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Where Game of Thrones Left Off — and Where It’s Going

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Winters and memories may be long in Westeros, but things can get much foggier in the land of Game of Thrones fandom. It’s been ten months since the second season ended in a flurry of treachery, battles, surprise weddings, and a march of undead White Walkers, so a refresher course is definitely in order before season three begins this Sunday on HBO. Is Theon dead? Did Robb get married? Where are Dany’s dragons? All of these questions and more will be answered in the new season, in which even avid readers of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series will be surprised at a few things. (What Sam does, and when he does it; when a certain bastard comes on the scene; how effective the language High Valyrian can sound when used at a dramatic moment.) Read on for a character-by-character guide to what you need to remember before beginning the next round of the Game of Thrones. (And warning: mild spoilers are coming.)

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