Of the many commitments we make throughout our lives there are some that are much more time consuming than others: marriage, having a child, your job, and watching Game of Thrones.
If you haven't seen an episode and are thinking of putting your toe in the water, know that you are talking about hours and hours of watching and re-watching episodes in order to figure out which character is which.
Spoiler alert: Once you have it figured out somebody dies and new characters are thrown in the mix. To understand the scope of your undertaking, check out this fantastically designed website that illustrates all of the main characters, their allegiances and their territories.
If you're pondering whether or not to get HBO just to watch the series, the Oatmeal can help you out with that decision.