How To: Decipher Game of Thrones With This Handy Infographic (aka My Viewing Cheatsheet)

So last year, hubby got on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. Without me. I paid very little attention to what I lovingly referred to as one of his boy-epics aka "Bravehearts" (you know, there's Braveheart Braveheart and there's Rob Roy the Scottish Braveheart, and The Patriot the American Braveheart, and well, you get the picture.) So this was just another Braveheart, only on TV.

To be honest I think he watched most of the episodes when I wasn't around because suddenly, when he hit the beginning of the second season, I caught an episode and was floored by the epic Skyrim-ness of it all. And you know how I love me some Skyrim viewing (seriously) so I was shocked (shocked!) that he had been keeping all of this epic goodness from me.

And so, here we are a few months later and I am working my way through all of the episodes, watching one every few days, counting down to the end of March when season 3 launches. And I love it. LOVE IT.

But it's hard.

I suck at anything that has too many names, too many characters. When we watch movies, I will often get so lost in all the people and the details that I just turn off my brain and enjoy the story for what it is, and what I catch of it. (Of course, this could be because I am watching after a full day of work or at the end of the day when the Dude is in bed and I should be doing the same.) Not that I'm incapable of keeping details straight: I can memorize a 300-line requirements document. I can remember the contents of nearly every blog post I've written (1,000+) from its title.

But names? Names, I'm not so good at. My favourite writers are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Neal Stephenson, and my goodness do they love filling their books with large casts of characters. I've long resorted to making character cheat sheets so I could keep everyone straight (especially with Solzhenitsyn: he addresses his characters using their birth names and slavic nicknames so I never know who's talking!).

Enter this fantastic infographic.

I was searching the Interwebs for the Game of Thrones theme song, and happened upon this diagram. I'd seen a similar version floating around which showed the relationships between the houses, but this one also includes details of the relationships between all the characters. Brilliant! Because, dammit if I could tell Jon Snow from Robb Stark at first glance. So now, I just use my handy dandy reference to figure out who's who and it makes the whole thing that much more fun to watch.

Credit: WinterIsComing.net
You can check out the full size over at the aptly named WinterIsComing.net :)