Published On: Sun, Apr 21st, 2019

Game of Thrones: Catch Up Before Season 8 with Season Recaps

Catching you up on Seasons 1-7 to save you a full rewatch.

Update: If you need a quick catch up on the previous seasons of Game of Thrones, watch our season video recaps, plus check out our Season 8 premiere review.

Game of Thrones: Season 8 is right around the corner, which means you might be busy rewatching the past seven seasons of the hit HBO series just like we are (ahem). But don’t worry: If you don’t have the time to rewatch 76-ish hours of quality television, though, you’re in luck, because IGN has been busy working on recap videos of all seasons to serve as an efficient plot summary of Seasons 1-7.

(And if you want some more highlights to refresh your memory, you can check out our picks for the 25 best episodes of Game of Thrones, or if you have the roughly 65 hours to spare, here’s how you can stream Game of Thrones, including season 8.)

If you want to cut those 76 episodes down to a breezy 35-ish minutes, here’s the short-short version of Game of Thrones to get you primed and ready for Season 8’s premiere. We break down all the biggest moments and relevant details to make sure you’re caught up in time for the final six episodes of the series, which will premiere on April 14th on HBO.

Spoilers, obviously, are included in the content below!

Game of Thrones Season 1 Summary in 5 Minutes

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The one that started it all! Back when Viserys still thought he was going to sit on the Iron Throne, the dragons were still in eggs, everyone was in Winterfell AT THE SAME TIME and Ned was, you know, Ned. Here’s IGN’s Game of Thrones Season 1 review.

Game of Thrones Season 2 Summary in 5 Minutes

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Season 2 sees the War of the Five Kings ramp up with the introduction of Stannis, Davos and Melisandre, Theon returns to the Iron Islands and Joffrey is peak Joffrey. Here’s IGN’s Game of Thrones Season 2 review.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Summary in 5 Minutes

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Get ready to be traumatized all over again as Robb Stark continues his quest to defeat the Lannisters, Jon Snow embeds himself with the King Beyond the Wall and Brienne literally fights a bear. Here’s IGN’s Game of Thrones Season 3 review.

Game of Thrones Season 4 Summary in 5 Minutes

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Tyrion Lannister gives the best testimony of all time in Game of Thrones Season 4, while we get introduced to the joy that is Oberyn Martell and the wonder that is the Children of the Forest. Here’s IGN’s Game of Thrones Season 4 review.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Summary in 5 Minutes

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Get ready to spend some quality time with the Faceless Men, the High Sparrow and the Sand Snakes in Game of Thrones Season 5. Here’s IGN’s Game of Thrones Season 5 review.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Summary in 5 Minutes

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Remember when we all waited a year to find out what happened to Jon Snow? Season 6 also sees the culmination of Daenerys’s time in Meereen, one epic battle involving a couple of bastards. Here’s IGN’s Game of Thrones Season 6 review.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Summary in 5 Minutes

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Daenerys Targaryen finally arrives in Westeros in the most recent season of Game of Thrones, with the Night King amassing his forces in the North and Jon Snow doing pretty much whatever he can to try to stop him. Here’s IGN’s Game of Thrones Season 7 review.

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Terri Schwartz is Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.

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Game of Thrones: Catch Up Before Season 8 with Season Recaps