How to catch up on ‘Game of Thrones’ before final season premiere – USA TODAY

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CLOSE The eighth and final season will feature six episodes and give the most awarded series in Emmy history a chance to win even more. USA TODAY It’s time to rewatch the “Thrones.” The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” arrives on HBO on April 14 (9 EDT/PDT), and it’s sure to be jam-packed with death, destruction and dragons.  If you’re trying to catch up on the complex fantasy series ahead of time, you may have trouble getting through all 67 episodes (but for those dedicated few who will, we salute you). Whether you are going to hunker down and binge them all, or want to watch just a few to remind you of what's going on, we recommend one of three paths to Season 8.  Don't walk alone with winter coming: All the recaps and plot line analysis right to your inbox with our newsletter. Kit Harington and Rose Leslie in "Game of Thrones." (Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO) If you really want to watch the whole darn thing If you are a completist who can't miss any Westerosian detail, you might want to ....

It might also be worthwhile to skip the title sequence, as beautiful as it is, just to shave a couple minutes off of every episode. Sign up for Postcards from Westeros, our 'Game of Thrones' newsletter Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide If you have time to watch one or two seasons Don't be fooled into thinking your time is best spent watching just the most recent seasons. Watching Seasons 1 and 7 is a smart way to get a holistic view of the series. Consider the materials that HBO has released so far about the final season. The character posters mirror the original poster from Season 1, in which Ned Stark (Sean Bean) sat on the Iron Throne looking wistful. Moments in the official trailer seemed like callbacks to that first season too, so dipping back into it is a smart idea. Plus it's fun to see the puppy direwolves and Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) as young kids, and to see how far this show has come creatively. .

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