GAME of Thrones viewers have been ordered to spend the weekend with maps and genealogies to prepare for Monday’s new series.
The fantasy drama, which many viewers began under the impression it would be enjoyable escapism, now requires a minimum eight hours of revising the Great Houses of Westeros before each series.
Fan Tom Logan said: “I caught some idiot casual yesterday confusing the sigil of the House of Bolton and the sigil of the House of Greyjoy.
“I mean hello, I’m sure it’s not important, they’re only practically at bloody war. And if you don’t know how vulnerable the Vale’s territory is to the White Walkers you’re missing half the show.
“The battle for the Iron Throne isn’t The Walking Dead. You can’t get by with a vague recollection of them fighting some zombies.
“If you think this is fun, you’re doing it wrong.”
Helen Archer of Wrexham said: “We’ve been doing quizzes for weeks, I’ve written a dissertation on the fall of the Targaryens, and I can draw the whole map freehand in less than 90 seconds.
“I don’t want to be overconfident, but I think I’m ready.
“Oh no. Rickon Stark. I forgot about Rickon fucking Stark.”