.) She removes her mask, revealing herself and kills him to avenge her family.
DAENERYS SETS SAILS FOR WESTEROS
When we see Daenerys at the start of season six, she is captured by her former subjects the Dothraki and taken to their meeting grounds in Khal Moro. As a former wife of a Khal, she meets with the current leadership of the Dothraki but when they refuse to serve her, she burns them alive.
She emerges from the flames unharmed and the Dothraki people kneel to her as their leader. Daenerys gathers the Dothraki and announces to them that they will sail to Westeros to conquer the iron throne.
She returns to her current headquarters in Meereen to find it under assault while under Tyrion Lannister’s stewardship. Theon and Yara Greyjoy arrive in Meereen and form an alliance with Daenerys and Tyrion.
They all depart Meereen en route to Westeros with her Daenerys flying in the skies about their ships.
VENGEANCE SPREADS LIKE ‘WILDFIRE’
Margaery Tyrell, the wife to King Tommen Baratheon, is imprisoned by the High Sparrow in King's Landing. She confesses her sins and becomes allegiant to the High Sparrow.
Cersei’s daughter, Myrcella, is poisoned by Ellaria Sand and dies. Sand kills her as revenge for the death of her lover, Oberyn Martell, who was murdered brutally by the Mountain in a fight on the behalf of Cersei.
Cersei is called to stand trial before the High Sparrow at the Great Sept, for sleeping with her brother, Jamie Lannister. The city’s nobility including Margaery, her brother, and the High Sparrow, gather in the sacred building. Cersei has the wildfire stores beneath the city set on fire causing the Great Sept to explode with everyone in it.
King Tommen, Cersei’s son, was blocked from attending the trial by the Mountain, standing guard outside his room in King's Landing. As he looks out the window, he watches his wife and subjects die in the explosion. Without anyone there to comfort him in his grief, he leaps to his death.
With no surviving children, Cersei ascends to become queen and sits on the Iron Throne.