Lore of Thrones: Explaining the history behind Game of Thrones’ big face-off

HBO’s Game of Thrones is a dense series with a huge weight of history behind its story, so in practically every episode, something happens that could use a little explanation. So every week, The Verge will be diving into a scene or event from the latest installment of the series and explain how we got here. Whether you’re basically a Game of Thrones maester or you need a little reminder about previous events, we’ll try to help you keep your history straight.

Game of Thrones is a much a show about politics as it is about war, intrigue, and the occasionally gratuitous violence and nudity that the show is occasionally known for. So to truly explain the events of tonight’s episode, we’ll be looking back across centuries of Westerosi history…

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