You could say I’m a pretty big Game of Thrones fan.

One Halloween I even dressed up as Daenerys Targaryen while my always adorable kids were her dragons. To round it out, my darling husband played the role of Khal Drogo from Season 1.

SPEAKING OF Season 1 . . . guess what’s in the Box right now? That’s right. We have all of Game of Thrones Season 1, which is great news for both devotees like me and people who’ve never watched the series.

I myself didn’t watch the first season when it originally aired on HBO in 2011. But I got so tired of feeling left out on Sunday nights (when literally every person I knew was tweeting or posting about it online) that I read the first of George R.R. Martin’s books that the series is based on, caught up with everything in between seasons, and have been a faithful fan ever since. It’s the kind of show that you know you’ll be into or not from the very first episode, and if 38 Emmys, 30 million fans in the U.S., and countless millions more around the world (the series is broadcast in 170 countries) are any indication, you’ll probably be into it.

Last month’s extraordinary Season 7 finale left everyone hungry for more, and the reality is slowly sinking in that we’ll have to wait over a year for the final season to air. So what better time to go back to the beginning and remember how it all began?

Newbies will be introduced to the continent of Westeros, where they’ll meet Ned Stark (Sean Bean); his wife, Catelyn (Michelle Fairley); their five young children; and the kids’ half-brother, Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Not only will they get to see how the Stark family became involved in a brutal war with the Lannister family, they’ll learn what the “Game of Thrones” is in the first place from the always-scheming, wine-loving Cersei Lannister (Lana Headey).

Across the Narrow Sea in the land of Essos, we meet Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) just as her evil brother marries her off to the long-ponytailed, horse-riding warlord, Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa). And, most importantly, we learn why she comes to be known as the “Mother of Dragons.” (Mild Spoiler Alert: That means there are eventually dragons in the series. That alone was enough to sell me!)

Long-time fans of the show will be amazed by how many incredibly important bits of information were doled out in Season 1, when we were all too clueless to realize what they meant. In fact, several key pieces of the show’s puzzle that were served up in its first season just came back into play in Season 7, which will make a rewatch especially fun.

To borrow a phrase from another pop-culture phenomenon: “Resistance is futile.”

 

By: Redbox Writer, Erika Olson