Sure, you’re excited that Game of Thrones is back for season 2, but this isn’t the type of show that you can just jump back into without some kind of preparation and guidance.

Fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” book series already know just how dense and populated the world of Game of Thrones becomes – and many fans of HBO’s TV series have already been daunted by the task of keeping up with all the names, places and plotlines introduced in season 1.

With so much new information and further developments in store for season 2 of Game of Thrones, here are 5 SPOILER-FREE tips that may just help you navigate your way through the show.

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