Unlike other prestige dramas, which tend to contain story arcs within seasons and half seasons, Game of Thrones is so complicated that the story continues to just build and build. At this point we’ve got over 50 characters on two continents, all pursuing their own ambitions.
To prepare you for the show’s season six kick-off this Sunday, we’ve decided to take a look back at the goings-on from season five (which you can stream on HBO Now) and how events from those episodes will guide what we see in the new season, because actions have consequences, the North remembers, and Lannisters always pay their debts.
(Spoilers ahead, so if you aren’t caught up, it might be best to look away.)
Maggy The Frog’s Prophecy
The first scene from season five sets Cersei Lannister up to travel a rocky road for the remaining seasons of Game of Thrones. In one of the show’s few flashbacks, we see a young Cersei demand to learn her future from Maggy the Frog, a witch who lives near Casterly Rock. Maggy tells her four things about her future: That she would be queen. That she would be cast down by another, younger and more beautiful queen who would take all she held dear. That she will have three children… while Robert would have 20. And that her children would wear gold crowns, and gold burial shrouds.
Season five opened with Cersei still dealing with the loss of Joffrey, and now Myrcella is dead, as well. If you want to understand the paranoia and fear that is going to be driving her through season six, look no further than Maggy the Frog’s prophecy.