I absolutely loved “Game of Thrones” the book series, but I have yet to actually watch a single episode of the show. It’s partially due to lingering annoyance of the fact that George R. R. Martin is incredibly good at making his fans wait for any new installments of the book series. He’ll never finish that thing. It’s frustrating.

It’s funny, that really highlights one of the main differences between novels and television: people expect shows to last forever and books to end. If “Game of Thrones” the show gets renewed forever and ever, I’ve got no complaints. But if he never finishes that series, my wife and I will want his head on a platter.

I haven’t even read his latest book. Or the one before it. And that’s because I know I’d have to re-read the entire series before reading the new books. And it takes FOREVER to catch back up. I did it once for the book before that. And you really have to catch back up, because those things are thick with info. I remember very little about the series, so I know I’d have to re-read the thing.

Thankfully, that won’t be an issue with the show. It’s practically bite-sized compared to the novels. Plus, if you missed out on anything, here, have this handy dandy recap:

 

And here, since you’ve all been such good little boys and girls, have a treat:

 

Vanilla bean creme brulee, no special effects required. No dragons required. Just a kitchen torch. Give it a try. Pretend the sugar is a medieval village just waiting to be swooped over and burned to death. Oh, the humanity, the delicious, vanilla-y humanity!

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